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HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR HAIR STRANDS AGAINST THE SNOW? Anthony’s hot snowy tips seen SNOWSBEST

I was once skiing in Aspen with some great friends and we were keen to catch first lift, so to make haste, my friend Kate decided to skip blow-drying her long, blonde hair before we headed out the door at first light. Big mistake. BIG.

Just as we hit the base of Ajax and were about to alight the gondola, she let out blood curdling shriek that made us all nearly jump out of our ski boots. Her wet hair had quite literally frozen and snapped off, rendering her with a somewhat asymmetrical and weird looking bob. She wasn’t happy. Not at all.

Anthony Nader’s Hair Tips

For some other handy hair hints in the snow, I asked my mane man, celebrity hair stylist Anthony Nader from Raw Hair in Sydney, for his top tips on keeping your locks lush in harsh winter conditions for some advice.

“The sub-zero temperatures in the snow will wreak havoc on your hair if you let them,” says Anthony.  “Luckily, they’re easily outsmarted.”

Moisturise moisturise moisturise

“You’re not just in the cold, but an environment that is lacking greatly in humidity, so any moisture in your hair will quickly be sucked out. Prep your locks before you get on the sloped by using a leave-in moisturiser before you blow-dry,” advises Anthony.

“Also, pack a travel-sized deeply hydrating shampoo and conditioner to keep tress stress at a minimum throughout your ski trip. If you can fit it in your luggage, a deep conditioning hair mask sachets is a great idea, too. Use it every couple of days.”

Stylin’ on the fly

Next up, you want to watch how much you’re styling your hair. Sure, you want to look cute at après, but nobody really expects you to have a full ‘do going on. The more you use heated styling products, the more your hair will come under stress and you could wind up with split ends and mega damage.

“When you’re blow-drying or styling your hair in an alpine environment, try to stick to a quick blast dry, beginning with low heat so as not to stress your strands,” says Anthony.

“Start on lower heat and then only if you’re not achieving the shape or style you want, turn up the heat one notch.”

We’re guessing you’re probably using the hotel’s hair dryer, so it won’t have much force to it anyway, but just to be sure, apply a little of your leave-in moisture cream first. Once you’ve finished drying, spray some dry shampoo into the roots, as this will help combat helmet hair.

Keep that travel-sized bottle of dry shampoo in your ski jacket, too, for the same reason.

“Once you’re off the mountain, head to the bathroom and stick your head under the hand dryer upside down for a few seconds to gift it some lift,” says Anthony. “Then, spray the dry shampoo directly into the roots to give lift and a bit more fullness and shape.”

Hair products for alpine conditions

Theorie Argan Oil Reform Hair and Body Travel Pack, $39.95, which includes Ultimate Reform Shampoo, Ultimate Reform Conditioner, Ultra Luxe Body Cleanser, Ultimate Reform Hair Serum and Argan Ultimate Reform Hair Mask, all housed in a handy travel case.

Justice Professional Smooth and Groom Travel, $5.95. It’s a rich conditioning cream that strengthens and smooths hair, while protecting against aforementioned frozen snapping disasters. It also increases shine and brightness and helps to repair cuticle damage, tames frizz and adds control to strong, unruly hair.

Klorane Travel Size Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $7.95. Paraban-free, colorant-free, sulphate-free, this dry shampoo has highly absorbent micronized powders and oat milk to soothe and protect.

DONT BE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. The deep side part is the next big thing. Anthony’s latest scoop from the Golden Globes seen GRAZIA.

Don’t Be Caught In The Middle: The Deep Side Part Is The Next Big Thing

According to an expert (and the Golden Globes)

January is the one month where we all make our predications for the year. A time when trends are forecasted, when so-called “rules” are set, when great events like the Academy Awards and Fashion Week dictate the sartorial and beauty mores of the year ahead. Think of it as a kind of crystal ball month; where modern day Nostradamus’ – fashion and beauty experts – weigh in on what they think will be big, taking their cues from the celebrity set.

One such prediction is the deep side part. For some time now, we’ve been taking a middle ground. Hair has been split smack down the middle, with the middle part reining supreme on models and celebrities alike. But after Sunday’s Golden Globes, hair has taken a swift swerve to the side. From dab hands – Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman – to the new vanguard – Lili Reinhart and Irina Shayk – everyone was moving to the side, with the deep side part manifest on many a celebrity. It’s a trend eidptiral and celebrtity hairstylist Anthony Nader predicts is going to be huge this year. “Side parts add more glam and add shape,” he says. “You can wear a side part either with volume or polished and slick.” And that they did.

