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THE BEST GREY HAIR TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR. Anthony’s far from grey area seen BEAUTYCREW

How to rock the grey hair trend

While grey hair used to be the one thing people feared, it’s now one of the biggest hair trends in Australia. Oh, the beauty world! These days more and more women (and men!) are starting to embrace grey hair – either by ditching the hair dye, or experimenting with trending grey hair colours.

From blue grey and grey pink, to grey blonde and grey ombre, there’s no shortage of grey hair inspo on Instagram, and celebrities such as Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian are continuing to prove the trend isn’t going anywhere.

Thinking of taking the plunge? Here’s everything you need to know about nabbing perfect grey locks, including the products you’ll need in your armoury.

How to dye your hair grey

Before you jump on board, know that switching to a grey hair colour is a bit of a process (similarly to going platinum blonde), and it involves more than simply reaching for some grey hair dye. According to Anthony Nader, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Sydney salon RAW, dyeing your hair grey takes patience and you’ll need to be willing to fully commit (but for the hair of your dreams? Worth it).

“The best way to get that most-wanted cool metal grey is by using bleach powder and a high strength peroxide,” says Nader. “There’s no mucking around when you need to get that target shade.”

While it’s not impossible to dye your hair grey without bleaching it, Nader says salon-grade bleach and peroxide will give your strands a “cleaner/cooler” outcome. (If you’re looking for everything you need to know before bleaching your hair, head here).

The lighter your hair, the easier it will be to go grey. “The colour shade chart ranges from one (being black) to 10 (being lightest blonde). The rule of thumb is the lighter your natural hair strands are, the easier the target grey result.”

How to dye hair grey without bleach

The good news is, if you have light hair already, there are alternatives to using bleach on your hair. Nader says if your strands are naturally an eight or nine on the colour shade chart, you can ditch the bleach and opt for a different approach: “You may not need to be a slave to the bleach bowl and peroxide – say hello to using a high lift blonde tint,” he says.

A high lift tint is a permanent hair dye that works slightly differently from your usual hair dyes. High lift colours contain more ammonia, more dye pigment and are commonly mixed with a ‘developer’. A high lift tint lightens your hair more effectively than other blonde dyes, yet still tones it during the lightening process. “This is actually kinder to your strands compared to bleach,” says Nader. “To be on the safe side, as a guide I would apply a bleach application to base levels ranging from seven to 10.”

The best grey hairstyles

‘What colour should I dye my hair?’ We hear you ask. The best news is that there are SO many different grey hair colours to choose from. Whether you opt for something like dark grey, grey balayage or black and grey, this colour is super versatile and there’s a shade to suit almost any skin tone or hair type, depending on your goals. “Cool grey, cadet grey, blue grey, slate grey, grey green, seagull grey, rose quartz, ash grey and metallic. Phew – worn out yet?” says Nader.

Want to figure out which grey hair colour is right for you? Check out some of the latest grey hair trends for 2019:

1 / Cool grey

What skin tone it suits: Icy platinum shades work best on cool skin tones. “The guideline that I tend to stick by with these cool ice tones is making sure that before you take the plunge into any of these shades, make sure your complexion is on the cooler/neutral side,” says Nader.

How to style: We think this colour looks great on cropped hair and pixie cuts, and according to Nader, a polished look will help make your colour pop even more. “The thing that I’m a big fan of with the cooler depths is having your haircut polished and clean in appearance rather than curly or unruly.”

Celebrity grey hair inspiration: Michelle Williams

2 / Ash grey

What skin tone it suits: “This works best on olive and pale skin tones, depending on how ashy you like the look,” says Evo and Cloud Nine Creative Director, Lauren McCowan.

Best way to style: “This colour looks great when hair is curled, as it really shows off the depth and tones of the ashy grey,” says McCowan.

Celebrity grey hair inspiration: Jourdan Dunn

3 / Metallic silver

What skin tone it suits: “Metallic silver hair can honestly work on any skin type, but will look especially striking with darker skin tones, which is great if you want a standout hair colour,” says McCowan.

