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

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

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

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

Days 1 – 3: Beachy Waves

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

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

Days 4 – 5: Textured pony

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

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

Days 6 – 7: Macaron Buns

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

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

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

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

HOW TO GET MEGHAN MARKLE’S ROYAL MESSY BUN. Anthony’s latest how to seen Harper’s Bazaar.

Anyone who has turned on a TV, opened a magazine or glanced at a newspaper over the past few months will be familiar with the sight of Ms Meghan Markle.

Since her engagement to Prince Harry and subsequent rise from LA girl-about-town to soon-to-be princess and duchess, Rachel Meghan Markle has joined Kate Middleton in sharing in Princess Diana’s notorious and ill-famed title of ‘The Most Photographed Woman in the World.’

But, out of the constant stream of photographs, you might have noticed she is currently presenting a very different image to her future sister-in-law, Duchess Catherine.

Throughout Kate’s hundreds of public appearances, she has established an almost unbreakable royal style M.O.: knee-length hems, ever-present pantyhose, sensible heels no higher than five inches, covered shoulders, demure silhouettes, and a hair and beauty standard that never travels south of ‘perfectly put-together.’

In fact, even when she’s participating in sports events, standing in the middle of blustering winds, or—quite literally—absailing down a cliff face, Kate’s now-iconic blow out is never one hair out of place.

It’s a hairstyle and a perception that has become synonymous with Kate’s public image—the poised duchess, a loving mother of two-soon-three, who just happens to have really, really, really good hair.

It was the same picture-perfect, consistently blown-out, glossy-bouncy-waves-abound precision that we might have been expecting from Meghan. Afterall, the actress had been a staunch fan of the blow-out prior to her engagement, and her hair has always been a thing of wonder, so why shouldn’t that polish continue post-royal introduction?

But stepping out at two of her three formal engagements post-engagement, Meghan has surprised and delighted fans by sporting a delightfully undone version of a messy bun. Her bun, pulled up and twisted at the back, with a few free tendrils pulled out to frame her face, has the same kind of nonchalance and irreverence that we sometimes achieve ourselves before a Sunday farmer’s market outing. It’s a style RAW Hair’s Anthony Nader calls, a “revamped, standard activewear bun”.

But her fresh-take activewear bun might have a meaning more hidden than just personal preference. Ever since Meghan’s arrival into Kensington Palace’s palatial grounds, her image has been purposefully skewed to appear more casual, more modern and more relaxed. Meghan and Catherine might be the same age—36—yet Meghan commands a younger and cooler persona. Her Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy inspired style, her playful interviews and her light-hearted subversion of royal style commandments (no pantyhose at public events? Oy vey!) are all successfully creating an image of youth and approachability.

“The public are enjoying her fresh, relaxed approach very much as it is a little ‘un-royal’ at this stage. Prince Harry and Meghan have been wowing crowds on their recent royal tours. Meghan is definitely good news for the British royal family—she is interesting, effervescent and glowing with happiness, people are always attracted to those qualities,” says Zarife Hardy, director of the Australian School of Etiquette.

“I feel Meghan is keeping her style and image very approachable, relaxed and real at this stage. Although she is royal-to-be she is keeping her style simple yet elegant. I think her message is to look genuine and happy, not stuffy and putting on a show.”

And her display of genuity is working a charm. Following her messy-bun-equipped appearances, both the public and the media have been dutifully charmed. Headlines across the world praise her relaxed approach to dressing, whilst women have finally found a royal figure they relate to, her carefree demeanour acting as a lighting beacon for normal women everywhere.

“Kate is known for her voluminous, beautiful blow-outs, whereas Meghan has that more youthful presence about her which suits that messy bun look and attracts a younger generation,” Anthony Nader notes. “It could be her new trait, although it’s only early days yet!”

But just because Meghan is side-stepping royal formality in the hair department doesn’t mean you should expect Duchess Catherine or the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice to be rocking three-day hair or undone chignons the next time they step out to christen a ship or cut a ribbon.

Zarife Hardy explains that Meghan’s current style and approach to beauty is likely the result of her gradual pre-wedding introduction into society—something that will likely become more polished and refined once she is endowed with an official title and made a Princess of the United Kingdom.

“The royals are groomed to act and behave in a certain way that compliments the royal brand and image,” says Hardy. “Meghan comes from a very different background being an American actress, the royal family is certainly granting a relaxed approach now, but subtle changes are destined to happen. Wearing jeans for example is not really appropriate for royal engagements, clothing choices show a more respectful attitude towards organisations and crowds that royalty meet. Particularly for a lady, their choices are always highly critiqued so it is far better to dress up than down.”

Once their May wedding rolls around, we can probably expect fewer messy buns and ripped jeans—perhaps even some pantyhose.

“I feel at this point in time, they are letting them both enjoy their engagement and allowing Meghan a little freedom in her style and protocols. I doubt very much though, that her image and style will stay the same post the wedding.”

“I feel Meghan will do her best to stay true to herself, her image and her style. To date, Prince Harry and Meghan have managed to do what many other non royal couples fail to do when they step out in public, they look like a pair and their dress complements each other. They are both more relaxed in their attitude, approach and style.”

“I think this will continue, however some fine tuning may happen post the big wedding day.”

We can certainly expect a show of the ‘Meghan Effect’ on the public, however. The wider fashion and beauty communities tend to keep their eye on the royals (whether they admit to it, or not), so an influx of chic messy buns in your boardroom meetings and Sunday brunches might become more and more comme il faut.

“The public always look to the royals for fashion ideas and inspiration, anyone attracted to Meghan Markle’s style will definitely be observing the brands she wears (her Marks and Spencer £45 knit was a hit). Her personality so far is congruent with the style she is wearing,” says Hardy of the incoming trend start-up.

While Nader says: “I like the paired back, undetected, understated bun—don’t get me wrong! I think it’s always quite cool when the woman is wearing a really beautiful, chic dress or pant—I am all for the hair to not be the main priority here. Do I think it’s going to be a thing? Yes, because it’s on the royal radar, but this is not a new thing on the runway. Look at Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. It’s not a new style, it’s just been reinvented to be royal.”

As for Meghan, a baptism, a wedding and a British peerage will do the trick for her own reinvention into a royal—but, for now, we’ll take every chic messy bun we can get.

By Mahalia Chang

YOUR SUMMER HAIR STYLING GUIDE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for grazia.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

BEFORE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFTER

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

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

5 PRODUCTS ANTHONY NADER IS CURRENTLY HOOKED ON

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

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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.

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Muk Style Stick

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Wahl Compact Lite Dry 2000W

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