Say goodbye to the three F’s – fine, fragile, and falling out…

Our Davines Naturaltech Specialist Will has plenty of advice when it comes to the specific problems with hair and scalp.

Today he’s talking the three F’s… FINE, FRAGILE and FALLING OUT

Both males and females can be victims to the scalp to peeking through the strands of your hair.  If it’s a sudden occurrence, it’s best to chat with your doctor and explore options to remedy the situation.

Here’s some common causes for the three F’s

naive torture

 The way you regularly treat your hair may have a bearing on the condition and thickness of your hair. Do you routinely use hair extensions or tie your hair super tight in the same spot over and over causing your hair to fall out?  The fancy name for this is called “traction alopecia,” which is a thinning or balding due to excessive pulling and braiding.  Ease up and loosen things off a little girlfriend!  Using too many chemical processes or styling your hair roughly with heated styling tools can also lead to thinning, especially for those prone to fine, weak hair.

Stress monkey

Stress and trauma can cause your hair to thin.  When you experience something stressful, such as sickness or death in the family, a divorce or a high-stress job, your growing hairs are pushed into a resting phase instead of continuing the growth cycle, so your hair appears to be finer and thinner.  The hormone Cortisol is the one to thank for this. Once you chill out and regain some peace in your life, the hair likely will begin to grow again – usually after three months.

the complicated condition

Fine, thin hair could be the result of a medical condition. Thyroid and hormonal issues can all cause hair to become finer and thinner it’s essential to see your doctor for testing to rule out a possible medical problem as the underlying cause.

pill popper

Some medications cause your hair to fall out or thin over time. Some of these medications include blood thinners, antidepressants, and even contraception. If you notice a change in your hair after starting a new medication and it’s bothering you, see your doctor about choosing another type of medication to manage your condition.

you are what you eat

Watch what you put in your mouth… Malnourishment can all cause hair to become finer and thinner. The seed won’t grow if the soils are dire. Nutrients that contribute to hair and scalp health include silica, omega’s, niacin, biotin, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, and C. A varied diet based on the basic food groups should provide ample amounts of these nutrients. Goodbye processed crap – Wholefoods all the way!

Thanks to your parents

If you have a family history of fine, thin hair, then it may be a fact of life for you and your family. Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for thinning hair in men.  Even if you’re a woman with fine, thin hair, it could merely be genetics that causes hair to grow finely, thin with age or fall out altogether.

Will’s 3 step recipe to combat the three F’s

  1. Feed your follicles the good stuff.  Eat wholefoods and supplement with Zinc, Silica, and Omega.
  2. Come in and talk to me about the Naturaltech Energizing line.  ENERGIZING stimulates circulation and new hair growth using caffeine phytoceuticals and improves hair elasticity, preventing loss and breakage.  It also reinforces weak hair to avoid breakage. I’ll personally prescribe you whats best to combat your F issue!
  3. Chill out. Schedule in some calm time by taking a morning walk or a daily meditation practice. Breathe and lower your Cortisol levels.


give me some of that tonic!


Energizing Thickening Tonic will help you fine haired beauties feel a whole lot more thickness in your hair.

Good for: anyone with fine hair

It increases the diameter of the hair fibre, expanding it from the very first application.  Enriched with hair energy complex for a healthier, stronger hair and a toned scalp. Energizing Thickening Tonic increases the size of the hair fibre by 5%*, leaves hair glossy, full-bodied, all without weighing it down.

Common Thread Energizing Thickening Tonic

How to use:

After shampooing, apply the product to towel-dried scalp and hair. Massage gently and comb through the length of the hair for even distribution. Do not rinse. Use as needed, as well as after every wash.

Natural active ingredients:

  • Green tea extracts are the most potent anti-free radical ingredients, possessing anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Vitamin b 3, reduces the production of sebum in the scalp and improves skin hydration.
  • Caffeine phytoceuticals – stimulate the cellular metabolism and improve blood circulation;
  • Hair energy complex –  regulates the production of sebum – gives hydration on the surface


Energizing Thickening Tonic – $64

Your hair is your Trophy

New from R+Co – Trophy

Who doesn’t like pretty shiny things? Win big with Trophy. Add the right amount of texture, volume and shine to any hair type, leaving you feeling like a winner.

