LUXURY RETURNS TO PACIFIC FAIR

Posted on 21ST APRIL 2016

Oscar Oscar Salons redefines luxury this week, as the iconic Pacific Fair salon celebrates its 15th anniversary with the unveiling of a sleek new salon as part of Pacific Fair’s $670million redevelopment.

Relocating from its upper floor address near Myer to a brand new salon in the glamorous West Mall precinct of the Centre – already dubbed the Gold Coast’s version of New York’s 5th Avenue – the 24-chair salon will feature a luxurious fit out complete with six-star finishes and the famous Oscar Oscar ‘retreat’ basin area - taking the renowned Oscar Oscar Salon experience to another level of luxury.

Commenting on the opening, Oscar Cullinan, Owner and Director of Oscar Oscar Salons, said the new store is another chapter in the successful history he shares with Pacific Fair.

“Pacific Fair was the first salon we opened on the Gold Coast in 2001 and we are thrilled to reset the benchmark we set 15 years ago for a luxurious hairdressing experience using only the very best products and specialising in creative cutting and colouring techniques,” said Oscar.

“As one of the centre’s longest standing retailers, we really look forward to offering our existing guests, some of whom have been coming to the Pacific Fair Salon for 15 years, a new world-class luxury salon experience, but we also anticipate to welcome a new wave of local, interstate and international visitors too.”

Positioned in the new high fashion precinct of Pacific Fair that will be home to brands also synonymous with style, including Sass & Bide, Manning Cartell and Gorman, salon guests will enjoy the added convenience of fusing shopping with the ultimate hair experience.

Combining opulence with an intimate setting and state-of-the-art soft lighting, Oscar Oscar Pacific Fair boasts a relaxed ambience and myriad premium haircare products from prestigious brands Kerastase Paris, Shu Uemura, and Aveda, hair colour by Redken NYC and the very best styling tools from GHD.

The trademark Oscar Oscar Salon VIP touches, such as in-salon massage ‘rituals’, indulgent professional use hair ‘ceremonies’ ensuring a bespoke luxury hair treatment for every guest, plus the signature refreshment menu will ensure each guest receives the ultimate pampering experience during each and every visit.

Oscar Oscar Pacific Fair will be open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays; and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

For salon location and contact details click here

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NOW TRENDING: AW16

Posted on 18TH APRIL 2016

The weather may be cooling down, but the newest hair trends forecast for this season are nothing but hot, hot, hot! Leading hair stylist Jacky Chan and Redken colour expert Nathan Armagnacq - both Salon Partners of St Kilda and Chadstone’s Oscar Oscar Salons - lift the lid on the hottest hair trends for the cooler seasons.

TREND 1: Statement fringes

“Autumn and winter this year is all about the statement fringe, whether it be an edgy blunt style or a Brigitte Bardot-esque grown out fringe, which can be worn with a centre part, or swept to the side for a natural-looking side fringe that compliments most face shapes,” says Jacky.

TREND 2: Short is here to stay

Forget growing your hair out this season, the bob and lob are here to stay. Jacky says, “Take cues from celebrities like Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence, and opt for a versatile shorter look which requires minimal effort while still looking sleek, sexy and stylish.”

TREND 3: Colour me Ronze

Move over ‘Bronde’, ‘Ronze is the edgy new shade on the block. “Following on from the bronde trend, made famous by celebrities like Blake Lively and Jennifer Lopez, Ronze is a mixture of luxurious coppery reds and gorgeous bronze browns, which add amazing texture and shimmer to hair,” says Nathan.

“Think warm tones: buttery and coral blondes, creamy chestnuts, rich reds and coppers. Those going Ronze should also invest in colour preserving products, which maintain hair tone, helping to preserve colour for a high gloss finish.”

TREND 4: The new Ombre

Tired of Ombre? Nathan recommends updating your look with ‘tortoiseshell’, a beautiful blend of chocolate and honey tones applied throughout the hair in a balayage, free-hand technique for a softer, blended finish. Popular among celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Sofía Vergara. “This is the perfect look for brunettes wanting a rich, on-trend colour with plenty of dimension throughout the hair.”

TREND 5: Strobing style

Strobing isn’t just a term used in the makeup world anymore as Nathan predicts the hair strobing technique to really take off this season. “Hair strobing is a colouring technique where dark and light colours are applied side by side in the hair making it appear fuller and more dimensional. It’s like make-up contouring, but for hair,” says Nathan.

TREND 6: Blonde ambition for boys…

Bieber and model of the moment Lucky Blue are leading the boy pack with this season’s must have male look - bleach blonde hair. “Think Scandinavian, grey and icy blondes for this look,” Jacky suggests. “Experimental bold colours will also be on the rise amongst trend-savvy guys looking for a unique edge.”

