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The whimn Team On….Our Go-To Hair Curling Tool

Curls are a gift and a curse. If you don’t have them, you’re desperate for them. You subject your strands to extraordinary heat – tugging, pulling and twisting until you form something you’re satisfied with. Only for them to straighten out after an hour.

If you’re born with them, you probably roll your eyes at all the women who yearn for curls, as you sit there with three hairbrushes knotted in there, stuck since 2001. Curls are a complex thing, but my lord are they gorgeous.

Coordinating curls can be quite the challenge, so to help you get the result you’re after, here are the curling tool recommendations of seven millennial women with very different hair types.

Melissa, Editor

I’m anything but a pro in the hair styling department, so curling irons are one of the hardest-to-master beauty tools for me. That’s until I came across the foolproof ALDI Visage curling iron, a special buy last year for $19. I repeat, $19. I’ve got fine, naturally straight hair cut into a lob, so need a thin wand. Portioning my hair, it takes me about 20 minutes to do my entire head wrapping it around the curling iron barrel – which is just about the level of patience I have and what I’ve found to be the easiest tool. What’s even better is, once done, the style will last a couple of days, going from my version of Hollywood waves to serious bedhead vibes.

Ashleigh, Beauty Editor

I already have naturally thick and wavy hair when its air dried, but to get it to give good curl, I need to help it along a little.

My hairdresser, the absolute strand maestro Anthony Nader, taught me a trick that I’ve used ever since. When my hair is wet, I scrunch through a good dollop of Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion (which leaves you with salt-spray waves, sans dryness) before hitting it with the Dyson Supersonic diffuser attachment. The diffuser works to simulate natural drying, with the added benefit of reducing frizz and defining my waves into actual curls. If I really want va-va-voom volume, I tip my head upside down as I move the dryer around my head – does the trick every time.

Bek, Commissioning Editor

My name is Bek Day and my hair is kinkier than I am. Phew. It feels good to say it. A by-product of having kinky, unruly hair is that it’s really more frizz than curl when left to its own devices, which means I’m constantly either straightening or curling the bastard to get it to choose a side. For curling, I can’t go past the Muk Curling Stick. It comes with three different size attachments – for loose waves I use the really fat one and then texturise with sea salt spray, and for more glam I go the medium setting, pin up after I’ve curled and then brush out for maximum impact. It’s easy enough that even ole butterfingers me has only received a handful of second-degree burns. A small price to pay.

Stefanie, Social Media Editor

As a gal with naturally very straight hair, I like a bit of movement when it comes to my locks. While my hair doesn’t hold a strong curl (sorry any and all wedding-related updos), it sure does love a good wave.

I was gifted a ghd by my hairdresser on my 30th birthday, and girlfriends, I haven’t looked back. It’s the easiest (and quickest) way for my hair to get that volume going, and I am now proficient in doing both sides (you have to learn to turn your wrist the opposite way)!

I use the original ghd IV, which is also excellent at taming my pain-in-the-ass fringe after a tumultuous night’s sleep. Can’t live without.

Abbey, Reporter

I was that kid in primary school. The one huffing down bread crust and sleeping in rollers. I have wanted curly hair since before I can remember. Alas, the universe had other plans for me. I have very thick, very straight, very frizzy hair. This means that when left to its own devices, I look like Mufasa. This also means that with a curling wand and a bit of technique, I look like Farrah Fawcett.

Dead and dry strands aren’t good for much, but oh boy do they hold a voluminous curl. Like Bek, I also use the MUK Curl Stick. I opt only for the widest barrel, it’s the only curler I find takes really well to thick hair, and it’s super easy to manoeuvre. I love it so much that once it stopped working after four years of almost daily use, I bought it again.

Edwina, News Editor

To the capable, world-beating women who can curl their hair with a straightener, I salute you. Me? After years of futile attempts, I fell back in love with the reliable, effective curling wand. I’ve tried a bunch over the years and I’m not loyal, nor fussed, about what brand I use – as long as it delivers loose waves that have staying power (easy when you’ve bleached your hair into oblivion) then I’m happy. At the moment I’ve been using the Models Prefer Professional Style Curler that’s $19.95 and available at Priceline. Yes, it’s cheap-cheap but it’s got a 4.4 / 5 star rating because it’s good.

