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Getting The Chop: The Psychology Behind A Dramatic Hair Cut

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“I wanted to make a statement,” says Stevie Ford of Top Shelf Beauté. “[He] was my high school sweetheart. The first break up, I cut my hair really short and the second time we broke up, I dyed my strawberry blonde hair a dark brown.”Ford isn’t the first person to dramatically change their appearance in the wake of a painful relationship breakdown. Far from it. The post-breakup hair cut is almost a rite of passage.

But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”

So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?

According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”

For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”

The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”

Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”

His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”

Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”

According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.

They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”

Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”


The One Thing This Hairstylist Wants You To Know About Celebrity Inspo Pics

Nope, a pair of scissors can’t make you look like Kendall Jenner.

I don’t know about you, but if you took a quick peep at my phone’s camera roll, beyond the happy snaps and selfies, you’d find a deluge of #mood pics.

From the outfits I want to buy (or at least the ASOS version of them) to the sun loungers I want to lay on next time I book annual leave, I rarely open Instagram without finding a ‘screenshot and save’ worthy image.

You know what else you’d find? A lot of beauty looks. Like most women, I have ran into my hairdresser (either three days out from my period or after a bad breakup) clutching a picture of a celebrity and begged them to make me look ‘exactly like this.’

I’ve had the Lara Bingle bob. The Zoe Kravitz buzz cut. The Lily Collins fringe. I’ve had it all. But I’ve also had a pretty rational stylist tell me that no, I don’t look like Lara or Zoe or Lily – and a pair of scissors can only do so much.


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“Hairdressers don’t want to burst your bubble and far from it,” explains hairstylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW Salon, Anthony Nader.

“But it’s our job to give you the insider secrets to how those Hollywood celebs look so damn paparazzi ready all the time.”

Aside from employing a full time stylist to tend to their strands, a lot of their length and fullness can be credited to wigs and hair pieces.


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“I’ve lost count in my 30 year career how many women that have sat in my chair and have pulled out a picture of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Cardi B or Zoe Kravitz and stared me in the eyes point blank and said ‘I want this’ – I mean where do you start?”

Nader does admit, however, that while bringing in images is helpful for your hairdresser to get an idea of the result you’re after, your best bet is to cap it at no more than eight.

“In those eight images show them one or two things that you don’t like about that haircut or colour, too. This just helps more clarity on both sides.”

From there, your stylist will be able to work through the pros and cons of what’s achievable.

“If you’re after a blunt Kim Kardashian bob, is the length at the jaw going to suit your face shape? Maybe not, so this is where the hairdresser needs all that knowledge and experience that they have to give the best outcome for your face shape.”


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The time you’ll realistically spend styling it each day, as well as your budget for salon visits are the next two biggest determining factors when considering a celeb inspired chop.

“To maintain a strong haircut shape, you need to get to the salon every four to six weeks. If you have your hair coloured, you’ll also need to maintain your colour by investing in salon prescribed products to keep it looking red carpet ready.”

Nader’s final words of wisdom?

“Just remember though, that your hairdresser isn’t a magician and can’t perform tricks.”

Oooooof, noted.


BE CAREFUL THAT YOUR NEW BANGS DONT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR BACK IN KINDERGARTEN. Anthony gives his top advice when taking the plunge. Seen ELLE.

The Top 4 Fringe Trends To Try This Winter

While the thought of winter tends to inspire more ‘curling up’ than ‘dressing up’, it’s actually the perfect time to experiment with your look, especially when it comes to trialling a fringe.
After all, with summer comes humidity, leaving our locks limp or frizzy. Our efforts with the straightener end up moot, and all we want to do is get our hair off our face and sweat-drenched neck. On the other hand, the colder season actually gives your fringe a fighting chance and lets you see whether you truly like the look. And luckily for us, this season’s crop of fringes are well worth trying.
In order to find out how to style the fringes leading the way in winter 2019, we consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.


The blunt fringe has always been one of the more dramatic styles but this season’s leading style offers a slightly softer mid-length finish.
“I tend to keep the edges of the fringe curved a little lower rather than perfectly horizontal all the way across, as this frames the face beautifully rather than a hard edge, which tends to make the forehead look disconnected from the rest of the face,” says Nader.
“For those of you with petite faces and sharp features, be sure not to take the fringe too blunt, as this is only going to make your features look more angular and harsh.”


