Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment A Worthy Investment?
No rinse necessary.
While many of us have adopted a 10-step Korean skin care regime, hair care has remained a relatively simple affair. For the most part, we stick to the age-old shampoo then conditioner routine. However, sometimes hair needs a little extra love – particularly if it has been colour treated. Cue: Leave-in hair treatments – the multi-tasking hair saviours that do all the hard work for you.
We know what you’re thinking: do I really need to add another step? But hear us out. These treatments are as easy as they come; simply spray, smooth or comb through your hair and head straight out the door.
Here, we’ve enlisted the help of hair heavy-hitters Anthony Nader, Founder and Creative Director of Raw by Anthony Nader, and Renee Marshall, Owner and Director of Allure Hair Bar, to explain why a leave-in treatment should be the next item on your hair care hit list.
What Is A Leave-In Hair Treatment?
As far as hair care goes, a leave-in treatment does to the hair what a green juice does to the body. It’s a sure-fire way to inject some serious life back into your hair.
“A leave-in hair treatment is designed to target something specific [that] your strands may be lacking. It’s for when they need a boost to get them back into tip-top shape,” says Nader.
A natural timesaver, Marshall thinks a leave-in treatment is the busy woman’s dream. “A leave-in treatment is for the modern day woman who is too time poor to add an at-home treatment into her beauty regime but needs to put more moisture into her hair. It can be applied to mid-lengths and ends, then it’s good to go!”
See? We told you it was easy.
What Are The Main Benefits Of A Leave-In Treatment?
“Treatments are beneficial for a number of reasons including boosting hair that is lacking sheen and smoothing over unruly, textured strands,” says Nader.
Detangling knots and revamping dehydrated, coloured hair are also benefits you can expect. And for our blonde babes? A leave-in moisturising treatment will help strengthen and repair the hair after bleaching.
What Are The Key Ingredients To Look Out For?
Nader recommends keeping an eye out for natural, moisture-rich ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, avocado and coconut oil.
“Shea butter is a beauty for sealing in moisture [and] aloe vera is excellent not only for nourishing your strands but also for nourishing your scalp at the same time,” says Nader.
Keratin is also good to look out for if you suffer from dry or brittle hair, as it makes the hair less prone to breakage and smooths over rough cuticle scales.
Marshall recommends steering clear of products containing parabens, sulfates or silicones, as they have a tendency to weigh the hair down.
“Silicon builds up on your hair and it can alter your colour. Sulfates are designed to cleanse but are especially harsh on coloured and keratin treated hair and can dry out and irritate the scalp,” says Marshall.
Who Needs To Use A Leave-In Treatment?
“Dry hair and all colour treated hair-types would benefit from a leave-in treatment,” says Marshall. “Blondes especially can use the added moisture to really strengthen the hair and keep it looking and feeling healthy.”
Nader takes his recommendation even further, suggesting that “everyone with hair on their heads needs a [leave-in] treatment.”
“From fine hair to coarse, frizzy hair and every texture in between. Think of a hair treatment as an instant hair CPR.”
Which Formulas Are Best?
Oils, sprays and foams, oh my! Much like their hairstyling relatives, leave-in treatments can come in a multitude of formulas. Nader recommends an oil-based treatment for those with dry or colour-treated hair due to its efficiency in restoring shine and body.
Moisture-rich creams are also super nourishing and essential in plumping up the follicle for the appearance of thicker, healthier hair.
Marshall’s rule of thumb? “The thicker the hair, the heavier the formula.”
‘Mushroom blonde’ is the latest culinary-inspired hair shade
By Isobel Larkin
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.”
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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.*
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.
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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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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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 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.
UPDO AND AWAY: SIX FRESH WAYS TO STYLE YOUR HAIR THIS SEASON
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The Beauty Diary by Rebekah Scanlan: Correct way to use conditioner
Showers. We take them daily, unless you’re totally gross but we’re not here to discuss your hygiene habits. It’s your haircare ones I’m worried about.
Chances are you’re making a major mistake when you step under that stream of warm, inviting water and giving your tresses a wash. So brace yourselves people as what I’m about to say next is going to surprise you — it totally shocked me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to only apply conditioner to the mid-tips of my hair. In fact, a quick Google on “how to condition my hair properly” will bring back hundreds of results telling you the same thing.
“Do not apply conditioner to your scalp,” they all read, rather terrifyingly.
But Anthony Nader from RAW in Surry Hills — a renowned Australian hairstylist with over 30 years experience — told The Beauty Diary it is just one great big fat fib.
“The conditioning process can be complex, which is what has created confusion here, because you need to understand what your hair texture is to prescribe the right conditioner for you,” Anthony said.
This step in haircare is specifically to help behaviour and longevity, he said, adding most people want to “last the distance” between washes.
“The biggest myth is that when you apply the conditioner to your roots that you are automatically weighing them down,” he said, explaining the entire hair strand — root, mid and tip — is made from the same core ingredients, the cortex, how the protein particles that make up the hair is held together, the cuticle, which is the outside coating we all see, and the medulla which is an empty section in the centre of each strand that helps insulate it.
“Even the roots — which is typically considered the ‘healthier’ part of every strand — can benefit from some love,” Anthony said.
