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HOW TO CUT YOUR FRINGE LIKE AN ACTUAL HAIRDRESSER Seen WHIMN

How To Cut Your Own Fringe, According To An Actual Hairdresser

Because we know some of you guys are probably going to.

Here’s exactly what to do step-by-step so you don’t royally stuff it up.

It’s a fairly unanimous opinion that getting bangs is a big call at the best of times.

Never advisable after a breakup, during times of immense change or after you’ve downed three bottles of wine and your best mate is brandishing a pair of scissors, the general consensus is to exercise caution when it comes to fringes.

If you do have a short at the front, long at the back strand situation by choice however, you’re probably pretty worried about how you’re going to keep it that way during this whole quarantine schmozzle (among 87,000 other things to stress about too).

Sure, hairdressers are still open for the time being (the recent 30 minute cap on appointments has just been lifted, huzzah!), although if you’re self-isolating, you’re probably not too keen to venture out to your regular salon. The only alternative? Going DIY.

Now, this is a risky business. There is a reason we don’t cut our own hair (well, there are many actually), mainly because it’s a skilled art, as anyone who has had a terrible chop – either at a backyard party or by a real stylist – can attest.

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Alas, desperate times call for desperate measures so we asked Sydney celebrity stylist, Anthony Nader, exactly what to do.

According to Nader, there are three main things you want to avoid doing: Never cut your fringe wet (“when it dries, it would of shrunk right up as your strands stretch beyond their natural sitting”), don’t cut your fringe horizontally (“if you do this you’ll end up resembling a Lego woman”) and try not to pull or stretch your fringe when cutting it as once again this will bounce up dramatically if you do.

Once you’ve got your head around that, you’ll need three long, flat sectioning clips, one cutting comb and a pair of sharp scissors – operative word here being sharp.

From there, this is the process (follow it closely and sober and you’ll be apples. Vaguely follow it half sloshed at your peril).

  1. Stand in front of the mirror and section out the fringe section clean and precise.
  2. Take the point of the comb and glide along the scalp from the crown area to the hairline on both sides.
  3. Grab your fringe section now, then use 2-3 clips surrounding the fringe section to ‘hold down’ the rest of your hair so it isn’t in the way of getting accidentally snipped.
  4. Now depending on how thick your fringe section is, to make it easier for you and control take a half inch section from each side starting at the hairline backwards then clip the bulk of the section away.
  5. To ensure that you don’t end up with a fringe that appears hacked at, firstly comb that section of hair left out then direct the tips of your scissors diagonally up into the length. Remember to take less than more with the length. Aim for approximately 1-2cm at a time.
  6. Be sure never to hold down this section or the other sections behind, as the tighter you hold this the shorter the length will jump up.
  7. Once you’ve established your length with your first section, now take your next section and comb down gently and use your previous guide underneath to follow your new length.
  8. Continue this method until you don’t have any more sections to bring forward.

And a final word from Nader: “If you don’t already have a fringe and want one badly, please, please, please just hold off until you’re sitting in the hairdressers chair again. It’s not worth the heartache attempting to cut one in and then it ending in disaster.”

Noted.

HAIR DYI SOLUTIONS NOW THAT YOU CANT GO TO THE SALON. Anthony’s handy tips to help you out looking fab in lock down. Seen Body + Soul

At-home DIY beauty solutions now that you can’t go to your local salon

From hair dye to facials, we’ve got you covered.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us into lockdown, with beauty services no longer available. But before you panic, these expert-approved hair, skin, brow and nail products are here to get you through.

As COVID-19 continues and new restrictions on both services and gatherings have been put into place, your regular beauty treatments like brow grooming and facials are no longer operating. At the time of writing you can still head to the hairdresser, but only for 30-minutes.

It may not seem like it now, but there are upsides to skipping your regular appointments. There’s also a tonne of at-home DIY solutions to get you through lockdown.

So before you freak out, we’ve sourced the next best thing to the professionals – expert approved.

It's time to take your beauty regime into your own hands, literally. Image: iStock

Hair

We currently don’t know how long these new regulations are in place for, but for me, I know that anywhere between two to six weeks and my regrowth is visible, my ends seem frayed and split, and my colour has faded. If you’re trying to grow your hair – yay for you! If you’re not, I feel you.

