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THREE COMMON MISTAKES YOUR MAKING WITH YOUR COLOURED BLONDE HAIR. Seen Beauty Crew

The common mistakes artificial blondes tend to make

The common mistakes artificial blondes tend to make.

Having coloured blonde hair may be incredibly pretty (just look to Charlize Theron and Selena Gomez for some major swoon-worthy inspo), but it’s also extremely easy to muck up the integrity of the colour, not to mention the health of your hair. To make sure your hair remains the beautiful blonde hair you signed up for, take note. Here, hairstylist Anthony Nader shares the three most common mistakes blondes make, plus how to correct them.

Mistake #1 / You’re not getting a haircut often enough

Those with bottled blonde hair are more susceptible to dryness and damage due to the intense processing techniques their hair goes through to become blonde. “Blondes need a little bit more loving because each hair strand is plumped up with bleach and peroxide, and maybe even heat to process,” explains Nader. “This is why venturing over to the lighter spectrum does require more upkeep and a commitment to keeping your hair hydrated and healthy.” To ensure your blonde hair continues to look fresh, Nader suggests the following: “I recommend [a haircut] every six to seven weeks religiously. Also, add a few layers throughout the interior of your cut to add lift and energy to your hairstyle so it won’t sit flat.”

Mistake #2 / You’re not preserving your colourists’ hard work

Being an artificial blonde isn’t easy – you’re likely to spend up to three or four hours in the salon to get your colour done, not to mention the money that you’re spending on the appointment itself. “The colour process when you go blonde can take its toll, especially if your natural base is between a level 5 (medium brown) to level 10 (black),” explains Nader. “Basically, the rule is: the darker the natural shade, the more susceptible your strands will be to becoming fragile and split because the colourist will need to use a higher strength peroxide to get the target blonde shade required. The lighter your natural base, the easier it is to get that beautiful clean Scandinavian blonde that we (yes, that’s me included) die for.”

To preserve your colour between appointments, look for purple-toned hair products to reverse orange tones that may appear over time. “I love these pigmented shampoos to fight off brassy tones,” says Nader, “Use [one] once a week to treat your hair, or up to twice a week to maintain cool tones”. We like John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo (our Review Crew® awarded it four stars!), EVO Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Colour Intensifying Conditioner (fine hair will love its lightweight formula), and Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner as it’s super nourishing and loaded with jojoba to protect coloured hair.

Mistake #3 / You’re asking for the wrong kind of colour application

With so many hair colour application techniques like balayage, scalp bleaching, hair contouring and 4D hair colouring available to try, how do you pick the right one for you? Nader says you should make your choice according to how much maintenance you’re willing to put in, and how regularly you’re able to visit a salon for a colour refresh. For Nader, he has a clear favourite. “Balayage is the no brainer for the low-maintenance woman who wants to look fashion-forward and effortless. I always suggest keeping the lightness around your face (hairline) rather than having the colour applied too far down the hair shaft. So, add lightness around two to three inches from the roots rather than five to six inches. If your balayage is too far down the hair length, it can look like you haven’t had your hair coloured for nine months and your roots instantly appear dirty and dark.”

 

WHO ELSE IS GOING GAGA CRAZY OVER THE CURTAIN FRINGE & IS IT STAR WORTHY? Seen GRAZIA Australia

Why We’re Going Gaga For The Curtain Fringe

On the seemingly never-ending, global press junket for A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga had many a beauty look. From the frosted lids in LA to her spectacular navy cat eye in Toronto, she rose to the occasion like the (beauty) star she is. And when it came to Gaga’s hair, there was a little bit of everything – from ’90s blow-outs to sculptural up ‘dos – Gaga’s famous peroxide locks were fashioned up, down, even sideways. But there was one hairstyle which kept popping up on late night couches and magazine covers alike – the curtain fringe.

Parted straight down the middle and flared at the ends, the curtain fringe is an old Hollywood classic. First there was the Bardot. Then the Kinski. Then JLO came to the party, favouring a little fringe-y flick in the ’90s (and beyond). Sienna Miller repped the style in the early noughties. While Alexa Chung punk-ed it out in the latter half of the decade, taking it from va-va-voom to London cool. Then of course the glamorous progenies – Kaia Gerber, Dakota Johnson and Bella Hadid – all of whom have drawn the curtains of late. And now Lady Gaga has the style on repeat, finished off with a top-knot.