Best way to style: “Because this style is so bright and vibrant, I would recommend keeping hair sleek and straight.” If your hair texture is anything but, use a flat iron to smooth fly-aways and finish with a shine serum like Eleven Australia Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum.

Celebrity grey hair inspiration: Winnie Harlow

4 / Silver blonde  

What skin tone it suits: “This style is flattering on most skin tones – with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Ariana Grande rocking a variation of the shade previously,” says McCowan. “As it is a quite light shade of silver/grey, natural blondes may prefer this shade as those with darker hair will need to bleach their hair a few times to get the base right.”

Best way to style: “Look to Kim and Ariana for inspiration and try a high ponytail,” says McCowan. “Your cascading silver hair will look great like this for any occasion.”

Celebrity grey hair inspiration: Kim Kardashian

What are the best products/tools to maintain grey hair colour?

To keep your hair looking on point for longer, you’re going to want to start by turning down the heat tools. “Don’t zap out your new hair colour by having your hot tool appliances on the highest hot temp setting,” says Nader. “The hotter the temperature, the quicker your colour will fade and look dull.”

This also goes for washing your hair – opt for a cooler water temperature when washing your hair to ensure your colour lasts. “An easy step, and a no-brainer really, is when washing your hair, use the coolest water temperature you can withstand. The cooler water temperature won’t dry out your strands, nor make your colour fade quickly. Another reason (and especially if your hair is on the thicker texture side) is that the cooler water helps keep the hair density tighter to the scalp, making it look more ‘mirror like’.”

You’ll also want to invest in a good quality silver toner, which will ensure those unwanted brassy or yellow hair tones are kept at bay. We like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Colour Protect Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo and Conditioner.

TRY NOT TO FREAK ABOUT THINNING HAIR. Do this instead. Seen Sydney Morning Herald

Try not to freak out about thinning hair (but do this instead)

Of the many surprises pregnancy and childbirth throws you, the post-partum hair loss right when you’re in the depths of intense sleep deprivation – and a ten-day streak of Scotch Finger biscuits for morning tea – feels particularly cruel.

It happens because, as dermatologist Leona Yip told Essential Baby, the timing on normal hair shedding is lengthened during pregnancy and then kicks back in a few months after you’ve had your baby.

So all the extra strands that made you whip your hair back and forth shampoo ad style during pregnancy (or you know, scrape back into a top knot as you huffed about your day) start falling out again about the three month post-partum mark. Sometimes in alarming clumps, and sometimes leaving bald patches.

It’s distressing, but normal (a cold kind of comfort if you’re currently sporting “baby bangs” with a tufty fringe at the front). But, if it seems to be a lot of hair loss then you should seek medical advice.

There are other medical reasons your hair might fall out or become thin, including stress, iron deficiency and hormonal imbalances. Propensity to hair loss is also in your genes, too.

So, what can you do to remedy thinning hair, or at least give it more oomph?

For one thing, look at your diet. Adding in more protein, iron, spinach (for the folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, which may help with hair growth), fatty fish (omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to hair growth) and foods with zinc (like oysters!) can all help.

Nutritionist Louise Edney says the best diet for healthy hair is “a balanced one”. Although there are plenty of “hair health” supplements on the market, she warns most are not backed by any scientific evidence.

“Biotin, for example, is a commonly touted hair wonder nutrient but there are no studies linking its supplementation with regrowth of hair,” she explains. “There is evidence that a lack of Biotin is seen in people with hair loss, but no more.”

As for regular nutritional supplements, Edney says you should consult with a health professional before embarking on any new regime, warning supplements can be expensive and “excess nutrients can be as harmful as a deficiency”.

Another important thing to focus on is one of the less sexy body parts (but very important when it comes to hair health): the scalp.

Celebrity stylist, and founder of RAW Salon, Anthony Nader says there are a lot of things you can do at home to help with thinning hair.

