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6 FRESH RUNWAY HAIRSTYLES TO TRY THIS SEASON. Hair by Stella Greenwood, Sabrina Maxwell & Anthony Nader. Seen – GRAZIA

UPDO AND AWAY: SIX FRESH WAYS TO STYLE YOUR HAIR THIS SEASON

By Emily Algar

Deliberate though as this season’s trends may be, they aren’t necessarily tricky or time consuming. At least, they need not be. Rather, it’s about reinventing the classics; just fresh enough to quell hairstyle fatigue, but simple enough to execute in real life. Think insouciant ponytails, a new take on texture, and blunt cuts that do all the talking (so you don’t have to). It’s styled, up and away from your face, but not stuffy or complicated. As far as hair types go, there’s something for everyone, too, from textured to stick straight, long to lob. The best part is that there’s no need to chop, change or colour.

To bring our bourgeois hair dreams to life, we tapped into the expertise of Sydney-based hairstylist Anthony Nader, who knows how to toe the line between styled and simplicity with finesse. Here, he maps out a visual menu of styles to inspire change this season – just not the drastic kind.

SHARP OBJECTS 

In some instances, a great cut is the only style point of reference you need. If your hair is already short, take it up a notch by way of a bowl cut and blunt edges that graze the nape of the neck. Keep things running smoothly by blow-drying with a rounded natural-bristle brush after every shampoo. Finish with a silicon-free serum for hair that shines like glass.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “This style is not for the faint of heart. Ask your stylist for a sharp-bowl style where the focus is a clean edge. This style means business, but it’s beautiful.”

BRAIDED

Take a trip back to the school yard with two braids. Best suited to long hair, this eternal style is the gift that keeps on giving. Mist hair with a cloud of styling spray for grip, enforce a slick centre part, and work from the hairline all the way down. Once secure, loosen just a little with your fingers. This will last you 48 hours, minimum.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “Skip a plastic-tooth comb and use metal instead. It will give you a cleaner result and more longevity.”

SHORT STORIES

Short hair, while chic, can feel limiting as far as styling prospects go. Ignore this hypothesis and try a low-slung knot on for size. Don’t worry about shorter pieces escaping when you twist – the more movement and defiance, the better.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “Take a bit of gritty paste, warm between the fingers and scrape damp hair back. This will ensure dimension and hold.”

ON LOOP

A prim-and-proper low pony fits the bourgeois bill this season to a tee, but make it interesting by incorporating a loop. It’s a modern, purposeful take on the world’s easiest hairstyle – a reinvention of the wheel, so to speak.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “This is perfect on second- (or third-) day hair as natural oils will give it grip. Pull hair into a low ponytail, and on the last loop, only pull halfway through before securing with an elastic, leaving the ends of the tail free.”

PILED HIGH

Curls are a dichotomy: beautiful but difficult to wrangle. Instead of fighting your texture, give it freedom to dry naturally and then pile it high on top of your head. Use a soft, natural-bristle brush to sweep upwards, and secure with a bungee cord. Skip gels and mists and just lean into your clean, airy strands. Don’t worry about baby hairs either – they’ll just add softness.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “You can define fluffy curls with an extra-small hot tong. Once it’s tied up, wind to the ends and let them drop naturally so they bounce freely.”

THAT’S A WRAP

Up the ante on the classic high pony with an unexpected wrap-around. Once secured at the crown of the head, take the top half and sweep around the elastic, securing with pins and bringing up the length. Thicker hair types should be sure to subscribe, as this will lighten up your hair for maximum swishy-ness.

NADER’S EXPERT TIP: “Give heavy ponytails a kick-start with an extra-large curling tong. Wrap up from ends to roots, hold, remove and pin while it cools. Once set, unravel and push ahead with the wrap-around style pictured.”

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE OCTOBER 2019 EDITION OF GRAZIA AUSTRALIA.

5 GOOD REASONS TO WEAR BRAIDS OFTEN. Anthony’s latest shoot and quotes seen GRITTY PRETTY

What is it with women and braids?

