Our review on Evo Fab Pro – the hottest colour conditioner in town

It’s the product taking over London, New, York, Sydney and well… the globe. But what’s the big fuss about the new Evo Fab Pro line? Let us break down this trend for you.

There’s two products to Evo Fab Pro – direct dye in salon & colour maintenance at home.

In a salon, the direct dye product is used in the very experienced and careful hands of your stylist… and you should leave it that way.

Evo Fab Pro direct dyes are mixed by your stylist to create an unlimited pallet of semi-permanent colours. Colour refresh, fills, tones, pastels, bright, trendy, natural… whatever your heart desires is up for grabs.

At home, the Evo Fab Pro colour maintenance line is a conditioner mask to keep you looking gorgeous between appointments. Because this blog is made for you, we’ll focus on the colour maintenance line and leave the direct dyes to the professionals.

They say…

Fab Pro Colour Maintenance matches ANY colour.

During your salon visit, your hairdresser can create a custom take-home colour conditioner to perfectly match your hair. Whether you’re pretty in pink, a show-stopping red, or a chocolate brown that would melt hearts, Fab Pro is the ultimate colour range.

It’s the perfect pick-me-up in between salon visits.

Armed with your tailored colour match in between appointments, Fab Pro colour maintenance conditioner should be used at least once a week to maintain your colour and keep your hair salon fresh.

It’s got no nasties.

No ammonia, peroxide, sulfates, parabens, or gluten. And it’s also vegan and created cruelty free (that means it’s only be tested on other style queens like you, and not baby bunnies).

3 minutes once a week is all you need.

The Evo team recommends 3 minutes at least once a week is the right application for Fab Pro. Seems like a simple enough add into your hair care routine.

It leaves no chunky colour build-up.

If matched correctly, the colour won’t get any more intense or darker than after your first few applications. Colour maintenance is designed to replace the colour that washes out in between direct dye applications. Only so much colour can be added to the strands before the fibre is saturaturated. Of course, this depends on your hair type.

We say…they’re right. It’s bloody brilliant.

While we think the less washes in between salon visits the better (within reason though, we all know life happens, it gets oily and dirty), we don’t see the need to use Fab Pro every wash but rather every two to three washes.

In saying that everybody’s hair is unique and will take to colour differently, so while we say not every wash, you do you boo.

When you do use Fab Pro at home, keep an eye on how well it works. The longer you leave it on, the more colour you’ll achieve. So for those of us with very porous hair, a quick fix might be all you need.

Next time you come see us at Savvy Hair Artistry chat to Taleah and our team about collecting your customised Fab Pro colour maintenance conditioner, so you can keep looking gorgeous from the moment you step out to when you come visit again.

See you soon, xx

Five Tips and tricks to get more Volume for Short Hair and Fine Hair

Do you ever start off the morning with hair volume for days, only for it to flatten out as the hours pass by? If you have short hair and just can’t seem to maintain lift and volume, we’ve got five expert tips for you to try that will infuse life back into your hair.

1. Hair extensions with volumizer for added thickness

Hair extensions are the fastest, easiest way to add thickness and length to your hair in as little as five minutes. For short hair, be sure to choose a set that is thicker than your actual hair type to ensure that the extensions blend in seamlessly with the shorter ends of your hair. Savvy Hair can point you in the right direction to order the perfect extension you as well as providing you with a hair tutorial on how to put them in.

Add in a volumizer

For that mega volume, we usually like to take it a step further by adding in a Volumizer Weft, this is a single, 4-clip weft, which adds 45g of added volume to your hair. When wearing the Volumizer Weft. Simply stack this this weft onto the weft clipped in at the widest part of your head. Stacking the wefts in this way will reduce bulk at the back of your head, only leaving you with thick, volumized, cascading hair.