The cascading, curled manes of Julia Roberts, Isla Fisher and Amy Adams were parted to one side and swept over with glamour and a little poof at the root.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Julia Roberts attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Isla Fisher attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Amy Adams attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The up ‘dos of the night also did a little side-step, with Nicole Kidman and Lili Reinhart both sporting side-swept chignons, despite one opting for a soft, romantic style and the other, a sleek, slick bun (proving the versatility of the sweep).

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Nicole Kidman attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Charlize Theron attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

A foolproof way to add a little glamour to your face, be on the right (or left) side of this trend, and get flicking.

 

WHAT’S GOING TO BE YOUR GO TO FOR 2019? Anthony’s latest hot tips seen VOGUE

When it comes to refreshing your look, nothing quite beats getting your hair cut or dyed. Not only is it a visual change, a great hair refresh can inspire a whole new wardrobe, boost your confidence and represent a brand new you. From a subtle chop to a dramatically different dye job, whatever the change is it’s guaranteed to make you feel like a brand new woman — and moving into the new year there’s never been a better time to take the plunge.

As the years pass, hair trends come and go. From pixie cuts to balayage and even toasted coconut hair, we’ve become used to chopping and changing our ‘do based on what celebrities, models and magazines are touting that month. So as we come into 2019, what can we expect to be doing with our hair? We’ve enlisted the help of three top Australian stylists – Barney Martin, Paloma Garcia and Anthony Nader – to see what they predict to be big in the months ahead — and trust us, there’s a lot to look forward to.

The cuts we can expect to see everywhere
“We will see androgynous pixie cuts through to side parted 70s inspired, loose layered waves. Side parts and strong, healthy looking hair [is going to be big].” – Barney Martin.

“The hot trend that I’m seeing is shorter crops, but with some length in the interior of the haircut which gives enough hair to play around with. This is key! Choppy length will make your haircut feel directional and fashion forward.” — Anthony Nader.

“Fringes are huge, with a 70’s influence. Lobs are being grown out and hair is longer now with more layers throughout for shape and movement. Women are air drying their hair more now than ever so it’s going to be natural and undone.” — Paloma Garcia

“A beautifully cut curtain fringe will be one of the biggest trends for the year ahead. A sneaky overgrown fringe, with a length that floats just below your eyelashes is the go-to for many models, looking beautiful, cool and modern all at the same time.” — Anthony Nader.

The celebrities we’ll all be looking to
“I love the fact that with social media there is so much influence at everyone’s fingertips, so hair inspiration is utterly personal. Mainstream, the Hadids and Jenners of the world will always be key influencers, but all of the new looks share clean and healthy looking hair — you want to make sure your hair is in optimal health.” – Barney Martin.

“Kendall Jenner’s hair look is relatable and achievable, with her bob moving from a shorter length to a medium length. Gigi Hadid wears her long hair with great shape and gives it lots of life. Keira Knightley still has the hair goods with her polished brunette strands which are the envy of most Hollywood A-Listers. For her incredible poker straight locks, don’t be afraid to use a flat iron. All eyes will be on Zoë Kravitz in 2019, and with a slew of movies coming out, I can’t wait to see what her next hair move is. Zoë embraces her natural texture which we will see more of during 2019.” – Anthony Nader.

“2019 will continue to be all about texture in many forms – the 70s shag, feathery bangs and big curls. Model Freja Beha Erichsen will therefore continue to be a big influence for this, as she does the look so very well.” — Paloma Garcia

The hair trends that will disappear in 2019
“I would love to see the final nail in the coffin for balayage (or that word at least!). More bespoke, hand painted colouring techniques are now prominent. Vibrant artificial colours that scream at you are gone.” — Barney Martin.

“Anything that doesn’t suit! Suitable is the most important thing with haircuts for the face shape and hair type. There is no point having a haircut that you love and desire if it doesn’t work with your best features and suit you.” — Paloma Garcia

The colours we’ll all be trying
“Personalised, hand painted colouring will continue to be big in 2019 with emphasis on bringing colour back to the root, especially around the face so as to brighten and lift the skin tone. Pretty, muted pastels will still be popular: think dusty pink or orange.” — Barney Martin.

