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This season’s hottest hair colour trend is snack-themed
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / August 12 2019
With the red carpet as our source of hair inspiration, we’ve spotted a handful of new colours being dished out: think chocolate cake brunette, biscuit blonde, fairy floss pink and cream soda… they’re seriously delicious, minus the guilt. “What I love about these tasty shades is that they’re really interesting but easy to wear,” says hairstylist Anthony Nader. “There’s something for everyone this season – those with a lighter base can go for something like biscuit blonde or cream soda, or those with darker hair can opt for chocolate cake brunette. Anything goes!” Here are the new-season hair colours to indulge in.
On the menu: Biscuit blonde
Creamy and golden, this delicious hair colour features both warm and cool tones that can instantly brighten up warmer complexions. In the chair, ask for “a full head of fine foils with a dropped root (they’re usually staggered and start an inch from your roots), along with some balayage sections for extra depth,” says Jordan Hone, Director of Sloans North Sydney and L’Oréal Professionnel Guest Artist.
Good to know: This hair colour looks best when it’s regularly styled with a hot tool. “A loose wave allows natural light to hit different areas of the hair and in turn, it can help the tones shine through,” Hone explains. It’s also a colour that can be quite technical to achieve, so expect to sit for a few hours in the salon.
Serve it with:
Kérastase Masque Ultra-Violet Anti-Brass Blonde Perfecting Violet Masque: Use once a week to increase manageability and knock out any orange undertones.
Aveda Wooden Mini Paddle Brush: This must-have tool helps distribute oils from root to tip to improve shine overall.
Cloud Nine The Original Wand: The conical shape allows you to create soft waves that don’t look too structured.
On the menu: Chocolate cake brunette
This season sees the brunette colour move away from having ashy undertones and make its way towards a more vibrant hue that shows off warm accents, just like yummy, fudgey swirls of icing. “Ask for balayage highlights that can add a touch of brightness to your deep brown hair,” explains Hone. “This colour is all about decadence and is perfect for golden skin tones.”
Good to know: Hate visiting the hairdresser? You’re in luck. “This is a low-maintenance colour that just needs to be touched up every six to 10 weeks, and you can wash and wear, meaning minimal styling time (just make sure you keep your hair hydrated with good quality at-home care products),” advises Hone.
Serve it with:
TONI&GUY Blue Shampoo: It boosts shine and prevents brunette hair from colour-fading.
L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Nutrifier Conditioner: It’s infused with coconut oil to seriously soften and hydrate dry locks.
Joico Defy Damage Protecting Shield: This mist melts into hair and can protect it from environmental and heat damage.
On the menu: Cream soda blonde
Don’t worry, it’s not as shocking as you think. “This delectable colour is a more neutral take on a warm blonde and contains mahogany brown and gold tones,” explains Hone. “It’s also a versatile shade that creates a glow around the face and is the perfect colour for a cool blonde to transition to a warmer spectrum.”
Good to know: The best thing about this blonde colour is that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to maintain. “Expect to be back in the salon every eight weeks to three months,” says Hone. Plus, we think this low-key hair colour looks just as pretty slicked back in a ponytail as it does styled out.
Serve it with:
Schwarzkopf Professional Hyaluronic Moisture Kick Micellar Shampoo: This shampoo refreshes and deep cleans without stripping your scalp of much-needed moisture.
Wella System Professional LuxeOil Cream Elixir: Smooth this onto damp hair to eliminate fly-aways and speed up blow-dry time.
R+Co Neon Lights Dry Oil Spray: Mist this all over dry hair to up the glow factor of your coloured hair.
On the menu: Fairy floss pink
We’ve seen this pretty colour make waves on the red carpet, and this snackable shade works perfectly IRL, too. “The trick to a good fairy floss pink hair colour is one that boasts a variety of deep and light tones mixed together,” explains Hone. “Light skin tones should opt for a lighter pastel pink tone, whereas medium to dark skin can experiment with darker pink hair colours.”
Good to know: It’s a high-commitment colour that requires some serious prep, especially if you’ve got black or brown hair. “If you have dark hair, your stylist will need to pre-lighten your hair over several visits, which can be achieved with foils,” explains Hone. “It’s a financial investment; expect to come back to the salon every three to four weeks.” As for at-home styling, “dry your hair straight, then use an iron to create soft bends in the hair,” says Hone. Effortless and chic, we like it.
