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Girls With Short Hair Should Avoid This Colour Trend, Says an Expert

Everywhere we look, someone is cutting their hair. Kendall Jenner parted with her raven locks, Bella Hadid is now the proud owner of a sleek French-girl bob, even Kate Hudson has taken it to the next level with her fresh buzz-cut—and she looks amazing to say the least. If the above examples are anything to go by, cutting your hair is the best beauty update you can undertake this spring.

Most long-haired girls would agree though, that transitioning from long to short is easier said than done (especially if you’ve had long hair for years—you can feel almost naked without it). All of a sudden, your go-to colour and styling techniques are redundant, and you’re left mystified when it comes to consulting your stylist. So to save the confusion (and the guesswork), we enlisted the help of Anthony Nader of Raw. Working between Australia and New York, Nader has a well-rounded (and global) take on what works for short styles, plus five product recommendations that are sure to change your life for the better.

Byrdie Australia: What is the most requested short hair colours your clients ask for?

Anthony Nader: I find girls with shorter lengths want to push their hair to the lighter end of the spectrum. This is never a problem, but only if their strands are in tip-top condition. The lighter the hair, the more impact it has against your complexion and bone structure, which is fantastic for highlighting the features. There’s nothing more stunning than a beautiful blonde base—your skin will appear luminous and your cheek bones will pop.

B: What is the most requested cut when a client decides to go short? 

AN: Most of my clients want soft and feminine styles. In my books, this works for any person (or season) as not everyone can carry off a hard-edged short crop. Most people request a haircut that hugs the hairline with interior texture. This style is not only fun to create different hair shapes, but it’s also on-tend. Basically, the more texture your hairdresser can cut in, the more your style can move around. It also makes it easy to change it up using different hair products, meaning you’re always one step ahead of the trend.

B: What are the most flattering colour trends for shorter styles?

AN: If you want low maintenance, don’t venture more than two or three shades from your natural base as the upkeep will hurt your purse. Also, you need to think about your makeup if you do go down this track. You might find it’s best to swap out your existing shades and start fresh to match your new colour.

Another great look for shorter hair is to lighten the mid lengths and ends a bit. This is fun as it gives your short hair more dimension and texture, whereas without, your hair length might look solid and round. Even if the texture is there, a solid colour can hide it from everyone, even you.

If you’re afraid of colour, ask your hair colourist to weave in some baby lights on the top area of your head. This will create a very natural halo effect, and it might encourage you to be more adventurous next time.

B: What colour trends should shorter lengths avoid?

AN: Any shade that is too dark needs to be seriously thought about before it’s too late (and painted all through your hair). Dark colour on the hairline and scalp is a dead giveaway that you’ve had a dodgy colour job. By all means, have your fun on the mid-lengths and ends with the colour palette you and your hair colourist have chosen, but always think about how you’re going to manage it between salon visits.

B: What short-hair colour trends will be everywhere this summer? 

AN: I’m really into soft and muted colours—nothing plastic or shiny-looking. French woman are known for having that “I haven’t been to the salon, I don’t know what you’re talking about” vibe. I love that they like their colour and cut to look like it’s worn in—it’s almost secretive in a way. This summer, the colour trend will have more of a French, cool-girl vibe, rather than squeaky clean with bells attached. It will be soft, lived-in, and almost washed out, in a way.

Nader’s top five best products for short hair:

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste ($46)

David Mallett Australian Salt Spray ($54)

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($63)

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Creme Contour ($41)

Muk Filthy Muk Styling Paste ($25)

How to Style a Loose Bun (That Stays in Place All Day)

Anthony dishes out the hot goss on How to Style a Loose Bun (That Stays in Place All Day) as seen in thecarousel.com

With ponytails loosening up, dosage  it’s no surprise that updos are following style suit.

Kate Hudson

Forget the not-a-hair-out-of-place donut ‘dos that were the flavour of last year – 2014’s buns are being served up more on the underdone side.

“These new buns are still ‘done’, ask ” stylist Anthony Nader is quick to emphasise when interviewed for this post. “If you look at Kate Hudson’s version, she can get away with this wispy, carefree look because her hair is in such amazing condition.”

Eva Mendes

And by twirling a lacy ribbon around her ‘do, Eva Mendes adds a touch of instant chic to what would otherwise be a quite casual look.

“There’s definitely a move back to hair that looks more touchable,” says Nader. “Too perfectly in place and a bun seems really prim and proper. By all means, keep using your donut ring if that makes styling your hair easy, but don’t be scared to rub your palms over it and loosen things up, letting a piece of hair fall out here and there.”

If you’d prefer your bun to look a little more like Kate’s or Eva’s, here’s what to do:

  • “Whether you’ve just washed your hair or are starting with dry hair, you need to build a foundation that will hold this loose, soft style,” says Nader. “Either mist damp hair with volumising sea salt spray, or work a dry shampoo through dry hair – either option will create great grip.”
  • Now, tie it up in a ponytail. “The best placement, in my opinion, is just below the crown,” says Nader, who uses a bungee grip or snagless elastic to help keep the pony firmly in place.
  • “Next you simply twist the tail loosely around the base,” continues Nader. “You could also first plait the pony into a soft braid, which makes for a really pretty effect.”
  • Use as many pins as needed until you feel your loose style is deceptively secure. Regular bobby pins are usually fine, says Nader, but finer hair will get the best grip from rippled French pins.
  • Optional extra: add a ribbon or scarf – à la Eva.
  • You don’t need hairspray as the finishing touch – “it should be well in place by now,” explains Nader. A mist-over of shine spray, however, will give your messy look a glossy aura. “Remember,” says Nader, “You can carry off almost any ‘do – even a top-knot – if your hair is in immaculate condition.”


by KATRINA LAWRENCE, Beauty Editor for thecarousel.com