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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


Thinking of curtain bangs? Find out Anthony’s tips for creating this fave Pinterest haircut as seen in Vogue Australia


Alexa Chung Image credit: Getty Images

Alexa Chung
Image credit: Getty Images

Chop chop.


Pinterest has dubbed it a carefree cut and everyone is searching the term ‘curtain bangs’ but what exactly is the cut of the moment and why is it so popular all of a sudden?

Well, According to Pinterest searches for curtain bangs are up more than 100% year-over-year in the U.S, which is a lot of searches for the Bridget Bardot-esque fringe.

A quick picture research shows Bardot, Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller as the pin-up girls of the look, with their eye-grazing fringes that sit somewhere between a bang and a sweeping side fringe.

“The secret to curtain bangs is that they have to flutter way below the eyebrows so it gives that flirtatious feel. If the curtain is cut too short, it’s going to look too 30’s inspired and it will fail in giving that sexy curtain look,” Sydney-based hair stylist Anthony Nader.

“When I cut these bangs, I always take my section quite deep and wide, which gives the impact of emphasising the sexiness of this trademark look. The other key point I make when I cut this is to make sure that the middle of the bang is cut shorter, then angling longer towards the outside of the face. This gives that beautiful sweeping motion – giving off those secretive, sexy vibes,” Nader advises.


Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller


But be warned, this is a look the requires maintenance, as keeping your curtain bangs the right length will mean visiting your hair stylist every few weeks.

“For those of you who have a strong cowlick in the front, you can still maintain this look by using a small, round brush and blow-drying the cowlick in the complete opposite direction, so that it sits more flat on the face. This is key to executing this look correctly,” says Nader, adding, “Another way of maintaining the look is to make the hair appear soft and ethereal, not thick – so go easy on the hair product. Only use light-hold product or powder to give that light airiness to it.”

Time for a chop?

By Lilith Hardie Lupica for vogue.com.au


Anthony Nader gives us the blow-by-blow description on how to get the ‘no-chop-chop’ look as seen on smh.com.au

A major hair chop can be a real transformer and when Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Grace Hartzel sashayed onto Tom Ford’s spring summer runway it looked as if they had all taken the plunge.

According to hair stylist Orlando Pita,”Tom wanted to cut all of the girls’ hair off; this was my solution.”


Anthony Nader and Kendall Jenner backstage at the Tom Ford Show.

Anthony Nader and Kendall Jenner backstage at the Tom Ford Show.


Pita interpreted this extreme direction by creating a cleverly pinned short cut. He took the models’ hair, twisting and pinning the back section into submission and using his Recast Tinted Oil Spray Glazeand Climate Change Humidity Blocking Hairspray to create textured hair on top. The end result was hair that looked seriously cool.


Gigi Hadid opens for Tom Ford at New York Fashion Week. Photo: AP

Gigi Hadid opens for Tom Ford at New York Fashion Week. Photo: AP


Pita went on to say that the thing he likes about this hair style is that it will hopefully entice some real life chops.

“That’s the point; we want to inspire you to actually cut all of your hair off.” Australian hair stylist Anthony Nader worked backstage with Pit and gave us the blow-by-blow description on how to get the ‘no-chop-chop’ look.

Nader described the look as “dangerously sexy and very Tom Ford”.

The overarching brief was that Ford wanted “the models to look confident and strong with a little boyish attitude thrown in for good measure.”

“This hairstyle was a hit,” says Nader, “as everyone thought all the models had their famous locks chopped off when really they didn’t. It was really great and this style only took 15 minutes to produce back stage.”

Get the look

Nader talks us through the backstage steps:

·      If your hair strands are super soft and clean just spritz a little sea salt spray all over, so the hair has some grab to it and blast over it with your hairdryer using a large flat paddle brush.

·      Take a wide section at the top centre of your hair; brush it and smooth it back, then twist and secure this into a coil just below the crown then pull the coiled length to the front of your head.

·      Next, take two side sections in front of your ears and direct them back to meet the original coil on your crown and pin these flat and forward with bobby pins.

