An Expert Guide To Recreating Kate Middleton’s Latest Blow Wave Style
How does this style differ from Middleton’s classic blow-dry?
What are the pros of this kind of blow-dry style?
What is the best way to have your hair stylist recreate this blow wave?
How can you recreate the look at home?
Does the style work on all lengths?
Bobs Are The Post-Lockdown Hairstyle Everyone Is Craving Right Now
Bobs are back and it’s not just fun to say, it’s true.
Although if you ask us, chic short hair is always in style and taking the plunge to transform your lengths with a signature chop can be a truly defining moment – just ask Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Ruby Rose.
In the past, we’ve seen longer lobs and structured bobs take centre stage, but this season, award-winning hairstylist Anthony Nader says, “the interior of the bobs have been shaken up a fraction. If you want to wear a more textured or wavy bob, you have those shorter layers in the haircut you can play with.”
Through the doors of RAW Anthony Nader (Nader’s salon in Surry Hills); “I am also finding curtain fringes are big for this season, more than ever – my salon clients want to show that they’ve had an actual haircut, rather than something that is more grown out and one length.
But if you’re not ready for something shaggy, a traditional bob is just as bang on. Specifically, “bobs that are definitely shorter in length and more precise and showcasing nice healthy, blunt ends”, says Nader.
“What I am gauging from my salon clients is the shorter the better as they want a complete change.”
Feeling the same? Here are more bob styles to inspire you…
This borderline lob look features longer layers towards the front that rest at collarbone length. It’s a great transition cut for those who are tempted to go short but are unsure if it’ll suit them.
Sleek, glossy and slightly curved inwards, the glass bob is a glamorous choice for those who prefer straight styles and weaves. Shine spray at the ready.
Nader’s top tip: “I’m a complete lover of applying a serum or a shine spray on damp hair, as this absorbs into the hair far better than on dry hair. Blowdry into the hair if time permits as this will give strands more sheen without out making your hair look like it is oily. This is especially vital for blondes where they put on these products on dry hair blonde strands tend to look dirtier quicker.”
Side swept bob
The side fringe of the 00s is slowly creeping back… and we don’t mind it. Particularly when paired with an above-the-shoulder bob.
Curls can embrace the shorter style too, as seen here on Yara Shahidi. A look like this relies more on styling than the cut and where the hair is parted.
Layered, textured and just the right amount of swish. The shaggy bob looks great paired with a curtain fringe, or flipped to one side.
Nader’s top tip: “Even though curtain bangs are kept on the longer side and grow out faster, this is key for making sure your curtain bangs appear lived-in and sexier, rather than having it cut too short above the eyebrows, [which takes it] back to preschool days. Keeping length longer is more French girl inspired.
No blunt ends in sight. The shattered bob is all about choppy layers, adding movement to limp and lifeless hair types.
Blunt, even ends and not a hair out of place. The structured bob compliments a platinum colour perfectly.
Those with thicker, wavier hair can also nail a cheek-grazing cut. Just consult with your hairdresser before getting your heart set on a length, as your curl pattern and the amount of volume you seek will determine where it lies.
Regrowth’s a curse, isn’t it? Especially when you can’t get to the salon to disguise it. The only person it possibly has ever looked good on was Lady Gaga in the Netflix documentary Five Foot Two.
Oribe’s Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray, available in six hot hues for all shades of strands, will brighten lacklustre locks and all but eliminate those sneaky greys. And it does it all in less than 30 seconds.
You simply spritz into the root section of your hair ‘et voila’ – instant shine, colour and gloss! You’ll love it so much you may even ditch your boyfriend for it.
FOR BRUNETTE AND JET BLACK LOCKS
If you have black hair, your grey strands are likely to be more evident, because #contrast. In this case, you should reach for Oribe’s Black Spray.
The micro fine pigments blend seamlessly with your current colour and will save you in between your salon appointments.
RED HEAD REGROWTH CONTROL
Red heads are always ‘head turners’ and total glam babes, however the curse of this colour is that it fades fast. The molecule is smaller than most and is easily leached from the hair strand. This means more frequent visits to your colourist. So clearly, you’ll adore Oribe’s Red Airbrush Touch Up, as it will keep your mane full bodied, shiny and voluptuous between visits!
