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WHAT IS A WOMANS MAIN CONCERN WHEN GETTING OLDER? Anthony shares his knowledge and experience into women’s hair loss. Seen THE FILE

Losing Hair In Your 20’s Or 30’s? Here’s How To Stop It.

Back in January my housemate Sam starts shedding dark brown hair all over her friend’s palatial home. There’s no hiding it either. Everything in this house is unforgivingly white – white linen upholstery, lime washed white floorboards, white marble counters. Turns out, women under 30 are loosing their hair. It’s a thing that happened to Sam twice. An embarrassing thing. But more importantly, the why behind the hair loss is the most concerning thing of all.

She tells me all of this after collapsing onto the couch, batteries zapped from a full day of teaching music and completing coursework for her Master’s Degree. Initially, we both stare into our phones as so many of us do, thumbs tapping, eyes glazed over, unable to engage in any kind of conversation beyond “how was your day” and “yeah, good”. She’s wearing a head-to-toe grey tracksuit, and I, a red sweater with this glittery, yellow Playboy bunny embossed over the chest, laptop open on my legs, entering into my thirteenth hour of work.

Why am I painting this touching scene of two tired, yet determined ~modern women~ in questionable outfits? Because premature hair loss has a lot to do with the stressful, often chaotic lives many of us now lead. But here’s the real clincher: over the course of our conversation, I find out that this issue has a lot to do with the kinds of chemicals we’re putting in our bodies just to get us there.

Sam’s hair started falling out for the second time after going off the oral contraceptive pill at the beginning of the year. This time round though, the doctor tells her that while all of her bloodtests seem to check out, hair loss can be an unfortunate side effect of coming off contraceptive hormones. This is namely due to the rapid and sudden drop in estrogen. But then the doctor goes on to tell her something that had me a little shook, sitting there on the couch in my red Playboy sweater. Get this, right. The doctor says that if Sam wants to prevent further hair loss, she should simply go back on the pill to ‘rebalance’ her hormones. What about when she wants to try for a baby? No problem. They’ll just inject her with MORE SYNTHETIC HORMONES to get her body ready for something it should naturally be able to do in the first place.

At this point that, we start getting heated and if there were a transcript of our conversation it would from here on be in capslock. It’s a story we’ve both heard before. Many times. From her friends and my friends and their friends and their friends friends… You get the idea.

Moving on from her the GP, Tara sought the advice of a Naturopath and a Trichologist. Both told her that they’ve been seeing a growing number of young women suffering from hair loss in recent years. And they’re not the only ones. According to a 2014 survey by L’Oreal Professional, out of the 2000 interviewed, a third had experienced hair loss by the time their 30th birthday had rolled around. Then there was a more recent study that found high rates of hair loss among young college women under immense stress. And finally, we come to the million dollar contraceptive question. When it comes to conclusive research around whether the pill causes hair loss, there’s not a great deal. However, following a quick Google, I found forums full of women experiencing the same issue as Sam.

So maybe we’re not imagining things after all. Maybe this isn’t simply a game of Chinese whispers among women tired of being fed a bewildering riptide of misinformation.

Great. Cool. Now you’re wondering what you can actually do about it, right? Fay Halkitis, a longtime Naturopath and Beauty Therapist at Luna Beauty & Apothecary, had a few practical things you can opt for should you find yourself in the midst of a quarter life hair crisis. B12, Zinc, DHT and iron levels were the big ones to address. If you want to find out how they’re fairing, head straight to a professional to get those tested.

We also called on our favourite stylist, the king of hair, Anthony Nader of Raw, for a few preventative tips along with some solid quick fixes. No, it does not involve wearing a wig.

Iodine for thyroid issues.

FAY: “If your iodine levels are low, try adding dulse flakes or seaweed to your diet as a natural food source. Sustainably caught seafood is also a good source. But first, when it comes to supplements, always seek a professional.”

Turn down the heat.

ANTHONY: “Go easy on the hot tools and turn down the temp. Your strands don’t need the highest heat and if you’re getting the results on say, 100 degrees, why would you need your appliance turned up to full? Trust me your hair will thank you for this little trick.”

Avoid chemical-laden hair products.