·      Tousle the pieces that have been brought to the front to mimic a pixie cut. To finish, spray with a light hairspray to keep hair in place.

·      If all else fails set your hair stylist the task.


By Stephanie Darling for smh.com.au


We are feeling loved and privileged to be included onto the HIS & HERS BEST list. Thank you Qantas.


From beard trims and shoeshines to manicures and blow-dries, these are the city’s best places to get primped and pampered.


Best barber

The Barberhood

Walk-ins are very welcome at this old-school barber best known for its traditional techniques. All cuts come with a hot towel and a dash of cologne at The Barberhood’s two CBD locations and clients also have the option of selecting their own playlist. Pull up a Japanese-made Takara Belmont chair and prepare for some serious man-time.



Best shave

Men’s Biz

Set aside half an hour to experience a hot-towel shave at Men’s Biz in the CBD’s Strand Arcade. The space is masculine and sleek – all timber, marble and metal. You can stock up on high-end grooming products while you’re there, too, including Amouage, Acqua di Parma and Geo. F. Trumper.




Best for beards

District Salon

This top-floor, light-filled, industrial haven in inner-city Surry Hills is nothing short of cool. Book in to District Salon for a beard trim and ask to see Stewart or Maddison – both know their stuff. The best part? You can sip a whisky (or beer) while you’re being clipped.

Best massage

The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham

A “sub-basement” may not sound like the most enticing location for indulgence but The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham will change that perception. Check in for the Absolute Aromatherapy massage and check out of reality. This “hero treatment” releases tension using neuromuscular and Swedish techniques. Afterwards, take a dip in the subterranean pool with starry sky mural overhead – it may be Sydney’s most striking spot to swim.


Best shoeshine

Prince Consort’s Shoe Shine Service

There’s shoeshine then there’s Prince Consort’s Shoe Shine Service. Established by Peter Cooke in 1990, the iconic kiosk in the city’s Strand Arcade offers four options. But choose the top-of-the-line Executive service; for $16, your best leathers will be washed, conditioned, polished and waxed – with a heel stain thrown in.


Best blow-dry

Raw Anthony Nader

It’s no secret that industry veteran Anthony Nader is a go-to for taming the tresses of some of Sydney’s most stylish women. A blow-dry at Raw means you’ll be whisked to the sanctuary at the back of the Surry Hills salon – a dimly lit, soundproof space where your hair will be washed with Oribe products and your head massaged for 10 glorious minutes. A blow-dry with Mr Nader himself will set you back $150 but the compliments you’ll receive are worth it.

Best facial

Melanie Grant

Jessica Gomes, Lara Worthington, Nicole Trunfio and Montana Cox all trust the same woman with their gorgeous complexions: Melanie Grant. The official skin expert for Chanel in Australia, she’s known for her exceptional facials; in particular, the Camera Ready Facial, comprising a customised antioxidant peel, hydration infusion and light therapy. Her eponymous Double Bay salon is a chic oasis decorated with bold shots of iconic ’90s supermodels, fresh flowers and covetable coffee-table books.

Best nails

Jocelyn Petroni

Jocelyn Petroni’s flagship salon in Woollahra counts Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Megan Gale as clients. The meticulous Classic manicure includes cuticle trimming, a hand and arm massage and a coat of Chanel polish.




Best brows 

Sharon Lee

At Sharon Lee, tweezing and waxing are tailored to an individual client’s skin tone and bone structure, as well as hair colour and texture. Settle in for a Brow Wow treatment and a glass of bubbles (champagne is included). You can splurge $180 for an appointment with “brow queen” Sharon Lee or $100 for a senior stylist – be sure to book ahead.

Best massage

The Darling Spa

Sprawled across the second floor of the luxurious Darling hotel, this softly lit space is serene, despite being metres from The Star casino. Indulge in the Bamboo massage, which combines Eastern and Western techniques. Designed to ease muscle tension, promote deep relaxation and slow down fast-moving minds, the treatment is 90 minutes of heaven. 

