Hair Tips

How To: Style your Long Bob for Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to try out a brand new hairstyle. For many of us, switching up our hair involves cutting some of it off! I recently did just that, opting for a long bob style courtesy of Master Stylist Karen Lino. If you’ve also jumped on the bandwagon of the long bob trend, read on for a few ways to style your new do this summer!

Curl it Up


Jourdan Dunn – who technically has a full on bob, but I love her and had to feature her here!














If you have straight hair like me, I suggest letting your hair air dry after washing it to minimise the amount of heat you’re going to apply. You can always use a round brush for some extra volume when it’s almost dry. Next, take a 3/4 to 1 inch curling iron and curl big sections of hair going in opposite directions. You’ll want your face framing pieces to be curled away from your face. Finger brush out the curls to finish!

For curly haired girls, you may need to straighten out your hair prior to curling. Better yet, embrace your natural curl with a curl enhancing product like Kevin Murphy’s Killer Curls!

Sleek and Straight


Jessica Alba

Once again, I like to let my hair air dry before straightening it to avoid using a ton of heat. Although my hair is naturally straight, I use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. I curved my ends in slightly but not so much that they look rounded.

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For curly hair, blow drying your hair with a large round brush before flat-ironing may be optimal. Curly haired Stylist Karen loves using Living Proof’s Style Lab Satin Hair Serum before blow-drying her hair straight!

Messy and Textured


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

Bring on the beach hair! For this look, I first scrunched up my wet hair with Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort and let it air dry. I then took a flat iron and added random bends into my hair, all directed away from my face. I like using a flat iron for this particular style because I find I have more control over the wave I am creating and where I want the bend, compared to when I use a curling iron.

For curly haired girls, I suggest you straighten out your hair before the above steps. Alternatively, you can once again embrace your natural texture! Try using Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again to eliminate any frizz and then use a flat iron to manipulate your curl.


Try these hairstyles and products out on your new long bob haircut and let us know what you think!


Blog by Alice Kapune.

Celebrity photos from Google images. 


Wedding Styles: Tips + Suggestions for Your Best Hair Day

When planning a wedding, there are so many details to organize. Deciding on your look for the big day comes down to a couple of well-chosen elements that will make you glow. For the best look that makes you feel the prettiest on your big day, consider these 4 factors:

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The neckline, whether a deep V, strapless, one shoulder, or boatneck style will likely be the deciding factor on wearing hair in an updo or down. For example, if you’re going strapless, you may want to keep your mid-length hair styled around your shoulders. However, a seam of pretty pearlescent buttons down the back of a gown calls for hair to be pulled up and away, to give the dress details attention. Any stand-out embellishments, especially around the neckline and shoulders will help make the up-or-down decision final.



Once you’ve studied the neckline and details of your dress, pinpoint it’s style. Is it classic, with smooth lines, and wouldn’t be out of place in a scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or perhaps it’s more romantic, with lace detailing and a Jane Austin’s Emma vibe. A sleek, 30’s inspired sheath could be considered modern, meaning all else is pared down, and a vintage style could create the option of a simple floral crown. Considering the style of your dress will help you finalize a hair style that enhances your overall look. Though beware of getting carried away with a theme; you want to look pretty and perfect – not as if you’re wearing a costume.


Jewellery + Accessories
You may already have chosen earrings, or are heart struck on wearing your mom’s veil from her wedding. Any accessories you choose will come with needs of their own. A veil will warrant a ‘do that can handle removing it after the ceremony and pictures. A floral crown or headpiece might call for waves or loose curls.


Hair Length + Type
Make sure to consider the hairstyle you are working with now, and what changes your hair will have gone through by the time of the wedding? If you’re looking at a date within the next 6 months, it is likely that your hair will be quite similar, unless you plan a big colour change, cut or extensions. Talk to your stylist about the looks that you like, and how they can work with your hair style and texture to last all day long. Be weary of doing something drastic before the big day, you don’t want to look like a stranger in your pictures.


Remember, to book a consultation a few months before the big day at Hair Republic, bringing with you any jewellery or accessories (such as veils or head accessories), images of your dress, and pictures of makeup you like. Your stylist will be able to offer suggestions and together you can plan a beautiful look for your special day.

Written by AVL. Images collected from Pinterest.