Serve it with:
Kevin.Murphy Re-Pair.Me Wash: Pea and silk proteins strengthen hair without weighing it down.
ghd platinum+: This lightweight hair tool is super versatile and can heat up in as little as 20 seconds.
Marc Anthony Dream Big Volume: Sprinkle this into roots and ruffle with fingertips to add grit and build texture.
But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”
So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?
According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”
For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”
The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”
Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”
His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”
Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”
According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.
They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”
Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”
How to replicate Kate Middleton’s perfectly bouncy blow out
We all saw Kate Middleton make her elegant entrance into the first annual Addiction Awareness Week gala on Thursday.
Her Barbara Casasola dress was perfect, her Jimmy Choo heels were perfect, everything was what we’ve come to expect from the perfect Duchess of Cambridge.
But her hair, took her look to a whole new level of perfection and we’ve been obsessing over it since we saw her sunlit, bouncy blow-out float into the gala.
The Duchess’ hair always looks immaculate but there was definitely something different about this particular hairstyle, so we asked hairstylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, for a concise how-to, because who doesn’t want a royal blow out like Kate’s?
Damp hair to begin
To achieve this lush royal blow out, Anthony says to start with damp hair and a volumising conditioning foam, to give your hair the ultimate body required.
Work the product through from root to end, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb.
Section off your hair
Inside your part line separate the hair up into four even sections, leaving the bottom section out and clipping the rest away.
Grab you big bristle brushes
“I would then use two large radial brushes with loads of bristles, this is going to help the hair look more refined and polished,” says Anthony.
Heat, and then cool, your hair
Take your first section up to the crown, blow drying it vertically. Once the section feels dry, mold your hair around the bristles, allowing it to sit on your head to cool. Once you’ve finished the next segment you can remove the first brush to use on your third segment. Continue this method until you’re whole head is dry.
“Make sure the brush work is always winding away from the face, to give that ultimate royal wave that we are after,” says Anthony.
Anthony’s pro tip: Want more staying power? Divide the hair in half, flip the top half away and grab the largest curling tong you have. Make sure it is XXL! Then take a 3-4 inch segment and wind it up.
Once the underneath layer is complete, you can un-clip the top section and do the same by winding from root to mid-length only.
For a final touch, run your fingers through the hair so it looks a bit more effortless, just like Kate’s.
Still obsessed with her blow-out? Scroll to see it from even more angles.
We asked an international hair stylist about the hue that’s all over Instagram.
There’s a hot new hair colour cropping up in our Insta feeds, and it’s not Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Living Coral — which is actually divine btw — or the overdone millennial pink.
We’ve got a hunch that the hue for summer will be *drum roll* lilac. It’s fresh, fun and just a little bit grown up.
If you need further proof that this dusty purple shade is where it’s at, consider this — searches for lilac hair inspo on Pinterest have exploded by 1,077 percent.
Plus, from the looks of it, Lady Gaga just went lilac so you know it’s gonna be big.
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Is lilac the hue for you? We asked international award-winning hair stylist Anthony Nader — who heads up the RAW Anthony Nader salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills — for his thoughts.
Who suits lilac?
“For those of you with pale porcelain milky skin complexions, this rainbow colour is going to work a treat for your complexion,” Nader told 10 daily.
However, if your skin tone is too warm, you might want to chat with your colourist about other options as “it’s going to make your lilac strands look ruddy.”
In terms of hair colour, lighter is better as a starting off point for going lilac.
If your hair sits within the dark blond to light-medium brown range then you’re good to go.
“Lilac is going to work for you because your natural base is so light and therefore when you have your colour process done it won’t take hours sitting in the salon,” Nader said.
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A lighter base also means your mane stays healthier during and after the colouring process.
“The main factor is the health of your hair — strands will still be in tip-top condition as they won’t blow out with all the bleach applications.”
Looking after lilac
“To upkeep your smooth, sweet lilac hair shade, you should also invest in a cosmetic colour shampoo,” Nader told 10 daily.