A tough look to wear and not for the faint of heart, Nader emphasises that this look is best suited to those with oval face shapes.
“I wouldn’t cut the the micro fringe or on face shapes that are too small and round, as this is only going to emphasise the roundness of your face more,” he explains.
“Longer face shapes suit this cut much more. What I tend to do is make the edge of the baby fringe a touch longer on the corners when cutting, as this adds more shape to the face – the ideal shape to attain is oval.”
To give this look a more effortless finish, Nader recommends having your hairdresser cut your micro fringe with a razor.
“This adds more softness and it’s a little bit more fashion-forward, rather than cutting with scissors which can leave a harsher, solid line,” he says.


While old school thinking used to discourage those with curls from cutting a fringe because it was thought to mean constant styling, that is no longer the case in 2019. In fact, all that matters now when it comes to achieving this stylishly dishevelled look is how your hairdresser cuts it, Nader explains.
“Personally when I’m cutting a curly fringe, I always cut it DRY. [The ] reason being is that if you cut it wet, you’re always going to underestimate how much it will jump up when it dries. In this case, the fringe will end up a lot shorter than you anticipated—and you may end up looking like you’re off to kindergarten,” Nader tells ELLE.
The key to working a curly fringe on the daily without all the fuss? Nailing the length.
“I’d lean more toward keeping a curly fringe on the longer side in length. [This] tends to lend itself more to a sensual, carefree vibe and it really doesn’t look like it’s just freshly cut. Keep it overgrown and tousled, just below the brows,” says Nader.


A classic look popularised by French film icon Brigitte Bardot, the curtain fringe is one of the most versatile styles out there. It can be parted in the middle or swept to the side, and depending on preference, can skew shorter towards the centre and longer as it moves further out along the hairline, or kept all fairly similar in length.
“I still think that the curtain fringe is the number one look I am asked for, simply because you see a lot of celebrities with various lengths of a curtain fringe, effortlessly styled to look super cool but sexy at the same time,” says Nader.
“The thing that I love about the curtain fringe is that when it’s cut right, it automatically looks worn-in and soft. [This is] because, when playing with fringes, there’s a very fine line in the way that it’s cut, where it can either look French-girl-chic or unfortunately as though you you’ve cut your hair in the bathroom with a pair of blunt scissors.”
A great look to trial in winter and take into summer, this fringe looks relaxed and elegant even as it grows out. And the best part about it? It suits everyone.
“Another thing I love about the curtain fringe is that its suitable for literally every face shape, depending how the hairdresser lines up the shape of the ‘curtain’, so to speak,” says Nader.


3 tips to nail this winter’s hottest haircut

She may only be 17, but Kaia Gerber has established herself as an absolute style icon, with the world waiting with bated breath to see what she does next in terms of fashion and beauty. Her latest chop sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy (us included!) and has only upped her cool factor; her long, brunette locks were cut into a short bob with lots of layers and movement, and we think it’s a hairstyle that’s equal parts practical and pretty. In fact, we’re predicting this will be winter’s hottest haircut, so we asked hairstylist Anthony Nader from RAW Salon for his expert advice on achieving the look, including what to ask for at the hairdressers and the products you need to maintain the style.


Ask for layers

First things first, to get Kaia’s look, make sure you ask for the right kind of cut. “This haircut [has] more of a ‘downtown cool girl’ edge, so make sure your ends are cut ‘feathery’ instead of blunt,” explains Nader. “This ‘boyish’ bob will work a treat on hair that’s medium to thick, along with hair that has a slight wave, as this will lend itself to the fullness that your bob deserves.” Our best advice is to show your hairdresser this exact photo to avoid any confusion.


Get a regular trim

Something to keep in mind with this cool, wintery hairstyle is that it requires maintenance to ensure that your ‘do holds its shape (read: regular visits to the salon). “You should get your ends sharpened every seven to eight weeks, tops, or if you have fine hair, see your stylist every five to six weeks to maintain the volume,” suggests Nader.


