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ARE YOU CUTTING OR COLOURING YOUR HAIR WHILE IN QUARANTINE? You may want to check this out before your next boardroom zoom meeting. Seen INSTYLE magazine

How to Take Care of Your Hair in Isolation

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It’s never been trickier to squeeze in a salon appointment, and as each stressful and unexciting day in isolation passes, the temptation to try a DIY dye job or trim has never been higher.

Before you do anything you’ll regret, lock away the scissors, step away from the box dye and hunker down with treatments, at-home colour alternatives and styling tips to repair and embrace a low-fuss hair routine.

Below, three of Australia’s most in-demand colourists and hairstylists weigh in on the new hair rules that will bring you out of lockdown with healthy, glossy (and albeit longer) hair on the other side.

Don’t Try Anything Drastic

“Don’t let your well-deserved glass or two of wine give you long lost confidence to become a hairstylist” warns Anthony Nader of RAW Hair in Sydney. “It’s not worth waking up the next morning looking at the damage” continues Nader, colour transformations and fresh cuts are best left until your return to the salon.

The same goes for those few split ends, “put down the kitchen scissors!” says EdwardsAndCo founder Jaye Edwards, “the dull, blunt edges could potentially give you even more split ends.” Instead, try a slicked ponytail or a chic chignon to hide damaged ends and unwanted length, suggests Edwards. If a fringe or bangs are starting to get on your nerves, Nader says to lightly “dust” tips of the hair with the sharp scissors to remove unwanted length whilst working carefully to minimise the risk of a less than flattering outcome.

And don’t be tempted by a sneaky root touch-up either, “I would prefer it, and so would your stylist, if you wait until you come into the salon” says Barney Martin of sustainable salon Barney Martin Hair. Whilst Edwards, Nader and Martin’s salons are creating customised at-home colour kits for their existing clienteles, the experts say it’s best to steer clear of off-the-shelf permanent colour. “Box dye kits may seem like a good idea, particularly in these financially uncertain times, but only a professional can determine which product will deliver your desired results” says Edwards. If you’re not happy with your DIY ‘do, “you’re looking at colour correction which can be costly and take time” continues Martin.

If you’re desperate for a touch-up but can’t make it to the salon, Nader suggests trying your luck with your colourist; “ask point blank ‘can you help me with how to colour my hair from home?’” to seek advice and see if they can create a customised at-home kit. As a quick fix, Edwards, Nader and Martin recommend a colour touch-up powder diffused along the hairline and part, favouring Kevin.Murphy and Oribe’s micro-fine pigments to quickly and easily conceal unwelcome sparklers.

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KEVIN.MURPHY Retouch.Me, $39.95; adorebeauty.com.au

Boost Your Colour

To keep colour bright, glossy and toned at home, the experts suggest applying a shade variation mask after shampooing every two weeks or so. “Coloured hair or highlights will become less radiant over time, and natural hair can also look dull and lack shine” says Edwards. Tailored shade variation masks “help neutralise tones and restore pure, radiant and defined highlights” by re-densifying transparent colour with radiant pigments, continues Edwards.

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DAVINES Alchemic Conditioner in Chocolate, $44.95; salonstyle.com.au

To find the right shade and formula for the desired effect, “take into consideration whether you want a cool or warmer tone” says Martin, and don’t be overzealous. Whilst purple shampoos and treatments neutralise brassiness for a brighter, creamier blonde, “be mindful that blonde toning products can give hair a purple tinge” if left for too long, advises Barney Martin.

John Frieds Purple Blonde shampoo

JOHN FRIEDA Violet Crush for Blondes Intense Purple Shampoo, $17.99; priceline.com.au

Make Hair Health a Priority

With a couple of extra hours in the day, Barney Martin recommends establishing a regular masking routine to repair heat and colour damage of years past. “Weekly masques can become a ritual, there are some brilliant treatments that are easy and user friendly to apply at home” says Martin.

To find the right mask for your strands, Nader says it depends on your hair type and concerns. “Hot oil treatments help strengthen your strands and prevent dry, brittle hair and split ends” he advises, whilst protein treatments are the perfect match for balayaged and bleached blondes, working to prevent breakage, restore elasticity and strengthen the hair. If strands have lost their bounce and lustre, moisture treatments will rehydrate and soften hair to recreate that freshly-cut feeling.

To make the most of each mask, Barney Martin recommends following his in-salon technique. Begin by apply the treatment to mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and wrapping hair up in a hot-water soaked towel, or tie hair into a bun and wrap with Clingfilm to trap in body heat for at least 10 minutes. “The heat will open the cuticle of the hair and allow the treatment to penetrate deeper into the hair” says Martin.

Virtue Labs hair mask

VIRTUE LABS Restorative Treatment Mask, $92; sephora.com.au

Let It Be

Whilst embracing a more relaxed beauty routine from home, try laying off hot tools and finding an air-dry line-up to work with hair’s natural texture. “You need to know your hair type, this determines a lot about your daily styling routine, as well as what products you should be using” says Jaye Edwards. “I see a lot of clients who believe they have fine, oily hair, when in reality, it’s the products they are using making their hair oily and therefore much harder to manage” he continues.

If your scalp is feeling oily or irritated, try taking a break from apply products directly to the roots. Instead, Anthony Nader opts for a volumising spray or plumping foam on damp hair as “the perfect volumising foundation compared to blasting dry hair with dry shampoo” which can build-up and compromise scalp health.

mr smith volumising spray

MR. SMITH Volumising Spray, $37; mr-smith.com.au

To prep fine hair for air-drying, Edwards reaches for Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Volumizing Paste in place of shampoo. Out of the shower, “towel dry your hair, apply a little product and twist and tie up into a loose bun”, then let it down when dry and apply a little more styling product to achieve movement and minimise flyaways in straight hair, recommends Barney Martin.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste


CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste, $69; sephora.com.au

To embrace natural waves, Nader tames frizz and adds extra hold by raking a serum or hydrating cream through damp hair. Then, he scrunches and twists two inch sections of hair into palms until it’s 80% dry for “more controlled and sculpted waves which will perform beautifully for at least two days”.