Visit your nearest Oscar Oscar Salon to find out more about the latest trends and techniques for AW16.

Posted under Hair Trends

2016 AHFA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR WINNER: STEFFI TANIAN

Posted on 12TH APRIL 2016

Australia’s largest hairdressing award program, the Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA), has announced Oscar Oscar Salons’ Melbourne-based stylist Steffi Tanian as the 2016 Newcomer of the Year.

Judged by a panel of renowned international industry experts, the AHFA (now in its 24th year) receives hundreds of entries each year from Australia’s hairdressing elite, and last night brought together the industry’s best for the annual awards gala event, which was held at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park.

Adding another trophy to her collection, Steffi, who has been named as an AHFA winner twice previously, now adds another win to her shining hairdressing portfolio – an impressive feat for the 23-year-old senior stylist of Oscar Oscar Salons Highpoint, Melbourne.

“I have found such a fantastic support network within the Oscar Oscar Salons team and they’ve provided me with the foundation, education and encouragement to foster my career but also challenge my abilities, which has positioned me where I am today.”

With deep-rooted passions in editorial and catwalk styling, Steffi is known for producing intricate and creative colour work on a day-to-day basis with her winning photography collection – the beautifully named ‘Odette’ – a true indication of Steffi’s exceptional talent.

Drawing inspiration from the elegance and fragility of the feminine role as portrayed in the classical ballet, the ‘Odette’ photographic collection aims to create a juxtaposition between the ethereal women and gentle form of ballet and the decay that lies beneath… the flaws in the character - just as it’s portrayed in the Odette story.

“Tight twists leading into a billowing ponytail, hair weaved tightly into itself then pulled apart to create an undone texture, small loops of hair separated by hand to produce a whimsical, fly-away effect, were all methods I employed with my ‘Odette’ collection,” explains Steffi.

COLLECTION CREDITS

Hair | Steffi Tanian

Photography | Andrew O'Toole

Make Up | Kylie O'Toole

Stylist | Elaine Marshall

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'DIRGE' BY SHANTELLE NEATE

Posted on 26TH FEBRUARY 2016

Blending precision cutting and colouring with relaxed, natural styling, the ‘Dirge’ photographic collection, by Shantelle Neate from Oscar Oscar Highpoint, is a coming together of high fashion with a do-it-yourself attitude.

Classic masculine foundations underpin this collection as Shantelle looked to the eclectic street fashion trends of Melbourne's coolest suburbs to reinvent the ideal of masculinity in her work.

This bold collection is currently a finalist in the 2016 Australian Hair Fashion Awards, Men's Hairdresser of the Year category.

COLLECTION CREDITS

Hair | Shantelle Neate

Photography | Andrew O'Toole

Make Up | Kylie O'Toole

Stylist | Elaine Marshall

Posted under Fashion & Runway

'A PRIORI' BY JACKY CHAN

Posted on 26TH FEBRUARY 2016

Ultra-glamorous, voluptuous styling blended with on-trend colour, shape and texture makes up the visually engaging ‘A Priori’, a photographic collection by Jacky Chan, from Oscar Oscar Chadstone & St Kilda.

Jacky’s collection was inspired by the sensational and provocative era of the nineties. A time where supermodels reigned supreme and fashion designers such as Versace were dressing A-listers like Liz Hurley in barely there dresses held together by safety pins. The word ‘de jour’ was ‘whatever’ and grunge bands with a new sound set the soundtrack to a new generation.

This visually captivating collection is currently a finalist in the 2016 Australian Hair Fashion Awards, VIC Hairdresser of the Year category.

COLLECTION CREDITS

Hair | Jacky Chan

Photography | Andrew O'Toole

Make Up | Kylie O'Toole

Stylist | Elaine Marshall

Posted under Fashion & Runway

'LONDON'S CALLING' by PALOMA ROSE GARCIA

Posted on 24TH FEBRUARY 2016

A visual contrast combining sharp lines, wispy mullets and undone looseness, the new photographic collection, ‘London’s Calling’ by Paloma Rose Garcia, is a modern interpretation of imperfect beauty as told through a story of six captivating images.

This stunning collection is listed as finalist in the 2016 Australian Hair Fashion Awards, NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year category.

COLLECTION CREDITS

Hair | Paloma Rose Garcia - Oscar Oscar Paddington (Sydney)

Photography | Andrew O'Toole

Make Up | Isabella Schmidt

Stylist | Elaine Marshall

Posted under Fashion & Runway

NYFW TREND REPORT - THE COBRA BRAID

Posted on 23RD FEBRUARY 2016

It's a braid, but not as you know it! Follow Aveda Guest Artist, Jon Reyman's, easy step by step guide to re-create his NYFW Cobra braid.