By KATE PHILLIPS, Junior Producer for travelinsider.qantas.com.au


Credit: Instagram, @gighadid

Credit: Instagram, @gighadid

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Instagram, @gighadid

Credit: Instagram, @gighadid

Time for cropped blonde bob? If Hollywood is anything to go by, we think yes. Anthony Nader has stepped in with some hair wisdom to consider before you go the full chop ‘n’ bleach.

Before going the shear, be mindful of your face and head shape and ask your hairdresser for their expertise on what length will enhance your new platinum tresses.

Hairdresser’s “talk” when you’re wanting blonde, and they automatically think of the colour chart scale 1 – 9; 9 being the lightest (think Katy Perry), and 1 being black. Remember that the darker you are naturally, the more process you will need to acquire the ideal blonde, and this also comes down to handing over more money because of the extra appointments, time allocation and product use. Keep in mind though, that if you’re on a budget and your hair is still orange, you need to have another bleach application to take the hair level lighter.

Just because you’re totally inspired by Kristen Stewart’s Chanel blonde crop, that doesn’t necessarily mean her tone will work with your skin tone. For instance, if you’re complexion is warm, you need to make sure your deserved blonde tone is learning more on a cooler / ash tone so this balances out.


Anthony Nader on Kate Middleton’s new haircut and who suits it best for body+soul!


Anthony Nader hair tips


You might never be able to find your Tupperware lids, or rely on your mate turning up to Saturday brunch on time, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s Kate Middleton having perfect hair.

The Duchess of Cambridge debuted her new ‘do at Wimbledon this week, wearing it down in a bouncy blowout.

While it’s not a Katy Perry style drastic chop, you can definitely tell that K-Middy has lopped off about 8-10cm of her famous tresses.

“Before, Kate’s haircut was long and drab,” says international hair stylist and founder of RAW Hair Sydney,  Anthony Nader. “This new style, which is a long version of the lob, is far more royal.”

That’s a long long bob, FYI – and a great gateway cut, for long hair lovers.

“Kate’s shorter length gives her more oomph which emphasises more texture and volume, and defines her beautiful facial features, cheekbones, and elongates her neck,” explains Nader.

If you’re thinking #hairspo, Nader says the style will suit both thin and thicker hair, but that you’ll need to consider your face shape before getting snip happy, and give your stylist some instruction.



“An oval is the most perfect face shape for Kate’s long lob, as the layers around the face will define your features. But if you’re more angular, like a square or diamond face shape, be wary that those same layers framing the face aren’t cut as short as Kate’s, otherwise it will make you look even more angular. Ask your hairdresser for them to fall at the jawline,” Nader recommends.

Cut conquered, next step is getting that bouncy glossy blowdry synonymous with George and Charlotte’s mum.

Nader has this easy to follow four-step advice for you.

  • For the best blowdry result, always start on freshly washed hair. You need a palette clean.
  • Be sure when conditioning beforehand, not to be precious, and put conditioner on the roots because this will only weigh your hair down. Instead, try a leave-in spray.
  • Next, with the hairdryer make sure you have a nozzle as this helps direct the air onto the area you want to sculpt. A round brush is really vital for that beautiful curve in the hair, and the more bristles the better, as this will help tame even the frizziest hair.
  • Finish by adding a super lightweight spray sheen, and my rule here is less is more.

Hair fit for a queen.

By Melissa Shedden for bodyandsoul.com.au


Anthony gives the scoop on why, this haircut is just so damn cool seen on 9Style



Actress Mila Kunis is the latest celebrity to swap her long locks for a short and sleek lob cut.

The low-profile star debuted her new ‘do, which sits effortlessly above her shoulders and perfectly frames her face, when she stepped out on a shopping trip in Los Angeles with husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, earlier this week.


Mila Kunis steps out with a fresh new lob cut. Image: Getty

The short, blunt cut is a bold beauty move from the That 70’s Show star, who has rarely ventured away from her signature long, brunette tresses since she wrapped her role on the hit TV show over a decade ago.

WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the premiere of STX Entertainment's "Bad Moms" at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Mila Kunis’s long hair has been one of her signature features. Image: Getty


The lob is low-maintenance but doesn’t skimp on style, which may have added to its appeal for the busy actress who gave birth to her second child, a son, Dimitri, in November last year.
Besides parenting duty, the 33-year-old has been busy filming her new film, Bad Moms 2, opposite co-stars Kristin Bell and Susan Sarandon. The new comedy is set to be released in November and is a follow-up to her 2016 hit flick Bad Moms.

The cool hairstyle has been Hollywood’s most sought-after haircut this year and it’s not growing out anytime soon.

Singer Selena Gomez, model Bella Hadid and Sofia Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie, have all delivered their own unique take on the shoulder-length crop.

“The beauty about going short is that you can always style your hair differently which I think is fun and it also gives you a chance to play around with your wardrobe,” hairdresser Anthony Nader told 9Style.

It was also the haircut that you couldn’t escape on the red carpet at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where actresses Robin Wright and Uma Thurman debuted their own stylish and polished long bobs, proving that it is a style that suits women of all ages.

“Having short hair is fun and you should try it at least once,” Anthony said.


Model Sofia Richie embraced messy lob cut. Image: Instagram/@sofia_richie

Model Sofia Richie embraced messy lob cut. Image: Instagram/@sofia_richie

By Harriet Armstrong for style.nine.com.au


Anthony Nader shares his tips on how to save time in the morning on your “am strand routine” as seen on whimn.com.au

Because the snooze button struggle is real.

Real talk: you’re probably not blow drying your hair as efficiently as you could be. And when it comes to things we’d rather be doing, the list is as long as our Netflix binge queue. To help speed up your AM strand routine, we stopped celebrity stylist Anthony Nader mid-blowout to get his best advice.

Pick the right brush for the job

Different hairbrushes work for different hair types, so it’s important to choose the right brush as the wrong one can damage your hair follicles.

Thick hair works best with nylon brushes as your hair is naturally more resistant and can handle a stronger pull from your brush – the nylon has more power than any other brush to get through to the roots and scalp, and this is exactly what you need for thicker hair.

Thin hair works best with vent hair brushes – the wide spaced bristles protect your hair and stop the thin stands from shedding and causing split ends. The thinner or together the bristles are on the brush, the less volume you’re going to accomplish.

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Get the settings straight

For curly hair – If you can let your strands dry naturally that’s less dehydrating, but if you have to give a once over with your hairdryer, set it on a lower heat as this will maintain the condition far better than the heat turned up on high.

For short hair – Don’t go too crazy with the heat. This will make your cool girl crop look like your off to the weekly bowling club raffles instead.

For straight hair – For those of you blessed with naturally straight strands you don’t have to turn the heat right up with blow drying. For extra sleekness however, use an extra-large paddle brush with loads of bristles as this helps keeping your hair photo finish.

Work your best angles

Blast your hair until its about 80% dry using only your fingers then use your brush to dry the other 20%. Use the nozzle of the hair dryer to smooth thick hair by sending the hot air downwards. For all over volume or for thick hair, blow the air against the natural downwards fall.

Keep the hairdryer angled so it is parallel to the brush to allow the hair to glide along the surface of the brush. Using the narrow nozzle attached to the end of your hairdryer will help you nail a poker straight mane with longevity and polish. A diffuser on the other hand encourages natural movement, rather than blasting it away with air.

Section off strands

Sectioning off your hair with clips means you won’t get lost and believe it or not, you’ll save time! Even if you only section it in half, you’ll have more organisation and structure and be quicker. Do the front section first, because that’s the focal point and then pin it away. Then divide the rest into four.

By Ashleigh Austen for whimn.com.au


Every woman loves going to the salon or spa for some attention and pampering, but going to your appointment prepared is the key to getting the best outcome.

Every woman loves going to the salon or spa for some attention and pampering, but going to your appointment prepared is the key to getting the best outcome. We went to the experts for their advice on how to make the most of your time.

