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WHATS YOUR GO TO CURLING HAIR TOOL? Seen WHIMN

The whimn Team On….Our Go-To Hair Curling Tool

Curls are a gift and a curse. If you don’t have them, you’re desperate for them. You subject your strands to extraordinary heat – tugging, pulling and twisting until you form something you’re satisfied with. Only for them to straighten out after an hour.

If you’re born with them, you probably roll your eyes at all the women who yearn for curls, as you sit there with three hairbrushes knotted in there, stuck since 2001. Curls are a complex thing, but my lord are they gorgeous.

Coordinating curls can be quite the challenge, so to help you get the result you’re after, here are the curling tool recommendations of seven millennial women with very different hair types.

Melissa, Editor

I’m anything but a pro in the hair styling department, so curling irons are one of the hardest-to-master beauty tools for me. That’s until I came across the foolproof ALDI Visage curling iron, a special buy last year for $19. I repeat, $19. I’ve got fine, naturally straight hair cut into a lob, so need a thin wand. Portioning my hair, it takes me about 20 minutes to do my entire head wrapping it around the curling iron barrel – which is just about the level of patience I have and what I’ve found to be the easiest tool. What’s even better is, once done, the style will last a couple of days, going from my version of Hollywood waves to serious bedhead vibes.

Ashleigh, Beauty Editor

I already have naturally thick and wavy hair when its air dried, but to get it to give good curl, I need to help it along a little.

My hairdresser, the absolute strand maestro Anthony Nader, taught me a trick that I’ve used ever since. When my hair is wet, I scrunch through a good dollop of Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion (which leaves you with salt-spray waves, sans dryness) before hitting it with the Dyson Supersonic diffuser attachment. The diffuser works to simulate natural drying, with the added benefit of reducing frizz and defining my waves into actual curls. If I really want va-va-voom volume, I tip my head upside down as I move the dryer around my head – does the trick every time.

Bek, Commissioning Editor

My name is Bek Day and my hair is kinkier than I am. Phew. It feels good to say it. A by-product of having kinky, unruly hair is that it’s really more frizz than curl when left to its own devices, which means I’m constantly either straightening or curling the bastard to get it to choose a side. For curling, I can’t go past the Muk Curling Stick. It comes with three different size attachments – for loose waves I use the really fat one and then texturise with sea salt spray, and for more glam I go the medium setting, pin up after I’ve curled and then brush out for maximum impact. It’s easy enough that even ole butterfingers me has only received a handful of second-degree burns. A small price to pay.

Stefanie, Social Media Editor

As a gal with naturally very straight hair, I like a bit of movement when it comes to my locks. While my hair doesn’t hold a strong curl (sorry any and all wedding-related updos), it sure does love a good wave.

I was gifted a ghd by my hairdresser on my 30th birthday, and girlfriends, I haven’t looked back. It’s the easiest (and quickest) way for my hair to get that volume going, and I am now proficient in doing both sides (you have to learn to turn your wrist the opposite way)!

I use the original ghd IV, which is also excellent at taming my pain-in-the-ass fringe after a tumultuous night’s sleep. Can’t live without.

Abbey, Reporter

I was that kid in primary school. The one huffing down bread crust and sleeping in rollers. I have wanted curly hair since before I can remember. Alas, the universe had other plans for me. I have very thick, very straight, very frizzy hair. This means that when left to its own devices, I look like Mufasa. This also means that with a curling wand and a bit of technique, I look like Farrah Fawcett.

Dead and dry strands aren’t good for much, but oh boy do they hold a voluminous curl. Like Bek, I also use the MUK Curl Stick. I opt only for the widest barrel, it’s the only curler I find takes really well to thick hair, and it’s super easy to manoeuvre. I love it so much that once it stopped working after four years of almost daily use, I bought it again.

