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  • From thick hair to fine hair, different hairbrushes work well for hair types
  • The wrong type of brush can in fact damage your hair follicles
  • FEMAIL decodes the brushes with the help of an award-winning hair stylist
  • Thick hair works best with nylon brushes; thin hair likes a vent hairbrush
  • The best all-round hairbrush is a Mason and Pearson bristle brush


Most women use it every day, thinking it’s a fast track to looking groomed, glossy and glamorous.
But did you know that something as simple as your hairbrush could be sabotaging your hair?
From damaging the hair cuticle to causing micro tears and split ends, it’s not just a case of a poor workman blaming his tools.
In fact, using the wrong hairbrush can lead to damaged locks.
With the help of the award-winning international hair stylist and founder of RAW SALON in Sydney, Anthony Nader, FEMAIL decodes what sort of brush you should be using depending on your hair type.

Perfect tresses: In order to make the most of your natural hair style, you need to use the right type of brush for your hair - FEMAIL reveals what you should be using with a hair stylist's help
Perfect tresses: In order to make the most of your natural hair style, you need to use the right type of brush for your hair – FEMAIL reveals what you should be using with a hair stylist’s help

If you’re lucky enough to be aesthetically blessed with thick, luxurious tresses, you’re winning when it comes to the hair stakes.
Your hair is naturally more resistant and can handle a stronger pull from your hairbrush.
Hair stylist, Anthony Nader, recommends a brush with a nylon combo for a smooth, sleek look.
‘The nylon has more power than any other brush to get through to the roots and the scalp, and this is exactly what you need for thicker hair,’ he tells Daily Mail Australia.

Wide-spaced bristles are best for fine hair as they protect your hair and stop the thin strands from shredding, causing split ends.
A vent brush, therefore, should be your best friend.
‘Wide bristles are good for this hair type as the thinner or tighter the bristles are on the brush, the less volume you’re going to accomplish,’ says Mr Nader.
The vent brush popularised in the Nineties is also good for styling short haircuts, since its wide bristles de-tangle and style without making your hair look fluffy or poufy.

* THICK HAIR – A brush with a nylon combo.
* FINE HAIR – A wide-spaced bristle brush like a vent brush.
* COARSE HAIR – A round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles.
* CURLY HAIR – A fine tooth comb.
* WET HAIR – A tangle teaser.
* EVERY HAIR TYPE – A Mason and Pearson hairbrush.

Which type? Hair stylist, Anthony Nader, recommends a natural boar bristle brush (second from left) for thick hair, or a vent brush (left) for fine hair
Which type? Hair stylist, Anthony Nader, recommends a natural boar bristle brush (second from left) for thick hair, or a vent brush (left) for fine hair

Trying to blow dry your coarse hair into submission? A round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles might just be the answer.
‘Boar bristles help distribute the natural oils from the roots, which help lubricate the mid lengths and ends,’ says Mr Nader.
‘They also massage the scalp surface and stimulate the underneath layer of the scalp, giving a wake-up-call to the hair.’

Curly hair can be a nightmare to tame.
But armed with the right tools, there can be no style to beat it.
The paddle brush is a good all-rounder for keeping your strands and scalp healthy without giving you too much volume
‘Unless you want to embrace a hippy Woodstock Seventies vibe, you don’t want to pick a brush anytime soon,’ recommends Mr Nader.
‘A brush will only turn your beautiful curls into a big frizz ball, whereas a wide tooth comb will do what you want and un-knot the hair, without disturbing the hair cuticle.’
Paddle brushes are also regularly recommended for this hair type, because they generally work with all hair types:
‘The paddle brush is a good all-rounder for keeping your strands and scalp healthy without giving you too much volume,’ says Mr Nader.
‘I know a lot of women who keep a pocket-sized Mason and Pearson brush in their handbags.’

Soft and silky: In order to get silky, luxurious-looking hair (pictured), a round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles might just be the answer - especially for taming coarse locks
Soft and silky: In order to get silky, luxurious-looking hair (pictured), a round brush with a mix of boar and nylon-like bristles might just be the answer – especially for taming coarse locks

When you hair is wet, the last thing you want to do is tear it while trying to get rid of tangles.
I tend to use a tangle teaser in the shower to brush through my hair when the conditioner is on
Enter the tangle teaser.
‘I tend to use this in the shower to brush through my hair when the conditioner is on,’ says Mr Nader.
‘We also use this method in my salon on every client. The bristles work well on every hair type as they’re firm and get through even the thickest of manes.’