Luckily, there’s a load of at-home hair colour options available both in supermarkets and online that range from all price points and hair needs. Before purchasing, Hair Stylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW Salon Anthony Nader says it’s worth checking in with your hairdresser.

“Ask your hairdresser if you could go into the salon and get the same colour cocktail that you would normally have and get them to explain what to do,” he says.

“This way, you’re getting the professional advice from your hair stylist firsthand with the do’s and the don’ts of how to make your home hair colour look like it’s been created at the salon instead of in your laundry tub.”

Can’t get to the salon? “If you’re in the supermarket aisle and looking for a hair colour, the best advice that I can give is to read the directions on the box carefully,” says Nader.

“If you have a semi-permanent or a permanent colour that is all over, this colouring is slightly easier than creating a full head of highlights from the supermarket shelves. Instead of being creative at home with a concoction of colour, stick with the one block colour and this will tide you through hopefully until hair salons can be trading again.”

Lots of salons are now offering at-home kits for their clients. Like nationwide salon Edwards And Co, who launched colour kits including all the tools, dye and developer you need to get you through until your next appointment. They’ve also launched an IGTV series on Instagram with helpful resources and demonstrations on how to DIY.

If you’d prefer not to DIY dye, Anthony suggests using dry shampoo. “For those of you that don’t want to take this commitment of colouring hair at home and want something more temporary, you can use a colour dry shampoo and give the roots a once over with spray and your grey hairs will now be gone,” he says.

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At-home Hair Colour Kit ($44.90 – now offering a free trial, at The Shade)

At-home Hair Colour Kit ($44.90 – now offering a free trial, at The Shade)

Salon-grade permanent hair colour delivered to your door and free from nasties like ammonia, PPD and parabens. After a quick survey to find out your hair health, perfect colour and experience with DIY dying they’ll prescribe you with your ideal shade and kit. It comes with everything you need from the dye, developer to the equipment and aftercare.

Clairol Natural Instincts ($15.99, at Priceline)

Clairol Natural Instincts ($15.99, at Priceline)

Made from 80% naturally derived ingredients this box dye is body+soul approved. Semi-permanent and made from coconut oil, aloe vera and no ammonia or parabens. Smooth it over hair to enhance your natural colour and disguise regrowth or greys in less than 30 minutes.

Brows

Every brow expert will agree that there’s never been a better time grow out your hair. Every 90’s supermodel will also agree – citing that they wished they’d never plucked! So with that being said, embrace it and leave them alone.

If you do need to tidy up your eyebrows though, Hannah Mutze, the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia, suggests going easy with the tweezing and only plucking the middle, or where needed.

“Avoid tweezing hairs every couple of days as this disrupts your growth cycle. Instead, put aside time every two to four weeks (if your brows grow very quickly, every week is OK) to remove strays all at once,” she says.

For proper tidying or shaping she recommends this method, using three tools. “You’ll need tweezers (opt for a slant tip pair for ultimate precision), a spoolie brush and a brow pencil. Ensure your brows and surrounding skin are clean, then brush your brows into shape. Use your brow pencil to trace an outline around each of your brows. Use this outline as your guide and tweeze away all of the hairs that grow OUTSIDE of the lines.”

In the meantime your best options are to go for brow gel and semi-permanent tints.

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Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($45, at Benefit)

Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($45, at Benefit)

Use a clear gel to tame and set hairs into place. Embrace the bushy trend and comb them up and outwards towards the temples.

­­Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ($12.47, at Chemist Warehouse)

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ($12.47, at Chemist Warehouse)

This innovative gel lasts three days and works like a semi-permanent tattoo. Using the wand, swipe over your natural brow arch, let it set then peel off. Hairs and skin are left evenly tinted and full.

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Skin

For skincare fanatics, now is a great time to start using powerful ingredients like at-home peels and retinol as you have limited exposure to the sun, pollution – or people for that matter. But it’s also important to understand your skin and leave it alone if you’re not used to using a lot of actives or products.

If your skin requires more attention, get in touch with your dermatologist or skin therapist who may be able to offer you online skin consultations via Skype or FaceTime and help you keep up to date with your current routine or prescribe you new product.

