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HOW TO BLOWDRY YOUR HAIR AT HOME. Get Anthony’s insider tips and tricks for the perfect blowdry. Seen news.com.au

The Beauty Diary by Rebekah Scanlan: How to blow dry your hair at home

There’s nothing quite like that freshly blow-dried feeling.

And while we all love a professional blowout, it’s one hair treat that feels like it is impossible to recreate at home (no matter how hard we try).

In fact, it was voted the biggest beauty dilemma in a poll of almost 9000 The Beauty Diary readers, with a staggering 1500 of you calling for help with an at-home blow-dry.

So I’ve brought in the big guns.

Renowned Australian hairstylist Anthony Nader from RAW in Surry Hills, told The Beauty Diary that when it came to recreating a salon worthy blow out, there was one major mistake most of us make.

“People always overdo it with their styling products,” he said. “It’s the biggest mistake I see and hear all the time. Less is always more.”

Martha Kalifatidis had super-long extensions until very recently when she sat in Anthony Nader's chair. Picture: Instagram/Martha Kalifatidis

The MAFS alum was described as ‘unrecognisable’ by some fans when she debuted a much shorter hairdo recently. Picture:

The celebrity stylist recently convinced Married At First Sight alumn Martha Kalifatidis to ditch her extra-long hair extensions in favour of a chic, trendy “lob”. Martha’s loyal fans had a lot to say about the hair transformation, with one declaring on Instagram her new short hairdo made her “completely unrecognisable”.

Fellow hairstylist Justine Eeve from Sydney’s Hair&Harlow told The Beauty Diary the trick was all in what you were using on your hair and catering to your own type.

“The right products make a big difference to making your life easy when it comes to home styling,” she said.

“It starts in the shower but includes heat protection and the right hairdryer. Healthier hair is the easiest to style and hold.”

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BEGIN YOUR WITH THE BASICS

For the total novice, the first thing you need to know is to start with wet hair, preferably freshly washed with a product that’s suited to your hair type.

“Use a professional quality shampoo and conditioner as it is so important,” Justine said. “For a good all rounder that works with all hair types, I recommend Evo Ritual Salvation. If your locks are a bit tougher to wrangle, go for the Evo Mane Tamer.”

You can buy the products individually or together in “Buddies” bundles for about $60, like this one from adorebeauty.com.au.

You can buy Evo products in salons and at selected online retailers like Adorebeauty.com.au. Picture: Supplied

READY, SET, DRY

Once your hair is squeaky clean, it can be tempting to get stuck into styling while it’s still soaking wet.

But, because water makes it hard for the bonds of your hair to “set” into their natural form, Anthony advises blasting it with your hairdryer first to take some of the weight out.

“A common mistake people make at home is simply blotting dry their hair. If you blast it first, drying it by at least 80 per cent, this will cut down your drying time and mostly, your arms wont feel like you’ve just done shoulder presses at the gym,” he said.

Justine advises against rushing though this process, pointing out one reason a lot of us love a salon hair job is because it’s not done fast.

“The key is patience. Your stylist always gets a smooth and polished look is because the take their time with your locks but if you allow time and you will get a longer lasting, finished result,” she said.

Hot tip: If you are going to blast your hair to dry it off before you begin, make sure you apply your heat protection first.

While I’m no hair expert, I’ve been loving Davroe’s Thermaprotect, which costs $23.95 and is available online and in salons. You can spritz this stuff onto dry and wet hair, and I find it doesn’t dry out my ends, which is a battle I have with my porous strands.

This natural, vegan Aussie brand offers a light heat protector that doesn't weigh down fine hair but is tough enough to withstand our brutal demands. Picture: Supplied

CHOOSING YOUR STYLING PRODUCTS

Once your hair is just damp, you’re ready to get cracking with the styling. Oh wait, no you’re not — you need to apply your styling products first.

If you’re looking for volume, most stylists suggest using a mousse or a foam to give you that boost.

My pick is Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse, which is an investment at $56. But the lightweight foam doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or looking greasy and a little goes a long way, which helps to justify the price.