“That’s going to keep your strands looking incredible and full of colour pigment between salon visits.”
Nader even had some tips for when it comes to doing your makeup with new lilac locks.
“Experiment with soft hues, a stained lip or a stained cheek or go more adventurous with a winged cat eye.”
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So, can we go lilac at home?
That’d be a no, at least according to Nader.
“I never recommend home colours as they only lead to disasters, and then you have to get a salon to fix up your ‘creativity’ which will most likely cost you more money and time in the long run.”
It’s best to leave going lilac to the professionals.
“This application takes precision and time — especially if applying bleach and peroxide if needed.
Your stylist will be adept at making sure your lilac goes on evenly, so it “looks like a million bucks and not like you got it from a lucky dip.”
Sure, it might take time out of your busy schedule but think of it as some well-deserved ‘me’ time.
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Feeling festive in Lilac 💕 I’ve lusted after this colour on many a Pinterest Board and am so chuffed I finally braved it! Whenever I plan a change I suddenly love my normal hair – anyone else?! But I just went for it & my whole hair is now silver blonde; then they used a combination of toners to make it lilac with silver ends for a really metallic, glossy & more natural finish. The kids think I’m crazy, the school mums had a bit of a look 😅 But I’m swishing it around like a proper fashionista and Twilight Sparkle was always my favourite 🦄. . Colour @obatch7 Salon @hareandbone Esher . #lilachair #violethair #mumstyle #whatmamaworemonday #purplehair
Salon styling notes
So, you’re gonna go lilac — what do you ask for when you hit the salon?
“I always suggest taking a few references — and by this I mean no more than five, otherwise you might accidentally put your hairdresser on ‘sleep mode’,” Nader advised.
“References are perfect because that can also determine the intensity of the shade desired and the pro’s and con’s about how it’s going to work with your hair type.”
Once you and the stylist have settled on a shade, then the lilac fun can get underway.
We’re a pretty fashion-forward bunch here in SA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the world to see which hair trends are going to be huge in 2019. We’ve rounded up eight nations sporting hairdos that we love and are ready to wear in the new year; because who *doesn’t* want to have a good hair day every day?
In Colombia, women are staring to embrace their natural hair more and more, and many are growing their fro’s long. This allows for bounce that is slightly weighed down, and the ends? Sheer curly perfection.
‘Body’ and ‘bounce’ are two words that describe the beauty aspirations of Brazilian women, and the same words could be used to describe their hair. Healthy, voluminous locks in warm, rich tones will always be muito bonito.
3 The United Kingdom
When it comes to hair in 2019, the Brits are going to be veering away from Royal-inspired tresses and getting edgier with their style. This super-short bob with a choppy fringe is going to be everywhere – we’re calling it.
4 South Korea
Instead of poker-straight locks, 2019 is going to see loads of South Korean women sporting a more tousled bob, just long enough to graze their chins. This style is great because it manages to look effortless and chic at the same time.
Just like South Korea, Japanese women are going to be all about the bob in 2019. Theirs differs slightly in that they are leaning more towards the straight ‘n stringy look with a fringe to frame the face. It doesn’t get much cooler.
Women in India are famed for their long, thick and lustrous locks, but next year many of them are going to be opting for significantly less length. They’ll be trading it in for sleek bobs and lobs, with longer layers at the front.
The biggest hair trend from Down Under is less about length and style, and all about the colour. Balayage is the go-to technique, and it is versatile to suit any hair colour – from chocolate brown to light and bright blondes.
8 The United States
America is a big place, which means that there’s more than one hair trend that’s going to blow up in 2019. One of them is the glass-hair trend, which is originally from South Korea and is all about achieving a smooth, shiny and polished look.
Another biggie is going to be elevated box braids. Whether it’s winding them with string or ribbon, or maybe adding charms and other accessories, this trend is all about the details. We’re feeling it.
The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot
The frizz-fighting tips you need for when it’s stinkin’ hot
Hands up whose hair looks comparable to Hagrid’s mop come summertime/beach time/any darn time? If you’re one of the unlucky fluffy creatures who suffer from uncooperative, frizz-prone hair, you know just how hard it is to get your mane under control, especially when the weather warms up and the humidity hits. Fighting frizz can be a serious TASK.
