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FROM DRAB BOB TO CHIC BOB. See how to shake up your next bob seen YAHOO.

How my bad coronavirus haircut became the perfect choppy bob

I’ve always had a thing about layers – I don’t like them.

It all began in 2010 when I let a friend give me a ‘layered chop’, all the rage at the time.

The resulting mess is hard to describe, but it took around 3 years to properly grow out, given my hesitation to chop the hair up to above my ears where the first layer began, and I vowed never again to let the ‘L’ word into my hair care vocabulary.

My major hair trauma made me notorious among friends for keeping it very simple, very boring and very safe.

Imagine their surprise when about three months into lockdown I walked into my sharehouse sporting a thick, blunt fringe, two-layered Karen Brady haircut and a mad glint in my eye.

In a fit of lockdown cabin fever, I had gone absolutely rogue at the hairdressers throwing years of prudent trimming out the window in a bid to ‘try something new’.

What I ended up with, as one more honest friend pointed out, was more bad 80’s than chic 2020, with my unruly curly hair forced into unnatural angles by a layer that sat miles above my ear, and the world’s thickest, deepest fringe laying over half my face with about as much vivaciousness as a wet mop head.

After about a week during which, in some kind of fever dream, I convinced myself I looked Chic with a capital ‘S’, I came to the crushing realisation that I looked absolutely ridiculous.

Desperate to avoid the three-year growing period that had accompanied my last venture into ‘layer’ territory I reached out to the professionals for some much-needed help.

How I transformed my hair from ‘sheesh’ to ‘chic!’

Anthony Nader is an award-winning celebrity hair stylist and owns and operates RAW Anthony Nader, his salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills. He generously agreed to take a look at the situation and see if he could salvage it.

According to Anthony there were three major hair transgressions going on on my head.

First up, the ‘layer’ I had opted for was a one-step layer, meaning it took all the volume and texture from the ends of my hair and sliced it into two parts, giving me that Karen Brady effect that nobody wants.

Secondly, my curtain fringe had been cut straight across.

Anthony says the secret to a good curtain fringe is the ‘Hollywood sweep’ – a gradual decline on either side that gives your hair a mobile, draping effect.

My blunt cut was contributing to the mushroom quality of my fringe, with the extended sides dragging the fringe way too far across my face.

Finally, don’t do what I did and start your fringe from halfway back on your head.

If you have fine hair, a deep fringe is a great way to give your fringe more body, but if you’re like me and have thick hair it’s a one-way ticket to mushroom town.

Now, Anthony is at the top of his game and his haircuts don’t come cheap. I was a guest of RAW but one of his chops will set most customers back $350.

Despite his credentials, I was unconvinced – how could any stylist, no matter how good, fix this without giving me an above-ear bob which I didn’t want, and could it really be worth more than $300?

To say he proved me wrong is something of an understatement. Anthony managed to give me a chic, choppy bob and the sweeping Normal People fringe of my dreams, and proved that a good haircut is truly an art form worth paying for.

Here’s what he did:

First up he chopped off the dead weight and brought my lower layer closer to the top layer, giving it a ‘boxy’ and ‘blunt’ effect around the base.

Then, he set to work on it’s internal texture (the texture above the hair’s baseline).

This is where I learnt the difference between ‘layers’ an ‘texture’.

Meticulously following my hair’s natural direction, he cut in different lengths and angles piece by piece, bringing out my hairs natural movement rather than chopping it off.

He explained that it’s all about finding your hair’s flow and following it, no matter how long that takes.

When it came to the fringe it was all about getting that sweeping effect.

To do it, he took the middle of the fringe up ever so slightly, and worked down to the length of the sides.

The effect? It really – ahem – swept away that nasty mushroom effect.

I finally got the dramatic new look I had envisioned, and it wasn’t until I saw my hair looking good for the first time in months that I realised how bad my bad haircut had made me feel.

Of course it’s a minor, almost trivial blip in a world rumbling with change and disaster at the moment, but it’s the little things that can make a big difference sometimes.

We can’t all splash out on a pricey haircut of course, but what I learnt is sometimes a little bit of investment in you can make the world of difference.

And, as Fleabag said, ‘hair is everything’.

HOW DO YOU PICK YOUR NEXT HAIRDRYER? Anthony giving you the best hair industry insight, to what we look for when choosing our weapon of choice. Seen news.com.au

How to pick the best hair dryer, according to a celebrity hair stylist

Look in any woman’s bathroom cabinet and you’re sure to find several universal items, one of which is undoubtedly a hair dryer.

A hardworking hair tool that creates voluminous or sleek hair at home, hair dryers are a non-negotiable addition to your hair styling artillery.

But with prices of hair dryers varying by hundreds of dollars, it can be difficult to know what to spend your money on. Anthony Nader, celebrity hair stylist and founder of Sydney salon Raw, says that once you have your budget sorted, there are several features to consider.

“Look out for one that has in-built ionic or tourmaline technology. This, in a nutshell, cuts down on the drying time so you’re not wasting precious time in the mornings and also works a treat for thick and frizzy hair textures for a smoother appearance,” Anthony tells news.com.au.

