Some hairstyles and makeup techniques are best left to the best hairdressers in Sydney at Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup BUT there are PLENTY of things you can do at home. Empowered with the right advice and the right tools and techniques, we’ll have you creating some sexy looks for yourself at home.

braids for long hair

Try your hand with these easy braided hairstyles

Our braided hair collection arrives just in time for sunset drinks, summer parties and dance events.  It’s the perfect way to sport a fashionable updo without looking “overdone”, to be cool and stay cool!


Braiding is an ancient hair styling technique that goes back to over 3000BC. The most famous woman sporting braids from back then was Cleopatra.

Braids have appeared on men and women throughout history, indicating everything from functional hair to glamorous hair, your social status, cultural heritage, marital status and even religious associations.

dutch braids
braids for long hair for women


Today anything goes with hairstyles and while braids took a back seat in the fashion stakes for a while, the two things to know about braids is: braids are cool and braids are back!

After making a big resurgence on the catwalks around 2010, each year designers such as Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen feature braids as part of their catwalk look and women can’t get enough of them.


Dutch braids plaits that are created by adding in strands while you braid, but instead of crossing the new hair over the top as you normally would when plaiting hair, you’re passing it from side to side underneath. What you end up with is a braid that looks like it’s sitting on the top of your hair.

The most famous “braidy bunch” lover is Kim Kardashian – pre and post birth she has been sporting not 1 Dutch Braid but 4! The secret to Kim’s plump braids is to add synthetic loose hair extensions to add volume.

Her stylist also uses a product called Color Wow Root Concealer to cover up any roots that show through and to fill in any partings that may look a little bit too loose.

Crème style products such as this can be a pain to wash out so we recommend Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray.  This little beauty God-send instantly cover grays and roots. The spray feels like a dry shampoo – and the product description says it absorbs dirt and oil to refresh hair.  It comes in 6 shades and the pigments blend seamlessly with your natural hair.

The secret to a great braid is having beautiful hair to start with: your colour is fresh, your hair is healthy and your haircut hasn’t got lots of layers cut into it. There are loads of tutorials online if you want to DIY, but why? Just come in with your favourite braid pic and we’ll create it for you.

Creative direction: Graeme Cumming for Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup

Makeup: Natasha Newman, Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup

Photography: John Buckley,, represented by Sync Production

asian hair

Asian HairAsian Hair is unique and with the right hairdresser it can hold amazing shape! The biggest misconception about Asian hair is that you need an Asian hairdresser, however you just need a great hairdresser.  About 35% of our clients have Asian hair.

Asian hair is just like any hair type that we look after – it requires understanding of the client, how they live their life and what they want from a hairstyle.  The rest is talent and experience.

Read on to find out some great advice on which haircuts suit, and what works best when styling, Asian hair from Lily Jackson’s Sydney Hairdressers.

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It is important that you consult an experienced hairdresser to help you work out how you can adapt a style and colour to suit your look, lifestyle and budget.

Working with your natural beauty (see the tips below in our infographic) a well-trained hairdresser will be able to personalise an on-trend hairstyle that you might have thought was out of reach.

Need some proof? This article shows how celebrities are mixing up their hairstyles all the time and do not confine themselves to one look.

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Debunking the hairstyle myths around what we should and shouldn’t do.

On a daily basis we are bombarded with messages of should and should not’s:

  • ‘what clothes you shouldn’t wear’
  • ‘what style is appropriate for your age and body shape’ AND
  • ‘your face shape doesn’t really suit that hairstyle’.

We’re going to debunk those blogs and articles about who suits what, and show you what you really need is a great hairdresser who can translate hairstyles and hair cuts into shapes that suit you.

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perfect blunt fringe

blonde fringeA fringe is a great way to create interest in a haircut. Can a fringe look bad? Our stylists answer without a second thought – YES! Fringes can look boring, lank and unflattering but a quick, easy but great blowdry will solve that. Read more

Style Icon Liv Tyler

Liv TylerWe love how Liv Tyler stands on her own merits as an actress and exudes her own sense of fashion and style. She seems seperate from the pressures and monotonous trends of the “celebrity-machine” and has an absence of fear in the way she pieces together her looks….

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kelisLet’s explore some of the amazing hair, make up and body painting creations that the R&B turned Dance artist Kelis has brought to life in her music videos, on the red carpet, in her everyday life and for her album covers as well as editorial shoots. We love Kelis as she is not afraid to try something different and she allows the hair, make up and body painting artists imaginations to run wild!


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This hairstyle receives mixed reactions; some people love it and others think it makes your head look like a mushroom or pudding bowl! I am of the former group, seeing this hairstyle as chic, stylish and sleek. It was a great statement hairstyle when it was first created in the 70’s, and modern takes on the style keep it current and wearable. Lets take a look at the Purdey’s origins… Read more

So you’ve washed your hair, given it a quick blowdry at home, but the style doesn’t look as finished and polished as when you leave the salon. You want more shine, more smoothness and for the ends to look healthy and hydrated. So, what should you do?Well clearly you need to get your mitts on to KMS Silk Sheen Polishing Serum!






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