PHOTOGRAPHY & DIRECTION: BLAIR GAULD
HAIR: ANTHONY NADER / DLM USING HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY
STYLING: RACHELE EDSON
TALENT: JUNE (BOB), STACEY (BLONDE), ERIN (GINGER) / MANNEQUINS
PHOTOGRAPHY & DIRECTION: BLAIR GAULD
HAIR: ANTHONY NADER / DLM USING HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY
STYLING: RACHELE EDSON
TALENT: JUNE (BOB), STACEY (BLONDE), ERIN (GINGER) / MANNEQUINS
Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.
From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.
Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.
As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.
“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”
“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.
Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”
“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.
I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”
“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.
Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”
From FaceTime consultations to DIY kits.
The unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) situation means that we are all dealing with a lot of uncertainty and change to our day-to-day routine. At Gritty Pretty, we want to help you navigate through this time. We’ll be sharing self care advice and tips on how to look after your body and mental health. If there are any topics you want Gritty Pretty to cover, please send us a DM on Instagram.
Australia has been hit hard by COVID-19. While 100 per cent necessary to stop the spread and flatten the curve, the government’s restrictions have forced beauty businesses – including skin specialists, nail parlours, tanning salons and some retail stores – to close their doors for the near future.
Rather than shutting up shop completely, many brands and salons have created unique and clever ways to service their clients at home. From FaceTime consultations to customised DIY colour kits, technology is our best friend right now. While it might sound frivolous, there’s never been a better time to practice self care and buy local. Here, the beauty businesses that are still operating – albeit differently.
Starting this week, Alpha-H – the creators of the cult-favourite product Liquid Gold – will be offering free online consultations with their skin specialists. To make an appointment, click here.
Ella Baché has created Virtual Salons offering all Australians complimentary digital beauty services at home. The Virtual Salons will provide clients complimentary skin consultations (via video chat) with their favourite local Ella Baché beauty therapists. Following your appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase recommended products from the local salon online – meaning you’re supporting local businesses.
Michele Squire from QR8 is continuing to offer 1:1 virtual consultations to help you curate your skin care line up and find a routine that works for you. Book here.
Australian beauty retailer MECCA has launched a new platform to help its customers stay up to date with exclusive product launches and announcements if they can’t visit stores. View MECCA.LIVE here.
Local brand Dermalist are offering 20 minute skin consultations online with one of their qualified dermal therapists. They will then create a tailored skin care plan for you. Each appointment costs $30 and is redeemable in product. Book here.
RAW Anthony Nader
Surry Hills salon RAW Anthony Nader is still open for business Wednesday to Saturday, while adhering to strict hygiene and safety guidelines. If you can’t or choose not to go into the salon, Nader is available for FaceTime consults, helping customers trim their own fringes (yes, you can do it – with guidance) or offer styling advice. Simply DM RAW Anthony Nader on Instagram to organise a video consult within two hours; there will be no charge for this service.
The team at EdwardsAndCo have launched tailored at home colour kits. If you’re an existing client of any EdwardsAndCo salon, they can customise according to your colour history, if you are a new client, you can opt for a FaceTime consultation for $25. The kits include brushes, bowls and gloves, along with some detailed instructions. Kits can be purchased online with free shipping.⠀
Buying makeup online is hard – but Trinny London make it a lot easier with their Match2Me function. Fill out a questionnaire on your eye, hair and skin colour to receive a customised selection of products for you.
Amy Jean Brow Agency
Amy Jean Brow Agency is sending out DIY Brow Dye Kits ($145) to their customers whose brows need some attention, stat. All kits include 1000 Hour Brow Lash Tint, cotton tips, Vaseline, Amy Jean Retractable Brow Brush, Amy Jean Dual Ended Tweezers and Amy Jean Clear Brow Gel. To nab yours, click here.
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From hair dye to facials, we’ve got you covered.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us into lockdown, with beauty services no longer available. But before you panic, these expert-approved hair, skin, brow and nail products are here to get you through.
As COVID-19 continues and new restrictions on both services and gatherings have been put into place, your regular beauty treatments like brow grooming and facials are no longer operating. At the time of writing you can still head to the hairdresser, but only for 30-minutes.