2. Dry Shampoo

There’s a reason why your hair looks fluffy and voluminous when you first wash it, flattening gradually until you wash it again. Our scalp produces natural oils called sebum, which protect your hair and scalp, keeping them moisturized. These natural oils also protect the scalp from bacterial infection, forming a barrier from disease carrying bacteria. While sebum provides loads of benefits for the hair and scalp, a downside to these natural oils is that they weigh down the hair at the roots, resulting in flat, lifeless hair until your next wash. A solution? Dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is a quick, effective way to banish greasy roots and oily hair, reviving style and volume instantly. Simply separate your hair section by section, sprinkle in a bit of dry shampoo, rub the product into your roots, and watch your hair come back to life. For an extra bit of zhoosh, flip your hair upside down, and apply dry shampoo to the roots underneath your head as well. We have a selection of the perfect dry shampoo for your hair needs.

3. Texturizing spray

Texturizing spray is our little secret for that tousled, model-off-duty look. Whether you’re wearing your hair short or with extensions clipped in, texturizing spray adds an airiness to the hair for that perfectly undone finish. Use your fingers to feather through your hair and spray the texturizing spray from the midshaft to ends, avoiding the roots. Scrunch the hair, and you’re done!

Our favorite texturizing spray is the Savage Panache from loreal Professional, gives you the perfect volume all day that leaves your hair looking like a 10 all day long. If you’re looking to splurge a bit more, opt for the Pureology wind tossed Texturizing Spray, which preserves moistures in the hair while adding shine and definition. 

4. Change your part

Your hair strands eventually get used to the same part, falling flat over time. In order to maintain volume at the roots, it’s a good idea to switch up your hair part every now and again. If you usually part your hair in the middle, try flipping your hair to the side. If you usually part your hair on the side, part your hair on the opposite side, and watch your hair instantly lift itself.

5. Tease your hair

Teasing your hair forces the roots to stand upright, adding instant lift and volume. Using either a teasing brush or large paddle brush, (which we sell at Savvy Hair Artistry )separate your hair section by section, backcombing the hair at the roots. Finish off with some light hold hair spray, then lightly brush over the top of your hair to smoothen down any tangles.

Do you have short or long hair? Do you have any other tips to getting more volume? Let us know in the comments below. 

Savvy Team XX

Staying Home Through COVID-19 – Tips and Tricks

Staying home is the new Saturday night, brunch with the girls, 9 to 5—it is our new norm, for now.

With stay at home orders across the country, we are connecting online now more than ever. FaceTime, Zoom, House Party, and Google Hangouts video conferencing is how we are getting work done, catching up with friends and family, starting new hobbies, and for some, even dating. 

While sweats and top buns may be your go-to lately, it doesn’t mean you can’t look cute on FaceTime calls. Whether chatting with your boss, having a glass of wine with friends, or going on a virtual date there are plenty of ways to up your video call looks. 

Savvy has put together our top tips on how to look good on FaceTime.

The set-up

Find a comfortable place in your home to set-up your work and conferencing space. While staying in bed may seem appealing all day, experts say it’s best to separate the space where you sleep and where you work. 

Ergonomically speaking sitting on a bed with no back support may not be comfortable, so find a space and chair that can help you get comfortable and conduct your calls with ease.

Raise your camera or computer to eye level—this can easily be done with a desk-riser, or a shoe box or books. Just like taking a photo, this is all about angles, you don’t want your co-workers or your friends to look at you from under your chin or nose as this casts an unflattering shadow and no one wants that.

With your camera at eye-level, you can look directly into it just like you would when participating in an in-person meeting. You can always tell who on the call is looking at themselves and not the rest of the group. How to impress your boss and peers? Easy tip: Eyes up, talk directly to the camera making “eye contact” it looks professional and also gives off the most natural view of you.

Don’t forget, posture up. While your friends may take you as you are, you don’t want to be slouched or lying back on a work call. Save sloth mode for after-work calls. Having your camera on eye level will help you to straighten up and you may find less pressure on your lower back after a day’s work of sitting.

The background is the Key

The key to how to look good on FaceTime is to ensure the attention is rightly on you and the best way is to make sure your background is not distracting. A plain wall or one with few clean photos or items in the background is best. If you’re in your bedroom, makes sure it’s clean and tidy! 

