How to blow dry like a pro! Part 1

In a world of early mornings, late nights, endless last minute jobs and frantic hurrying, the ‘towel off and run’ gig doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. Sure, every hairdresser vows that constant blow drying will damage your locks. But how, exactly, are you supposed to stroll into your office job wearing asuit – with dripping wet hair? How do you make it to that party without ratty wet ringlets? Air drying may be healthy and natural, but blow drying, when done carefully and with the right techniques, can not only keep your locks dry, but also improve them, without excess damage. So if you’re sick of wet patches on the back of your shirt and frantically rubbing your wet “do” with a towel, then ditch your old routine and improve your blow drying techniques today.


Wash your hair. You can use your regular shampoo, but for better blow drying effects and |protection, try washing with a moisturizing shampoo (Dry Hair Formula, as it’s often called). This type of shampoo will provide extra moisture that will protect your hair from the effects of the blow dryer. It will also protect it from any other heat caused by straightening or curling, and generally add more moisture to your locks. You don’t have to buy a super expensive brand – moisturising shampoos are available just about anywhere for all kinds of prices, so look around and secure the best deal for you


Towel off your hair slightly, just enough to stop the drippingDon’t rub your hair with the towel as the friction causes split ends, frizzy dryness and generally does a lot of damage. Instead, gently wrap the towel around your hair and squeeze, like blotting the water out of your hair. If you have hair that’s too short a length for that technique, wrap the towel around your head and rub very very gently using strong, circular motions. Don’t rub too fast or hard, and if you can feel pain or hair breaking, then use your common sense and stop. Your hair doesn’t have to be very dry at all after toweling; it just shouldn’t be excessively soaked and dripping everywhere.


Separate your hair into sections. The bigger the section, the longer it will take to dry. It’s best to go for 4-6 sections, but make sure nothing is tangled. If you have thick or longer hair, try using clips to help. If your hair’s a bit too short, you may want to just part it into two sections.


Acrylic Course

Acrylic four day beginners course – 5th September
Course Content: History of nail enhancements, different systems in nail enhancements, anatomy & physiology of the natural nail, nail diseases and disorders, nail facts, product knowledge, mix ratio of monomer & polymer, client consultation, hygiene & salon safety, french/natural nails, nail bitter, refills & rewhites, natural overlay, colour & glitter acrylic, tip application, creating an arch /apex, file grits, filing and shaping, client aftercare, sculpting a nail with forms, troubleshooting, pricing your service, repairing a tip, marketing & how to build your client base.

7 Easy Steps to Voluminous Looking Lips

Give your pout a little more punch with these 7 easy steps to voluminous looking lips.


Shadows always give you away. Eliminate the shadows around your lips by dabbing a little concealer around your lip contours. This will start you off with a clean bare canvas.


Next step to voluminous lips is to redefine the contours by using a concealer pencil a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone. Trace all around your top and bottom lip. You can also trace the two little contour lines going from the top of your lips to your nose.


Be sure to blend in the concealer well all around your lips. You want to see the color but you don’t want a harsh line. Smudge the line carefully with your fingers for a more natural look.


Start with a color a shade or two darker than your natural lip color. For the next step in voluminous lips we need to contrast the light effect we created in the earlier steps. Start at the center for the top lip and create your line. Also line the bottom lip. Be sure the blend the line out again for a natural look.


Apply the lipstick of your choice. For a more voluminous lip you can opt for a lip plumping lipstick, but any lipstick will work. Start from the center for your lips and color over the contour lines as well as the lips.


Follow up with a gloss across the lips in the same color as your lipstick shade. The shimmer will add to the illusion of fuller lips. For extreme voluminous lips add another coat of clear gloss around the edge of the lip where you applied the lip liner earlier.


To finish the look add a small dab of gold to the center of your bottom lip. If you don’t already have a gold gloss or lip color a simple dab of eye shadow will do the trick.

By using the rules of light and shadow you can create the illusion of voluminous lips. I hope you find these steps simple to follow. Now you know how to create your own voluminous lips without the need of injections. How do you make your lips look fuller?


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8 Tips For Creating Volume On The Crown

Creating volume at the crown gives you all the lift, bounce, and body you need. Whether your hair is long, short, or somewhere in between, a little lift provides a lot of pick-me-up, so you’ll never suffer through a bad hair day again


Making sure your part is perfect is essential when it comes to learning how to create volume on the crown. If you’re used to parting your hair a certain way, your hair might be a little too used to it, which can in turn make it flat. The first step in getting some lift at the roots involves trying to change your part. If you part your hair in the middle, try doing it toward the left or right. If you already have a side part, sweep your hair to the opposite side or part it in the center.


