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DON’T BE AGING YOUR HAIR TOO SOON. Anthony’s latest young hair tips seen BEAUTY CREW

4 hair mistakes that make you look older

While many of us are willing to invest in an elaborate skin care routine to ensure we continue looking youthful for as long as possible, we often don’t extend the same courtesy to our hair. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After all, our tresses frame our face and are one of the first things people notice.

To make sure your hair is a help not a hindrance to your anti-ageing goals, we spoke to hairstylist and owner of RAW salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader, who revealed the top hair care, styling and colouring mistakes that are making us look older.

Not updating your hair care routine

Oil glands don’t produce as much sebum as we age, which means hair becomes significantly drier over time. That’s why it’s important to switch to oil-based products where possible, as they’ll help hydrate and nourish ageing strands. Reducing your use of heat styling tools is also essential, as they’re the biggest contributor to dry and damaged strands.

Severe hairstyles and cuts

Regardless of your hair’s length, Nader explains the key to younger-looking hair is layers and texture. “I’m into hair at any length as long as it has soft, seamless layers and texture that looks effortless.” So, if you have your heart set on a front fringe, opt for a style with long sweeping pieces of hair rather than blunt lines. Similarly, if you have long hair, “ask your hairdresser to cut your baseline (that’s your length) in a curved shape – not straight across. This will give you more movement around your shoulders.”

A monotone hair colour

It doesn’t matter what colour your hair is, if it’s one solid colour it’s going to make you look older. To avoid this, ask your hairdresser to apply strategic and complementary highlights throughout the ends of your hair. Not only will these multi-dimensional highlights add movement and keep your hair looking natural and healthy, but by placing them through the mid-lengths and ends it will ensure the colour grows out without any harsh re-growth lines.

The wrong colour for your complexion

While you may have loved Ariana Grande’s icy blonde hue or Lucy Hale’s recent dusty pink shade, it’s important to consider your personal features when picking a hair colour, as the wrong hue can add years to your look. Your hair colour should complement your skin tone and eye colour. For example, if you’re incredibly pale and have blue eyes, there’s a good chance a jet-black colour will look too harsh in contrast with your softer features. If you’re not sure what will suit you best, have an in-depth consultation with your hairdresser prior to any colour application.

WHAT!!!!! SUGAR FOR YOUR HAIR! Anthony gives the sweetest tips ever seen MAMAMIA.COM.AU

Sugar spray is the new sea salt spray and here’s what you need to know

It’s time to throw out your sea salt spray.

According to a new report by ELLE Australia, sugar spray gives you the same great texture you get with sea salt spray, but it’s not as drying. It’s a win-win, really.

So basically, you’ll achieve the same effortless, tousled waves but without the crunchiness of a sea salt spray.

This also means your hair has a lot more movement, not to mention the shine. So. Much. Shine.

Seriously, remind us why we were ever using sea salt spray?

Mamamia spoke to award-winning hairstylist Anthony Nader about the sugar spray trend, and he is very on board.

“The sugar has a far softer and conditioning effect due to the ingredients, including sugar cane extract, plankton and sea kelp which feeds your dehydrated strands to healthier days,” he told Mamamia.

“I would recommend the sugar spray for hair types that are highly coloured, and who still want the beachy texture but without the crunchy feeling that a lot of sea salt sprays tend to give.”

Although he said we probably shouldn’t throw out our sea salt spray just yet. Whoops.

“The two are totally different,” he added.

“If you’re after a hair texture that isn’t gritty, then give me the sugar, baby! It’s like having your cake and eating it too.”

According to Anthony, sea salt spray is still great for giving your hair extra volume though – especially if your strands tend to be on the fine or limp side.

“Just keep in mind that if you’re wanting more oomph on the roots, skip the sugar on the roots and spray the sea salt instead,” he said.

“And yes, it is so fine to combine the two products!”

Welcome to our styling cabinet, sugar spray. It’s good to have you.


Hair jewellery is taking over the fashion accessory world

FORGET hats and fascinators — dressing for the spring racing season is all about leading a charmed life.

The pearl-like hair adornments have already graced the catwalks of luxury label Gucci, and Australian brand Kela has now come up with a mechanism that secures the beads in place. “It’s a totally new category which sits alongside jewellery and the hair industry,” Kela brand manager Janna Miccio said.