Lighting is your best friend

Just like the angles of your camera, do not situate yourself directly under an overhead light—again, this casts unflattering lighting and can wash your background out typically creating a plain Jane or that hooded villain look.

Natural light is great during the day when possible and be sure the light is on your face. Putting your back to the window or light again casts a shadow and your colleagues or friends won’t be able to see you. It may also be time to invest in a ring light. They’re not just for influencers or TikTok-obsessed creators. There are many sizes of ring lights now available including ones that can fit directly onto your mobile phone or your laptop camera. This brightens your appearance and darkens the background, ensuring the focus is on you. A desk lamp can also help if properly situated around your camera, but the best way to find your ideal lighting is to test your video ahead of time, experiment with placement and lighting type to find what works for your space and your angles. 

Plus, if you do get a ring light, you’ll also up your selfie game ten-fold. If it works for the Kardashians, it can work for you!

Easy makeup and hair for your next FaceTime or Zoom call

These are the two things you have probably ignored over self-isolation, along with other things such as bras, and your makeup bags. We’re not saying you need a full face and a blowout every day, or even that you should follow your daily beauty and hair routines (unless you want to and it brings you joy, please do you). If you want to master how to look good on video, there are simple makeup tips to help freshen up your natural beauty and will absolutely help you slay your call.

A little concealer goes a long way. A little concealer under the eyes for a brighter look. To make your eyes pop a bit more, apply mascara. For those who prefer defined eyes, apply some eyeliner and call it a day. As you’ve already learned our trick of speaking right into the camera, putting emphasis on bright, rested eyes will make you look great (and put together).

You can also use concealer or powdered foundation to even out any discolouration or redness in the skin. With the right lighting, a smooth complexion will even make your video callers think you have a filter on (and if you do, good on you!) 

If you can’t be bothered with foundation but still want a little colour, pop on a light highlighter on your cheeks or go for a light sweep of bronzer. Just because you haven’t left the house in weeks doesn’t mean you have to forego that sun-kissed look completely. What’s makeup for anyway?

Now it’s time to talk hair. Let’s be honest, when’s the last time you brushed it? It wouldn’t hurt to pull it out of that scrunchie once in a while and running a brush through your locks to ensure now tangling. Having your hair up all the time also increases breakage and split ends and we know you’re not trying to come out of quarantine with less hair.

A sleek ponytail always looks professional but wear your hair down once in a while too. If you don’t want to go through the work of blow-drying, all good. Use a butterfly clip or hair tie for a half-up look, no one is going to see the back of your head so do as you please to keep the hair up. 

If you typically wear clip in hair extensions, put them on for your FaceTime calls for instant volume and length. If your hair feels or looks a little dull, clip in hair extensions will easily give you some new oomph. Perfect for work Zoom calls or FaceTime date nights. 

Another easy styling trick with or without clip in hair extensions is Accessories! Put on a headband or tie a scarf on to give your hair to give that fleek look

Plan a night out or girls’ night online and get all your friends glammed up, another excuse or rather, opportunity to do your hair and makeup and have fun with it.

While working and playing from home is our new norm, for now, technology is helping us stay connected. Reach out to those you haven’t spoken to in a while, check in with people in your street or family members, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself too. Dress up everyone now again or throw on a bold red lip just for fun—this can make a world of a difference to how you feel, which in turn will show through your camera. Love Savvy Team XX

Why doesn’t my blow-dry last when I do it at home?

When clients come into the salon, their hair always looks fantastic when leaving because of the blow-dry and finish they get after a service. So why doesn’t my blow-dry at home last as well as it does when leaving the salon? And how can I make my blow-dry last when doing it myself at home? This can be the answer you are looking for:

There is a lot of factors to a long-lasting blow-dry which can be: humidity, rain and using the correct products.

In-salon, we only use professional products which is a big tick to a lasting blow-dry.

We always use quality shampoos, conditioners and treatments at the basin that is suited to your hair type, as Stylists we also use our favourite products to prep and set the hair when blow-drying and styling. Which can be purchased in the salon to take home to continue making your hair feel amazing when blow-drying at home.