Reflecting a Parisian elegance, the Autumn/Winter 2016 Leanne Marshall collection honed in on the strength and beauty of a worldly woman on a continuous quest for more knowledge. To complement the clothes, Aveda Guest Artist Jon Reyman created an intricately knotted braid based on the macramé cobra knot.

“By employing a traditional macramé stitch technique, we’ve created a beautifully strong style that speaks to the feminine aesthetic of the clothes, while conveying the message of vigor,” Reyman said.

Steps to the Look

Step 1: Prep hair by blow drying with Aveda Thickening Tonic (RRP $39.00).

Step 2: Create a center part and then divide hair into three sections. Secure the middle section into a ponytail at the nape of the neck.

Step 3: Taking the left section, make a loop and bring over the ponytail base and under the right section. While holding this formation in place, take the right section under pony base and through the loop on the left side. Tighten together to make a knot.

Step 4: Begin the above process again, but now starting with the right section; keep each knotted section taut as you continue this pattern until the right and left sections are at the ends. Tuck the ends under the pony base and secure with two pins.

Step 5: Set with Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray (RRP $44.95)

For more Aveda hair care and styling advice, visit your local Oscar Oscar Salon, official stockist of Aveda haircare.

Images courtesy of Aveda #livingaveda

Posted under Hair How To

RINSE & REPEAT

Posted on 17TH FEBRUARY 2016

Why is it that our hair always feels lighter than air, soft and squeaky clean after a visit to the salon? Is it the product our stylist uses, or something to do with how our hair is washed?

We asked Jessica Longhurst, Salon Partner & Artistic Director at Oscar Oscar Robina, to share her fool-proof guide for the perfect home hair wash.

DETANGLE YOUR HAIR before getting in the shower. Tangled/knotted locks make it more difficult to massage your scalp and rinse out product. Try brushing with an Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush (RRP $49.95) prior to showering to get your tresses in order.

    2.Once in the shower, SATURATE YOUR HAIR from root to tip with warm water before applying any product. This will help open the hair cuticles, allowing your hair to absorb the nutrients in your shampoo and conditioner.

    3.DON’T USE TOO MUCH PRODUCT. For each shampoo, you only need around a 50 cent coin worth of product to thoroughly cleanse your hair. More product doesn't automatically equal a better result. If your lather is weak, add more water and keep working it.

    4. ALWAYS SHAMPOO TWICE. The first shampoo works to remove any oil and product build-up from the hair strand. Your second application provides an additional cleanse plus it allows the benefits of your chosen product to take effect (eg: add extra volume, shine or repairing proteins)

    5. OPT FOR GENTLE PRESSURE when massaging shampoo into your hair, particularly around the roots. Use the tips of your fingers, rather than your nails and don’t scrub too harshly as friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to unwanted breakage and frizz.

    6.CONCENTRATE ON YOUR SCALP. This is where natural oils are produced and therefore your scalp tends to require a little extra TLC. If you find your scalp tends to be oily, consider using a balancing shampoo such as Aveda Scalp Benefits (RRP $32) which helps remove excess sebum creating the ideal foundation for healthy hair.

    7.RINSE THOROUGHLY AFTER SHAMPOOING until your hair feels squeaky clean. Squeeze all excess water out of the hair before applying your conditioner or masque to allow for better absorptcion of product.

    8.CONDITION YOUR HAIR using a 50 cent coin worth of product. Only apply to your mid-lengths and ends (your ponytail area), avoiding the roots. Leave on for a few minutes to maximize results. Once a week, substitute your conditioner for a masque treatment such the Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque (RRP $55) for an extra boost of nourishment.

    9.RINSE WITH COOL WATER to help seal your cuticles. Ensure there is no product left in your hair and that the water is running clear into the drain. If you see suds, keep rinsing!

    10.Remember, DON’T OVER-WASH YOUR HAIR. Three or four times a week is sufficient for most hair types. Use a dry shampoo like the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo (RRP $30) to extend that clean sensation on non-wash days!

    For more helpful tips, visit your local Oscar Oscar Salon for a complimentary hair consultation and personalised hair care prescription.

Posted under Hair How To

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE

Posted on 31ST JANUARY 2016

Show that special someone you care this Valentine's Day with our limited time only, gift with purchase offer. Click here to find your nearest Oscar Oscar Salon.

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Gifts That Care! Aveda Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on 20TH DECEMBER 2015

Surprise and delight this Christmas with an Aveda gift pack. The perfect stocking-stuffer or personal indulgence.

All Aveda gift sets come pre-wrapped and ready for giving in handcrafted lokta bark paper from Nepal. The range of limited edition gifts is available in salons now, while stocks last. Select from the following gorgeous gifts by Aveda:

1. A gift to relieve stress for the road $64.00. Melt away the stress of the day with an aroma proven to reduce feelings of stress.

