Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque

Is your hair frizzy? Hard to tame? Too much volume? Doesn’t like to stay straight? Do you spend ages wrestling with a GHD and blow drier just to have it spring back to its original splendour?

Aveda has the answer. Utilising plant power and organic shea butter, Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque does exactly what it promises: Smoothes. This at-home masque is used once a week, and it will promote a 50% reduction in frizzy volume in only once use. This has been proven in clinical trials. The shea butter and cupaucu extract help to weigh down the hair, with a non-greasy coating, which helps to reduce the excess volume, and smooth the dreaded frizz.

It is the latest addition to Aveda’s “Smooth Infusion” family, which is a complete range targeted at those with hair that is prone to frizz. Team it with Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for temporary (yet long lasting) smoothness, or Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight for an ongoing solution that will reduce the curl in your hair with continued use.

Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque retails for $49, but for a limited time only, receive $10 off with the purchase of any other product from the Smooth Infusion Range. In salon now.


Corrective Colour: Plastic Surgery For Your Hair.

With summer coming, many of our guests are choosing to ditch darker locks in favour of lighter shades. As easy as it sounds, such colours require specialist care and an alternative to a “normal” colour service.

A little known fact to salon guests is that hair colour cannot lighten previously coloured hair. Be it salon colour, or supermarket colour from a box, once permanent colour is on your hair, it’s not as easy to go lighter, which is why we are here! So you want to lighten your previously coloured hair? Here’s how it works at Cobaarz.

You will first have a consultation with your colourist. First we will analyse your hair. Check out your existing colour, your natural new growth, and determine if your hair’s condition can support a colour cleanse service. Make sure that if we ask a question, answer it the best you can. We don’t judge if you have coloured your hair yourself, we just need to know what has been on it so that we can tailor your colour pathway to get the best possible result. The existing darker colour needs to be removed from your hair. We will talk to you about your wishes, and give a realistic solution. Sometimes the desired shade is unachievable, and we are totally upfront and honest about your results right from the start, and work toward a mutually agreed goal.

“Hang on a second, is this STRIPPING my hair? Is this a bleach bath?! Isn’t that damaging?!”. In a word, no! We use Aveda’s Enlightener to remove artificial colour from your hair, which is not a bleach or a stripper at all. In fact, it’s based on natural chemistry, and contains protective oils. We do not believe there is a place in salons for traditional stripping or bleach bathing, our method is the most damage-free and gentle method available today.

Once we establish a target shade, the first step begins! Our gentle Aveda Colour Cleanse formula is applied to previously coloured hair, and remains on until the hair lightens enough to support the agreed target shade. The timing for this step varies from guest to guest, but we constantly monitor this process. When “ready”, we remove the colour cleanse formula, and prepare the hair with a pre-treatment. After drying, your newly-cleansed hair is ready for the target shade!

As you can imagine, this process takes a longer time than a normal service. We recommend a consultation prior to taking the big step to go lighter, and we can give you an estimate of the time and the costs involved. A colour-cleanse is generally a once-off service, and after your target shade has been reached, it will not need to be repeated.

Please mention that you wish to lighten your coloured hair when you are making an appointment, and our team will do our best to accommodate you. Call 5622 2255 for your obligation-free consultation!

Don’t be a Dumb Blonde!


Once a blonde, always a blonde.  Blondes, whether platinum, ash, gold, highlighted, or enhanced with pastel tones, subject their tresses to a lot. High maintenance as it is, it is something that we choose to live with, and love! Colour processes every four to six weeks can take it’s toll, and powerful bleaches and lightening agents drain hair of its shine, elasticity, and at times, it’s structure. It’s about time that we got smart with this.

Let’s talk about bleach. Yep, that nasty word that makes our hair, our scalp, and our lungs cringe. Basically, its not great. Traditional synthetic bleach, when mixed with hydrogen peroxide reacts with the melanin in our hair, and thus lightens it. However, the chemicals are notoriously harmful to the hair, and can actually break down the structure, causing snapping, stretchy hair, and generally will leave it in a weakened condition. They can also be damaging to the scalp, and cause reactions. The hair is also toned with a synthetic colour, which is not so nice on an already sensitised scalp. But we do it, because we love being blonde. And there is no alternative, right?

Wrong! Thankfully for us, Aveda has a colourist’s secret weapon called “Enlightener Powder Lightener”. It works by using natural chemistry without the hair-scare factor. The active synthetic ingredients found in traditional bleach have been replaced by ingredients that have been derived from plants and minerals. Conditioning agents have been added using Jojoba, Sunflower seeds, and castor oil, which help to look after the hair and scalp during processing. For on-scalp applications we add Aveda’s “Enlightener Creme Booster”, which helps it process quicker, and will also sooth the scalp with menthol, and blue chamomile.  Enlightener has a pleasant aroma, which is derived from plant ingredients, and includes peppermint and rose.

But does it work? YES! We can achieve super light, clean and soft blondes with Enlightener. And after toning with Aveda Full Spectrum Deposit Only or Permanent colour, it is shiny, smooth, and STILL feels like HAIR! An Aveda Botanical Therapy treatment later and you’re good to go. We also recommend Aveda’s Damage Remedy System and Blue Malva Colour Conditioner to care for you blonde at home.

Be it highlights, full head applications, or pre-lightening in preparation for this season’s pastel tones, Enlightener is a far more gentle alternative to traditional bleach. We can also use this in colour correction work, where it will replace a traditional “stripper” normally used to lighten off existing colour and tone in hair.

We don’t personally believe that there is a need for traditional bleach anymore. Better result + healthier hair = blonde’s best friend. If you have any questions regarding bleach, Aveda’s Enlightener, or blonding processes, contact us via 

Photo credits- Aveda Global Artistic Team, “Romantic Grandeur” Collection, 2014.

Photo Shoot = SUCCESS!

So. We had our photo shoot on Monday. This shoot was for two purposes, the main one being to create our images to enter in the national Aveda Colour Harmony Awards. The second was to create a collection that our team can proudly display in the salon, and know that it was all our own doing. I am very proud of my team’s efforts both in the lead up to the shoot and of course their work.

Tom McEvoy outdid himself shooting our work, and we cannot wait to see him add his arty touch to turn our images from photographs to art. This Melbourne-based photographer is 50% photographer, 50% artist in our eyes. We have given him free reign, and I must say we had a great time collaborating with someone as fun and creative as Tom. Melanie from Day Of The Doe helped with styling the shoot and providing some amazing props for us to use. Check out her skull art on instagram @dayofthedoe .

A big thank you to Tom, Mel, our spunky models, and of course my talented stable of stylists. Stay tuned for our art-ed up professional images, but for now here is a sneak preview of terrible quality iPhone photos taken by various members of our team on the day. These ones are going to look even worse once we see Tom’s shots!


Congratulations Deanna!

There is more than just Christmas to be celebrating here at Cobaarz Warragul! It is with much pride and happiness that I can congratulate Deanna on completing all of her requirements and becoming a fully qualified hairstylist.

This girl joined us many years ago as a Saturday Helper, and has worked her way through the ranks and is now a Senior Stylist at Cobaarz Warragul. Seriously this girl rocks! x x