And they are already proving a hit.

“I think they’d be a great race day accessory instead of a hat,” Stefanie Gidaro said after testing the beads.



Brush from the bottom up and rinse in cold water: The key ways to repair your dull and damaged hair

We all want shiny, healthy locks but over-styling, colouring and using the wrong products can all leave you with hair that is dry, dull and damaged.

Thankfully, there are ways to restore and revitalise your strands.

FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the five signs of damaged hair and what we can do about them.

Noticeable split ends and breakage

‘This can be a common mistake due to not having your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks,’ says Anthony.

‘I hear that you want to grow your hair length and that’s totally fine but think of your haircuts now that are called “baby trims”.

Anthony says regular visits to your hairdresser will help keep your split ends and breakage at bay.

‘Lotions and potions that say they can repair split ends are absolutely false so don’t fall for it, ‘ he adds.

‘Once that hair strand is split, it’s split. You can use a product that will (mask) your ends but never will repair to seal 100 percent naturally.’

Extreme shedding and hair loss

‘Unfortunately this can happen through say pregnancy, breast feeding, stress or even dramatic change of climate,’ says Anthony.

‘I always recommend to go see your GP or even a naturopath and your choice in what direction you want to move forward with.’

However, Anthony says if you’re noticing strands falling out, get your hair length cut much shorter.

‘By doing this your hair shape will always appear far more thicker and doubles up as a confidence booster,’ he explains.

Dullness and lack of shine

Poor health and diet is your main enemy for dull hair that is lacking shine.

However, Anthony has a few tips and tricks that can give you glossy hair.

‘Always rinse your hair on the coolest water temp you can withstand. By doing this your strands won’t dry out and burn,’ he explains.

‘On damp hair I tend to apply a serum or shine spray, as this absorbs beautifully into the hair strands.’

He also recommends to turn down the heat with your electrical tools.

‘The extra heat just zaps out the goodness and health of your hair. Always start on a lower heat and you can go up from there.’


Over-styling with heat, swimming, chemical treatments and the climate can all result in dry hair.

‘Moisture, moisture, moisture is what your poor strands are crying out for,’ says Anthony.

‘Look out for your next shampoo and conditioner that is packed with moisture as this will now be your positive road to recovery,’ he adds.

He also advises having a haircut every six weeks and to cut down on the blonde highlights as this can make hair look and feel more dry.

‘Opt for that saying “less is more” for now and have partial highlights or balayage instead of being a slave to the bleach bowl and brush and five hours lost in the salon chair,’ he says.

Tangles and knots

We all know the feeling of getting out of the shower with wet hair and finding that the brush doesn’t glide through your strands.

Anthony says his best trick when brushing your hair is, starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots in small motions.

‘By doing this method you’ll never get that dreaded clump of knots on the ends,’ he says.

‘And invest in a silk pillow case, ladies as the benefits in the silk will always keep you tangle and knot free because of the fibres.’

THE HAIR GEM TREND. Seen Cosmopolitan magazine online.

Just so you know, hair gems are definitely back in fashion

Hair gems are back in a big way — and we are 100 per cent on board. We never thought we’d see the day either. Yet, here we are.

The 2018 take on hair gems is very different to the last time we visited this trend. In the ’90s, hair gems required a meticulous application process. For the most part, they were used as a means of pulling hair back in a half-up half-down style — bonus points if there was some crimping involved.

This picture of actress Danielle Fishel captures the mood perfectly:

Now, hair gems are a lot more #fashun. But don’t just take our word for it — earlier this year, at Sydney’s Fashion Week, Kela Hair Jewellery was spotted on the C/MEO runway.

Rather than being associated with a hair gem-specific ‘do, jewels can be used to adorn the modern styles we know and love. Picture a big bouncy blow dry… but with hair gems. A sleek low-pony… but with hair gems. Or soft curls… but with hair gems.

Scroll down for four fresh and modern ways to wear hair gems in 2018:

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Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

Image: India Hartford Davies
Hair by: Anthony Nader for Kela Hair Jewellery

WHAT IS A WOMANS MAIN CONCERN WHEN GETTING OLDER? Anthony shares his knowledge and experience into women’s hair loss. Seen THE FILE

Losing Hair In Your 20’s Or 30’s? Here’s How To Stop It.