2. A gift of comfort and light $50.00. Soy wax candle comforts the senses with a warm and spicy aroma.

3. A quiet retreat from stress is a gift $43.00. Soak away stress with mineral salts from the Dead Sea and nourishing composition oil for body, bath and scalp—both with an aroma proven to reduce feelings of stress.

4. A peaceful journey is a gift $42.00. Bring the calming aroma of 25 pure flower and plant essences with you wherever you roam—infused in convenient, travel-size body care.

5. A gift of renewal for your journey $38.00.$1 goes to Nepal earthquake relief with the purchase of this gift set* of travel-size moisturizing hand cremes in 3 different aromas, plus a little night renewal for the road.


Note, selection may vary between salon locations.

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Pamper this Christmas with Kerastase

Posted on 11TH DECEMBER 2015

Available in some of our favourite Kerastase collections, the 2015 Christmas Coffrets contain three full size products for a limited time promotional price (save 20% of standard RRP)!

Give the gift of exceptional nourishment, long-lasting style or irresistible luxury, and treat those tresses to an upgraded routine. Each coffret comes with a matching/styling product to ensure your haircare regime is complete.

Perfect for those who love to indulge and try the latest in beauty technologies. Kerastase Paris holds its own as one of the biggest international names in luxe hair care, perfect for those that love to be pampered.

These limited edition holiday packs represent a 20% saving off the standard retail price. Strictly while stocks last!


Posted under Celebrity Style

Hint ghd this Christmas

Posted on 11TH DECEMBER 2015

Darling it's the thought that counts...right? If you're thinking ghd this Christmas, make sure your loved ones are too, by sending them a not so subtle hint!

Point them towards Oscar Oscar Salons, where they can shop the limited edition Arctic Gold collection as well as all our other favourite ghd styling tools and brushes!

Our top picks this Christmas include (from left: ghd arctic gold Air drying gift set $200, ghd platinum white or black styler $315 each, ghd natural bristle or ceramic brushes from $27.)

Note, stock availability may vary from salon to salon.

Posted under Our Favourite Products

Gift Voucher Special Offer

Posted on 11TH DECEMBER 2015

Posted under Misc

WE'RE OPEN LONGER, JUST FOR YOU

Posted on 8TH DECEMBER 2015

We're open longer, just in time for Christmas and New Year celebrations, to ensure you are looking your best!

Don't leave it until the last minute to book your appointment as spots are filling quickly.

To view a full list of salon extended trading hours, by location, click here.

Posted under Misc

LIGHT ON TREND

Posted on 4TH DECEMBER 2015

We love it when Hollywood A-listers turn heads for all the right reasons, rocking new cool platinum blonde shades and short, blunt-cut bobs for the holiday season. We’re currently coveting Nicole Richie’s new style, a seamless transition from the warm golden blonde of mid-2015.

“Nicole is right on trend with this new look, golden blonde to a flawless platinum and chic bob style-cut” says Oscar Cullinan, Owner and Director of Oscar Oscar Salons.

“The blunt bob is back on trend this summer as it is easily maintained and looks more high-end than its longer counterpart – the lob. Ideal for fine to medium hair lengths, this cut is quite versatile and can be styled to suit any occasion.”

“To achieve Nicole’s icy platinum, I would recommend doing a full head of fine micro-foils using the new Blonde Idol colour palette by Redken. This exciting addition to the Redken Colour range, enables us to produce brighter, cleaner blondes all in one sitting, and customize the perfect tone for every guest.”

HOW TO STYLE THIS LOOK:

  1. Just like with your makeup, it is important to prime your hair before styling. Apply a few sprays of Shu Uemura’s WONDER WORKER Blow Dry Perfector to towel dried hair to prepare your hair for heat styling.
  2. Work the product through with your fingers and comb into a side deep part using a tail comb.
  3. Blow-dry straight to create a sleek and smooth finish. Hot tip: Use a paddle brush to help stretch the root of your hair in any and every direction, creating lift and smoothing the hair follicle as you go.
  4. Nicole has a little texture in her hair, which can be added using Shu Uemura TEXTURE WAVE Dry Finishing Spray. This product leaves the hair with a soft, matte finish and offers buildable texture with a long-lasting flexible hold.
  5. Tuck one side behind the ear and apply a small amount of Shu Uemura TOUCH OF GLOSS Brilliant Styling Balm to combat fly-aways, leaving the hair with smooth with subtle shine.

Images by Getty.

Posted under Hair How To

WIN A LUXURY ESCAPE

Posted on 1ST DECEMBER 2015

Win a luxury escape staying at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast simply by booking your first two appointments at Oscar Oscar Salons for 2016!