Recommended for the human who longs for hair that looks young, shiny and lived-in.

How to use:

Shake well. Spray on towel-dried or dry hair and style. Hair looks naturally radiant almost instantly.

AND a bonus of all these natural active ingredients:

Fuller’s earth, naturally occurring clay that removes excess oil and impurities from hair.
Sea kale infuses hair with intense moisture and shine.
Sweet almond, a natural oil that adds shine and moisture without weighing hair down. High in vitamins A, B, D, and E, magnesium, zinc, potassium as well as healthy fats.
Shine + Texture Spray $49

Remember, take Trophy home in November you’ll also be helping support ‘So They Can’ charity.

R+Co Trophy

Want a hair change? Here are our top places to find current hair inspiration.

You’ve had the same doo for some time; the seasons have changed or to put it frankly your board and so over your hair right now.

Where for out thou inspiration?  And looks we love heading into Summer.

#1 – Your hairdresser
If you’ve been with your hairdresser for some time now, it’s highly likely you trust them (well we’d like to think so). Ask them their opinion on what change they’d recommend for you, your hair type, lifestyle and even your budget. Before you mention you’re after a change, have a quiet word to your self about how much change your needing. To some clients, change is a tiny bit more than their usual trim and a subtle quarter of a shade darker in colour. Others it’s going from hair halfway down their back, to a cute pixie crop and black to platinum. Are you the client who needs to have a consult with your hairdresser before the actual doo day, or are you of spontaneous nature and jump in all guns blazing? Top tip – if you desperately want a colour change and you’re the impulsive type, you definitely should have a quick chat with your hairdresser beforehand rather than assuming that your usual colour booking will still be enough time to accommodate the change you’re after. Most colour changes of the extreme nature can take a lot more time and processes to achieve – remember we don’t carry wands.

Colour Tones


#2 – Fashion websites
Our fav go-to site for supercurrent hair and fashion trends is After all, how could you disagree with a look hot off the runway?



#3 – Instagram, Pinterest, and other Social Media Platforms
The world of social media has a wealth of inspiration for all kinds of things. It’s a great place to start identifying what it is that you’re attracted to when it comes to the shape of a cut or tone of colour. However, viewer beware – there’s a lot of crap on there too.
Take into account how the hair is styled and will you honestly be willing to put the effort in daily for it to look like that. Unfortunately, when it comes to hair colour images on social media – there is not a lot out there that have not been altered either by a light ring or a filter. Ensure to ask your stylist if this colour is achievable on your hair, will it suit your skin tone and how many sessions it will take till you rock that tone.



#4 – Google
Oh, wise oracle google – tell me what I should do with my hair! There’s nothing like a quick search on Google to spark ideas. Again, viewer beware – Uncle google will give you what you ask for, so if you search “best hair to suit a 50-year-old”, you’ll get a bunch of 50-year-olds, regardless of what era.

Our new toy’s have arrived – Mask with Vibrachrom

News flash…

Our fabulous colour brand Davines has just launched it’s new and improved formulas for its traditional colour line called Mask with Vibrachrom (technical speak we know… but we’re all just a bit excited and feel the need to share!). c1632a40946485c080596fc342ecfa72

So I hear you say – “Awsome new toy for you guys, but what does this mean for me?”

For our clients, that choose to have Davines A New Colour line (our ammonia-free colour) – nothing is changing for you.

For the rest of you, the new formation brings:
– LESS FADING (thanks to a sneaky new ingredient inspired by the textile industry)
– MEGA REFLECT AND SHINE (why thank you Mr Omega 9)
better condition (hands up for active proteins derived from quinoa)
– BETTER GREY COVERAGE and less ammonia than the old formulation (gotta love that).


Here’s the other thing that will be changing for our Mask with Vibrachrom clients – your colour recipes we’ve been using.

We’re super excited about re-formulating your old colour recipes to adapt to this new range.

And with that sniff of Spring in the air – who wouldn’t want a refresh…


We’ve Reviewed our Prices…

image1Dear Clients.

You know that we love and value each and every one of you. Without your support and loyalty, we would not be the salon we are today.