Hairstyles for Prom

Spring is here, and that means that Prom time is closing in. It’s the end of high school, and the grand finale is just around the corner. Perhaps you’ve been planning your look for months, years even. Once the big decision is made, and the dress and shoes are picked out, then it’s time to decide on what to do with your hair. There are a few things to consider: your hair type and length, and the length, shape, and style of your dress.

Pinterest can offer a host of inspiration for prom hair styles, but we’ve put a few suggestions together to help you narrow it down even further. (Sometimes fewer options help to make a decision). As you choose how you’ll wear your locks for this special event, keep an eye on accessories that grab your attention. Sparkly headbands, flowers (either real or fabric), glittered barrettes, dangly earrings and pretty pins should co-ordinate with both your hairstyle and your outfit.


Updo Classic
The updo in it’s many incarnations is a classic event style, as hair pulled back away from the face is pretty and a great way to put the focus on the dress. Try a low chignon, with hair loosely tucked in and tendrils framing the face. Or have all your hair pulled up into a soft bun on the crown with an twinkly headband to dress up the look. Another pretty prom look is to tie hair back and tuck in a few flowers for a romantic effect.

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Even if you’re hair is short, you’ll want to have it properly styled. Make sure to research looks and have a consultation beforehand. It’s important with short hair to look intentional. It could be charming and textured like Ginnifer Goodwin’s cute cut or classic 1920s á la Carey Mulligan as Daisy in The Great Gatsby. Both of these beauties are enhancing thier ‘do with striking accessories. Sparkling and dangling earrings light up your face, or a pretty barrette pinned to hold a deep side part in place is a sweet way to add style to a sleek look.

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If you’ve been growing your locks for a long time, you can keep the look on your locks and less on the dress. Have hair braided into a fishtail and pin in small flowers, or go super classic and keep it long and curled, and pinned to the side. If you’re thinking straight and sleek go half up and accessorize with a jeweled or metallic pony wrap.

Remember, if you’re having a tricky time choosing a style, book a hair consultation at Hair Republic, making sure to bring along images of your dress and accessories. Let the experts take care of your look for this epic event!


Written by AVL. Images collected from Pinterest.

Romantic Hairstyles for Valentine’s Day

Holidays, whether Hallmark or not, deserve a little dressing up for the occasion. On February 14th, romance is in the air, (even if it’s 20 below). One could think of hair like a love letter; whether short and sweet or long and lusty, there’s a romantic style for the occasion. Here are 5 sweet styles for sharing the day with your sweetheart or going out on the town with your best girlfriends.


Short and Edgy
It’s Valentine’s Day, a bit of attitude goes a long way. A short ‘do given some volume at the front is a stylish way to rock your date.

Short to Medium-Length ’60’s
Get flirty with a vintage vibe on the fourteenth. Try tumbles of curls with a 60s vibe bouncing around neck and shoulders.

Half-up ’60s
Play dress up on V-Day with a retro style with lots of volume and waves. Pull hair back and up high then secure at the crown with a cute bow barrette.


Half-up at Home
Getting cozy at home on Friday? Pull loose waves back and secure low at the nape with a pretty clip, letting loose tendrils fall around the face. Pull on a baggy sweater and curl up with some aromatic tea and a good read.

Fun Pony
A pony isn’t just for jogging anymore. For an activity-filled date night with your honey or an exciting night out with your girlfriends, style hair into loose waves before pulling hair back for a mid-high pony secured with an elastic.

Whatever you do, remember cupid is on the lookout, so this Valentine’s day wow him with your great hairstyle. If you’re feeling like you might need a hand with your look, simply book at Hair Republic (you can do it online!) and let a stylist take care of it for you, or hint to your sweetie that you need a gift card from HR to make the day just right!


Post by AVL. Images via Pinterest.

The Very Versatile Lob

The recently trendy ‘Lob’ hairstyle is a grown out bob, or if you choose, you can cut it to a specific length. It has been seen on many celebrities recently and is a refreshing change from long hair and extensions worn by women!

Here are our top five reasons why a lob is the most chic and versatile hairstyle at the moment:

1. Short = less maintenance in the morning

It is a no brainer that shorter hair equals less time when getting ready and less maintenance during the day. How great is that!

2. The messy/beach wave look

It is easy to quickly curl your hair, run your fingers through it, and add some hair spray. Voila, you have perfectly tousled lob that doesn’t need upkeep during the day!

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3. Sleek and chic

Again, easy to blowdry straight, or run a straightener through, with a finishing shine spray. You will look beyond polished for your day at work or a night out!


