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I’ve Had a Bad Haircut – Now What?

Recently, I cheated on my hairdresser (sorry Anthony). Now, I am not proud of my actions, and as a fiercely loyal Leo, feel sad, empty, hollow, ashamed and pathetic. But, in my field of Beauty Editor-dom, monogamy does not exist, it is a redundant practice. We must trial and test it – dodgy haircuts, bad creams and all – and it is here, in an act of true beauty valour (if I say so myself) that the incident occurred. Thou with reckless scissors shall remain unnamed, but a serious Edwards Scissorhand type hacking ensued – a wayward snip here, a rogue cut there – it was a heedless hair hew, in every sense. So what does one do when a hair crime happens? Firstly panic. Then cry and scream and chant “my life is literally over”. Then panic some more, obviously. No, seriously, what? Here, hair experts Anthony Nader, Joey Scandizzo, Hermiz Daniel and Paloma Rose Garcia tell us exactly what to do (and not to do) when your chop goes AWOL.  

Seriously though, don’t panic (*through gritted teeth). All will be OK in due course, says Hermiz Daniel, just “don’t keep getting it cut to try to fix it.” And Paloma Rose Garcia, Philips Hair Care ambassador and celebrity hair stylist, agrees. “Firstly, do not try to cut your hair yourself. You need to give yourself time to get used to the hairstyle. If you’ve made a drastic change like going from long hair to a short bob, you will need time to get used to your new look. Like most things, the more you see it the more you’ll learn to love it.”

Don’t scramble for a pathetic excuse – I moved overseas, but then after a week decided London wasn’t for me – own up to your philandering ways, bake some cookies, practise your sorry’s and consult your original hairstylist (pony)tail between your legs – and get a lesson in styling your new hair. It may actually uncover some pretty cool, never tried before styles (for example, I finally explored “the ponytail”, at the tender age of 31). “Depending on the length, I’d suggest you now explore new talents in braiding and plaiting, which are fun and on-trend. There’s actually so many different styles you can create for model-off-duty kinda vibes,” notes Nader. And Joey Scandizzo agrees: “Get out of the habit of styling your hair the way you used to with your old haircut because something that worked back then may not any longer. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Now is the time to embrace the opportunity to workshop new looks and styles.” And for a new set of (unwanted) bangs? “For a fringe, always blow out your bangs after a shower facing the dryer down towards your forehead and using a round brush. To style your fringe, finish it by smoothing your bangs out with a hair straightener, like the Philips Pro Hair Straightener, making sure you start all the way up at the root.”

Change direction slightly, and veer in the ‘adding’ lane. “Maybe extensions are an option at this point – ask your hairstylist if this is an option for you,” says Hermiz. According to Rose Garcia, some crafty extension placement can cure all matter of hair ills. “If you’re really unhappy with the length, opt for professional hair extensions as they can really disguise a lot!”

For a short shear, stay on the straight and narrow, suggests Rose Garcia. “If your hair has been cut too short, it’s best to wear it in a straight style. Using a hair dryer, like the Philips Pro Dryer, blow your hair nice and smooth and straight.” Anthony Nader offers a slightly slipperier road, but equally beneficial for hacked hair. “Go slick for the next month or two, and invest in a moisturising cream that has hold in it, to slick it back into a ponytail and topknot.”

Take some time out and indulge in a little self-hair-love. The hair jury all agree: massage and brushing are key. “Scalp massages can boost blood flow and encourage hair growth. Using a wide-tooth comb will evenly distribute product through your hair while giving your scalp a massage in the process,” says Scandizzo. Nader also loves a little pamper session. “I am a big fan of massaging or brushing my scalp with a cushion brush once a day few a few minutes religiously. When you pamper your scalp, you’re stimulating the circulation of the blood to the head and face. Increased circulation at the roots of the hair can promote hair growth.” And for Rose Garcia, “Using an ionic brush, gently brush your hair every morning to stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth. Hair doesn’t grow overnight so it’s important to maintain healthy hair while you’re trying to grow it out. Use a hair mask for 10-15 minutes once a week to maintain natural moisture in your hair.” Take heed of Grease’s Frenchy and “brush-a-brush-a-brush-a” promptly.

And bobby pins, according to Rose Garcia. “Bobby pins will be your new best friend. If you’re dealing with an unwanted fringe or layers, use bobby pins to pin back those unruly hairs to create a style you like. You may even want to disguise a fringe with a headband or headscarf. Use a volumising texture spray to help get short hair into place.” Play with one of hair’s biggest trends, and “explore the hair accessory option,” says Nader. “Make your embellishments the talk of the office and not your bad haircut. Embellish with metallic slide clips, scrunchies, headbands or vintage gems, there’s no end to what you can do here and before you know it you’ll be asking yourself, ‘What dodgy haircut?’”

“If you’ve got a million layers that you’re trying to control, just take the plunge and chop it off. Opt for a cool jawline bob, like hair guru Jen Atkin’s,” says Nader. And after Atkin recently declared, “short hair gives me life” on a recent trip to Sydney, we’ve been much more open to the sexiness of short hair (even for us long-time long-haired lasses). And everyone in Hollywood and beyond agrees. Undoubtedly the hairstyle of the moment, maybe it’s time to lop the rest off into a lob, bob or shob.