This includes investing in a thickening/volumising shampoo and conditioner that will “plump up each strand” (the grandly named Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume is a great luxe option), using a body building mousse when hair is damp and drying with a radial brush, keeping to a six-week haircut schedule to keep ends thick, and trying a 100 per cent boar bristle brush: using one every night, says Nader, is like a trip to “Disneyland” for your scalp.

Just like you would cleanse and hydrate your skin daily, your scalp needs the same.

“The simulation of the bristles massaging of the scalp’s surface acts like an alarm (a wakeup call if you will), the blood under your scalp raises to the surface and gets the mechanics working again… A couple [of] minutes morning and night and you’ll give the epidermis of your scalp and hair strands a new life.”

Renowned French colourist, Christophe Robin, who this month launched two new products to his range, including the very good Detangling Gelée with Sea Minerals, is also big on looking after the scalp. His products use old-fashioned remedies, like sea salt scrubs and clay, in modern ways.

“With concerns such as fine or thinning hair, you need to tackle the problem at the source. Just like you would cleanse and hydrate your skin daily, your scalp needs the same,” he says.

“A healthy scalp is the root to healthy hair. Oily hair is one of the main causes of hair loss, hence it’s important to deeply cleanse the scalp once a week to eliminate all the impurities, product build-up, dry shampoos, poorly rinsed shampoos and conditioners that have a tendency to suffocate the scalp and make it oily.”

Robin also warns not to brush your hair when it’s soaking wet (towel dry it first), and rubbing the lengths of your hair. Instead, massage your scalp and use a hair oil with an SPF to protect your tresses from sun damage.

WHAT TO BUY THIS THURSDAY

Your weekly recommendation for a late-night shopping trip …

If, like me, the thought of contouring makes you want to have a Bex and a lie-down, and you like the idea of highlighters but are ever so slightly afraid of them, then try Chanel’s Baume Essentiel ($71, davidjones.com.au). What is it? It’s hard to define! It’s a highlighter, yes, but it has more of a clear balm-like texture, rather than a pigmented sheen.

It comes in two shades, Transparent and Sculpting. You can dab it on your cheekbones and brows (or anywhere you fancy really) and you will absolutely find your light. It honestly makes me glow. No small feat given I have a child who likes to start her day at approximtely 3:57am by demanding a “nana.”

Skin Deep, our weekly beauty column, is not sponsored. All product recommendations are genuine endorsements.

DID BELLA HADID REALLY SPORT HER NEW LOOK THIS WEEK AT MARC JACOBS & CHAR DEFRANCESCO’S WEDDING IN NEW YORK? Anthony dishes up the how-to seen New Idea magazine.

Bella Hadid has had her super long, brunette locks chopped (we think) and is now sporting a very retro-style fringe.

The 22-year-old Victoria’s Secret model has been snapped with feathery bangs framing her face and she looks completely different.

 

Bella’s new style is a testament to just how much a fringe can switch things up.

Her 70’s-inspired baby-soft bangs were debuted at the weekend wedding of fashion designer Marc Jacobs and there’s no doubting that he would have fully approved. We are talking a seriously on-trend hair style here.

 

 

Bella’s fringe made her look like a legitimate (and very, very pretty) member of Charlie’s Angels.

There’s no question whether it suited her or not – it most certainly did!

The only thing we were left wondering is whether this was a real fringe cut into her luxuriously, long locks, or a clip-in set of some kind. Faux or natural? Who’s to say. What we can confirm is it looked beautiful on her – and that she looked 100 per cent brand new.

 

 

That comes as no surprise to award-winning stylist Anthony Nader, of RAW Hair,

“It surprises people all the time but the fact is a fringe can make a huge difference in how you look,” says Anthony.

They’re also other benefits to bangs. For example, they do work incredibly well as camouflage for any fine lines and/ or wrinkles! Not that Bella has any of those.

Sadly though, not all hair is suited to soft, wispy tendril-style bangs like Bella’s.

 

 

Bangs cut into hair that’s coarse and/ or frizzy will not simply fall like Bella’s and instead will need to be straightened after every wash.

But hey, the results are clearly worth it.