See in salon for more details.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Entry is open to residents of QLD, NSW & VIC only, aged 18 or older. The promotion commences 1st December 2014 at 9am and closes 31st December 2015. To be eligible to enter guests of Oscar Oscar Salons must book and attend two future appointments for 2016 before March 31, 2016 and complete an entry form available at any Oscar Oscar Salon. The winner will be chosen at random by Oscar Oscar Salon Pty Ltd on 8th April 2016. There will be one winner of this promotion. If the guest cancels or does not attend their scheduled appointments they will not be eligible for the prize and another winner will be selected. This winner will be notified by phone and will be published on the Oscar Oscar Salons blog page. The winner has 3 months to claim their prize. THE PRIZE: The winner will receive 2 return flights to the Gold Coast, 1 nights’ accommodation at Palazzo Versace hotel in Main Beach, transfers to and from the airport and hotel, breakfast for 2 people at the Palazzo Versace, a complimentary Kérastase treatment and blow-dry at Oscar Oscar Salons and a Kérastase hair care pack to take home. The prize does NOT include spending money, any other meals or any other travel expenses. The prize or any unused portion of the prize is not transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for cash. The prize is valid for travel between April and August 2016 and is subject to availability. NSW permit number LTPS/15/08341

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BOOK YOUR MASTERCLASS TICKET NOW!

Posted on 10TH NOVEMBER 2015

Register to attend an Oscar Oscar Masterclass event this November to see our team of expert stylists showcase the latest colour trends, and party season inspired styling techniques.

All attendees will be spoiled with a VIP gift bag, plus access to a range of exclusive special offers from Kérastase Paris, Shu Uemura, Aveda and ghd, available for one night only.

Tickets are $20 and these events will sell out!

Events are taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so contact your favourite Oscar Oscar Salon to secure your ticket now!

Posted under Misc

Lead the field - Spring Racing Fashion Guide

Posted on 29TH OCTOBER 2015

Off to the races? How short is too short for your hemline? Should you match your bag with your shoes? How do you style your hair to work with your millinery?

With Melbourne Cup day fast approaching, we interviewed fashion/lifestyle blogger and local Melbourne fashionista Margot Moore (@margotmoore), to help navigate the trends this racing season, ensuring you avoid any fashion faux pas whilst trackside!

WHAT ARE KEY TRENDS WE WILL SEE TRACKSIDE THIS YEAR?
Simple, elegant and structured dresses that are mid length (always below the knee!). Also, lots of metallics and lace for millinery and accessories.

CAN YOU GIVE US THE INSIDE SCOOP ON FASHION DO'S AND DONT'S?
A day at the races is a big commitment. Not only is it an early start, but being outside all day in heels can also be quite painful. The best thing you can do is be prepared for a long day and make sure you are equipped for comfort. Try to wear in your shoes beforehand, if you plan on wearing new heels and get 'party-feet' or gel inserts for your shoes. They will give you a few extra hours of comfort before that burning feeling sets in. As a back up, pack bandaids!

Fashion-wise, it's important to research the themes for each race day beforehand and always adhere to them; for example Derby Day is strictly black and white, and a spot of yellow on cup day is customary. Make sure you get your hair professionally done. Spring Racing is all about beautiful hats and fascinators. Your hair should work seemlessly with your head piece, not detract from it.

As for what not to do, NEVER take your shoes off! You should try and find heels that are good mix of comfortable and fashionable, so try to stay away from a stiletto heel unless it's under 10cm. Don't do your makeup in bad lighting. Remember this is a daytime event, so it's important to get your makeup right for sunlight. Also, attending the races without some kind of headpiece is a major fashion faux pas!

DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR HAIR, MAKE-UP AND MILLINERY ADVICE?
For hair, I would always try to do something with a lot of structure and hold. You want your hair to stay put for the entire day, and quite often, the weather is not great here in Melbourne, so you have to be prepared for rain, hail or shine. Getting your hair professionally done, means that you'll get that long lasting hold, and it will just complete your outfit. I love a sleek and sexy up-do for the races. Jacky Chan, from Oscar Oscar Salons St Kilda, has been creating some beautiful styles for me this racing season. From soft glamour waves to a sleek low bun, these styles have helped really tie my race day look together.

In terms of makeup, you need to find that perfect combination of long lasting makeup that also looks appropriate for a day time event. I find you can achieve this by steering clear of over-the-top eye make-up (little to no eyeliner on the bottom), a natural looking false lash and a bright lip.

For millinery, I LOVE to support local milliners. They are so incredibly talented, and I cannot imagine how much time goes into making fascinators and hats. My favourite thing to do is get a bespoke piece made specifically for a dress. I have to admit that I avoid purchasing generic pieces from department stores at all costs. Millinery can be quite expensive, but these days you can hire amazing bespoke pieces from many dress rental companies which is an economical way to go about it! This year I have worn pieces by Heather McDowall and Allport Millinery (by Sophie Allport).