Fronting Variety’s December issue, Gaga’s curtain bangs were front and centre; long, sweeping and soft at the edges. Haus of Gaga hairstylist Frederic Aspirias kept the drapes feathery and light on the ends, flicking them upwards with a certain Carol Brady kick, while pulling the rest of her platinum hair into a high bun.

It was a similar case in New York when Gaga appeared on the Late Show, although her Big Apple bangs were slightly messier and shaggier around her face.

And who could forget that spectacular A Star Is Born premiere in London in the archival McQueen gown. Shorter in the middle, the pieces fell longer around the bottom of the jaw framing her face (and the top-knot was taken down a notch and dressed up as a chic chignon).

Back home, celebrity and editorial stylist Anthony Nader loves a little bang. “The curtain fringe is def my go-to for those girls who want that little extra sexy flutter of cuteness and mystery,” says Nader. It’s also a great way to disguise any wrinkles, “if you’re worried about frown lines on your forehead….guess what? They get camouflaged behind fab drapes!” And for those with longer facial features, “the curtain has your name all over it. This shape will narrow the face in more, especially if your forehead is wide.”

Thanks to Lady Gaga, the curtain fringe goes bang once more. But consider these tips before drawing the curtains.

5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GO BANG 
• You want to make sure your new feature (that’s your new bangs, of course) is looking 100% red carpet worthy. So you need to make sure they are super smooth and polished
• On damp hair use a tiny amount of medium-hold, luxe styling mousse as you want to give your bangs some “airiness”, without them looking dry and brittle – the effect a sea salt spray would achieve
• Use a medium-sized, round brush with loads of boar bristles as it takes the pain out of smoothing the roughest of hair strands to look shiny and glam
• Make sure your hairdryer has a narrow nozzle attached on the end, as this narrows down the air flow directly on the target area, to sculpt your curtain fringe
• If you have a stubborn cowlick (which unfortunately most of us do), when you’re blowing out your bangs, you need to drag / stretch down your sections in the compete opposite direction. By using this method, your curtain bangs will look symmetrical and not like they had an all-nighter…#NotCool

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SUMMER HAIR with DYSON. Seen GRAZIA

The Definitive Guide To Summer Hair

In summer, styling and caring for your hair can be tricky to navigate. From battling the classic summer equation of salt, sand and sun, to heat damage and frizz, managing your hair in the hotter months can be a difficult task. But according to celebrity and editorial hair director, Anthony Nader, it’s actually the “best season to play with hair, as summer gives you the chance to change up your haircut.”

From the biggest hair trends to try (read: the shag is back), to the ultimate summer styling hacks, Anthony Nader discusses how to give your strands the ultimate summer lovin’.

Don’t let it be a Cruel Summer: your guide to summer hair starts here.

1. What are the biggest hair trends coming into summer?
THE BLUNT BOB WITH ADDED DISHEVELLED INTERIOR TEXTURE – It’s like you gain more for your money when you have this Hollywood hot fave thanks to the likes of Margot Robbie and Hayley Baldwin. Think the perfect blunt base line on your bob, that gives even the thinnest of hair strands the appearance of thickness on the ends. Adding some soft, textured layers throughout the inside will shake it up if you wish. Whatever the occasion, you can go super sleek and polished or cool, undone with a bend through your style.

THE CURLY SHAG Let’s face it, if we could all get away with a shag, we would embrace it and not look back. This hairstyle is truly the ultimate for those of you with curls / corkscrew curls that want to be rebellious but still have control. Make sure your hairstylist cuts the weight out of your crown of glory so you maximiSe the full potential of how fab your hair can look this season. Dare I say also that the dirtier you keep it, the better it will behave and won’t look like a huge, hazy fuzzball (as maybe you’ve witnessed at some point). My absolute go-to’s for the shag brigade are Brazilian model Mica Arganaraz and cool girl actress Zendaya.

THE FRENCH GIRL CUT – Now, the beauty about this haircut is that you don’t need to be French but once you style your hair the right way….you’ll look totally French girl – so get your croissant ready, girls. It’s very easy to master this look and the key is not to go overboard with the styling. Always keep it simple and don’t use all those unnecessary products. Always maintain a haircut that has a “lightness“ to it so it moves freely and not restricted, and don’t keep it solid as this won’t do you any favours. My clients are vibing the likes of Caroline de Maigret and Alexa Chung.