The good news is that we’re here to break it down for you, and offer some expert-approved tips and tricks on the best ways to get sleek, smooth hair.
But before we get right into it, knowing exactly what causes your hair to go frizzy is key to preventing it. Allow us to explain. Frizz occurs due to a lack of moisture in the hair. When the hair is dry and dehydrated, this causes it to seek moisture elsewhere – namely from the air around it, which is why humidity often makes matters worse. Moisture from the air swells the hair’s outermost layer (your cuticle), causing hair to look all poufy and frizzy. This moisture also ‘resets’ the proteins in your cuticle and your hair returns to its natural shape – basically undoing all your smooth styling efforts from that morning.
Now, if your hair was healthy and nourished, the cuticles would naturally lay flat, keeping the good moisture in and the bad frizz-causing moisture out.
“Think of a single hair strand like fish scales – they should always appear smooth and shiny,” says one of Sydney’s leading hairstylists, Anthony Nader. “When your strands feel rough and frizzy, this is because your cuticle (aka fish scales) are rough in texture and not closed up tight. The reason is simply because there is not enough moisture intake.”
So what do you need to do? Up the moisture levels in your strands so that the cuticles close and your hair doesn’t try and draw moisture from the air.
And the best way to do this is with the right products and preventive measures during each step of your haircare routine.
When you’re washing your hair
The fight against frizz begins once you step in the shower, not when you get out. Picking an arsenal of top-performing products can make a huge difference in your journey to frizz-free hair,
Firstly, you’ll want to stay away from shampoos with sulphates, because these products tend to strip and dehydrate the hair, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Instead, you need a shampoo with glycerin – make sure it’s high up in the ingredient list because this will mean there’s a decent amount of it in the formula. Glycerin is great at penetrating the hair shaft and giving strands a boost of hydration.
We recommend trying the silicone and sulphate-free Marc Anthony Bye. Bye. Frizz Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner duo. If you’re shopping around, here are some of our favourite sulphate-free shampoos.
When you step out of the shower, Nader advises patting your hair dry, instead of rubbing it. “From here on in, always blot your hair dry and never scrub-a-dub-dub! Scrubbing and rubbing your strands will only damage/weaken them, causing them to snap right off. It sounds harsh, but it’s the truth! Those of you with pre-lightened hair, this [drying technique] is your saviour.
When you’re styling your hair
Rob Sylva, who is also one of Australia’s leading hairstylists, says one of the biggest mistakes most of us make post-shower is immediately reaching for the hair dryer. Too much hot air focused directly on soaking-wet strands will dehydrate your hair. If you have the time, we recommend letting your hair dry naturally, about 90 per cent of the way, before using a hair dryer to create a smooth finish (and help close those cuticles).
When you do reach for the hair dryer, you’ll want some trustworthy products to help smooth the cuticles and create a barrier against heat damage. Try Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield or Dry Bar Hot Toddy Heat and UV Protectant.
And keep your hair dryer’s heat on a low setting: “I always start off on my warm setting and then (and only then) if I need to turn up the heat, I go from here. Same method applies when I use a flat iron and tongs,” explains Nader.
“If you’re wearing your hair straight, use De Lorenzo The Allevi8 Shine Serum on damp hair before drying with a light spray of the use De Lorenzo Elements Afterglow. This will keep hair glossy and battle frizz with its amazing anti-humidity properties,” recommends Sylva.
Nader’s top tip for all hair types? Always finish with a cool shot. “My all-time fave trick all year around on every blow-out I do is hitting the cool temperature shot button. Run the cool air over your strands for at least 30 seconds. This tip is the make or break, as this locks in the hair shape, making your strands look shiny and salon-campaign worthy.”
Nader also suggests reaching for a boar bristle brush to smooth strands during styling. “Get your hands on a 100 per cent boar bristle brush. This little baby will continue to be gentle enough to distribute the natural oils from your scalp to journey down your hair shaft to protect it for longevity. Also keep in mind that the more bristles you have on your brush, the smoother the end result.”