We’ve never met a braid we didn’t like, but they aren’t exactly an everyday style after your teens – unless you’re Beyoncé. (This needs to change, but more on that later.)

Braids are a lot like romantic comedies. They seem complicated, but most abide by the same format. If you know how to braid, the possibilities are endless. We could look at a milkmaid or boxer braid over and over and never tire and an intricate plot always incites more praise.

Seems to us the only reason why we don’t wear our hair this way more often is because there is no real occasion that calls for it. So we’ve enlisted award-winning hair stylist, Anthony Nader, to come up with five styles and tell us exactly where, when and how you can bring them out

What would you call this braid?

A relaxed or ‘undone’ fish tail braid.

Where would you wear this?

Any event where the dress code is smart casual or a photo of you might end up on Instagram.

Top tips for this style?

Slick hair tight into a low pony just below your crown to start the fishtail braid. When you get to the end, secure with a plastic tie and pull the braid apart gently so it appears soft and ethereal.

What would you call this braid?

Bohemian braids.

Where could you wear it?

A weekend get-together, music or arts festival or when you’re on holiday. This one’s as low maintenance as they come.

Top tips for this style?

The more haphazard and random in size your plaits, the more natural it will look. For this shoot, I braided approximately 15 different sized braids throughout the model’s hair. Another tip is to keep braids tight and clean so they look intentional so it doesn’t vibe too Bob Marley-esque.

What would you call this style?

Bubble braids.

Where could you wear this braid?

To a bridal shower, milestone birthday party or a more laid-back wedding.

Top tips for this style?

There is no need to braid all the way down to the ends for this style, introduce your ribbon anywhere in the braid and wrap it around the end of each section and tie in a knot. The style doesn’t need to be symmetrical, but it should feel and look balanced.

What would you call this braid?

Classic fishtail braid.

Where could you wear this?

Try this on a Monday when you want to make more of an effort, or bring it out on a casual Friday at work. It’s also good for date nights and basically anytime you want to present yourself as someone who’s got life sorted.

Top tips for this style?

Brush the pony smooth before you start. Use a shine spray for extra glam before and/or after you start the fishtail braid.

What would you call this braid?

Lemonade Braid (and yes, you can thank Beyoncé for this one).

Where would a woman wear this?

Take this style to a concert or themed-party, whenever you’re feeling a little bit extra.

Top tips for this style?

Can I tell you that I cheated on this look? I actually went to a wig shop and got synthetic hair pieces (cheap as chips!) and plated about ten of them the night before so I could glue them on with a special hair glue also from the wig shop. I slicked the hair back first into a low bun first, then applied the glue in dots along the braid and positioned them in the curved shape. You can create whatever shape you wish. After we shot this image, I peeled off the braids without a trace of glue in sight and brushed out the models hair without one tear from her! It took me 20 minutes max to put together.

IS THIS THE MOST CREATIVE BRAID YOU’VE EVER SEEN? Anthony dishes up on how to get Lady GaGa’s Grammy Awards Hair seen BYRDIE.

So, it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga just owned the 60th annual Grammy Awards red carpet by means of hairstyle domination. Paired with a show-stopping black gothic gown and heavy pink glitter on her eyes, we’re 99 percent sure this is the most epic braid ever created. While it does look like the work of hair magicians, you can actually create something similar at home (true story).

We asked renowned hair stylist Anthony Nader to give us an easy how-to for the folks watching at home. So keep scrolling for the epic braid in all its glory, and a few hot tips so you can DIY at home.

According to Nader, the initial step is to mentally prepare yourself (we’re not kidding). “Lady Gaga’s extravagant, corset-inspired artwork of a braid isn’t for the faint-hearted, so get your fingers ready for some intricate weaving.”

Step One: “There’s no need to shampoo as you need your hair to have some grab so your braids will stay in place. If you need to dirty your hair, use a dry shampoo and brush through thoroughly.”

Step Two: “Divide hair into two sections by creating a part in the dead centre.