Back in January my housemate Sam starts shedding dark brown hair all over her friend’s palatial home. There’s no hiding it either. Everything in this house is unforgivingly white – white linen upholstery, lime washed white floorboards, white marble counters. Turns out, women under 30 are loosing their hair. It’s a thing that happened to Sam twice. An embarrassing thing. But more importantly, the why behind the hair loss is the most concerning thing of all.

She tells me all of this after collapsing onto the couch, batteries zapped from a full day of teaching music and completing coursework for her Master’s Degree. Initially, we both stare into our phones as so many of us do, thumbs tapping, eyes glazed over, unable to engage in any kind of conversation beyond “how was your day” and “yeah, good”. She’s wearing a head-to-toe grey tracksuit, and I, a red sweater with this glittery, yellow Playboy bunny embossed over the chest, laptop open on my legs, entering into my thirteenth hour of work.

Why am I painting this touching scene of two tired, yet determined ~modern women~ in questionable outfits? Because premature hair loss has a lot to do with the stressful, often chaotic lives many of us now lead. But here’s the real clincher: over the course of our conversation, I find out that this issue has a lot to do with the kinds of chemicals we’re putting in our bodies just to get us there.

Sam’s hair started falling out for the second time after going off the oral contraceptive pill at the beginning of the year. This time round though, the doctor tells her that while all of her bloodtests seem to check out, hair loss can be an unfortunate side effect of coming off contraceptive hormones. This is namely due to the rapid and sudden drop in estrogen. But then the doctor goes on to tell her something that had me a little shook, sitting there on the couch in my red Playboy sweater. Get this, right. The doctor says that if Sam wants to prevent further hair loss, she should simply go back on the pill to ‘rebalance’ her hormones. What about when she wants to try for a baby? No problem. They’ll just inject her with MORE SYNTHETIC HORMONES to get her body ready for something it should naturally be able to do in the first place.

At this point that, we start getting heated and if there were a transcript of our conversation it would from here on be in capslock. It’s a story we’ve both heard before. Many times. From her friends and my friends and their friends and their friends friends… You get the idea.

Moving on from her the GP, Tara sought the advice of a Naturopath and a Trichologist. Both told her that they’ve been seeing a growing number of young women suffering from hair loss in recent years. And they’re not the only ones. According to a 2014 survey by L’Oreal Professional, out of the 2000 interviewed, a third had experienced hair loss by the time their 30th birthday had rolled around. Then there was a more recent study that found high rates of hair loss among young college women under immense stress. And finally, we come to the million dollar contraceptive question. When it comes to conclusive research around whether the pill causes hair loss, there’s not a great deal. However, following a quick Google, I found forums full of women experiencing the same issue as Sam.

So maybe we’re not imagining things after all. Maybe this isn’t simply a game of Chinese whispers among women tired of being fed a bewildering riptide of misinformation.

Great. Cool. Now you’re wondering what you can actually do about it, right? Fay Halkitis, a longtime Naturopath and Beauty Therapist at Luna Beauty & Apothecary, had a few practical things you can opt for should you find yourself in the midst of a quarter life hair crisis. B12, Zinc, DHT and iron levels were the big ones to address. If you want to find out how they’re fairing, head straight to a professional to get those tested.

We also called on our favourite stylist, the king of hair, Anthony Nader of Raw, for a few preventative tips along with some solid quick fixes. No, it does not involve wearing a wig.

Iodine for thyroid issues.

FAY: “If your iodine levels are low, try adding dulse flakes or seaweed to your diet as a natural food source. Sustainably caught seafood is also a good source. But first, when it comes to supplements, always seek a professional.”

Turn down the heat.

ANTHONY: “Go easy on the hot tools and turn down the temp. Your strands don’t need the highest heat and if you’re getting the results on say, 100 degrees, why would you need your appliance turned up to full? Trust me your hair will thank you for this little trick.”

Avoid chemical-laden hair products.

FAY: “Most people don’t realise we absorb the most product through our scalp. If hair is lacklustre, try massaging a few drops of natural oil (like argan or jojoba) blended with essential oils such as rosemary, lavender and clary sage to stimulate cells and nourish the roots. Leave over night and shampoo in the morning.”

No to bleach, yes to Olaplex.

