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Regrowth – Rewind It Between Salon Visits!

Regrowth’s a curse, isn’t it? Especially when you can’t get to the salon to disguise it. The only person it possibly has ever looked good on was Lady Gaga in the Netflix documentary Five Foot Two.

If you’re finding it hard to get into Raw Hair for your regular colour touch up, don’t despair. Our online store has just the trick to tide you over.

Oribe’s Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray, available in six hot hues for all shades of strands, will brighten lacklustre locks and all but eliminate those sneaky greys. And it does it all in less than 30 seconds.

You simply spritz into the root section of your hair ‘et voila’ – instant shine, colour and gloss! You’ll love it so much you may even ditch your boyfriend for it.


Rewind regrowth for brunettes with either light brown or dark brown  depending on the depth of your colour.

If you have black hair, your grey strands are likely to be more evident, because #contrast. In this case, you should reach for  Oribe’s Black Spray.

The micro fine pigments blend seamlessly with your current colour and will save you in between your salon appointments.


Red heads are always ‘head turners’ and total glam babes, however the curse of this colour is that it fades fast. The molecule is smaller than most and is easily leached from the hair strand. This means more frequent visits to your colourist. So clearly, you’ll adore Oribe’s Red Airbrush Touch Up, as it will keep your mane full bodied, shiny and voluptuous between visits!


Perfecting platinum blonde between visits is easy with Oribe’s  platinum while those with flaxen locks, reminiscent of the Californian sun, will lap up  Oribe Airbrush Touch Up Spray in Blonde.  These two sprays work a treat on camouflaging regrowth on light to medium natural bases. They’re also perfect for neutralising brassy tones that somehow always seem to sneak through.

How To Use

These sprays are so simply to use it’s not funny. Simply follow these steps: 

– Hold the tip of the nozzle approximately 10 centimetres away from your part line. Spray a fine mist, in a line beginning at the front of the hair and finishing at the crown. Do this in one clean sweep to ensure an even result.

– Repeat this process again, but this time, mist along the part line about one centimetre on each side from the first line.  

– Don’t forget to give a light spray around the hairline framing your face.

– Finish by lightly combing or brushing the product through the hair. We love Mason Pearson Styling Comb for this, as it evenly distributes the pigment without messing with your ‘do.

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.

kevin murphy retouch spray

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.

Davines Alchemic Conditioner

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”.

oribe supershine

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 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.”
Split End Seal 50ml by Oribe, $69 at [Raw Hair](https://shop.rawhair.com.au/oribe-split-end-seal-50ml.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjLqWzfTm6AIVTiQrCh1wHgRsEAUYAiABEgLpkfD_BwE|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow").
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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PUSHING PAST THE BOUNDRIES WITH CONFIDENCE 💯 Let’s be honest, scalp bleaching can sometimes be a stressful salon visit cant it. There’s a few tricks that we like to take care of on our side of making sure your visit is a blissful one & one to remember of course. 🙋🏼‍♀️Not adding unnecessary heat while the bleaching process is activating. 🙋🏼‍♀️Using Olaplex in our mixture always which strengthens hair strands from the inside out. 🙋🏼‍♀️Always applying a lower strength peroxide than a higher level. 🙋🏼‍♀️Never leave bleach activating past required time, other wise this is when hair breakage comes into full effect. 🙋🏼‍♀️When rinsing off the bleach/toner we turn down the hot water temp as cool as the client can withstand. This detail is the absolute lifesaver for the pores on your scalp & hair cuticle. Hair colour by @sabrina_rawanthonynader & windy blowout by @novak_rawanthonynader 😍 #RawAnthonyNader #HairSalon #SurryHills – – – #ScalpBleach #Sydney #HairColourist #BondiBabe #BleachedHair #Westfield #EasternSuburbs #LongBlondeHair #SydneyBeaches #Olaplex #WesternSuburbs #GlossyHair #EastSydney #ColourSalon

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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!


Hands up who was going to the French Riviera for a Summer vacay this year, before the reality of the

“no international travel” update took effect this past weekend?

Well welcome to the closet we can lust over and sending onto you……our RAW community.

Just landed is the signature Côte d’ Azur lux range by Oribe.

A selection of body scrubs, hydrating creams, hair refresher, parfum, oils, candles & of course incense just for good measure, to really capture that Summer feeling of your Mediterranean destination.

Now we didn’t need to take those French lessons after all 👩🏼‍🎨👨‍🎨


Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment A Worthy Investment?

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No rinse necessary.