It may not seem like it now, but there are upsides to skipping your regular appointments. There’s also a tonne of at-home DIY solutions to get you through lockdown.
So before you freak out, we’ve sourced the next best thing to the professionals – expert approved.
We currently don’t know how long these new regulations are in place for, but for me, I know that anywhere between two to six weeks and my regrowth is visible, my ends seem frayed and split, and my colour has faded. If you’re trying to grow your hair – yay for you! If you’re not, I feel you.
Luckily, there’s a load of at-home hair colour options available both in supermarkets and online that range from all price points and hair needs. Before purchasing, Hair Stylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW Salon Anthony Nader says it’s worth checking in with your hairdresser.
“Ask your hairdresser if you could go into the salon and get the same colour cocktail that you would normally have and get them to explain what to do,” he says.
“This way, you’re getting the professional advice from your hair stylist firsthand with the do’s and the don’ts of how to make your home hair colour look like it’s been created at the salon instead of in your laundry tub.”
Can’t get to the salon? “If you’re in the supermarket aisle and looking for a hair colour, the best advice that I can give is to read the directions on the box carefully,” says Nader.
“If you have a semi-permanent or a permanent colour that is all over, this colouring is slightly easier than creating a full head of highlights from the supermarket shelves. Instead of being creative at home with a concoction of colour, stick with the one block colour and this will tide you through hopefully until hair salons can be trading again.”
Lots of salons are now offering at-home kits for their clients. Like nationwide salon Edwards And Co, who launched colour kits including all the tools, dye and developer you need to get you through until your next appointment. They’ve also launched an IGTV series on Instagram with helpful resources and demonstrations on how to DIY.
If you’d prefer not to DIY dye, Anthony suggests using dry shampoo. “For those of you that don’t want to take this commitment of colouring hair at home and want something more temporary, you can use a colour dry shampoo and give the roots a once over with spray and your grey hairs will now be gone,” he says.
At-home Hair Colour Kit ($44.90 – now offering a free trial, at The Shade)
Salon-grade permanent hair colour delivered to your door and free from nasties like ammonia, PPD and parabens. After a quick survey to find out your hair health, perfect colour and experience with DIY dying they’ll prescribe you with your ideal shade and kit. It comes with everything you need from the dye, developer to the equipment and aftercare.
Clairol Natural Instincts ($15.99, at Priceline)
Made from 80% naturally derived ingredients this box dye is body+soul approved. Semi-permanent and made from coconut oil, aloe vera and no ammonia or parabens. Smooth it over hair to enhance your natural colour and disguise regrowth or greys in less than 30 minutes.
Every brow expert will agree that there’s never been a better time grow out your hair. Every 90’s supermodel will also agree – citing that they wished they’d never plucked! So with that being said, embrace it and leave them alone.
If you do need to tidy up your eyebrows though, Hannah Mutze, the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia, suggests going easy with the tweezing and only plucking the middle, or where needed.
“Avoid tweezing hairs every couple of days as this disrupts your growth cycle. Instead, put aside time every two to four weeks (if your brows grow very quickly, every week is OK) to remove strays all at once,” she says.
For proper tidying or shaping she recommends this method, using three tools. “You’ll need tweezers (opt for a slant tip pair for ultimate precision), a spoolie brush and a brow pencil. Ensure your brows and surrounding skin are clean, then brush your brows into shape. Use your brow pencil to trace an outline around each of your brows. Use this outline as your guide and tweeze away all of the hairs that grow OUTSIDE of the lines.”
In the meantime your best options are to go for brow gel and semi-permanent tints.
Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($45, at Benefit)
Use a clear gel to tame and set hairs into place. Embrace the bushy trend and comb them up and outwards towards the temples.
Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ($12.47, at Chemist Warehouse)
This innovative gel lasts three days and works like a semi-permanent tattoo. Using the wand, swipe over your natural brow arch, let it set then peel off. Hairs and skin are left evenly tinted and full.
For skincare fanatics, now is a great time to start using powerful ingredients like at-home peels and retinol as you have limited exposure to the sun, pollution – or people for that matter. But it’s also important to understand your skin and leave it alone if you’re not used to using a lot of actives or products.
