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TALK ABOUT A MAKE OVER. Check out MTV’s new presenter Katherine Langford’s new hair change. Seen MTV

New year, new hair – who dis?

Hello, ’tis I, Lisa Hamilton, editor of, MTV News presenter and your freshly announced host of TRL. As we enter 2019 I decided to shake up my look, and get a little ~experimental~ with my hair. For the past few years. I’ve sported some variation of a brown hairdo – yep, I’m not too proud to say I’ve been a little beige when it comes to my barnet.

For those of you playing at home see exhibit a. for a glimpse at my stock standard hairstyle: brown with a gentle curl that just screams, “I’ll take a hot almond latte.”

She’s cute but she needed a change. So without unloading my deepest darkest secrets, I’ll just say in brief, that there was always something inside me that wanted to try ginger hair. My uncle has flaming red hair so I know genetically I fit the mold but something always held me back. I would see the likes of Emma Roberts going ginge and thought to myself, “she looks amaze but I can’t pull that off.”


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Itching to go red again…should I? 👩🏼‍🎤

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But then something changed. A few weeks ago my queen and angel, Katherine Langford, debuted a flock of angelic ruby locks and I had to copy it immediately!!! She is the key!!!!


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She (red)y 💇💁

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This was going to be a wild change and I had to enlist the help of some gorgeous experts. Cut to me trotting off to the team at Raw who I knew would give my tired strands as much care as Lady Gaga gives her McQueen Armadillo boots.

First off I needed to have a chat with the man, the myth, the legend himself, hair stylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, to make sure that I was going to get the right kind of red, you know? I also wanted to know why so many people were making the shift to ride the crimson wave (wait, not that kind).

“Titan Copper is a must for this season to plump up dull lacklustre hair tones. It showcases healthiness, sheen and makes your eye colour POP,” he told me.

After a few hours and a few champas in the salon, the team had fully transformed me from basic bitch to HELLLLOOO EDGY COOL GIRL. That’s moi.

I’m now writing to you as a ceritfied, converted, red headed lady and I’m loving it. My advice to anyone out there uhhming and ahhing about whether or not to take the plunge on a risky hair transformation…and you’ve heard it before…life is too fricken short. Dye your hair red, shave it off, cut it short. It’s just hair! And the good news it can totally give you a new pep in your step.

You better believe I am sashaying my way through the halls of MTV with a new attitude. I AM Katherine Langford. But not. But like I totally am.

I CUT OFF ALL MY HAIR AND COLOURED IT TO. See Marc and Anthony’s complete make over seen 10 DAILY.

There are two types of changes in this world — a hair change, and any other type of change besides that.

A hair change is by far the biggest change of the two, something I discovered first-hand when I put my head — and the curly, dirty-blonde strands attached to it — in the hands of a hairdresser recently.

After 15 years of my go-to (and somewhat boring) blonde highlights, it was time for something new. I reached out to hairdresser Anthony Nader, who runs the gorgeous RAW by Anthony Nader salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills, and offered myself up as a guinea pig.

“Give me the hot cut and colour for summer 2019!” I gamely suggested, imagining more highlights — blonde, of course — and maybe a long bob with soft curls. Same-same, but (a tiny bit) different from my standard, ‘safe’ style.

That was not what I got. What I got was a pixie cut. And the colour? Copper red.

I knew what I was getting myself into ahead of my appointment. It took Anthony no time to decide on his plan after seeing a pic of me and my lacklustre locks — I was an obvious candidate for what he called a “coppery Titian red.” In fact, it was a downright crime — his words not mine — that I’d never been this colour before.

So I rolled up to the salon feeling calm as I knew I was going to be taken care of by literally the best in the haircutting biz. Also — anything had to be better than the sad, scraggly mess that I was currently sporting.

We had a quick chat in which Anthony bandied around the names of short-haired celebs like Halsey, Michelle Williams and the OG pixie-cut pioneer, Audrey Hepburn. If my new ‘do was going to stack up to any of theirs, I’d be happy.

Anthony — who was at the time about to jet off to Paris for Fashion Week — got to work taking off the bulk of my hair before picking up a razor to shape the hairline around the sides of my head and the nape of my neck.