For all-round hair brilliance, Mr Nader says Mason and Pearson hairbrushes win every accolade.
‘While you might think they cost a pretty penny, they are the hallmark of excellence and longevity,’ says Mr Nader.
‘I’ve had the same brushes for over a decade now, and they still look brand new even though I use them every day.
‘When you invest in a hairbrush, it’s always worth remembering that you should buy quality. A good brush won’t break down within a year.’

By Sophie Haslett for Daily Mail Australia


The long bob’s takeover as Hollywood’s favourite haircut has been swift. The ultimate in-between long and short haircut, the ‘lob’ has been seen on everyone from Lara Worthington to Zoe Foster-Blake and seemingly every Kardashian in between.

Now new mother Chrissy Teigen has gone and given it a fierce new update, with the help of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin.

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As well as slightly darker highlights, Atkins gave the back of Teigen’s hair a choppy trim but kept the front long. Teigen’s weave she’s recently been wearing was removed but it looks like a few extensions have been added to he asymmetrical cut for extra texture and volume.

This, my friends, is hair history. Kind of.

Yes, the lob has merged with Victoria Beckham’s iconic 2008 ‘pob’ and a backwards mullet to enter its newest chapter. Behold the “Don’t cut the front” haircut.

According to international hairstylist and RAW salon founder Anthony Nader (whose clients include Gisele Bundchen and Cate Blanchett, FYI), it’s the perfect option if you can’t decide between long and short.


Remember this? It’s baaaack. Sort of.

“It’s like a two in one haircut where you’re wanting to go shorter but didn’t want to commit to losing your treasured strands,” he explains.

“Keeping the length at the front gives the illusion of security for those that still want the feeling of longer hair strands at the front, while keeping the length shorter in at the back shows a little more strength and polish.”

The style is particularly striking for those with long face shapes.

“This geometric fun shape works best with a longer necklines and face shapes as then the length at the front points are more noticeable and add more drama than a horizontal base line,” says Nader.

If your features are finer, you can still give it a go – just take care to avoid making the front length point too steep as the thick section of hair can end up closing in your face.

The cost of the edgy ‘do? Regular maintenance.

“It does take juuuuuuuust (and I say this with a little screech in my voice) that little bit of maintenance because you want the length at the front to always be on point – literally!” he says.

“Aim to rebook your next haircut five to six weeks out instead of six to eight weeks.”

By Brittany Stewart for mamamia.com.au


Maybe it was Jennifer Lawrence‘s pixie cut or Taylor Swift’s shaggy bob, but it feels like everyone’s flocking to take the scissors to their hair at the moment.

The problem is, not everyone is going to love the ‘after’ result of said celebrity-inspired cut. If you’ve got major haircut regret, don’t scramble for the hair extensions just yet, there are ways to grow it out without the angst.


While a beanie may seem like the only answer, there is a solution.

“The best way to grow out this style is to grow the length at the back then get it cut, sacrificing as much length as you can to meet the hairline at the nape of your neck,” Celebrity hair stylist and RAW Salon’s Anthony Nader.

This will allow the undercut to blend in more and make it easier to grow out without looking untidy or unkempt, however texture is also really important.


“You need to make sure you keep the shorter section texturised, especially if it has been shaved and is all the same length. If you leave it solid it grows out in a block and is really hard to style,” says international stylist Kevin Murphy.

Try using a cream-based texturising product from roots to ends to encourage the natural texture. For a short term fix, play around with what you’ve got.

“If your undercut is at the side, try changing up your part to cover it up,” says Esstudio Galleria‘s Aleks Abadia.

WATCH: Mia goes seriously short with her latest hair ‘do

Pixie Cut

According to Nader, this haircut and the growing out process that follows ain’t for the fainthearted.

“Always aim to grow the interior of your layers longer so they meet the length on or around the hairline. From here on in you can grow a more solid or longer length,” he says.

When it comes to shape, avoid a round bowl-cut style.


“The best way to grow out a pixie cut is to make sure you keep the sides square while the top section grows out because if you don’t it ends up looking really round,” says Murphy.

Depending on how you like it, keep it really texturised with a strong-hold wax like Kevin Murphy’s GRITTY.BUSINESS ($39.95) or a straightening balm to keep the layers under control and looking polished.


Lucky lobbers – this is actually one of the easiest styles to grow out.