Don't look at this price tag through your fingers, it's justifiable thanks to it's lovely light formula. You can pick this up at Adorebeauty.com.au. Picture: Supplied

At home I dry my hair with the Panasonic Advanced Moisture Infusing Hair Dryer, which has recently hit the market and I was lucky enough to be sent to try it out as I definitely can’t afford the $349 price tag.

It has some fancy “quick dry” technology that makes your hair dry faster, and through some wizardry I don’t fully understand, it makes your hair softer as it somehow blasts moisture back into your strands as you dry it. Like I said, I can’t explain it, but it works. I also love that it’s foldable, which works in my chaotic bathroom. I’d definitely recommend and buy this if mine needed replacing.

By some form of magic, this hair dryer dries hair quicker than any other hairdryer I've used before and leaves it so bloody soft. Picture: Supplied

FINE HAIR

Schwarzkopf Professional national ambassador Dee Parker Attwood told The Beauty Diary it was “important to build a good foundation” when styling fine hair.

“You need it to be able to hold the styling in place,” she said.

“Look for weightless formulas that help plum up the strands of hair and give your hair body, staring with a small amount of volume mousse.”

Dee’s pick is Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Volumizing Mousse, which she suggests you add to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair to give it some grip. It costs $25.95 and is available in select salons and online.

She also recommends using a “good” hairdryer on finer locks, suggesting the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which costs $549.

“It has the right features for fine hair types,” she explained. “You can use the cool shot button to set your style in place and stop it from dropping. It also adds shine.”

While don’t have one of these at home due to its extraordinary price, I often use one after my weekly Barry’s Bootcamp class as they have them in the change rooms, and the silky finish is amazing. It makes my hair reflect like a mirror and feels super soft to touch.

Blow dry your hair like a pro with this baby, but maybe ask your mum/boyfriend/husband to buy it for you for Christmas as it costs $549. Picture: Supplied

THICK HAIR

Blow drying thick hair can be a daunting task, Dee says — but it can be made easier. However great tools will really help with the job.

“My top tips are to towel dry your hair to begin with and then arm yourself with a strong dryer. The Parlux 3800 is best and I’d team it with so Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Big Blast, a volumising gel that gives a sturdy root lift,” she said.

While the Parlux hairdryer comes in cheaper than a Dyson, it’s still going to set you back $200.

This hairdryer won big in industry awards last year, being named the 'best hairdryer'. Picture: Supplied

This is great for thick hair as it give strong support which can hold volume injected into heavier and thicker hair types. It costs $23.95. Picture: Supplied

Hot tip: Thicker hair has a better ability to lasting longer between washes than finer hair, so you can freshen your blow out between washes with a dry shampoo. Click here to read The Beauty Diary’s favourites.

CURLY HAIR

Curly hair is notoriously the hardest hair to blow dry, but there are some products you can use to help make it smooth sailing.

Dee suggests investing in a good hair-dryer which comes with a diffuser, explaining the Dyson Supersonic “has an excellent diffuser for curly hair”.

Curly hair works better with minimal product (so go low on heat with your hair dryer later on). Justine suggests Moroccanoil Volume Mousse and for smooth ends Olaplex. If you want to try this, shop around. I had a quick look on Google and found it costs $47.95 on Adorebeauty.com.au but you can pick it up at Oz Hair and Beauty for $33.50.

SHORT HAIR

Anthony’s pick is Surf Spray By Bumble And Bumble as it adds texture and character to locks without weighing them down. According to one review on Mecca.com.au, the $41 product gives “sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever”.

Sadly salt sprays dry out my hair — but they’re perfect for those effortless beachy waves we drool over on Instagram.

This chic product can be found at Mecca for $41 and is approved by celebrity stylist Anthony Nader. Picture: Supplied

YOUR BRUSH IS KING

No matter your hair type, you’ll need to grab a big bristled brush like the GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush. I love this one as the barrel holds the heat long enough for me to actually do what I need to do, usually creating a bit of extra volume.

I'm a fan of this 35mm ceramic barrel brush from GHD which costs $38. Picture: Supplied

“I’m a fan of a medium to large boar bristle brush and with loads of bristles,” Anthony said, adding it was all about “#BristlesForDays”.