“Warm golden blondes are big with rose gold influences. Blondes are less coloured overall with pops of brightness around the face and through the ends.” — Paloma Garcia.

“Alannah Walton, our own Australian Victoria’s Secret model wears her locks in a stunning ash brunette, that removes that brassy warmth from making an unwanted entrance. Keep your brunette looking more ash by using an ash or cool coloured shampoo at least once a week.” — Anthony Nader.

The treatments to try
“We are really excited about creative waving. This is essentially perming, but with new technology and winding techniques that help to give full curls or soft texture and then volume can be given to the hair, and it’s also ultra low maintenance.” — Barney Martin.

“Styling and tonging hair to look like you have just left the beach. This is hot! More wearable treatments for the hair to ensure great hair health and as always great products to give you that perfect texture.” — Paloma Garcia.

“In 2019, make your new year’s resolution to be kind to your locks and make the move from thick cotton fibre scrunchies or elastics to a silk hair tie. These are not only perfect for putting up your hair, but also prevent you from placing unwanted stress on your hair delicate strands.” – Anthony Nader.

CAN YOU PULL OFF THIS SUMMER’S HOTTEST HAIR COLOUR? Seen Ten Daily

We asked an international hair stylist about the hue that’s all over Instagram.

 

There’s a hot new hair colour cropping up in our Insta feeds, and it’s not Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Living Coral — which is actually divine btw — or the overdone millennial pink.

We’ve got a hunch that the hue for summer will be *drum roll* lilac. It’s fresh, fun and just a little bit grown up.

If you need further proof that this dusty purple shade is where it’s at, consider this — searches for lilac hair inspo on Pinterest have exploded by 1,077 percent.

Plus, from the looks of it, Lady Gaga just went lilac so you know it’s gonna be big.

 

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Is lilac the hue for you? We asked international award-winning hair stylist Anthony Nader — who heads up the RAW Anthony Nader salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills — for his thoughts.

Who suits lilac?

“For those of you with pale porcelain milky skin complexions, this rainbow colour is going to work a treat for your complexion,” Nader told 10 daily.

However, if your skin tone is too warm, you might want to chat with your colourist about other options as “it’s going to make your lilac strands look ruddy.”

In terms of hair colour, lighter is better as a starting off point for going lilac.

If your hair sits within the dark blond to light-medium brown range then you’re good to go.

“Lilac is going to work for you because your natural base is so light and therefore when you have your colour process done it won’t take hours sitting in the salon,” Nader said.

A lighter base also means your mane stays healthier during and after the colouring process.

“The main factor is the health of your hair — strands will still be in tip-top condition as they won’t blow out with all the bleach applications.”

Looking after lilac

“To upkeep your smooth, sweet lilac hair shade, you should also invest in a cosmetic colour shampoo,” Nader told 10 daily.

“That’s going to keep your strands looking incredible and full of colour pigment between salon visits.”

Nader even had some tips for when it comes to doing your makeup with new lilac locks.

“Experiment with soft hues, a stained lip or a stained cheek or go more adventurous with a winged cat eye.”

 

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So, can we go lilac at home?

That’d be a no, at least according to Nader.

“I never recommend home colours as they only lead to disasters, and then you have to get a salon to fix up your ‘creativity’ which will most likely cost you more money and time in the long run.”

It’s best to leave going lilac to the professionals.

“This application takes precision and time — especially if applying bleach and peroxide if needed.

Your stylist will be adept at making sure your lilac goes on evenly, so it “looks like a million bucks and not like you got it from a lucky dip.”

Sure, it might take time out of your busy schedule but think of it as some well-deserved ‘me’ time.

Salon styling notes

So, you’re gonna go lilac — what do you ask for when you hit the salon?

“I always suggest taking a few references — and by this I mean no more than five, otherwise you might accidentally put your hairdresser on ‘sleep mode’,” Nader advised.

“References are perfect because that can also determine the intensity of the shade desired and the pro’s and con’s about how it’s going to work with your hair type.”

Once you and the stylist have settled on a shade, then the lilac fun can get underway.