“It’s easy to grow out as it’s just long layers and will just turn into a longer version of the same cut. You need to still get regular trims to make sure the ends stay sharp and healthy and you want to make sure you still have thickness at the ends,” says Murphy.

While it may seem counter intuitive, haircuts are actually really important when trying to grow out your hair.


“The biggest misconception people have is they don’t need to cut their hair if they’re trying to grow it longer. You need to trim your hair regularly to keep it in shape,” explains Abadia.

Until you reach that desired length, styling hacks can go a long way.

“Opt for a straightening serum and blowdry this into the hair with a flat paddle brush for lasting results,” recommends Nader.

Short Bob

“With bobs, you need to take length from the nape areas as it grows out to keep it looking bob-like and stop it from getting bulky at the back while you’re getting length at the sides,” says Murphy.

If you’re almost at your ideal length, leave it for 10 weeks and then try asking for a “Baby Trim”.

“This is what I call the haircut you have when your not having a haircut. From here on in, every six weeks is the norm to keep your ends looking and feeling blunt,” says Nader.


You also don’t need to go heavy with the styling products here – just concentrate on the condition and wellbeing of your strands to grow stronger and invest in a leave-in conditioner and heat protector spray.

What’s next?

Yes, there are better days ahead but it will take time.

“Everyone’s hair growth is very different. Some people only take six months to grow out a short style and for some it takes two years,” says Abadia.

The most important thing to remember?

“You don’t have to put up with not looking how you’d like until your hair grows! If you keep getting shape cut into your style and bulk removed from the heavier sections you can still look great. Play around with different products and blow drying techniques to create different textures as styles while your hair grows,” says Murphy.

By Brittany Stewart for theglow.com.au


The Jetsons have a lot to answer for. Jane Jetson had a magical makeover machine which did her hair and makeup in a matter of seconds back in the early 60s, yet it’s 2016 and we’re still having to apply slap and style our hair ourselves.

Not cool.

So until we have robots to tszuj our stands into perfection, we asked hair stylists to dish on some common mistakes you may be making when it comes to styling our own hair and selecting cuts and colours. Tweak these and you’ll be whipping your (perfect) hair back and forth in no time.

Blow drying at home

“Most women make the mistake of trying make it happen too fast and this is hindered by starting to blow dry when the hair is very wet,” De Lorenzo guest artist Paula Hibbard told The Huffington Post Australia.

Instead, let your hair air dry naturally, at least partially, and start blow drying when air is damp as opposed to sopping.

“Another mistake is not using a heat protectant spray to prevent from damage,” Hibbard said.

Anthony Nader, celebrity stylist and owner of RAW, has identified two other DIY drying issues.

“The first is using the blowdryer incorrectly. Blow drying without purpose can cause fine hair to go limp, and result in unruliness for coarse hair. Use the nozzle to smooth thick hair by sending the hot air downwards — and for all over volume for thick hair types, blow the air against the natural downwards fall.

“The second is not blowdrying every strand thoroughly. When patches of hair are left damp, the humidity causes those areas to frizz as they dry and a professional looking finish will always be elusive,” Nader said.
Choosing a hair cut

“Often clients choose a cut based on a celebrity they like. As much as we love to work with a reference, if a client with coarse, wavy, hair comes in wanting Lara Worthington’s latest cut they won’t be happy,” Nader said.

“What makes her cut work is the way it offsets her bone structure, while the creamy highlights compliment skin tone. For best results, choose a cut based on a model or celebrity with similar hair and facial features to your own.”

Hibbard agrees.

“It’s important to go to a stylist you trust completely who will work with you to choose a style that not only suits you in terms of look, but your lifestyle in regards to how of then you wash it and how long you’re willing to spend styling it.”

Selecting a hair colour

“People tend to look at the trends and sat ‘I want this’, but they don’t take into consideration their natural colour, the maintenance of the new desired colour, their skin tone and also what colours they have had in the past. Colouring over hair that has been affected previously by other colour makes hair look damaged and tacky,” Hibbard said.

Nader advises that it is wise not to stray too far from your natural hue.

“Opting for two to three shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour will always be the most flattering against your skin tone.”

“Although, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, someone with piercing blue eyes can often pull off a darker tone to make their eyes stand out, but to make it work they need to ensure eyebrows are also coloured for a seamless look,” Nader said.

Lanvin : Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016

Kimmy K was able to go drastically lighter because shes a celebrity, and celebrities are exempt from the rules us mere mortals follow.