Edwina, News Editor

To the capable, world-beating women who can curl their hair with a straightener, I salute you. Me? After years of futile attempts, I fell back in love with the reliable, effective curling wand. I’ve tried a bunch over the years and I’m not loyal, nor fussed, about what brand I use – as long as it delivers loose waves that have staying power (easy when you’ve bleached your hair into oblivion) then I’m happy. At the moment I’ve been using the Models Prefer Professional Style Curler that’s $19.95 and available at Priceline. Yes, it’s cheap-cheap but it’s got a 4.4 / 5 star rating because it’s good.

Courtney, Entertainment Reporter

I used to use my GHD straightener to curl my hair for the longest time but when I started bleaching it two years ago it was too hard on my hair so I swapped to a Babyliss Pro (which I chose purely because it’s what my hairdresser uses on me when I’m in). I can adjust the heat so it’s not too intense, it’s the perfect barrel size and incredibly easy to use!

ARE YOU USING YOUR CONDITIONER THE CORRECT WAY? Sounds simple right? You may want to re think your shower cleanse. Seen NEWS.COM.AU

The Beauty Diary by Rebekah Scanlan: Correct way to use conditioner

Showers. We take them daily, unless you’re totally gross but we’re not here to discuss your hygiene habits. It’s your haircare ones I’m worried about.

Chances are you’re making a major mistake when you step under that stream of warm, inviting water and giving your tresses a wash. So brace yourselves people as what I’m about to say next is going to surprise you — it totally shocked me.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to only apply conditioner to the mid-tips of my hair. In fact, a quick Google on “how to condition my hair properly” will bring back hundreds of results telling you the same thing.

“Do not apply conditioner to your scalp,” they all read, rather terrifyingly.

But Anthony Nader from RAW in Surry Hills — a renowned Australian hairstylist with over 30 years experience — told The Beauty Diary it is just one great big fat fib.

“The conditioning process can be complex, which is what has created confusion here, because you need to understand what your hair texture is to prescribe the right conditioner for you,” Anthony said.

This step in haircare is specifically to help behaviour and longevity, he said, adding most people want to “last the distance” between washes.

“The biggest myth is that when you apply the conditioner to your roots that you are automatically weighing them down,” he said, explaining the entire hair strand — root, mid and tip — is made from the same core ingredients, the cortex, how the protein particles that make up the hair is held together, the cuticle, which is the outside coating we all see, and the medulla which is an empty section in the centre of each strand that helps insulate it.

“Even the roots — which is typically considered the ‘healthier’ part of every strand — can benefit from some love,” Anthony said.

I have to admit, over the years I’ve had some awful incidents with conditioners, mainly ones that leave my fine hair super limp and greasy looking.

So when I first heard this myth, I scoffed. There was no way would I be putting conditioner onto my roots.

But the more I dug deeper, the more I realised there was a lot of truth to this. Celebrity hairstylist and Pantene ambassador, Remington Schulz told Whimn.com.au earlier this year, you should “apply the conditioner from the roots to ends”.

“When your hair is cleansed with the hair shaft wide open, it’s the optimum time to condition from your roots, so you’re giving an added boost of hydration,” he told the publication. “When you’re not conditioning properly that’s when we see a lot of scalp concerns.”

Anthony explains the best person to discuss and determine your hair type with to make sure you have the right product for the job is your hairdresser.

Here are some great conditioners for your hair type.

FINE HAIR

If like me, you have fine hair you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say I’m in desperate need of some volumising help from my haircare. Anthony advises anyone with hair strands on the finer side to keep away from the heavy cream conditioners and only use a leave in, weightless conditioner.

KRISTIN ESS WEIGHTLESS SHINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Available at Priceline

Price: $18.99

Anyone who is a part of The Beauty Diary’s Facebook group knows how obsessed I am with this product. I’ve had so many bad hair days in my time. On days other than freshly washed, locks that have dry ends and oily roots look flat, greasy and lame.

But this leave-in spray has really restored some life back into my tresses and it’s so easy to apply. You simply spritz into damp, towel dried hair. Honestly, the tips of my hair which need moisture are left soft and shiny, while my roots are oil-free and fresh.

It’s also a great detangler so is now a staple in my bathroom.

