Acid Wash


Sometimes you need to strip things down and get back to your natural state. After days of dry shampoo layers and styling products, ACID WASH is perfect to cleanse without stripping away natural oils or colour. It softens the hair, calms the scalp, and adds dramatic shine.

Good for:  Dry shampoo + styler addicts or anyone who wants to restore their hair to a natural, clean, shiny state.

How to use:

Wet hair. Using the bottle tip, gently squeeze the Apple Cider Vinegar Cleansing Rinse directly onto scalp. Massage into hair and scalp and leave in 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Can also be used as a substitute for shampoo, or for conditioner for co-wash users.

Natural active ingredients:

  • Apple Fruit Extract, protects hair and scalp from damage and acts as a natural exfoliant. Contains compounds that soothe and moisturize the the scalp while strengthening hair and adding a healthy looking sheen.
  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, adds strength and luster to hair. Helps hair retain moisture.
  • Tamanu Seed Oil, Brimming with essential fatty acids and nutrients. Promotes an optimal scalp environment. Strengthens hair, seals in moisture and restores vitality to dull hair.

Vegan + Cruelty-Free

Freeway Defining Spray Gel – $49



Start with Dart.  This pomade stick creates a perfectly detailed textured look.  Whether you wan to go for messy texture, groomed definiation, or are just looking to tame a few pesky flyaways, Dart never missed the mark

Good for: Creating long lasting texture and shapes, while taming on-the-go flyaways.




How to use:

Wet hair. Apply on damp or dry hair. For short hair, work in a circular motion over the whole head and then shape as desired. To tame flyaways, apply at scalp line. For groomed combmarks, turn to skinny side and apply in streaks from front to back.

Natural active ingredients:

Castor Seed Oil: An effective humectant that draws moisture into the hair and keeps hair looking soft and shiny

  • Castor Seed Oil, An effective humectant that draws moisture into the hair and keeps hair looking soft and shiny.
  • Candelilla Wax: A plant derived wax that helps prolong hairstyles by forming a protective barrier that seals out moisture.
  • Jojoba Esters: Rich in essential nutrients. Effectively moisturises hair without leaving a residue. Adds vitality and shine to dull hair.

Vegan + Cruelty-Free

Dart Pomade Stick – $30

It’s back – Alchemic Colour Shampoo & Conditioner by Davines

We’re pleased to welcome back Alchemic Colour Shampoo and Conditioner by Davines.

Today it’s even more beneficial thanks to its new, 97% biodegradable and 88% naturally derived ingredients, with a high concentration of pure pigments.

Wanna boost your natural tone over this glum winter, or lift the hair colour you lovingly invested in just before you escaped to a sun-drenched climate only to rob it of its sparkle?

Not to worry – the Alchemic range by Davines is to the rescue.

It will maintain the brilliance and the shine of the colours while keeping the hair moisturised and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better – its free from sulphates, parabens and silicons too.

We’ve got it available in Silver, Red and Chocolate.


Silver – It intensifies platinum blonde, highlighted and naturally white or salt and pepper hair colour. (Shout out to our silver fox’s – this ones for you!) Also for hair that has just turned brassy due to bleaching or extended exposure to the sun.

Red – It’s suggested to amplify natural brown or cosmetic red and mahogany hair. However, us creative folk in the salon love using it on blonde hair to create various hues of pink. Combo the shampoo and conditioner for the ultimate flamingo or use the red shampoo with your favourite conditioner for a soft candy floss tone.

Chocolate – It is recommended to enhance natural or cosmetic dark brown to black hair. You know us though, don’t you… Never one to follow all the rules. For you blondes out there who flaunt biscotti or caramel shades – keep them topped up with using the brown shampoo. Or, another top tip from us (you can thank us later) – when your a couple of weeks shy of coming to visit us and your regrowth has popped out a little earlier than you’d like, rub the brown conditioner into your roots to blend the regrowth line.

We know what you’re saying, so we’ll say it in advance – Your welcome.