LONG HAIR INVISIBLE LAYERS For those of you that want to keep your manes long you’re also in luck this season; but for this summer shake up the heaviness. Ask your hairstylist to point cut the base line (don’t worry your hairstylist knows this term) and seamlessly add layers throughout the interior of this long hairstyle. The beauty here is that you can make this style look clean and poker straight one day, and then the next day if you want to have more volume and texture (by adding a sea salt spray or the like), you already have a new you by simply adding a different product. I would say that the best examples of this hair shape would be any Victoria Secret angel…yep, now do you see the light?

2. Are there any summer hair trends that are on their way out?
I don’t think there’s anything that is really a “no-go” area as such. I’m a fan of all hair lengths and textures and how you wear that hair with confidence. I want to see hair that is cut well and not see hair that is say, highly razored out for no apparent reason and thinned out to the max. There needs to be a purpose for every snip, and what is going to be the end result will in turn enable you to maintain a workable shape at home, and also be fashion forward at the end of the day.

3. What is the most important thing when it comes to styling your hair in summer?
For the warmer months ahead, the most important thing to remember is keeping your hair strands hydrated and then they will perform the way you need them to. Moisture is key to giving your strands the benefits and longevity for your summer hair to behave. If you’re blow drying your hair, it’s key to maximise the quality of your dryer, as a poor quality one might end up doing more damage in the long run. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer produces 41 litres of air per second for fast drying and precision styling, without the extreme heat. This is pretty fabulous technology, especially when your hair can already be susceptible to UV damage in summer.

4. What are your go-to summer styling tricks? (I.e. to battle the heat / humidity / frizz)
When drying natural curls, I’m such a fan of using a diffuser and attaching that on the end of my Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer which is engineered to help reduce frizz. I believe the diffuser is still a very undervalued, precious hair tool that doesn’t get the fame it deserves. The Dyson Diffuser is engineered to disperse air evenly around each of your natural curls, simulating natural drying and helping to reduce frizz for improved definition.

Another top tip of mine is rinsing your strands in the coolest water temperature possible. A foolproof trick to locking down the hair cuticle (think fish scales here), it imparts a beautiful sheen to the hair.

5. With summer (particularly in Sydney), comes humidity. What is your ultimate tip to fight the frizz?
Go easy with the thinning and razoring of your strands otherwise your hair will always appear flyway and brittle. Another goodie is very simple: when you’re drying off your hair, never rub-a-dub-dub (so to speak) and always try and blot your hair dry. By blotting hair you are now not disturbing nor agitating the hair cuticle to become frizzy.

6. We also have to combat such things as chlorine, salt, sun and sand. Do you have any tips to help remedy these hair stressors?
Invest in a leave in conditioning spray that has a UV protector and you’re on a very healthy path before summer kicks in. For the best results, dampen down your hair first, and then spray on the spray. Spraying on damp hair will always absorb far superior than say on stone dry hair. If your strands are long enough, spray the hair then whip it up in a fun braid and secure the tail: this is a sure sign you’ve got maximum protection from the sun rays. If you’ve forgotten to spray before you leave the house and you’ve gone for your dip, rinse your hair straight after so the impurities become obsolete.

7. What is the biggest mistake you see girls make with their hair in summer?
Definitely over-colouring with bleach and peroxide. Unfortunately Sydneysider’s are the main culprits.

8. Heat damage obviously plays a huge role in the deterioration of hair. What are some ways you can limit heat damage when it comes to styling your hair?
b. Invest in hot tools and hair dryers that are either ceramic, ionic or tourmaline, and that don’t rely on extreme heat. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dyer, for example, has a thermistor that prevents the machine from ever exceeding 150 degrees which guards against extreme heat damage and works to protect natural shine. On your non-work days, hang up your hot tools for the day and embrace the wash and wear routine.
c. When I finish a blow dry, I always finish by flicking on the Cool Shot button and working the flow of the cool air through the hair. This not only cements the shape now but also doubles up for getting that last chance of shine by the cooler air sealing the scales compact.