Get bulking, the natural way. “I’m a big fan of the Biotin vitamin, which I recommend to my clients who want to promote hair growth. This can help grow healthier and stronger hair and is a big plus for nails and skin.  It’s a good all-rounder that will be your new bestie,” says Nader. And the same goes for products: “Rethink your routine and try workshopping new product combination. If you’ve gone from long to suddenly short, go for products like Sea Salt Spray and Volume Paste that will boost texture to give the feel and illusion of more hair,” adds Scandizzo.

Repeat after me: hair grows. Hair grows. Hair grows. If you need to say it 15961961917 times, go right ahead, I sure did. But at the end of a tear-filled day, hair grows at least 1cm per month, so your locks will be lush again – patience is very much a virtue here. “To start growing out your new haircut as quickly as possible, focus on keeping your hair in the best condition possible. Boost hair health with a quality leave-in conditioner such as Miracle Hair Treatment,” Scandizzo says. And fellow Scandizzo Salon stylist Hermiz agrees, “It’s not end of the world! It’s hair! It grows.” Mine has grown – so much so – I’m booked in for a cut this week. With my OG, of course (he’s forgiven me, phew).

“Mastering the top knot is always a good option to disguise any short layers on top!” We agree, Paloma. Top-knots fix everything.


By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis


Textured, teased and tousled; it’s the hair style of Hollywood, and we want in. Stars hit the Oscars red carpet with variations, but there were two striking constants that remained; volume and ample texture.

Gently frizzed and outwardly teased, Jennifer Lawrence, Great Gerwig and Betty Gabriel all sported tresses which had been curled and textured with both height and volume. The focus was around the mid-lengths, with hair swelling out and around the face with drama (it was the Oscars, after all).

There was also no length prejudice – both big and small, long and short could enjoy the style. Jennifer Lawrence’s longer lengths were curled with a small barrelled tong and scrunched willingly. Greta Gerwig’s cropped, asymmetrical pixie was gritty and kinked to perfection. Hair was even pulled back into a half up ‘do on Get Out star Betty Gabriel, beautifully coiled and romantic.

But how to embrace this trend at home? We asked one of our favourite hairstylists, Anthony Nader, how to achieve those supremely tousled tresses – sans the poodle perm.

How to achieve this look?
To achieve masses of hair, the big secret is layering up the natural texture of your hair strands with product, or, in J-Law’s case….hair pieces en masse clipped in for the night out! Also, using your hot tools and tongs with confidence; curving and waving your hair with a barrel tong and thinking anything but loose and natural, ’cause that just isn’t going to cut it on the red carpet.

What products should we use?
Get your hands on a mousse that’s going to give you the va-va-voom and staying power. If your strands are on the finer side, I’d use a sea salt spray on the root area after applying the mousse to give more grunt to the area because this look is not about flat roots! Use a blow drier with your nozzle attached, as this directs the hot air directly onto the target area you want to sculpt. With your hot barrel tongs, aim for one that is ‘ceramic’ or ‘thermal’, as these benefits don’t zap the moisture out of your hair strands. Smooth over your famous, inspired hairstyle with a lovely cushion brush that has 100% boar bristle, as this baby will keep your hair appearing luxe and controlled all night long. Don’t be shy and invest in some human hair clip-in extensions that match perfectly with your own hair. You’ll be surprised how good they look, and how many celebs use them for red carpet events.

Is there a way to master the trend without the fuzz?
Fuzz is just the worst isn’t it? And hardly a winner in any hairstyle. Start off by always rinsing your hair on the coolest temperature water, as this will keep even the most unruly textured hair at bay and for the most part, looking smooth. Then try this – this is my secret tip to beautiful hair: use a nozzle on the end of your hairdryer always, as this makes your hair foolproof and combats fuzz with ease. Also, make sure you’ve had a “baby trim” before your big event. Snipping off your ends will showcase healthy ends and also appear thicker on the edge which is GOLD…Pardon the trophy pun! And when curling your sections, before you wrap them around your tong to reshape, always comb them smooth. This little trick is so important.

How do we keep it modern and not dated and daggy?
DON’T GO TOO WIDE! Having your hair shaped with width will definitely take you back to the ’80s and then all you need is leg warmers and fingerless gloves and you’re set. Another biggie to avoid is make sure your curl isn’t EXACTLY a curl / ringlet. Notice Jennifer’s big hair? Well her Stylist got it #SOright when it really could have gone SO wrong. It was big but not too big, it was curly but not too curly, there was height but not too much height. It was just SO good and I predict that Jen’s hair is the next big wave across the globe.



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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.










By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for grazia.com.au


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


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.


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!


Anthony Nader highlights his hair favourites as seen on beautycrew.com.au


No one uses more hair products and tools on a daily basis than a hairdresser. We asked one of Australia’s leading hairstylists, Anthony Nader what his go-tos are. These are the hair must-haves he keeps in his kit at all times.


Muk Style Stick


Wahl Compact Lite Dry 2000W

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