ORIBE CONDITIONER FOR MAGNIFICENT VOLUME

Available at Adorebeauty.com.au

Price: $62

While applying a thick, heavy conditioner is definitely a no go for fine haired people — ones that are light and build volume get the big tick of approval from experts. To use, I apply a small amount, massage through the lengths of my hair, then I work up to my scalp where I give it a good massage before rinsing.

It’s definitely on the exxy side, but a little goes a long way and it is so effective I think it’s worth every cent.

BLEACHED AND COLOURED HAIR

If your hair is highly coloured and/or bleached, you will need a conditioner packed with moisture and goodness to hydrate. Peroxide-bleached blondes will need to feed your poor strands lots of extra loving, Anthony advises. Like, loads of it.

BRIOGEO DON’T DESPAIR, REPAIR! DEEP CONDITIONER

Available at Sephora

Price: $54

Treat dry, damaged hair to a deep feed with this amazing product for bleach blondes. Don’t be shy with it, your strands will suck up the helpful ingredients, such as the protein it needs for strength and the moisture for restoring its natural state.

GLOW LAB PURPLE CONDITIONER

Available at Priceline and Woolworths

Price: $18 — but it’s regularly on offer in Woolies

If you have your hair highlighted blonde and your mane is appearing a little brassy and warm, a neutralising conditioner like this will make your strands look like a million bucks. This is actually the first ever natural purple conditioner in Australia and has won awards for its effectiveness without chemicals. But there are heaps of heavier ones out there if you really want to tone down those yellowy tones.

NATURAL HAIR

Natural hair colours that aren’t prone to having colour but may need a little help with shine and health should look for products that deliver on “shine”, “brilliance” or “mirror finish” are the babies you should be leaning towards, Anthony said.

PANTENE PRO-V BLENDS MICELLAR GENTLE NOURISHING CONDITIONER

Available at Priceline,

Price: $17.99

I really do love this range, not only because it is super affordable and lasts ages, but because it’s bloody good. When this product was launched earlier in the year and I gave it a whirl, I got a bunch of lovely comments about how fresh my hair looked — and no one could believe it when I said it was Pantene. There was even a lot of snobby remarks about how the fact the brand uses silicone in its products — but this one is silicone free.

Just like the micellar water we use to remove make-up, this gives hair a really deep cleanse without stripping it of its hydration.

CURLY HAIR

If you’ve got it, flaunt it by showing your waves and curls some extra love. Curls can be extra thirsty, especially if you have tight coils like the ones that from Afron hair. So treat them to an intensive conditioner, Anthony said.

ORIBE DEEP TREATMENT MASQUE

Available at Adorebeauty.com.au

Price: $89

While I don’t have curls myself, I do love Oribe and this product has rave reviews from friends and Anthony too. It allows the natural shape of the wave to be its bold, beautiful self by enriching them with coconut and almond oils which really lets curls pop. It’s a boujee product with a matching price tag, but it really works. One Amazon review even described it as “magic”.

“My hair went from dry and crunchy, to smooth and shiny,” it read. “My roommate said it looked like I went to the salon for a blow out when I was done.” If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.

THICK HAIR

If you’re someone who has naturally thick hair, you’re probably used to hearing people describe you as “lucky” — but your tresses still need some love. Managing a thicker mop can be the biggest challenge, but the right conditioner that treats the whole strand will help.

KERASTASE NUTRITIVE MASQUINTENSE IRISOME — THICK HAIR

Available at Adorebeauty.com.au,

Price: $46

While I have the opposite of thick hair, my mum has been blessed with luscious locks — and she swears by this.

The formula is packed with nutrients that penetrate deep into the hair strand, helping to tame and take control of stubborn tresses.

On my hair, I LOVE the Kerastase Specifique Bain Prevention conditioner. It’s really lightweight and leaves my hair feeling fuller and thicker afterwards. Anything this brand does for hair is considered next level in my eyes.

