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Every woman loves going to the salon or spa for some attention and pampering, but going to your appointment prepared is the key to getting the best outcome.

Every woman loves going to the salon or spa for some attention and pampering, but going to your appointment prepared is the key to getting the best outcome. We went to the experts for their advice on how to make the most of your time.

The haircut

Give it some thought

Before taking the plunge with a new ‘do, take a few minutes to work out what you love about your hair, what you hate about it and what your lifestyle is like. “These three things will tell any good stylist all they need to give you the perfect cut,” says Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw salon. “For example, if you’ve got a hectic schedule, a high-maintenance cut may be impractical. Also, if that trendy razor-sharp bob you’re dying for won’t suit your face shape, be prepared to listen to the stylist’s advice. After all, it’s their experience you’re paying for.”

Be realistic

When looking for a change, keep your expectations in check. “Some clients will come in and just say, ‘Give me what’s in fashion’,” says Nader. “The truth is, we would all love to be walking down the catwalk with the latest style, but you have to be realistic about it and find what works for you.”

Get vocal

Getting a great haircut is easier if you speak freely with your stylist. “Your idea of ‘chopping it all off’ will be totally different to theirs, so be very clear about what you want to achieve,” says Nader. Treat every session as a lesson. Ask lots of questions and you’ll pick up tricks that you can use at home.

The hair colour

Have a consultation first

“A chat with your colourist before you book any treatment allows them to determine what you want and how much time to allow for it,” explains colourist Caterina DiBiase of Melbourne’s Heading Out Hair & Beauty Day Spa.

Be honest

Your stylist should know your hair colour history. Do you always visit the salon or have you been using home hair colour? What shampoo do you use? Do you use product every day? Are you a swimmer? All these things can affect your hair colour.

Come clean

Come to your appointment with your hair as you would ordinarily style it. “Hair should not be dirty, as oily hair looks darker than clean hair and we need to see your natural colour,” says DiBiase.

Colour code

If you’re bringing in a photograph of the colour you want, “Keep in mind that the colours in photographs are often retouched and may not be achievable,” says DiBiase. “You are better off coming to the salon early and looking at books and colour charts.”

Consider maintenance

This is especially important if you’re changing your colour by more than a couple of shades. Think about how much time you can spare to maintain your colour. Subtle highlights can be touched up every 12 weeks or so, but if you have dark hair and go blonde, your roots will need redoing every three weeks.

The massage

Choose the right treatment

Before you book in, think about your reason for seeking treatment. Are you in need of relaxation, rehabilitation or nurturing? “If you like really strong, firm massage with a lot of pressure-point work then the best ‘relaxation’ massage in the world isn’t going to be ideal for you,” says acupuncturist and massage therapist Keri Krieger, from Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold Coast.

Give a brief debriefing

Tell the therapist about any injuries or areas of concern, and what you’d like them to concentrate on during the session. “It’s always good to simply cover any concerns at the start of the treatment. This includes the temperature of the room, or if the music is too loud,” adds Krieger.

Just surrender

Trust your therapist’s expertise. “Just let go, focus on your breathing and let the other things on your mind fall away,” says Krieger.

Speak up right away

Don’t assume the therapist can interpret your nonverbal cues. If the pressure is too hard or soft, tell them. If you’d like silence during the treatment, speak up or just drift off. “Even the most inappropriately chatty therapist will get the hint if you fall asleep and don’t answer back,” says Krieger.

Manicure and pedicure

Make the most of your next manicure or pedicure with these tips from beauty expert Christina Fitzgerald.

Arrive on time

It’s rude to keep the manicurist waiting. And let the manicurist know at the beginning of the treatment how much time you have and if you have to rush off somewhere.

Have a consultation first

Be prepared to have a proper consultation to determine the best treatment for your concerns on the day.

Be hygienic

Make sure you arrive with clean hands, feet and nails.

Be polite

Don’t spend the whole session talking on your phone.

Honesty is the best policy

Tell your manicurist all the problems you are having with your hands and feet. Don’t hide anything.

Serial smudging

Don’t even think about dipping into your handbag with wet nails! And if you’re a serial smudger, don’t expect your manicurist to fix your nails for free.

Appropriate footwear

If you’re having a pedicure, wear open-toe shoes or thongs.

By Naomi Jackson for bodyandsoul.com.au


Do you want to know who cut Lara Bingle’s bob?

Or who does the best balayage? Or who is responsible for the effortless cut and colour of Harper & Harley’s Sara Donaldson?

Here, find we’ve assembled a list of Gritty Pretty-approved salons in Sydney. Quick – add them to your speed dial now!


1/99-103 Kippax St, Surry Hills (02) 9211 6631

Directed by leading Sydney colourist, Jaye Edwards, Edwards & Co is a converted warehouse turned into a chic meeting place complete with large communal table. What makes Edwards & Co different is the freelancer approach – Edwards brings together some of the best freelance hair and beauty stylists under one roof including Byron Turnbull and Remington Schulz (the man responsible for Gritty Pretty editor Eleanor Pendleton’s hair) as well as celebrity manicurist, Fiona Hay. Edwards’ own niche? Balayage. He’s a wizz at creating The Perfect Blonde and The Best Brunette. An industry secret? He’s been doing the hair of Harper & Harley’s Sara Donaldson for years. Book in now and you (and your hair) will never look back.