Shampoo 280 ml $39.50
Conditioner 250ml $41.50

Brooke tells us what’s hot for May 2018

We’re talking current trends with superstar stylist Brooke.

Here’s her opinion and tips for what’s smokn’ hot.

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Embrace your kinks and coils.

How to:  Apply R&Co TWISTER in your hands and scrunch it into your hair as a primer.  Follow it by spraying in R&Co FREEWAY.  Twist curls with your fingers to define some if desired on wet hair and let it dry naturally, or you can use a diffuser.

Top tip – Avoid brushing textured hair when styling it if you want to preserve the curl pattern. Instead, use your fingers to separate and define.

Dirty Blondes

Keep your roots dark and the lengths a warm golden blonde, and you’ll be bang on trend.  I love golden shades with other warmer tones all over are the new platinum

Move over platinum – I’m into shades of gold, copper, caramel, and toffee, gives your hair that healthy shine too.

Seriously Healthy

Big and bouncy is no longer uncool.

I’m talking glossy, glamorous hair that looks seriously healthy.   80’s inspired disco vibe hair, that’s rich in volume, texture, and curls that are broken with a soft flick.

How to:  Use R&Co’s DALLAS Shampoo and Conditioner as a base to build from.  Next spritz with either R&Co’s DALLAS Thickening Spray or ROCKAWAY at your roots depending on your hair texture and how much oomph your needing.  Dry your hair off with your head flipped upside down.  Flip your hair back and smooth off fuffy ends with a round brush to get maximum volume.   Once dried, take a step back in time and tease comb the roots.  Finish with R&Co’s OUTERSPACE hairspray.

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Finally!  You can accept the undone wet look by leaving it loose and tousled.  Wet look curls also look great if your after a softer look that’s a lot less harsh than a straight poker finish.

How To:  Start off with R&Co’s BEL AIR Shampoo and Conditioner and towel dry well.   Squirt out a golf ball size mound of R&Co’s AIRCRAFT and scrunch into your locks.  Leave it to air dry for a tousled look or add a small amount of R&Co’s HIGH DIVE in for a smoother result.


Use the throwback hair tie to secure loose ponytails for a look that says understated rather than retro.

Top tip: To keep it modern avoid having a massive scrunchie. Go for a style that’s simple like a sleek, low pony and secure it with a scrunchie. Keep the colour plain too,  nothing to patterned or metallic.

School Girl Plaits

If you’re going for this look, you’ll want to keep this loose and a bit untidy.

How To:  Give yourself a deep side part and blow dry on each side with the air directed downwards to help it stay put.  Divide into three sections, braid and secure with your chosen elastic. Then tug at the braid to loosen things up a bit.  Finish this look off with some R&Co’s VICIOUS hairspray

Top tip: Use simple, clear hair elastics,  they’re hardly visible.  Hair bobbles maybe fun, but there is no way you’re going to look sophisticated with a plait/bobble combo, leave that to kids.

Hair Bands

Hairbands are a great way of making any style look preppy.  The bolder the print, the better!  And they work well with a fringe or a low ponytail.

And why not patent leather for a gorgeous shimmer or go full throttle and have it super extreme with beads and jewels.


Freeway Defining Spray Gel


The need for speed. Get moving in the right direction with FREEWAY Defining Spray Gel. Amplify volume and bring control to your ends no matter what kind of hair you’ve got. Perfect for curls, leaving them soft, bouncy, defined and never flakes.

Good for: To amplify or hold texture in curly hair.  To create lift and definition for all other hair types.freeway-pdp

How to use:

Shake well and spray evenly onto damp hair.  On all hair types:  spray at the roots and blow out for volume at the crown and at the ends to define.  For curl: once dried, break into it.

Natural active ingredients:

  • Sandalwood Wood Extract increases shine and prevent dryness. Helps hair retain moisture and gives it a healthy shiny appearance.
  • Spirulina, a natural plant derivative that is rich in vital nutrients and high in protein.  Nourishes hair and adds moisture.
  • Polyamide-1 Polymer, a styling polymer previously only found in tubed gels, that has been aerosolized for the first time in FREEWAY. Provides superior style memory, volume creation, style definition, and smooth/touchable hold.