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4. Say ‘bye-bye’ to your Ombre hair style

Ombre (or Balayage highlighting) has been on trend for a few seasons now, but with the Lob, it has never been a better time to transition away from the Ombre look. Cut off the damaged and dry ends from your Ombre for a healthy head of hair while being on trend!


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5. Looks beautiful with all hair colours and face shapes

All of our celebrity examples vary from blonde to different shades of brunette. Anyone can rock this look in numerous ways. Even our Salon Owner and Manager, Michelle Nguyen, cut her below shoulder length hair into a Lob the other week!


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By Amanda Vagners

From Runway to Running Out The Door – Fall 2013 Hairstyles

For the Fall 2013 season, there are many looks you are easily able to achieve at home, and some, not so much! We think you should leave the now  popular runway “wet look” for when you come out of the shower… But below, we have styles that will suit everyone’s often busy lifestyle, as seen on the runways for Fall 2013.

“Wake Up and Go!”

Wow, this is definitely everyone’s ideal hair-style! To wake up and leave your house with your hair as is. For these looks, do not forget to add some dry shampoo, a brush through with your fingers, and off you go!

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Vera Wang

“Wake Up, Take 5 Minutes, and Go!”

Similar to the looks above, these are effortless styles, except, you can see hints of wave. To create this look, either curl/wand your hair the night before and simply brush through once in the morning. Or the morning of, quickly curl/wand your hair, break a part with your fingers, (don’t forget dry shampoo), and off you go!

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Phillip Lim

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Diane Von Furstenberg

“Wake Up, Uh Oh Last Minute Meeting, and Go!”

The low pony tail  is ideal for a day where you have meetings or need to have a lunch date with your boss. It appears a little messy, (since you did not have time to wash your hair this morning), but the little detail of wrapping your hair around the elastic is chic, effortless and takes minimal time Your boss will be impressed!

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Ralph Lauren

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“Wake Up and Decide, Hey I Want A Change, And Go!”

We wanted to illustrate styles ideal for the busy woman, however, if you want to opt for a change, please say yes to bangs! The textured bang is versatile – worn straight across or can be side swept. As it grows out (bangs tend to grow the fastest), you will be able to middle part them. Mix it with any of the above looks and you have encapsulated what Emilio Pucci had on his Fall 2013 runway – talk about being trendy!

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Emilio Pucci

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Emilio Pucci


By: Amanda Vagners

Media Coordinator
Hair Republic | Salon

5 Ways to Style Short Hair for Fall 2013


Hair Republic | Salon’s own Vanessa Grainger opted for a change in her ‘do last month. Her Cut and Style was serviced by Senior Stylist Michelle Nguyen (Blyth) and Colour was serviced by Senior Stylist Taze Vushaj.

Now, not everyone knows how to style their short hair. What products do you use? How do you use them? What style is appropriate for which occasion? Etc. We want to help you!

Vanessa depicted her new short hair style during the following week, to illustrate you just how versatile and fun having this style can be! We have added directions on how to style, as well, the products used, which you can find at Hair Republic | Salon.


Look #2

Products used: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Hydromousse
Directions: Apply Awapuhi Hydromousse to hair after towel drying your hair. Next, using a comb and fingers, create a few “finger waves” while drying your hair. Finally, when hair is dry, use your fingers to loosen the waves to add more texture.
Look #3
Products used: Sojourn Volume Gel and Kevin Murphy Gritty Business.
Directions: Start with applying the Sojourn Volume Gel on towel dried hair. Rough dry with hands and blow dryer, lifting up hair at roots to receive lots of volume. When hair is dry, use Kevin Murphy’s Gritty Business – just a dime size, unless you need more hold – and massage well into your palms. Finally, apply all over, pulling hair strands upwards.
Look #4
Products used: Kevin Murphy Body Building Mousse and Sojourn Smooth Serum.
Directions: Apply Kevin Murphy’s Body Building Mousse to damp hair – the best way to do this is by spraying mousse along a wide toothed comb, then combing it through your hair to reach each strand. Blow dry hair towards one side. Finally, she applied Sojourn Smooth Serum to the  ends of her hair for a sleek shiny look.
Look #5
Products used: Kevin Murphy Night Rider
Directions: First, apply a dime size of Kevin Murphy’s Night Rider on damp hair. Next, blow dry with a vented round brush – brushing upwards to get maximum volume. Finally when hair is dry, apply a  little more Kevin Murphy Night Rider to maintain height and to give hair more texture.