Don’t overdo it with styling products

This look is meant to look really laidback, like you’ve hardly put in any effort at all. “It’s not a haircut that needs hours of primping and curling, otherwise you’ll lose the coolness of what your new winter haircut stands for,” says Nader. “Create texture by spritzing some sea salt spray, such as Sydney Salon Supplies SSS Sea Salt Texture Spray, into damp hair, then work the heat of the hairdryer through and focus on the roots to lift the area. Or, if you want to add a little more bend and texture, give your mid-lengths a quick, light kiss with a medium-sized hot tong.”



Michelle Obama Wore Her Natural Hair On Holidays And The Internet Has Thoughts

The former first lady lets her hair down – literally – and the internet implodes.

Seriously, who does their hair when they’re on holidays?

I’m lucky enough to run a brush through it, let alone pack a GHD when taking time out from real life. Plus, a beach holiday means that you don’t even need to pack a sea salt spray for texture – nature just takes care of it for you.

So what’s with the furore that Michelle Obama,55, has let her hair down?

Paparazzi shots of the Obamas holidaying in France, as you do, show another side of the former first lady – with her natural hair.

It’s not the first time the internet has been treated to images of a beautiful African-American woman rocking gold hoop earrings and voluminous curly hair. It’s one of Queen Bey’s most powerful looks.

So why is it OK that a performer can present herself that way publicly but a politician’s wife can’t do it in private?

For African-American women, hair has always been a political issue.

In 2014, the US army tried to ban cornrows, twists and braids on women, styles that were popular among those with natural hair.

The Washington Post reported that a petition asked the army to reconsider, stating that 30% of women in the military aren’t caucasian and “[t]hese new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.”

The natural hair movement is about more than just hair, it’s about embracing racial differences rather than trying to assimilate.

A report by market research agency Mintel found sales of hair relaxer in the US dropped 36.6% between 2012-17.

And when natural hair becomes a Beyonce lyric, you know that it’s gone mainstream.

“I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils,” she sings in Formation about embracing her African heritage.

Sydney hairdresser Anthony Nader of Raw Salon says Obama will always have a phenomenal fan base, but there’s a not-so-great reason why this paparazzi snap of her natural hair texture has people talking.

“I can’t imagine we would care in the same way if it wasn’t a woman of colour,” he says.

“Personally, I think Michelle’s natural hair texture is complete heaven. Honestly, I don’t want to dive in the deep end here and go back decades and decades around the suppression and judgement of women of colour, but there’s a long history of how women should and shouldn’t wear their hair.

“From my point of view, it should be totally A-OK and acceptable for all cultures to have a day off (so to speak) and showcase what God gave them. I’m all about embracing natural texture. Michelle’s hair is beautiful, voluminous, shiny and absolutely oozes femininity.”

He concedes straightened hair, on all races, always looks more polished and professional, but that doesn’t mean you have to devote every morning to serums, brushes and hairdryers.

“When you’re not taking on these measures, as Michelle did while on vacay in France, you’ll always showcase your true self, and give off a much more casual, laidback vibe,” he says.


How to replicate Kate Middleton’s perfectly bouncy blow out

We all saw Kate Middleton make her elegant entrance into the first annual Addiction Awareness Week gala on Thursday.

Her Barbara Casasola dress was perfect, her Jimmy Choo heels were perfect, everything was what we’ve come to expect from the perfect Duchess of Cambridge.

But her hair, took her look to a whole new level of perfection and we’ve been obsessing over it since we saw her sunlit, bouncy blow-out float into the gala.

Related: Kate Middleton’s latest gala look might just be her best yet

The Duchess’ hair always looks immaculate but there was definitely something different about this particular hairstyle, so we asked hairstylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, for a concise how-to, because who doesn’t want a royal blow out like Kate’s?

Damp hair to begin

To achieve this lush royal blow out, Anthony says to start with damp hair and a volumising conditioning foam, to give your hair the ultimate body required.

(Products worth a try: Eleven Volume Foam, Pantene Pro-V Foam Volume and Body Conditioner)

Work the product through from root to end, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb.

Section off your hair

Inside your part line separate the hair up into four even sections, leaving the bottom section out and clipping the rest away.

Grab you big bristle brushes

“I would then use two large radial brushes with loads of bristles, this is going to help the hair look more refined and polished,” says Anthony.