You can see that flat surface of hair from the crown. Section out this shape with a tail comb, and brush until it’s flat and smooth (even flat iron on a low heat, if you can’t get it right). Once this is done, pull this section of hair tight and clip around the nape of the neck with around six to eight long, flat clips to hold it in place.”

Step Three: “Now the fun begins—all those years of intricate braiding in high school are about to pay off. Unclip the front section you had previously secured, brush flat, and once again use your flat iron to keep it sleek. The reason for unclipping is that fine sections will be weaved into each braid across the side of the head.”

Step Four: “Keeping your braid base tight, take one half of your hair (what is left outside the pulled-back middle section) and start braiding. Gather fine sections up from the hairline and centre hair and pull them into the braid as you move past your ear and down the side of your head.

Make sure you leave at least two inches at the nape of the neck loose—wrap them up or use a clip to hold them away for now.”

Step Five: “Now do the exact same method on the opposite side, making sure you braid the entire length of the hair.”

Step Six: “Now take the two-inch section you left out, and divide it in half. Wrap it over the bottom half of the fishtail braids to combine the two, and secure with a clear hairband. Secure with hairspray and set with heat from a hairdryer.”

Step Seven: “Take a thick needle and black thread or string. Tie at the end (as you would when hand-sewing normally). Now weave it into the top of the braid, and criss-cross all the way down (like you’re threading a corset or shoelace). Once you’ve reached the bottom of the braid, tie so that it’s secure, and trim any loose thread. Secure the complete style with a mist of hairspray.”

by Emily Algar

HOW TO GET GHETTO BOX BRAIDS WITH ANTHONY NADER

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You can thank Kim Kardashian, but the world is currently going bananas for braids. While the fishtail came and swam away, a ghetto-like box braid is the only twist your mane needs.

We asked hair’s head honcho, the ever fabulous Anthony Nader, to give us a blow-by-blow, or strand-by-strand of le braid.

Anthony’s magic fingers have tended to the tresses of everyone, including Gisele Bundchen (who, for the record, has the most perfect hair – sigh), and juggles the strands of the star-set with his own hair HQ, urban haven Raw in Sydney’s East.

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Kim and North in matching braids. Image credit: Instagram / @kimkardarshian

“These ghetto style plaits are back on our radars, thanks to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who of course waved her magic finger tips to none other than Kim Kardashian,” says Anthony.

“Needless to say, when Kim K made her public first appearance with this intricate plait, the paparazzi went crazy with excitement and images were plastered all over the Internet for the world to see within minutes.

“So without any further adieu, I’m going to give Carousel readers my latest how-to tips so you can make your plaits paparazzi worthy.”

Kim K (and North) would be most impressed.

Double braid trouble. Image credit: Instagram / @kimkardarshian

Double braid trouble. Image credit: Instagram / @kimkardarshian

  1. If you’re wanting a more slick / polished vibe, start with damp strands and use a silky serum from roots to ends and comb through evenly. If you’re wanting more of an ethereal / romantic soft look, skip the damp hair and spray in dry shampoo on the roots and mid lengths and massage in.
  2. Take your desired, precise, clean sections and to make it easier (so you don’t get in a tizzy), clip each of the sections as you go making sure you leave one section out to start with.
  3. Now with your first section you need to think a little different from the regular braid – instead of going “under”, you now want to take your three strands “over”. This is what gives the illusion of that really cool, stand-out ghetto plait that we are after. Remember girls this “over” technique is the absolute secret here to achieve this effect.
  4. Once you have completed your plait then tie the ends with a snag free elastic, then start your next section and do the same here again, and so on.

 

ANTHONY’S HANDY HINT

To ensure you get that super slick appearance in your plaits when you take each strand, comb it smooth from the root area to the ends.

When you’re going for the soft romantic look, you can be a little more relaxed with this approach, as you need a “puffiness” to your strands.

Khloe rocking her famous boxer braids. Image credit: Instagram / @khloekardarshian

Khloe rocking her famous boxer braids. Image credit: Instagram / @khloekardarshian

By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for thecarousel.com