Anthony’s top shelf hair product faves. Seen Beauty Crew.

WHY IS GLASS HAIR THE BEAUTY TREND THAT WONT FADE. Get Anthony’s high voltage tips seen Harper’s Bazaar

Glass Hair: The Styling Trend That Will Continue To Dominate 2019

It was one of the break-out hair trends of 2018, but it looks like ‘glass hair’ isn’t going anywhere in 2019 either.
Like glass skin, glass hair is officially this season’s new ‘it’ look, and despite its fragile namesake, this look is a bold beauty statement.

What is Glass Hair?

Think: ultra-shiny strands in an extremely sleek, sharp bob. Whether it’s on the shorter or longer side of the trend, the look creates a halo-like effect around the face thanks to its high-octane gloss finish.

A surprisingly versatile look, many celebrities (including all of the Kardashians) have jumped on the glass hair bandwagon in recent times. Most notably, Kim Kardashian, when she sported a blunt, 90s-inspired bob courtesy of celebrity hairstylist, Chris Appleton.

 

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about @kimkardashian super sharp bob so I thought I would answer some! The inspiration was 90s swishy glass hair. I wanted to create a really intense shine and for the hair. I cut the kims hair shorter than we’ve ever done before just underneath the jaw line, keeping the cut blunt with no angle. For me getting an intense shine was really important part of our look. On wet hair, I applied @ColorWowHair #DreamCoat then blow dried the hair using a large round bristle brush. Unlike the sleek styles we’ve done in the past we wanted the hair to have some volume, so I kicked the ends under for the cute 90s twist. I always finish off with a drop of #ColorWowHair Pop and Lock just to finish off the shine and lock in the style. Hope this answers all your Qs #chrisappletonhair @makeupbymario

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How do you achieve the glass hair look?

Despite its polished appearance, the glass hair style is much easier to achieve than it appears.
“For the upcoming season, to maintain that mirror-finish, start by asking your stylist to go easy on the layers and texture and aim for a solid, blunt line on the ends. This will help emphasise the sheen, and more importantly, how healthy your strands are,” said leading Sydney hairstylist, Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.
“To get the ultimate glass hair, opt for having a one-colour glaze all over, rather than multiple highlights or lowlights scattered throughout. A glaze emphasises volume and gives that high-voltage, mega-watt shine.”
Product-wise, Nader recommends applying a shine spray or serum to damp hair that’s been slightly blow-dried, before brushing the hair dead straight.
“Use a bristle brush to get that beautiful, high-gloss finish. A straightening iron is a must here to sleeken your strands, and to avoid any stray waves interrupting that light-reflecting sheen.”
For more inspiration, scroll on for the best ways to style glass hair in 2019.

HOW TO STYLE GREASY HAIR Seen Lifestyle.com.au

Expert tips to hide the fact that your locks are overdue for a good shampoo.

We all know the feeling of thinking we can stretch to one more day without giving our hair a well-deserved wash, only to find a grease pit staring back at us in the mirror.

Batiste ambassador and all-round hair guru, Anthony Nader, shares his top ways to save the look of your hair on those non-wash days.

In addition to using a dry shampoo, here’s how you should style your locks to make your hair look fresh.

Cover up

“To cover up those oily roots in no time at all, brush your strands clean to the head surface into a low ponytail and secure at the base,” Anthony advises.

If you want to get even more on trend, try making a deep side part before sweeping back into a ponytail and you’ll be mirroring a few catwalk-worthy looks.

All about the bun

Make your strands rise to the occasion by scraping them back loosely into a low chignon bun at the nape of the neck and pop a few pins in to secure.

“I suggest embellishing the front of your hair with a colourful headband or scarf,” Anthony tells.

It’s all about style

The ultimate way to disguise dirty hair, Anthony reveals is to hark back to your shcool days.

“Plaits are a great way to disguise dirty hair and are so low maintenance and easy to do yourself,” he explains. “A simple plaited style can take you from day to night.”

For shorter ‘dos

If all this twisting and tucking your hair isn’t for you because your tresses are of the shorter variety, Anthony suggests investing in some hair accessories.

