Winter hair got you down? Vogue caught up with Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw Anthony Nader salon, to learn his insider tips to caring for your tresses as the temperature drops.
Turn down the hot water temperature
“Most of us love nothing more than a nice hot shower to keep us warm but the down side of the heat is it’s doing more harm than good,” says Nader. “Those extra degrees higher on the hair and scalp will take its toll and will dehydrate your poor scalp. Your hair appears lacklustre and dull.” Instead, Nader recommends keeping the water at a neutral temperature.
Giving your hair a good scrub with a towel may fasten up the drying process but in the long run it makes your hair uncontrollable, says Nader. “Due to the scrubbing and rubbing, the hair cuticle becomes roughed up instead of smooth and silky.” Always blot your hair dry instead, he adds.
The wide side
“If you’re in a rush and have to wash and run, you need to comb your hair into shape,” says Nader, adding that it’s a good idea to invest in a proper comb. “The wider the comb teeth the better is my golden rule. Basically, the thinner the space between the teeth the more each hair strand will stretch against where it naturally sits and that causes breakage.”
Don’t cheap out on your brush
“Brushes are so important and aren’t to be taken for granted so make an investment and select well. I personally can’t go without using my British cult staple (Mason Pearson) 100 percent boar bristle brush. These cushion paddle brushes are a dream to work with and celebrities swear by them too. You’ll see why if you don’t know already.”
The right formula
“Before picking up your new shampoo and conditioner make sure you look out for conditioning agents like shea butter, aloe vera and avocado oil.” Your strands need more loving in winter and they’ll stay hydrated with these key ingredients, Nader says.
Tame the lion
For this with unruly, curly or frizzy hair, Nader says to invest in a moisturising styling cream. Apply it from roots to ends, rake through, part into two loose braids around the nape area and secure. “The best part is the next day you can unravel the braids and you’ll have a more controllable texture in your hair that you can manage.”
Set the temperature
“There’s absolutely no need to curl or iron your most prized hair strands set on the highest heat with your tongs or irons,” says Nader. “My secret is always start off on the lowest heat and go up from there.”
A cream conditioner may weigh down your strands, so opt for a weightless leave-in conditioning spray. “I find many of my clients prefer this anyway as this still gives the hair a more natural texture, rather than too silky and smooth that it tends to feel limp.” Try Shu Uemura’s Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Double Serum on for size.
“It’s key to always treat yourself to a moisture and protein masque once a week. Think of your hair as skin here – it needs to stay hydrated to perform and go the distance. Remember you only have one chance to keep your crown of glory the envy of your girlfriends.”
“I’m talking about being the best friend you can, to your hair and scalp and go easy on all those artificial ingredients and exfoliants,” Nader says. “Your salon can prescribe what you require in a product range that will suit your lifestyle and the performance of your hair.”
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