I have to admit, over the years I’ve had some awful incidents with conditioners, mainly ones that leave my fine hair super limp and greasy looking.
So when I first heard this myth, I scoffed. There was no way would I be putting conditioner onto my roots.
But the more I dug deeper, the more I realised there was a lot of truth to this. Celebrity hairstylist and Pantene ambassador, Remington Schulz told Whimn.com.au earlier this year, you should “apply the conditioner from the roots to ends”.
“When your hair is cleansed with the hair shaft wide open, it’s the optimum time to condition from your roots, so you’re giving an added boost of hydration,” he told the publication. “When you’re not conditioning properly that’s when we see a lot of scalp concerns.”
Anthony explains the best person to discuss and determine your hair type with to make sure you have the right product for the job is your hairdresser.
Here are some great conditioners for your hair type.
If like me, you have fine hair you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say I’m in desperate need of some volumising help from my haircare. Anthony advises anyone with hair strands on the finer side to keep away from the heavy cream conditioners and only use a leave in, weightless conditioner.
KRISTIN ESS WEIGHTLESS SHINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline
Anyone who is a part of The Beauty Diary’s Facebook group knows how obsessed I am with this product. I’ve had so many bad hair days in my time. On days other than freshly washed, locks that have dry ends and oily roots look flat, greasy and lame.
But this leave-in spray has really restored some life back into my tresses and it’s so easy to apply. You simply spritz into damp, towel dried hair. Honestly, the tips of my hair which need moisture are left soft and shiny, while my roots are oil-free and fresh.
It’s also a great detangler so is now a staple in my bathroom.
ORIBE CONDITIONER FOR MAGNIFICENT VOLUME
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au
While applying a thick, heavy conditioner is definitely a no go for fine haired people — ones that are light and build volume get the big tick of approval from experts. To use, I apply a small amount, massage through the lengths of my hair, then I work up to my scalp where I give it a good massage before rinsing.
It’s definitely on the exxy side, but a little goes a long way and it is so effective I think it’s worth every cent.
BLEACHED AND COLOURED HAIR
If your hair is highly coloured and/or bleached, you will need a conditioner packed with moisture and goodness to hydrate. Peroxide-bleached blondes will need to feed your poor strands lots of extra loving, Anthony advises. Like, loads of it.
BRIOGEO DON’T DESPAIR, REPAIR! DEEP CONDITIONER
Available at Sephora
Treat dry, damaged hair to a deep feed with this amazing product for bleach blondes. Don’t be shy with it, your strands will suck up the helpful ingredients, such as the protein it needs for strength and the moisture for restoring its natural state.
GLOW LAB PURPLE CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline and Woolworths
Price: $18 — but it’s regularly on offer in Woolies
If you have your hair highlighted blonde and your mane is appearing a little brassy and warm, a neutralising conditioner like this will make your strands look like a million bucks. This is actually the first ever natural purple conditioner in Australia and has won awards for its effectiveness without chemicals. But there are heaps of heavier ones out there if you really want to tone down those yellowy tones.
Natural hair colours that aren’t prone to having colour but may need a little help with shine and health should look for products that deliver on “shine”, “brilliance” or “mirror finish” are the babies you should be leaning towards, Anthony said.
PANTENE PRO-V BLENDS MICELLAR GENTLE NOURISHING CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline,
I really do love this range, not only because it is super affordable and lasts ages, but because it’s bloody good. When this product was launched earlier in the year and I gave it a whirl, I got a bunch of lovely comments about how fresh my hair looked — and no one could believe it when I said it was Pantene. There was even a lot of snobby remarks about how the fact the brand uses silicone in its products — but this one is silicone free.
Just like the micellar water we use to remove make-up, this gives hair a really deep cleanse without stripping it of its hydration.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it by showing your waves and curls some extra love. Curls can be extra thirsty, especially if you have tight coils like the ones that from Afron hair. So treat them to an intensive conditioner, Anthony said.
ORIBE DEEP TREATMENT MASQUE
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au
While I don’t have curls myself, I do love Oribe and this product has rave reviews from friends and Anthony too. It allows the natural shape of the wave to be its bold, beautiful self by enriching them with coconut and almond oils which really lets curls pop. It’s a boujee product with a matching price tag, but it really works. One Amazon review even described it as “magic”.
“My hair went from dry and crunchy, to smooth and shiny,” it read. “My roommate said it looked like I went to the salon for a blow out when I was done.” If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.
If you’re someone who has naturally thick hair, you’re probably used to hearing people describe you as “lucky” — but your tresses still need some love. Managing a thicker mop can be the biggest challenge, but the right conditioner that treats the whole strand will help.
KERASTASE NUTRITIVE MASQUINTENSE IRISOME — THICK HAIR
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au,
While I have the opposite of thick hair, my mum has been blessed with luscious locks — and she swears by this.
The formula is packed with nutrients that penetrate deep into the hair strand, helping to tame and take control of stubborn tresses.
On my hair, I LOVE the Kerastase Specifique Bain Prevention conditioner. It’s really lightweight and leaves my hair feeling fuller and thicker afterwards. Anything this brand does for hair is considered next level in my eyes.