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WHOS THINKING A POST BABY OR POST BREAKUP HAIRCUT? Get Anthony’s positive steps forward seen GRITTY PRETTY.

Getting The Chop: The Psychology Behind A Dramatic Hair Cut

Posted in Hair, Lifestyle on August 1, 2019 by


“I wanted to make a statement,” says Stevie Ford of Top Shelf Beauté. “[He] was my high school sweetheart. The first break up, I cut my hair really short and the second time we broke up, I dyed my strawberry blonde hair a dark brown.”Ford isn’t the first person to dramatically change their appearance in the wake of a painful relationship breakdown. Far from it. The post-breakup hair cut is almost a rite of passage.

But this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to just breakups. For Talisa Sutton, founder of Badlands Studio, it was the birth of her daughter that inspired a whole new look. “I spent my whole pregnancy growing out my hair, and while I loved the length, once Lúa was born, I felt like it was time for a change,” Sutton tells Gritty Pretty. “A chop signified the beginning of a wonderful new chapter – and there is less for her to pull on now!”

So, why do women (and some men) feel compelled to chop off their hair following a significant life event?

According to Tara Hurster, psychologist and founder of The TARA Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, it’s normal to change our appearance as we grow. “When we are experiencing a lot of change in our life, changing our appearance can be a way of having something you can control amongst all the things outside your control.”

For new mothers, “Beyond the potential practical aspects of short hair being easier to handle, birth can be a powerful experience and some women may see themselves differently after experiencing such an impactful event,” says Hurster. “This may lead them to want to have their external appearance showcase how they see themselves internally.”

The good news? When done right, a new hair cut can boost self-esteem. “When we receive compliments or attention from others it can help to lift our confidence,” Hurster adds. “A new hairstyle can definitely leave people feeling powerful, strong, sexy and proud.”

Anthony Nader, founder of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader, has seen it all. “My salon team has definitely had some of these ‘post’ [i.e. post-breakup, post-baby] examples sitting in their chairs over time, that’s for sure,” Nader says. “We all know the signs to look and listen out for when these times arise.”

His advice? “Go to a stylist that you can trust first and foremost, and one that knows you and your lifestyle best. There could be a number of factors that you may not have considered. Does [the new style] require blow drying every day, and have you got the time for this? You may want the same full head of foils as your girlfriend, but is this colour going to work with your skin complexion?”

Before you sit down in the hairdresser’s chair and mutter those three magic words – “chop it off” – give yourself a few days to mull it over, first. “With regards to a breakup, wanting a fresh start or new look can help with the grieving process and give you permission to see yourself differently,” says Hurster. “I would encourage you to sleep on the decision for a few days to ensure that it is your internal voice talking, rather than rash emotions.”

According to Hurster, it’s important to take a moment and consider the purpose of the change. Is it to get back at someone? Is it an attempt to please someone else? Or, is the new ‘do an exciting change? If the answer is the latter, Hurster says, “Go for it!”.

They say a change is as good as a holiday; a mini makeover gives hairdressers a chance to be creative and explore on-trend hair cuts and colours. However, communication is key, explains Nader: “You and your stylist need to break down the consultation so there is absolute clarity on both sides before the tools get picked up.”

Suffering from a case of post-chop regret? Keep calm and remember: hair grows back. You have two options here. Option one: book another appointment with a reputable stylist to discuss your options. Or, as Hurster suggests, “Embrace your new look and run with it! The way to do this is stand tall, hold your head high and lean into this new you with confidence and poise.”

BE CAREFUL THAT YOUR NEW BANGS DONT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR BACK IN KINDERGARTEN. Anthony gives his top advice when taking the plunge. Seen ELLE.

The Top 4 Fringe Trends To Try This Winter

While the thought of winter tends to inspire more ‘curling up’ than ‘dressing up’, it’s actually the perfect time to experiment with your look, especially when it comes to trialling a fringe.
After all, with summer comes humidity, leaving our locks limp or frizzy. Our efforts with the straightener end up moot, and all we want to do is get our hair off our face and sweat-drenched neck. On the other hand, the colder season actually gives your fringe a fighting chance and lets you see whether you truly like the look. And luckily for us, this season’s crop of fringes are well worth trying.
In order to find out how to style the fringes leading the way in winter 2019, we consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.