The razor, I learnt, helps create texture and give the edges a soft and raw feel — the salon isn’t called Raw for nothing Anthony quipped. It also helps the hair grow out nicely, apparently.

Next came the colour, which was actually two colours — a darker one applied to the roots and a lighter one applied to the lengths and ends — to add a sense of depth. I was told that my fiery red — not unlike the women depicted by 17th-century painter Titian — would eventually fade out to a peachy pink down the track.

A final wash and dry later and I was done. I returned to the office to gasps, cheers and a little applause.

One week later

It’s now been about a week and my new ‘do is “wearing in well” according to a colleague. I’ve since washed it a few times and let it air-dry — sorry Anthony, I couldn’t bear to use a hair dryer in this summer heat!

It’s surprisingly low maintenance — Anthony spritzed through a sea-salt spray for some texture on the day but I haven’t even been using much if any product. It’s as though it’s been cut in such a way that it doesn’t need much ‘doing,’ if that makes sense? Which is perfect for someone like me, who loves a lie-in in the morning.

All-in-all, I am loving my hair and what it’s done for me. It’s made me think about myself and the world around me differently. It’s forced me to be the centre of attention — something which the old me would avoid like the plague — and actually take compliments instead of awkwardly muttering ‘thanks’ before legging it. Now I look the person in the eye and say “thank you, it looks great doesn’t it?”

For these reasons, I recommend that everyone take the plunge and dramatically change their own locks. It doesn’t have to be red or a pixie cut but it should be bold and slightly out of your comfort zone. Just do it — after all, hair grows back.

Tips for a big hair change
  • Be brave, but not bonkers — if you have a fancy corporate job a bright green Mohawk might not be suitable. Think about your life, your work, your hobbies before taking the plunge.
  • Find a hairdresser you can trust and knows what they’re doing. I’m not saying you have to go to an uber exxy salon but you want to make sure the cut and colour (if you’re getting one) is right.
  • Give yourself time to adjust to your new ‘do — you might need to shake up your makeup and wardrobe to match, like I did.
  • Look after your locks — that might mean using a gentle daily shampoo and a colour-preserving product such as a cosmetic shampoo or a mousse once a week.
  • It sounds silly but I’ll say it — have fun and enjoy your new look! Experiment with styling it different ways. It won’t ever look as good as it did the day you walked out of the salon but that’s okay.


You know what they say: a change is as good as a holiday. And if you’ve used up all of your annual leave, a haircut is your next best bet.

So, if you’ve been contemplating a style switch up, listen up, because we sat down with Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader salon to get the down low on what’s #trending right now.

1. The blunt, angled jawline bob

The beauty about this angular haircut is the sharpness of the V like shape that takes place in the middle of the nape area, then bevelling on a 45 degree angle over your jawline. Home care should be always kept to a minimum because it’s all in the technical execution of the hairdresser first and foremost.

By all means if you’re short on time, run a flat iron over your hair strands so they appear polished and shiny and use a smoothing shampoo and conditioner that contains a fraction of silica as this coats your strands to last longer.

2. The raw, textured shag

There’s a very fine line here between shag and “shag”. You don’t want to go all the way back to the 70s – it’s more about bringing that feeling and texture back, but this time around you need to keep the baseline of your length more solid as opposed to wispy. A solid, clean polished base line paired up with scattered textured layers will give your mane that airy appearance.

At home, use a light foam and apply to roots and ends and scrunch hair up with your palms using a diffuser on the end of your hairdryer. This promotes and pumps up your natural texture, rather than blasting your hair around with all that unnecessary air flow. If you’re wanting more curve or bend in your hair, grab a large barrel tong and wrap hair around the barrel for a few seconds leaving the ends free.

3. The grown out pixie

This style is exactly how it sounds: it’s as if you had your hair chopped into a short pixie cut three months ago, and has now it has grown out softer, with the hair hugging around your hairline – instead of looking like you’ve just been to the salon. Longer, choppy texture is the key, (where you can push back the sides and run your hands through the top for instant texture) with it meant to fall in a rebellious shape.

Keep on the drier side with products and invest in a dry paste or dry texture spray that will give your hair the Anne to showcase what it can do. Also don’t wash it every day – the dirtier the better.

