how to unleash the magic of your curls

Curly hair

If you spend more time frustrated with your curls than in love with them this post is for you. You might have forgotten that girls with curls are the envy of all the straight haired girls out there. We want to remind you that, even though they may drive you mad, your curls are a hidden blessing that deserve your love. We’ve got you covered with some tips on how to work them well.

Curl detractors – to avoid:-

  • Styles that leave you with bulk laden ends, including anything that forms a triangular shape.
  • Fine-tooth combs – just say no!
  • Washing your hair daily. Losing more natural oils is not an option.
  • Brushing your hair – full stop.
  • Swimming or exercising without a touch of leave-in crème. That’s a recipe for a frizz fight right there.
  • Anyone running their fingers through your hair – as if we need to tell you that!

Curl enhancers – to embrace:-

  • Loose braids, headbands and buns. These turn “what the!” hair days into “you go girl!” days.
  • Longer layers and a good cut unleash the power of the curl.
  • A good stylist is more valuable than gold. If you see a curly haired sister with a great cut, step out of your comfort zone and ask her where she got her hair cut. This may be a life changing opportunity.
  • Conditioning your hair well and allowing it to soak in after washing. Your ends will reward you for it.
  • Deep conditioning treatments are a necessity for girls with curls. The curlier your hair the less able your natural oils are to make their way all the way to your ends. This leaves them gasping for moisture and suffering from frizz. Applying a deep conditioning masque on a regular basis will help to tame your mane.
  • Rinsing out your conditioner with cold water (and it’s good for you skin too).
  • Detangling your hair should be an in shower event. It’s kinder on your hair and your nerves.
  • After combing through and rinsing out your conditioner in the shower don’t comb your hair again. Use your fingers to help reform your curls instead – I cannot stress this point enough.
  • Sulphate and sodium chloride free shampoos and conditioners are a must otherwise you could be drying your hair out even more.
  • Invest in a micro-fibre towel for drying your hair and squeeze, don’t rub your hair to get rid of excess water.
  • Plopping your hair (wrapping it in a towel to dry) to help reduce the frizz (click this link to for a visual).
  • If you’re drying your hair with a diffuser, make sure to get your parting into position before you start, because once your hair is dry and you attempt to re-part your hair, you will end up creating unwanted frizz.
  • During the scrunch drying process move the diffuser as little as possible. Completely dry each section of your hair before moving on to the next section to dry. You are going to love the results!


Watch this space for my upcoming Facebook Live feed where I will go through some tried and true techniques and tips for enhancing those curls.


your hair, your life, your rules,

Neil Cleminson


amazing results and revealing reviews of bhave keratin smoothing – part 4

If you are considering getting your keratin smoothing on and you are in the research phase you might like to see how it has worked on other clients and read some feedback. We love that about you – anything worth having is worth a bit of time and research right?


In that spirit we are also going to address the elephant that’s climbed into our room, clients purchasing our keratin smoothing treatment on-line and applying it at home. Firstly we do not sell our treatment to the public so if you’re buying it online it is from an unauthorised seller. If you’re buying from an unauthorised seller they are more concerned with making money off you than how your hair is going to look.

We do not want to lecture you in any way but we do want to protect your hair. Our keratin smoothing treatment is a salon professional product only. The reason we have developed the keratin smoothing treatment for in-salon use only is because we want you to experience the best results possible and protect you from hair disasters. We want you to experience manageable, beautiful hair that leaves you feeling amazing and confident. This will not happen if you do this treatment at home.

Hairdressers are trained professionals and like other professionals, they have a depth of knowledge that allows them to assess and adjust treatments so they are the perfect fit for your hair texture and condition, plus we provide in-salon training and that’s why they achieve such fabulous results.  We seriously encourage you to avoid a DIY keratin smoothing treatment because you deserve the real deal just like the lovely ladies below have had.

Beauty heaven.JPGYou can read an independent review from Melissa, published on Primped, about her keratin smoothing experience by clicking here . Or to see how Isabelle’s hair turned out on Beauty Heaven click here.  Kimmi from the Plastic Diaries shares great photos of her before and after here. Zoe Foster Blake needed to make life easier (especially hair life) and shares how our keratin smoothing treatment did that here. If you want to see how your smoothing can look over time then this post by Tine from Beautyholics anonymous shows a progressive timeline of her treatment, click here.


your hair, your life, your rules

Neil Cleminson



how to look after your new keratin smoothing treatment – part 3

Firstly, congratulations on your newly smoothed hair. Doesn’t it feel amazing!


This is the lovely Rachel from Townsville, as you can see from her before photo she has been fighting the frizz. After her keratin smoothing treatment, Rachel has been able to wash and wear her hair (as shown in the after image above). If she wanted to create a straighter, sleeker appearance all she would need to do would be to wash and blast dry her hair. 

As you know your treatment will last up to 5 months, depending on your hair type and how you look after it, so here’s our cheat sheet on how to do just that.

