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EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO GET EFFORTLESS HOLIDAY HAIR as seen BYRDIE

I love holidays. Although that probably goes without saying. Aside from cocktails, sun, and sea salt, I love that a holiday allows me to pare back my beauty routine completely—distilling my makeup bag down to its absolute essence is a near religious experience. The same goes for my hair. I see a cheeky week-long trip as a chance to streamline my look, spending as little time styling as possible. With some planning in advance, it is absolutely possible to enjoy effortless, tousled holiday hair for a full week without washing it. And, if you plan it just right, the only tool you’ll need to bring is a comb.

They key is in the prep. Anthony Nader from Sydney’s RAW Salon crafted these three travel-friendly looks, designed to progress with you through seven days of bliss and remain chic enough to live on forever in holiday snaps.

Keep reading to see how to take your hair from pre-flight through to the very last day of your trip without packing a hairdryer, straightener, or even shampoo and conditioner.

Days 1 – 3: Beachy Waves

The day of your trip will require the most effort. Before you leave, use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair as healthy and shiny as possible for the whole week—we like the nutrient-rich OGX Vitamin B5 ($18). Then use your preferred method of creating waves; whether with a curling tong, straightening iron, or (in the case of Nader’s advice below) both.

Anthony Nader’s Tip: “When applying a wave to hair I like to use two different types of hot appliances. Alternate them and leave some ends out so the result is lived-in and not too glam looking. For this look, I swirled chunky sections around a flat iron and also used a 1¼ sized barrel tong, winding the other sections in the opposite direction. I know this sounds like a lot of work and investment, but creating different effects is key to making it look like it was done by a pro.”

Days 4 – 5: Textured pony

After a fun-filled three days, your hair will start to look a little greasy at the roots, mostly at your part. You can hide this by brushing back into a low pony, which will look perfectly textured and tousled thanks to the waves you crafted on Day 1. Brushing your hair out of its normal part will hide the worst of your oily roots, too.

Anthony Nader’s Tip:“Keep the base of the ponytail low, not halfway up the back of your head like you were unsure of where it is meant to be. Then brush it, place it and secure it. Soak up oily roots and stuck-to-the-head surface hair with a dry shampoo to liven up your new low pony. Spray it on the root area, then massage the scalp to emphasize the texture.”

Days 6 – 7: Macaron Buns

We profiled this sweet ‘do a few months ago; the tail-end of a holiday is the perfect time to try them. Work with the slickness of your hair to pull it all back firmly into two low ponytails—if you’re dealing with some humidity-related frizz, work in a small amount of hydrating oil, such as the OGX Coconut Miracle Penetrating Oil ($9). Wrap the hair of each ponytail loosely around its base, but let a few strands fly loose in keeping with your new relaxed vibe.

Anthony Nader’s Tip: “There’s a very fine line between these buns coming off cool or spacey. Be careful not to place them too far around on the sides of your head, otherwise it’s going to look a little strange. Keep them near the back of the neck and no need to be precise with making sure they’re too clean and slick. The more they look like natural hair, the better.”

Photography: Dave Wheeler. Hair: Anthony Nader of RAW Salon. Makeup: Jessica Diez from oneninetynine management. Talent, Styling & Creative Direction: Crystal Andrews

ANTHONY NADER ON WHY STRESS IS RUINING YOUR HAIR

While it’s common knowledge that when you’re feeling frazzled, it can have a knock-on effect on your skin and body – what’s not so well known is that stress impacts our hair, too.

If you’ve been under a lot of pressure recently, you might notice that your locks look a little lacklustre or that your hair is falling out faster than usual.

Australian celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has looked after the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Cate Blanchett – revealed to FEMAIL how and why stress is ruining your hair.

He also explained the simple habits you can adopt to achieve glossy locks.

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO STRESSED HAIR?

According to Anthony – who is the owner of Raw Salon in Sydney – there are many contributing factors to our stressed-out hair:

‘Poor diet is one of the major things that contributes to your hair falling out and feeling thinner,’ he told FEMAIL.