4. The no fuss lob

This cut is to be executed with ease, with no harsh lines or serve angles – it’s almost like a lazy hair shape in holiday mode. Keep the edges soft and delicate and the interior weightless enough that it moves and isn’t weighed down, especially around the crown area.

When styling your new NFL at home, use a flat iron and create the slightest haphazard wave and movement all over, then shake it out afterwards. Also when washing your hair, be sure to invest in products that aren’t high in synthetics or alcohol as these will only dry out your hair strands.

5. The curtained face frame

What do you get when you mix a curtain fringe with curtained face framing? The curtained face frame. It’s almost like you’ve had curtain fringe cut in, but then the length around your face was kept one length and long and now the line continues all the way around your face. These softer face framing tendrils will give you more to play with as well which adds that little bit more cuteness and playfulness.

Maintaining this at home is super easy because you can either blow dry it around the face if you want more of a voluminous vibe, or leave it to dry naturally and you’ll have a more natural flicks happening. Showcase your face framing softness by spraying this section dry with a gritty spray that has a fraction of wetness to it.


I was once skiing in Aspen with some great friends and we were keen to catch first lift, so to make haste, my friend Kate decided to skip blow-drying her long, blonde hair before we headed out the door at first light. Big mistake. BIG.

Just as we hit the base of Ajax and were about to alight the gondola, she let out blood curdling shriek that made us all nearly jump out of our ski boots. Her wet hair had quite literally frozen and snapped off, rendering her with a somewhat asymmetrical and weird looking bob. She wasn’t happy. Not at all.

Anthony Nader’s Hair Tips

For some other handy hair hints in the snow, I asked my mane man, celebrity hair stylist Anthony Nader from Raw Hair in Sydney, for his top tips on keeping your locks lush in harsh winter conditions for some advice.

“The sub-zero temperatures in the snow will wreak havoc on your hair if you let them,” says Anthony.  “Luckily, they’re easily outsmarted.”

Moisturise moisturise moisturise

“You’re not just in the cold, but an environment that is lacking greatly in humidity, so any moisture in your hair will quickly be sucked out. Prep your locks before you get on the sloped by using a leave-in moisturiser before you blow-dry,” advises Anthony.

“Also, pack a travel-sized deeply hydrating shampoo and conditioner to keep tress stress at a minimum throughout your ski trip. If you can fit it in your luggage, a deep conditioning hair mask sachets is a great idea, too. Use it every couple of days.”

Stylin’ on the fly

Next up, you want to watch how much you’re styling your hair. Sure, you want to look cute at après, but nobody really expects you to have a full ‘do going on. The more you use heated styling products, the more your hair will come under stress and you could wind up with split ends and mega damage.

“When you’re blow-drying or styling your hair in an alpine environment, try to stick to a quick blast dry, beginning with low heat so as not to stress your strands,” says Anthony.

“Start on lower heat and then only if you’re not achieving the shape or style you want, turn up the heat one notch.”

We’re guessing you’re probably using the hotel’s hair dryer, so it won’t have much force to it anyway, but just to be sure, apply a little of your leave-in moisture cream first. Once you’ve finished drying, spray some dry shampoo into the roots, as this will help combat helmet hair.

Keep that travel-sized bottle of dry shampoo in your ski jacket, too, for the same reason.

“Once you’re off the mountain, head to the bathroom and stick your head under the hand dryer upside down for a few seconds to gift it some lift,” says Anthony. “Then, spray the dry shampoo directly into the roots to give lift and a bit more fullness and shape.”

Hair products for alpine conditions

Theorie Argan Oil Reform Hair and Body Travel Pack, $39.95, which includes Ultimate Reform Shampoo, Ultimate Reform Conditioner, Ultra Luxe Body Cleanser, Ultimate Reform Hair Serum and Argan Ultimate Reform Hair Mask, all housed in a handy travel case.

Justice Professional Smooth and Groom Travel, $5.95. It’s a rich conditioning cream that strengthens and smooths hair, while protecting against aforementioned frozen snapping disasters. It also increases shine and brightness and helps to repair cuticle damage, tames frizz and adds control to strong, unruly hair.

Klorane Travel Size Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $7.95. Paraban-free, colorant-free, sulphate-free, this dry shampoo has highly absorbent micronized powders and oat milk to soothe and protect.

