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Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment A Worthy Investment?

Posted in Hair, Interviews on February 11, 2020 by

No rinse necessary.

While many of us have adopted a 10-step Korean skin care regime, hair care has remained a relatively simple affair. For the most part, we stick to the age-old shampoo then conditioner routine. However, sometimes hair needs a little extra love – particularly if it has been colour treated. Cue: Leave-in hair treatments – the multi-tasking hair saviours that do all the hard work for you.

We know what you’re thinking: do I really need to add another step? But hear us out. These treatments are as easy as they come; simply spray, smooth or comb through your hair and head straight out the door.

Here, we’ve enlisted the help of hair heavy-hitters Anthony Nader, Founder and Creative Director of Raw by Anthony Nader, and Renee Marshall, Owner and Director of Allure Hair Bar, to explain why a leave-in treatment should be the next item on your hair care hit list.


What Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment?

As far as hair care goes, a leave-in treatment does to the hair what a green juice does to the body. It’s a sure-fire way to inject some serious life back into your hair.

“A leave-in hair treatment is designed to target something specific [that] your strands may be lacking. It’s for when they need a boost to get them back into tip-top shape,” says Nader.

A natural timesaver, Marshall thinks a leave-in treatment is the busy woman’s dream. “A leave-in treatment is for the modern day woman who is too time poor to add an at-home treatment into her beauty regime but needs to put more moisture into her hair.  It can be applied to mid-lengths and ends, then it’s good to go!”

See? We told you it was easy.

What Are The Main Benefits Of A Leave-In Treatment?

“Treatments are beneficial for a number of reasons including boosting hair that is lacking sheen and smoothing over unruly, textured strands,” says Nader.

Detangling knots and revamping dehydrated, coloured hair are also benefits you can expect. And for our blonde babes? A leave-in moisturising treatment will help strengthen and repair the hair after bleaching.


What Are The Key Ingredients To Look Out For?

Nader recommends keeping an eye out for natural, moisture-rich ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, avocado and coconut oil.

“Shea butter is a beauty for sealing in moisture [and] aloe vera is excellent not only for nourishing your strands but also for nourishing your scalp at the same time,” says Nader.

Keratin is also good to look out for if you suffer from dry or brittle hair, as it makes the hair less prone to breakage and smooths over rough cuticle scales.

Marshall recommends steering clear of products containing parabens, sulfates or silicones, as they have a tendency to weigh the hair down.

“Silicon builds up on your hair and it can alter your colour. Sulfates are designed to cleanse but are especially harsh on coloured and keratin treated hair and can dry out and irritate the scalp,” says Marshall.

Who Needs To Use A Leave-In Treatment?

“Dry hair and all colour treated hair-types would benefit from a leave-in treatment,” says Marshall. “Blondes especially can use the added moisture to really strengthen the hair and keep it looking and feeling healthy.”

Nader takes his recommendation even further, suggesting that “everyone with hair on their heads needs a [leave-in] treatment.”

“From fine hair to coarse, frizzy hair and every texture in between. Think of a hair treatment as an instant hair CPR.”

Which Formulas Are Best?

Oils, sprays and foams, oh my! Much like their hairstyling relatives, leave-in treatments can come in a multitude of formulas. Nader recommends an oil-based treatment for those with dry or colour-treated hair due to its efficiency in restoring shine and body.

Moisture-rich creams are also super nourishing and essential in plumping up the follicle for the appearance of thicker, healthier hair.

Marshall’s rule of thumb? “The thicker the hair, the heavier the formula.”


Top Picks

Don’t know where to start? Allow us. Nader’s top picks include David Mallet’s Mask No3 La Couleur and the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil, both of which restore natural shine and body to the hair.

Marshall recommends the Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer for an instant moisture hit and the Kerastase Nutritive Eight Hour Magic Night Serum for when your hair needs a richer treatment.



Getting The Chop: The Psychology Behind A Dramatic Hair Cut

Posted in Hair, Lifestyle on August 1, 2019 by

“I wanted to make a statement,” says Stevie Ford of Top Shelf Beauté. “[He] was my high school sweetheart. The first break up, I cut my hair really short and the second time we broke up, I dyed my strawberry blonde hair a dark brown.”Ford isn’t the first person to dramatically change their appearance in the wake of a painful relationship breakdown. Far from it. The post-breakup hair cut is almost a rite of passage.

But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”

So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?

According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”

For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”

The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”

Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”

His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”

Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”

According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.

They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”

Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”