  • Do wait for 48 hours after your treatment before washing it out. This allows the treatment to work its magic into your hair. There is, however no benefit of leaving your treatment in any longer than this – it will only dry out your hair.
  • If your hair happens to get wet before the 48 hour period, don’t panic. Simply blow dry it off asap and when it’s dry go over it lightly with a flat iron on a low heat setting.
  • Do not use any styling products until after the first proper shampoo at home. If you need to, you can use the riot control oil to smooth down any pesky flyaways.
  • Use bhave sodium chloride and sulphate free shampoos and conditioners to support and maximise the longevity of your treatment. If you do use shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium chloride it may strip out your treatment. We have formulated all of our bhave shampoo and conditioners specifically to help maintain the results of your treatment for as long as possible.
  • If you like to have your hair coloured in a darker shade then we recommend waiting 7-10 days after your treatment before colouring.
  • If you’re a water baby and you love to swim be aware that sea or chlorinated water may reduce the longevity of your treatment. To counteract this we recommend that you apply leave-in crème and riot control oil before your swim and rinse your hair with fresh water immediately after. This will help eliminate any salt or chlorine build up.
  • If you love exercising and building up a sweat, rinse your hair with fresh water after your workout to eliminate the salt.
  • Use heat to activate the smoothing effect. As this is NOT a straightening treatment, however, you can wash’n’wear if you would like a little bit of movement without frizz.


your  hair, your life, your rules

Neil Cleminson

what steps are involved in a keratin smoothing? – part 2


You’re considering getting a smoothing treatment but you want to know what’s involved (we love that about you). So here’s a guide of what to expect.

Step 1.  – Have a consultation with your stylist. We cannot stress enough how important this step is in the process. Your stylist is a professional who is able to assess the texture and condition of your hair, talk you through what’s achievable, the cost and the time you need to set aside. This sets you up for the best experience possible and avoids any unwelcome surprises.

Step 2. – On your appointment day, the salon will wash your hair with a specifically formulated shampoo that removes any residue from previous products. Why does that matter? If your hair is not prepped for the keratin smoothing treatment it will affect the results you get. Your hair needs to be squeaky clean to be ready to smoothe.

Step 3. – The salon will apply the keratin smoothing treatment similarly to an all over colour. How long will it need to stay on? Glad you asked – the treatment itself will be left on your hair for 30-60 minutes. The exact time will be determined by your hairdresser after they have assessed the texture and thickness of your hair.

Step 4. –  A small amount of the treatment residue will be rinsed.  Your hair may even still feel a little slippery after this so (almost like it still has conditioner in it) don’t worry this is normal.

Step 5. – Your hairdresser will blow-dry and then straighten your hair. They will use straightening irons to smooth it. You get to take your hair home and show it off to your family and friends but you’re not finished just yet.

Step 6. – Once you get home you mustn’t wash your hair for 48 hours. Even though you may have the urge to wash it as it doesn’t feel like you want just yet – resist. You also mustn’t tie it up or wet it. Remember it’s only 48 hours to reach the pot of gold benefits. If your hair does get wet, don’t panic simply dry the wet section and go over it once or twice with a straightening iron.

Step 7.48 hours later you get to wash it out. Please don’t wait any longer than this as there are no benefits but you may dry the ends out. This is where we recommend using our shampoo and conditioner so that you are maximizing the treatment you’ve invested in. If you choose to use other products you do risk stripping out all of that amazing keratin and damaging your freshly smoothed hair. Our products are paraben and sodium chloride free which is important and they’re loaded with raw natural keratin plus a little goes a long way.

Step 8. – Reap the rewards. You now have the option to either air-dry your hair without it being frizzy and uncontrollable or achieving that straight, sleek, smooth result in a fraction of the time and feel fabulous too.

Congratulations you’re a smoothe babe!

your hair, your life, your rules

Neil Cleminson


did you see our live facebook feed?

Yesterday we produced our very first Facebook live feed from our head office. It was a nerve-racking, exciting and energy lifting experience for all of us here at HQ. We did have a few hiccups (practice makes perfect) but we were so thrilled to have jumped into the Facebook live pool and had a chance to connect and share with you, our incredible tribe and we are now well into planning and improving our next feed in two weeks.


To those of you who sent in your questions and those of you who jumped on to view the feed, we say THANK YOU SO MUCH. Your support means the world to us. Without you, there would be no place for us.

One of the questions we received during that feed was something we really wanted to talk about because it is a good question that deserves an open and honest answer. The lovely Jeanne of WA asked ‘Why is it so expensive’.

Two words, active ingredients; we invest immense amounts of time, money and resources into sourcing the best and most beneficial active ingredients we can. As Neil talked about yesterday, it is super important to all of us here at bhave that our products deliver the best hair care possible.

