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Ever wish you had a personal hairstylist at your beck and call, ready to offer expertise on all your pressing hair dilemmas? We did, too, hence our Ask a Hairstylist series featuring celebrity hair guru Anthony Nader. (He’s responsible for styling many an A-lister, and coifs just about every beauty editor in Sydney. Oh, and he’s styled hundreds of runway shows and editorials, including our very own shoots with Bridget Malcolm and Samara Weaving.) In this series, Nader offers up the next best thing to a 24/7 hairstylist: a seasoned pro willing to answer all your burning (not literally… we hope) hair questions.
In this month’s column, we asked a tricky (and potentially controversial) question—which hair products are a waste of money? We asked Nader to walk us through how to pick the right products, plus tell us the ones you should avoid and explain why they’re a waste of money. Ahead you’ll find Nader’s take on the hair products to steer clear of. (And don’t worry, your dry shampoo is safe!)
Scroll on for Anthony’s tips on what you should and shouldn’t be spending your money on.


“You know those ones that cost hundreds and hundreds of bucks… you don’t need them (unless they can also do your laundry, right!). A hairdryer that #MeansBusiness will set you back between $100-$200 and you’re hair strands will still love you for it. Look out for key words on your new purchase like ‘Thermal’, ‘Ionic’, ‘Heat Protector’ or ‘Ceramic Technology’ just to name a few.”


“Anyway, I’m more of a Platinum kinda guy anyway. Who needs gold? There are so many flat irons in the market that it can be daunting to the consumer that isn’t tech savvy and doesn’t know what to look for.
My biggest requirements when investing in a flat iron or curling tong are:
A temperature control that you can adjust because not everyone needs 230 degrees of hot plates moulding their strands. This is especially necessary if you have bleached hair as it doesn’t warrant such a high temp as you don’t want your hair to snap off.
Ceramic is the key to shinier locks, so look out for this on the box when making your purchase. Models love when I use my ceramic hot tools on photo shoots as it makes their hair appear brighter and healthier.”

Try this GHD Platnium Hair Straightner ($265).


“Picking a dry shampoo can be hard work, but not anymore! And besides, how many different ones do you need in your cabinet? To narrow down the selection, ask yourself these questions while you’re testing them and of course keep in mind the price point factor:
How’s the fragrance? Do you want to smell like a soft scented rose petal or a European beach vacation? Either way, make sure your next purchase is one that doesn’t offend your office colleges in the board room.
Do you want a powder or a spray? You choose and decide what works best for you and your hair. Also, do you prefer an aerosol or not? Something else to think about.”

Try Head Muk’s Dry Shampoo ($25).


“Look, I’d love to get to Morocco to experience the exotic landscape and beautiful culture, but in the mean time I don’t need to give my right arm to get myself an expensive product brand that tricks me into ‘the more I spend/the more I’m absorbed into thinking I’m at a spa in Marrakesh’ kind of deal.
Just look out for the key ingredient, and in this instance Argan Oil is your go-to for promoting healthy, shine- boosting hair strands. Also get more mileage with your bottle of oil by applying it on damp hair and then see how much shine you have when it’s dry.”

Try Agadir’s Argan Oil Hair Treatment ($22).


“Once again you don’t need to splurge out on a brush that zaps up your funds for the week. Do your homework on what’s going to last you for the years to come. Boar bristles are vital because for one, they promote a healthy scalp (by massaging while you glide your brush from roots to ends), but also they don’t cause your strands to break like synthetic bristles sometime do. You can pay hundreds of dollars for this type of brush, so happy shopping for better hair days ahead.”


“Now let’s be totally frank here, girls, and take a walk down the violet path to cleaning out your brassy toned hair strands. We all know that there are a million variations of these cosmetic shampoos to help you maintain your ‘natural’ blonde hue, but which one do you choose? And do you go to a salon or a supermarket to make your purchase?
It’s a tough one, but what you do need to decide is how much do you need to tone that brassiness out of your hair so it looks natural, and at what price? It also comes down to the shades of the product depending on how natural you want your blonde to be. Is the product a light shade of mauve? Or is it violet or is it purple? These three variations really do determine how good your blonde strands are going to appear to get you to where you want to be. Now does that mean that you’re happy with a supermarket brand, or a salon professional brand that costs more? Only you can judge this one, but I will say, with price comes quality.”