While many of us have adopted a 10-step Korean skin care regime, hair care has remained a relatively simple affair. For the most part, we stick to the age-old shampoo then conditioner routine. However, sometimes hair needs a little extra love – particularly if it has been colour treated. Cue: Leave-in hair treatments – the multi-tasking hair saviours that do all the hard work for you.

We know what you’re thinking: do I really need to add another step? But hear us out. These treatments are as easy as they come; simply spray, smooth or comb through your hair and head straight out the door.

Here, we’ve enlisted the help of hair heavy-hitters Anthony Nader, Founder and Creative Director of Raw by Anthony Nader, and Renee Marshall, Owner and Director of Allure Hair Bar, to explain why a leave-in treatment should be the next item on your hair care hit list.


What Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment?

As far as hair care goes, a leave-in treatment does to the hair what a green juice does to the body. It’s a sure-fire way to inject some serious life back into your hair.

“A leave-in hair treatment is designed to target something specific [that] your strands may be lacking. It’s for when they need a boost to get them back into tip-top shape,” says Nader.

A natural timesaver, Marshall thinks a leave-in treatment is the busy woman’s dream. “A leave-in treatment is for the modern day woman who is too time poor to add an at-home treatment into her beauty regime but needs to put more moisture into her hair.  It can be applied to mid-lengths and ends, then it’s good to go!”

See? We told you it was easy.

What Are The Main Benefits Of A Leave-In Treatment?

“Treatments are beneficial for a number of reasons including boosting hair that is lacking sheen and smoothing over unruly, textured strands,” says Nader.

Detangling knots and revamping dehydrated, coloured hair are also benefits you can expect. And for our blonde babes? A leave-in moisturising treatment will help strengthen and repair the hair after bleaching.


What Are The Key Ingredients To Look Out For?

Nader recommends keeping an eye out for natural, moisture-rich ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, avocado and coconut oil.

“Shea butter is a beauty for sealing in moisture [and] aloe vera is excellent not only for nourishing your strands but also for nourishing your scalp at the same time,” says Nader.

Keratin is also good to look out for if you suffer from dry or brittle hair, as it makes the hair less prone to breakage and smooths over rough cuticle scales.

Marshall recommends steering clear of products containing parabens, sulfates or silicones, as they have a tendency to weigh the hair down.

“Silicon builds up on your hair and it can alter your colour. Sulfates are designed to cleanse but are especially harsh on coloured and keratin treated hair and can dry out and irritate the scalp,” says Marshall.

Who Needs To Use A Leave-In Treatment?

“Dry hair and all colour treated hair-types would benefit from a leave-in treatment,” says Marshall. “Blondes especially can use the added moisture to really strengthen the hair and keep it looking and feeling healthy.”

Nader takes his recommendation even further, suggesting that “everyone with hair on their heads needs a [leave-in] treatment.”

“From fine hair to coarse, frizzy hair and every texture in between. Think of a hair treatment as an instant hair CPR.”

Which Formulas Are Best?

Oils, sprays and foams, oh my! Much like their hairstyling relatives, leave-in treatments can come in a multitude of formulas. Nader recommends an oil-based treatment for those with dry or colour-treated hair due to its efficiency in restoring shine and body.

Moisture-rich creams are also super nourishing and essential in plumping up the follicle for the appearance of thicker, healthier hair.

Marshall’s rule of thumb? “The thicker the hair, the heavier the formula.”


Top Picks

Don’t know where to start? Allow us. Nader’s top picks include David Mallet’s Mask No3 La Couleur and the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil, both of which restore natural shine and body to the hair.

Marshall recommends the Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer for an instant moisture hit and the Kerastase Nutritive Eight Hour Magic Night Serum for when your hair needs a richer treatment.


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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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


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


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


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


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 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.


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


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.


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.”


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.



Your step-by-step solution to buttery, golden strands.

They don’t call blonde hair high-maintenance for no reason. Here two expert colourists breakdown exactly what to do to keep your locks in tip top condition, all season long.

We asked expert colourist Vincent Nobile, Colour Director of Headcase Hair and Anthony Nader, Owner of RAW Salon how to survive swimming, sand and endless sunshine without the side effects: post-pool green locks, brassiness and heat damage.

It’s no secret that lifting your natural hair colour a few shades lighter, or subjecting it to torturous amounts of bleach can do some damage, not only to your roots but to your wallet, too. That’s why it’s important to maintain your hair’s health to get the best out of your blonde – and it’s easier than you think.