“You want your hair dryer to have some power as well so aim for a minimum of 1500 watts. Hairdressers mainly use dryers from 2000 watts upwards, if that’s any indication of how we get the perfect blowout.”

When it comes to blow drying your hair at home, Anthony says there’s one error women should avoid.

“I would say the biggest mistake is not using the right brushes and running a brush through their hair that has plastic prongs that really have no purpose,” he explains.

“For ultra-luxe smooth results I always use larger round brushes that have short and long 100% boar bristles. These babies are key for my blow dry to give the ultimate salon worthy campaign finish.”

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer In Fuschia

Yes, we’re starting with the cream of the crop here. Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer boasts airflow of 105 miles/hour, which means your hair will be dry quick smart. Plus, a special mention must go to the acoustic motor tuning that means it’s the quietest hair dryer experience you’ll ever have.

Parlux Alyon 2250W in Jade, $325

Parlux Alyon 2250W in Jade

The Parlux Alyson 2250W’s ionic technology means that your hair will dry speedily and minus the damage. With four temperature and speed settings and two included nozzles, you can pull off an array of different styles at home.

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $309


Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer from Sephora

Featuring ionic technology that banishes frizz and promotes shine while you dry, this Drybar hair dryer is a stellar option. Plus its powerful 1875 watt motor, nine-foot long cord and customised nozzles mean it’s super user-friendly.

ghd Helios Hairdryer in Ink Blue, $290


Ghd Helios Hairdryer in Ink Blue

With airflow of 120 km/hour and ghd’s Aeroprecis technology, this hair dryer will not only dry your hair quickly, it’ll deliver shinier and smoother results. With a two year warranty, variable temperature and power controls and a contoured nozzle included, this is an brilliant option.

ghd Air Hair Dryer, $195 (down from $220)


Ghd Air Hair Dryer from Shaver Shop

With a 2100 watt motor, ionic technology to nix frizz and flyaways and several temperature settings, the ghd Air Hair Dryer is a do-it-all hair tool.

VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Dryer, $187 (down from $249.95)


With a digital sensor that maintains an optimal temperature of 70 degrees to ensure the hair fibre isn’t damaged and an airflow speed of 208 km/hour, this affordable hair dryer offers luxe effects for less.

Wahl Designer Hair Dryer in Pink, $89.95


Wahl Designer Hair Dryer in Pink

This pretty in pink hair dryer will dry your hair rapidly with its 2000 watt motor, three heat settings and tourmaline technology to reduce frizz and flyaways.

Flair Hair Dryer, $79.95 (down from $99.95)


Flair Hair Dryer from Shaver Shop

A 2400 watt motor, a cool shot button to instantly set styles and tame frizz and a three-metre cord make this hair dryer a winner.

O&M Pink Mini Travel Hair Dryers, $49.95


O&M Pink Mini Travel Hair Dryers

Small but mighty, this travel option boasts a 900 watt motor. An aesthetically pleasing hair dryer that dries hair speedily and fits easily in your travel case? Tick.

Remington Aero 2000 Hair Dryer, $17


Remington Aero 2000 Hair Dryer

With a concentrated nozzle that helps to smooth hair and reduce frizz and a powerful 2000 watt motor, this Remington hair dryer delivers bang for your buck.


WHAT’S YOUR WINTER BOB? Seen Harper’s Bazaar

The 6 Bob Hairstyles That Are Trending For Winter 2020

What is about the bob hairstyle that gives it such eternal allure?
Season after season, trending cuts and colours rise in popularity and then fade into oblivion (pardon the pun), but the bob haircut’s ‘cool girl’ factor somehow remains.
Perhaps its magic lies in its seemingly effortless aura, its relaxed ‘I woke up like this’ aesthetic (though we all know that’s not necessarily true) and ability to complement any and every sense of style.
Regardless, winter 2020 has certainly succumbed to the bob’s charms, with jaw-skimming coiffures and shoulder-grazing chops becoming some of the most asked for post-quarantine cuts in salons across Australia.
Considering a cut of your own? Scroll on to see the reigning bob hairstyles of winter 2020.
**THE 'UNDONE' BOB**<br><br> **Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at [RAW Anthony Nader](https://rawhair.com.au/|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow"):**<br><br> "[Taylor Hill's textured bob](https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/beauty/taylor-hill-hair-20414|target="_blank") ticks all the right boxes. It's still long enough to whip up into a fun hair shape if needed, or kept down to play around with different hair textures with your hot appliances or, of course, air dry to your happy strands' content."<br><br> *Image via [@taylor_hill](https://www.instagram.com/taylor_hill/|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow")*


An Expert Guide To Recreating Kate Middleton’s Latest Blow Wave Style

Just when we thought we could file Kate Middleton’s glossy tresses under ‘perennially polished albeit somewhat predictable’, the Duchess of Cambridge decides to prove us all wrong.

