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HOW TO KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY THIS SUMMER. Words by Anthony seen ELLE.

How To Keep Your Hair Healthy In Summer

Summer’s triple threat of sun, sweat and seawater can leave your strands worse for wear. Stylist Anthony Nader, owner of Raw salon in Sydney, shares his tips for maintaining a healthy mane throughout the hot spells.

How should you alter your hair-care routine?

Summer hair needs more hydration—make sure it’s being fed with the correct hydration products. Also take a look at your heat-styling habits. Use a hairdryer with multiple heat settings and avoid the highest temperature. To create soft waves or curls, go for hot rollers which pack less heat, and give a more natural, bouncy finish.

When pulling hair up off the shoulder for some cool relief, try a sleek topknot, using leave-in conditioning spray or nourishing serum in the ponytail before winding it into a bun. This way, the looks chic but is also being treated.

For a more casual look go for a loose, boho braid—a hairstyle that never goes out of fashion and is super-easy to achieve. Use a hydrating treatment through the ends of the hair before braiding it.

 

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Is it important to use sun protection?

An SPF spray will fill open cuticles along the hair strands, acting as a barrier to the sun’s rays. Remember to let the SPF soak into your hair for a few minutes before going swimming.

Any post-beach advice?

Give your locks a thorough rinse under a tap to rinse away excess salt, then spray on a hair oil for extra conditioning. Also, use a hair mask once a week to boost hydration and strengthen hair cuticles.

Although it’s tempting to leave a treatment in for longer than suggested, know that hair can only absorb so much. If the hair needs a double dose, rinse off the first application and re-apply the same amount, for the same specified time.

 

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How can you prevent colour fading or changing from sun exposure?

It starts in the colourist’s chair. The guideline should be always staying within one to three shades from your natural hue. The lighter the colour, the more dehydration—not to mention more upkeep. Also, remember the sun is going to give hair natural highlights, so there isn’t a real need to get dramatically lighter in the hotter months.

Try to only wash your hair two or three times a week instead of every day—this will prevent stripping the colour by over-cleansing—and use a shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair.

Also, next time you’ve got an appointment with your hairdresser, ask them to prescribe the best hair treatment tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle and how much swimming you do. If your hair has become brittle, it may simply need a dose of protein.

WHY IS MY HAIR GETTING SHORTER BY THE DAY? Seen WHIMN

“Did you get a haircut?” a friend asked me recently.

It was a harmless question, but it still made me feel uneasy. I had in fact had a haircut a few months ago, but I’d seen this friend since. Many times.

The ‘haircut’ of which she spoke was something I too had noticed. My strands were splitting and breaking so frequently that my once chest-length hair was inching towards my shoulders. The ends were straw-like. Despite only ever being subjected to blunt cuts, they were visibly varied in length.

Yes, I realised the blonde balayage I’d had put through my naturally dark brown hair was partly to blame. But that had been over a year ago and I’d had plenty of trims since then.

I also knew the cheaply-made shampoos I frequently used weren’t the best for it. But surely that wasn’t enough to cause fatally damaged hair?

I racked my brains as to what it could be. But when I came up blank and after yet another ‘did you get a haircut?’ question, I decided it was time to consult a professional.

“Salt water,” hair extraordinaire Anthony Nader told me. I was sitting in a salon chair at his Surry Hills studio Raw.

I’d explained the situation as he’d run his comb through my hair sending more breakage to the floor.

“The salt dries it out – especially if you’re swimming a lot in the ocean.”

It made sense. I did go for daily dips down at Bondi. Not only that, but because I loved natural beach waves, when I showered afterwards, I wouldn’t let the running water touch my hair. I’d then rock my salt water waves for the rest of the day.

My locks now combed, I stared in the mirror at them. They looked brittle and unkempt.

“Your hair needs more conditioner,” Nader said. “Your strands are really thirsty for moisture. Every bit of moisture they can take, they’ll just suck it up and rejoice.”

He went on, explaining it wasn’t just the salt water; other factors had contributed to its current dire condition.

Despite what I’d believed, the year-old bleach was actually still playing a big part. Once hair has been coloured, making sure you’re feeding it enough moisture is imperative.

The other factor was the sun. Australia has some of the harshest rays in the world, and this past year we’d seen even more of them with an extended summer lasting nearly five months.

So what to do moving forward? What should a bleached strands beachgoer like myself be doing to protect their hair next time summer rolls around?

First up, the ideal scenario: dampen your hair in outdoor showers, coat it with a cream conditioner the size of a ten cents piece, comb it through, then wrap it up and tuck it into a swim cap. Wetting it first allows the conditioner to absorb better.

Though it did sound effective, realistically, I knew if I were at the beach with friends on the weekend, I wouldn’t be donning a swim cap.

I asked for a less extreme version. It was this: still dampen your hair and put the conditioner in, but instead of using a swim cap, tie it up using a snag-free elastic. If you didn’t have cream conditioner, a spray leave-in one could work too.

Either way, the conditioner would act as a barrier – a shield so the salt water wouldn’t absorb into the hair cuticle as much.

If you didn’t have any conditioner handy, the next best thing would be to rinse the hair in a shower straight after, Nader said.

“You’ve got to rinse that salt out. The salt is what’s going to dry out your hair.”

But even if you did use conditioner and a swim cap every time you went in the sea, some breakage would be inevitable.

To combat this, a baby trim – a dusting of the hair – every six to eight weeks would go a long way towards its health. As counterintuitive as it may seem, doing so would actually help maintain your hair’s length.

Next summer, I’ll be prepared. Though it’s more than likely my damage prevention routine won’t be featuring a swim cap, I do now have more than a few other tricks to try.

Here’s hoping for healthy hair… finally.

5 THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP DOING TO YOUR HAIR FOREVER seen Daily Mail

  • Celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader, revealed what’s ruining your locks
  • According to the professional, overwashing is a mistake so many of us make
  • His other major errors are using too much heat and rubbing your hair dry

Luscious locks is the goal of many women.

But did you know that some of your common haircare habits are in fact hindering your goals?

FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who looks after the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the six things you need to stop doing to your hair forever for beautiful tresses.

From overwashing to rubbing your hair dry, some of what he says might surprise you.

1. Overwashing

According to Anthony, the first thing we all do too much is washing:

‘In Australia, I believe we wash our hair way too much,’ he told FEMAIL.

‘Instead we need to practise what the chic Parisians do and wash our hair strands once or twice a week max.’

Not only does washing reduce the brightness of any colour you have in your locks, but it also activates the sebaceous glands and tells them to produce more oil while the natural oils are stripped.

All of this means dull, lifeless and somewhat lank locks.

2. Rubbing it dry

You know the drill. You’re in a rush to get into work, your hair is wet and so you start furiously rubbing at it with a towel in the hope that this will speed up the drying process and do your hair no harm.

But, you should stop right there if you believe Anthony, who said rubbing your hair dry is doing it a great deal of damage and not helping get dry quicker:

‘Don’t rub, blot,’ he told FEMAIL.

‘Reason being that when you blot your hair, the water will absorb a lot faster than rubbing.

‘When you rub your strands, not only does this 80s technique cause unwanted hair breakage, but it will also make coloured strands frizzy.’

Something no one wants.

3. Using too much heat

‘No hair needs excessive heat and you’re only doing your strands more harm than good when your heated tools are turned up high,’ Anthony said.

He recommends starting at around 150 degrees to see how your hair is performing, and then ‘go in lots of ten from there’ if it needs it.

‘Highly-coloured, processed blondes should especially heed this advice,’ he added.

Ditch the hot tools and you’re sure to notice an improvement in general condition.

4. Tying your hair too tight

For a time, super high, super tight ponytails were all the rage.

These were often called the ‘Croydon facelift’, after British supermodel, Kate Moss pioneered the style.

However, hairdresser Anthony said that in fact, your love of super tight ponytails has done you no good.

‘Those tight ponytails from your youth will pay you back now,’ he said – adding that they’ll stop baby hairs from growing out.

‘With any hairstyle you do in the future, loosen off the hair band and give those babies a chance to grow.’

5. Combing from the top down

While it might sound logical to comb your hair from the top downwards when it’s wet, in fact the opposite is true.

‘If you start from the top of your crown and drag your comb down, it will be a right old mess by the time you reach the bottom,’ Anthony said.

‘When combing your damp strands, instead grab a wide tooth comb and start from the nape area (ends first), working your way up to the roots.’

The hairdresser said that this will ensure you are breaking as few hairs as possible.

6. Going too hard on the bleach

Finally, the cardinal sin committed by so many women in pursuit of perfect bleach blonde hair is too much bleach.

And Anthony said you need to cut back.

‘There’s no need to have the full service of having bleach applied to your hair strands, as if it’s done right in the first place in the foil positioning, you’re saving extra bucks in the long run,’ he said.

‘Ask your hair colourist’s advice with the bleach and see if you can only have this applied every second or third salon visit.

‘Your locks can only take so much bleach – you don’t want your strands to snap off in the process.’

By Sophie Haslett for Daily Mail Australia

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CUT YOUR HAIR IF YOU WANT TO GROW IT? Anthony’s spills the beans as seen WHIMN

Chop chop.

Whether you went ahead and chopped off a few inches in search of the lob or went for a full-blown fringe, suddenly we’re going to great lengths for some extra length.

According to hair maestro, Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader salon, the key to maintaining your mane and avoiding your hairdresser needing to lop off a good couple of inches is making sure you keep on top of that six-weekly ‘baby’ trim.

“A baby trim is when you don’t want a haircut but you really just need a few millimetres taken off to strengthen and keep the ends looking healthy so they will grow nicely. By doing this you’re keeping split ends at bay and your strands will grow faster and more importantly, stronger.”

The obvious signs of crossing that line are very clear.

Leaving your haircut too long between cuts will only encourage those split ends to split further up the hair shaft, which then leads to your hairdresser snipping even more length off which isn’t the goal for growing your hair.

“Your ends will become more wispy and frayed, so in turn your hair style won’t perform as well and you won’t get the longevity to last the distance,” explains Nader.

“For those with coloured hair, your ends will tend to look dehydrated and faded, so you can keep your colour looking sharp by having the ends trimmed.”

But you can give your strands a helping hand – literally.

“Give yourself a rosemary oil scalp massage. You simply add a couple of drops to your shampoo or, dilute it with another oil like olive or coconut, and apply it directly to your scalp and massage it in and then rinse it out after a few minutes.”

And when you’re making your next product investments, make sure you ask your hairdresser to prescribe you key scientific ingredients as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, omega 9, castor oil and coconut as “these guys will give your hair strands a 100% boost”.

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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

5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE DAMAGING YOUR HAIR

Anthony Nader shares his top five ways to ban the breakage as seen in GRAZIA.com.au

Keeping your hair healthy and gloriously glossy can often be a most difficult task.

With so many variants that persist to harm our hair, often just trying to sustain a damage-free ‘do’ is the hardest part.

LACK OF SLEEP CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS
Congratulations, because from here on in you’re free to go to bed as early as you want, and if your partner says, “Why so early?”, your sweet reply will be, “Do you want me to lose my hair”? Sleep is so essential for not only your hair but your whole body to repair itself correctly. If you don’t find time to get those #zzzzzzz in, your body is going to lack the nutrients and minerals and your hair shaft will become weak. This will cause each strand to thin out and may result in hair loss, damage and maybe even balding.

THE SUN CAN BE MORE HARMFUL THAN YOU THINK
We all love the sun being down under and all, but too much over exposure of the sun will cause damage to your hair. Natural hair oils are vital for longevity and this comes from the scalp, which is technically called sebum. Sebum helps protect each hair strand from the natural elements like the sun’s rays to create a barrier. Without this one main property coating your strands, this can result in hair breakage or shedding.

MOVE YOUR PONYTAIL AROUND
And by this I mean the base of the tail ladies, unless of course you’re embracing a wild ’60’s dance routine that you’ve been practising on the low down. Sporting the same ponytail in the same position every day can wreak havoc and cause serious hair breakage around the hairline over time.
So from here on in, position your ponytail in semi different areas. This can also change up what outfit you’re wearing that day, which always adds more fun too.

DONT STRETCH OUT YOUR WET STRANDS
This is one of the worst habits you may fall into and it’s so easy to do without even thinking you’re guilty of it. Reason being is the hair strands are at their most sensitive and fragile when wet, and when the strands are being combed with a fine tooth comb they tend to not bounce back and can even snap off. Ladies with highly coloured hair, this screams your name loud and clear and from here on in…..go easy on your most prized possession!

DITCH THE COTTON PILLOWCASES
I know, I know, but, the natural fibres of the cotton fabric will cause friction to your strands while you sleep, and especially if you’re a rough sleeper. Opt for changing your pillow cases to either silk or satin, as these fabrics are smoother and don’t rough up your cuticle at all compared to cotton. You may have found that those of you with lighter coloured hair need more lovin’ here compared to your darker haired counterparts. Note also, that if your hair has bleach in it, you need to definitely venture over to the silky smooth road, for better hair days ahead.

By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for GRAZIA.com.au

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