The hair salon warning sign we all need to watch out for
Picking a hair salon can be tricky. Get it right and life is glorious. Get it wrong and well … hair disaster is a’coming.
That sounds dramatic right? But hair disasters are not exactly unusual. If you’re over the age of 20 then you’ve likely had one yourself and if not then may I take this moment to say ‘Girl, you were born under a lucky star!’.
I’ve most definitely have had my fair share of hair appointments gone wrong.
To be brutally honest, I’ve had more than my fair share. Admittedly, some were of the slightly irritating this is so not what I asked for variety, but others were nothing less than devastating, life-altering events.
Yes, it sounds dramatic but seriously … When you look into the mirror and see hair that you loathe, the world is a cold and miserable place.
The good news, however, is that if you follow a few simple steps you can ensure you never experience a hair disaster again. Or at the very least, dramatically lower your chances.
First and foremost, is the following industry rule. If you hit a salon and you’re introduced to a stylist who asks you no questions at all then you need to hot foot it out of there. Unfortunately, zero questions is a sure sign that you’ve wandered into bad salon territory.
Award-winning stylist Anthony Nader of RAW Hair confirms this to be true.
“Stylists should want to know what it is that you’re looking for,” he says.
“They should also want to know what type of lifestyle you lead, are you a gym bunny or someone who has no time to style daily. Do you like to colour your hair often. These are all important questions and the answers will directly affect what your stylist can achieve.”
Aleks Abadia, of Esstudio Galleria agrees. Asking questions is the only way to get to know your clients and what it is they are wanting to achieve, he says.
Also, it is up to us as clients to be able to answer those questions. It’s also important to listen and to accept advice. We might wish for Julia Roberts beauty queen curls but our hair simply may not be up to it. If your stylist says this is the case it’s time to listen. And then, ask a few more questions. Indeed, the more the better.
You deserve the hair of your dreams and this is the simplest way to get it.
When we do a complete makeover, click on the link to spot the difference as seen on MTV Australia
Swapping out my natural chestnut locks for a lighter do is something I’ve been banging on about since Olivia Palermo did the same thing on the MTV show The City.
Sure, she was painted as the show’s villain compared to ~angel~ Whitney Port, but gosh darn, did she have GOOD hair.
Fast forward nine years and my loved ones were growing tired of me lusting over a blonder version of myself without ever actually doing anything about it.
So, here I find myself. Sitting in a salon chair in the beautiful, light-filled RAW hair salon in Surry Hills with clammy hands and stomach doing flip flops.
The nerves were unnecessary, as an initial consultation with head colourist Stella Greenwood had me excited and daydreaming about the kind of cool, choppy, sand-coloured cut I had seen on the likes of Carmen Hamilton.
After a strong coffee and little self-talk, I was ready to take the plunge.
Stella started by framing my face with a lighter, icy blonde then took thicker sections beneath, painting on the colour in big brush strokes for a grungey look.
She explained that each layer of dye was combined with Olaplex, a ~magical~ product which bonds the hair. While the bleach lifts the colour, Olaplex fills in the broken shafts.
After sitting under the heat for 20-30 minutes in layers of plastic I was taken to RAW Salon’s EPIC wash stations.
Located in a separate, sound-proof room, stylists wash out your strands against a backdrop of ambient tunes and a hypnotic fire. You’re even offered a blanket if you’re keen on a quick snooze while you’re washed!
It was at this point of my brunette to blonde transition that I breathed a sigh of relief.
The ends of my hair were a lovely biscuit bronde, the perfect summer hue.
Celeb hair stylist and founder of RAW, Anthony Nader, took over from this point onwards and began by snipping off my dead ends.
He gave me a blunt, choppy cut and seamlessly integrated my pesky baby hairs into the rest of my new look, adding stylish layers along the way. Drying naturally would never look SO good, he assured me.
After blasting my hair with hot air and adding some effortless waves, I was a NEW WOMAN.
OK, so it’s not 100% Kimmy K blonde like my friends thought I’d go….but, I can happily say as a first-timer at being blonde, I am happy as Larry.
And I can now firmly agree with the sentiment, blondes DO have more fun!
Going in for a chop or change isn’t as simple as pointing to a picture and wishing your way to stardom status hair. In fact, your face shape is the true determinant when it comes to picking the perfect hairstyle. But what works best for your face shape? Vogue sought out to answer your every hair query from celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Nader, ahead of summer to ensure your next chop is your best one yet.
The tip? “Because of its symmetry and balance, the oval face shape is your ultimate goal to reaching when thinking about your new haircut,” says Nader.
Click through to discover the style you’ll be opting for the next time you hit the salon.
Round shaped face
“Go for side swept bangs as this softens around the edges,” says Nader. “The angle of the bangs create more length in your face and provide a more oval shape – which is key.”
“Long hair is totally a goer here, however, ensure to have a few chunky pieces cut in and around the face,” says Nader. “This opens up your tiny features, rather than closing them in and hiding them away.”
“Shorter hair shapes work a dream – and have fun experimenting with them,” says Nader. The trick? “Steer clear of the jawline otherwise the roundness of your face will only be enhanced,” he confirms.
Square shaped face
“Bangs are all about illusion and this is key for square face shapes which tend to be wider at the cheeks and more angular around the jawline,” Nader shares. “A soft A-shape cut works best for women with square faces. The textured ends create angles, which help to soften the jawline and draw attention to your eyes.”
“No matter the length you choose to wear, from here on in, keep your hair strands with movement and not perfectly straight,” he says. And why? “Because having straight strands will only showcase your angular features.”
Nader recommends those with square faces to style a bend or a haphazard wave throughout hair to soften the overall look.
Oblong shaped face
According to Nader, “Opting for a layered fringe and creating an A-shape look will help soften and balance your features. Actually, any strong angular features will be taken down a notch and softened,” he adds.
Nader’s tip? “Keep the length in your hair here and make sure you add some layers around the jawline as to allow the oblong shape to appear more symmetrical and balanced,” he says.
Heart shaped face
“Heart shaped bangs for a heart shaped face as these will soften your look,” says Nader. “This means your bangs will be longer on the outer edges and slightly shorter in the middle.”
“The beauty about these bangs are that they are ideally overgrown and wont need a lot of upkeep due to the natural shape which blends beautifully with shorter, skimming layers around your face,” he shares.
He continues, “You can keep your hair length from medium to longer here, keeping your layers textured and not just one length.”
Why do heart shaped faces want to achieve textured layers? “Having one length will only emphasis your cheeks and small forehead,” Nader confirms.
Long face shape
“Longer face shapes allow for more experimentation around the higher forehead region,” says Nader. “This is where you and your hairdresser can be more strategic about which parts of your face you wish to highlight or soften.”
For example, Nader tells us, “Creating a diagonal angle on your face will help keep people’s eyes focused on your centre features – like your eyes, and lips – rather than on your forehead or lower parts of your face.”
“This summer think 60s Woodstock era. Keep your tresses long and at one length.”
Alternatively, “Shake it up and make sure you create shorter triggers around your face, allowing for the overall style to blend through to the base line length.”
Anthony Nader for vogue.com.au
Hey hair mid-life crisis………..we’re talkin to you! As seen on Dailymail.co.uk
As we age, our locks undergo many changes. For women, this is often related to stress and hormones; and while grey strands and hair loss might be the major concerns for women, loss of volume, dullness and dryness can be all signs of your hair’s unhealthy state.
Celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader says his female clients often complain about grey and lacklustre hair that is dry and without volume.
‘They all come down to basically each hair strand becoming dehydrated and losing it’s plumpness which, in turn, becomes like an autumn leaf,’ he says.
‘You need to keep each hair strand plump and full of life so it performs.’
Mr Nader, who has worked alongside Kendall Jenner and Gisele Bündchen, says stress and hormones can affect a woman’s hair throughout her life.
‘Breastfeeding, menopause and stress can be huge contributors to losing your hair and dealing with calming down your over active hormones,’ he explains.
‘Hormones will wreak havoc and you need to be always one or even two long steps ahead of them.
‘While your body is going through any of these transitions that occur at some point in your life, this is where you need to take extra care in treating the cause of the problem,’ he adds.
‘Going grey can be dealt with by colouring to suit your complexion, the pregnancy thankfully is a time when you need to balance out the supplements and add more nutrients in your day to day diet.’
However, Mr Nader says menopause is particularly ”trying” for women.
‘I’ve seen this stage on many of my clients, and with the right shampoo and conditioning products and styling you can create the illusion of thicker hair and fool the crowd confidently,’ he says.
‘You need to take extra care of maintaining and treating your hair to always feel supple and beautiful.’
Mr Nader recommends getting six-weekly haircuts, avoiding too much bleach and adding layers.
TIPS FOR HAIR LOSS
* Sweep your hair over to the opposite side. It will give you more volume
* Use a dry shampoo to achieve more hair texture
* If you want extra height on the crown area, use a brush, not a comb
* Opt for a thickening shampoo and conditioner
‘Layers are always a fabulous idea when you want and need to bring life back into your hair and especially around your face,’ he explains.
‘Go easy on the bleach and other heavy duty colour treatments as this can over time put stress on your poor hair strands.’
By Sheree Mutton for Daily Mail Australia
“Instant glam power from the second you jump out of bed.”
I love holidays. Although that probably goes without saying. Aside from cocktails, sun, and sea salt, I love that a holiday allows me to pare back my beauty routine completely—distilling my makeup bag down to its absolute essence is a near religious experience. The same goes for my hair. I see a cheeky week-long trip as a chance to streamline my look, spending as little time styling as possible. With some planning in advance, it is absolutely possible to enjoy effortless, tousled holiday hair for a full week without washing it. And, if you plan it just right, the only tool you’ll need to bring is a comb.
They key is in the prep. Anthony Nader from Sydney’s RAW Salon crafted these three travel-friendly looks, designed to progress with you through seven days of bliss and remain chic enough to live on forever in holiday snaps.
DAYS 1 – 3: BEACHY WAVES
The day of your trip will require the most effort. Before you leave, use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair as healthy and shiny as possible for the whole week—we like the nutrient-rich OGX Vitamin B5 ($18). Then use your preferred method of creating waves; whether with a curling tong, straightening iron, or (in the case of Nader’s advice below) both.
Anthony Nader’s Tip: “When applying a wave to hair I like to use two different types of hot appliances. Alternate them and leave some ends out so the result is lived-in and not too glam looking. For this look, I swirled chunky sections around a flat iron and also used a 1¼ sized barrel tong, winding the other sections in the opposite direction. I know this sounds like a lot of work and investment, but creating different effects is key to making it look like it was done by a pro.”
DAYS 4 – 5: TEXTURED PONY
After a fun-filled three days, your hair will start to look a little greasy at the roots, mostly at your part. You can hide this by brushing back into a low pony, which will look perfectly textured and tousled thanks to the waves you crafted on Day 1. Brushing your hair out of its normal part will hide the worst of your oily roots, too.
Anthony Nader’s Tip: “Keep the base of the ponytail low, not halfway up the back of your head like you were unsure of where it is meant to be. Then brush it, place it and secure it. Soak up oily roots and stuck-to-the-head surface hair with a dry shampoo to liven up your new low pony. Spray it on the root area, then massage the scalp to emphasize the texture.”
DAYS 6 – 7: MACARON BUNS
We profiled this sweet ‘do a few months ago; the tail-end of a holiday is the perfect time to try them. Work with the slickness of your hair to pull it all back firmly into two low ponytails—if you’re dealing with some humidity-related frizz, work in a small amount of hydrating oil, such as the OGX Coconut Miracle Penetrating Oil ($9). Wrap the hair of each ponytail loosely around its base, but let a few strands fly loose in keeping with your new relaxed vibe.
Anthony Nader’s Tip: “There’s a very fine line between these buns coming off cool or spacey. Be careful not to place them too far around on the sides of your head, otherwise it’s going to look a little strange. Keep them near the back of the neck and no need to be precise with making sure they’re too clean and slick. The more they look like natural hair, the better.”
Photography: Dave Wheeler
By Crystal Andrews for byrdie.com.au
Why do we always leave booking our hair appointments to the last minute? Continue reading
We know lightening your hair for summer is just about as non-groundbreaking as florals for spring, so to keep you in the know and your hair looking fresh for the season ahead we spoke to the experts to get the official word on what you should be asking for as the weather warms up. From the haircuts to the hair colours, plus the celebrities that are doing them best – here is all your summer hair inspiration.
While low maintenance hair is trending all year round, it’s particularly great for summer. “Wearable, effortless hair is the clear trend,” says Elyston Hayden. “My clients are loving blunt base lines with minimal textured layers,” he says. Simon Bright from Jonny + June adds that the best celebrities to look to for inspiration are Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Selena Gomez. Layered or blunt, the low maintenance lob isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
For those who are keen to play it a little safer this summer when it comes to colour, Anthony Nader from RAW Salon assures that balayage will always be a good go-to for a lighter colour that is a bit subtler. Hayden adds that “lived-in sun-kissed hair painted accents” are also a new season go-to. However, “less is more,” explains Nader, “as you don’t want to end up looking like Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate”.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Bright reveals that crystalline platinum is about to be huge. Tarryn Cherniayeff from MOB HAIR adds that pastel shades such a baby pinks and champagne are also the perfect way to mix up your hair colour for summer. Bold is certainly better.
Now that you’ve got your haircut and colour covered, here is exactly how to combat your biggest summer hair dilemmas.
By Jordyn Christensen for beautycrew.com.au