ANTHONY: “Steer clear of harsh bleaches and high peroxide strengths. Instead, make sure you ask your hairdresser for Olaplex – this is far from a sales pitch and I swear by this holy grail for keeping each strand feeling strong and healthy from the inside, out.”

Stress less.

FAY: “High stress levels can also impact hair growth as we secrete cortisol in our hair follicles. For this reason, adrenal support is a necessity.” May we also recommend lowering cortisol levels with regular meditation.

Go with the (blood) flow.

FAY: “Good blood flow is important to stimulate hair growth.” Try the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to boost microcirculation and remove toxic product build up.


If you’ve ever run your fingers through your hair and felt as though it seems different to how it did when you were a child or a teenager, you’re not alone.

In fact, you might just be on a new and different hair cycle.

Trichologists and hairdressers alike have long agreed that hair growth is broken down into cycles, which roughly last between four and seven years.

FEMAIL spoke with celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader of RAW Hair, to find out how you can identify what stage of the cycle your locks are in – and make it best work for you.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Anthony explained that the seven year hair cycle is based on the cycle of hair growth, which takes place in three stages.

‘The first phase – where the hair is growing quickly, the second phase – where the growth of the hair slows, and the third phase – where the hair is stagnant and just doesn’t grow,’ Anthony said.

‘The best way to identify the various stages of the cycle is to acknowledge whether your hair is growing at its fastest rate ever, which illustrates stage one, whether it’s growing but slowly, which depicts stage two, or whether your hair is actively shedding, which is stage three.

‘If you find that the texture of your hair is changing, you are most likely in the first phase of growth, as it’s not uncommon for your locks to grow back differently to the way they were before.’

While it might surprise you that your hair can change entirely within seven years, in fact Anthony said it’s perfectly normal – with the ‘old being replaced by fresh, new growth’.

So how can you look after your hair to best make the most of your cycle?

First up, look to your diet.

‘Ensure you are getting enough iron and protein from your food, but if you’re lacking in anything – and even if you’re not – keep on top of those mutlivitamins,’ Anthony said – as these will help to maintain strong, healthy locks and minimise breakage.

‘Next, brush your hair twice a day – in the morning and in the night – with a 100 per cent boar bristle brush.

‘Massage the scalp when you do this, as this acts as a bit of a wake-up call for your follicles, brushing away any loose strands near the end of their cycle and stimulating blood flow.’

Lastly, the expert said it’s a good idea to ‘avoid stressing your tresses’.

‘Stress is detrimental to so many aspects of your health, but you can see a real difference in the strength and well-being of your hair when you avoid this.

‘Remember, when you colour your hair not to go more than two shades lighter than your natural base, as this will cause stress on the strands and can make them look dry and lacklustre’

The only kind of stress that is good for your locks is exercise stress, which ‘gets the blood bumping and does great things for your strands’.

‘And also it’s important to know that everyone is different,’ Anthony concluded.

‘If you find something that works for you and your hair, stick with it.’

8 HAIR HACKS TO GIVE YOU GOOD HAIR. Anthony’s latest Winter tips seen Vogue.

Stay a cut above the rest by combing through the now and the next in hair cleansing, heat protection and styling.

Skin deep
Much of our daily beauty routine places emphasis on skincare, but it’s time to officially start pouring as much time, energy and know-how into your hair. Serums, masks and sun protection are all musts for maintaining your hair’s health as UV rays, styling and pollution all make an impact.

“A UV protector is absolutely key, especially in Australia, where our UV levels are among the harshest in the world, burning the skin and dehydrating our poor locks!” says Anthony Nader of Raw Salon, before adding that it’s imperative to use year-round sun protection on your strands. Nader also suggests applying oils overnight and using this time to not only repair your hair but also style it. “Pop a treatment on and by all means give your mane a braid. That doubles up in the morning when you unravel it and you now have cascading waves that are controllable and styled, and – bonus – you’ve got another 15 minutes in bed.”

Bubble trouble
Dive into the new weightless and foaming wonders designed to eliminate the heavy lifting from your shower routines. Rather than lather, rinse and repeat, Pantene’s new Pro-V Foam Conditioner promises to nourish without the residue or build-up of cream conditioners. Similarly, Bumble and Bumble’s BB Scalp Detox uses micellar water, which is better known as a skin cleansing ingredient, to remove impurities and product build-up in one fizzy, foaming pump.