Courtney, Entertainment Reporter

I used to use my GHD straightener to curl my hair for the longest time but when I started bleaching it two years ago it was too hard on my hair so I swapped to a Babyliss Pro (which I chose purely because it’s what my hairdresser uses on me when I’m in). I can adjust the heat so it’s not too intense, it’s the perfect barrel size and incredibly easy to use!


Michelle Obama Wore Her Natural Hair On Holidays And The Internet Has Thoughts

The former first lady lets her hair down – literally – and the internet implodes.

Seriously, who does their hair when they’re on holidays?

I’m lucky enough to run a brush through it, let alone pack a GHD when taking time out from real life. Plus, a beach holiday means that you don’t even need to pack a sea salt spray for texture – nature just takes care of it for you.

So what’s with the furore that Michelle Obama,55, has let her hair down?

Paparazzi shots of the Obamas holidaying in France, as you do, show another side of the former first lady – with her natural hair.

It’s not the first time the internet has been treated to images of a beautiful African-American woman rocking gold hoop earrings and voluminous curly hair. It’s one of Queen Bey’s most powerful looks.

So why is it OK that a performer can present herself that way publicly but a politician’s wife can’t do it in private?

For African-American women, hair has always been a political issue.

In 2014, the US army tried to ban cornrows, twists and braids on women, styles that were popular among those with natural hair.

The Washington Post reported that a petition asked the army to reconsider, stating that 30% of women in the military aren’t caucasian and “[t]hese new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.”

The natural hair movement is about more than just hair, it’s about embracing racial differences rather than trying to assimilate.

A report by market research agency Mintel found sales of hair relaxer in the US dropped 36.6% between 2012-17.

And when natural hair becomes a Beyonce lyric, you know that it’s gone mainstream.

“I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils,” she sings in Formation about embracing her African heritage.

Sydney hairdresser Anthony Nader of Raw Salon says Obama will always have a phenomenal fan base, but there’s a not-so-great reason why this paparazzi snap of her natural hair texture has people talking.

“I can’t imagine we would care in the same way if it wasn’t a woman of colour,” he says.

“Personally, I think Michelle’s natural hair texture is complete heaven. Honestly, I don’t want to dive in the deep end here and go back decades and decades around the suppression and judgement of women of colour, but there’s a long history of how women should and shouldn’t wear their hair.

“From my point of view, it should be totally A-OK and acceptable for all cultures to have a day off (so to speak) and showcase what God gave them. I’m all about embracing natural texture. Michelle’s hair is beautiful, voluminous, shiny and absolutely oozes femininity.”

He concedes straightened hair, on all races, always looks more polished and professional, but that doesn’t mean you have to devote every morning to serums, brushes and hairdryers.

“When you’re not taking on these measures, as Michelle did while on vacay in France, you’ll always showcase your true self, and give off a much more casual, laidback vibe,” he says.

Anthony’s top shelf hair product faves. Seen Beauty Crew.


Renowned hair stylist Anthony Nader says length is irrelevant.


Alexa Chung


Earlier this month saw highly sought after hair stylist Anthony Nader celebrate a milestone, with his flagship salon RAW Anthony Nader marking 20 years in business. The go-to hair man for the country’s top magazine and online publications (and yes, Grazia included) and beauty editors, who better to talk us through what is going on in hair in 2017…

Putting Nader on the spot while sitting in the salon chair, we got him tell us just what his number one hair look is for the year: “I’m into ‘hair hugging’ hair that sits around the skin. By that I mean edges that are quite dishevelled, soft – lazy hair that is worn in. A good example of this would be Alexa Chung, of course, she’s my go-to. The ends are clean and healthy but they have a nice dishevelled Parisian lived-in feel about it.


Anthony Nader


“I’m not into a certain length – I don’t think for this season you should be short or should be long, it’s all about that type of haircut and how you carry yourself.” To avoid a rigid, blunt finish, dry shampoo and texture sprays are your best friend for this look. Best to avoid products that give stiffer locks such as a gel or going OTT with the hair spray.

We take a look at the three products Nader actually uses to get the look.







By Yelena Fairfax for grazia.com.au



Can you tell what season it is based purely on the state of your hair?