9. After a long day at Bondi (or Freshwater), what does the ultimate post-beach hair routine look like?
Well, this is your time to embrace that summer sea salt! It’s certainly not a crime to enjoy the salt on your skin and your hair, but salt water does leave a layer of salt on the hair that can increase the friction of strands, meaning it increase the impact of mechanical damage. When it’s time to wash away the sea, I’d shampoo and deep condition with products that are packed with moisture. Then if you require more lovin’ to your strands, apply a leave in moisture cream and then style hair from here. If you’re wanting to up the anti even more, squeeze a few drops of a hair serum into your palms, rub together and work your hands through your mid lengths and ends. Semi-dry off the hair with the Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer, keeping it as natural as possible.

10. You’re going on a summer vacay. What do you pack in your bag?
*Moisture shampoo and conditioner
*Hydrating moisture cream
*Leave in conditioning spray
*Hair serum
*Silk hair ties
*Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer with diffuser
*Silk pillowcase
*Wide-tooth comb

HOW TO STYLE WET LOOK HAIR FOR CURLS, ACCORDING TO ANTHONY NADER. Seen ELLE

ANTHONY’S 11 UPDOS FOR SUMMER Seen BeautyCrew

11 of the best updos for short hair

While both lob and bob hairstyles have become incredibly popular in recent years – mainly because they’re universally flattering and a cinch to maintain – the shorter ‘dos certainly have their limits when it comes to creating updos. But that doesn’t mean updos are off limits for short hair. In fact, we (along with the help of top Sydney hairdresser and owner of RAW Salon in Surry Hills, Anthony Nader) have rounded up a list of the best updos for short hair, perfect for wedding season, lunch with your girlfriends or just a regular day in the office.

WHAT HAIR SALON SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR. Anthony reveals some insider tips seen in NEW IDEA.

The hair salon warning sign we all need to watch out for

Picking a hair salon can be tricky. Get it right and life is glorious. Get it wrong and well … hair disaster is a’coming.

That sounds dramatic right? But hair disasters are not exactly unusual. If you’re over the age of 20 then you’ve likely had one yourself and if not then may I take this moment to say ‘Girl, you were born under a lucky star!’.

I’ve most definitely have had my fair share of hair appointments gone wrong.

To be brutally honest, I’ve had more than my fair share. Admittedly, some were of the slightly irritating this is so not what I asked for variety, but others were nothing less than devastating, life-altering events.

Yes, it sounds dramatic but seriously … When you look into the mirror and see hair that you loathe, the world is a cold and miserable place.

The good news, however, is that if you follow a few simple steps you can ensure you never experience a hair disaster again. Or at the very least, dramatically lower your chances.

First and foremost, is the following industry rule. If you hit a salon and you’re introduced to a stylist who asks you no questions at all then you need to hot foot it out of there. Unfortunately, zero questions is a sure sign that you’ve wandered into bad salon territory.

Award-winning stylist Anthony Nader of RAW Hair confirms this to be true.

“Stylists should want to know what it is that you’re looking for,” he says.

“They should also want to know what type of lifestyle you lead, are you a gym bunny or someone who has no time to style daily. Do you like to colour your hair often. These are all important questions and the answers will directly affect what your stylist can achieve.”

 

 

Aleks Abadia, of Esstudio Galleria agrees. Asking questions is the only way to get to know your clients and what it is they are wanting to achieve, he says.

Also, it is up to us as clients to be able to answer those questions. It’s also important to listen and to accept advice. We might wish for Julia Roberts beauty queen curls but our hair simply may not be up to it. If your stylist says this is the case it’s time to listen. And then, ask a few more questions. Indeed, the more the better.

You deserve the hair of your dreams and this is the simplest way to get it.

HOW TO FIND A STYLIST YOU CAN TRUST. Kelly Baker dishes up the hair goss when interviewing Anthony. Seen The Beauty Insider.

Celebrity stylist Anthony Nader has tended to the locks of pretty much every star you can imagine. In fact, he is so used to dealing with five-star clientele the last time I was in his award-winning Sydney salon RAW we had a conversation that went something like this …

“Wow. That girl was super pretty,” I said, staring after a client who had just left the salon.

“Yes, she so was,” responded Anthony, before asking a salon assistant if she was a regular.

“No,” said the assistant, blinking hard.