WHAT SHOULDN'T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ON MELBOURNE CUP DAY?
As I said above - bandaids! Also, a compact mirror, powder, lipstick and an iPhone charger are always standard handbag requirements. Make sure your clutch is large enough to fit the essentials and complimentary to the tones in your outfit.

FOR THE PUNTERS OUT THERE, WHO IS YOUR PICK TO TAKE HOME THE CUP THIS YEAR?
I got really lucky last year and managed to place my bets on 'The Protectionist'. This year I have not been having much luck with punting at all! I'm going to say 'Who Shot Thebarman' or 'Preferment' - but please do not take any punting tips from me!

For the perfect race day styling tip, secure an appointment with Jacky or a member of the St Kilda Oscar Oscar team,
(03) 8609 6455
162 Acland Street,
ST KILDA, VIC 3182

Posted under Celebrity Style

Early Bird Gift Guide

Posted on 26TH OCTOBER 2015

The festive season is just around the corner, with only eight more weeks to go until the 25th. If the thought of navigating the Christmas shopping crowds make you shiver (even without the snow) then beat the rush and plan ahead with the help of our Early Bird Christmas Gift Guide!

GHD: ARCTIC GOLD COLLECTION

The much awaited GHD Arctic Gold is the latest and greatest in the always changing limited edition GHD collection. The white and gold design is available across the range of styling tools, including the Platinum Styler and Creative Curve Wands and Tongs. All stylers and Curve electrical tools come complete with a white & gold heat safe roll bag perfect for those on the go. The Air Hairdryer gift set is presented with two white sectioning clips, ensuring you will always be able to create the perfect look.

FOR THE TRENDSETTER: Perfect for those who love the latest and greatest! For the fashionista who loves to change up her look, from beachy waves during the day to glamorous curls at night. Everybody loves a 'limited edition' right?!

AVEDA: GIFTS THAT CARE, CHANGE LIVES

Aveda is renowned for spoiling us each Christmas with an impressive selection of gifts suitable for every individual! The green paper packaging adorning each gift box is handcrafted from Lakota bark paper, a sustainable company that employs 5,500 people throughout Nepal, helping change lives after April's devastating earthquake. This year the Gifts of Joy include a beautiful selection of bath, body products, haircare and aroma candles. Each gift set is amazing value, with a 15% saving off standard retail price. Hurry, these gorgeous stocking fillers will fly out the door!

FOR THE FREETHINKER: Perfect for those who want a gift that gives back, who have a love of all things earthy and organic and a passion for the environment. Sit back and relax, and let Aveda take you away.

SHU UEMURA: BENTO BOXES

Shu Uemura Bento Boxes come with everything you need to kickstart your at-home haircare regime. Packaged in a handy re-usable tin, each pack comes complete with a full size bottle of shampoo and conditioner, along with two bonus travel size products: the sought after Essence Absolute Oil and a natural bristle Paddle Brush. With these bonus gifts valued at $80, these bento boxes are packed full of value.

FOR THE WORLD TRAVELLER: Perfect for that special someone travelling this holiday season. Both travel size products are airline approved and each box contains a different regime suitable for all climates and hair-types.

KERASTASE: CHRISTMAS COFFRETS

Available in some of our favourite Kerastase collections, the 2015 Christmas Coffrets contain three full size products for a limited time promotional price! Give the gift of exceptional nourishment, long-lasting style or irresistible luxury, and treat those tresses to an upgraded routine. Each coffret comes with a matching/styling product to ensure your haircare regime is complete. These limited edition holiday packs represent a 20% saving off the standard retail price. Strictly while stocks last!

FOR THE LUXE-LOVER: Perfect for those who love to indulge and try the latest in beauty technologies. Kerastase Paris holds its own as one of the biggest international names in luxe-haircare, perfect for those that love to be pampered.

TANGLE TEEZER: FLOWERPOTS

This adorable detangling flower hairbrush and pot for hair clips and baubles will banish tears, tantrums and tangles. Encouraging little girls to brush their own hair, and available in the colours 'popping purple' and 'princess pink', the Tangle Teezer flowerpots will make the perfect stocking stuffer for little Miss or Mister.

FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US: Perfect for young creative minds, the Tangle Teezer flowerpots make brushing your hair a positive experience for that little one in your life.

Get in soon to secure your Christmas wish-list while stocks last!

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Trend to try - 'The Reverse Shampoo'

Posted on 16TH OCTOBER 2015

It sounds a little backwards, but reverse shampooing is a new trend when it comes to home haircare routines. It offers a resolution for those of us with fine, dry hair, who find that daily conditioners are far to heavy and weigh down our hair.