GOT FRIZZY HAIR? You may want to read this then. Seen Beauty Crew

The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot

The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot

Hands up whose hair looks comparable to Hagrid’s mop come summertime/beach time/any darn time? If you’re one of the unlucky fluffy creatures who suffer from uncooperative, frizz-prone hair, you know just how hard it is to get your mane under control, especially when the weather warms up and the humidity hits. Fighting frizz can be a serious TASK.

The good news is that we’re here to break it down for you, and offer some expert-approved tips and tricks on the best ways to get sleek, smooth hair.

But before we get right into it, knowing exactly what causes your hair to go frizzy is key to preventing it. Allow us to explain. Frizz occurs due to a lack of moisture in the hair. When the hair is dry and dehydrated, this causes it to seek moisture elsewhere – namely from the air around it, which is why humidity often makes matters worse. Moisture from the air swells the hair’s outermost layer (your cuticle), causing hair to look all poufy and frizzy. This moisture also ‘resets’ the proteins in your cuticle and your hair returns to its natural shape – basically undoing all your smooth styling efforts from that morning.

Now, if your hair was healthy and nourished, the cuticles would naturally lay flat, keeping the good moisture in and the bad frizz-causing moisture out.

“Think of a single hair strand like fish scales – they should always appear smooth and shiny,” says one of Sydney’s leading hairstylists, Anthony Nader. “When your strands feel rough and frizzy, this is because your cuticle (aka fish scales) are rough in texture and not closed up tight. The reason is simply because there is not enough moisture intake.”

So what do you need to do? Up the moisture levels in your strands so that the cuticles close and your hair doesn’t try and draw moisture from the air.

And the best way to do this is with the right products and preventive measures during each step of your haircare routine.

When you’re washing your hair

The fight against frizz begins once you step in the shower, not when you get out. Picking an arsenal of top-performing products can make a huge difference in your journey to frizz-free hair,

Firstly, you’ll want to stay away from shampoos with sulphates, because these products tend to strip and dehydrate the hair, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Instead, you need a shampoo with glycerin – make sure it’s high up in the ingredient list because this will mean there’s a decent amount of it in the formula. Glycerin is great at penetrating the hair shaft and giving strands a boost of hydration.

We recommend trying the silicone and sulphate-free Marc Anthony Bye. Bye. Frizz Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner duo. If you’re shopping around, here are some of our favourite sulphate-free shampoos.

When you step out of the shower, Nader advises patting your hair dry, instead of rubbing it. “From here on in, always blot your hair dry and never scrub-a-dub-dub! Scrubbing and rubbing your strands will only damage/weaken them, causing them to snap right off. It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth! Those of you with pre-lightened hair, this [drying technique] is your saviour.

When you’re styling your hair

Rob Sylva, who is also one of Australia’s leading hairstylists, says one of the biggest mistakes most of us make post-shower is immediately reaching for the hair dryer. Too much hot air focused directly on soaking-wet strands will dehydrate your hair. If you have the time, we recommend letting your hair dry naturally, about 90 per cent of the way, before using a hair dryer to create a smooth finish (and help close those cuticles).

When you do reach for the hair dryer, you’ll want some trustworthy products to help smooth the cuticles and create a barrier against heat damage. Try Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield or Dry Bar Hot Toddy Heat and UV Protectant.

And keep your hair dryer’s heat on a low setting: “I always start off on my warm setting and then (and only then) if I need to turn up the heat, I go from here. Same method applies when I use a flat iron and tongs,” explains Nader.

“If you’re wearing your hair straight, use De Lorenzo The Allevi8 Shine Serum on damp hair before drying with a light spray of the use De Lorenzo Elements Afterglow. This will keep hair glossy and battle frizz with its amazing anti-humidity properties,” recommends Sylva.

Nader’s top tip for all hair types? Always finish with a cool shot. “My all-time fave trick all year around on every blow-out I do is hitting the cool temperature shot button. Run the cool air over your strands for at least 30 seconds. This tip is the make or break, as this locks in the hair shape, making your strands look shiny and salon-campaign worthy.”

Nader also suggests reaching for a boar bristle brush to smooth strands during styling. “Get your hands on a 100 per cent boar bristle brush. This little baby will continue to be gentle enough to distribute the natural oils from your scalp to journey down your hair shaft to protect it for longevity. Also keep in mind that the more bristles you have on your brush, the smoother the end result.”