When you go to bed
Doing a weekly hair treatment is one of the best ways to avoid unwanted frizziness. As well as strengthening your strands, a good hair treatment will repair and moisturise your hair, not to mention make your mane WAY more manageable so you don’t have to resort to tying it up in a ponytail or a bun *every* single day. “Curly hair should always apply extra moisture or hair can turn brittle and unmanageable,” explains Sylva.
We recommend trying Evo The Great Hydrator or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask to keep your hair looking healthy and glossy. Also, check out these reviews for our favourite hair masks right now.
Nader also recommends opting for a satin or silk pillowcase (we love Slip Silk Pillowcases), because regular cotton fibres in your pillow will always rough up your hair cuticles.
To maintain your style in the hot weather
According to Sylva, if you’re prone to frizz you should always have a good hair serum in your kit, especially as the weather heats up. An anti-frizz serum helps to instantly smooth frizz and control fly-aways, while creating a barrier around the cuticle to stop outside moisture from getting in.
We recommend checking out Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum, John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum and Eleven Australia Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum.
If you’re looking for more tips on how to achieve smooth, straight locks, this is everything you need to know about keratin treatments.
Why We’re Going Gaga For The Curtain Fringe
On the seemingly never-ending, global press junket for A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga had many a beauty look. From the frosted lids in LA to her spectacular navy cat eye in Toronto, she rose to the occasion like the (beauty) star she is. And when it came to Gaga’s hair, there was a little bit of everything – from ’90s blow-outs to sculptural up ‘dos – Gaga’s famous peroxide locks were fashioned up, down, even sideways. But there was one hairstyle which kept popping up on late night couches and magazine covers alike – the curtain fringe.
Parted straight down the middle and flared at the ends, the curtain fringe is an old Hollywood classic. First there was the Bardot. Then the Kinski. Then JLO came to the party, favouring a little fringe-y flick in the ’90s (and beyond). Sienna Miller repped the style in the early noughties. While Alexa Chung punk-ed it out in the latter half of the decade, taking it from va-va-voom to London cool. Then of course the glamorous progenies – Kaia Gerber, Dakota Johnson and Bella Hadid – all of whom have drawn the curtains of late. And now Lady Gaga has the style on repeat, finished off with a top-knot.
Fronting Variety’s December issue, Gaga’s curtain bangs were front and centre; long, sweeping and soft at the edges. Haus of Gaga hairstylist Frederic Aspirias kept the drapes feathery and light on the ends, flicking them upwards with a certain Carol Brady kick, while pulling the rest of her platinum hair into a high bun.
It was a similar case in New York when Gaga appeared on the Late Show, although her Big Apple bangs were slightly messier and shaggier around her face.
And who could forget that spectacular A Star Is Born premiere in London in the archival McQueen gown. Shorter in the middle, the pieces fell longer around the bottom of the jaw framing her face (and the top-knot was taken down a notch and dressed up as a chic chignon).
Back home, celebrity and editorial stylist Anthony Nader loves a little bang. “The curtain fringe is def my go-to for those girls who want that little extra sexy flutter of cuteness and mystery,” says Nader. It’s also a great way to disguise any wrinkles, “if you’re worried about frown lines on your forehead….guess what? They get camouflaged behind fab drapes!” And for those with longer facial features, “the curtain has your name all over it. This shape will narrow the face in more, especially if your forehead is wide.”
Thanks to Lady Gaga, the curtain fringe goes bang once more. But consider these tips before drawing the curtains.
5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GO BANG
• You want to make sure your new feature (that’s your new bangs, of course) is looking 100% red carpet worthy. So you need to make sure they are super smooth and polished
• On damp hair use a tiny amount of medium-hold, luxe styling mousse as you want to give your bangs some “airiness”, without them looking dry and brittle – the effect a sea salt spray would achieve
• Use a medium-sized, round brush with loads of boar bristles as it takes the pain out of smoothing the roughest of hair strands to look shiny and glam
• Make sure your hairdryer has a narrow nozzle attached on the end, as this narrows down the air flow directly on the target area, to sculpt your curtain fringe
• If you have a stubborn cowlick (which unfortunately most of us do), when you’re blowing out your bangs, you need to drag / stretch down your sections in the compete opposite direction. By using this method, your curtain bangs will look symmetrical and not like they had an all-nighter…#NotCool