“Shampooing hair is such a personal thing, however if not done properly you won’t remove impurities and buildup from the environment and styling products,” Hibbard said.

“I recommend to all my clients a good brush with a scalp brush before beginning, then shampooing twice concentrating on the scalp, then rinsing thoroughly. Condition with appropriate conditioner, leaving it in for a few minutes to allow absorption, before rinsing until the silky feeling is gone form the water.’

Nader points out that it comes down to the right shampoo and conditioner set for your hair type.

“Choosing the wrong shampoo can really make a difference when it comes to the end result of a particular style. If you have fine hair but use straightening or defrizzing shampoo, hair can become lank thanks to silicone build-up and/or heavy conditioners,” Nader said.

“At the opposite end of the spectrum, women with very dry hair should avoid getting overly zealous with shampooing. Stick to one wash at the roots only to avoid brittle ends.”

Using styling products

“People don’t experiment enough!” Nader said.

“The difference between a disastrous product and a great one can often depend on the amount used. For best results, only apply a small amount to start with, and build each time. That way you can monitor how much was needed for a guaranteed winning style.”

“Product is designed to make styling easier — to hold, support and add texture or shine to the finished style, so don’t be afraid of styling products, its there to make your hair look and feel better” Hibbard said.

Marcel Ostertag Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2016

By Leigh Campbell for huffingtonpost.com.au



The Golden Globes bought us many makeup wins this week, but the one we’re most excited about is the faux bob as seen on Amber Heard and Cate Blanchett. “It’s such a head turner, as you never really know if the actress has really gone for the big chop, or got crafty and whipped up her hair into a faux bob,” says Anthony Nader, Celebrity Hair Stylist and owner of RAW Anthony Nader, Sydney.

“This hairstyle will never date,” he adds. “It can be switched up by simply using hot tongs for a more voluminous, wavy bob, or styled on the sleek side for a more contemporary look.”

Trust us though, it’s easier than it looks! Anthony takes us through the steps to getting this glorious ‘do at home…

Step 1: Blast freshly-washed hair to 80% dry, then work a tennis ball size of medium hold foam into your hair from roots to ends and comb.

Step 2: Split hair into two even sections and clip the top half away and blow-dry the underneath section with a large round brush. Stretch up the root area for maximum body.

Step 3: Undo the top section and create your side part, blow-drying like you did the underneath section.

Step 4: Create beautiful big waves with a large hot tong and brush out so they become full bodied, backcombing the underneath root area for extra hold and spray those areas with hairspray.

Step 5: Now gather the body of the hair at the back to be in a low ponytail and tie a snag free elastic around the very ends. Then roll the hair up tight to form a thin coil-like-shape and secure with bobby pins around the base of the nape of the hairline till you feel it’s not going to move.

Faux bob complete! Now scroll through for these major beauties who mastered it for all the #hairspo you’ll need this weekend.

By Laura Wilson for OK Magazine


Hairdresser Anthony Nader gives us his hairstyles of note straight from the red carpet of the Golden Globes 2016.

The came, the stood, they dazzled. These ten men may have bagged a Golden Globe or two for their acting prowess over the last 12 months but walking the red carpet today we were thinking just one thing…

“Damn you have great hair.”


As seen in gq.com.au



I’m a creature of habit.

My daily brekkie consists of vegemite on toast (with the addition of avocado when I feel like living on the edge), I watch the same news program every night, and I’ve worn winged eyeliner every single day for the better part of the past decade – except for that one time an airline lost my luggage and I was forced to go *gasp* bare-faced…that was a dark day indeed.

So no one was more surprised than me to find myself sitting in a hairstylist’s chair requesting a full fringe à la Zooey Descha-bangs.

Up until that point I’d been in a major hair rut – my locks were long and healthy, but I never actually did anything with them. Instead of using my strands to frame my face and help flesh out my personal style, my hair was thoughtlessly tossed into a topknot or secured in a mousey ponytail that did nothing to flatter my features.

One day I’d simply had enough – I couldn’t stand looking at my ho-hum hair one second longer, so I hightailed it to the hairdresser clutching a picture of Lou Doillon while silently begging the hair gods for mercy.

A few quick snips of a hairstylist’s scissors was all it took to transform me into a new woman. Not to be melodramatic, but when I stepped out of the salon that day, I swear the sun shone brighter, the air smelled sweeter, and I had a veritable skip in my (eternally uncoordinated) step.