To achieve that goal we load each of our products with active ingredients that work to repair and nourish your hair from the inside out rather than coating the hair shaft with a quick fix.  The benefit of such high-quality ingredients is that the amount of product you need to use to achieve outstanding results also decreases. This means although you are paying more you are getting so much more, increased quality, long lasting products and results that say it all.

We know our products are not for everyone but those who do bhave with us can be assured that we are all about quality and results. So thank you, Jeanne for your question and we hope that you continue to bhave with us.

We love hearing from you, so please email or comment with any questions you may have. Looking forward to our next Facebook live feed on Wednesday, 15th March, time to be advised.


your hair, your life, your rules

Michelle & Sheryl xxx

this is why rescue therapy is magic for your hair

I frequently get clients who are distressed by the condition of their hair. They’re suffering from misbehaving tresses due to regular colouring, daily use of heat appliances, normal environmental damage such as swimming or in some extreme cases, breakage and snapping of the hair shaft. These are all confidence zapping experiences that leave them feeling distraught and despondent which is why I developed our bhave rescue therapy.

rescue-therapy-groupOur rescue therapy is an in-salon treatment that can initially be applied weekly to extremely damaged hair and then every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter to help repair, renew and protect at risk hair.  Think of it as a facial for your hair. Just like your face, your hair deserves to be treated with kindness because just like your skin, your hair ages and will show the effects of dryness and mistreatment in ways that don’t flatter.


These photos show the difference our rescue therapy makes.  The left image shows the extent of damage to this client’s hair before the treatment and the right shows the same client’s hair after only one rescue therapy treatment. What a difference. Using the rescue shampoo and conditioner at home will also help her to continue to repair her hair between treatments.

The difference between the product we have developed and other popular products on the market is the way in which they work. Rescue therapy is loaded with fully bioactive keratin protein. This keratin protein is a miracle worker on hair because it mimics and regenerates the hair’s own natural keratin which allows it to repair damage. This is why rescue therapy is magic for your hair.  

Rescue is not a polymer or silicone based product. Instead of applying a silicone or polymer layer over the top of broken cuticles, which acts as a temporary coating system, our rescue therapy penetrates the hair shaft allowing it to repair and restore each strand of hair from the inside out and it won’t weigh your hair down because it has a light molecular weight that makes it suitable for all hair types, yes even fine has.  A quick read of the ingredient list shows how this product is power packed.

Why should you care? This means that instead of applying a superficial and temporary coating our rescue therapy is working to improve your hair. It protects, helps repair any existing damage and creates more manageability and shine for the long term. It evens out porosity for the next colour treatment and restores elasticity. It’s heaven for your hair as Stephanie from Lipstick and Cake discovered during her treatment.

Lift your hair confidence to a new level.

Click here to read more or email us at to find a participating salon near you.

your hair, your life, your rules

Neil Cleminson

romance your hair on valentine’s day


It’s Valentine’s Day and while others are talking jewellery, flowers and chocolates I’m talking hair love because self-love is the best love of all. Let’s face it your hair is your best accessory and if it’s feeling phenomenal the world feels a little brighter. 

Here’s a list I’ve put together to inspire you to romance your hair on Valentine’s Day.

  • You are what you eat so eat well. Start today by treating yourself with food that’s going to have you glowing from the inside out. Not getting enough nutrients can leave your hair lack-lustre, brittle and prone to shedding. None of these feel or look good. Incorporating protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3, vitamin A, zinc and selenium, vitamin E and biotin into your diet will increase your health and have your follicles thriving (I know it’s a long list but these vitamins can all be found in your food).
  • Stay hydrated. Invest in a funky water bottle that appeals to your stylish self and keep it topped up. Add a slice of lemon, lime and ginger to tantalise your taste buds and encourage you to drink more. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. One way to look after your hair is to keep yourself well watered. Dehydration leads to brittle, ageing hair and nobody wants to go there.
  • Give you hair a rest from all those heated appliances. Declare today a day of natural beauty and let your hair air dry – your hair will love you for it.
  • If you do use heated appliances, protect your hair before you do so. Products like super nova, leave-in crème and riot oil protect your cuticles while you’re creating a style that you love.
  • Stretch out the shampooing 2-3 days at least. I know your scalp is oily, but believe me, washing it every day will not help. When you do shampoo stick to your roots only. I cannot stress this enough – wash your roots, condition your ends and watch the difference it makes.
  • Invest in a shampoo and conditioner loaded with active ingredients like our raw natural keratin which nourishes, repairs and builds on the health of your hair each time you wash and condition. You also need to and use a lot less.
  • Gift your hair a rescue therapy treatment and show it some deep love. You have facials for your skin why wouldn’t you give your hair the same amount of love; it’s doing such a great job for you.
  • Treat yourself to a silk pillow case not only will it feel luxurious but it is kinder on your hair and face.
  • Book yourself in for a cut, colour, or blow wave with your favourite stylist and walk on air for the rest of the day.

your hair, your life, your rules

Neil Cleminson