As a team, we value education, progression, sustainability and creating the best experience for you all. To do this, we pour a lot of time, energy and investment into learning to be the best artist’s to make your experience in our chair’s something non-harmful, unique and valuable.

Our goal with each appointment is to provide you with the relaxing experience you deserve, healthy hair that looks great to your next visit and a style that compliments you brings out your best features so that you can feel confident every day.

Each of your needs is different, and we love to come up with specific and personalised hair plans for each client including which of the best sourced, conscious products and tools are best suited for you, teaching you tips and tricks to wearing your hair day today.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday the 2nd of August, we will be implementing a price revision for our service. We are doing this so that we can spend the perfect amount of time with each of you to focus on your unique needs and not to have to rush you out of our chairs.

To see the new price list, please visit

We don’t say this often enough, but we love and appreciate our relationships with you all. Thank you again for your loyalty and support.

Tracy and the team at Common Thread

We sip tea and talk shop with Common Thread owner Tracy Sarjant Roberts

Hair Salon Pukekohe Common Thread Director Tracy Sarjant Roberts

When and why did you launch your salon?

14/8/12. After being based in Auckland’s CBD for the first 11 years of my career, I wanted to create a nurturing, real space. For clients in a fast-paced world, it’s nice to be able to provide a getaway where the focus is on them. For my team, I love to be part of growing their goals, tools, and confidence and only wish to be part of the chapter of their career stories.

Assisting my salon by using boutique brands has been a rock for many of the decisions we make at Common Thread. The most important decisions we’ve made are based around our wellbeing as hairdressers. Unfortunately, a close family member has suffered through ill health for the past ten years, so I made a conscious decision that I didn’t want to work with anything that would put my clients, staff and own health at risk.

Being able to make choices that are progressive and conscious is the primary drive behind launching Common Thread.

Describe Common Thread in 10 words or less. 

Thoughtful, escape, inviting, talented, fresh, upcycled, restorative, progressive, conscious, sassy.

Name three key muses/inspirations.
1. Good friend and past colleague Jason Chong Li – I have watched Jase grow to the amazing hair ninja he is today. He is by far the most driven and hard working hairdresser I know. Everything Jase has achieved is 100% him – he knows who he is, what he wants and he will do whatever it takes to fulfil it!
2. Start with Why author Simon Sinek – Every time I get a bit foggy with why and what I’m doing I come back to this book. It inspires me by challenging my thought process and is the driving force behind not becoming a robot overwhelmed by the daily grind.
3. Loyal client and ex-chief executive of Mental Health Foundation Judi Clements – I’ve been fortunate enough to be Judi’s hair artist for the best part of ten years now. I say ‘artist’ because that’s what she allows me to be. Judi is one of the biggest inspirations to me because she is living proof of being true to yourself, disregarding criticism and actions life hurdles as just a slight detour.

Your favourite quote?

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What’s your favourite product and why? 

Olaplex – I love how it maintains the hair’s integrity and allows us as colourists to achieve greater looks for our clients.
A close second would be R+Co AIRCRAFT – best styling product EVER!!  I love how it can change the most conservative do into Ms. Sassy Pants.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned as a hairdresser/salon owner?  

Be present, don’t take things personally and only react when you’re calm.

Describe your approach to hair in 10 words or less. 

Intuitive, control, ageless, diverse, spontaneous, artist, confident, daring and professional.

What’s your greatest dream as a salon owner/stylist?  
Continue to contribute to the more talented next generation of hairdressers.  We spend the first years of our career trying to master the technical aspect of hairdressing and learn the rest by osmosis.

I’d love to educate our up-and-comings into being masters of communication, adding value and running their own business within a business.

As day-to-day hairdressers we wear a lot of hats, and if we had all the right tools from the beginning then we would be able to offer our clients so much more than just a hair style.

We’ve heard you personally no longer take on new clients, why is this?

There’re many reasons.  I made this decision a couple of years ago, after quickly establishing my clientele after opening the salon.  It’s mostly around working on the business not just in the business, and being open and honest about being human and not being able to do everything without compromising my own, my clients and team’s expectations.

It’s important to me, my clients and team that I stay progressive and creatively inspired.  And slogging away for twelve hours a day, doing back to back clients with no room for adjustment or error doesn’t leave much room to nourish one’s creative soul.

