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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Nader’s final words of wisdom?

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

Oooooof, noted.


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

The Top 4 Fringe Trends To Try This Winter

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


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


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


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


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


3 tips to nail this winter’s hottest haircut

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


Ask for layers

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


Get a regular trim

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


Don’t overdo it with styling products

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


How to replicate Kate Middleton’s perfectly bouncy blow out

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

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

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

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

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

Damp hair to begin

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

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

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

Section off your hair

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

Grab you big bristle brushes

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

Heat, and then cool, your hair

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

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

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

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

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

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

(You’re welcome).

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

The Humble Pantry Ingredient People Are Calling The Perfect Olaplex Dupe

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


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How exactly does apple cider vinegar work on the hair?

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


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

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

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

The best way to update blonde hair in winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What products are best to use for this?

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

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

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

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

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

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


How to turn thin hair thick

For anyone with thin hair, you’ll recognise the struggle to maintain voluminous hair. Sure, it looks good the moment you put the hot tools down or step out of the salon, but 20 minutes later you’re left looking like you have three flat, oily strands framing your disappointed face.

We understand the quest to turn thin hair thick, so we called up two of the best hair pros in the country — Anthony Nader, creative director at RAW Anthony Nader and Joey Scandizzo co-creative director for ELEVEN Australia and 2018 Hairdresser of the year — to get their expert tips and tricks to master luscious-looking hair forever.

It’s all about the products

Nothing comes for free, unfortunately, not even thick hair — unless you were born with it, then good for you, you probably don’t need to be reading this (give this a read instead). So, if it’s full-bodied texture you’re after, you’ll have to get spending. But don’t be tricked into thinking you need every product under the sun.

According to Nader, there are four products you need in your hair styling arsenal.

DRY SHAMPOO: Everyone owns dry shampoo, and most only think it’s good for soaking up the oil slick that’s formed in your part. Of course, second to actually washing your hair, it’s the best for that but it’s also the dream product for anyone looking to beef up their hair. Nader calls it a “magic wonder spray” because it coats each hair strand to make them appear and feel thicker.

“When you invest in your dry shampoo make sure you choose the right shade for your hair so it blends beautifully,” recommends Nader.

POWDER: All the goods haircare brands are dabbling in volumising hair powders and for good reason, they’re a great way to pump up the volume at the roots.

“This product is super fine, baby fine and almost see-through, which is fantastic,” says Nader.

“Sprinkle a little on the area you want a bit of va va voom, and you’re good to go.”

THICKENING SHAMPOO: If you’re serious about thickening up your hair, it’s definitely worth considering a shampoo that works to thicken as you wash. According to Nader, thickening shampoos are far from a gimmick.

“You’ll notice that the more you wash your strands, the plumper they will seem and will quit feeling so fine and wispy.”

VOLUME SPRAY or TEXTURE FOAM: Post-wash, while your hair is still damp, make a choice between a volume spray or a textured foam. If a spray is more your thing spray directly onto your roots and mid-lengths, if your hair is long. “Then blow dry in with your fingers, stretching up the roots. Before you know it you’ll have hair reaching up to the heavens,” says Nader.

If sexy, tousled hair is what you’re after, Nader recommends using a foam and scrunching it into damp hair. “Don’t comb through as you want your new found texture to be more disheveled than glam.”

BUT it’s also all about what’s inside your products

If the haircare aisle is all a little too overwhelming, there’s a way to navigated it like a professional hairstylist, thanks to Nader and Scandizzo (professional hair stylists).

“I’m a huge fan of protein treatments because it doesn’t weigh strands down, unlike its other friends ‘moisture’ and ‘oil’, which you need to steer clear of,” says Nader.

“Protein works brilliantly for strengthening and building up the mechanics, if you will, for creating thicker strands and starting from the inside to the outer layer.”

For celebrity hair stylist Scandizzo it’s all about wheat proteins in your shampoo and condition if volume is what you desire.

“Something that has wheat proteins will help add volume and thickness to hair. A good one is ELEVEN Australia I Want Body Volume Shampoo and Conditioner,” says Scandizzo.

“Wheat proteins and silk aminos are the best as these penetrate the hair shaft and don’t just sit on the top.”

Once your hair is dry, choose products that aren’t waxy or oily.

“It comes down to using products that make hair look thicker,” admits Scandizzo.

“Firstly, stay away from waxes and oil-based products that can weigh hair down or cause it to separate and appear finer.”

What you want are lightweight products that won’t weigh down finer hair.

Train your hair thicker! It’s a process, but it’s possible

It might seem hard to believe but you can train your hair to act thicker.

It’s all about boosting new hair growth, and Scandizzo puts it down brushing your hair (taking care of your scalp by massaging your head when you wash is also a great way to stimulate growth too).

“Don’t forget to brush your hair! Brushing brings natural oils down the hair shaft to hydrate while also stimulating the scalp to boost new hair growth,” says Scandizzo.

So if it’s fuller, thicker-looking hair you’re after, you now know what to do.


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.


Your weekly recommendation for a late-night shopping trip …

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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.”

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