Humidity and rain is a killer for a blow-dry, every girl that has thick and unruly hair will know this. Therefore it can be impossible to try and get the same results at home.

Some tricks you can use at home for the day after a blow-dry is dry shampoo. My personal favourite is the Loreal professional techni-art morning after dust.

It not only helps to add that bit of volume back into your hair, but it also smells amazing. Another product I like to use is a bit of serum on the mid-lengths and ends. Again, my favourite product is the Loreal professional mythic oil.

Before you blow-dry your hair, you need to remember a few things! Prepare your hair. This can be achieved by using a smoothing cream to a root lift spray or mouse to a curly cream or even just a heat spray. We always encourage to put in a product before you even start to blow-dry.

When you start to blow-dry don’t put a brush straight under your hair when it is dripping wet, you will get sore arms, and it will take too long to dry, after you prep your hair blast dry it 80-90% with the dryer alone. After that you can start to use a round brush, this will get you the lift and shine in the blow-dry.

Once you have finished blow-drying, decide if you want to run the straightener over the top (making sure you don’t lose the root lift) or if you want to add some curls. Always make sure you are using a heat protectant. My favourite for curls? The GHD curl hold spray of course.

When you’re done, add some hair spray to set it once fully finished.

So there you have it! Always remember that good quality products go a long way in keeping your hair in top condition as well as maximising your salon treatment.

Why Use Smart Bond by Loreal?

Our customers are asking why we use Smart bond? At Savvy, we love Smart Bond as it is insurance for your hair, and the results are incredible.

Why is it insurance for your hair?

Smart Bond is a new technology that revolutionises the strength of your hair after you have a colour service. It works by strengthening your hair as you colour it.

How does it work? Well, it comes in two parts – Part A and Part B!

Part A works as an additive that is added to your colour when you’re in the salon to help prevent further damage to your hair. The hair fibres and cortex are made up of keratin chains, and bonds link these.

The point of Smart Bond is to strengthen these bonds to improve the quality, feel and look of the hair.

Why do you need it?

Colouring the hair weakens it due to from oxidation. Bonds in the hair can’t reform because the ions have been damaged. Smart Bond addresses these issues by targeting the weaker parts of the hair bond to strengthen and limit stress to keep the bond intact.

It also assists in improving the overall finish of your hair colour as this will take more evenly.

Reconstruct the weak ion bonds to reverse the feel of damaged hair. We highly recommend this for our clients who bleach or lightened their hair. Not only will it adapt to colour, it protects it without affecting the lift or tone at all.

How does it work? Smartbond is added to your colour when mixed and applied as standard. This colour processes for the usual time. When the colour is ready to come off the hair is rinsed without shampoo and towel dried.

Smart bond (Part B) is applied to pre-shampoo hair after being towel dyed. It is used all over the hair evenly for 10 minutes (do not use a hot towel to the Smart Bond).

It is then rinsed, and shampoo and conditioner are applied as usual. This in Salon treatment cost $30.00 on top of your colour service. We strongly recommend the Smart Bond treatment that you do once a week to protect the bonds at home.

If this missed the hair will revert to the original condition before Smart Bond. The conditioner can be bought at Savvy Hair Artistry for $45. Just ask your Savvy hairdresser about it at your next visit #bondwithyourbestie

Getting your hair healthy after a beach holiday!

Well, the Christmas holidays are over, and we hope you took the time to unwind and relax. We know we did! Now, with the formalities out of the way – how is the hair looking? Is your skin okay? We’re thinking you might have gotten away to the beach for a few days and that hair and skincare routine you stuck to might have been thrown out the window!

Fair enough, too!

However, now you’re back into the grind, it’s time to put some time aside for some self-care. We’re thinking a wash, trim and blowdry.

Maybe a skin treatment and massage too> We’ve got you covered at Savvy with a comprehensive range of hair care, skin care, and massage to get you feeling and looking great.