If your skin requires more attention, get in touch with your dermatologist or skin therapist who may be able to offer you online skin consultations via Skype or FaceTime and help you keep up to date with your current routine or prescribe you new product.
Home-grown heroes like Alpha-H are offering 20 minute complimentary live online skin consultations, where advice about a tailored routine and personalised products can be prescribed.
Kiri Yanchenko, founder of Amperna, offers a Holistic Skin Coaching service, which focuses on lifestyle factors as well as skin health. “Holistic skincare focuses on exercise, a great diet and stress relief as well as the right products to help people with their skin,” she says.
“A high-quality active regimen is important, however it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it and run the risk of compromising your microbiome. Remember the less is more approach. Don’t over wash your skin and now that you have more time; don’t pop or squeeze breakouts as it can lead to the bacteria spreading, worsen the pimples by pushing the clog deeper into your skin, or cause scarring.”
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($240 for 60, at Mecca)
Always wanted to try a peel? Now is your chance. Depending on your skin type, these Dr Dennis Gross peels come in extra strength and gentle and work to resurface the skin to refine skin texture and tone.
Amperna Rescue Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum ($50, at Amperna)
If your face starts to freak out bring it back to balance with soothing ingredients like those found in this serum. Copper and zinc replenish the barrier while calming irritation.
Removing your gel polish at home is one thing, and a DIY mani is another. Take this as an opportunity to let your nails recover from all those hardcore nail treatments and chemicals. Go for a naked mani and allow them to breathe.
Mavala National Trainer Tracey Winder agrees, “Now that the time is available, invest extra care into your hands, nails and cuticles, particularly with all the strict hygiene practices in place. Indulge in a methodical home manicure that treats every area with natural, nourishing remedies,” she says.
“Look for ingredients that include vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all essential for healthy nail growth. Incorporate an exfoliant for all areas and follow with treatment products, ‘sealed in’ with gloves for an overnight treatment. Hand cream should be your best friend during this time!”
Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($19.95, at Mavala)
Boost your nail rehab time with this hardening treatment. Keratin works to strengthen and repair week nails prone to splitting, breaking or after removing Shellac, gel or SNS.
Kester Black Rest and Repair Wonder Mask ($24, at Kester Black)
Packed with antioxidants like organic white tea, fermented rice, kefir and vitamin E oil, this nourishing cocktail of goodies will restore your nails in time for your next appointment.
More essential coronavirus reading:
Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.
Anthony Nader is a Hair Stylist and owner of RAW Salon, Hannah Mutze is the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia,Kiri Yanchenko is Founder of Amperna and a Holistic Skin Health Advocate and Tracey Winde is Mavala National Trainer.
A good pamper session can be the ultimate way to unwind – but as stress levels reach terrifying new heights in the grip of the coronavirus outbreak, are once relaxing beauty salon trips safe anymore?
It’s a question many Australians would love the answer to following the government’s “social distancing” strategy to avoid spreading COVID-19. Official advice from the Department of Health states a distance of 1.5m needs to be applied between people – especially those who are sick or appear unwell.
In unavoidable situations such as work, taking public transport or popping to the supermarket, it suggests eliminating contact such as handshakes and hugs while good hand hygiene practices, particularly if you cough or sneeze, need to be used at all times.
But what about those professions where human contact is unavoidable?
At present time, social distancing is government advice not legislation so businesses are still operating – but only with stringent hygiene systems in place.
Mark Rippon from the Hair and Beauty Industry Association (HBIP) told news.com.au its beauty industry members were following government information and advice from The World Health Organisation.
“Our focus is the safety and protection of all workers and clients across all beauty sectors,” Mr Rippon said.
“Salons are disinfecting all frequently touched objects and surfaces continuously throughout the day.
“All staff are using alcohol-based hand sanitisers before and after treatments and have it on hands for customers too.”
He also explained that shared items, such as magazines, have been given the boot to prevent harbouring and spreading germs and that hairdressers or beauty technicians may wear gloves during treatments or face masks.
“Personal protection equipment (PPE) is really great now, there are gloves you can’t even feel,” he added.
“Face masks aren’t recommended by WHO, but we find it helps make guests feel more comfortable.”
HOW IS THIS AFFECTING HAIR APPOINTMENTS?
