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Brush from the bottom up and rinse in cold water: The key ways to repair your dull and damaged hair

We all want shiny, healthy locks but over-styling, colouring and using the wrong products can all leave you with hair that is dry, dull and damaged.

Thankfully, there are ways to restore and revitalise your strands.

FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the five signs of damaged hair and what we can do about them.

Noticeable split ends and breakage

‘This can be a common mistake due to not having your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks,’ says Anthony.

‘I hear that you want to grow your hair length and that’s totally fine but think of your haircuts now that are called “baby trims”.

Anthony says regular visits to your hairdresser will help keep your split ends and breakage at bay.

‘Lotions and potions that say they can repair split ends are absolutely false so don’t fall for it, ‘ he adds.

‘Once that hair strand is split, it’s split. You can use a product that will (mask) your ends but never will repair to seal 100 percent naturally.’

Extreme shedding and hair loss

‘Unfortunately this can happen through say pregnancy, breast feeding, stress or even dramatic change of climate,’ says Anthony.

‘I always recommend to go see your GP or even a naturopath and your choice in what direction you want to move forward with.’

However, Anthony says if you’re noticing strands falling out, get your hair length cut much shorter.

‘By doing this your hair shape will always appear far more thicker and doubles up as a confidence booster,’ he explains.

Dullness and lack of shine

Poor health and diet is your main enemy for dull hair that is lacking shine.

However, Anthony has a few tips and tricks that can give you glossy hair.

‘Always rinse your hair on the coolest water temp you can withstand. By doing this your strands won’t dry out and burn,’ he explains.

‘On damp hair I tend to apply a serum or shine spray, as this absorbs beautifully into the hair strands.’

He also recommends to turn down the heat with your electrical tools.

‘The extra heat just zaps out the goodness and health of your hair. Always start on a lower heat and you can go up from there.’


Over-styling with heat, swimming, chemical treatments and the climate can all result in dry hair.

‘Moisture, moisture, moisture is what your poor strands are crying out for,’ says Anthony.

‘Look out for your next shampoo and conditioner that is packed with moisture as this will now be your positive road to recovery,’ he adds.

He also advises having a haircut every six weeks and to cut down on the blonde highlights as this can make hair look and feel more dry.

‘Opt for that saying “less is more” for now and have partial highlights or balayage instead of being a slave to the bleach bowl and brush and five hours lost in the salon chair,’ he says.

Tangles and knots

We all know the feeling of getting out of the shower with wet hair and finding that the brush doesn’t glide through your strands.

Anthony says his best trick when brushing your hair is, starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots in small motions.

‘By doing this method you’ll never get that dreaded clump of knots on the ends,’ he says.

‘And invest in a silk pillow case, ladies as the benefits in the silk will always keep you tangle and knot free because of the fibres.’


Just like visiting a skin specialist, a visit to the hairdresser is always rewarding. And we’re not just referring to getting your hair done professionally; we’re talking about the countless number of tips that you pick up from seeing an expert work their magic on your ‘do.

Each hairdresser has their own portfolio of nifty tips up their sleeve, and because visiting a different one each time you need to get your hair done for the sole purpose of picking up some of their tricks can be an effort, we decided to do the hard work for you. We thought it’d be a good idea to chat to not one or two, but thirteen of the best in the biz for their best tips on caring, colouring and styling your hair. And we guarantee that you haven’t heard of most of these out-there tips. You’re welcome.


If you want to hide split ends
“Apart from snipping split ends at a salon, the best thing for an instant fix is to curl the hair inwards and hide the split ends,” says Katy Reeve, National Creative Director of TONI&GUY. “Simply wrap the ends of the hair around a brush and blast with some heat to lock it in, and that way you have created the illusion of no split ends alongside gorgeous bouncy curls.”




If you want to eliminate frizz
“In summer, I blow-dry all hair with a gel, (like Aveda Men Pure-Formance Firm Hold Gel), layered with a finishing cream, (like Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme) to stop the hair going big and frizzy with humidity,” says Aveda Artist Darren Summors.




If you want squeaky clean hair
“If your hair has any silicone build-up from bad shampoos and conditioners, saturate hair with Coca Cola and put in a shampoo cap,” explains Lauren McCowan, ambassador of evo. “The Coca Cola will break down the buildup so you can properly wash and treat your hair.”




If you want a tight ponytail
“Use Mr Smith Foundation to prep and prime damp hair, blow-dry, then paddle brush to sweep hair away from the face and gather it at the nape of the neck,” explains hairstylist Elyston Hayden. “Next, use a snag-free elastic to secure the desired pony, and take a cable tie and wrap it around the elastic and tighten. Cut the cable tie end off and slide the elastic off for a cool industrial vibe.”




If you want a custom hair colour
“We use different-sized paint brushes from Bunnings,” says hairstylist Anthony Nader of RAW Hair, “We’ve found that it gives a more natural ‘bleed’ and therefore allows the colour to fuse together beautifully. The bigger the brush, the more camouflaged the blend will be.”




If you want beachy waves
“Divide your hair in four or more sections, plait, then apply a straightening iron along the plaits for no more than three seconds,” says Jules Peacocke, owner and director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup. “As you heat up each length of the plait, let the hair cool and take out the braid.”




If you want to embrace curls
“For a 70s-inspired frizzy wave, take two chopsticks, weave small sections of hair through the chopsticks in a figure eight pattern, then heat with a ghd platinum styler,” says Richard Kavanagh, ghd Creative Director Australia & New Zealand. “Then, slide the chopsticks out and you’re good to go.”




If you want voluminous hair
“For an airy texture to the hair with a LOT of hold, mix one packet of sugar with water in a spray bottle and spray it into the hair before styling,” says Justine Marjan, Global Stylist and celebrity stylist of TRESemmé.




If you want a smoother finish
“Apply hairspray to a natural-bristle toothbrush, and run it over your hair to tame flyaways,” says Adam Reed, founder of Percy & Reed. “This way you can apply a small amount of product and it won’t overload the hair.”




If you want your curls to last for hours
“For a long-lasting curl, curl your hair at night, then sleep with a very loose high ponytail and on a satin pillow,” says Rose Hoffman, creative director of Kérastase’s flagship institute, AlanaKristian. “The next day, your curls will still be intact.”




If you want cool, casual hair
“To create undone texture, apply a primer, like Redken Pillow Proof Treatment Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream, and allow to air-dry for a ‘nude’ textured look” says Dmitri Papas, Redken Global Artist and 2015 ‘Australian Hairdresser Of The Year’.




If you colour your hair at home
“I use a Beautyblender to apply hair colour,” says Lizzie Liros, hairstylist and Philips Haircare Ambassador. “This tool is great for root-stretching, which is where you create more regrowth for a more natural finish.”




If you want just a bit of texture
“Apply a curl cream, like ELEVEN Australia Keep My Curl Defining Cream to damp hair,” explains hairstylist and founder of Eleven Australia, Joey Scandizzo. “Tie sections of hair in twisted knots all over the head and sit under a dryer to create lived-in texture with a natural-looking wave.”


By Iantha Yu for beautycrew.com.au