The 'reverse shampoo' trend hit the spotlight In early 2015, with many salons and product companies offering solutions for guests with thin, damaged hair. Owner and Director of Oscar Oscar Salons, Oscar Cullinan, takes us through the benefits of switching up your shampoo before conditioner regime.

“Hydrating the hair first with a conditioning product helps protect and seal all fragile ends, minimising further breakage” explains Oscar. "Shampooing second, cleanses all traces of conditioner, leaving the hair soft, weightless and free of any residue. The reverse shampoo technique is perfect for those of us with ultra fine, damaged hair, as it boosts body and volume after just one wash."

"To try at home, wet hair thoroughly, then work in your Soin Premier Therapiste (an innovative pre-shampoo conditioner) remembering to avoid the scalp area. Leave hair for five to ten minutes allowing the conditioner to penetrate deep into the hair follicle and nourish from within. Rinse out the conditioner and apply your Bain Therapiste (shampoo), massaging the scalp to gently exfoliate and cleanse any excess product. Before blow-drying, finish with Kerastase Dual Serum Therapiste, a must have product that helps to further repair and bind ends.”

Ask your stylist about the Kerastase Therapiste reverse shampooing technique when next in salon, and receive your own home hair care prescription.

Posted under Hair Trends

Backstage Pass: MBFFS

Posted on 25TH SEPTEMBER 2015

Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival is renown for showcasing the best of local, national and emerging fashion designers and providing a preview of the latest in new season trends. Paddington salon partner and Redken Hair Director Paloma Rose-Garcia takes us backstage of the opening Ready-To-Wear Runway Show with her look ‘Chic Modernity’.

“The sleek ponytail that I created for the Ready-To-Wear Runway show showcased a fusion of classic elegance and chic modernity. Anchored by a meticulous back braid, the look was constructed using Redken Styling Products,” – Paloma Rose-Garcia

CREATE THE LOOK

  1. On clean hair, create a centre part followed by a diamond section at the crown through the nape for the braid.
  2. Apply BRAID AID 03 Braid Defining Lotion to the braid section and create a classic French braid. Lightly fix the braid with FORCEFUL 23 Strength finishing spray.
  3. Apply ROOTFUL 06 Root Lifting Spray through the remaining section of loose hair and blow-dry to create a sleek and smooth finish.
  4. Lightly brush hair with a soft bristle brush.
  5. Pull all the hair with inclusive braid into a low ponytail.
  6. Remove fly-aways with FORCEFUL 23 Strength Finishing Spray.
  7. For a finishing touch, spread 2-3 drops of DIAMOND OIL Shatterproof Shine through the mid-lengths and ends to create multifaceted shine.

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SUMMER HAIR BOOTCAMP

Posted on 10TH SEPTEMBER 2015

With warmer weather just around the corner you’ve probably started planning towards getting yourself fit and fabulous for that amazing bikini you’ve had your eye on. Your checklist probably includes updating your gym membership, reviewing green juice recipes, exfoliating like it’s nobody’s business and booking in for some spray tans. Before you launch into your new season health and fitness regime, consider also incorporating a summer hair boot camp!

Winter’s notorious for traumatizing our skin and hair, thanks to the drop in temperature, constant exposure to artificial indoor heat, hot showers and of course some daily abuse from our hair styling irons.

Being proactive about the health of your hair is easier than you think. We consulted Artistic & Technical Director, Jayne Pausina from Oscar Oscar Salons Carindale, for some personal training tips to whip your hair back into shape by summer!

STEP 1: DETOX

Coming out of winter, a dry or flaky scalp can represent a PH imbalance or sensitivity to a shampoo you may be using. “I recommend using ‘The Gommage’, part of the Kerastase Chronologiste range, to balance your scalp pre-shampoo,” says Jayne. “It’s a micro-fine scrub that purifies and stimulates the scalp and hair fibre through gentle exfoliation, resulting in deep nourishment and radiant shine.”

Like any good workout, preparation is key. ”It’s imperative that you prepare your scalp and hair properly or you won’t get the results you’re after.

STEP 2: REMEMBER TO HYDRATE

We’ve all heard about the importance of guzzling some H2O before our morning run, and just like our body, our hair can be susceptible to dehydration if it is not getting the proper nourishment it requires.

“Consider adding an intense hydrating masque and a good quality oil into your haircare routine. Both of these products will provide nutrition and moisture, whilst protecting your ends from drying out. The right oil makes your hair soft to the touch and provides UV protection, something we often forget about during winter.” Jayne’s go-to products for keeping hair hydrated and nourished are Kerastase’s Nutrive Masquintence and Elixir Ultimate Multi-Use Oil.