“These bristles will do the hard work for you, that’s why you need to invest in the right brushes.”

He also warns not to invest plastic ones, saying they’re a waste of money and bad for the environment.

STEPS TO BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR FROM ANTHONY NADER:

First up, section your hair properly, keeping it simple and clean.

“This is going to fasten up your drying time,” Anthony said.

“Place in your desired part line and separate into four even sections. Take diagonal sections starting around your hairline first as the front half is visual, it needs the love with your brushes here. The back area is more forgiving.”

Once you’re sectioned up, you should grab your round brush and pull it through with your dryer “starting at the back and work your way forward”.

Anthony is the man who convinced Martha to ditch her trademark extensions. Picture: Instagram / Anthony Nader

“Wrap the hair around your brush and twist the hair around it to add more volume,” he said. You can even add a twist at the end to give the hair a loose wave.

And if you’re one of those people is better at working on one side than the other, Anthony suggests starting with the side you find the hardest.

“Always start on your weaker side and then progress to your easy side,” he said.

“It will feel uncomfortable at first, but if you start here at the beginning your all fresh and ready to conquer and then by the time you reach your easy breezy side you’ll be sailing along.”

SET YOUR BLOW OUT IN PLACE

When setting your style, your best friend is always a spray that will help your hair look shiny, sleek and frizz-free for the whole day. In my opinion, you can’t beat the classic L’Oreal Elnett Satin Supreme Hold. This product can be picked up at a heap of places, such as drug stores and supermarkets and costs just$10.95.

This baby can be found everywhere, such as Priceline, Woolies and Coles. Picture: Supplied

Anthony also suggests giving your roots a spritz of your dry shampoo and massaging in for a little extra “va, va voom”. Flip your head back, give your strands a brush through and you are good to go.

 

HOW TO GET KATE MIDDLETON’S ROYAL WAVY BLOWOUT.

How to replicate Kate Middleton’s perfectly bouncy blow out

We all saw Kate Middleton make her elegant entrance into the first annual Addiction Awareness Week gala on Thursday.

Her Barbara Casasola dress was perfect, her Jimmy Choo heels were perfect, everything was what we’ve come to expect from the perfect Duchess of Cambridge.

But her hair, took her look to a whole new level of perfection and we’ve been obsessing over it since we saw her sunlit, bouncy blow-out float into the gala.

Related: Kate Middleton’s latest gala look might just be her best yet

The Duchess’ hair always looks immaculate but there was definitely something different about this particular hairstyle, so we asked hairstylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, for a concise how-to, because who doesn’t want a royal blow out like Kate’s?

Damp hair to begin

To achieve this lush royal blow out, Anthony says to start with damp hair and a volumising conditioning foam, to give your hair the ultimate body required.

(Products worth a try: Eleven Volume Foam, Pantene Pro-V Foam Volume and Body Conditioner)

Work the product through from root to end, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb.

Section off your hair

Inside your part line separate the hair up into four even sections, leaving the bottom section out and clipping the rest away.

Grab you big bristle brushes

“I would then use two large radial brushes with loads of bristles, this is going to help the hair look more refined and polished,” says Anthony.

Heat, and then cool, your hair

Take your first section up to the crown, blow drying it vertically. Once the section feels dry, mold your hair around the bristles, allowing it to sit on your head to cool. Once you’ve finished the next segment you can remove the first brush to use on your third segment. Continue this method until you’re whole head is dry.

“Make sure the brush work is always winding away from the face, to give that ultimate royal wave that we are after,” says Anthony.

Anthony’s pro tip: Want more staying power? Divide the hair in half, flip the top half away and grab the largest curling tong you have. Make sure it is XXL! Then take a 3-4 inch segment and wind it up.

Once the underneath layer is complete, you can un-clip the top section and do the same by winding from root to mid-length only.

For a final touch, run your fingers through the hair so it looks a bit more effortless, just like Kate’s.

Still obsessed with her blow-out? Scroll to see it from even more angles.

(You’re welcome).

HOW DO YOU GET FRENCH GIRL HAIR? Anthony’s latest Spring scoop seen ELLE

How To Create Smooth Parisian Waves, According To Anthony Nader

Anthony Nader, hairstylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW salon, who’s past work experience includes styling models for Milan Fashion Week (and working alongside hair legend Luigi Murenu) shared with ELLE his tips for creating smooth wavy hair—straight from backstage.

“The look is an opulent woman that didn’t need too much fuss and knew how to carry herself. The hair reflected the feeling that was smooth and had airiness to it so it floats when walking.”

Five easy steps to smooth Parisian Waves

1. On dry hair, start by using lightweight foam from roots to the ends and brush through evenly.

2. Keep your part-line a bit off centre so it doesn’t look too contrived and smooth over the length with an extra-large paddle brush while using a hairdryer with nozzle attached to smooth down any roughness the hair might have. Also, using a boar bristle brush will keep split ends at bay.

3. Use your large barrel curling tong and take extra-long vertical sections starting from the front of the ear and wind back away from the face to the middle, then do the same in the other side winding back towards the middle. When winding the hair with the barrel tongs keep the sections vertical as you want to just create a ripple effect and not va va voom volume.

4. Mould hair tight and clean in the front and tuck the hair behind your ears, keeping the front smooth.

5. Brush the back and don’t restrict it from floating to enhance the softness.

WHEN YOU’RE CRAVING THE BEST HAIR SALON SYDNEY FOR TEXTURE

HAIR – Anthony Nader

Hello RAW fans & hope you’re all keeping dry and warm today.

We just wanted to show you our latest shoot which came out in July issue Vogue.

It’s masses of waves topped up with volume & cool texture for good measure.

It’s important when you want to achieve & enhance your natural texture, is by using a diffuser which we absolutely love.

The beauty about the diffuser is that you only get the heat distribution & not all that air, blowing your hair strands around like you’re in a wind tunnel.

Here’s how we got the look for our latest campaign for our best hair salon Sydney.

  1. On damp hair apply your volumizing product from roots to ends.
  2.  Shake out the excess moisture up to 80% with your hairdryer so your arms don’t get tired.
  3. Rake your strands through from roots to ends with a wide tooth comb.
  4. Attach your 385 Parlux Diffuser on the end of your Parlux hairdryer
  5. Now use circular movements all over your head & making sure your scrunching up your hair into your palms to give that extra oomph.
  6. Then always finish with 30 seconds of the cool shoot button on the hairdryer, as this sets the hair shape into place which gives more longevity……you have to give this trick a whirl Best Hair Salon Sydney readers.

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+ Parlux Hair Dryer https://www.sydneysalonsupplies.com.au/parlux/parlux-385-hair-dryer-ceramic-ionic-choose-colour.html

+ Parlux Diffuser https://www.sydneysalonsupplies.com.au/parlux/parlux-diffuser-for-385.html

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WHAT’S BEEN OUR TOP FIVE HAIR TRENDS AT SYDNEY FASHION WEEK? Seen Daily Mail

The top four hairstyles from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia: Celebrity hairdresser shows you how to wear the biggest trends to hit the catwalk this season

Fashion Week is just as much about the beauty and hairstyles as it is about the fashion.

But with so many talented hairdressers backstage to help the models achieve luscious locks and get runway ready, how can you achieve them at home?

FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the top trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

1. Loose curls

Model Jessica Gomes rocked loose curls on the runway for swimwear brand Jets.

The glam, yet beach vibe was directed by Lea-Ann Suthern, who led a team of 11 TONI&GUY stylists.

According to Anthony, the first thing you need to do to achieve this look is to give your strands a good wash.

‘Apply a medium hold mouse from roots to ends on freshly washed hair, then blast dry 80 per cent as this fastens up the drying time,’ he tells FEMAIL.

‘Take wide horizontal sections starting at the back and blow dry with a large round brush for volume.’

Anthony says to keep using this method all the way to the front hairline and stretching the roots in a upward direction.

‘Grab a medium sized hot barrel tong starting at the front hairline winding your sections away from your face and do this all the way around till you reach the middle of the head,’ he adds.

‘Rake out your waves and for extra hold, use a firm hairspray and spray your roots and ends.’

2. Top knot   

Top knots are often used as a quick solution to a bun, but this simple hairstyle which was shown on the runway at Anna Quan takes the standard messy bun to fashionable in minutes.

‘Skip the hair wash today as your in luck you you’ve just saved yourself 15 to 30 minutes,’ says Anthony.

‘Tip your head over and give your roots a good spray with a dry shampoo and massage in evenly.

Next, he says to pull your hair up high into a ponytail, so it sits beautifully on your crown of your head and secure at the base with a snag free elastic.

‘Brush the tail clean and smooth then wrap the tail around the base and pin,’ he adds.

3. Fishtail braid

The fishtail braid also made an appearance at the Anna Quan show. Hairstylist Byron Turbull opted for the braid on models with long hair and paired it with some copper wiring wound through.

Anthony says there’s no need to wash your hair for this textured fishtail braid as gritty hair works best.

‘In fact use a dry shampoo all over to get even more added texture,’ he says.

‘Rake the body of the hair on the scalps surface so its knot free but still textured as you want that lived in vibe and secure a low ponytail at the nape area.

‘Braid your pony now into a loose fishtail and don’t be too precious about getting it too clean as this is the magic statement you want everyone to see,’ he advises.

‘Tie up the end of the tail and by all means if you feel like adding more softness to the fishtail now is the time to play.’

Feel free to use accessories and hair jewellery in the fishtail braid which will add more glamour to the look.

Hair charms are popular like those KELA, which were used in the CMEO fashion show by hair director Lauren McCowan.

4. High hair 

To nail the high hair look, you must give your locks a good wash. This will ensure there are no oily and dirty strands so you can achieve maximum lift on the roots.

‘Saturate your roots and mid lengths now with a sea salt spray and use a wide comb and rake through for an even texture right through,’ says Anthony.

‘Divide hair into four even sections and take your sections from the nape area and blow dry with a medium sized brush ensuring your stretching the roots to the ends to form that beautiful luxe movement.

‘Once the back area is complete, now use the same method at the front area.’

For extra height, Anthony suggests teasing the root area and using your hairspray for extra grab, then smooth over the surface and give your hair a final spray.

HOW TO GET GIGI HADID’S MET GALA HAIR Seen BYRDIE

So the Met Gala 2018 arrivals have just wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean we’re done pouring over each and every single beauty look we were #blessed with this morning (quite literally, thanks to the ‘Heavenly Bodies‘ theme). While there were countless jaw-dropping looks across the board, one we can’t quite get over is Gigi Hadid’s. Her custom Versace gown is made all the more special with the bounciest blow dry we’ve ever seen. And those gold barettes? All of a sudden they’re at the top of our wish list. Lusting as hard as we are? Luckily, renowned Sydney stylist Anthony Nader gave us all of the tips for recreating it at home, Met Gala invite or not. Scroll on for all the details.

  1. To make your hair mega-watt shiny, make sure you wash with a high-gloss shampoo and conditioner first. This will now give your hair that high-impact sheen required to nail Hadid’s look.
  2. Next up, towel dry before using a blow dryer to rough dry it to about 80 percent (this will quicken up the process and you won’t get tired arms which is a bonus).
  3. To ensure your hair stays extra smooth but full of volume, apply a plumping mouse from roots to ends.
  4. After mousse, apply a lightweight shine serum just on the mid-lengths and ends, and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
  5. Next, divide hair into four even sections, starting from your centre part (like a hot cross bun).
  6. Start blow-drying your hair with a large round brush from the nape of the neck, taking two-inch sections at a time. Work your way up to the crown area.
  7. Once the back has been completed, use the same method in the front, ensuring a smooth finish. For the extra oomph on the roots, backcomb the hair with a brush to give the hair shape more volume and glamour.
  8. Spray the roots with hairspray so it will last, then brush over the crown area so the top surface is smooth again.
  9. Add in your long slide clips just over your ears on both sides. Aside from looking incredible, they’ll also keep any hair from falling around the face.
  10. To finish, a great trick is to spray an old blush or powder brush with hairspray and glide over the any areas affected by frizz.
  11. Lastly, if your hair is on the finer side, add extra hair pieces in (like Hadid has) to add volume.

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

HOW TO CREATE THAT ROYAL NO-FUSS BUN as seen by Anthony VOGUE

Meghan Markle has officially committed to the no-fuss updo as her go-to royal look, so we found how to create the hairstyle of 2018.

While Meghan Markle is learning the ropes when it comes to perfecting royal outings, we’ve noticed one trend has emerged–each time Markle has stepped out hand-in-hand with fiancé Prince Harry, she’s opted for a chic bun, complete with a few strands left out in a fuss-free way. It has quickly become her signature look and so we quizzed Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw Anthony Nader salon, to learn his insider tips for recreating it at home.

This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. “If your strands are too clean and soft at the moment, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Muk’s dry shampoo over the root area and massage the product through,” says Nader. It’s that nice, one-day-old, lived-in hair you’re after.

Then, lightly brush the product through with a Mason Pearson brush: “This will distribute nice and evenly from mid-lengths to ends,” he says.

To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape area, securing it just below your crown area. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with your bobby pins.

“The most important aspect of this new trend is the shorter pieces framing the face, as this gives you the modern, current edge that is required for this look,” Nader adds. “If your hair is one length, it won’t do you any favours – as you need shorter pieces to soften the look of what we’re trying to achieve.”

He also reminds us to make like Meghan and refrain from over-smoothing the hair, instead keep it textured, piecey and just a little bit dishevelled, for that royal-approved look.

IS THIS THE MOST CREATIVE BRAID YOU’VE EVER SEEN? Anthony dishes up on how to get Lady GaGa’s Grammy Awards Hair seen BYRDIE.

So, it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga just owned the 60th annual Grammy Awards red carpet by means of hairstyle domination. Paired with a show-stopping black gothic gown and heavy pink glitter on her eyes, we’re 99 percent sure this is the most epic braid ever created. While it does look like the work of hair magicians, you can actually create something similar at home (true story).

We asked renowned hair stylist Anthony Nader to give us an easy how-to for the folks watching at home. So keep scrolling for the epic braid in all its glory, and a few hot tips so you can DIY at home.

According to Nader, the initial step is to mentally prepare yourself (we’re not kidding). “Lady Gaga’s extravagant, corset-inspired artwork of a braid isn’t for the faint-hearted, so get your fingers ready for some intricate weaving.”

Step One: “There’s no need to shampoo as you need your hair to have some grab so your braids will stay in place. If you need to dirty your hair, use a dry shampoo and brush through thoroughly.”

Step Two: “Divide hair into two sections by creating a part in the dead centre.

You can see that flat surface of hair from the crown. Section out this shape with a tail comb, and brush until it’s flat and smooth (even flat iron on a low heat, if you can’t get it right). Once this is done, pull this section of hair tight and clip around the nape of the neck with around six to eight long, flat clips to hold it in place.”

Step Three: “Now the fun begins—all those years of intricate braiding in high school are about to pay off. Unclip the front section you had previously secured, brush flat, and once again use your flat iron to keep it sleek. The reason for unclipping is that fine sections will be weaved into each braid across the side of the head.”

Step Four: “Keeping your braid base tight, take one half of your hair (what is left outside the pulled-back middle section) and start braiding. Gather fine sections up from the hairline and centre hair and pull them into the braid as you move past your ear and down the side of your head.

Make sure you leave at least two inches at the nape of the neck loose—wrap them up or use a clip to hold them away for now.”

Step Five: “Now do the exact same method on the opposite side, making sure you braid the entire length of the hair.”

Step Six: “Now take the two-inch section you left out, and divide it in half. Wrap it over the bottom half of the fishtail braids to combine the two, and secure with a clear hairband. Secure with hairspray and set with heat from a hairdryer.”

Step Seven: “Take a thick needle and black thread or string. Tie at the end (as you would when hand-sewing normally). Now weave it into the top of the braid, and criss-cross all the way down (like you’re threading a corset or shoelace). Once you’ve reached the bottom of the braid, tie so that it’s secure, and trim any loose thread. Secure the complete style with a mist of hairspray.”

by Emily Algar