While I was still the same me – i.e. my apartment remained an absolute pigsty and I still wasn’t capable of eating chocolate without getting it all over my clothes and couch – I felt freer and more confident than I had in years, and it was all thanks to a haircut.

Here are just a few of the ways that getting a fringe has changed my life.

It makes me look more stylish.

There’s something inherently chic about a well-cut fringe. I reckon it makes me look way more polished and sophisticated than I actually am, and I love how it can instantly make any outfit I throw on look classy and ‘done’ – regardless of the fact that I’m wearing threadbare Bonds undies beneath said outfit. I’ve also noticed that it has the uncanny ability to trick people into thinking I’m a competent, fully functioning adult who has her s**t together. Thanks, fringe, you gorgeous liar you.



I look younger.

Not only does my fringe cover up those pesky little lines that have started appearing on my forehead (damn you, years of suggestive eyebrow wiggling!), but it also frames my face in a playful and youthful way. It magically makes my eyes look bigger and my cheeks look fuller, and this one time a tween thought I was Carly Rae Jepsen and it was, like, totally awesome.

“It also frames my face in a playful and youthful way.”

“It also frames my face in a playful and youthful way.”


It’s developed an appreciation for styling tools and products.

Fringes are work. MAN are they work. You have to get them trimmed every couple of weeks and they require styling every single day, all of which was quite a shock to the system for lazy ol’ me, but in time I adapted.

If you’re a wash-and-go kind of girl, a fringe might well be hell on earth for you – but if you don’t have curly hair or any major cowlicks and you’re happy to get jiggy with a hairdryer and a little hairspray on a daily basis, you’ll manage just fine.

These days I’m in a deep, loving and committed relationship with my ghd air and the godsend that is dry shampoo. Not to anthropomorphise a hair product, but I would marry dry shampoo and have it’s babies if it asked me nicely.

It lets me stretch out a blow-dry by an extra day or two, plus it stops my fringe from going all stringy and greasy-like on steamy summer days. I personally like Batiste and Klorane, both of which you can find at Priceline for under $15.

‘When I stepped out of the salon that day, I swear the sun shone brighter, the air smelled sweeter.’

‘When I stepped out of the salon that day, I swear the sun shone brighter, the air smelled sweeter.’

If you’re contemplating getting a fringe yourself, then I like the way you think and I also reckon we should hang out. But if the promise of my friendship isn’t reason enough for you to commit to the chop (no offence taken), then I recommend you have a play with a clip-on fringe and chat to your hairdresser to make sure you’re making the right move.

“When you’re ready to take the plunge, have a thorough consultation with your hairdresser and take pictures of examples of what you like and dislike about certain fringes,” advises Sydney hairstylist and all round top bloke Anthony Nader.

“This will ensure both parties are on the same page before the first snip takes place.”

So will I ever ditch the fringe? Time will tell. Perhaps we’ll have the hottest summer on record and I’ll grow weary of having a hairy, sweaty heater on my forehead.

Or maybe when hubby and I have kids, fortnightly trims will become logistically impossible and I’ll be forced to grow that sucker out. But for the time being, I’m fully committed to my dear darling fringe and I do hope we have a long and happy life together.

Has a haircut ever changed your life?

As seen on theglow.com.au 


This is the cheater’s way to achieving Gigi Hadid’s bob.

Heads turned on the American Music Awards red carpet yesterday when Gigi Hadid walked out sporting a bluntly-cut bob.

The world waited with bated breath to find out if Gigi had really gone for the chop and cut off her luscious locks, but just like we thought all along, it was a fake.

Anthony Nader shares his tips on nailing Gigi’s chic faux bob at home.

Use a volumising foam

The first step in achieving Gigi’s look is to invest in a good volumising foam. “On damp hair saturate your strands with volumising foam from roots to ends and blast 80% dry with your hands,” Nader says.

WEIGHTLESS AMPLIFYER – Mousse / Volumiser 200ml Privé Natural Hair Care

Use a paddle brush

The next step is to take a paddle brush to immerse your hair in the mousse. “Place in your part and take four even sections and smooth over your hair with a large round brush or narrow paddle brush,” he notes. “Start at the back and then finish at the front sections.”

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Backcomb, backcomb, backcomb

Get down and dirty and backcomb your hair like you’ve never backcombed before. “Backcomb your root area from the crown area back to keep your new faux bob in shape,” Nader reccomends. “Spray the roots with hairspray.”

Use a snag-free elastic

“Tie a snag free elastic around the tail at the last two inches and smooth over the surface clean,” he says. “Then wrap up the tail into a firm roll into the nape of your neck and secure now with a few bobby pins until the roll feels like it’s not going to move.”