FAY: “Most people don’t realise we absorb the most product through our scalp. If hair is lacklustre, try massaging a few drops of natural oil (like argan or jojoba) blended with essential oils such as rosemary, lavender and clary sage to stimulate cells and nourish the roots. Leave over night and shampoo in the morning.”

No to bleach, yes to Olaplex.

ANTHONY: “Steer clear of harsh bleaches and high peroxide strengths. Instead, make sure you ask your hairdresser for Olaplex – this is far from a sales pitch and I swear by this holy grail for keeping each strand feeling strong and healthy from the inside, out.”

Stress less.

FAY: “High stress levels can also impact hair growth as we secrete cortisol in our hair follicles. For this reason, adrenal support is a necessity.” May we also recommend lowering cortisol levels with regular meditation.

Go with the (blood) flow.

FAY: “Good blood flow is important to stimulate hair growth.” Try the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to boost microcirculation and remove toxic product build up.

DOES YOUR HAIR HAVE THE 7 YEAR ITCH? Seen Daily Mail

If you’ve ever run your fingers through your hair and felt as though it seems different to how it did when you were a child or a teenager, you’re not alone.

In fact, you might just be on a new and different hair cycle.

Trichologists and hairdressers alike have long agreed that hair growth is broken down into cycles, which roughly last between four and seven years.

FEMAIL spoke with celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader of RAW Hair, to find out how you can identify what stage of the cycle your locks are in – and make it best work for you.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Anthony explained that the seven year hair cycle is based on the cycle of hair growth, which takes place in three stages.

‘The first phase – where the hair is growing quickly, the second phase – where the growth of the hair slows, and the third phase – where the hair is stagnant and just doesn’t grow,’ Anthony said.

‘The best way to identify the various stages of the cycle is to acknowledge whether your hair is growing at its fastest rate ever, which illustrates stage one, whether it’s growing but slowly, which depicts stage two, or whether your hair is actively shedding, which is stage three.

‘If you find that the texture of your hair is changing, you are most likely in the first phase of growth, as it’s not uncommon for your locks to grow back differently to the way they were before.’

While it might surprise you that your hair can change entirely within seven years, in fact Anthony said it’s perfectly normal – with the ‘old being replaced by fresh, new growth’.

So how can you look after your hair to best make the most of your cycle?

First up, look to your diet.

‘Ensure you are getting enough iron and protein from your food, but if you’re lacking in anything – and even if you’re not – keep on top of those mutlivitamins,’ Anthony said – as these will help to maintain strong, healthy locks and minimise breakage.

‘Next, brush your hair twice a day – in the morning and in the night – with a 100 per cent boar bristle brush.

‘Massage the scalp when you do this, as this acts as a bit of a wake-up call for your follicles, brushing away any loose strands near the end of their cycle and stimulating blood flow.’

Lastly, the expert said it’s a good idea to ‘avoid stressing your tresses’.

‘Stress is detrimental to so many aspects of your health, but you can see a real difference in the strength and well-being of your hair when you avoid this.

‘Remember, when you colour your hair not to go more than two shades lighter than your natural base, as this will cause stress on the strands and can make them look dry and lacklustre’

The only kind of stress that is good for your locks is exercise stress, which ‘gets the blood bumping and does great things for your strands’.

‘And also it’s important to know that everyone is different,’ Anthony concluded.

‘If you find something that works for you and your hair, stick with it.’

8 HAIR HACKS TO GIVE YOU GOOD HAIR. Anthony’s latest Winter tips seen Vogue.

Stay a cut above the rest by combing through the now and the next in hair cleansing, heat protection and styling.

Skin deep
Much of our daily beauty routine places emphasis on skincare, but it’s time to officially start pouring as much time, energy and know-how into your hair. Serums, masks and sun protection are all musts for maintaining your hair’s health as UV rays, styling and pollution all make an impact.

“A UV protector is absolutely key, especially in Australia, where our UV levels are among the harshest in the world, burning the skin and dehydrating our poor locks!” says Anthony Nader of Raw Salon, before adding that it’s imperative to use year-round sun protection on your strands. Nader also suggests applying oils overnight and using this time to not only repair your hair but also style it. “Pop a treatment on and by all means give your mane a braid. That doubles up in the morning when you unravel it and you now have cascading waves that are controllable and styled, and – bonus – you’ve got another 15 minutes in bed.”