Heat, and then cool, your hair

Take your first section up to the crown, blow drying it vertically. Once the section feels dry, mold your hair around the bristles, allowing it to sit on your head to cool. Once you’ve finished the next segment you can remove the first brush to use on your third segment. Continue this method until you’re whole head is dry.

“Make sure the brush work is always winding away from the face, to give that ultimate royal wave that we are after,” says Anthony.

Anthony’s pro tip: Want more staying power? Divide the hair in half, flip the top half away and grab the largest curling tong you have. Make sure it is XXL! Then take a 3-4 inch segment and wind it up.

Once the underneath layer is complete, you can un-clip the top section and do the same by winding from root to mid-length only.

For a final touch, run your fingers through the hair so it looks a bit more effortless, just like Kate’s.

Still obsessed with her blow-out? Scroll to see it from even more angles.

(You’re welcome).

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR VERUS OLAPLEX Anthony comes clean on this house hold kitchen product and using olaplex. Seen ELLE

The Humble Pantry Ingredient People Are Calling The Perfect Olaplex Dupe

Even though indulging in lush hair products does fall under our definition of ‘self care,’ frequent trips to the salon in the name of saving our tresses can add up, which is why we we’re ever so grateful when a fun (read: cheap) little hair hack comes along to make our life easier.
So, naturally, when we stumbled upon a humble kitchen ingredient delivering results that have been likened to Olaplex, one of the best hair repair treatments on the market, we knew we had to investigate. The ingredient in question? Apple cider vinegar.
Loved and used by Miranda Kerr and Kourtney Kardashian, the pantry staple has been garnering significant praise as a post-shampoo rinse before conditioning for its ability to make the hair incredibly soft, detangled, shiny and seem generally ‘repaired’. Of course, we’ve all learnt to become wary of things that seem too good to be true, so we’ve called upon an expert to find out whether apple cider vinegar is all it’s cracked up to be.


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How exactly does apple cider vinegar work on the hair?

In order to figure out whether apple cider vinegar is a treament worth trying, we consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.
“For those dealing with hair issues such as itchy scalp or hair breakage, apple cider vinegar can be a great natural remedy to explore if you can’t get to the salon on time to restock your Olaplex treatment,” Nader explained.
As for reason behind apple cider vinegar’s positive reputation? It has to do with its effect on the pH of hair. Without getting too lab-coatish about it, maintaining the correct pH value of the hair and natural oils that come from the scalp is vital for the overall health of the hair.
A normal pH level is between 4.5 and 5.5, however most hair products have a high alkaline pH, which wreaks havoc with the hair’s cuticles and the scalp’s condition. Consequently, this leads to frizzy strands, a dry, irritated or flaky scalp and cuticle damage, which is precisely where apple cider vinegar comes in.
“Hair that looks dull, brittle, or frizzy tends to be more alkaline, or higher on the pH scale. The idea is that an acidic substance like apple cider vinegar can help lower the pH level and bring hair health back into balance,” Nader tells ELLE.


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What should people know before trying apple cider vinegar in their hair?

Tempting as it is to think that apple cider vinegar can completely overhaul your regular Olaplex routine, Nader emphasises it’s more of a fast ‘in between’ solution to your hair woes and that it’s best suited to a few particular hair types.
“I think that this method is a quick fix for giving your most prized possession (that’s your mane, of course) a bit of lovin’ before you can get in to the salon again,” explains Nader.
“I’ve experienced and used this kitsch method previously, and I’d say the best results are found with hair types with less colour damage, and more on the natural side.
“Does it promote shine? Yes. Does this help frizziness? Yes, but only for those of you with ‘tame frizz’ and not lioness-esque! It’s not to be taken as a new religion, especially if your hair strands are craving hydration and also those of you who are slaves to having balayage.”
If you’re interested in adding apple cinder vinegar to your hair care routine, Nader recommends the following:
  • Mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (look for the unfiltered version with ‘the mother’ bacteria at the bottom) with water (approximately one-and-a-half to two cups).
  • After shampooing and conditioning, pour the mixture over your hair evenly, working into your scalp.
  • Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse it out and style as you would normally.
Due to its acidic nature, it is important not to overuse it and make sure you test with a small amount to see how your scalp tolerates it. As for how often you should incorporate it into your routine? It very much depends from scalp to scalp. Those with dry or thin hair would be best to off trying it once or twice a month. For the most part, adding it to one hair wash a week is a good place to start.