If so, winter will mean polished locks cascading over woollen scarves. Summer, on the other hand, creates a mop of unruly frizz that would make Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell green with envy.

Given humidity is one of the biggest hair challenges of warmer weather, we asked some of Australia’s best stylists about how to conquer it.

Why does humidity cause hair to frizz?

Hair loves moisture and is extremely porous, which means that as soon as it gets hot, the follicles begin to swell.

“The humid air causes hydrogen bonds to form between the water molecules and the proteins in your hair, which is what turns locks into a frizzy mess,” says Anthony Nader, owner of Raw Salon.

“Humidity affects hair texture in different ways,” notes hair stylist Alan White.

“Fine and straight hair types tends to lose volume and generally look flat, curly hair gets frizzy and thick hair becomes heavy and unmanageable.”

“Curly and grey hair is especially susceptible to humidity frizz as it’s more porous,” adds salon director Barney Martin.

How to beat the frizz?

The first step in fighting flat or frizzy hair is to ensure your hair is in top condition to begin with.

White recommends using Sachajuan’s Dry Hair Shampoo and Conditioner for treated and dry hair, while Martin suggests Pantene Prov-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo.

“A leave-in conditioner with anti-humidity technology will also assist,” adds Ziyad Nicolas, owner of Ziyad Salon and Pure Hair Food Ambassador.

Keeping your ends freshly cut with regular trims is also a good line of defence.

After washing your hair, Nader suggests combing it with a wide-tooth comb.

“A finer comb will only stretch each strand and damage it, causing it to go frizzy,” he says.

When it comes to styling products, dialling down the heat will also help.

“Blow drying hair on a medium setting instead of high heat will yield better results,” says White.

Nicolas recommends adding a diffuser to your dryer and using a cool setting.

Those with straight locks should try a straightening iron after blow drying to smooth down frizz and close the hair cuticle.

When humidity is high, White recommends also making sure hair is properly dry before you leave home, as hair will soak up extra moisture outside causing the hair shaft to swell.

How to make humidity work for you?

Not into poker straight locks? No problem.

“Use humidity to your advantage,” says Nicolas, who recommends channelling the extra volume.

“For wavy to curly hair, try using thickening spray on the ends and mid-lengths,” he says.

“Twist the hair down to the roots in roughly 20 small sections and diffuse dry on a cool to warm setting. Finish by re-spraying the thickening spray and scrunching it into the hair. This will give you that sexy beach look.”

Another alternative is to simply pull hair back for a more polished effect.

“Slicked back ponies are always on point,” says Martin. “And in hot weather it can be a good way to keep cool by getting the hair off of your face and back of your neck. If your hair is shorter, a bit of a ’90s slicked back look will work.”

Humidity-fighting products experts love

Curl Shine Styler Brush, $110, by Y.S Park
“This round brush will smooth down and close the cuticle, sealing the hair shaft and creating a barrier against unwanted moisture.” – Alan White

Smooth Your Hair and Curl Your Hair, $28.90 each, by Pure Hair Food
“Both are highly conditioning and will nourish, soften and tame the frizz while leaving the hair smooth.” – Ziyad Nicolas

Bel Air Shampoo, $36, and Conditioner, $38, by R+Co, 1300 725 122
“The name says it all: stunning, smooth, shiny hair.” – Anthony Nader

Impermeable Anti Humidity Spray, $49, by Oribe, 1300 725 122
“Apply on dry hair to help keep your finished style through the hottest of days.” – Barney Martin

Styling Cream, $35, by Sachajuan
“This cream contains Ocean Silk Technology that absorbs right into the core layers of the hair shaft, leaving hair soft and silky with a superb shine.” – Alan White

Ultimate 10 BB Crème, $10.99, by Pantene Pro-V
“Apply to damp hair to seal the hair and prevent frizziness.” – Barney Martin

Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, $68, by Oribe, 1300 725 122
“You only need a few drops of this special blend of high grade oils. Work this through your strands for beautiful hair all day long.” – Anthony Nader.

Aura hairdryer, by ghd
“This dryer uses cool wall technology and a non-turbulent stream of air, leaving hair with an incredible finish at the same time as reducing frizz and fly-aways.” – Alan White

By Eliza Cracknell for honey.ninemsn.com.au