Celebrity hair stylist Anthony Nader, who runs RAW in Surry Hills, has said he will continue to run his salon under the basis of what the government restrictions allow but will close if it becomes “mandatory to shut”.
“We understand clients concern but honestly, you need to not worry,” he said. “Salons are very on top of practising in a clean and safe workplace.”
Most beauty businesses use cleaning standards set by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating areas and equipment need to be sanitised with a formula of 4 teaspoons of bleach to 1L of antibacterial cleaner. This has also been approved by the CDC for best tackling coronavirus germs left on surfaces.
“We are taking every precaution and measurement to ensure the client and team are safe,” Anthony said, adding “enhanced cleaning measures” were the norm since the virus became a certified pandemic.
“Every time a client sits in a chair and directly after client has left the chair, it is sprayed down and wiped along with its surrounding station with antibacterial cleaner.”
As standard protocol, all gowns and towels used are cleaned in a hot cycle and never used twice between washes.
Franck Provost Australia – who run 14 salons across the country – is also taking massive strides to ensure coronavirus guidelines are met while seeing clients in this era of social distancing.
“Hygiene is already a big part of our concept, however we have been extremely transparent about the additional measures we have taken,” Raphael Veron, General Manager of Franck Provost Australia, told news.com.au.
“We always disinfect tools before and after every client but we have added extra measures, such as disinfecting the workstations regularly throughout the day and replacing our usual dishes (glasses and coffee cups) with single use recyclable paper cups.”
If you’re not feeling well it is advised to stay home with most hairdressing salons offering clients the chance to reschedule booked appointments without any repercussions or fees.
WHAT ABOUT SKIN TREATMENTS?
Services such as facials and cosmetic injections are still possible under “social distancing”.
Just like the haircare industry, skin clinics are adopting extra safety measures, Marie Enna-Cocciolone CEO and founder Inskin Cosmedics told news.com.au.
“Hygiene and sanitisation is not new to the beauty industry,” she said. “The government is taking tight precautions and we support that – but it is still business as usual.”
She said extra precautions were in place in light of the pandemic, so if you’re visiting a facialist or having a cosmetic top up, you can expect to see extra precautions in place.
“Professionals are now wearing a masks and taking client and staff temperatures before starting a treatment,” she said, urging anyone who has booked in for a treatment and who feels unwell to not come in.
Cosmeceutical nurse Kelly George from KG Aesthetics also stressed its on the client to help uphold the guidelines as much as it is them.
“We’re asking all of our clients to sanitise their hands upon entry to our clinic and again before going through to the treatment rooms,” she told news.com.au.
“We’ve also reduced the number of people we see in a day, leaving 15 minute gaps between each client to minimise the number of people in the clinic at any one time.
“This allows ample time for additional disinfecting of the rooms and reception area. We are cleaning every pen, folder, and door handle touched. We also clean the EFTPOS machine between each client and any surfaces ghat have been touched by either client or staff member.”
Kelly said KG Aesthetics had also waived the usual cancellation fees – a move many clinics had taken.
Less than a week into the changes, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on March 13, and Kelly said turnover is down.
“There’s a sense of fear as we are being advised to practice social distancing and people are questioning if cosmetic work is really a necessity at this time?” she said.
“Of course, people should stay home if they are concerned, but keep in mind that businesses like mine will suffer as a result of COVID-19, so when life returns to normal, please head back to your favourite clinic and help get things moving again.”
This is a sentiment echoed by Scott Morrison himself who said on Tuesday that “wherever possible, we need to keep Australian’s working”.
ADVICE AGAINST BEAUTY TREATMENTS DURING THE OUTBREAK
There are some professionals who have warned against any kind of beauty treatment during this period of self-isolation.
Dr. Robert A. Norton, a professor of Public Health at Auburn University in Alabama, said it is “wise to avoid crowded spaces for at least the time being” as there will always be some level of risk.
“People need to consider whether the necessity of the appointment or trip overrides the risk of being in public,” Norton told People. “That is a personal decision, but social distancing is a wise move for now.”
At this stage, you can still decide whether you want to go to a normal beauty appointment or prefer to stay at home. Salons are doing everything they can to uphold the 1.5m safety rule but there is still a risk.