Set it with hairspray

Make sure your bob won’t become a ‘lob’ during the night by securing it with a sweep of hairspray. “For extra hold, spray one last time all over and now your ready for your own red carpet.”

By Sarah Carty for Yahoo, Lifestyle 



We’re fans of Jennifer Lawrence from way back. She’s just a really cool chick. She’s totally real and adorkable — especially when she accidentally kisses her friends or falls over on the red carpet! But she’s recently been kicking some massive beauty goals during The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 press tour and we can’t look away from. That. Hair. (Also, shout out to that flawless winged eyeliner!)

Jennifer’s been known to rock some statement beauty looks in the past and we think this might just be her very best yet. Her haircut is blunt with just the right amount of layers to give it movement, and that blonde! It’s the perfect clean creamy shade. So, now Lara Worthington has chopped off her locks in favour of a cute pixie, J Law can be our new blonde bob muse. Read on to take a look at the style from every angle and get celebrity stylist Anthony Nader’s tips for getting the look yourself. Then get your hairdresser on the phone, this is going to be big.

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Anthony Nader’s Guide to Get the Look


“Simply ask for ‘the Jennifer Lawrence,'” explains Anthony. “This jaw dropping Hollywood haircut is the next big haircut go-to that’s for sure, and woman have already been asking for her cut in my Surry Hills salon [Raw by Anthony Nader].”

When you’re in the stylist’s chair Anthony says, “Make sure you ask for a super blunt edged line as this makes the hair appear thicker and also very modern — this style works a treat on even the finest if hair (and makes it look thicker) so top award points there.” To get the right texture Anthony advises you to ask for “some scattered longer layers chopped in also through the interior, so you have the versatility of changing up your hairstyle with different products.”

Anthony’s Styling Tips:

“After blowdrying the hair, get your flat irons and put the slightest bend just on the midlengths of your hair so it promotes a kind of freedom and undone feeling. Shake your hair out and spray in some dry shampoo for added texture and you’re good to go.”


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by Justine Dunton-Rose for popsugar.com.au


“[It] took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this,” claimed Kylie Jenner after revealing her newly blonde hair on Instagram. The image has nearly 2 million likes and a string of comments from adoring fans all wanting to copy the look. Now, she’s gone green.

Unlike sister Kim, who seemingly went from black to white overnight (and then back again within weeks) Kylie’s honesty about switching up her colour is surprisingly refreshing. We asked owner of RAW Salon in Sydney and stylist, Anthony Nader, what it really takes to switch up your strands just like the celebrities.

Don’t be fooled
You’ve seen the change on the red carpet and front row at fashion week, as celebs keep themselves newsworthy with dramatically different hair colours and styles. But don’t be fooled, they’re not as spontaneous as they appear. “What the everyday woman doesn’t realise is just how calculated these hair changes are. They might look like they’ve made the decision on a whim, but the look is often cleverly contrived for maximum impact,” explains Nader. Often wigs and weaves are used too, so they get maximum impact with minimal damage to their natural hair.

It takes a team
You don’t see them on their Instagram feed or paparazzi shots but lurking in the distance is a team of stylists (and makeup artists) at the ready to ensure celebrities are always picture perfect. “Just like their outfits, the celebrity needs to have hair changes with every show because there’s no way they could be seen with the same look twice,” says Nader.

It’s a long process
Extreme changes in your hair colour – like going from black to blonde – causes serious damage. Ideally colourists would take weeks or months to gradually change your hue, but in a celebrity’s case they don’t always have the gift of time. In this case it would be a lock down situation — where the colourist and client would spend an entire day — even up to 10 hours — taking the hair to the required colour, with lots of hydrating treatments in between and possibly a haircut too. “There’s no way we’d be able to do that, or recommend doing that, for the everyday woman. But celebrities don’t lead normal lives – they can have frequent professional treatments,” says Nader.

It’s all about being ahead of the pack
In the fame hungry world of celebrity it’s important to your image that you set the trends rather than follow them. “The celebrity is forecasting the next season’s hair when they sit front row at fashion week. Hairstylists can then start filtering these looks down to their client and photo shoots immediately. That’s the beauty of the whole Instagram/blogging world, there is no excuse whatsoever about being behind,” says Nader.

Want to mix up your look? Take cue from these celeb styles.


By Leigh Campbell for The Huffington Post