Clip in
What’s old is new again as hair accessories of the past, once relegated to the back of your bathroom cabinet, are cool again. Silky scrunchies of the 80s now make the perfect pairing with your top knot, while 90s-era banana clips and headbands are also weaving their way back into our lives, thanks to their reappearance on the autumn/winter ‘18/’19 runways. Gucci, Chanel and Alexander Wang all offer up modern takes on baubles that are designed to be as useful as they are chic.

Raw power
If concocting a morning smoothie or a vegetable-packed green juice is your favourite way to wake up, we suggest extending your routine to your rinse, too. Make the switch from sulphates, silicones and parabens for scalp and hair-nourishing ingredients like coconut and coriander oil, honey, quinoa, goji berries and kaolin clay. Finally, treat your hair to the detox your digestive system received months ago. Just as you would whiz together ingredients that support your body in your smoothie, Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner will give your hair a shot of goodness that’s almost good enough to eat – almost.

Heat up
Dull, dry and limp: the three words no-one ever wants to use to describe their hair but, unfortunately, that’s the result when heat damage rears its ugly head. Aside from using heat-protectant products, changing up your heat styling tool is the best bet. When shopping around, keep an eye out for descriptions like ‘ionic’, ‘ceramic’ and ‘thermal protection’. Styling tools thus described allow you to style without the singe, while the Dyson Supersonic, seemingly the last word in modern hair care, has the ability to measure the air temperature exiting your hair dryer 20 times per second, meaning you have temperature controlled assurance and little to worry about.

Baby steps
Our love affair with blunt bobs and lobs seems to be coming to an end, with long, shiny manes taking centre stage on the autumn/winter ‘18/’19 runways. However, if you’re planning to grow your hair out, be warned: maintenance is key. “Grow as long as you can go, but please just make sure you keep having what I like to call ‘baby trims’ every eight weeks,” says Nader of keeping your ends healthy and avoiding breakage. If you have an itch to grow your hair long again, Nader recommends asking your stylist to add dimension and fullness by way of longer layers, which will allow you to style with ease, as one-dimensional hair won’t hold a curl, no matter how much product or heat you might apply.

Bye bye, bleach
A new wave of hair colour technology is making it possible to infuse your locks with colour without the use of peroxide or ammonia, likely spurred on by Instagram trends like unicorn, galaxy and even crystal-inspired dye jobs. No matter your hair colour, you can now add pink tinges and emerald tips to your mane, although brunettes won’t get the same vibrant colouring blondes can expect, without stepping near the bleach. US-based line Overtone, which is vegan and PETA-certified, produces colour depositing conditioners that are designed to be applied regularly, to steadily replace dye pigments as well as build on your colour, while Splat hair dye uses finely milled pigments to alter your hair’s shade.

Time savers
If one of the biggest things standing between you and a good hair day is time, or lack thereof, get familiar with the new host of time-saving triumphs. Microfiber towels are at the top of this list, for their quick-drying abilities and for helping you to avoid the frizz and split ends that cotton towels can cause. If time truly is of the essence, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler is designed for post-conditioner styling as you shower, while hair-care brands Ouai and Redken’s anti-frizz sheets are easily stored in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups.­­­­­­

This article originally appeared in Vogue Australia’s June 2018 issue. 

IT’S A WRAP! Anthony Nader & Dyson at MBFWA 18 Seen GRAZIA

Another year, another successful week of Australian Fashion; we take a look at the highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018

As the curtain draws on another fashion week; we reflect on the week that was. On the streets, dressing down was the new up; as bloggers and the like paraded in sneakers, sweats and denim aplenty. Front row, editors and fashion buyers remained remarkably cool and polished, as print – in all its varied incarnations – made its comeback. Backstage it was all about the beauty; makeup was relatively lo-fi – with the exception of a glitter-loaded Romance Was Born, and when it came to hair; the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer stole the show; responsible for many of the hair trends to come out of the week. As for the runway? It was true resort; relaxed, refined and classic. Watch the Dyson Insiders – Chrisanthi Kaliviotis, Montarna McDonald, Anthony Nader, Ally May Carey – share their favourite moments from the most important week in Australian fashion.