Bubble trouble
Dive into the new weightless and foaming wonders designed to eliminate the heavy lifting from your shower routines. Rather than lather, rinse and repeat, Pantene’s new Pro-V Foam Conditioner promises to nourish without the residue or build-up of cream conditioners. Similarly, Bumble and Bumble’s BB Scalp Detox uses micellar water, which is better known as a skin cleansing ingredient, to remove impurities and product build-up in one fizzy, foaming pump.

Clip in
What’s old is new again as hair accessories of the past, once relegated to the back of your bathroom cabinet, are cool again. Silky scrunchies of the 80s now make the perfect pairing with your top knot, while 90s-era banana clips and headbands are also weaving their way back into our lives, thanks to their reappearance on the autumn/winter ‘18/’19 runways. Gucci, Chanel and Alexander Wang all offer up modern takes on baubles that are designed to be as useful as they are chic.

Raw power
If concocting a morning smoothie or a vegetable-packed green juice is your favourite way to wake up, we suggest extending your routine to your rinse, too. Make the switch from sulphates, silicones and parabens for scalp and hair-nourishing ingredients like coconut and coriander oil, honey, quinoa, goji berries and kaolin clay. Finally, treat your hair to the detox your digestive system received months ago. Just as you would whiz together ingredients that support your body in your smoothie, Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner will give your hair a shot of goodness that’s almost good enough to eat – almost.

Heat up
Dull, dry and limp: the three words no-one ever wants to use to describe their hair but, unfortunately, that’s the result when heat damage rears its ugly head. Aside from using heat-protectant products, changing up your heat styling tool is the best bet. When shopping around, keep an eye out for descriptions like ‘ionic’, ‘ceramic’ and ‘thermal protection’. Styling tools thus described allow you to style without the singe, while the Dyson Supersonic, seemingly the last word in modern hair care, has the ability to measure the air temperature exiting your hair dryer 20 times per second, meaning you have temperature controlled assurance and little to worry about.

Baby steps
Our love affair with blunt bobs and lobs seems to be coming to an end, with long, shiny manes taking centre stage on the autumn/winter ‘18/’19 runways. However, if you’re planning to grow your hair out, be warned: maintenance is key. “Grow as long as you can go, but please just make sure you keep having what I like to call ‘baby trims’ every eight weeks,” says Nader of keeping your ends healthy and avoiding breakage. If you have an itch to grow your hair long again, Nader recommends asking your stylist to add dimension and fullness by way of longer layers, which will allow you to style with ease, as one-dimensional hair won’t hold a curl, no matter how much product or heat you might apply.

Bye bye, bleach
A new wave of hair colour technology is making it possible to infuse your locks with colour without the use of peroxide or ammonia, likely spurred on by Instagram trends like unicorn, galaxy and even crystal-inspired dye jobs. No matter your hair colour, you can now add pink tinges and emerald tips to your mane, although brunettes won’t get the same vibrant colouring blondes can expect, without stepping near the bleach. US-based line Overtone, which is vegan and PETA-certified, produces colour depositing conditioners that are designed to be applied regularly, to steadily replace dye pigments as well as build on your colour, while Splat hair dye uses finely milled pigments to alter your hair’s shade.

Time savers
If one of the biggest things standing between you and a good hair day is time, or lack thereof, get familiar with the new host of time-saving triumphs. Microfiber towels are at the top of this list, for their quick-drying abilities and for helping you to avoid the frizz and split ends that cotton towels can cause. If time truly is of the essence, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler is designed for post-conditioner styling as you shower, while hair-care brands Ouai and Redken’s anti-frizz sheets are easily stored in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups.­­­­­­

This article originally appeared in Vogue Australia’s June 2018 issue. 