100 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills (02) 9211 4444

Anthony Nader is THE MAN. Adored by Australian beauty editors (many of whom have him on speed dial), Nader’s salon RAW is the place to go if you want an enviable cut and colour that’s both fresh and stylish, but classic all at once. You’ll be taking secret selfies for days. Since opening in 1997, RAW has been the choice for many international and Aussie celebrities including Gisele Bundchen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Miranda Kerr, Margherita Missoni and Nicole Richie (yes, the list goes on and on). The team at RAW will spoil you – that’s guaranteed – and it’ll be a classy, indulgent and intimate affair, because that’s the kind of exceptional service you get here.


20-22 Elizabeth St, Paddington 2021 (02) 9360 2444

Valonz is something of an institution in the Australian hair industry. It’s loyal celebrity clientele includes Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Toni Collette and Lara Bingle (FYI – senior stylist Travis Balcke is the man who chopped off Lara’s hair and sent Sydney into a frenzy with every young woman rushing in to request “The Bingle Bob”). But, those aren’t the only stars you’ll find here. They all come to see Creative Director (super star) Renya Xydis – and there’s no wonder why. Xydis continues to work at with some of the best at Milan, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks and is highly sought after by designers at Australian Fashion Week. Oh, and she also owns two other highly successful Australian Salons, self-named Renya Xydis City, and Salon X. To have your tresses cut by Xydis is something of a special event. Valonz is ideal for a life-changing chop such as after a break up or before starting a new job.



352 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 2010 (02) 9331 8635

District Salon is the newer kid on the Sydney block. But, don’t let its new age fool you. This quirky space is home to some of Sydney’s top editorial stylists including Alan White (who coiffed Jessica Gomes’ hair in this recent animated shoot of ours). Located on top of The Stables (a cafe, clothing and homewares store where you’re sure to do some serious credit card damage), District offers killer hair cuts, colours, styling and blow-dries by a team of experienced professional hair stylists. Whether you’re after a keratin treatment, a hair cut for your man or a hair trial for an upcoming event like a wedding, District delivers (and then some) within a minimal four-level space styled by leading designer, Henry Wilson. In fact, with a cup of tea in hand, you’ll feel so at home that you’ll never want to leave.


399 Riley Street, Surry Hills 2010 (02) 9212 0204

Want to meet the man who has styled Kate Moss’ hair? Over the past 18 years, British-born Barney Martin has become an internationally known stylist with a reputation for producing beautiful hair and individual styles. The Pantene Expert Hair Stylist has worked at London and Milan Fashion Weeks. In London, Martin worked as part of the team responsible for the Armani show which had a cast of 95 models – now if that’s not a man to trust with your tresses, we don’t know who is. When he isn’t styling the strands of Ms Moss or Drew Barrymore or working on editorials for Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR and InStyle magazines, you can find him in Surry Hills. Martin’s real commitment, however, is to his salon and clients, who take up the most part of his working week, much to our delight.


284 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9281 1220

Founder Brad Ngata brings more than 30 years of experience in the hair industry. Having been crowned Australian Hairdresser of the Year multiple times, Ngata also works interstate and internationally as a spokesperson for L’Oréal Professionnel and shu uemura, a Japanese hair brand Ngata’s salon is one of the few in Sydney to stock. While Ngata is renowned for regularly coiffing the locks of Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Hawkins, it’s the balayage buzz around him that really makes noise. Ngata is the man to thank for bringing the balayage technique to Sydney, and possibly Australia, when he started painting the ends blonde of fashion IT girl, Pip Edwards. Yes, we all have him to thank! We bow down.


Level 3, Shop 3065, Westfield Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8080

Offering a seriously impressive army of colourists and stylists, Prema Bondi exudes a fun and welcoming culture, which founder and company director Francesco Ruggerino works hard to create. With an emphasis on fusing hair with fashion, in the last year alone, Prema’s stylists tended to the tresses of more than 60,000 client visits and more than 200 editorial shoots for magazines including Harper’s BAZAAR, Vogue and i-D magazine. Their signature? Bondi’s colour team leader, Heath Grimmond, does a mean balayage for brunettes using Goldwell colour (book an appointment with Grimmond if you want perfect depth and highlights) while Sophia Mouftakir, editorial assistant stylist, creates the perfect ‘water wave’. You know this kind of wave, which looks like it’s been lived in and is often too hard to create at home? Yeah, Mouftakir does that one!


320 Oxford St, Paddington 2021 (02) 9360 7739

Oscar Oscar Paddington is brimming with talent, ready to take your hair to the next level in cut and colour. Salon owner and hair stylist Paloma Rose Garcia is the winner of 2015 Hairdresser of the Year – and about time, if we do say so. Garcia has over 10 years experience; she’s is a regular backstage at Australian Fashion Week, and has styled for the likes of Vogue and Russh. She’ll help you reach your hair goals whatever they are, give you the best hair tips, and make you fall in love with your hair all over again. Oscar Oscar Paddington is also responsible for some of Sydney’s most stylish tresses (and bobs), including Jessica Gomes, Margaret Zhang (Shine by Three) and Kym Ellery.

BY ELEANOR PENDLETON for grittypretty.com