Hair & Beauty

Style It Up | Top Tips For the Perfect Up-Do

By Desta Cullen
11th Aug 2014

As you may have noticed, we have the inside word when it comes to the best hairdressers in Brisbane

And to be on our best hairdressers in Brisbane list, you certainly have to know your stuff! 

Luckily for us, Luke Reynolds and his team (FYI: the gang taming the manes of some of Brisbane's most glamorous heads), know all there is to know about cutting, styling and colouring, and they are more than happy to share their industry secrets with us! 

Replicating those hot hairstyles the pros pull off so effortlessly — without coming out the other end a flustered mess — can be a mission and a half. 

So in the name of keeping you cool as a cucumber with damn fine hair, we chatted with Luke Reynolds Hairdressing senior stylist and up-styling whiz, Kate Blore, about the five best up-dos and how you can recreate them at home.

Or, just leave it to those with the skillz and visit the well-coiffed crew at Luke Reynolds Hairdressing.

First Things First

There are a few things to square away before attempting your own home up do, so Kate ran us through her top tips for kicking things off right. 

Tip 1 | Second day hair is best for an up-style — it's easier to manage and will stay in place much better than freshly washed locks. Avoid greasy roots by spraying in a little KMS Makeover Spray before you begin. 

Tip 2 | Make sure you use hairpins that match your shade. "A really great style can look unfinished if pins are visible."

Tip 3 | Apply your makeup before doing your hair. "This especially goes for wedding and formal trials because it'll give you a much better idea of the total finished look."

Tip 4 | The correct styling products are essential to getting the look you want. We use — and recommend — the KMS California range because there's a product to fit every need," says Kate. 

Relaxed but chic, this style is perfect for a weekend breakfast or after-work catch up with friends. Wear with statement lips for the full effect. 

"Start by spraying some KMS Sea Salt Spray into hair to give texture, and working it into a loose high ponytail," says Kate "Then use a few pins to secure the bun."

Stylist Tip | If it's not staying in place while pinned lightly backcomb your ponytail first, which will make it easier to pin and keep it together," she said. 

The Luke Reynolds Hairdressing team are huge fans of the braid. "They're a simple way to look done up but not overdone and can be applied to almost any situation — weddings, work, dates, big nights on the town," Kate says. We love a versatile hairstyle! 

"Hair that is too soft can be tricky to keep in place," says Kate. "If you absolutely have to shampoo your hair that day, work in some Sea Salt Spray while blow drying to make it easier to work with." 

Stylist Tip | If your braiding technique is not yet down, Kate says there's nothing wrong with making YouTube tutorials your friend. "Or better yet, ask us to give you a crash course at your next appointment!" 


Iggy Azalea is so fancy, thanks in part to that sleek high pony she frequently sports. Kate says this style is pretty easy to replicate, but precision is key. Sleek means no bumps!

"Work a smoothing lotion (we recommend KMS Tame Frizz smoothing lotion) into wet hair before blow drying and straightening so it's sleek and shiny," Kate said. 

"Comb the hair back into a high ponytail making sure all sides of the hair are secure and free from bumps before securing with a hair elastic.

"Take a small section of your ponytail, wrap it around the elastic and secure with a couple of bobby pins. Spray with hairspray to keep in place," she says. 

Stylist Tip | To keep your pony sleek, shiny and immune to the elements finish with KMS Hair Stay Anti-Humidity spray.

From laidback to luxe, this loose braided downstyle can dress up jeans and a t-shirt, or take a special event look to the next level. 

"Work some mousse (KMS Add Volume Mousse) through damp hair and blow dry. Spray in some heat protecting spray and loosely wave from the middle to the ends of your tresses with irons or a curling wand," says Kate.  

"Then, work hair into a loose fishtail braid — this works best pulled to one side over your shoulder. Use a clear elastic to wrap up the end of the braid."

Stylist Tip | Perfection is not the key here; a few strands out of place are no problem!

A little bit girl-next-door and a lot classy, this hairstyle could quickly become a go-to. The first step, says Kate, is to get the curls. "Spray a heat-protecting, styling spray like KMS 2-in-1 Styling Spray into dry hair, then use a curling wand to create curls. Once finished re-spray with the 2-in-1 to keep the curls from dropping."

"Then, use a comb to lightly tease the roots of your hair at the top section of your head, to create some volume. Sweep hair back instead of parting it your usual way. 

"Twist and pin hair towards the nape of the neck to create a loose, wavy bun." 

Stylist Tip | Make sure it's all secure and then finish with a healthy blast of hairspray to keep everything in place. 

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Image credits: So Feminine, Harpers Bazaar UK, Style Blazer, Hairstylepedia, Glamour Magazine, Instyle UK

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