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While many of us are willing to invest in an elaborate skin care routine to ensure we continue looking youthful for as long as possible, we often don’t extend the same courtesy to our hair. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After all, our tresses frame our face and are one of the first things people notice.
To make sure your hair is a help not a hindrance to your anti-ageing goals, we spoke to hairstylist and owner of RAW salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader, who revealed the top hair care, styling and colouring mistakes that are making us look older.
Oil glands don’t produce as much sebum as we age, which means hair becomes significantly drier over time. That’s why it’s important to switch to oil-based products where possible, as they’ll help hydrate and nourish ageing strands. Reducing your use of heat styling tools is also essential, as they’re the biggest contributor to dry and damaged strands.
Regardless of your hair’s length, Nader explains the key to younger-looking hair is layers and texture. “I’m into hair at any length as long as it has soft, seamless layers and texture that looks effortless.” So, if you have your heart set on a front fringe, opt for a style with long sweeping pieces of hair rather than blunt lines. Similarly, if you have long hair, “ask your hairdresser to cut your baseline (that’s your length) in a curved shape – not straight across. This will give you more movement around your shoulders.”
It doesn’t matter what colour your hair is, if it’s one solid colour it’s going to make you look older. To avoid this, ask your hairdresser to apply strategic and complementary highlights throughout the ends of your hair. Not only will these multi-dimensional highlights add movement and keep your hair looking natural and healthy, but by placing them through the mid-lengths and ends it will ensure the colour grows out without any harsh re-growth lines.
While you may have loved Ariana Grande’s icy blonde hue or Lucy Hale’s recent dusty pink shade, it’s important to consider your personal features when picking a hair colour, as the wrong hue can add years to your look. Your hair colour should complement your skin tone and eye colour. For example, if you’re incredibly pale and have blue eyes, there’s a good chance a jet-black colour will look too harsh in contrast with your softer features. If you’re not sure what will suit you best, have an in-depth consultation with your hairdresser prior to any colour application.
Winter hair got you down? Vogue caught up with Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw Anthony Nader salon, to learn his insider tips to caring for your tresses as the temperature drops.
Turn down the hot water temperature
“Most of us love nothing more than a nice hot shower to keep us warm but the down side of the heat is it’s doing more harm than good,” says Nader. “Those extra degrees higher on the hair and scalp will take its toll and will dehydrate your poor scalp. Your hair appears lacklustre and dull.” Instead, Nader recommends keeping the water at a neutral temperature.
Giving your hair a good scrub with a towel may fasten up the drying process but in the long run it makes your hair uncontrollable, says Nader. “Due to the scrubbing and rubbing, the hair cuticle becomes roughed up instead of smooth and silky.” Always blot your hair dry instead, he adds.
The wide side
“If you’re in a rush and have to wash and run, you need to comb your hair into shape,” says Nader, adding that it’s a good idea to invest in a proper comb. “The wider the comb teeth the better is my golden rule. Basically, the thinner the space between the teeth the more each hair strand will stretch against where it naturally sits and that causes breakage.”
Don’t cheap out on your brush
“Brushes are so important and aren’t to be taken for granted so make an investment and select well. I personally can’t go without using my British cult staple (Mason Pearson) 100 percent boar bristle brush. These cushion paddle brushes are a dream to work with and celebrities swear by them too. You’ll see why if you don’t know already.”
The right formula
“Before picking up your new shampoo and conditioner make sure you look out for conditioning agents like shea butter, aloe vera and avocado oil.” Your strands need more loving in winter and they’ll stay hydrated with these key ingredients, Nader says.
Tame the lion
For this with unruly, curly or frizzy hair, Nader says to invest in a moisturising styling cream. Apply it from roots to ends, rake through, part into two loose braids around the nape area and secure. “The best part is the next day you can unravel the braids and you’ll have a more controllable texture in your hair that you can manage.”
Set the temperature
“There’s absolutely no need to curl or iron your most prized hair strands set on the highest heat with your tongs or irons,” says Nader. “My secret is always start off on the lowest heat and go up from there.”
A cream conditioner may weigh down your strands, so opt for a weightless leave-in conditioning spray. “I find many of my clients prefer this anyway as this still gives the hair a more natural texture, rather than too silky and smooth that it tends to feel limp.” Try Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Double Serum on for size.
“It’s key to always treat yourself to a moisture and protein masque once a week. Think of your hair as skin here – it needs to stay hydrated to perform and go the distance. Remember you only have one chance to keep your crown of glory the envy of your girlfriends.”
“I’m talking about being the best friend you can, to your hair and scalp and go easy on all those artificial ingredients and exfoliants,” Nader says. “Your salon can prescribe what you require in a product range that will suit your lifestyle and the performance of your hair.”
As seen on vogue.com.au
If you haven’t heard of the new hair colour revolution, where have you been? Olaplex is everywhere at the moment and for a good reason, this new professional hair colour additive is set to revolutionise the sector. Olaplex promises to help the lightening process by protecting hair from damage. Really.
If you’ve ever been bottle-blonde or a fan of highlights, you’ll know that your locks are often left more damaged than before — just think about Kim Kardashian West’s drastic colour change! Knowing professional colouring is a technical and tricky business, we enlisted the help of celebrity stylist Anthony Nader to get the insight behind this hair innovation. Our POPSUGAR Australia publisher, Alison, went in to see Anthony and trial the colour herself. She said, “I’ve never had so many compliments on my hair. I got a lot of ‘perfect blonde’ and ‘it looks like baby hair’.” The main differences she noticed? “It felt incredibly soft — no fly-aways or coarseness. I went from block blonde, to now having more depth of colour — overall a more natural effect — but still Barbie blonde, which I love.”
Read on to get the details on this new product, how it’s changing hairdressers and clients lives and see some of the results for yourself. Prepare to be amazed!