Out of respect for my clients, being so heavily booked they can’t reschedule their appointment without waiting for another two months is just absurd and frustrating for both of us – and trust me, unlike other hairdressers I’ve come across in the past, it does nothing for my ego.

It’s why I spend a lot of time with my team and why we are so focused on education at Common Thread.  My team are incredibly talented and driven for the right reasons.  We all work in close collaboration with each other and our clients, and it’s important that we all are available to add original opinion where our clients need it.


What to do when your roots are showing and that last week before your hair appointment seems like an eternity away?

The answer:  Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray.

You may have come across hair crayons, or mascara’s in the past, and you probably found them waxy, greasy looking or felt like your scalp is being suffocated. But not this little saviour – not a chance!

Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray instantly cover greys and roots or revive highlights between appointments. Natural Microfine Mineral immediately and effortlessly cover to conceal unwanted grey roots and regrowth by adhering to hair fibres blending seamlessly with your natural shade when—and where—you need it. The quick-drying powder formula with Rice Starch also absorbs dirt and oil to refresh hair. Added UV Absorber helps prevent further colour degradation while strengthening hair fibres.

So next time you’ve got a last minute event crop up, no need to panic that everyone is going to know the truth about you having grey hair or that your not a natural blonde. Spray a little Oribe magic to your hairline and parting, swipe on your fav powerhouse lippy and strut your stuff.



Available in: Platinum, Blonde, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black and Red

RRP – $49

Finalists for Team of the Year Industry Awards – oh yessss!

Hair done… Check. Face on… Check. Glad rag’s on… Check. And we’re off to the 2016 Industry Awards night that was held last night at the Studio on K-Road.

Enter the room into a sea of hairdressers all looking fabulous and predominantly wearing black. Wine glasses are clinking, hugs and smiles shared as we reunite with fellow hair crafters.

The night kicks off with short show’s by New Zealand and International industry leaders to inspire our creative minds.

Finally, the moment of all of us has been waiting for. Who will be the winners?

Unfortunately, it wasn’t our time last night – the award went to Three Hairdressing from Whangarei. However being named one of five finalists in the Team of the Year category is incredibly exciting and humbling.

Competition aside, I am extremely grateful to work and create alongside my talented crew. Seeing what we can create not only on camera but every day on our beautiful clients is winning to me.

Behold our “New Grunge” inpired collection.

xo Tracy


Special thanks to everyone who was involved in the shoot:

Karen Ishiguro – Photographer, Ben Loirs Blair – Video, Gee Pikinga – Makeup, Amita Kala – Stylist, Models Rani, Shayna, Elliot, Megan, Grace and Brooke.

AND… here’s  a sneek peak of behind the scenes at the shoot.

Word’s from our newest stylist Kirsty Hedley…

 What do you love about being a hair stylist?

The thing I love most about the industry is how you can make someone feel.   How they put all trust in you to do something on them and the confidence that comes from that.  I’ll always continue to further myself in gaining new skills and knowledge that will help me to achieve my clients dream hair.

What’s the most frequent problem that your clients come to you with?

I find that a lot of my client’s struggle with finding time for themselves.  They’re busy with their lives, careers, and families and don’t have a lot of time in the morning to spend hours preening themselves.   However, it’s still important to them that they are presented nicely, both for themselves and how they like to appear.  I strive to give my clients achievable looks.

Common Thread is a sustainably focused salon… So what does sustainability mean to you?

In the world full of people who rapidly want more from the world, I honestly believe we need to slow down, make conscious decisions and give back to what we have taken from.

You specialise in Indian Head Massage… What is it and why do you enjoy doing it?

Indian head massage is a traditional massage that’s been practiced in India for over 4000 years.  It’s now been tailored and continually developed to suit our modern lifestyle.  There are many benefits from IHM.  It’s used for relaxation, relief from headaches, improved concentration, and circulation.  What I love about IHM is the time you have prioritized for yourself, to feel time slowing down – even if it is just for a moment.

You’ve just directed your first collection….. Tell us about your photo shoot.

The concept behind my collection was to show strength.  How a simplistic, beautiful and strong women can be.  This was my first collection, so I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.  When it comes to my next collection, I’m going to portray and even stronger more editorial look.