Who’s your celebrity crush Spring inspiration hair colour? Seen Harper’s Bazaar

The 5 Hair Colour Trends You’re Going To See Everywhere This Spring

There’s arguably nothing more transformative than a new hairstyle. And while haircuts do certainly provide you with a healthy revamp, there’s something about a fresh colour that takes everything to the next level.
That being said, there’s never really a better time to elevate your colour than at the start of spring. After all, the weather starts warming up, and the desire to lighten one’s locks to match the brighter days beckons.
And if you’ve been looking for your next colour change but aren’t sure where to start, fear not, for we consulted three experts to uncover the five ‘It’ hair colour trends we’ll be seeing everywhere this spring.
From “colour contouring” to “tutti frutti tones”, keep scrolling to find the right hue for you.

Why should you drop Ombré hair colour for Sombre Hair colour? Anthony dishes up the clarity between the two colour techniques. Seen ELLE

Why You Should Definitely Ditch Your Ombré Hair For ‘Sombré’ Hair

While ombre has been having a serious moment for some years now, it’s high time you ditch that stark contrast for something a little softer.

We’re talking about the ‘sombré’ — ombre’s much cuter, and much more natural, protégé. We may be stating the obvious here, but sombré literally translates to ‘soft ombré’. Think super blended colours, subtle shade graduation and a lived-in look. It’s the perfect middle-ground between the piece-y and dimensional balayage, and the often contrasting dual tones that came with previous ombré techniques.

So, how do you nail a sombré hair colour? “The sombré method involves taking weaving your natural root colour, found at the very base of your strands (also known as the root stretch method) delicately through the lengths of your mane, to create a gradual transition of colour between roots to ends,” explains leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.
“Another way hairdressers can address this sombré trend is when we apply what’s referred to as ‘low lights’ to the already existing “high lights”. It’s ALL about that #sombreblend.”

The Best Sombré Hair Inspiration To Take To Your Next Appointment

If you’re after an obvious colour transformation—minus the pesky upkeep—then the sombre is definitely for you. Being that your natural hair colour is maintained on the roots, and the shades used on your ends are close to your hair’s original tones, you can let this baby grow out for months before having to visit your colourist again.
A little unsure of what to ask your colourist for when getting a sombre? Make it clear that you want to stay within the general tone family of your natural hair colour by using tones that are a few shades lighter and a few shades darker than your actual base colour for a breezy, natural finish.
Here, we round up a TONNE of sombre hair colour inspo to take to your next appointment. Scroll on to see it all.

IS YOUR NEXT HAIR COLOUR GOING TO BE “SNACK THEMED”? Seen – Beauty Crew

This season’s hottest hair colour trend is snack-themed

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / August 12 2019

WHOS THINKING A POST BABY OR POST BREAKUP HAIRCUT? Get Anthony’s positive steps forward seen GRITTY PRETTY.

Getting The Chop: The Psychology Behind A Dramatic Hair Cut

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“I wanted to make a statement,” says Stevie Ford of Top Shelf Beauté. “[He] was my high school sweetheart. The first break up, I cut my hair really short and the second time we broke up, I dyed my strawberry blonde hair a dark brown.”Ford isn’t the first person to dramatically change their appearance in the wake of a painful relationship breakdown. Far from it. The post-breakup hair cut is almost a rite of passage.

But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”

So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?

According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”

For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”

The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”

Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”

His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”

Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”

According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.

They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”

Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”

HAVE YOU EVER SHOWN A PICTURE OF A CELEBRITY TO YOUR HAIRDRESSER AND THEN SAID “I WANT THIS PLEASE”? You may want to read this then. Seen WHIMN

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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@patidubroff @brycescarlett @kateyoung @tombachik @thatgirlbeverly 🧡

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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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Can’t wait for you to see #ComingSoon

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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.

1. THE MID-LENGTH ‘BLUNT’ FRINGE

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.”

2. THE MICRO FRINGE

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.

3. THE CURLY FRINGE

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.

4. THE CURTAIN FRINGE

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.

HOW TO RE CREATE KAIA GERBER’S NEW BOYISH BOB. Anthony’s short and sharp scoop seen BEAUTYCREW.COM.AU

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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.”

 

SO WHATS ALL THE FUSS OVER MICHELLE OBAMA’S HOLIDAY HAIR? Anthony’s straightens out the true. Seen WHIMN

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.