Hey you with the short hair, this one is for you from Anthony Nader as seen on Byrdie
Everywhere we look, someone is cutting their hair. Kendall Jenner parted with her raven locks, Bella Hadid is now the proud owner of a sleek French-girl bob, even Kate Hudson has taken it to the next level with her fresh buzz-cut—and she looks amazing to say the least. If the above examples are anything to go by, cutting your hair is the best beauty update you can undertake this spring.
Most long-haired girls would agree though, that transitioning from long to short is easier said than done (especially if you’ve had long hair for years—you can feel almost naked without it). All of a sudden, your go-to colour and styling techniques are redundant, and you’re left mystified when it comes to consulting your stylist. So to save the confusion (and the guesswork), we enlisted the help of Anthony Nader of Raw. Working between Australia and New York, Nader has a well-rounded (and global) take on what works for short styles, plus five product recommendations that are sure to change your life for the better.
Keep scrolling for the full Q&A.
Byrdie Australia: What is the most requested short hair colours your clients ask for?
Anthony Nader: I find girls with shorter lengths want to push their hair to the lighter end of the spectrum. This is never a problem, but only if their strands are in tip-top condition. The lighter the hair, the more impact it has against your complexion and bone structure, which is fantastic for highlighting the features. There’s nothing more stunning than a beautiful blonde base—your skin will appear luminous and your cheek bones will pop.
B: What is the most requested cut when a client decides to go short?
AN: Most of my clients want soft and feminine styles. In my books, this works for any person (or season) as not everyone can carry off a hard-edged short crop. Most people request a haircut that hugs the hairline with interior texture. This style is not only fun to create different hair shapes, but it’s also on-tend. Basically, the more texture your hairdresser can cut in, the more your style can move around. It also makes it easy to change it up using different hair products, meaning you’re always one step ahead of the trend.
B: What are the most flattering colour trends for shorter styles?
AN: If you want low maintenance, don’t venture more than two or three shades from your natural base as the upkeep will hurt your purse. Also, you need to think about your makeup if you do go down this track. You might find it’s best to swap out your existing shades and start fresh to match your new colour.
Another great look for shorter hair is to lighten the mid lengths and ends a bit. This is fun as it gives your short hair more dimension and texture, whereas without, your hair length might look solid and round. Even if the texture is there, a solid colour can hide it from everyone, even you.
If you’re afraid of colour, ask your hair colourist to weave in some baby lights on the top area of your head. This will create a very natural halo effect, and it might encourage you to be more adventurous next time.
B: What colour trends should shorter lengths avoid?
AN: Any shade that is too dark needs to be seriously thought about before it’s too late (and painted all through your hair). Dark colour on the hairline and scalp is a dead giveaway that you’ve had a dodgy colour job. By all means, have your fun on the mid-lengths and ends with the colour palette you and your hair colourist have chosen, but always think about how you’re going to manage it between salon visits.
B: What short-hair colour trends will be everywhere this summer?
AN: I’m really into soft and muted colours—nothing plastic or shiny-looking. French woman are known for having that “I haven’t been to the salon, I don’t know what you’re talking about” vibe. I love that they like their colour and cut to look like it’s worn in—it’s almost secretive in a way. This summer, the colour trend will have more of a French, cool-girl vibe, rather than squeaky clean with bells attached. It will be soft, lived-in, and almost washed out, in a way.
By Emily Algar for byrdie.com.au
Here’s Anthony’s latest advice on How To achieve healthy hair goals as seen in Byrdie
Ever wish you had a personal hairstylist at your beck and call, ready to offer expertise on all your pressing hair dilemmas? We did, too, hence our Ask a Hairstylist series featuring celebrity hair guru Anthony Nader. (He’s responsible for styling many an A-lister, and coifs just about every beauty editor in Sydney. Oh, and he’s styled hundreds of runway shows and editorials, including our very own shoot with Samara Weaving.) In this series, Nader offers up the next best thing to a 24/7 hairstylist: a seasoned pro willing to answer all your burning (not literally… we hope) hair questions.
In this month’s column, we posed a tricky dilemma—how on earth does one grow out damaged hair in a hurry? (Impatient, us?) We asked Nader to walk us through his tried-and-true methods for boosting hair growth (spoiler: vitamins are involved) as well as 7 quick fixes for helping busted strands look healthy.
Growing out damaged hair is a tough gig in many ways. If you’re unlucky enough to have this happen to you, it can take weeks—if not months—to grow your hair long enough to be able to chop off any broken areas. In the case that you don’t want to sacrifice any more of your treasured strands by getting up close and personal with a shiny pair of silver scissors, you can opt for any of the following options. In the industry these are called “Band-Aid” solutions and their goal is to help you manage the damage until you reach your goal of owning a healthy, beautiful head of hair again.