 Naturally, creating volume at the crown requires the right products. Try shampoos and conditioners that promise to give hair much needed volume – just make sure you go with something appropriate for your hair type, i.e. fine and thin, thick, dry, et cetera. Root lifters are ideal as well, but again, make sure you choose something that works with your hair, and don’t overdo it. A little spritz goes a long way. There are lots of treatments designed to give your hair more lift, not to mention mousses, gels, and hairsprays that promise additional volume.


Although this technically falls under the category of using the right products, it deserves its own heading. For lots of volume, you simply cannot wash your hair every day. Doing so leaves your hair dry and rather unmanageable, plus it leeches some pretty important oils out of your hair. Instead, try a dry shampoo if you’re starting to feel greasy. Remember that it’s easier to style hair that hasn’t been washed the same day. Besides that, dry shampoos offer their own lift – and you can make them at home if you don’t want to buy any.


Surprising though it sounds, you get some lift when you color your hair. Sometimes getting higher hair requires tricking it, so to speak. I’m not saying you should run out and dye your hair if you normally don’t, but if you do color your tresses, then you’ll notice natural volume for several weeks after you do. Take advantage of that by following these other tips to make the most of it. Beyond that, remember that adding highlights and lowlights in strategic spots also creates the illusion of thickness, fullness, and volume.


f you’re trying to figure out how to create volume on the crown, then it might be time for a new haircut. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything drastic – although you certainly can. Specific cuts and styles lend themselves well to lots of volume at the roots of your hair. Subtle layers work better than heavy ones, so consider mixed layers or long ones. Blunt cuts are great as well, so if you’ve been thinking about getting a bob and you’re dying for some more volume, now might be the time!


There are lots of volumizing techniques available to you as well. Teasing and back combing your hair are both well known, but proceed with caution – doing it too much and/or too often can damage your pretty locks. Try teasing your hair just a little before combing it back. Use a paddle or bristle brush rather than a fine toothed comb, and only do it where you need it, i.e. at the crown on the sides and along the back.


Better than teasing, you can discover how to create volume on the crown by adding curls and waves to your hair as well. Use a curling iron or hot rollers when you’re in a rush, or sponge rollers when you can take your time, since they’re far less damaging in terms of heat. Finger comb your curls rather than brushing them or using an actual comb. You can get waves with different curlers as well, or you can simply braid your hair and let it dry. If you do this and then use a root lifter, then you’ll get tons of lift.


It goes without saying that some of the best tips for creating volume involve blow drying your hair. A good blow out requires you to hold sections of your hair straight up, spray them with a little hairspray or root lifter, and dry them first upright, and then while running a round brush along the underside of each section. You can also use a curling brush at the roots of your hair for lift, not to mention plenty of body. Using that type of dryer even allows you to easily add some curls or waves.

I hope this taught you how to create volume on the crown of your head! You don’t have to go all out with a poof or anything like that, nor do you have to rely on professional blow outs at the salon. You can get all the volume you need right in your own bathroom, as long as you employ the right techniques while using the appropriate tools. How do you go about getting higher hair when you need some more volume and extra oomph?

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In the mood?

Ladies and some gents, prepare to have your mind BLOWN! The powers that be in ASU Nail & Beauty have added yet another, neat little invention to their Perfect Match polish range. The alluringly named, ‘Mood Collections!’… Yes you heard right, Mood Collections! Colour changing gel polish which changes colour via your body temperature / mood.

The range consists of, Groovy Heat Wave, Partly Cloudy, Sunrise Sunset, Angel’s Breeze, A Bit Chilly, Frozen Cold Spell. A breakdown of each polish colour can be found in our gallery below. This new innovative product is set to make waves in the beauty industry. Our REBA girls have all found this amazing new product to be mesmerizing and can’t get enough of it! For a piece of the action, stop by any REBA salon and REBA supplies store.