If you’re not ready to drop in and see us, we’ve got some tips for how you can get your hair on its way back to health:

  1. Personalised hair conditioner for your needs – find one that protects your hair while you’re out during the day when your hair is exposed to climate and the stress we put our hair into with day to day life!
  2. Use a heat protectant – if your hair really is damaged, we recommend booking in straight away, however, if you can’t we recommend you do not do anything that can damage it further. This means no heat-styling, teasing and no hairsprays! If you must use something, look at a protectant that protects your hair from heat.
  3. Pick up a treatment – If you have coloured hair, or it is highly sensitised – pre-lighten and coloured hair are notorious for damaging bonds which is why keratin treatments are so popular. There are some stay at home treatments we can offer in the lead up to your next appointment or maintain hair during the visit – just talk to one of our Savvy team members.

Remember, invest in your hair as it the only crown that doesn’t come off

The Silly Season Might Be Upon Us, But Don’t Get Caught Out Being Silly!

Christmas is just around the corner, and wit that comes busy salons and most likely hard to find appointments! It’s always this time of the year that we find our clients and other customers make some big mistakes when it comes to getting their hair ready for the festive holidays.

Yes, you might find it a bit more difficult to get in a convenient time to book in, but that does not mean you should be taking risks when it comes to your hair! This could mean bleaching your own hair for that ‘beach blonde’ look, or having a ‘friend’ cut your hair because your salon is too busy to slot you in.

One of the more common mistakes we see clients making is trying to bleach their own hair if they can’t get an appointment in time. There is a reason bleaching hair should be completed by trained professionals, like your regular Savvy team member! Your hair can quite literally melt and fall out of your scalp if you do it incorrectly or if you use a product that is not compatible!

Don’t believe us? Check out the results of this lady’s home bleach job.

You might even be left with burns that will not only be painful, but unsightly too and most likely ruin your holidays!

Do not attempt to do this at home. Give Savvy a call and we’ll see if we can find you a slot.

The same can be said with dying or colouring your hair. Sure, your hair isn’t going to melt or fall out, but you might be left with results that leave a lot to be desired (as well as looking like a ‘home’ job). Ultimately, you’ll have to come back to the salon, and we’ll have to fix it for you – costing you more time and money than if you’d have just slotted some time to come in and see us!

Finally, we also hear of a few incidents where, rather than visiting the salon for a quick cut and style, women might get a friend to do a quick trim to get through the holiday period. Again, this is a risky venture and might result in you being the butt of some jokes over the holidays.

Just check out the results of this home job and let us know what you think!

So, if you haven’t got your salon session booked in, and you’re thinking about taking some risks -don’t! Get on the phone to Savvy now and book in – we’ll make sure your holidays are a pleasant experience (and not you covering up your very own hair nightmare).

Looking after your hair after a visit!

Savvy hair tips and tricks to keep your hair looking the best in-between visits 

So, you’ve just spent a couple of hours at your favourite salon getting your hair done? Don’t waste all that time, money and effort by avoiding proper hair care or doing it incorrectly! We’ve got some practical tips that you can use daily to look after your hair post-treatment, depending on what it is.

After a style cut – to maximise your results and make it last as long as possible avoid touching your hair frequently as you might pass on impurities and oils from your fingertips into your hair. What happens if this happens? Well, it’ll cause your hair to get dirtier and weigh it down unnecessarily, impacting on the volume of the hair. Always consult with your hairdresser that your home care/aftercare is precisely right for you and you know how to use it.

When is hair damaged?  Fixing damaged hair isn’t cheap, and it’s certainly not quick to go through! The lastest insurance for your hair is SmartBond as it has been designed for loreal professional to work as an insurance policy for your hair and rebonds your hair, the take-home treatment is $54.95

Maximising your treatment – To maximise the results of your treatment, and ensure your hair remains healthy, shampoo (shampoo 2) it only when necessary and consider weekly treatments. Always leave the treatment in for 10 minutes before rinsing. If you’re struggling for time to visit your salon for a style cut to remove your own split ends – this will ensure they do not travel up each hair strand