Trick #1: Switch up Your S&C
This is an excellent start to revitalising your hair and giving it new life. I also recommend investing in two different shampoos and two different conditioners so your hair never gets used to the same ingredients. (I know this sounds a little opulent but it’s a really smart move, especially if you can find a set on sale.) Treat this like a kickstart/wakeup call to your hair—your strands will lift their game each time you wash.
Try: Bumble and Bumble Mending Shampoo ($46) and Conditioner ($50)
Trick #2: Turn Down the Heat
When you’re choosing a hairdryer/hot tong/straightening iron, invest in hot tools that have temperature gauges. These heat control switches are far from a gimmick, and really do save your strands from further damage and dehydration.
Trick #3: Invest in Vitamins
Another surefire way of not only improving your hair, but also your skin and nails, is adding specific vitamins to your diet. (This can help *a lot* if you’re deficient in any of the five food groups.) Biotin works a treat for hair as it promotes growth and makes strands feel thicker over time, vitamin C produces collagen and zinc helps nourish hair from within.
Trick #4: Get a Hair Cut
So many women shy away from getting a haircut, thinking they can just grow out the damage. I know this list is made up of tricks that don’t require a chop, but just humour me for a second. I realise that when you’ve had a bad experience you don’t want anyone to touch your hair, but, if you have even a centimetre or two lopped off this will make a huge difference in the strength of your ends. (It can also help your treasured locks grow faster.) There’s no point in growing out split ends because at the end of the day you’ll only need them cut off anyway, and in the meantime they’ll look sad and frail.
Trick #5: Show Your Hair Some Love
Your hair will thrive on weekly moisture and protein treatments and the good news is you can do this from home. Protein is vital for rebuilding the structure of each strand and is crucial in reversing the look of damage. Moisture is also important for hydrating hair so it can bounce back to life.
Trick #6: Switch up Your Colour
Give your strands a rest until they strengthen up by foregoing bleach and damaging permanent colours. If you haven’t already, think about opting for an organic or herbal hair dye brand. There are so many salons that now stock some kind of “environment safe” colour, so ask your hairdresser about what they have in stock. Work out a colour plan with your stylist for the next few months until your hair can recover.
Trick #7: Blot Your Hair
A foolproof way to start caring more for your strands is by not roughing them with your towel after you shower. Blotting is the best way to absorb moisture from fragile hair, as this is when it is at its most delicate. Once you begin this technique you’ll notice a huge difference in styling—hair won’t look as hazy or frizzy in appearance.
Trick #8: Boost Your H2O
Bkr Water Bottle ($50)
We’re all guilty of not drinking the required dose of water every day. (Here I am preaching this to you when I should be doing it myself.) From here on in, I’m keeping a fluoro orange Post-it note on my laptop with the word “WATER” on it. My—and your—body will thank you in the long run.
By Anthony Nader for byrdie.com.au
Anthony gives us the How -To add volume to fine hair as seen on InStyle.com.au
Choose the right products: Purchasing a good shampoo and conditioner is vital, viagra 100mg not only for giving limp locks oomph but for keeping them healthy. “Look for ingredients like protein, which strengthens and restores hair to optimum condition,” says Nader. Be wary of thick conditioners as these can weigh down the hair, instead try using a leave-in conditioning spray to nourish the mid-lengths and ends, such as KMS California Add Volume Body Build Detangler ($31.95; 1800 506 060).
Be careful with your cut: Nader says to avoid razor cutting as it severs the ends, causing hair to look thinner. When it comes to fine hair, he’s a big fan of the blunt cut. “When cut the right way, you’ll see a noticeable increase in volume,” he says. Tip: mix up your blunt style with a few short layers around your face, as this will also add height.
Style wisely: ”Sea-salt spray, volumising foam and dry shampoo are your go-to products,” says Nader. For Alexa Chung-esque waves, spritz sea-salt spray all over your hair and tousle it through the ends. Massaging dry shampoo into your roots will not only absorb your natural oils, which weigh down hair, it will provide important texture and lift. To get full hair, apply volumising spray on wet locks pre blow-dry—we love Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray ($44; at meccacosmetica.com.au).
Boost your blow-dry: Beginning with the top half of your hair, blow-dry small sections, wrap them into a barrel shape and secure with a pin. “Once cool, remove the pin and you’ll notice your blow-dry will be fuller and will also last a lot longer,” says Nader.
by Hayley D’Onofrio for instyle.com.au