When you go to bed

Doing a weekly hair treatment is one of the best ways to avoid unwanted frizziness. As well as strengthening your strands, a good hair treatment will repair and moisturise your hair, not to mention make your mane WAY more manageable so you don’t have to resort to tying it up in a ponytail or a bun *every* single day. “Curly hair should always apply extra moisture or hair can turn brittle and unmanageable,” explains Sylva.

We recommend trying Evo The Great Hydrator or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask to keep your hair looking healthy and glossy. Also, check out these reviews for our favourite hair masks right now.

Nader also recommends opting for a satin or silk pillowcase (we love Slip Silk Pillowcases), because regular cotton fibres in your pillow will always rough up your hair cuticles.

To maintain your style in the hot weather

According to Sylva, if you’re prone to frizz you should always have a good hair serum in your kit, especially as the weather heats up. An anti-frizz serum helps to instantly smooth frizz and control fly-aways, while creating a barrier around the cuticle to stop outside moisture from getting in.

We recommend checking out Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum, John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum and Eleven Australia Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to achieve smooth, straight locks, this is everything you need to know about keratin treatments.

DOES BRUSHING YOUR HAIR REALLY MAKE IT GROW, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER OLD AGE BEAUTY MYTH?

DOES BRUSHING YOUR HAIR REALLY MAKE IT GROW, OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER OLD AGE BEAUTY MYTH?

 

Somewhere along the way, we agreed that brushing your hair a 100 strokes a night would keep it healthy and growing long. But does brushing your hair really make it grow? While this myth is about as lovely and real as Santa Claus, there are some legit ways to make your hair grow longer and faster.

We’re in an era where we are leaving some old beauty myths behind. While our grandmothers and mothers believed in shampooing often and brushing hair vigorously for a healthier look, we now know another reason your hair isn’t growing any longer.

You might be brushing it too often and too aggressively. Not being gentle on your scalp or hair strands while brushing can lead to thinner hair, or even worse- hair loss.

That’s the opposite of what you’re going for, right?

The two main ingredients if you will, for when you’re deciding on the right brush for you is either a nylon/boar bristle brush or the classic 100% boar bristle brush.

The nylon/boar bristle is better for those of you with thicker hair texture when you want to give your scalp a tingle with the tips of your bristles as the nylon has strength to it.

Whereas the 100% boar bristle is the good old all-rounder that works on all hair types and also gently distributes the natural oils evenly.

Check out our top 10 list of what our clients ask us that we will help you for your next brush investment.

The 5 Best Brushes For Fine Hair

  1. A Detangling Brush That Works On Wet Or Dry Hair
  2. A Gentler Version Of The Gold Standard Of Boar Bristle Brushes
  3. A Vented Round Brush That’s Perfect For Blow drying Fine Hair
  4. A Static-Fighting Cushion Brush That’s Perfect For Long Fine Hair
  5. An Affordable Boar Bristle Brush that will last

The 5 Best Brushes For Damaged Hair

  1. A Brush That Effortlessly Detangles All Hair Types
  2. A 100 Percent Boar Bristle Brush For Fine & Damaged Hair
  3. A Round Ceramic Brush For Blow Outs
  4. A Bamboo Paddle Brush For Dry, Itchy Scalps
  5. A Brush Made With Argan & Olive Oils For Added Moisture

 

Our image of beautiful Kerryn with Anthony brushing her hair on set was a complete BTS moment and we couldn’t of even planned this at the conception of our VOGUE shoot.

It’s crazy how something some this innocent became the finished result, so thank you Bonnie for snapping away while Anthony was brushing Kerryn’s hair……..it’s an epic shot.

On that note we may add that the brush used here was a Mason Pearson Handy size 100% boar bristle.

We retail all the Mason Pearson ranges and colours which you can also find www.sydneysalonsupplies.com.au/mason-pearson.html  if you cant get to us in person.

Have a wonderful Christmas and well-earned New Year’s break RAW fans and many heartfelt thank you’s to the fantastic 2018 you gave us we really do appreciate.

Cheers to 2019 and to investing in the right bristles for your hair strands to have a healthy longevity.

The RAW team x

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

The common mistakes artificial blondes tend to make

The common mistakes artificial blondes tend to make.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Why We’re Going Gaga For The Curtain Fringe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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