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How to Take Care of Your Hair in Isolation
Three experts reveal how to check into hair rehab from home – by Alex Duffy
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.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 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 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 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, $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, $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 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+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.”
Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.
From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.
Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.
As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.
Always start with a dry fringe
“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”
“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.
Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”
How to chop
“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.
I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”
Different styles call for different measures
“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.
Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”
From split ends to fringes: Exactly how to cut your hair at home (if you really want to).
So, you’re thinking of cutting your own hair at home. Honestly, same.
Whether your fringe is poking into your eyes, your crunchy split ends are scaring your working from home co-workers, or you’re just really bored and need something fun(?) to do, giving yourself a hair cut kind of seems like a great idea in isolation.
Best case scenario, we’d all leave beauty tasks like dying your roots, removing shellac and SNS nails, eyebrow shaping and haircuts to the professionals. But if for whatever reason, you really want to cut your hair at home, do it armed with expert advice.
From cutting your fringe to trimming split ends, here’s what you need to know about cutting your hair at home before picking up the kitchen scissors.
How to cut spilt ends at home.
While no hairdresser would recommend trying to give yourself a whole new hairstyle at home, owner of Edwards and Co salons Jaye Edwards says trimming your split ends is “a great way to keep your hair healthy and to promote growth, without attempting anything too drastic while waiting for salons to reopen.”
RAW Salon’s Anthony Nadar also reckons it’s hard to go wrong trimming your ends… provided you stick to some important rules.
Here are the celebrity hair stylists’ best tips for trimming split ends (emphasis on the word trimming):
- Use a quality pair of sharp hairdressing scissors. Blunt scissors will only make your ends look wispier… plus, think of the cross-contamination.
- If you have to resort to using kitchen scissors, do everyone a favour and make sure they’re clean and sharp.
- Always trim your hair when it’s clean and dry. Trimming your hair at home wet will likely end with you taking too much off – “your stands will jump up even more when wet,” Nadar says.
- Trim your hair in front of the mirror rather than just by sight. This way, you can take stock of how you’re doing as you go along.
- You can either stick to just trimming the ends at the front you can see, or section your hair and do sections at a time.
- When you’re ready, take a small section of hair and hold the ends between two fingers.
- Instead of cutting straight across (this will end in disaster), trim by ‘chipping’ into the hair with just the tips of the scissors. You can’t go too far wrong if you do this at a vertical or diagonal angle into the strands.
- If in doubt, trim less than what you think. And don’t worry about the back unless you have someone you can trust to help you.
Best split end hair products.
If after reading that advice, you’ve decided you’d rather not trim your split ends, that’s OK.
No, there isn’t a single hair elixir out there that can actually ‘fix’ or reverse split ends (only cutting can do that), but there are some affordable products you can get from the chemist, supermarket or online that can make your ends feel less crunchy.
Applying a few pumps or a dollop of a hair oil or cream to damp hair before drying can make your split ends feel softer, which should tide you over until your next hair appointment.
Here are our favourite budget-friendly ‘split end’ hair products:
- Daily Naturals Satin Ends Sealer, $17.95.
- L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, $19.95.
- Pantene Pro-v Intense Rescue Shots Ampoules, 3 pack for $9.
- ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment, $24.95.
- John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Mini, $4.99.
- Schwarzkopf Extra Care Oil Treatment Elixir, $9.
How to cut your fringe.
How to trim your fringe will depend on the type of fringe you have.
If you have a long layered fringe that frames your face on each side, also known as curtain bangs, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin (who does hair for all the Kardashians) shared a video tutorial on how to do this on her Instagram account.
The main takeaways from her video are:
- Work on freshly washed, wet hair (FYI this contradicts other hair cutting advice).
- Section your front layers from roughly a centimetre either side of your hair part, bring them forward and tie the rest of your hair back.
- Use a comb to brush the hair so it’s straight and taught. Then run your fingers down the hair and stop where you want to start trimming.
- Using scissors, cut the middle of your section straight across, and either side at a slight slant towards the middle.
This will make more sense when you watch Atkin’s tutorial… which we’d highly recommend doing before giving this a crack yourself.
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To cut a more traditional fringe that sits across your forehead (and now, over your eyes), here are the best tips from George Northwood, London stylist to stars including Meghan Markle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, as told to The Times.
- Wash and dry your hair into your usual style so you can see what you’re working with. This stops you from cutting more than you mean to.
- Tie your hair back leaving only your fringe out.
- Comb through your fringe a few times and then use your comb to lift your fringe up and out away from your face, ready to trim.
- Only trim the very tips of your hair – leave major fringe cutting and shaping for your next hair appointment.
- Don’t cut straight across your fringe (Google ‘fringe trimming fails’ for a visual representation of why). Instead, ‘chip’ into the fringe by cutting upwards and downwards on a diagonal.
- Avoid cutting the edges of your fringe as this can be hard to get right. A good guide is trimming no further than past the end of your eyebrows.
If you’re still not sure about cutting your hair at home, you have two options:
Leave it for now and wear your hair up with a spiral hair tie or silk scrunchy (these stop you from getting ponytail kinks), or clipped either side to get it off your face.
Or, you can watch all the video tutorials, try cutting it anyway knowing your hair will grow back. Eventually.
Feature image: Getty
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 👩🏼🎨👨🎨
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).
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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.
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).
- Stand in front of the mirror and section out the fringe section clean and precise.
- Take the point of the comb and glide along the scalp from the crown area to the hairline on both sides.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.”
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)
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.
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!”
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)
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.
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.
Heads up: The curly lob is the retro hair trend you’re about to see everywhere.
By Charlotte Begg
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.
Cue: the curly lob. And JLo looking all kinds of fabulous.
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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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