The haircut

Give it some thought

Before taking the plunge with a new ‘do, take a few minutes to work out what you love about your hair, what you hate about it and what your lifestyle is like. “These three things will tell any good stylist all they need to give you the perfect cut,” says Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw salon. “For example, if you’ve got a hectic schedule, a high-maintenance cut may be impractical. Also, if that trendy razor-sharp bob you’re dying for won’t suit your face shape, be prepared to listen to the stylist’s advice. After all, it’s their experience you’re paying for.”

Be realistic

When looking for a change, keep your expectations in check. “Some clients will come in and just say, ‘Give me what’s in fashion’,” says Nader. “The truth is, we would all love to be walking down the catwalk with the latest style, but you have to be realistic about it and find what works for you.”

Get vocal

Getting a great haircut is easier if you speak freely with your stylist. “Your idea of ‘chopping it all off’ will be totally different to theirs, so be very clear about what you want to achieve,” says Nader. Treat every session as a lesson. Ask lots of questions and you’ll pick up tricks that you can use at home.

The hair colour

Have a consultation first

“A chat with your colourist before you book any treatment allows them to determine what you want and how much time to allow for it,” explains colourist Caterina DiBiase of Melbourne’s Heading Out Hair & Beauty Day Spa.

Be honest

Your stylist should know your hair colour history. Do you always visit the salon or have you been using home hair colour? What shampoo do you use? Do you use product every day? Are you a swimmer? All these things can affect your hair colour.

Come clean

Come to your appointment with your hair as you would ordinarily style it. “Hair should not be dirty, as oily hair looks darker than clean hair and we need to see your natural colour,” says DiBiase.

Colour code

If you’re bringing in a photograph of the colour you want, “Keep in mind that the colours in photographs are often retouched and may not be achievable,” says DiBiase. “You are better off coming to the salon early and looking at books and colour charts.”

Consider maintenance

This is especially important if you’re changing your colour by more than a couple of shades. Think about how much time you can spare to maintain your colour. Subtle highlights can be touched up every 12 weeks or so, but if you have dark hair and go blonde, your roots will need redoing every three weeks.

The massage

Choose the right treatment

Before you book in, think about your reason for seeking treatment. Are you in need of relaxation, rehabilitation or nurturing? “If you like really strong, firm massage with a lot of pressure-point work then the best ‘relaxation’ massage in the world isn’t going to be ideal for you,” says acupuncturist and massage therapist Keri Krieger, from Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold Coast.

Give a brief debriefing

Tell the therapist about any injuries or areas of concern, and what you’d like them to concentrate on during the session. “It’s always good to simply cover any concerns at the start of the treatment. This includes the temperature of the room, or if the music is too loud,” adds Krieger.

Just surrender

Trust your therapist’s expertise. “Just let go, focus on your breathing and let the other things on your mind fall away,” says Krieger.

Speak up right away

Don’t assume the therapist can interpret your nonverbal cues. If the pressure is too hard or soft, tell them. If you’d like silence during the treatment, speak up or just drift off. “Even the most inappropriately chatty therapist will get the hint if you fall asleep and don’t answer back,” says Krieger.

Manicure and pedicure

Make the most of your next manicure or pedicure with these tips from beauty expert Christina Fitzgerald.

Arrive on time

It’s rude to keep the manicurist waiting. And let the manicurist know at the beginning of the treatment how much time you have and if you have to rush off somewhere.

Have a consultation first

Be prepared to have a proper consultation to determine the best treatment for your concerns on the day.

Be hygienic

Make sure you arrive with clean hands, feet and nails.

Be polite

Don’t spend the whole session talking on your phone.

Honesty is the best policy

Tell your manicurist all the problems you are having with your hands and feet. Don’t hide anything.

Serial smudging

Don’t even think about dipping into your handbag with wet nails! And if you’re a serial smudger, don’t expect your manicurist to fix your nails for free.

Appropriate footwear

If you’re having a pedicure, wear open-toe shoes or thongs.

By Naomi Jackson for bodyandsoul.com.au