IT’S A WRAP! Anthony Nader & Dyson at MBFWA 18 Seen GRAZIA

Another year, another successful week of Australian Fashion; we take a look at the highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

As the curtain draws on another fashion week; we reflect on the week that was. On the streets, dressing down was the new up; as bloggers and the like paraded in sneakers, sweats and denim aplenty. Front row, editors and fashion buyers remained remarkably cool and polished, as print – in all its varied incarnations – made its comeback. Backstage it was all about the beauty; makeup was relatively lo-fi – with the exception of a glitter-loaded Romance Was Born, and when it came to hair; the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer stole the show; responsible for many of the hair trends to come out of the week. As for the runway? It was true resort; relaxed, refined and classic. Watch the Dyson Insiders – Chrisanthi Kaliviotis, Montarna McDonald, Anthony Nader, Ally May Carey – share their favourite moments from the most important week in Australian fashion.

WHY IS MY HAIR GETTING SHORTER BY THE DAY? Seen WHIMN

“Did you get a haircut?” a friend asked me recently.

It was a harmless question, but it still made me feel uneasy. I had in fact had a haircut a few months ago, but I’d seen this friend since. Many times.

The ‘haircut’ of which she spoke was something I too had noticed. My strands were splitting and breaking so frequently that my once chest-length hair was inching towards my shoulders. The ends were straw-like. Despite only ever being subjected to blunt cuts, they were visibly varied in length.

Yes, I realised the blonde balayage I’d had put through my naturally dark brown hair was partly to blame. But that had been over a year ago and I’d had plenty of trims since then.

I also knew the cheaply-made shampoos I frequently used weren’t the best for it. But surely that wasn’t enough to cause fatally damaged hair?

I racked my brains as to what it could be. But when I came up blank and after yet another ‘did you get a haircut?’ question, I decided it was time to consult a professional.

“Salt water,” hair extraordinaire Anthony Nader told me. I was sitting in a salon chair at his Surry Hills studio Raw.

I’d explained the situation as he’d run his comb through my hair sending more breakage to the floor.

“The salt dries it out – especially if you’re swimming a lot in the ocean.”

It made sense. I did go for daily dips down at Bondi. Not only that, but because I loved natural beach waves, when I showered afterwards, I wouldn’t let the running water touch my hair. I’d then rock my salt water waves for the rest of the day.

My locks now combed, I stared in the mirror at them. They looked brittle and unkempt.

“Your hair needs more conditioner,” Nader said. “Your strands are really thirsty for moisture. Every bit of moisture they can take, they’ll just suck it up and rejoice.”

He went on, explaining it wasn’t just the salt water; other factors had contributed to its current dire condition.

Despite what I’d believed, the year-old bleach was actually still playing a big part. Once hair has been coloured, making sure you’re feeding it enough moisture is imperative.

The other factor was the sun. Australia has some of the harshest rays in the world, and this past year we’d seen even more of them with an extended summer lasting nearly five months.

So what to do moving forward? What should a bleached strands beachgoer like myself be doing to protect their hair next time summer rolls around?

First up, the ideal scenario: dampen your hair in outdoor showers, coat it with a cream conditioner the size of a ten cents piece, comb it through, then wrap it up and tuck it into a swim cap. Wetting it first allows the conditioner to absorb better.

Though it did sound effective, realistically, I knew if I were at the beach with friends on the weekend, I wouldn’t be donning a swim cap.

I asked for a less extreme version. It was this: still dampen your hair and put the conditioner in, but instead of using a swim cap, tie it up using a snag-free elastic. If you didn’t have cream conditioner, a spray leave-in one could work too.

Either way, the conditioner would act as a barrier – a shield so the salt water wouldn’t absorb into the hair cuticle as much.

If you didn’t have any conditioner handy, the next best thing would be to rinse the hair in a shower straight after, Nader said.

“You’ve got to rinse that salt out. The salt is what’s going to dry out your hair.”

But even if you did use conditioner and a swim cap every time you went in the sea, some breakage would be inevitable.

To combat this, a baby trim – a dusting of the hair – every six to eight weeks would go a long way towards its health. As counterintuitive as it may seem, doing so would actually help maintain your hair’s length.

Next summer, I’ll be prepared. Though it’s more than likely my damage prevention routine won’t be featuring a swim cap, I do now have more than a few other tricks to try.

Here’s hoping for healthy hair… finally.