DONT BE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The deep side part is the next big thing. Anthony’s latest scoop from the Golden Globes seen GRAZIA.

Don’t Be Caught In The Middle: The Deep Side Part Is The Next Big Thing

According to an expert (and the Golden Globes)

January is the one month where we all make our predications for the year. A time when trends are forecasted, when so-called “rules” are set, when great events like the Academy Awards and Fashion Week dictate the sartorial and beauty mores of the year ahead. Think of it as a kind of crystal ball month; where modern day Nostradamus’ – fashion and beauty experts – weigh in on what they think will be big, taking their cues from the celebrity set.

One such prediction is the deep side part. For some time now, we’ve been taking a middle ground. Hair has been split smack down the middle, with the middle part reining supreme on models and celebrities alike. But after Sunday’s Golden Globes, hair has taken a swift swerve to the side. From dab hands – Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman – to the new vanguard – Lili Reinhart and Irina Shayk – everyone was moving to the side, with the deep side part manifest on many a celebrity. It’s a trend eidptiral and celebrtity hairstylist Anthony Nader predicts is going to be huge this year. “Side parts add more glam and add shape,” he says. “You can wear a side part either with volume or polished and slick.” And that they did.

The cascading, curled manes of Julia Roberts, Isla Fisher and Amy Adams were parted to one side and swept over with glamour and a little poof at the root.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Julia Roberts attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Isla Fisher attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Amy Adams attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The up ‘dos of the night also did a little side-step, with Nicole Kidman and Lili Reinhart both sporting side-swept chignons, despite one opting for a soft, romantic style and the other, a sleek, slick bun (proving the versatility of the sweep).

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Nicole Kidman attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Charlize Theron attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

A foolproof way to add a little glamour to your face, be on the right (or left) side of this trend, and get flicking.


WHAT’S GOING TO BE YOUR GO TO FOR 2019? Anthony’s latest hot tips seen VOGUE

When it comes to refreshing your look, nothing quite beats getting your hair cut or dyed. Not only is it a visual change, a great hair refresh can inspire a whole new wardrobe, boost your confidence and represent a brand new you. From a subtle chop to a dramatically different dye job, whatever the change is it’s guaranteed to make you feel like a brand new woman — and moving into the new year there’s never been a better time to take the plunge.

As the years pass, hair trends come and go. From pixie cuts to balayage and even toasted coconut hair, we’ve become used to chopping and changing our ‘do based on what celebrities, models and magazines are touting that month. So as we come into 2019, what can we expect to be doing with our hair? We’ve enlisted the help of three top Australian stylists – Barney Martin, Paloma Garcia and Anthony Nader – to see what they predict to be big in the months ahead — and trust us, there’s a lot to look forward to.

The cuts we can expect to see everywhere
“We will see androgynous pixie cuts through to side parted 70s inspired, loose layered waves. Side parts and strong, healthy looking hair [is going to be big].” – Barney Martin.

“The hot trend that I’m seeing is shorter crops, but with some length in the interior of the haircut which gives enough hair to play around with. This is key! Choppy length will make your haircut feel directional and fashion forward.” — Anthony Nader.

“Fringes are huge, with a 70’s influence. Lobs are being grown out and hair is longer now with more layers throughout for shape and movement. Women are air drying their hair more now than ever so it’s going to be natural and undone.” — Paloma Garcia

“A beautifully cut curtain fringe will be one of the biggest trends for the year ahead. A sneaky overgrown fringe, with a length that floats just below your eyelashes is the go-to for many models, looking beautiful, cool and modern all at the same time.” — Anthony Nader.

The celebrities we’ll all be looking to
“I love the fact that with social media there is so much influence at everyone’s fingertips, so hair inspiration is utterly personal. Mainstream, the Hadids and Jenners of the world will always be key influencers, but all of the new looks share clean and healthy looking hair — you want to make sure your hair is in optimal health.” – Barney Martin.

“Kendall Jenner’s hair look is relatable and achievable, with her bob moving from a shorter length to a medium length. Gigi Hadid wears her long hair with great shape and gives it lots of life. Keira Knightley still has the hair goods with her polished brunette strands which are the envy of most Hollywood A-Listers. For her incredible poker straight locks, don’t be afraid to use a flat iron. All eyes will be on Zoë Kravitz in 2019, and with a slew of movies coming out, I can’t wait to see what her next hair move is. Zoë embraces her natural texture which we will see more of during 2019.” – Anthony Nader.