If I remember correctly the assistant’s got a little high-pitched right about this moment here. Which made both Anthony and I pause briefly. But then he looked at me and I looked at him and we shrugged at each other before he said “No idea who she is.”

To which I rather cleverly responded, “She totes pretty though eh?”

And then we got right back to whatever it was we were talking about before I spotted this undeniably beautiful woman. Which was probably our families or some random beauty industry tittle tattle or how much Sydney property is these days.

Look, I admit it. It’s not a traffic-stopping story in and of itself, but it does prove a point – and an important one. Anthony Nader is a world-famous, celebrity stylist who doesn’t much care for fame and glory. The fact is if you’re famous he’ll treat you exactly how he treats everyone else. That is – with respect and kindness and dead professional hair advice.

And he should probably get some kind of award for that frankly, but the industry doesn’t really work like that. Which is a shame. But there you go. Anyway – guy is talented and a decent human being too. Plus, he can help you find the stylist you’ve always dreamed of and in doing so, ensure you get the hairstyle of your dreams.

And here’s how you do that … you ready?

“There’s one simple way to do this,” says Anthony.

“One very simple way that I have always believed in and I swear by today even after close to 30 years in this business. And it is … word of mouth. Ask your friends, your family, anyone who has hair that you love.

“If you see someone on the street and you love their hair ask them who cuts it, who colours it, who styles it. Don’t ever be afraid to ask that million dollar question “Who does your hair”?”

Once you discover this magical salon book yourself in for an appointment just to talk ideas. Correct. Tell the salon staff you want to come in and talk to their stylists about what sort of work they do and also, get their ideas as to what they they think will work for you.

Take a reference or two (tear out a page of a magazine or screen shot a style you love) and be honest with the stylists you speak with about why it appeals to so much. Listen (that’s a big one!) LISTEN to what said stylist then tells you. And be prepared to consider a style that’s similar to if not the exact one you had in mind.

A good stylist will be able to interpret the style you love and be honest about whether it will work for you or not.

“It may not be a good cut for you even if Beyonce or J-Lo has it,” says Anthony.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY THIS SUMMER. Words by Anthony seen ELLE.

How To Keep Your Hair Healthy In Summer

Summer’s triple threat of sun, sweat and seawater can leave your strands worse for wear. Stylist Anthony Nader, owner of Raw salon in Sydney, shares his tips for maintaining a healthy mane throughout the hot spells.

How should you alter your hair-care routine?

Summer hair needs more hydration—make sure it’s being fed with the correct hydration products. Also take a look at your heat-styling habits. Use a hairdryer with multiple heat settings and avoid the highest temperature. To create soft waves or curls, go for hot rollers which pack less heat, and give a more natural, bouncy finish.

When pulling hair up off the shoulder for some cool relief, try a sleek topknot, using leave-in conditioning spray or nourishing serum in the ponytail before winding it into a bun. This way, the looks chic but is also being treated.

For a more casual look go for a loose, boho braid—a hairstyle that never goes out of fashion and is super-easy to achieve. Use a hydrating treatment through the ends of the hair before braiding it.

 

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Is it important to use sun protection?

An SPF spray will fill open cuticles along the hair strands, acting as a barrier to the sun’s rays. Remember to let the SPF soak into your hair for a few minutes before going swimming.

Any post-beach advice?

Give your locks a thorough rinse under a tap to rinse away excess salt, then spray on a hair oil for extra conditioning. Also, use a hair mask once a week to boost hydration and strengthen hair cuticles.

Although it’s tempting to leave a treatment in for longer than suggested, know that hair can only absorb so much. If the hair needs a double dose, rinse off the first application and re-apply the same amount, for the same specified time.

 

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How can you prevent colour fading or changing from sun exposure?

It starts in the colourist’s chair. The guideline should be always staying within one to three shades from your natural hue. The lighter the colour, the more dehydration—not to mention more upkeep. Also, remember the sun is going to give hair natural highlights, so there isn’t a real need to get dramatically lighter in the hotter months.

Try to only wash your hair two or three times a week instead of every day—this will prevent stripping the colour by over-cleansing—and use a shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair.

Also, next time you’ve got an appointment with your hairdresser, ask them to prescribe the best hair treatment tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle and how much swimming you do. If your hair has become brittle, it may simply need a dose of protein.