Home-grown heroes like Alpha-H are offering 20 minute complimentary live online skin consultations, where advice about a tailored routine and personalised products can be prescribed.

Kiri Yanchenko, founder of Amperna, offers a Holistic Skin Coaching service, which focuses on lifestyle factors as well as skin health. “Holistic skincare focuses on exercise, a great diet and stress relief as well as the right products to help people with their skin,” she says.

“A high-quality active regimen is important, however it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it and run the risk of compromising your microbiome. Remember the less is more approach. Don’t over wash your skin and now that you have more time; don’t pop or squeeze breakouts as it can lead to the bacteria spreading, worsen the pimples by pushing the clog deeper into your skin, or cause scarring.”

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Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($240 for 60, at Mecca)

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($240 for 60, at Mecca)

Always wanted to try a peel? Now is your chance. Depending on your skin type, these Dr Dennis Gross peels come in extra strength and gentle and work to resurface the skin to refine skin texture and tone.

Amperna Rescue Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum ($50, at Amperna)

Amperna Rescue Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum ($50, at Amperna)

If your face starts to freak out bring it back to balance with soothing ingredients like those found in this serum. Copper and zinc replenish the barrier while calming irritation.

Nails

Removing your gel polish at home is one thing, and a DIY mani is another. Take this as an opportunity to let your nails recover from all those hardcore nail treatments and chemicals. Go for a naked mani and allow them to breathe.

Mavala National Trainer Tracey Winder agrees, “Now that the time is available, invest extra care into your hands, nails and cuticles, particularly with all the strict hygiene practices in place. Indulge in a methodical home manicure that treats every area with natural, nourishing remedies,” she says.

“Look for ingredients that include vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all essential for healthy nail growth. Incorporate an exfoliant for all areas and follow with treatment products, ‘sealed in’ with gloves for an overnight treatment. Hand cream should be your best friend during this time!”

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Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($19.95, at Mavala)

Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($19.95, at Mavala)

Boost your nail rehab time with this hardening treatment. Keratin works to strengthen and repair week nails prone to splitting, breaking or after removing Shellac, gel or SNS.

Kester Black Rest and Repair Wonder Mask ($24, at Kester Black)

Kester Black Rest and Repair Wonder Mask ($24, at Kester Black)

Packed with antioxidants like organic white tea, fermented rice, kefir and vitamin E oil, this nourishing cocktail of goodies will restore your nails in time for your next appointment.

More essential coronavirus reading:

Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.

Anthony Nader is a Hair Stylist and owner of RAW Salon, Hannah Mutze is the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia,Kiri Yanchenko is Founder of Amperna and a Holistic Skin Health Advocate and Tracey Winde is Mavala National Trainer.

 

SO YOURE SINGLE. SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR HAIR? Get Anthony’s new life tips seen THE JOURNAL

mane life: so you’re single, should you change your hair?

It’s been said that a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

In a world of high social visibility and excessive over-sharing… it’s a concept that’s seemed to stick. You need only look at the throng of post break-up celebrity hair makeovers to see the glossed-up evidence.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

One moment you’re caught up in rose-filtered bliss and the next you find yourself unconsciously (or consciously) un-coupled; the solo-wedding guest with a gushing plus-one-sized hole that even Ben & Jerry’s can’t fix.

Trust us, we’ve tried.

While a status change can spell an array of adjustments (from new living arrangements through to co-pet-parenting) there’s no reason it can’t mark a bright new beginning, and as such you may even find yourself empowered by a subtle appearance tweak.

Enter the Break-Up Haircut, an age old salve for broken hearts.

Not limited to those of the single persuasion, it’s a concept that applies to a range of situations – whether you’re in the midst of a career change, feeling sartorially sluggish or just in need of a reboot.

After all, there’s more to hair than meets the eye.

Science tells us that it’s not only a key determinant of an individual’s physical attractiveness, but moreover a huge part of one’s sense of self in society; an attribute that when changed can have a massive impact – for better for for worse.

Your crowning glory, as it were.

But before you run for the scissors or box dye (editor’s note: never, ever run for the box dye), scroll down to hear what celebrity hairdresser and owner of RAW salon Anthony Nader had to say on the matter.

“Hair is such a massive part of your personality and a good cut can increase your confidence and wellbeing,” shares Anthony. “It’s your trademark, your signature and a big part of the way your friends, family and (new partner?) see you.”

According to Anthony, the main reasons people opt for a style or colour change post break-up are to make a clean start, to lose some of that excess emotional baggage or to exact revenge on their former beau (we see you Khloe).

How’s that for a break-over?

Anthony’s advice for those looking to make a dramatic mane change (and avoid ‘cutter’s remorse’) is to be realistic; “If you’ve spotted a celeb with your future #hairgoals, you need to remember they most likely have a full-time stylist… will you?”

Next up, financial feasibility: “For big chops, the shorter your hair, the more visits you’ll need to your hairdresser for maintenance. This means going shorter may cost you more $$$ in the long run as opposed to a longer, flowing mane.”

“You need to budget for the change and assess the pros and cons of a new look, so there’s no hidden surprises,” he continues. “Oftentimes blow-drying and tonging will be required to maintain the shape you’re after.”

As for Anthony’s considerations? “Face shape, hair texture and lifestyle… these are just a few of the elements I need to consider before giving someone a distressed Miley Mullet or Bella Bob.”

In this, or any scenario: “Communication is always key,” says Anthony. “Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to something if you’re guts calling for it!”

The final word: While cutting your hair might not change your relationship status (or quash the flood of introspection), there’s something uplifting, even transformative about a seasonal refresh.

As with any life altering event, it’s important you take time to process; to sift through the emotional turmoil and assess the learning in the loss. And if you can look a little better while doing that – that’s a win in our books.

After all it will grow back. Britney’s did.

 

HOW TO GET SELENA GOMEZ RETRO WAVES Anthony gives us the heads up seen MAMAMIA.

Heads up: The curly lob is the retro hair trend you’re about to see everywhere.

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If you’ve been blessed with curly hair, you’ll know that while curls have their benefits (hello instant bed hair), they can sometimes be a pain to manage.

Getting your curls on-point can be a mission, and some days the best solution is just to blowdry, straighten or slick it all back.

But enough of that.

This year, it’s time to embrace the curls. Let them be free! And what better way to do that than with a fresh haircut to match?

Cue: the curly lob. And JLo looking all kinds of fabulous.

 

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Hello Monday! What is everyone doin? ❤️❤️❤️ @chrisappleton1 @scottbarnes68

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The curly lob is like a traditional long bob where you would cut your hair just below your shoulders, but instead of opting for the sleek, straight look, you emphasise the curls to bring maximum volume to your hair. And if you want to make it a bit more shaggy, you can add a fringe too for some retro vibes.

Plenty of celebrities have already jumped on board, including Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez.

To learn exactly how to get the look and maintain it, I spoke with award-winning hairstylist Anthony Nader and he shared every tip to rock this banger hairstyle in 2020.

1. What cut and style should you ask for at the salon?

“To achieve the haircut, it can’t be one length. You’ve got to ask your stylist for some layers so you can create the body of the waves, to create its longevity,” says Anthony.

“For the fringe – make sure it’s not a solid fridge. A more overgrown than freshly cut fringe is what gives Selena that cool lived-in look straight away.”

 

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“Another top trick of mine for this haircut is, when I’m establishing the length, I wouldn’t cut in a blunt horizontal line. I would point-cut the length, so it sits soft.”

Anthony also explains that the key to maintaining this hairstyle is all to do with how you style it.

“On damp hair, apply your mousse by scrunching it into the hair from roots to end and no need to comb through as you would normally do as you want the texture to look more real and natural.

“Blast dry the hair super quickly – you don’t need to be a hairdresser to perform this part. And lastly, to get that wave in the hair I would use a Classic Curved Tong by GHD and wrap just the mid-length around the wand and leave the ends out.

“Finishing off with a sea salt light paste, that will give that textured lived-in appearance so it looks like three-day-old hair straight away rather than freshly washed.”

2. What products or tools should you use at home to maintain the style?

Three products Anthony recommends to maintain the look are home are a curling tong, some sea salt pomade and mousse.

3. Why do you think this look is having a resurgence?

“Selena’s new-found waves are current and fresh which I know all of my salon clients ask for, and it’s a little bit of a French girl vibe,” says Anthony.

If you needed any more convincing just to get you over the line, here are four other celebrities working the voluminous ‘do.

 

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WHO’S IN FLAVOUR OF BEING A MUSHROOM BLONDE? Our latest blurb seen BEAUTY CREW

‘Mushroom blonde’ is the latest culinary-inspired hair shade

'Mushroom Blonde' Hair Is The Latest Culinary-Inspired Colour Trend To Hit

The last few months have seen the advent of culinary-inspired hair tones with names that will have your mouth watering. Recently, we’ve been introduced to a smorgasbord of delectable-sounding shades like ‘milk tea,’ ‘cold brew,’ and ‘chocolate cake.’

So far, these delicious new hair colour trends have been largely brunette-centric. But, now a new food-inspired shade for blondes has surfaced.

Introducing: ‘mushroom hair.’ A multi-dimensional, ashen shade of blonde that features accentuated cool, almost-silver tones. The look uses varying shades of blonde, beige and silverish-grey throughout the lengths to mimic the neutral, earthy shade of mushrooms.

To learn all about achieving the look, we went straight to renowned Australian hairdresser, Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW salon.

“Sit tight in the salon chair because this process can’t be taken quickly as it is all about pre-lightening the hair,” says Anthony.

“First stop: bleaching the hair down past an orange-yellow stage, as light as the hair will allow. Then the magic is in the toner being used – that is going to be your flavour. Keep in mind also that the toner always has to work with the skin complexion.”

If you’re wondering whether the ‘mushroom blonde’ look is for you, Anthony has some advice:

“This works a treat on Asian complexions and porcelain skin tones. It also works well for olive skin. Those of you that have pinkish complexions or warm, this mushroom tone won’t suit – go for something more Nordic in this case!”

“This is not low maintenance colour so be aware before you take the plunge into this tone. You need to maintain it on a weekly basis with either an at-home toner or in-salon once a week to remove any brassiness or any lightness that comes through with washing the hair or due to the sun’s UV.”

“Or, for those who want semi-permanent colour, a semi applied at the salon will give you more longevity compared to a temporary weekly colour.”

 

WANTING MILEY CRYRUS NEW MULLET HAIRCUT? Anthony gives his cut to if its going to work for your face shape. Seen Body + Soul

Miley Cyrus is bringing back the mullet for 2020 and we’re into it

The 27-year-old singer is putting a new spin on the ‘shag’ and taking cues from her dad.

Sure, a new year means a new haircut and Miley Cyrus is leading the celeb-hair-trend charge with her take on the modern mullet. Or her take on her dad’s famous hairstyle from the 90’s that he lovingly dubbed his ‘Kentucky Waterfall.’ *Google’s Billy Ray circa 1990’s.*

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The woman responsible for Miley’s new hair transformation is hairstylist Sally Herschberger, she told Refinery29, “it’s a very fashion-forward, yet no-fuss look.” Which does makes sense – a shoulder-grazing crop is super easy to wear and style and her fringe is at a length that can evolve into curtain bangs or be pinned back.

Plus the grown-out roots make for a super stylish way to skip your colour appointment if the holiday period got the best of your wallet.

Miley Cyrus debuts her new mullet. Image: Instagram

When the singer was in the chair Herschberger focused on the texture of the cut, explaining; “I used a razor to slice [the hair] into a shag. To style it, we did a rough dry and then I used a shaping balm and dry oil to finish off the piecey look.”

 

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Cash me outside (this years festival gigs) … with a new mullet and an old guitar 👢🎸

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Want to try the chop for yourself? We asked Sydney-based celebrity hairstylist and owner of RAW Salon Anthony Nader for his thoughts and he had some wise words of wisdom for us before we think about taking the leap. “This isn’t for everyone,” he says. “I’ve been hairdressing for 30 years so, and I’ve seen quite a few different versions and shapes of this iconic cut. You have to own this look and be confident.”

 

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New hair. New year. NEW MUSIC. 💀

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The next big thing to take into consideration is your face shape. “The most perfect face shape for this cut is oval as the symmetry is perfectly proportioned,” explains Anthony. “If you have a square jawline this won’t do you any favours because your face won’t appear delicate and soft due to the trimmed back hair above the ears. Softer and more curved face shapes will be in your favour compared to angular facial features.”

Business in the front, party in the back, forever.

SUMMER TRENDS WITH THE RAW TEAM AND DAVROE Seen STYLEICONS

Anthony Nader and Davroe Hold Summer Trends Session

Anthony Nader, in partnership with Davroe, held a Summer Trends 2020 session over an impressive vegan breakfast spread. For the event, media gathered at RAW Anthony Nader in Surry Hills, where Anthony explained the purpose of the informal, one hour session.

“We’re going to give some information about what is happening in our world at RAW,” he said. “You’re going to see what’s inspiring us, including some fashion elements.”

Anthony said he also wanted to showcase “at a consumer level, what is happening with haircut and colours”.

Five models, each with their own hairdressers, assembled ion a line where each stylist gave an overview of which look they had created with the assistance of the Davroe range.

Davroe styling products, which are vegan, petro-chemical free, paraben free and sulphate free, were used on each model’s hair, including the Body Volume Texture, Brilliance Shine Mist, Cloud, Smoothing Balm, Murray Rive Sea Salt Spray, Complete Aerosol Hairspray and more.

The first look featured cool, effortless waves, not too set. Inspired by Rosie Huntington Whiteley and capturing someone who could go from brunch to evening, this look was the embodiment of the ultimate ‘cool girl’.

The second look was titled ‘mermaidy, wavy hair’. It was inspired by the Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. The look was achieved by creating two French braids, then unravelling them and incorporated lots of blunt ends and no damage to the hair with absence of hot tools.

The third look was an up style that was a simple, soft, up-do with embellishments. The look was perfect for weddings, as its not too neat at the back and dishevelled at the front, as inspired by the Prada and Chanel runway shows.

The fourth look was inspired by the Miu Miu runway. It featured a little quiff at the front, offset with soft natural curls. Made for the creative girl, it was created by backcombing and pinning with bobby pins.

The fifth and final look was a curly, edgy long bob with fringe. Inspired by Celine and Saint Laurent runway shows, the look showcased an overgrown fringe with the corners longer. Clips were used to keep her hair flat on the sides but still retain lots of movement. Think – the flirty but untraditionally sexy girl.

Following the presentation, media were able to get up close and personal with Davroe founder Mary Centofanti, who was also in attendance for the showcase. The models then showcased their on-trend, seriously sexy looks on the media wall.

IS YOUR HAIR SUMMER READY? Seen VOGUE

How to melt-proof your entire beauty routine for summer

We’ll be the first to admit that in a well-intended effort to perfect ourselves, we might have overdone it. Think over-the-top exfoliation, rigorous in-clinic treatments, handfuls of hair products and running our systems dry with exhausting sweat sessions. Spring, of course, is the time of year when many of us dial things up in pursuit of an elusive summer body goal, but the new way to forge towards the warmer months is with a gentler approach to top-to-toe regimens. This doesn’t mean neglecting good intentions, though. In fact, a feel-good objective will see you through spring, summer and beyond.

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“Cleansing is the foundation of any good skincare regimen,” says facialist and official skincare expert for Chanel Australia, Melanie Grant, who recommends changing cleansers seasonally, depending on your skin’s needs. “In warmer weather, a cleansing water, mildly foaming cleanser or gel cleanser is ideal,” explains Grant. “For winter, lipid-rich formulations are preferred – those that are oil- or milk-based are my preference.”

Typically, we’re told cleansing is to sweep away make-up and impurities, and while that still rings true, the newest formulas do more than simply strip the skin. Chanel has launched Sublimage The Cleansing Collection, a personalised wardrobe of four cleansers for every skin type, which work double-duty to cleanse and nourish. There’s an exfoliating gel, a foaming soap, a gentle water and an oil emulsion, which simultaneously sweep away make-up and prep skin for serums and moisturisers.

Just don’t expect that ultra-tight feeling you might have experienced with less innovative formulas. That squeaky-clean sensation might be addictive, but it’s likely the result of either a harsh formula or overzealous application. “No-one needs to cleanse more than twice per day – it’s a common mistake among those of us with oily or congested skin,” cautions Grant. “Stripping the skin of oils and lipids can lead to excess oil production, dryness and congestion.”

While you were sleeping
When it comes to our complexion, there is a lot we can do with our eyes closed. While the benefits of sleep are well documented, a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine also found that facial signs of poor sleep – sallow skin, deeper wrinkles, a pale complexion and droopy mouth – have a negative impact on our interaction with people around us. Put simply: when you’re walking around in a zombie-like state, others will notice.

Aiming for the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep is paramount for skin (and the rest of our system) to shift the body into repair mode, boost cell turnover and replenish hydration stores. The products you apply at night can supercharge this process. Sisley’s Velvet Sleeping Mask transforms tired skin and is loaded with active ingredients to protect the skin’s barrier function. Apply the product liberally before bedtime (the best time to absorb is overnight) then get your beauty sleep.

Body double
You’re probably diligent with facial skincare, but pre-summer it pays to apply the same level of dedication to skin from the neck down. Thankfully, recent advances have seen the best brands take the mainstays of our face creams and serums – intense hydration, protection, active ingredients – and apply them to products for other areas of the body. Chantecaille, for example, has launched Retinol Body Treatment with a sun-safe formulation to improve overall texture, nix hyperpigmentation (yes, it exists on our body as well), and target pesky ingrown hairs. If it’s an instant boost you’re after, reach for Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator, which helps disguise blemishes and delivers a subtle sheen to rival the best highlighters in your beauty bag.

Press refresh
When it comes to product build-up between hair washes, it’s easy to blame dry shampoo, but that’s not the only culprit. External aggressors like pollution and hard water, as well as a raft of other daily formulas – heat-protecting sprays, styling elixirs and oils – linger on the scalp, leading to irritation and lank locks. That’s where clarifying shampoos come in. “This type of shampoo takes your strands back to a natural state so you have a clean base again,” explains international hair stylist Anthony Nader.

Washing your hair every other day is more a ‘surface refresh’ than a deep clean. Depending on your hair type, a weekly clarifying shampoo (or monthly, if your strands are naturally dry) sweeps away build-up, restores shine and reinstates bounce. Italian hair company Davines has released Solu Shampoo, which is spiked with nourishing buckwheat extract. Laura Luciani, the brand’s international scientific communications manager, says: “It’s the perfect product to use before technical services such as perms and relaxers – services that require a shampoo prior to application. Or in the case of a scalp that’s extremely dirty due to pollution and dust.”

Bear in mind, though, that it’s possible to overdo it. If you have brittle or coloured hair, follow this up with a nourishing mask (we love Blondi Beach Repair Mask) to top up hydration. “Less is definitely more,” warns Nader. “If you clarify your strands too much, you’ll end up doing more damage.”

Embrace recovery
There’s a reason elite athletes adhere to rest days: taking time out to recover from workouts helps build muscle and wards off injury.

“Our muscles are created with hair-line fibres that can sustain micro-tears when exercised at a certain intensity,” says fitness expert Ricardo Riskalla. “The body very wisely sends more blood filled with nutrients to areas that need repair and this process is only done with rest.” If you’re a HIIT (high intensity interval training) devotee, that means you need to take at least two days off a week. Better still, swap a few intense sweat sessions for pilates, yoga or barre classes, which are kinder to muscles and joints.

“The main benefits of yoga for the inner body come from the calming effects that the practice has on your body and mind,” says Tahl Rinsky, yoga expert for Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app, Centr. “When you learn how to relax, everything functions at a higher level.”

Adequate recovery and changing your routine curbs boredom, says Riskalla, which helps you commit to long-term fitness goals. “In my experience, people who take days off are more successful in the long run in terms of being persistent and sticking to an exercise routine.”

This article originally appeared in Vogue Australia’s November 2019 issue.

THE RAW SUMMER HAIR TRENDS 2020 Seen The Hair Journal Magazine

Summer has officially arrived. Which can only mean one thing: a new set of seasonal hair trends to satiate your inner style chameleon. If you’ve been flirting with the idea of a tress change, now is the perfect time to switch things up… so to get you vacay-ready, friends of THE JOURNAL Anthony Nader and Davroe have teamed up to create your #how-to hair guide for summer 19/20. Get scrolling.

KEEPING YOUR BLONDE HAIR BLONDE THIS SUMMER. Seen – Body + Soul

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.”