“Invest in a few different chic and on-trend, coloured silk head scarfs to disguise your dirty hair,” he suggests. “You can go from Pucci-inspired with bold neon 70’s patterns, to simple and under-stated, and don’t forget the power of that traditional Burberry print.”

 

THE SYDNEY HAIR SALON OFFERING FULLY VEGAN COLOUR SERVICES. Seen The Vegan Company

Despite the recent joyous news that Australia has passed a law to ban animal testings on cosmetic ingredients, it still can be a minefield navigating professional hair colour and care products.

I mean, it’s one thing purchasing your own products – you can check for Cruelty Free and Vegan Certification logos, read the ingredients list, or even scan the bar code using a clever app like The Fussy Vegan, but once you step into a salon for professional colour, who knows what is going on your hair? And how many of us have even thought to ask?

Thank goodness, we can rest easy, with more and more leading hairdressers choosing vegan and cruelty-free.

Raw Hair in Sydney is one such salon. An animal lover and advocate from way back, owner and celeb stylist Anthony Nader was adamant when he opened his doors five years ago that all colour services in the uber-chic Surry Hills salon were vegan (all but a few of the care and styling products used by the salon are vegan-friendly, too).

When choosing which brand to use to highlight, add gloss, lighten or infuse shine into his clients’ locks, Anthony said it was a no-brainer.

“We went with Muk Hybrid Cream Colour,” he says with as little hesitation as he used to make the decision. “It’s an Australian-made brand that is PETA-approved and certified vegan and cruelty-free. We were actually involved in the trial process of the product, with the company owner including the salon in testing of the colours before it went to market, so we know it back to front.

“We know it’s going to be kind to our clients’ hair, as well as to the animals. I needed to choose a formula is going to benefit the health of my customers’ hair – now and in the future. The fact that it’s also doing no harm to animals is amazing, too.”

With over 103 intermixable hybrid shades, colourists can create bespoke shades for blondes, brunettes and redheads, and even add some unique shades that really pop, like pinks, blue or purple, thanks to another vegan range by MUK called Direct Dye. They can also offer permanent colour, blonde toning, demi-permanent, intense demi-permanent, colour balancing or men’s grey blending.

“The colour range is vast and excellent,” says Anthony, “especially the blondes. My team of colourists were so excited about it and the clients have been commenting on the longevity of colour as well as how soft and shiny their hair is – even those with really coarse, curly or unruly hair!”

Of course, coloured hair requires great care at home, too.

When I tested the blonde colour treatment in MUK Hybrid, I was super impressed, but to keep the results as fresh as the day they were achieved, Anthony sent me home with a selection of R+CO vegan hair care and styling products. They included:

– Sunset Boulevard Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, $45 each.
Not only are these a joy to use – they feel amazing, lather up beautifully, detangle like a breeze and smell divine – they leave my blonde hair hydrated, manageable and clean of colour (read: not a trace of yellow or brassiness).

– Gemstone Color Shampoo, $35, and Conditioner, $36.
Hydrating, shine-infusing and a smell that’s sent from heaven, these are great for girls with darker hues, redheads and even blondes. I’ve been using them every second or third shampoo and absolutely love them.

– Dallas Thickening Spray, $39.
This is everything for a fine haired gal like me. It actually helps detangle my tresses before I blow-dry and then when I do heat style, it helps add so much oomph that I don’t need to worry about flat roots for a few days.

– Chiffon Styling Mousse, $38.
because I subscribe to the theory, ‘the higher the hair, the closer to God,’ I double up with this thickening styling foam after I’ve applied the aforementioned thickening spray. It does the job, without tacky the gluggy feeling that some mousse formulas leave you with.

– Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $44.
I’m a massive fan of dry shampoo, to disguise regrowth, to soak up oil ion between washes and to add mega body to my fine hair. This one ticks every box, and it doesn’t leave a chalky powder like so many dry shampoos do, which makes it fantastic for all hair hues.

 

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.com.au, 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.