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

Thank you from ‘so they can’

Back in October, YOU, our gorgeous clients helped raise funds to donate to “So They Can” charity.

So They Can want to share with you all where and how your contribution has helped.

We’re proud to have been part of this, and we’re sure you are too.

Trying to start to say thank you and explain where your funds raised went is hard. I want to take you there!

The school, Aberdare Ranges was built by So They Can and now educates 1080 kids. They gave us a Royal welcome!


The school also realized the kids were hungry. So they feed them! Breakfast, lunch and for those who need it, dinner too.


Many of the kids come from the displaced person camp nearby. This was a tented camp after the violent elections in 2006. It now has more permanent shelters. These families escaped with nothing but their lives. Some have been assisted (by STC Microfinance) like Margaret, to set up businesses. Her charcoal sales and shop are doing so well she wants to set up a photocopying business! For those women making sellable goods, an online shop has been set up – they also have a shop at the Miti Mingi Village. It’s another example of how STC are empowering women to rise up and be able to support themselves and their families. I bought a lot!


There are also many kids living in the dump that STC has housed in Miti Mingi Village. Here there are also kids who have lost their parents.  107 kids are living here. They have their own beds, vegetable plots, and five cows!


There are not many outside toys, but the kids find stuff to do at the weekends. Going out of the compound isn’t safe.


STC pays all expenses for these kids. They still don’t have a lot, but they are safe and happy.

Eight kids are living in houses with a ‘mum’. My best friend Lynne is a trauma specialist, and she spent a week helping the mums understand trauma in kids and how they can assist their families in healing. I did HR stuff at the town office and helped Lynne at the end of each day build the kids knowledge of how to self- regulate. 

Your funds have helped do so much. They have helped…

Provide food, education, purchase uniform’s and clothes, provide medical assistance, buy toys and crafts, educate the staff, build homes and classrooms.

You have made a difference. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Please pass on our gratitude to your clients.

With much love & warmth



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

I just can’t do it… but I still love that fresh, smooth blow-wave feel

You hear this word KERATIN, being thrown around in hair products and services. But what does it do and what is it?

We talk to Keratin Specialist Kirsty at the salon about this holey grail of a hair treatment.

When I’m first chatting with my clients, I always ask ‘How’s your hair been’? Dry, frizzy, it takes longer to do then you have time for and then end up in a hair catastrophe the moment you step outside, are all replies I hear too often.

If you find that it is all too much to deal with, but you’d still love that fresh, smooth blow-wave feel and look – this is the answer you’ve been searching for.

We’ve all heard you say, ‘Now, can you come home with me and do my hair every morning’? ‘I’ll never be able to get my hair to look like you do.’

We understand that it’s always better when someone else does your hair. And to be honest, if our clients were as good at doing their hair as we are – we’d all be out of a job!

What if I was to tell you that life could be a lot faster, more comfortable and less stressful to achieve a salon blow-wave at home?

Speaking for myself, even as a highly trained professional – I too know the struggle is real.

Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment to the rescue!

I’ve personally had a Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment done a few times now and now cannot live without it. I would spend up to 50 minutes to blow-dry and straighten my hair, only to find I’d look like Lionel after a few hours! Since having a Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment, it now only takes me 25-30 minutes to blow-dry my hair, and I no longer need to straighten afterward. (BONUS, less heat damage to my hair!) Even a little rain no longer sends me running for the hills.

71DSZhoEveL._SY450_What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein found in the hair, skin and nails.
Daily exposure to pollution, chemicals and blow-drying, all damage the hair of is natural keratin. Once the keratin from your hair is depleted, your inner hair (cortex) swell’s as the outer (cuticle) is exposed to more damage. Infusing keratin back into your hair is the best option to get your lost protein back.

Ladies (why do men get all the good genes?) as we get older our hair starts to produce significantly less protein and lipids (moisture), resulting in – you guessed it, dryer frizzier hair. Before Keratin Smoothing Treatment’s, oils and heavy conditioning were the most accessible form of treating fluffy hair. Treating the hair this way, often leaves the hair waterlogged and takes much longer to dry. Who’s got time for that?

Nowadays, thankfully we have Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment. It’s taken the hairdressing world by storm and mine also.

What is Keratin Smoothing Treatment and how does it work?

It’s a process that binds keratin back into the structure of the hair, which help’s it to be protected it from daily torture. We infuse in the Keratin Smoothing Treatment by blow-drying, followed by sealing it in by running a low heat iron over each section.

What kind do we use at Common Thread and why?
We use a Keratin Smoothing Treatment called ‘Cezanne’. The reason we love and wouldn’t use anything else is that Cezanne is free of all the bad boy chemicals you find in other Keratins. It’s free from formaldehyde, carcinogens or other dangerous chemicals like parabens, sulphates, and phthalates.


I’ve heard Keratin Smoothing Treatments are super expensive…
They sure used to be. When they first come out, depending on what brand and process a salon was using you’d be looking at $450-$700. Good news is, with more demand from our distributors we now can pass on the reduced price to you as clients. Our Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatments now start from $170.

Now, do you want styling your hair to be easier, faster and less stressful?

Book in for a complimentary consultation with us to see if a Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment for you.

Hair feeling a little thirsty? 

We talk to Will, our Davines Naturaltech Specialist about just what to do if you’ve got thirsty hair.

Say no more.

Here’s what you need, honey.

Davines Naturaltech Nourishing range will take care of parched manes with grape extracts that are rich in antioxidants.

Think of it like wine for your hair – good for the soul and leaves you glowing.

a8ab28_8f50acc10fe74305b31795823b44febdThe Nourishing range is diverse and tackles all sorts of issues regarding dry and brittle hair. Its key active ingredients are injected into the Shampoo, Conditioner and are amplified in our in-salon specialist treatments. Containing essential fatty oils for hair that is screaming out in need of hydration, enzymes that help combat the causes of hair destructuring and even royal jelly fit for a queen.

Containing essential fatty oils for hair that is screaming out in need of hydration, enzymes that help combat the causes of hair devastation and even royal jelly fit for a queen.

Let me tell you a little story about a client of mine I prescribed the Nourishing range to:

When Karen came to chat with me, she’d been getting a perm done for years without any issues and then BOOM a permtastrophe had struck. The perm solution had destructed her hair leaving it brittle and frail. I knew precisely which Davines Naturaltech family to go to and whipped her up a cocktail of a hair routine personalized just for her hair’s taste.

  • Nourishing Shampoo and Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner to be used twice a week
  • Assisted by an Olaplex #3 once a fortnight
  • A visit to me in the salon every other week for intensive treatment of Olaplex #1&2 accompanied by a Nourishing restructuring miracle treatment for six weeks.

The results were terrific, and she still gets her perms with no further issues.

Feel like this could be what you need?  Be sure to grab Will and have a chat with him when you’re at Common Thread next.

The Nourishing family includes

-Nourishing Shampoo

-Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner

-Nourishing Hair Building Pak

-Nourishing Living Enzyme Infusion

-Nourishing Royal Jelly Superactive

-Nourishing Restructuring Miracle (In Salon Only)

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