By Anthony Nader for byrdie.com.au


What is Anthony Nader’s number 1 hair product? Read on, as seen  in buro247.com.au 

For every type of hair product, there are about a hundred different options.

Some work a dream; others simply fail to deliver. But why spend a fortune (not to mention a string of bad hair days) testing them all when you can simply ask the experts? From the products they simply couldn’t work without to the ones they keep in their own bathroom cupboards, we asked Australia’s top 10 hair stylists for the hero product in their collection. Here’s what we found.

1. Anthony Nader, RAW Anthony Nader


“Call me anything but cheap, but I love a two-in-one that my precious clients and I can get value from. I’m talking Oribe’s The Foundation Mist, which doubles as neutraliser if you have product overload and need to restyle your hair so it feels freshly washed again. I find I need to use this more often than not when I’m on a photo shoot and the model walks in with a ton of product in her hair and I need to create a new shape quick smart. It also works a gem in my salon when I have a client in the chair, as this little gem conditions and detangles without weighing the hair down.”

2. Barney Martin, Barney Martin Hair, barneymartin.com.au


Pantene Volume Booster Dry Shampoo creates texture on fine or limp hair and can totally revitalise a day old blow dry. The formula has no tell-tale white residue, it’s readily available and kind to your hip pocket!”

3. Kevin Murphy, kevinmurphy.com.au


“My all-time favourite product would be EASY.RIDER – it’s a classic in my range and is the ultimate hydrating cream for any texture of hair. You can layer it with other products or use it on its own.”

4. Jon Sewell, Jon Sewell Hair, jonsewellhair.com.au


“The product I couldn’t do without is Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir. It’s a nourishing, weightless oil that’s great for most hair types; it helps repair the outside of the hair shaft and aids blow-drying and styling. It’s also a great cutting tool as it leaves the hair silky and smooth but still allows you to get body and movement.”

5. Paloma Rose Garcia, Oscar Oscar, oscaroscar.com.au


“As a wash and wear gal I love using Redken’s Diamond Oil in my hair. I pop it in freshly washed hair through the mid lengths and ends then let it air dry. Love, love, love this product as it keeps my locks looking expensive and hydrated!”

6. Alan White, alanwhite-anthology.com


“R+Co are at the forefront of hair product development and in particular I can’t do without their Outer Space Flexible Hairspray. It’s a working spray with memory and flexibility, which means you can set hair, use heat styling tools, volumise, completely deconstruct hair and then work hair back to where you started without any residue or stiffness, time and time again. The more you work Outer Space the more enhanced reality hair has, while maintaining an element of luxury that has cool stamped all over it. It gives me everything I need in a product.”

7. Jaye Edwards, Edwards & Co., edwardsandco.com.au


“My favourite product at the moment would have to be the Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray from Oribe. The difference with the Après Spray is that is moisturises your hair so you can keep those tousled, soft, sun-kissed waves, without making your hair look tacky. It’s great because you can spray it onto wet or dry hair for lush repair and soft texture.”

8. Marie Uva, UVA salon, uvasalon.com


“Wella colour is my number one. I’ve been using it my whole career and I don’t use anything else, it gives the perfect colour every time. But if you were going to take all my styling products away from me and I could only keep one, I’d choose the new Eleven Flexible Hold Hairspray every time.”

9. Brad Ngata, Brad Ngata Hair Direction, bradngata.com.au


“My absolute go to is Schwarzkopf Moisture Kick Beauty Balm – a fantastic smoothing, nourishing cream that absorbs divinely into the hair, leaving it feeling silky smooth. It’s great for all hair types. Love it.”

10. Renya Xydis, Valonz, valonz.com.au


“I am obsessed with SP LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir, it is definitely the best on the market! The lightweight formula doesn’t create any build-up or leave my hair looking oily. My hair is always left smooth and shiny after I apply it – and it smells amazing!”