Step 1. Use a smarter shampoo

When it comes to your daily shampoo and conditioner routine, it may seem like an easy place to skimp on quality product, but your regular wash actually does more than just clean. Depending on how your hair is looking and feeling it’s important to alternate between a nourishing treatment-esque shampoo and a colour-care one. “Having a recovery shampoo set is key, choose one with keratin so it’s repairing and strengthening,” explains Nobile. “Then when your blonde needs a little lift or sparkle I recommend a soft blonde shampoo, I don’t really like the strong staining ones as they dull down the colour.”

“But if you need to wash away unwanted brassy tones in a flash you can’t go back a mauve or purple-based shampoo,” adds Nader. “Just remember not to over-wash your hair, as it can unnecessarily wash out the salon-toner applied at the end of your colour service.”

Step 2. Turn to treatments

Don’t underestimate the power of a good quality treatment. You can colour and tone your strands as much as you like, but if they’re not in good nick it’s never going to look as good as it could. Buttery, soft blondes always pop when locks are hydrated and healthy.

“Maintain the condition of your hair with a restorative treatment,” says Nobile. “Keep a brush or a comb in the shower to brush your conditioner and treatments through, this will distribute the product through the whole hair and help it absorb better.”


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Step 3. Handle the heat

“Avoid overheating hair when blow drying and ironing by using a thermal protection spray,” says Nobile. “If your ends are damaged and broken they’ll never look their blondest. Whenever you overheat your hair (most common when straightening irons are set on max), you can burn and even singe the ends, not only does it take the shine out of hair, it leaves ends looking frizzy and dull.”

Nader agrees adding, “The more heat you subject your poor strands to, the quicker your hard earn dollars of being a natural blonde will appear dehydrated and dull, so simply turn down the temperature or cut back on heat styling together.”

Step 4. Wear protection

Just like wearing sunscreen all over your face and body, your hair needs a guard too. “Make a UV protectant leave-in-conditioner spray part of your sunscreen routine and use it whenever you’re out in the sun or at the beach,” says Nobile.

“My rule is to put it in your hair whenever you top up your sunscreen. It helps maintain your colour and prevents it from going dull and brassy.”

Step 5. Simplify styling

Fuse hair care with styling by swapping out hair sprays for nutrient-rich serums. “Use a lightweight serum on lengths and ends as it showcases sheen and doesn’t make your strands appear dirty or oily either,” explains Nader.

“Go easy on all that over-using of dry shampoo. A little spritz here and there is accommodating for soaking up oily roots and of course adding new found texture, but too much of can lead to coating the hair and leaving it looking chalky.”


ARE YOU USING YOUR CONDITIONER THE CORRECT WAY? Sounds simple right? You may want to re think your shower cleanse. Seen NEWS.COM.AU

The Beauty Diary by Rebekah Scanlan: Correct way to use conditioner

Showers. We take them daily, unless you’re totally gross but we’re not here to discuss your hygiene habits. It’s your haircare ones I’m worried about.

Chances are you’re making a major mistake when you step under that stream of warm, inviting water and giving your tresses a wash. So brace yourselves people as what I’m about to say next is going to surprise you — it totally shocked me.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to only apply conditioner to the mid-tips of my hair. In fact, a quick Google on “how to condition my hair properly” will bring back hundreds of results telling you the same thing.

“Do not apply conditioner to your scalp,” they all read, rather terrifyingly.

But Anthony Nader from RAW in Surry Hills — a renowned Australian hairstylist with over 30 years experience — told The Beauty Diary it is just one great big fat fib.

“The conditioning process can be complex, which is what has created confusion here, because you need to understand what your hair texture is to prescribe the right conditioner for you,” Anthony said.

This step in haircare is specifically to help behaviour and longevity, he said, adding most people want to “last the distance” between washes.

“The biggest myth is that when you apply the conditioner to your roots that you are automatically weighing them down,” he said, explaining the entire hair strand — root, mid and tip — is made from the same core ingredients, the cortex, how the protein particles that make up the hair is held together, the cuticle, which is the outside coating we all see, and the medulla which is an empty section in the centre of each strand that helps insulate it.

“Even the roots — which is typically considered the ‘healthier’ part of every strand — can benefit from some love,” Anthony said.

I have to admit, over the years I’ve had some awful incidents with conditioners, mainly ones that leave my fine hair super limp and greasy looking.

So when I first heard this myth, I scoffed. There was no way would I be putting conditioner onto my roots.

But the more I dug deeper, the more I realised there was a lot of truth to this. Celebrity hairstylist and Pantene ambassador, Remington Schulz told Whimn.com.au earlier this year, you should “apply the conditioner from the roots to ends”.