1. THE MID-LENGTH ‘BLUNT’ FRINGE

The blunt fringe has always been one of the more dramatic styles but this season’s leading style offers a slightly softer mid-length finish.
“I tend to keep the edges of the fringe curved a little lower rather than perfectly horizontal all the way across, as this frames the face beautifully rather than a hard edge, which tends to make the forehead look disconnected from the rest of the face,” says Nader.
“For those of you with petite faces and sharp features, be sure not to take the fringe too blunt, as this is only going to make your features look more angular and harsh.”

2. THE MICRO FRINGE

A tough look to wear and not for the faint of heart, Nader emphasises that this look is best suited to those with oval face shapes.
“I wouldn’t cut the the micro fringe or on face shapes that are too small and round, as this is only going to emphasise the roundness of your face more,” he explains.
“Longer face shapes suit this cut much more. What I tend to do is make the edge of the baby fringe a touch longer on the corners when cutting, as this adds more shape to the face – the ideal shape to attain is oval.”
To give this look a more effortless finish, Nader recommends having your hairdresser cut your micro fringe with a razor.
“This adds more softness and it’s a little bit more fashion-forward, rather than cutting with scissors which can leave a harsher, solid line,” he says.

3. THE CURLY FRINGE

While old school thinking used to discourage those with curls from cutting a fringe because it was thought to mean constant styling, that is no longer the case in 2019. In fact, all that matters now when it comes to achieving this stylishly dishevelled look is how your hairdresser cuts it, Nader explains.
“Personally when I’m cutting a curly fringe, I always cut it DRY. [The ] reason being is that if you cut it wet, you’re always going to underestimate how much it will jump up when it dries. In this case, the fringe will end up a lot shorter than you anticipated—and you may end up looking like you’re off to kindergarten,” Nader tells ELLE.
The key to working a curly fringe on the daily without all the fuss? Nailing the length.
“I’d lean more toward keeping a curly fringe on the longer side in length. [This] tends to lend itself more to a sensual, carefree vibe and it really doesn’t look like it’s just freshly cut. Keep it overgrown and tousled, just below the brows,” says Nader.

4. THE CURTAIN FRINGE

A classic look popularised by French film icon Brigitte Bardot, the curtain fringe is one of the most versatile styles out there. It can be parted in the middle or swept to the side, and depending on preference, can skew shorter towards the centre and longer as it moves further out along the hairline, or kept all fairly similar in length.
“I still think that the curtain fringe is the number one look I am asked for, simply because you see a lot of celebrities with various lengths of a curtain fringe, effortlessly styled to look super cool but sexy at the same time,” says Nader.
“The thing that I love about the curtain fringe is that when it’s cut right, it automatically looks worn-in and soft. [This is] because, when playing with fringes, there’s a very fine line in the way that it’s cut, where it can either look French-girl-chic or unfortunately as though you you’ve cut your hair in the bathroom with a pair of blunt scissors.”
A great look to trial in winter and take into summer, this fringe looks relaxed and elegant even as it grows out. And the best part about it? It suits everyone.
“Another thing I love about the curtain fringe is that its suitable for literally every face shape, depending how the hairdresser lines up the shape of the ‘curtain’, so to speak,” says Nader.

DID BELLA HADID REALLY SPORT HER NEW LOOK THIS WEEK AT MARC JACOBS & CHAR DEFRANCESCO’S WEDDING IN NEW YORK? Anthony dishes up the how-to seen New Idea magazine.

Bella Hadid has had her super long, brunette locks chopped (we think) and is now sporting a very retro-style fringe.

The 22-year-old Victoria’s Secret model has been snapped with feathery bangs framing her face and she looks completely different.

 

Bella’s new style is a testament to just how much a fringe can switch things up.

Her 70’s-inspired baby-soft bangs were debuted at the weekend wedding of fashion designer Marc Jacobs and there’s no doubting that he would have fully approved. We are talking a seriously on-trend hair style here.

 

 

Bella’s fringe made her look like a legitimate (and very, very pretty) member of Charlie’s Angels.

There’s no question whether it suited her or not – it most certainly did!

The only thing we were left wondering is whether this was a real fringe cut into her luxuriously, long locks, or a clip-in set of some kind. Faux or natural? Who’s to say. What we can confirm is it looked beautiful on her – and that she looked 100 per cent brand new.

 

 

That comes as no surprise to award-winning stylist Anthony Nader, of RAW Hair,

“It surprises people all the time but the fact is a fringe can make a huge difference in how you look,” says Anthony.