REBA Courses: July Edition

Acrylic four day beginners course – Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 5:00pm-9:00pm Price. €425
Ever since they were invented in the 1970s, acrylic products continue to evolve and are still the strongest nail system in the world making them extremely popular. Acrylic is made from a liquid called monomer and a powder called polymer and we will teach you how to mix these products correctly to create the right mix ratio for perfect nails. We will use all astonishing acrylic system on this course.
Course Content: History of nail enhancements, different systems in nail enhancements, anatomy & physiology of the natural nail, nail diseases and disorders, nail facts, product knowledge, mix ratio of monomer & polymer, client consultation, hygiene & salon safety, french/natural nails, nail bitter, refills & rewhites, natural overlay, colour & glitter acrylic, tip application, creating an arch /apex, file grits, filing and shaping, client aftercare, sculpting a nail with forms, troubleshooting, pricing your service, repairing a tip, marketing & how to build your client base.
Manicure and Pedicure  – Monday 16th from 9:30-4:30pm. Price €150 including kit, manual, certificate.
This is an intensive one day course that will provide you with the knowledge to enter into the world of natural nail care. This course will cover procedures of a full deluxe manicure and pedicure. You will also learn nail anatomy and physiology and how to recognise nail diseases and disorders. In this class we will use aromatherapy by astonishing spa.
Course Content: Purpose of manicure & pedicure treatments, anatomy and physiology of the hand & foot, nail diseases & disorders, client consultation, salon safety, preparation of work station, equipment care, full demonstration, cuticle work, buffing, filing, hand and arm massage, foot & leg massage, deluxe masks, parafin wax, polishing techniques, client aftercare & retail opportunities. 
Basic Nail Art – 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Price €50
This course will teach you how to create effortless and eye catching nail art designs. You do not need to be artistic to achieve great nail art, a lot of the designs are simple to achieve but look amazing! Using a collection of nail perfect & nfu.oh nail art products will show you how to use the various tools of the trade. Nail art designs can be applied to natural nails and nail extensions
Course Content: Nail Art Techniques, Colour choice, Rhinestones, Glitter, Transfers, Stickers and Dried Flowers, Tools of the trade. Dotting tool, Brushes, Caring your equipment, Aftercare advice
Spray Tanning – Monday 9th – 9:30 -12:30pm – Including certificate and training. €50
Spray Tanning is the most sought after beauty treatment today. It provides clients with an excellent value for money and provides therapists with a steady income. Spray Tanning is easy and safe to do in salon or as a mobile therapist. In this course you will learn how to spray a client in 3-5 minutes.
Course Content: Background to Spray Tanning, Health & Safety, Preparation, Client Consultation, Full Demonstation, Aftercare, Machine Maintenance, Handling & managing the spray system, Different skin types, Active Ingredients 
Perfect Brow – Tuesday 3rd  – 9:30 – 1:30pm – €75 or €99 with kit
Create the perfect brows that will keep your clients coming back for more. During this class, you will learn how to achieve the much sought after Perfect Brow! Defined eyebrows will enhance, shape and structure a face.
Course Content: Eyebrow structure and shape, Tinting, Tweezing Techniques, Semi Permanent Brow make-up, Client Afercare & Retail opportunities, Pricing and business development
UV Polish –  Monday 23rd 9:30-12:30pm. Price €50
Three Week Mascara – 2:00pm – 5:30pm price to be decided

DIY Hair Treatments

Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they’re not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin’s oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective—and gentler—alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes, courtesy of

For All Hair Types

“The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds,” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Dull Hair

Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. “Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes,” says Lisa Belkin, author of The Cosmetics Cookbook.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Itchy Scalp

To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. “The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head,” says Cox.

To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Limp or Fine Hair

To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses, explains Cox.

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. “When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair,” says Belkin. Treatments can be applied every other week.

For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair

Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature’s sweetener can help. “Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture,” says Cox.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

For Oily or Greasy Hair

“Used properly, [cornmeal or cornstarch] is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease,” says Belkin.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.

For Frizzy Hair

Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair, explains Cox.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Residue-Ridden Hair

“Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda,” Cox says. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.

To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

If at-home remedies aren’t your thing, we have a great selection  of hair treatments which we highly recommend. To find out what these are, scroll through our gallery.

Up-Coming Courses

Does your new years resolution include kick-starting or advancing your career in the beauty industry? Our training courses in Reba Hair & Beauty Supplies will help you do just that! We only use fully qualified and experienced educators to ensure you get the most out of each course.

Some of the courses we provide are, Gel Nails, Acrylic Nails, Manicure & Pedicure, 3 Week Nail Polish, Nail Art / Blitz Wraps, Eye Lashes and Spray Tanning…

Our up-coming courses are as follows:


Monday 23rd – 3 Week Nail Polish


Wednesday 1st – Spray Tan

Wednesday 15th – Nail Art / Blitz Wraps

Wednesday 22nd – Semi-Permanent Lashes


Wednesday 21st – Manicure & Pedicure

February & March

Gel Nails course runs from February 20th until March 12th.

Our courses take place Reba Hair & Beauty Supplies,

Unit A1 National Enterprise Park
Clonminam Industrial Estate 
Co Laois

To book your place with us contact us on 057 868 8738 or email us at