“2019 will continue to be all about texture in many forms – the 70s shag, feathery bangs and big curls. Model Freja Beha Erichsen will therefore continue to be a big influence for this, as she does the look so very well.” — Paloma Garcia

The hair trends that will disappear in 2019
“I would love to see the final nail in the coffin for balayage (or that word at least!). More bespoke, hand painted colouring techniques are now prominent. Vibrant artificial colours that scream at you are gone.” — Barney Martin.

“Anything that doesn’t suit! Suitable is the most important thing with haircuts for the face shape and hair type. There is no point having a haircut that you love and desire if it doesn’t work with your best features and suit you.” — Paloma Garcia

The colours we’ll all be trying
“Personalised, hand painted colouring will continue to be big in 2019 with emphasis on bringing colour back to the root, especially around the face so as to brighten and lift the skin tone. Pretty, muted pastels will still be popular: think dusty pink or orange.” — Barney Martin.

“Warm golden blondes are big with rose gold influences. Blondes are less coloured overall with pops of brightness around the face and through the ends.” — Paloma Garcia.

“Alannah Walton, our own Australian Victoria’s Secret model wears her locks in a stunning ash brunette, that removes that brassy warmth from making an unwanted entrance. Keep your brunette looking more ash by using an ash or cool coloured shampoo at least once a week.” — Anthony Nader.

The treatments to try
“We are really excited about creative waving. This is essentially perming, but with new technology and winding techniques that help to give full curls or soft texture and then volume can be given to the hair, and it’s also ultra low maintenance.” — Barney Martin.

“Styling and tonging hair to look like you have just left the beach. This is hot! More wearable treatments for the hair to ensure great hair health and as always great products to give you that perfect texture.” — Paloma Garcia.

“In 2019, make your new year’s resolution to be kind to your locks and make the move from thick cotton fibre scrunchies or elastics to a silk hair tie. These are not only perfect for putting up your hair, but also prevent you from placing unwanted stress on your hair delicate strands.” – Anthony Nader.


We asked an international hair stylist about the hue that’s all over Instagram.


There’s a hot new hair colour cropping up in our Insta feeds, and it’s not Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Living Coral — which is actually divine btw — or the overdone millennial pink.

We’ve got a hunch that the hue for summer will be *drum roll* lilac. It’s fresh, fun and just a little bit grown up.

If you need further proof that this dusty purple shade is where it’s at, consider this — searches for lilac hair inspo on Pinterest have exploded by 1,077 percent.

Plus, from the looks of it, Lady Gaga just went lilac so you know it’s gonna be big.


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Is lilac the hue for you? We asked international award-winning hair stylist Anthony Nader — who heads up the RAW Anthony Nader salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills — for his thoughts.

Who suits lilac?

“For those of you with pale porcelain milky skin complexions, this rainbow colour is going to work a treat for your complexion,” Nader told 10 daily.

However, if your skin tone is too warm, you might want to chat with your colourist about other options as “it’s going to make your lilac strands look ruddy.”

In terms of hair colour, lighter is better as a starting off point for going lilac.

If your hair sits within the dark blond to light-medium brown range then you’re good to go.

“Lilac is going to work for you because your natural base is so light and therefore when you have your colour process done it won’t take hours sitting in the salon,” Nader said.

A lighter base also means your mane stays healthier during and after the colouring process.

“The main factor is the health of your hair — strands will still be in tip-top condition as they won’t blow out with all the bleach applications.”

Looking after lilac

“To upkeep your smooth, sweet lilac hair shade, you should also invest in a cosmetic colour shampoo,” Nader told 10 daily.

“That’s going to keep your strands looking incredible and full of colour pigment between salon visits.”

Nader even had some tips for when it comes to doing your makeup with new lilac locks.

“Experiment with soft hues, a stained lip or a stained cheek or go more adventurous with a winged cat eye.”


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call me the purple teletubby ok 💜

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So, can we go lilac at home?

That’d be a no, at least according to Nader.