STEP 3: CONSULT AN EXPERT

“The new season is the perfect time to consider a makeover or style update,” says Jayne. If you don’t know where to find inspiration, consulting an expert can help get you back on track with some original ideas, as well as get you excited for the new you!”

For those seeking a change, Jayne recommends some soft, natural micro-foils or a beautiful balayage to create that sun kissed look everyone is craving. Go bold, and lose that winter weight with a new style cut such as a classic textured bob, an airy fringe or some tapered layering.

STEP 4: MAINTENANCE

Everyone experiences the occasional slump in motivation when beginning a new health or fitness regime, and it’s easy to fall back into the habit of neglecting our hair. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste!

“The key to perpetually glamorous hair is dedicating just a few minutes to it a day”. Invest in a regular gloss, blow-wave and treatment in salon, to also ensure your hair stays fresh and fabulous all summer long.

Are you thinking of kick starting your summer makeover? Book an appointment now at your nearest Oscar Oscar Salon location.

Posted under Hair How To

Second Day Hair Survival Guide

Posted on 7TH SEPTEMBER 2015

You left the salon rocking a fabulous blow-wave, but now it's day two and your facing a disheveled hair dilemma! Before you reach for the dry-shampoo or heat-styler, take a deep breath because we've got you covered!

If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to prolong your salon blow-wave for as long as possible. We had a chat with two of our expert stylists, Emma and Sarah from Oscar Oscar Garden City, regarding their go-to styles for second day hair.

The Textured Ponytail

Sweeping your hair back the day after a beautiful blow-wave can help maintain the overall look,all the while keeping those pesky fly-aways under control.

  1. The key to this look is lots of volume, so begin by teasing the roots with a Shu Uemura Volume Maker Brush. This will amplify the hairline whilst preserving the natural texture of your hair.
  2. Gently brush out last night’s curls and smooth into a high ponytail. Secure with a hair-band and bobby pins where needed.
  3. Apply a few sprays of Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric throughout the ponytail and work it through with fingertips. Liquid Fabric works similarly to a sea-salt spray, adding workable texture, and giving the appearance of a thicker, fuller looking head of hair.

The Twist Braid

The twist braid is the perfect look for those prone to an oily scalp, as it helps refresh your style from the day before, whilst drawing the attention away from a rebellious fringe or part-line.

  1. Prepare your hair with Shu Uemura Texture Wave, applying directly to the root and brushing any excess through to the ends. Texture Wave has a light powder formula, which helps to mask the look of unwashed hair.
  2. Part your hair to one side, then take a small section of hair from the front and twist back towards your ear.
  3. Repeat the last step, adding more small sections as you make your way across the hairline. Once finished, secure the end of your twisted braid with a bobby pin.
  4. Finish by applying a few pumps of Shu Uemura Essence Absolute Oil, to smooth and add shine to your mid-lengths and ends.

For more ideas on how to extend your style, head into your nearest Oscar Oscar Salon and book a styling consultation as a part of your next appointment!

All images courtesy of Instagram.

Posted under Hair How To

GIVE YOUR HAIR SECOND LIFE WITH NEW KERASTASE THERAPISTE COLLECTION

Posted on 3RD SEPTEMBER 2015

Introducing the new member of the Kerastase Resistance collection: Therapiste, designed for ultra-fine, ultra-processed and ultra-damaged hair. The Therapiste range rebuilds the internal substance of hair weakened by chemical or mechanical agressions, restoring its strength and condition. A must have for chemically lightened blondes and balayages, and those of us addicted to our styling irons.

This revolutionary new formula harnesses the regenerative properties of the resurrection plant Myrothamnus Flabellifolius, a flowering shrub found throughout Madagascar and South Africa. This plant can survive incredibly dry weather conditions and come back to life after an incubation time of up to ten years. Together with Kerastase’s Fibra-KAP technology it works to restore the micro proteins that link and bond keratin together in the hair.

This truly customised beauty ritual includes a unique Soin Premier, a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment suitable for extremely fine hair in need of a little extra strength and nourishment.

In addition, the Dual Serum is a prescriptive treatment for use on dry and splitting ends. This serum protects the hair from heating tools up to 230° leaves hair feeling soft and reinforced. Split ends are sealed and blow-drying time is cut in half.

Begin your hair therapy now with a voucher for 20% off the collection, for a limited time only. Simply register your details at Start My Hair Therapy and start confessing your hair sins! Coupons can be redeemed in all Oscar Oscar Salons until the 5th of October 2015.


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What a guy wants!

Posted on 30TH AUGUST 2015

Men deserve to be pampered too! The Manscape pamper package is sure to delight even the toughest critics! This limited edition package is a great gift idea or personal indulgence.

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