Vegan + Cruelty-Free

Freeway Defining Spray Gel – $46

The ‘Just Got Out of Bed, but I wasn’t sleeping’ french roll

Reminisce with me for a moment…

You’ve been to an event, and you were looking pretty damn suave.

Glad rag’s on, high heal’s on point, and a glamorous French roll top finish your look off.

The night was great – real great.

You lift your head to catch a glimpse of your morning self.

Eyeliners a little smudged, but wait – check out what once polished french roll is looking like now…

STOP, don’t even think about touching it – not even for a minute.

Clients pay good money for that ‘I just got out of bed, and I wasn’t sleeping look.’

Own it lady – you’re still damn fine in the morning.

We talk to Shae about how you can create this look at home.

After all – effortless is sometimes the hardest thing to achieve.


How To:

Step 1:

Wash your hair with R&Co’s CACTUS for a bit of texture and grit then dry your hair without using a brush.

Step 2:
Spritz with R&Co’s ROCKAWAY SEA SALT SPRAY from the roots to the ends to add even more texture.

Step 3:

Softly comb hair around hairline and part into the parting you want.

Step 4:

Grab your mid’s/ends between your first two fingers, with your fingers pointing down and the back of your hand to the back of your head.  Now, twist your hand so now your palm is pointing to the opposite side.  Use your other hand to hold the roll as you gently slide your fingers out.

Step 5:
Hold in place and bobby pin hair until its tight on the head

Step 6:

Personalise to how messy you want


OLAPLEX, we adore you

If you haven’t heard about Olaplex – you’ve been living under a rock, or don’t care about your hair!

We talk to our in-salon Olaplex specialist Sam about this magic hair drug:

Sammy, what the heck is Olaplex?

S:  Olaplex is what is known as a ‘bond reformer’ to us hairdressing folk.  It fixes the bonds in your hair that are broken down by colouring, heat styling and environmental factors. Olaplex repairs the hair from the inside out- think of it as being similar to going to the gym; you don’t expect to suddenly have a solid six pack after going to the gym once, it takes time and consistency to build. The same theory with Olaplex.

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How do you propose I use this potion?

S:  It’s become a staple tool for us in the salon.  We’ve seen first hand the results it gives to damaged and lifeless hair.  When you visit us in the salon, firstly we’ll decide what way Olaplex will benefit your hair.  Most commonly we’ll use a super concentrated formula mixed with your colour application followed by secondary treatment of Olaplex at the basin to give you the most out of your appointment. We strongly recommend the take home “Number 3” Olaplex, designed to keep your hair bonds working together towards that healthy head of hair you desire until your next visit to the salon.


I’ve heard a whisper that the Olaplex family is growing.  Spill the goss – what’s new?

S:  In April, we’ve got Olaplex Shampoo #4 and Conditioner #5 arriving at the salon.  It’s formulated with Olaplex Bond Building Chemistry to restore the hair’s internal strength and moisture levels to add incredible shine and manageability without adding excess weight. And it’s suitable for all hair types.Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 9.36.43 PM


Righto Sam, get your hairdresser geek on and tell me what’s in the bottles.

S:  Bis-Aminoprophyl Diglycol Dimaleate – Helps protect and restore damaged hair by repairing disulfide bonds broken during chemical processing. Bleach, peroxide, perms and chemical straighteners damage hair at a molecular level, leaving hair more fragile and susceptible to tangling and breakage. This innovative ingredient protects, nourishes and restores hair and is only available in Olaplex products.

Mild Sulfate-Free Surfactants Derived from Coconuts – Incredibly mild surfactant. Non-drying, gentle on colour treated and chemically processed hair and scalp. Leaves hair feeling amazingly clean and bouncy.