“When your hair is cleansed with the hair shaft wide open, it’s the optimum time to condition from your roots, so you’re giving an added boost of hydration,” he told the publication. “When you’re not conditioning properly that’s when we see a lot of scalp concerns.”

Anthony explains the best person to discuss and determine your hair type with to make sure you have the right product for the job is your hairdresser.

Here are some great conditioners for your hair type.


If like me, you have fine hair you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say I’m in desperate need of some volumising help from my haircare. Anthony advises anyone with hair strands on the finer side to keep away from the heavy cream conditioners and only use a leave in, weightless conditioner.


Available at Priceline

Price: $18.99

Anyone who is a part of The Beauty Diary’s Facebook group knows how obsessed I am with this product. I’ve had so many bad hair days in my time. On days other than freshly washed, locks that have dry ends and oily roots look flat, greasy and lame.

But this leave-in spray has really restored some life back into my tresses and it’s so easy to apply. You simply spritz into damp, towel dried hair. Honestly, the tips of my hair which need moisture are left soft and shiny, while my roots are oil-free and fresh.

It’s also a great detangler so is now a staple in my bathroom.


Available at Adorebeauty.com.au

Price: $62

While applying a thick, heavy conditioner is definitely a no go for fine haired people — ones that are light and build volume get the big tick of approval from experts. To use, I apply a small amount, massage through the lengths of my hair, then I work up to my scalp where I give it a good massage before rinsing.

It’s definitely on the exxy side, but a little goes a long way and it is so effective I think it’s worth every cent.


If your hair is highly coloured and/or bleached, you will need a conditioner packed with moisture and goodness to hydrate. Peroxide-bleached blondes will need to feed your poor strands lots of extra loving, Anthony advises. Like, loads of it.


Available at Sephora

Price: $54

Treat dry, damaged hair to a deep feed with this amazing product for bleach blondes. Don’t be shy with it, your strands will suck up the helpful ingredients, such as the protein it needs for strength and the moisture for restoring its natural state.


Available at Priceline and Woolworths

Price: $18 — but it’s regularly on offer in Woolies

If you have your hair highlighted blonde and your mane is appearing a little brassy and warm, a neutralising conditioner like this will make your strands look like a million bucks. This is actually the first ever natural purple conditioner in Australia and has won awards for its effectiveness without chemicals. But there are heaps of heavier ones out there if you really want to tone down those yellowy tones.


Natural hair colours that aren’t prone to having colour but may need a little help with shine and health should look for products that deliver on “shine”, “brilliance” or “mirror finish” are the babies you should be leaning towards, Anthony said.


Available at Priceline,

Price: $17.99

I really do love this range, not only because it is super affordable and lasts ages, but because it’s bloody good. When this product was launched earlier in the year and I gave it a whirl, I got a bunch of lovely comments about how fresh my hair looked — and no one could believe it when I said it was Pantene. There was even a lot of snobby remarks about how the fact the brand uses silicone in its products — but this one is silicone free.

Just like the micellar water we use to remove make-up, this gives hair a really deep cleanse without stripping it of its hydration.


If you’ve got it, flaunt it by showing your waves and curls some extra love. Curls can be extra thirsty, especially if you have tight coils like the ones that from Afron hair. So treat them to an intensive conditioner, Anthony said.


Available at Adorebeauty.com.au

Price: $89

While I don’t have curls myself, I do love Oribe and this product has rave reviews from friends and Anthony too. It allows the natural shape of the wave to be its bold, beautiful self by enriching them with coconut and almond oils which really lets curls pop. It’s a boujee product with a matching price tag, but it really works. One Amazon review even described it as “magic”.

“My hair went from dry and crunchy, to smooth and shiny,” it read. “My roommate said it looked like I went to the salon for a blow out when I was done.” If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.


If you’re someone who has naturally thick hair, you’re probably used to hearing people describe you as “lucky” — but your tresses still need some love. Managing a thicker mop can be the biggest challenge, but the right conditioner that treats the whole strand will help.


Available at Adorebeauty.com.au,

Price: $46

While I have the opposite of thick hair, my mum has been blessed with luscious locks — and she swears by this.

The formula is packed with nutrients that penetrate deep into the hair strand, helping to tame and take control of stubborn tresses.

On my hair, I LOVE the Kerastase Specifique Bain Prevention conditioner. It’s really lightweight and leaves my hair feeling fuller and thicker afterwards. Anything this brand does for hair is considered next level in my eyes.