THE DYSON HAIR TRENDS AT FASHION WEEK WITH Anthony Nader. Seen GRAZIA

MBFWA Day Three: The Insiders Go Backstage At ACTIVE

Hair Expert Anthony Nader and Grazia Beauty Editor Chrisanthi Kaliviotis navigate the backstage labyrinth of Fashion Week with Dyson Supersonic

From following the style set around the streets to sitting front row with editors, celebrities and the like, we now venture to where the magic really happens: backstage. A dark, sometimes chaotic labyrinth of nooks and crannies; backstage at Carriageworks is where all the makeup and hair unfolds. Hair expert, Anthony Nader, and GRAZIA Beauty Editor, Chrisanthi Kaliviotis, were lucky enough to venture backstage for the ACTIVE show, where they caught a glimpse of the Dyson Supersonic in action, plus see all the hair trends as they happen.

WHAT’S BEEN OUR TOP FIVE HAIR TRENDS AT SYDNEY FASHION WEEK? Seen Daily Mail

The top four hairstyles from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia: Celebrity hairdresser shows you how to wear the biggest trends to hit the catwalk this season

Fashion Week is just as much about the beauty and hairstyles as it is about the fashion.

But with so many talented hairdressers backstage to help the models achieve luscious locks and get runway ready, how can you achieve them at home?

FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the top trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

1. Loose curls

Model Jessica Gomes rocked loose curls on the runway for swimwear brand Jets.

The glam, yet beach vibe was directed by Lea-Ann Suthern, who led a team of 11 TONI&GUY stylists.

According to Anthony, the first thing you need to do to achieve this look is to give your strands a good wash.

‘Apply a medium hold mouse from roots to ends on freshly washed hair, then blast dry 80 per cent as this fastens up the drying time,’ he tells FEMAIL.

‘Take wide horizontal sections starting at the back and blow dry with a large round brush for volume.’

Anthony says to keep using this method all the way to the front hairline and stretching the roots in a upward direction.

‘Grab a medium sized hot barrel tong starting at the front hairline winding your sections away from your face and do this all the way around till you reach the middle of the head,’ he adds.

‘Rake out your waves and for extra hold, use a firm hairspray and spray your roots and ends.’

2. Top knot   

Top knots are often used as a quick solution to a bun, but this simple hairstyle which was shown on the runway at Anna Quan takes the standard messy bun to fashionable in minutes.

‘Skip the hair wash today as your in luck you you’ve just saved yourself 15 to 30 minutes,’ says Anthony.

‘Tip your head over and give your roots a good spray with a dry shampoo and massage in evenly.

Next, he says to pull your hair up high into a ponytail, so it sits beautifully on your crown of your head and secure at the base with a snag free elastic.

‘Brush the tail clean and smooth then wrap the tail around the base and pin,’ he adds.

3. Fishtail braid

The fishtail braid also made an appearance at the Anna Quan show. Hairstylist Byron Turbull opted for the braid on models with long hair and paired it with some copper wiring wound through.

Anthony says there’s no need to wash your hair for this textured fishtail braid as gritty hair works best.

‘In fact use a dry shampoo all over to get even more added texture,’ he says.

‘Rake the body of the hair on the scalps surface so its knot free but still textured as you want that lived in vibe and secure a low ponytail at the nape area.

‘Braid your pony now into a loose fishtail and don’t be too precious about getting it too clean as this is the magic statement you want everyone to see,’ he advises.

‘Tie up the end of the tail and by all means if you feel like adding more softness to the fishtail now is the time to play.’

Feel free to use accessories and hair jewellery in the fishtail braid which will add more glamour to the look.

Hair charms are popular like those KELA, which were used in the CMEO fashion show by hair director Lauren McCowan.

4. High hair 

To nail the high hair look, you must give your locks a good wash. This will ensure there are no oily and dirty strands so you can achieve maximum lift on the roots.

‘Saturate your roots and mid lengths now with a sea salt spray and use a wide comb and rake through for an even texture right through,’ says Anthony.

‘Divide hair into four even sections and take your sections from the nape area and blow dry with a medium sized brush ensuring your stretching the roots to the ends to form that beautiful luxe movement.

‘Once the back area is complete, now use the same method at the front area.’

For extra height, Anthony suggests teasing the root area and using your hairspray for extra grab, then smooth over the surface and give your hair a final spray.