They’re also other benefits to bangs. For example, they do work incredibly well as camouflage for any fine lines and/ or wrinkles! Not that Bella has any of those.

Sadly though, not all hair is suited to soft, wispy tendril-style bangs like Bella’s.

 

 

Bangs cut into hair that’s coarse and/ or frizzy will not simply fall like Bella’s and instead will need to be straightened after every wash.

But hey, the results are clearly worth it.

WHICH ONE AND ONLY HAIR SALON IN AUSTRALIA, JUST MADE HEADLINES FOR WHERE TO GO FOR YOUR NEXT BALAYAGE? Give up? Seen Cosmopolitan

We’re a pretty fashion-forward bunch here in SA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the world to see which hair trends are going to be huge in 2019. We’ve rounded up eight nations sporting hairdos that we love and are ready to wear in the new year; because who *doesn’t* want to have a good hair day every day?

1 Colombia

In Colombia, women are staring to embrace their natural hair more and more, and many are growing their fro’s long. This allows for bounce that is slightly weighed down, and the ends? Sheer curly perfection.

2 Brazil

‘Body’ and ‘bounce’ are two words that describe the beauty aspirations of Brazilian women, and the same words could be used to describe their hair. Healthy, voluminous locks in warm, rich tones will always be muito bonito.

3 The United Kingdom

When it comes to hair in 2019, the Brits are going to be veering away from Royal-inspired tresses and getting edgier with their style. This super-short bob with a choppy fringe is going to be everywhere – we’re calling it.

4 South Korea

Instead of poker-straight locks, 2019 is going to see loads of South Korean women sporting a more tousled bob, just long enough to graze their chins. This style is great because it manages to look effortless and chic at the same time.

5 Japan

Just like South Korea, Japanese women are going to be all about the bob in 2019. Theirs differs slightly in that they are leaning more towards the straight ‘n stringy look with a fringe to frame the face. It doesn’t get much cooler.

6 India

Women in India are famed for their long, thick and lustrous locks, but next year many of them are going to be opting for significantly less length. They’ll be trading it in for sleek bobs and lobs, with longer layers at the front.

7 Australia

The biggest hair trend from Down Under is less about length and style, and all about the colour. Balayage is the go-to technique, and it is versatile to suit any hair colour – from chocolate brown to light and bright blondes.

8 The United States

America is a big place, which means that there’s more than one hair trend that’s going to blow up in 2019. One of them is the glass-hair trend, which is originally from South Korea and is all about achieving a smooth, shiny and polished look.

Another biggie is going to be elevated box braids. Whether it’s winding them with string or ribbon, or maybe adding charms and other accessories, this trend is all about the details. We’re feeling it.

WHO LET THE WIG OUT OF THE BAG?

WHO LET THE WIG OUT OF THE BAG? 

We have to confess it was us and guilty as charged but, we bet you couldn’t have guessed that our model featured is sporting one, did you?

It’s good right?

In this month’s VOGUE campaign, we wanted to voice that its totally a-ok to slip on a wig if your heart desires.

Be it a night out, a formal occasion, drinks with the girls, or as simple as going to the mall there’s really a “no access area” at the end of the day so this is your time to explore the beauty world of wigs.

 

The reason why we popped this #LaceWig on our beautiful international model is that, Mili has fine long dark hair and we wanted to change her look completely.

Check out her website if you don’t believe us.  https://www.imgmodels.com/mili/london/development/portfolio

We may note that before the shoot date one week before this #HumanHairWig was 100% brown and long, so we gave the unit (another name for wig) a honey blonde balayage colour application and razored it to precision, gave the mid lengths a twirl with a #GHD flat iron so the end result had a RAW undone cool vibe to it.

Wigs can look absolutely natural which when done right………. looks beautiful.

Our main aim with this month’s campaign is purely to say and show you that you shouldn’t be afraid to try a wig.

If celebrities and models are sporting these on red carpets, tv interviews, and fashion events well why can’t we?

You may not notice to the untrained eye but, do you think Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone, Heidi Klum and the list goes on and on about how these stars have needed that extra longer length because they may have a sharp jawline bob existing? Or maybe adding a little extra thickness on the sides above the ears for volume?

Or dare I say adding a fun fringe piece to change your look up for the night?

Have we opened your eyes wide open yet with the secrets on how celebrities and models trick us?