“I never recommend home colours as they only lead to disasters, and then you have to get a salon to fix up your ‘creativity’ which will most likely cost you more money and time in the long run.”

It’s best to leave going lilac to the professionals.

“This application takes precision and time — especially if applying bleach and peroxide if needed.

Your stylist will be adept at making sure your lilac goes on evenly, so it “looks like a million bucks and not like you got it from a lucky dip.”

Sure, it might take time out of your busy schedule but think of it as some well-deserved ‘me’ time.

Salon styling notes

So, you’re gonna go lilac — what do you ask for when you hit the salon?

“I always suggest taking a few references — and by this I mean no more than five, otherwise you might accidentally put your hairdresser on ‘sleep mode’,” Nader advised.

“References are perfect because that can also determine the intensity of the shade desired and the pro’s and con’s about how it’s going to work with your hair type.”

Once you and the stylist have settled on a shade, then the lilac fun can get underway.


We’re a pretty fashion-forward bunch here in SA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the world to see which hair trends are going to be huge in 2019. We’ve rounded up eight nations sporting hairdos that we love and are ready to wear in the new year; because who *doesn’t* want to have a good hair day every day?

1 Colombia

In Colombia, women are staring to embrace their natural hair more and more, and many are growing their fro’s long. This allows for bounce that is slightly weighed down, and the ends? Sheer curly perfection.

2 Brazil

‘Body’ and ‘bounce’ are two words that describe the beauty aspirations of Brazilian women, and the same words could be used to describe their hair. Healthy, voluminous locks in warm, rich tones will always be muito bonito.

3 The United Kingdom

When it comes to hair in 2019, the Brits are going to be veering away from Royal-inspired tresses and getting edgier with their style. This super-short bob with a choppy fringe is going to be everywhere – we’re calling it.

4 South Korea

Instead of poker-straight locks, 2019 is going to see loads of South Korean women sporting a more tousled bob, just long enough to graze their chins. This style is great because it manages to look effortless and chic at the same time.

5 Japan

Just like South Korea, Japanese women are going to be all about the bob in 2019. Theirs differs slightly in that they are leaning more towards the straight ‘n stringy look with a fringe to frame the face. It doesn’t get much cooler.

6 India

Women in India are famed for their long, thick and lustrous locks, but next year many of them are going to be opting for significantly less length. They’ll be trading it in for sleek bobs and lobs, with longer layers at the front.

7 Australia

The biggest hair trend from Down Under is less about length and style, and all about the colour. Balayage is the go-to technique, and it is versatile to suit any hair colour – from chocolate brown to light and bright blondes.

8 The United States

America is a big place, which means that there’s more than one hair trend that’s going to blow up in 2019. One of them is the glass-hair trend, which is originally from South Korea and is all about achieving a smooth, shiny and polished look.

Another biggie is going to be elevated box braids. Whether it’s winding them with string or ribbon, or maybe adding charms and other accessories, this trend is all about the details. We’re feeling it.

GOT FRIZZY HAIR? You may want to read this then. Seen Beauty Crew

The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot

The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot

Hands up whose hair looks comparable to Hagrid’s mop come summertime/beach time/any darn time? If you’re one of the unlucky fluffy creatures who suffer from uncooperative, frizz-prone hair, you know just how hard it is to get your mane under control, especially when the weather warms up and the humidity hits. Fighting frizz can be a serious TASK.

The good news is that we’re here to break it down for you, and offer some expert-approved tips and tricks on the best ways to get sleek, smooth hair.

But before we get right into it, knowing exactly what causes your hair to go frizzy is key to preventing it. Allow us to explain. Frizz occurs due to a lack of moisture in the hair. When the hair is dry and dehydrated, this causes it to seek moisture elsewhere – namely from the air around it, which is why humidity often makes matters worse. Moisture from the air swells the hair’s outermost layer (your cuticle), causing hair to look all poufy and frizzy. This moisture also ‘resets’ the proteins in your cuticle and your hair returns to its natural shape – basically undoing all your smooth styling efforts from that morning.

Now, if your hair was healthy and nourished, the cuticles would naturally lay flat, keeping the good moisture in and the bad frizz-causing moisture out.