Perfecting platinum blonde between visits is easy with Oribe’s platinum while those with flaxen locks, reminiscent of the Californian sun, will lap up Oribe Airbrush Touch Up Spray in Blonde. These two sprays work a treat on camouflaging regrowth on light to medium natural bases. They’re also perfect for neutralising brassy tones that somehow always seem to sneak through.
How To Use
These sprays are so simply to use it’s not funny. Simply follow these steps:
– Hold the tip of the nozzle approximately 10 centimetres away from your part line. Spray a fine mist, in a line beginning at the front of the hair and finishing at the crown. Do this in one clean sweep to ensure an even result.
– Repeat this process again, but this time, mist along the part line about one centimetre on each side from the first line.
– Don’t forget to give a light spray around the hairline framing your face.
– Finish by lightly combing or brushing the product through the hair. We love Mason Pearson Styling Comb for this, as it evenly distributes the pigment without messing with your ‘do.
5 WAYS TO A BETTER DIY BLOW-DRY…FROM THE MASTER
We do it most days but could we be blow drying our locks more efficiently and effectively? Let’s all learn something new from a true master of the blowout, Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader, who’s worked the tresses of supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr. His insider tips will take your DIY version next level.
DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR STRANDS. This is vital for a longer-lasting blowout as too much product will weigh down your strands. Your hair will become dirtier much quicker, too. Less is more.
ATTACH THE NOZZLE. It will give you a more polished and professional finish. The narrow nozzle targets the airflow to sculpt your strands perfectly to your brush size.
GO EASY ON THE SERUM. I always apply on damp hair strands and then blow-dry in. This absorbs far better than on dry hair and in turn, the sheen looks more red carpet-worthy which is always key.
TAKE A SHORT CUT. We all love a short cut and most importantly saving time. So, to fasten up your drying time, shake your hair dry at least 80% with your hairdryer before you start your brushwork. Your arms will be thanking you as well.
A SAFE SPRAY. When using hairspray apply just a little to give your hairstyle a punch of staying power. Stay clear of a heavy lacquers ladies or otherwise you could end up looking more “Helmet Head” than natural.
So, Why Doesn’t Anyone Get Perms Anymore?
It was once the look du jour, but nowadays rolling your hair up and setting it is all but a relic.
One of my earliest beauty memories is watching my nanna, Elizabeth, propped up at her dressing table and dutifully wrapping her hair in hot rollers each morning.
Always the first order of the day, she sat there and meticulously tended to her chocolate brown bob, sectioning and pinning each strand into a perfectly curled bouffant.
Regardless of where she’s going or what she’s got on, still to this day, she sets her hair (and mine too on the odd occasion).
“Why bother if no one is going to see you, though?” I’ve queried on several occasions as I schlep around in yesterday’s clothes during my visits. “Because it’s nice to look nice, darling,” is her usual reply. Right you are then.
This daily preening is punctuated by her bi-monthly trip to the hairdressers for a perm. Every second month she sits still for three hours while a stylist covers her head in a mixture of what sure smells like poison before plonking herself under a spaceship looking apparatus, to ensure her curls are on point.
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Alas, she is one of the few people still getting perms, with the treatment all but a relic of styles past. So what gives? Did women all around the world just wake up one day and decide curls were out of vogue? For something that was once so popular, it seems strange that almost overnight salons stopped offering the service.
Well, according to stylist, Anthony Nader, it’s a twofold answer: hot barrel tongs were invented and no one could stand the strong smell of perm solution any longer (the fact that perming treatments have been dropped from the compulsory hairdressing curriculum in recent years speaks volumes too).
“It depends on who you ask of course, but times have changed basically. I’ve owned my salon for 23 years now and haven’t even had the slightest whiff of alkaline or an acid perm box in that time,” he explains.
For the uninitiated, perms were all the rage back in the 1950s. A chemical process that turns straight hair curly, it basically involves dousing your hair in chemicals (namely thioglycolic acid, which smells like rotten eggs) to break and reshape the bonds of your hair.