We’re going to finish off by saying that when you go to the wig shop make sure you do/ask the below pointers and enjoy the new you in the making.

  1. Go to a reputable wig shop (ask your hairstylist here).
  2. Purchase a human lace/front wig (they have a invisible hairline and blends beautifully with your own hairline) and not a regular old fashioned one which will only make you look clown like which defeats the whole message).
  3. Gel or tape adhesive to secure wig around the hairline.
  4. Ask your hairstylist very sweetly if they could tailor your new trademark with a haircut and maybe a hair colour if needed.
  5. While you’re at it and bonding away with your hairstylist ask them to give you a lesson on the do’s and don’ts in caring for it.

 

Have a great month RAW fans and feel free to ask us any questions about the new you in the making.

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HOW TO FIND A STYLIST YOU CAN TRUST. Kelly Baker dishes up the hair goss when interviewing Anthony. Seen The Beauty Insider.

Celebrity stylist Anthony Nader has tended to the locks of pretty much every star you can imagine. In fact, he is so used to dealing with five-star clientele the last time I was in his award-winning Sydney salon RAW we had a conversation that went something like this …

“Wow. That girl was super pretty,” I said, staring after a client who had just left the salon.

“Yes, she so was,” responded Anthony, before asking a salon assistant if she was a regular.

“No,” said the assistant, blinking hard.

If I remember correctly the assistant’s got a little high-pitched right about this moment here. Which made both Anthony and I pause briefly. But then he looked at me and I looked at him and we shrugged at each other before he said “No idea who she is.”

To which I rather cleverly responded, “She totes pretty though eh?”

And then we got right back to whatever it was we were talking about before I spotted this undeniably beautiful woman. Which was probably our families or some random beauty industry tittle tattle or how much Sydney property is these days.

Look, I admit it. It’s not a traffic-stopping story in and of itself, but it does prove a point – and an important one. Anthony Nader is a world-famous, celebrity stylist who doesn’t much care for fame and glory. The fact is if you’re famous he’ll treat you exactly how he treats everyone else. That is – with respect and kindness and dead professional hair advice.

And he should probably get some kind of award for that frankly, but the industry doesn’t really work like that. Which is a shame. But there you go. Anyway – guy is talented and a decent human being too. Plus, he can help you find the stylist you’ve always dreamed of and in doing so, ensure you get the hairstyle of your dreams.

And here’s how you do that … you ready?

“There’s one simple way to do this,” says Anthony.

“One very simple way that I have always believed in and I swear by today even after close to 30 years in this business. And it is … word of mouth. Ask your friends, your family, anyone who has hair that you love.

“If you see someone on the street and you love their hair ask them who cuts it, who colours it, who styles it. Don’t ever be afraid to ask that million dollar question “Who does your hair”?”

Once you discover this magical salon book yourself in for an appointment just to talk ideas. Correct. Tell the salon staff you want to come in and talk to their stylists about what sort of work they do and also, get their ideas as to what they they think will work for you.

Take a reference or two (tear out a page of a magazine or screen shot a style you love) and be honest with the stylists you speak with about why it appeals to so much. Listen (that’s a big one!) LISTEN to what said stylist then tells you. And be prepared to consider a style that’s similar to if not the exact one you had in mind.

A good stylist will be able to interpret the style you love and be honest about whether it will work for you or not.

“It may not be a good cut for you even if Beyonce or J-Lo has it,” says Anthony.

THE 90’s IS BACK IN FULL SWING AND HERE’S WHY. Seen WHIMN

This 90s Hairstyle Is Back To Give Every Millennial Major Nostalgia

 

First popularised by Leonardo DiCaprio and every single Backstreet Boys member (except maybe Howie) in the 90s, the chin-grazing, cropped bob has seen a revival of late.

Worn by the likes of Julianne Hough, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, the style is back streets back, alright (sorry) – albeit with a middle parted update.

 

“A middle part will always give vibes of a cool girl, with attitude and a modern confidence,” says Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader salon.

Before you march into your hairdressers clutching a picture of Nick Carter though, be aware you may need to alter the length an inch or so above or below your jawline, depending on your face shape.

“If for example your face is a little fuller around the jaw, you’ll need that length a little longer past the jawline, as this will give the illusion of an oval shape.”

Once you’ve had the chop, the trick to keep it from slipping into full blown boy band territory, Nader says, is to keep it super clean.