NEW BRIGHTENING IDEAS FOR YOUR WINTER BLONDE HAIR. Get Anthony’s celebrity red carpet blondes seen Beauty Heaven.

The best way to update blonde hair in winter

The warm weather has officially come to an end, and for all the blonde-haired babes out there, it’s time to ease the bright, icy and bleached yellow hues that carried you through the sun-kissed summer into warmer, muted blonde shades for the cooler season.

To ensure you’re taking all the right steps towards winter-friendly blonde hair, we reached out to Klorane’s training manager Janis McMannis and Leading Australian hairstylist and owner of RAW Salon, Anthony Nader, to guide you through a seamless summer-to-winter blonde hair transition.

What are some ways for blondes to update their hair for winter without dying it darker etc.?

To give your blonde hair a seasonal update, Anthony says the best place to start is to wash away the platinum and icy bleached tones from summer then to add a toner before updating your mane with more creamy soft blondes – “a toner is non-permanent and fades out beautifully. You could say that it’s a colour process that really does “kiss” your strands lightly without drying it out.”

He also gives his ideas for more winter-suited blonde hues, “My go-to colour shades for winter are Vanilla Blonde, Peachy Blonde, Strawberry Blonde, Blush Blonde, Caramel Blonde, Champagne Blonde and Buttercup Blonde and this is just the start but don’t they all sound tasty?”  If they sound good enough to eat, then they’ll look just as enticing as a hair colour!

Janis also favours rich warm tones for the cooler season and mentions pigmented coloured shampoos which “provide interesting temporary tones.”

What’s the best way to get rid of that super bleached blonde summery look?

Anthony warns that the bleaching from summer can take a toll on your hair and it’s best to go easy on the peroxide and bleaching of your hair in winter. He highly recommends using hair treatments from brands such as Olaplex (a treatment that is available at his salon,) to save your locks and get them ready for your winter transition.

Similarly, Janis recommends using a weekly treatment to prep your hair for a more winter-friendly blonde. She emphasises that this is essential for deep hydration and will also add gloss and shine. This is a great way to prep your hair for a ‘winter blonde’ as Janis informs us that “blonde hair is more vulnerable to climatic aggressions and pollution than darker bases  which can then become damaged and dull quickly.” She recommends using gentle lightening sprays to “create soft baby lights on blonde hair or warm caramel tones on dark blonde hair without sensitising or compromising the hair fibre.”

What’s the best way to transition your bright summer-blonde into a more muted and soft winter-suited blonde?  

Janis says to ensure a richer effect for winter; you should gradually introduce “multidimensional hues from beige to honey tones.”

Anthony’s tip? Asking your hairdresser this exact question – “Let them know your thoughts and concerns before the bowl and brush come anywhere near your hair.”

What products are best to use for this?

The more product knowledge and suggestions we have available to us the better, as every head of hair (even in various shades of blonde) is different.

Olaplex is the standout brand again for Anthony which he says is the “lifesaver for nutrition and strengthening each hair strand from the inside out.”

Janis recommends an illuminating ritual with Chamomile from Klorane Laboratories. “It is a range that naturally enhances blonde to light brown highlights. The natural pigments of the plant bind to the hair cuticles, creating an effect that will brighten or soften the tone of blonde hair and give pretty natural blonde highlights to light brown hair.”

What products do you recommend to enhance and maintain a more winter blonde?

“For blonde hair that has an undertone of warmth, or with “natural grey highlights” that want a more neutral or cooler tone, an anti-yellowing shampoo with Centaury from Klorane, will gently cleanse, reducing brassiness or warmth without overtoning (no purple reflect). It is also fantastic on naturally grey white or platinum hair to reduce the effects of oxidation. For hair that is colour treated, in need of a shine boost, I would recommend a Colour Enhancing Conditioner with Pomegranate, to naturally preserve colour, nourish and enhance shine.” advises Janis.

Anthony’s pick – Hi Lift True Hydrate Nourish and Repair Shampoo and conditioner.  “Thirsty hair strands will thank you for this and start behaving again for better hair styling days ahead.”