As you can imagine, the hours long process isn’t exactly kind to your strands, with the perming solution notoriously drying.
“They definitely had a place in the market for the person that wanted low maintenance hair, the perm won big points here. I mean you’d have all that extra body and volume that made you feel like a rock start for at least five to six months.”
Fast forward to today, however, and the hair industry has such a variety of hot tongs on offer that Nader queries why anyone would need a perm.
“When you put a bend (I don’t ever say curl) in your hair that’s generally all you need. It gives you that extra texture you’ve been after and only gets better and cooler as the day goes on.”
If you do want to enhance your natural curl though, the right haircut helps.
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“Firstly, it all begins with your haircut. Soft layers are key for performance and longevity of shaking up your hair shape and giving it that extra volume.”
From there, you can play with a hot barrel tong and wind your hair in different ways depending on the look you’re going for, before giving your new found texture some extra miles by using a dry shampoo or texture spray to maximise your strands.
“Spray it on the roots and mid lengths and massage in and you’re good to go for the day,” advises Nader.
And if you’re still hell bent on a permanent curl solution, I can always give you the number of my nanna’s stylist – just so long as you’ve got three hours to spare.
PHOTOGRAPHY & DIRECTION: BLAIR GAULD
HAIR: ANTHONY NADER / DLM USING HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY
STYLING: RACHELE EDSON
TALENT: JUNE (BOB), STACEY (BLONDE), ERIN (GINGER) / MANNEQUINS
How to Take Care of Your Hair in Isolation
Three experts reveal how to check into hair rehab from home – by Alex Duffy
It’s never been trickier to squeeze in a salon appointment, and as each stressful and unexciting day in isolation passes, the temptation to try a DIY dye job or trim has never been higher.
Before you do anything you’ll regret, lock away the scissors, step away from the box dye and hunker down with treatments, at-home colour alternatives and styling tips to repair and embrace a low-fuss hair routine.
Below, three of Australia’s most in-demand colourists and hairstylists weigh in on the new hair rules that will bring you out of lockdown with healthy, glossy (and albeit longer) hair on the other side.
Don’t Try Anything Drastic
“Don’t let your well-deserved glass or two of wine give you long lost confidence to become a hairstylist” warns Anthony Nader of RAW Hair in Sydney. “It’s not worth waking up the next morning looking at the damage” continues Nader, colour transformations and fresh cuts are best left until your return to the salon.
The same goes for those few split ends, “put down the kitchen scissors!” says EdwardsAndCo founder Jaye Edwards, “the dull, blunt edges could potentially give you even more split ends.” Instead, try a slicked ponytail or a chic chignon to hide damaged ends and unwanted length, suggests Edwards. If a fringe or bangs are starting to get on your nerves, Nader says to lightly “dust” tips of the hair with the sharp scissors to remove unwanted length whilst working carefully to minimise the risk of a less than flattering outcome.
And don’t be tempted by a sneaky root touch-up either, “I would prefer it, and so would your stylist, if you wait until you come into the salon” says Barney Martin of sustainable salon Barney Martin Hair. Whilst Edwards, Nader and Martin’s salons are creating customised at-home colour kits for their existing clienteles, the experts say it’s best to steer clear of off-the-shelf permanent colour. “Box dye kits may seem like a good idea, particularly in these financially uncertain times, but only a professional can determine which product will deliver your desired results” says Edwards. If you’re not happy with your DIY ‘do, “you’re looking at colour correction which can be costly and take time” continues Martin.
If you’re desperate for a touch-up but can’t make it to the salon, Nader suggests trying your luck with your colourist; “ask point blank ‘can you help me with how to colour my hair from home?’” to seek advice and see if they can create a customised at-home kit. As a quick fix, Edwards, Nader and Martin recommend a colour touch-up powder diffused along the hairline and part, favouring Kevin.Murphy and Oribe’s micro-fine pigments to quickly and easily conceal unwelcome sparklers.