 

 

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“Grunge may have been alive and kicking in the 90s, but you don’t want to look like you’ve been out on an all-nighter. This bob needs to look ‘innocent’ and by this I mean your hair needs to look clean and healthy with blunt ends. Start by shampooing your hair strands more often.”

Styling wise, volumising products are your middle part MVP and be sure to use a comb to get that part sitting poker straight – this isn’t the time for guesswork.

“Opt for volumising sprays as they’re lighter than a mousse or paste. Spray the roots with a dry shampoo to soak up any oil and sort limp and dirty roots in a flash.”

RAW MADE THE TOP 10 LIST IN SYDNEY BEST HAIR SALONS Seen SITCHU

10 Hair salons of the inner city for that luscious look

Keep your tresses coiffed and glossy without having to wander too far from the city. All located within the CBD, popping in for a blowdry, quick style or the works, these are the places to head to keep your locks looking luscious…

Sebastian Salon

Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Sebastian Salon brings an opulence to your hair and beauty regime. Taking in sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, you’ll be lavished with expert service and the highest calibre of products to ensure your hair is left looking a million times better than when you arrived.

The Intercontinental Sydney, Level 9, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney


Solace Hair

This Aveda organic salon in the CBD is all about taking responsibility for their environmental impacts using pure plant and flower essences that ‘hum with the electricity of the plant’s life force.’The icing on the cake comes in the form of a glass of their Tamburlaine Organic Wine to be indulged as you are pampered.

The Grace Hotel, Ground Floor, 77-79 York Street, Sydney


Philippe Xavier Hairdressers

This carefully designed oasis is a godsend for those in need of a restorative session for both your tresses and your soul. Absolutely revered as the Bridal experts in Sydney, if you have an upcoming occasion that needs just the right style Philippe Xavier is the place to go to let the professional stylists work their magic.

Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 199 George Street, Sydney


RAW Anthony Nader

Head a couple of streets to the south of Hyde Park, and you’ll find the deft hands of Anthony Nader ready to transform your look. This pared-back, intimate salon puts you first, ensuring that your style is as current as the editorials they shoot and suits you right down to the ground.

100 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills


Franck Provost

For truly sophisticated, Parisienne glamour you can’t go past Monsieur Franck Provost’s legendary treatments, from the bespoke Kérastase in-salon ritual to the chocolate blush colouring technique you won’t be disappointed. With all stylists undergoing intensive training with techniques from the Provost Academy in Paris, you can rest assured that your tresses will only receive the best.

2/185 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Maiolo Salon

Located in the charming, heritage Strand Arcade off Pitt Street Mall, Maiolo is equally beloved for their reliable daily blowdry deal as their rejuvenating Keratin treatments. The experienced team with a star-studded client list means you’ll receive celebrity-worthy service along with a fresh new look.

The Strand Arcade, 113/412-414 George Street, Sydney


Christopher Hanna

For the pinnacle in luxury hair treatments, this elegant space in central Sydney is all but unrivalled. You’ll be lulled into a state of bliss as your expert stylist coifs you to perfection. The in-house bar and lounge means you can indulge in your tipple of choice and peruse the assortment of beauty treatments as you wait for your appointment to begin.

13-15 Bridge Street, Sydney


Alan Coban

With a penchant for precision cuts and painstakingly perfect styling, Alan Coban is synonymous with quality thanks to the dedicated and celebrated team of specialists. The concept salon is conveniently located within Westfield Shopping Centre and is just as committed to helping your hair look as healthy as it is on trend.

Level 2, Westfield Shopping Centre, Pitt Street, Sydney


Blu :/ creativity

This sleek, minimalist, Japanese hair salon offers complete head to toe beauty treatment. You’ll feel at ease from the moment you set foot in this contemporary studio, whose signature Japanese Hair Straightening service has led to legions of devoted clients. immaculately crafted perms, foils and a host of colouring options means that your new look is just one appointment away.

39 Liverpool Street, Sydney


Joh Bailey

Veritable royalty in Sydney’s Hair scene, the ‘Joh Bailey magic’ is widely known and adored by celebrities to discerning ladies the city over. The chic Elizabeth Street studio exudes and effortless Hamptons style that will leave you feeling as refreshed as you do following a weekend escape – and with a full beauty menu you can top up that spray tan for a true holiday glow.

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney