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Curly hair saviour

I have curly hair with a mind of its own. It started from a young age.  Throughout the years I’ve learned that I can only detangle and brush my hair in the shower, otherwise I look like this:

Image via here.

Image via here.

Not a fan of overusing heat styling tools everyday on my hair, I prefer to leave my curls au natural. Great in theory, not so great when they start looking a little more this:

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Than this:

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May have spent a really long time looking for a photo with frizz in check!

But all of that changed when I discovered the Scunci Detangling Comb.

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Image courtesy of Scunci

The shape of this comb and large separation between the teeth means that I can brush through my dry hair without disturbing the curls too much. A light spray of dry shampoo (to add volume) or let’s be honest, in my case it’s usually some serum/smoothing cream to reduce the frizz and I’m good to go.

I loved this comb so much I bought another one (at $5.95AUD why not!?) and added it to my pro hairstyling kit. During session styling, I use it to comb out curls when I want a really soft finish like this.

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Photographer – Natasha Anne Foster, Model – Paris from FiveTwenty Models, Hair & Make Up by me

Yep, I’d definitely found a winner.

The Scunci Detangling Comb - for detangling hair and brushing out loose waves

The Scunci Detangling Comb – for detangling hair and gently brushing out curls when styling hair.

I got curious about this Australian brand and decided to see what other brushes they made.

I discovered they make a WHOLE range of brushes called Brushology.

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Image courtesy of Scunci

In the range, the 14 brushes and combs are categorised by colour according to their usage.

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L⇒R: Detangling Comb, Vent Brush, Dry Shampoo Brush, Wet Hair Detangling Brush

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L⇒R: Straightening Brush, Cushion Brush, Medium Volume Brush, XLarge Volume Brush

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L⇒R: Backcombing Brush, Thick & Wavy Hair Brush, Long Hair & Hair Extension Brush, Paddle Brush

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L⇒R: Mini Styling Brush, Mini Round Brush

I picked up a few and have been experimenting around.

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I like the below combination for straightening curly hair. Detangle with detangling comb, prep hair with styling products, blow-dry with the paddle brush and run straightening irons through with the straightening brush. Never used a brush like the straightening brush before. It’s like a clamp for the hair and gives you a really sleek finish when used with straightening irons.

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For straightening curly hair. L⇒R: Detangling Comb, Paddle Brush, Straightening Brush.

For a sleek voluminous blowdry I prep hair with styling product, use the XLarge Volume brush with hairdryer then smooth the style and dress the hair with the Cushion Brush. Used the backcombing brush to backcomb the crown and give the style a bit of v-v-volume.

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For creating a sleek voluminous blowdry.
L⇒R: XLarge Volume Brush, Paddle Brush, Straightening Brush

My thoughts:

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Scunci brushes are stocked in Target, Big W, Priceline and selected salons and pharmacies Australia wide. Visit here for more details on stockists.

If you enjoyed this post, you may like my other reviews here.

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.  If you have tried any of the Scunci Brushology range, please let me know your favourite brush and why!

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Witchery SS15 Make-Up & Hair

Last week I was invited to attend the Witchery “Spirit of Now” SS15 runway show and it was a pleasant reminder that summer is on the way! I was taken backstage to preview the new make-up collection by Witchery and also talked through the hair looks by the Aveda hair team.

Make Up was directed by one of my favourite artists, Kellie Stratton, whose covers you might just recognise!

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Image courtesy of The Artist Group

Inspired by Lauren Hutton, Kellie Stratton designed a beautiful bronze ’70s-inspired look that I think anyone could wear this spring/summer because it was so light and fresh. Hooray for I’m a bit lazy and or low maintenance simple chic SS15 make-up!

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Effortless chic make-up designed by Kellie Stratton for Witchery SS15 runway show. Image courtesy of La Tessa Photography.

Here’s a look at the make-up collection used backstage.

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L to R: Gel Nail Polish in “Taupe”, Lip Gloss Wand in “Shell”, Lipsticks in “Dusty Pink” and “Nougat”, Eyebrow Pencil in “Blonde” and “Brunette”, Fibrelash Mascara in black, Cheek Palettes in “Crimson” and “Sorbet”, Eye Shimmer Pots in “Quartz” and “Sahara”, Bronzer in “Sahara”, Eye Palette in “Hazel” and kabuki brush.

Standouts for me were:

The Bronzer

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Witchery Bronzer in “Sahara” – Non-orange, not too shimmery, great pigment and easy to blend.

The Mascara

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Witchery Fibrelash Mascara – can be layered over and over again without clogging.

The Eyeshadow Palettes

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The eyeshadow palettes: great pigment, minimal fallout, great blending power, modern shades

This is what the full range looks like and you can click here to shop the look or find out more about the make-up.

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The Witchery Make Up range

Directing hair was renowned session stylist Alan White for Aveda. Alan and his team created two different looks, both giving a nod to late 70s/early 80s.

The first look was “nonchalant poolside hair” and I love the contrasts of textures in this style .

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Undone but without flyaways, shine without the weight, loose waves but polished.
Photos courtesy of La Tessa Photography and Aveda.

The second look was “a slightly 80s architectural top knot” that worked well when styled with the new Witchery Balance activewear.

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Sleek and simple so as to keep modern and avoid looking too retro.
Photos courtesy of La Tessa Photography and Aveda.

Then I got to take my seat and watch the show come together.

It was great to see some familiar faces on the runway (and had to resist the urge to wave!).

Walking for Vivien’s was the lovely Woan Ni.

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With whom I worked on this editorial.

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“The Seidler Garage” for Cellophane Magazine.

And also walking for Vivien’s was Ben…

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Who provided us with plenty of entertainment for this editorial.

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“Heat in the City” for Absorb Magazine.

Back to the runway…

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Some of my highlights

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The finale

Stylist at Elevate Styling and fashion assistant at Woman’s Day, Orla Molloy had this to say:

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Orla’s standout pieces were the white slouchy tuxedo and espadrille style flat sandals and says that the colour palette of crisp white, nudes and a touch of indigo will blend seamlessly into our current wardrobes. Couldn’t agree more Orla, always a welcome face at Sonia Allen Make Up.

I left this show feeling really inspired for Spring/Summer 2015 and I love the direction that both Alan and Kellie took the hair and make-up styling.  And I may have already revamped some of my wardrobe at Witchery… multiple times.

Which product are you now wanting to try out?  What was your favourite runway look?  Leave me your comments below.

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