After colour treatment  – take into account that vibrant hair colours will be more maintenance but generally. Consult your hairdresser for the write home care, for example, what shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products are right for your newly coloured hair! Picking the right one will go a long way to getting better results in your hair. Allow 48hours before washing your hair 

Chemical services – just spent a few hours in the chair getting your hair Kertain/ straightened? Avoid wasting those efforts by accidentally creating a curl in those straight locks by avoiding washing or water in general for at least 48hours to allow the bonds to set in! Do not use a hair tie or headband as it can leaves marks on the hair strand. Make sure you invest in products designed for straight hair – post-treatment a hair treatment is to be done every week a week after service to prolong the chemical service

These are just some basic tips that can help you get the most out of your treatment! If you’d like to learn more about our aftercare range, just ask one of our experienced Savvy team members and. They’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!

Sustainable? Yes!

Savvy Hair Artistry is excited to announce that we are now a sustainable salon! Yes, you heard us correctly; we’re going green.

Why is this a big deal?

Well, we think that everyone has a role to play in minimising our environmental footprint and we wanted to play our part by adopting sustainable salon methods.

How did Savvy Hair Artistry become a Sustainable Salon?

What’s involved in becoming a sustainable salon you ask? Well the first thing we did is get in touch with the team at Sustainable Salons and talk to them about we needed to do to join their amazing organisation and there were a few things we had to implement including:

  • Utilising their in-salon separation bins and outside collection bins
  • Recycle hair clippings which are collected from salon floor and stuffed into stockings to make hair brooms used in cleaning up oil spills as well as being used for composting
  • Adopt the usage of eco-cleaning products, recycled toilet paper, biodegradable coffee pods, towels and gloves!

We got into action and we’ve made salon wide changes to tick all the boxes.

We’re incredibly excited to be recognised as a sustainable salon and making a bit of a difference.

Sustainable Salons also works in partnership with the Endeavour Foundation, employing those with a disability in their material collection and processing teams. This provides them with meaningful work and allows them to build their own futures and become independent.

If you’d like to learn more about Sustainable Salons, check out their website by clicking here.

Feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about how we’ve gone green and how you support us, and Sustainable Salons, by being a valued Savvy Customer.

ghd Oracle Review by Savvy

Well, the review is in and we are confident in saying that the new ghd Oracle Curler is a game changer! The Savvy team have been putting this fantastic new tool to good use at the salon, and so far, the results have been unbelievable.

Yes, ghd have owned the hair straightening market for a long period of time, but when we heard about the Oracle, we got excited. Their commitment to hair technology and the quality of the devices they manufacture has always been industry-leading, so we knew their foray into the curling space would be nothing short of a premium experience. 

When ghd brought this to the market they made some bold claims ““Introducing ghd oracle; the first curler that allows you to create an infinite array of curls with just a slight tilt of the hand. This latest breakthrough in styling technology opens up endless curling possibilities and even helps create looks that have never been seen before”.

Well, we put these claims to the test and boy we were impressed.

Wet get a variety of different hair types coming through the salon each day, so we had a great group to give it a whirl on. We found that the Oracle allowed us to curl very easily, in some instances with just one stroke. It didn’t matter what section of hair we were styling, we were able to execute a wide range of different curls; from loose and beach to tight and more uniformed.

Being a busy salon, we need to be able to take our client’s brief and get it right from the get-go. We found that not only were our clients happy with their curls, but we also managed to get the curling process done far more efficiently, with less back and forth!

The Oracle has not just ‘come to market’ – it’s been developed over a period of six years, so the technology is proven and reliable. 

However, as with all hairdressing devices, it’s important you seek guidance from your hairdressing professional on how best to use it! With a range of settings, and the ability to style and set with the cold and hot functions, it can go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing.

As an exclusive ghd partner salon, Savvy is proud t be offering the Oracle for sale. With each purchase, you’ll get 20% of your col and a free tutorial with your hair professional, who has been trained to use the device properly.

If you’re looking for a curler that delivers salon-quality results from home, we recommend the Oracle. Get in touch today to purchase or learn more.

Our final review for this?

We’re awarding it five golden stars for its ease of use and the quality build.