‘Of course, when you’re busy at work it can feel easy to reach for fast food or a quick bite – but this will deplete your strands of what they’re craving.’

This can also have an effect insofar as it can take months for your locks to grow a single inch.

The hairdresser also said a sudden change, whether that be switching jobs, having a baby or catching the flu, can ‘trigger hair loss’:

‘Try an appointment with a dermatologist or family doctor if you think you’re shedding more than usual,’ Anthony explained.

More than usual normally amounts to twice as much hair over a period of two weeks or more.

Finally, Anthony said that one innocent mistake many people make with stressed-out hair is they ‘pull it back into restricted hair styles like tight ponytails or braids’:

‘Try loosening up your styling and your hair and follicles will thank you,’ Anthony said.

Over-tight ponytails – often used when we have no time to wash our hair and so pull it back – can also lead to your hairline creeping higher.

HOW CAN WE DE-STRESS OUR HAIR? 

First things first with de-stressing your strands is that you have to eat well:

‘Maintaining a positive healthy diet encompassing the five food groups is key to healthy hair,’ he said.

‘Meanwhile, eating erratically will certainly show in your hair, skin and nails over time.’

Next, Anthony recommends you get more sleep:

‘We need sleep to repair our bodies and reset,’ he explained. ‘Even if it’s just an extra 15 or 30 minutes, it will make a difference.’

You can also look at vitamins and minerals or supplementation if looking to improve the state of your hair.

Anthony recommends the ABC (vitamins A, B and C):

‘Vitamin A is fabulous because it helps skin glands to make an oily substance called sebum,’ he said. ‘Sebum moisturisers help to keep your scalp and hair healthy.

‘Vitamin B also creates red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.

‘Vitamin C is vital, as your body uses it to create a protein known as collagen.’

The celebrity hairdresser also recommends using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to ‘feed your thirsty locks’.

THE MORNING AND EVENING HABITS TO ADOPT

While looking after your diet, sleep and supplementation are good all round habits to adopt to ensure a glossy mane, there are a few extra things you can do in order to have your best hair yet.

‘From today onwards, blot your wet hair rather than rubbing it,’ Anthony said. ‘Rubbing your strands dry causes breakage as each strand is delicate when wet. When you blot, your hair follicles won’t be disrupted or damaged.’

Anthony also said it’s a good idea to shower in lukewarm water, or cool the temperature down:

‘The warmer the temperature, the more drying and dehydrated each strand will become,’ he said.

‘Think of an apple that’s been in the sun and how all of the moisture will be sucked out of it to make it appear dry and brittle.

‘The same applies to hot electrical appliances too. You don’t need excessive heat to create waves – it’s unnecessary.’

Try to implement these few things into your daily hair regime and notice that your hair will feel and look thicker over time.

By Sophie Haslett, for Daily Mail Australia

HAS YOUR HAIR BEEN IN A MARATHON?

If there’s one time of the year when motivation to workout and get into shape is at its highest, it’s right now. Your New Year’s resolutions have been set, bikini season is in full swing, and the great outdoors is begging you to work up a sweat in the fresh air.

But along with a commitment to toning up comes a handful of hair woes. We asked two celebrity hairstylists how to slay the trickiest post-workout hair issues. Here are their solutions and go-to products.

Hair issue #1 / Sweat build-up

Why it happens: If you’re running 
every day in prep for a half marathon,
 sweat can build up on the scalp and cause issues such as itching and dandruff. Not hot!

The solution: Super-cleaning hair scrubs.

What the experts say: “Think of a
 hair scrub like a face scrub,” says celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader. “You need to rid the hair scales of any impurities caused by dirt and product build-up that may be sitting on the hair shaft.”

Why you’ll love it: Hair scrubs are designed to give scalps a super-effective clean so you don’t have to wash as often. “We wash our hair far too much,” says Nader, who advises that we should be lathering
 up just once or twice a week. “The hair will sit a lot better too if it’s not so squeaky clean. It’s a good thing for the natural oils 
to come through to condition the hair.”

Try: Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Scrub

 

Hair issue #2 / Frizzed-out dryness

Why it happens: If you have unruly curls or dry, fly-away-prone locks then you probably don’t enjoy washing it too often for fear of frizziness – which can present a problem after sweaty workouts!

The solution: Reverse your hair-washing routine by conditioning before you wash. Or, alternatively, skip shampoo altogether.

What the experts say: “It’s known as co-washing or conditioner washing, where you wash with conditioner,” explains celebrity hairstylist Kevin Murphy. “Conditioning first stops dry or thick hair from going through such a big pH shift and getting too frizzy or fluffy.” If you do want to add a shampoo step in there, Murphy suggests “following with conditioner after washing to smooth that cuticle down”.

Why you’ll love it: Your hair won’t
 be as stressed out and will be a lot more manageable. Great for the summer
 months when humidity (and frizz) is high.

Try: TRESemmé Expert Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System Step 1 Pre-Wash Conditioner & Step 2 Shampoo

Hair issue #3 / Pollution pile-up

Why it happens: Exercising in urban areas can leave hair feeling pretty toxic, especially if you’re working out at lunchtime and using dry shampoo instead of washing.

The solution: Get hair back to sleek
 with a revitalising hair detox treatment.

What the experts say: “Pollution can make the hair look grubby and not able to hold onto products very well,” says Murphy. “Hair can’t clean itself like skin can, so smog, smoke and dust will just sit on top of the hair. To remove the pollution build-up, use a clarifying shampoo to get hair looking fresh.”

Why you’ll love it: This once-a-week treatment will transform dried-out strands into soft and manageable tresses.

Try: Kevin.Murphy Re.Store Repairing Cleansing Treatment

Hair issue #4 / Dry ends and an oily scalp

Why it happens: This is classic workout hair. Sweat and oil cause the scalp to get greasy, while the ends are left feeling parched and 
dry from gym air-conditioning or the sun.

The solution: Conditioner mapping.

What the experts say: “Similar to mask mapping on the face, if you have dry hair at the ends, you want to put a lot more product there than you will at the roots,” says Murphy. “Most of the hair is going to be driest around the face and around the ends, so concentrate your conditioner in those areas. When you get out of the shower, add a leave-in conditioner just 
at the ends. That will also thicken and define those drier areas and give you a fuller look.”

Why you’ll love it: You’ll say goodbye to limpness and have easy-to-manage hair all over.

Try: Goldwell DualSenses Just Smooth Taming Conditioner

Hair issue #5 / Pool-related brassiness

Why it happens: If you’ve been getting
 in a lot of pool time, the chemicals in the chlorinated water can cause blonde and highlighted hair to get noticeably out of whack.

The solution: Banish brassiness with a targeted blonde shampoo or treatment.

What the experts say: “If you’re on the lighter spectrum of blonde, you won’t need to use a blonde shampoo or treatment as much,” says Nader. “But if you have naturally medium- brunette to dark-brunette, you’ll need a blonde shampoo or treatment product once a week.”

Why you’ll love it: Your blonde hair or highlights will stay a lovely clean shade. But go easy until you know your blonde product; some can be very rich in purple pigment. “My trick is to water down the blonde shampoo, conditioner or treatment so that the colour doesn’t grab onto the blonde hair,” Nader says. “I always recommend starting with less, rather than putting the whole product on your hair at once.”

Try: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo

By Adriana Donnola, New Idea, Beauty Director for beautycrew.com.au

CHECK OUT WHAT ANTHONY NADER SWEARS BY SEEN IN BEAUTYCREW

Kim Kardashian’s super sleek strands are her signature hairstyle. Whether she’s rocking a platinum blonde lob or her natural dark mane, there’s no denying her hair is always flawlessly smooth and shiny – not a fly-away in sight. And finally we know her secret.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star posted a tutorial on her blog revealing the go-to product she uses to get flawless, fly-away-free locks.

Her trick? She swears by OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets.

They look a lot like blotting papers (they’re actually sheets of hemp paper) and are designed to be rubbed over your hair’s surface from roots to ends to fix dry, static-prone strands. The sheets are infused with coconut oil to calm frizz and smooth down fly-aways, as well as shea butter to give your mane a healthy sheen.

They are a total no-fuss option and perfect for when you’re on the go (did someone say new travel staple?!). What’s more, a pack of 15 costs USD$18, which is roughly AUD$22 (and works out to be about $1.50 per hair sheet). So hopefully when these hair sheets launch on our shores they’ll be the same affordable price! So. Excited.

There’s no word yet on when these handbag-friendly frizz fighting sheets will hit our shores, so in lieu of them, we asked some of Australia’s top hairdressers for their top tips for taming those fly-aways.

#1 / Prepare your hair

Celebrity hairstylist Samuel Overton says in order to avoid frizzy hair and fly-aways, some groundwork is crucial. “It’s all about preparation and using the right products at the right time. Add a control cream when hair is damp/towel-dried and blow-dry it in,” he explains. “Then if needed, add a little more at the end. Apply from mid-lengths to ends. Don’t rely on products on dry hair or when you’ve finished styling, preparation is key.” Overton’s favourite frizz-fighting weapon? He recommends using TAME by UEW Haircare.

#2 / The cool blow-dry

Yep! It might sound odd but celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader swears by a cool blow-dry to keep fly-aways at bay. “After you’ve finished blow-drying, hit the cool shot button on your hairdryer, then run the end of the nozzle over the hair surface for approximately 30 seconds,” Nader explains. “This final step actually keeps your blowout lasting longer as the cool air ‘sets’ the hair shape and also doubles up to impart a healthy sheen.”

#3 / Hairspray smooth

Another tip? Celebrity hairstylist Remington Schulz has a clever trick: “Finish hairstyles with a hairspray like Pantene Pro-V Stay Smooth Hairspray. Spray any baby hairs or fly-aways and then use the edge of the can to smooth them into place. This will give a super sleek finish!”

By Erin Docherty for beautycrew.com.au

ANTHONY REVEALS HOW TO ACHIEVE AUSSIE GOLDEN GLOBES HAIRSTYLES AS SEEN ON DAILYMAIL

Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader reveals how to get the looks at home

Celebrities stormed the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday evening in a sea of black gowns, glittering accessories and effortlessly glamorous hairstyles.

And while the A-listers have a professional hairstylist on standby, most women aren’t so lucky.

So to help women recreate some of the best hairstyles worn by Australian celebrities at the 2018 Golden Globes, Sydney-based celebrity hairstylist and RAW founder Anthony Nader has shared his top tips.

From Margot Robbie’s glamorous waves to Katherine Langford’s glittering do, here FEMAIL looks at the top Australian hairstyles and how you can create them at home.(Margot’s stunning effortless waves were the perfect addition to her look and complemented her natural, dewy make up look.

MARGOT ROBBIE 

1. Make sure you have super clean hair as you need your mane to appear glamorous and luxe, so make sure you wash your strands with a shine enhancing shampoo and conditioner.

2. Use a medium hold foam (mousse) so you make your Hollywood waves stay all night long. Use this foam from roots and ends and rake through evenly.

3. Smooth over now with a large paddle brush (as this saves you hours now) and using your nozzle on your hairdryer to ensure smoothness.

4. To make this super easy now place in your desired partline, divide the hair into four even sections from ear to ear and partline, aiming down to the nap area.

5. Grab your large barrel tong and start on first of four sections, winding the hair around the barrel and away from your face.

6. Once your tonged all your hair spray with a light hairspray and then brush smooth and tuck one side behind your ear.

KATHERINE LANGFORD

Instead of simple mermaid waves, Katherine Langford took this style a step further with glittering star embellishments for that extra ‘wow’ factor. 

1. This hair shape you can be forgiven for skipping the shampooing as you need that little bit more texture here and not so tight-to-the-head look.

2. By all means if your roots are oily you can use a dry shampoo here to soak up your hair sins and no one will ever know.

3. Once you’ve given your hair a good brushing through, place in your side part as you want to create that old glamour Hollywood feel here.

4. Divide hair into half and pin away the front section from ear to ear and take your extra large hot tongs and wind up your hair in horizontal sections, as you want that mermaid esq vibe.

5. Once you’ve completed the back section, do the same method in the front section.

6. Brush your hair into final shape and keep one side over your shoulder and use your firm hairspray to set in place.

Now embellish your hair with your diamonds and pin to secure all night long. FYI… ladies this added feature will be the envy of your girl squad #MajorWinningPoints.

NICOLE KIDMAN 

This elegant yet effortless style is a signature of Nicole’s and works perfectly with her face shape. 

1. A favourite red carpet look for me was Nicole’s twisted swirl knot at the nape area, while the hair around her face fell beautifully and soft. Always start this hairstyle with clean hair as you need the end look to photo finish ready.

2. After washing your hair with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner, on damp hair use a straightening lotion all over and comb through precisely from roots the ends.

3. Ensure a super sleek blowdry by using a flat large paddle brush with loads of boar bristles as this helps even the frizziest of hair strands to tame.

4. When your hair is 100% dry, split the front section away from the front in two clean sections.

5. Backcomb (tease) the crown area for that extra height then sweep the whole back section into the middle of the nape area and secure. Now spilt the tail up and create individual swirls, loops and twists.

6. Use your tail comb and place in your center partline, then grab your large hot tong and wrap just the midlengths of your hair around the barrel.

7. Finish off by softly brushing out your glamorous soft waves and give then a once over with a light hairspray.

ABBIE CORNISH 

Abbie’s swept up-do was a classic yet elegant option and worked well with her bold sequinned dress choice. 

1. Start off by using a shampoo and conditioner that will help remove the brassiness of your true blue aussie hair strands as now your hair will look paparazzi ready.

2. On damp hair use a volumising foam here as you need all the va va voom here ladies. Scrunch it in and blast your hair dry with a large round brush to get the volume you need.

3. Place in your side sweep part and divide the hair into half and now clip the top half away and brush the underneath section smooth and ready to curl.

4. Start your curls by picking up two inch sections, at the nape area and wrapping each one around the tong and then let them fall naturally.

5. Go from the nape area and working all the way to the front, but make sure you drop your curling method from below the eyebrow as your end result will look way more natural and not looking like you just stepped out of the 80’s music video clip.

6. Now complete, rake your fingers through your lux blonde mane and pop a long slide clip in behind one ear and your ready to go.

YOUR SUMMER HAIR STYLING GUIDE

Anthony Nader shares his tips on How To put a little ‘beach’ back into your hair as seen on grazia.com.au

 

It’s hot. Very hot. So hot, we’re swarming to the beach in droves; swimming, sunning and being generally salty. And whilst we love all things summer, when it comes to our tresses, how to style your summer hair can be quite the conundrum. Too fuzzy? Too fluffy? Too straight, even?

Fear not, lovers of sandy bottoms and balmy nights; we asked one of our favourite backcombing and blowdrying experts, Anthony Nader, on his tips for feeling “more beach” and less blah.

Go on – ride the wave, you salty dog, you.

DON’T WASH HAIR DAILY
For starters, don’t wash your hair daily, as you’re only making your strands appear and feel way too soft and smooth. Back off on the washing and also skip the heavy conditioning cream, as this is only going to weigh down your beach hair.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SEA SALT SPRAY
Before you leave the house, on 80 percent dry hair, douse your strands with your sea salt spray and rake through evenly with your hands. For those of you with a longer mane, do a head flip over and get your spray nozzle on the underneath section and spray away. This ensures maximum beach-going vibes.

RIDE THE PONY-WAVE
Don’t want a day off from sunning, but want to give your hair some lovin’? On damp hair, use a leave-in conditioning spray and then comb it smoothly into a fun, high ponytail – wrap the tail around the base and pin, or weave your magic here and create a loose braid. FYI – the best part about any braid you create is when your hair dries, you can unravel it or give it a shakeout and you’ll have fab beach waves.

DIFFUSE THE SITCH
For those of you who were blessed with a wavy texture, but you need to give it more oomph, my biggest go-to for you girls is attaching a diffuser on the end of your hairdryer. This encourages the texture to maximum potential, now #SayYes. By attaching this to your dryer, you only get the heat and not the fast air, so now your strands won’t look like you’ve been caught in a beach storm.

FAKE THE WAVE
3-barrel curling irons or ‘waving irons’ can also get you the beach hair look if you’re stuck in the office over the holidays. Handy hint here for loose waves: you’ll want an iron with a larger barrel and, if you want tighter waves, opt for the smaller iron.

A FISHY TAIL
Also, try this one if you want that Summer vibe but your reality is being stuck in the office: Spray your sea salt spray on dry hair and then blast the product in by scrunching into your palms. Then divide your hair into two and direct the length down into two low ponytails – no need to secure the ends here. Now, twist each tail in a backward direction from the nape area to the ends and use your diffuser here to put heat on the tails only. Let the tails cool right down (approximately 5 to 10 minutes), then unravel both, rake through your newfound beach wave swirls and you’re good to go.

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By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for grazia.com.au

I WENT FROM NATURAL BRUNETTE TO BLONDE IN ONE DAY & THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

When we do a complete makeover, click on the link to spot the difference as seen on MTV Australia

Swapping out my natural chestnut locks for a lighter do is something I’ve been banging on about since Olivia Palermo did the same thing on the MTV show The City.

Sure, she was painted as the show’s villain compared to ~angel~ Whitney Port, but gosh darn, did she have GOOD hair.

Fast forward nine years and my loved ones were growing tired of me lusting over a blonder version of myself without ever actually doing anything about it. kate_brunette

BEFORE

So, here I find myself. Sitting in a salon chair in the beautiful, light-filled RAW hair salon in Surry Hills with clammy hands and stomach doing flip flops.

The nerves were unnecessary, as an initial consultation with head colourist Stella Greenwood had me excited and daydreaming about the kind of cool, choppy, sand-coloured cut I had seen on the likes of Carmen Hamilton.

 

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After a strong coffee and little self-talk, I was ready to take the plunge.

Stella started by framing my face with a lighter, icy blonde then took thicker sections beneath, painting on the colour in big brush strokes for a grungey look.

She explained that each layer of dye was combined with Olaplex, a ~magical~ product which bonds the hair. While the bleach lifts the colour, Olaplex fills in the broken shafts.

After sitting under the heat for 20-30 minutes in layers of plastic I was taken to RAW Salon’s EPIC wash stations.

Located in a separate, sound-proof room, stylists wash out your strands against a backdrop of ambient tunes and a hypnotic fire. You’re even offered a blanket if you’re keen on a quick snooze while you’re washed!

It was at this point of my brunette to blonde transition that I breathed a sigh of relief.

The ends of my hair were a lovely biscuit bronde, the perfect summer hue.

Celeb hair stylist and founder of RAW, Anthony Nader, took over from this point onwards and began by snipping off my dead ends.

He gave me a blunt, choppy cut and seamlessly integrated my pesky baby hairs into the rest of my new look, adding stylish layers along the way. Drying naturally would never look SO good, he assured me.

After blasting my hair with hot air and adding some effortless waves, I was a NEW WOMAN.

AFTER

OK, so it’s not 100% Kimmy K blonde like my friends thought I’d go….but, I can happily say as a first-timer at being blonde, I am happy as Larry.

And I can now firmly agree with the sentiment, blondes DO have more fun!