Acetic Acid – A excellent scalp clarifier to prevent flakiness from forming. Bring’s out hair’s natural shine. A naturally occurring ingredient found in a variety of plants including apples, grapes, and strawberries.

Phytenso – Rapidly absorbs into the hair, provides long-lasting moisture and strength. Naturally-derived plant extract. Offers enhanced colour-protection and photo-protection.

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil – Highly conditioning and moisturizing.

Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (Acai Berry Extract) – A superfood high in antioxidants that promotes healthy hair by strengthening each hair from the root. Improves hair health and encourages new growth due to the high protein content of Acai Berry and the Omega-3, 6 and nine fatty acids as well as the A, C, E and B vitamins found in Acai.

Phew, my hair’s feeling stronger already just hearing all about it.  Thanks Sammy!

Want to have Olaplex #4 and #5 as soon as the courier takes it out of his van and into the salon? 

Let us know, and we’ll put you on the waitlist.

Tools of the trade

Sitting in the seat at the hairdressers was always such a treat.

Nowhere to go and nowhere to be for the next 3 hours.  Time for me.

I would always plug myself into my iPad, read my magazine and sit with my coffee and nut bowl quite happy in my little bubble while Sam would colour my sparkles away before Tracy would work her magic with her shears.

Now being on the other side of the seat, it amazes me the things I never noticed when I was a client. Like the number of scissors, they carry in those pouches.

Within the first couple of weeks into my new role at Common Thread, I managed to drop Tracy’s Cloud 9’s and smash them to pieces! Good work Andrea. Tracy being Tracy shrugs it off and says, “Did you have a hissy and throw them on the floor?  You’re lucky it wasn’t my scissors”.

I, of course, couldn’t leave this alone and had to know why.  Which lead’s me to share this story.

Holy cow, their scissors cost more than my first car (shit, now I’m showing my age) and are lovingly handcrafted unlike my mass produced Mitsubishi.

The stylist’s at Common Thread ONLY use Mizutani shears.  They’re the holey grail of hairdressing scissors.

Individually handcrafted, and when they’re in need of sharpening or realignment, they go back to the individual who’s hands carefully crafted them originally. You can almost feel the passion and pride that has gone into these individually handcrafted pieces.

Who knew a hunt for steel could be such an art form?As Shae and Kirsty pack their beloved shears into their quintessential velvet orange box (I’m sure this is the Tiffany chocolate box for hair stylists) to go back to their creators to be sharpened and realigned, I now understand why they have so many in those pouches.  And why the ladies have separation anxiety while they’re gone for the month.

Mizutani has a dates back to 1921, where the first-ever pair of Mizutani scissors was produced in Asakusa, Tokyo. Not satisfied with his shears the founder made it his passion and tireless quest to create and design a product that would cut adequately and be easy to handle. He was rewarded with enthusiastic support from his customers. “We still maintain the tenacity, passion, and strong will to spare no time or effort in honing the traditional techniques that have been passed down to us in our quest to produce better scissors.”


Mizutani seeks the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship – which gives them no other option than to handcraft each piece. Having skills passed down through the generations the tradition, passion, pride, tenacity, and techniques are not lost, allowing Mizutani’s craftsmen take their time to produce each pair of our scissors with great care.

Common Thread Mizutani Story


When Mizutani craft a new model of scissors, their thoughts are always with the user and how to integrate the function, quality, and beauty of each piece.

“We believe the work of our craftsmen is to breathe life into each pair of scissors. Scissors can have a beautiful existence only when their users can sense the passion of the creator. All models are designed with close attention to detail and are developed with passion and sophistication. Scissors that lack one of the three elements — function, quality, and beauty — cease to be Mizutani scissors.” Mizutani seeks something that cannot be explained by numeric values, such as the warmth, and comfort of handling, and the joy of holding and using quality scissors.


Now sitting in the chair having my hair snipped at takes on a whole new meaning, and I can’t help but think, thank God I didn’t drop Tracy’s favorite scissors. Probably not the best start to a job.

xo Andrea