Anthony Nader shares his tips on how to save time in the morning on your “am strand routine” as seen on whimn.com.au
Because the snooze button struggle is real.
Real talk: you’re probably not blow drying your hair as efficiently as you could be. And when it comes to things we’d rather be doing, the list is as long as our Netflix binge queue. To help speed up your AM strand routine, we stopped celebrity stylist Anthony Nader mid-blowout to get his best advice.
Pick the right brush for the job
Different hairbrushes work for different hair types, so it’s important to choose the right brush as the wrong one can damage your hair follicles.
Thick hair works best with nylon brushes as your hair is naturally more resistant and can handle a stronger pull from your brush – the nylon has more power than any other brush to get through to the roots and scalp, and this is exactly what you need for thicker hair.
Thin hair works best with vent hair brushes – the wide spaced bristles protect your hair and stop the thin stands from shedding and causing split ends. The thinner or together the bristles are on the brush, the less volume you’re going to accomplish.
Get the settings straight
For curly hair – If you can let your strands dry naturally that’s less dehydrating, but if you have to give a once over with your hairdryer, set it on a lower heat as this will maintain the condition far better than the heat turned up on high.
For short hair – Don’t go too crazy with the heat. This will make your cool girl crop look like your off to the weekly bowling club raffles instead.
For straight hair – For those of you blessed with naturally straight strands you don’t have to turn the heat right up with blow drying. For extra sleekness however, use an extra-large paddle brush with loads of bristles as this helps keeping your hair photo finish.
Work your best angles
Blast your hair until its about 80% dry using only your fingers then use your brush to dry the other 20%. Use the nozzle of the hair dryer to smooth thick hair by sending the hot air downwards. For all over volume or for thick hair, blow the air against the natural downwards fall.
Keep the hairdryer angled so it is parallel to the brush to allow the hair to glide along the surface of the brush. Using the narrow nozzle attached to the end of your hairdryer will help you nail a poker straight mane with longevity and polish. A diffuser on the other hand encourages natural movement, rather than blasting it away with air.
Section off strands
Sectioning off your hair with clips means you won’t get lost and believe it or not, you’ll save time! Even if you only section it in half, you’ll have more organisation and structure and be quicker. Do the front section first, because that’s the focal point and then pin it away. Then divide the rest into four.
By Ashleigh Austen for whimn.com.au