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ORIBE Supershine Moisturizing Cream, $78; adorebeauty.com.au

For moisturised and bouncy curls, Barney Martin applies priming lotion to towel dried hair, running the product through hair with fingers for “definition minus fluff” that won’t weigh curls down.

r and co prep spray

R+CO One Prep Spray, $33; adorebeauty.com.au

Whilst living and working in isolation is trying for all, Anthony Nader reminds us there’s a silver lining; “think of this as your hair’s vacation, now is time for resetting. If you don’t have to touch a flat iron or hot tong, don’t. Your strands will praise you for it.”


HOW TO CUT YOUR FRINGE WHILE IN ISOLATION Anthony’s top tips to get you through ntil you can get back to your hair salon. Seen VOGUE

Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.

From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal  and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.

Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.

As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.


Always start with a dry fringe

“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”

Get technical

“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.

Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”

How to chop

“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.

I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”

Different styles call for different measures

“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.

Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”

HOW DO YOU STOP YOUR SPLIT ENDS FROM GETTING WORSE? Get Anthony’s comforting quarantine tips and tricks seen ELLE

How To Stop Your Split Ends From Getting Worse In Isolation, According To A Hairdresser

There’s no denying it: quarantine has been a, shall we say, ‘interesting’ time for our hair.
Between isolation threatening to expose blondes’ natural colours and the inexplicably strong urge to cut our own fringe, our locks are having a tough time—especially when it comes to the hair enemy numero uno: split ends.
And since staying home to keep flattening the curve is definitely the right way to go right now, visiting a hairdresser during the pandemic is arguably best put off for as long as possible.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things we can do at home to buy our fraying strands some extra time until we can go in for a good trim. And to help you out, ELLE consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon for his expert tips on keeping split ends at bay.
Scroll on and take note (your hair will thank you for it).


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How Do I Stop My Split Ends Getting Worse In Isolation?

While we hate to start things off on a negative note, it’s important to make clear that nothing ‘fixes’ split ends besides getting those bad boys cut off.
Moreover, any product that claims to ‘repair’ split ends is actually just working to seal them off, and this helps to (temporarily) keep it from getting worse.
“I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but I am also not going to sugar coat the inevitable. When your strands split, they can never repair to be singular again—ever!” Nader tells ELLE.
“You can [however] ‘mask’ a split end, by all means, to feel and appear more smooth until you can get back to your hairstylist to have your celebration of coming out of isolation.”
As for what you can do help mask-slash-minimise those tresses from experiencing a Brad and Angelina circa 2016 level split?
Nader emphasises the following hair care techniques to buy your strands about six to eight weeks before they call their lawyers:
1. Blow Dry Your Hair On A Cool Setting
If you are going to continue to use tools to dry your hair, Nader recommends putting your hair dryer on a cool setting to keep from adding unnecessary friction to your already struggling strands.
“Blow dry your ends on a cool setting and with a large round 100% bristle brush,” he adds.
“You don’t need to start off on wet hair either as this is now more for the finish effect. The bristles help tame your ends and mound into the smooth shape you desire.”
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2. Use A Good Split End Sealing Product
“Get your pretty hands onto Oribe Split End Seal,” explains Nader.
“It’s been shown to repair up to a whopping 94% of your split ends after just one use. This silkening serum is magic in a bottle and has been proven to restore, fortify and, most importantly, reduce breakage up to 65%, as well as fight colour fading.”
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3. Go Easy On Heat Styling
It might not be what you want to hear, but isolation is actually the ideal time to give your locks a break from the damage caused by electronic styling tools.
“Go easy on your hot styling tools as well,” says Nader.
“I understand that you still want to look extra fab while at home, but keep the hot temp setting down on your flat irons and hot barrel tongs.
“Basically, the higher the temp, the more damage and split ends you’re going to expose to your crown of glory.”


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What Should I Avoid Doing To Make My Split Ends Worse In Quarantine?

Just as there are some holy hair commandments to follow, there are also a few ‘thou shalt not’ deal breakers to avoid when it comes to giving your tattered ends some TLC.
1. Do Not ‘Rub’ Your Hair Dry
“When your strands are damp, don’t rub them dry, as this only encourages weak strands to become worse,” says Nader.
“So, blot your damp strands from here on out.”
2. Step Away From The Bleach
“If you’re colouring your hair and bleach is one of your ‘mane’ contenders, ask your hairdresser what’s the next best ingredient they can use that’s less drying,” he explains.
“Bleach, over time, can dry out your strands, especially if it’s dragged all the way down to those poor fragile ends.”
3. Stop Washing Your Hair In Hot Water
“Very simply, turn down your hot water temp in the shower, even in the cooler months,” Nader emphasises.
“Right before you finish, give your strands a once-over rinse with the coolest temperature you can withstand.
“I know could sound a little crazy but, the cooler the temp, the less heat damage you will incur, so you’ll have more sheen and your ends will appear clean and not wispy.”


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What Products Do I Need To Manage Split Ends At Home?

As for what you should keep in your ‘Split End S.O.S.’ arsenal? Nader suggests the following.
  • A good leave-in conditioning spray
  • A split ends sealing serum (like the Oribe one above)
  • A large round 100% boar bristle brush
  • A microfiber hair towel
  • Any hair tools that have a temp control setting (like the GHD one above)

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So, there you have it. Of course, in the end, only a good cut will remedy those fraying locks, but at least we can take care of things for a little while longer!