KEVIN.MURPHY Retouch.Me, $39.95; adorebeauty.com.au
Boost Your Colour
To keep colour bright, glossy and toned at home, the experts suggest applying a shade variation mask after shampooing every two weeks or so. “Coloured hair or highlights will become less radiant over time, and natural hair can also look dull and lack shine” says Edwards. Tailored shade variation masks “help neutralise tones and restore pure, radiant and defined highlights” by re-densifying transparent colour with radiant pigments, continues Edwards.
DAVINES Alchemic Conditioner in Chocolate, $44.95; salonstyle.com.au
To find the right shade and formula for the desired effect, “take into consideration whether you want a cool or warmer tone” says Martin, and don’t be overzealous. Whilst purple shampoos and treatments neutralise brassiness for a brighter, creamier blonde, “be mindful that blonde toning products can give hair a purple tinge” if left for too long, advises Barney Martin.
JOHN FRIEDA Violet Crush for Blondes Intense Purple Shampoo, $17.99; priceline.com.au
Make Hair Health a Priority
With a couple of extra hours in the day, Barney Martin recommends establishing a regular masking routine to repair heat and colour damage of years past. “Weekly masques can become a ritual, there are some brilliant treatments that are easy and user friendly to apply at home” says Martin.
To find the right mask for your strands, Nader says it depends on your hair type and concerns. “Hot oil treatments help strengthen your strands and prevent dry, brittle hair and split ends” he advises, whilst protein treatments are the perfect match for balayaged and bleached blondes, working to prevent breakage, restore elasticity and strengthen the hair. If strands have lost their bounce and lustre, moisture treatments will rehydrate and soften hair to recreate that freshly-cut feeling.
To make the most of each mask, Barney Martin recommends following his in-salon technique. Begin by apply the treatment to mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and wrapping hair up in a hot-water soaked towel, or tie hair into a bun and wrap with Clingfilm to trap in body heat for at least 10 minutes. “The heat will open the cuticle of the hair and allow the treatment to penetrate deeper into the hair” says Martin.
VIRTUE LABS Restorative Treatment Mask, $92; sephora.com.au
Let It Be
Whilst embracing a more relaxed beauty routine from home, try laying off hot tools and finding an air-dry line-up to work with hair’s natural texture. “You need to know your hair type, this determines a lot about your daily styling routine, as well as what products you should be using” says Jaye Edwards. “I see a lot of clients who believe they have fine, oily hair, when in reality, it’s the products they are using making their hair oily and therefore much harder to manage” he continues.
If your scalp is feeling oily or irritated, try taking a break from apply products directly to the roots. Instead, Anthony Nader opts for a volumising spray or plumping foam on damp hair as “the perfect volumising foundation compared to blasting dry hair with dry shampoo” which can build-up and compromise scalp health.
MR. SMITH Volumising Spray, $37; mr-smith.com.au
To prep fine hair for air-drying, Edwards reaches for Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Volumizing Paste in place of shampoo. Out of the shower, “towel dry your hair, apply a little product and twist and tie up into a loose bun”, then let it down when dry and apply a little more styling product to achieve movement and minimise flyaways in straight hair, recommends Barney Martin.
CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste, $69; sephora.com.au
To embrace natural waves, Nader tames frizz and adds extra hold by raking a serum or hydrating cream through damp hair. Then, he scrunches and twists two inch sections of hair into palms until it’s 80% dry for “more controlled and sculpted waves which will perform beautifully for at least two days”.
ORIBE Supershine Moisturizing Cream, $78; adorebeauty.com.au
For moisturised and bouncy curls, Barney Martin applies priming lotion to towel dried hair, running the product through hair with fingers for “definition minus fluff” that won’t weigh curls down.
R+CO One Prep Spray, $33; adorebeauty.com.au
Whilst living and working in isolation is trying for all, Anthony Nader reminds us there’s a silver lining; “think of this as your hair’s vacation, now is time for resetting. If you don’t have to touch a flat iron or hot tong, don’t. Your strands will praise you for it.”
Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.
From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.
Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.
As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.
Always start with a dry fringe
“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”
“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.
Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”
How to chop
“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.
I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”
Different styles call for different measures
“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.
Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”