“Think of a single hair strand like fish scales – they should always appear smooth and shiny,” says one of Sydney’s leading hairstylists, Anthony Nader. “When your strands feel rough and frizzy, this is because your cuticle (aka fish scales) are rough in texture and not closed up tight. The reason is simply because there is not enough moisture intake.”

So what do you need to do? Up the moisture levels in your strands so that the cuticles close and your hair doesn’t try and draw moisture from the air.

And the best way to do this is with the right products and preventive measures during each step of your haircare routine.

When you’re washing your hair

The fight against frizz begins once you step in the shower, not when you get out. Picking an arsenal of top-performing products can make a huge difference in your journey to frizz-free hair,

Firstly, you’ll want to stay away from shampoos with sulphates, because these products tend to strip and dehydrate the hair, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Instead, you need a shampoo with glycerin – make sure it’s high up in the ingredient list because this will mean there’s a decent amount of it in the formula. Glycerin is great at penetrating the hair shaft and giving strands a boost of hydration.

We recommend trying the silicone and sulphate-free Marc Anthony Bye. Bye. Frizz Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner duo. If you’re shopping around, here are some of our favourite sulphate-free shampoos.

When you step out of the shower, Nader advises patting your hair dry, instead of rubbing it. “From here on in, always blot your hair dry and never scrub-a-dub-dub! Scrubbing and rubbing your strands will only damage/weaken them, causing them to snap right off. It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth! Those of you with pre-lightened hair, this [drying technique] is your saviour.

When you’re styling your hair

Rob Sylva, who is also one of Australia’s leading hairstylists, says one of the biggest mistakes most of us make post-shower is immediately reaching for the hair dryer. Too much hot air focused directly on soaking-wet strands will dehydrate your hair. If you have the time, we recommend letting your hair dry naturally, about 90 per cent of the way, before using a hair dryer to create a smooth finish (and help close those cuticles).

When you do reach for the hair dryer, you’ll want some trustworthy products to help smooth the cuticles and create a barrier against heat damage. Try Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield or Dry Bar Hot Toddy Heat and UV Protectant.

And keep your hair dryer’s heat on a low setting: “I always start off on my warm setting and then (and only then) if I need to turn up the heat, I go from here. Same method applies when I use a flat iron and tongs,” explains Nader.

“If you’re wearing your hair straight, use De Lorenzo The Allevi8 Shine Serum on damp hair before drying with a light spray of the use De Lorenzo Elements Afterglow. This will keep hair glossy and battle frizz with its amazing anti-humidity properties,” recommends Sylva.

Nader’s top tip for all hair types? Always finish with a cool shot. “My all-time fave trick all year around on every blow-out I do is hitting the cool temperature shot button. Run the cool air over your strands for at least 30 seconds. This tip is the make or break, as this locks in the hair shape, making your strands look shiny and salon-campaign worthy.”

Nader also suggests reaching for a boar bristle brush to smooth strands during styling. “Get your hands on a 100 per cent boar bristle brush. This little baby will continue to be gentle enough to distribute the natural oils from your scalp to journey down your hair shaft to protect it for longevity. Also keep in mind that the more bristles you have on your brush, the smoother the end result.”

When you go to bed

Doing a weekly hair treatment is one of the best ways to avoid unwanted frizziness. As well as strengthening your strands, a good hair treatment will repair and moisturise your hair, not to mention make your mane WAY more manageable so you don’t have to resort to tying it up in a ponytail or a bun *every* single day. “Curly hair should always apply extra moisture or hair can turn brittle and unmanageable,” explains Sylva.

We recommend trying Evo The Great Hydrator or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask to keep your hair looking healthy and glossy. Also, check out these reviews for our favourite hair masks right now.

Nader also recommends opting for a satin or silk pillowcase (we love Slip Silk Pillowcases), because regular cotton fibres in your pillow will always rough up your hair cuticles.

To maintain your style in the hot weather

According to Sylva, if you’re prone to frizz you should always have a good hair serum in your kit, especially as the weather heats up. An anti-frizz serum helps to instantly smooth frizz and control fly-aways, while creating a barrier around the cuticle to stop outside moisture from getting in.

We recommend checking out Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum, John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum and Eleven Australia Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to achieve smooth, straight locks, this is everything you need to know about keratin treatments.