In fact, Middleton switched up her signature cut (swapping long length for a collarbone-grazing chop) and her colour (going from a cool-toned cocoa brunette colour to a sandier, warmer chocolate-and-caramel blend) in a matter of months.
The Duchess has also begun switching things up in the style department, choosing to embrace more modern styles as she attends virtual engagements via Zoom amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though while the sleek, straight strands she sported recently were certainly a chic departure from the bouncy blow-dry that has become her beauty signature, it’s still hard to top her trademark cascading curls.
They also, however, have undergone an update in recent weeks, with Middleton opting for contemporary flowing waves from roots to ends, rather than her classic ‘volume up top, curls down the bottom’ aesthetic.
Via: Getty Images and Instagram/@kensingtonroyal
Here, celebrity hairstylist and RAW salon owner Anthony Nader tells BAZAAR exactly how to get the look, whether at home or in-salon. Your mane will be looking Middleton-esque in no time.

How does this style differ from Middleton’s classic blow-dry?

“This updated blow dry is definitely more fun and modern compared to her previous style, which I felt was more highbrow with that added volume on the crown area,” says Nader. “Middleton’s newfound voluminous waves exude shine and a healthy wellbeing. I’m a fan.”
Middleton's updated blow-dry style Via: Instagram/@kensingtonroyal

What are the pros of this kind of blow-dry style?

Middleton’s latest style works wonders for lifting and framing the face, Nader explains: “Having a few shorter face framing layers will always add softness, whereas when the hair is kept at one length, it will close in your delicate facial features and also appear heavy.”
It wins in the longevity and versatility stakes, too. “When you have layers cut throughout the style you’ll also have all that extra body which will give you the longevity for your defined waves to last,” Nader explains. “Another positive with Middleton’s new hair shape is that she can wear her part line in the dead centre for a contemporary feel or switch it up to a deep side part for more of a fun one.”
Middleton's classic blow-dry style Via: Getty Images

What is the best way to have your hair stylist recreate this blow wave?

“It’s very easy,” says Nader. “Show your hair stylist any one of these images of Middleton’s hair and they will get it ‘straight away’; or should I say ‘wave away’. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).”
Don’t have a reference ready? “Some key [terms] or ideas that you should verbalise would be ‘loose but textured vertical waves’ and to ‘keep the ends wave free and more on the straight side’,” he explains.

How can you recreate the look at home?

“On freshly washed strands, use a dollop of volume foam to give strands more va va voom from roots to ends, then shake out excess moisture to [eliminate] at least 80 per cent,” Nader shares.
Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Root Lifter by Drybar, $41 at Sephora
“Section hair up into four even parts, [as this will] make it easier for you to whirl your medium sized brush [in order to create] smooth waves. Start with the two back sections, then unclip the front sections, place in your desired part line and blow-dry your waves away from your face,” he says.
“Once dry, go back and [divide hair using] the same sectioning pattern, then grab your tong and wind in a vertical manner rolling into the centre of the head.”
Curve Soft Curl Tong by ghd, $245 at Raw Hair
“Repeat this technique all the way down, but be sure not to roll your hair up too high [toward the roots when clamped in the curling tong], as you want to leave the area on top more flat. Just pop the slightest bend in the ends, if any, then rake through your waves with your fingers,” he advises. “[Finish with a] texture spray if you feel the need for more ‘grab’.”

Does the style work on all lengths?

“The more length you have, the more vertical waves you’ll end up with, but be mindful that you need to make sure you ask your hairstylist for some layers cut in [to achieve the face-framing effect],” Nader explains.
“The shorter the length, the less wave and texture you’ll have. Middleton’s below the shoulder length is on point and perfect for the next high tea moment.”




We do it most days but could we be blow drying our locks more efficiently and effectively? Let’s all learn something new from a true master of the blowout, Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader, who’s worked the tresses of supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr. His insider tips will take your DIY version next level.

  1. DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR STRANDS. This is vital for a longer-lasting blowout as too much product will weigh down your strands. Your hair will become dirtier much quicker, too. Less is more.

  2. ATTACH THE NOZZLE.  It will give you a more polished and professional finish. The narrow nozzle targets the airflow to sculpt your strands perfectly to your brush size.

  3. GO EASY ON THE SERUM. I always apply on damp hair strands and then blow-dry in. This absorbs far better than on dry hair and in turn, the sheen looks more red carpet-worthy which is always key.

  4. TAKE A SHORT CUT. We all love a short cut and most importantly saving time. So, to fasten up your drying time, shake your hair dry at least 80% with your hairdryer before you start your brushwork. Your arms will be thanking you as well.

  5. A SAFE SPRAY.  When using hairspray apply just a little to give your hairstyle a punch of staying power. Stay clear of a heavy lacquers ladies or otherwise you could end up looking more “Helmet Head” than natural.

WHY DOESN’T ANYONE GETS PERMS ANYMORE? Check out what one of our hot barrel tongs gets the trophy for emulating natural waves to die for. Seen WHIMN

So, Why Doesn’t Anyone Get Perms Anymore?

An investigation.

It was once the look du jour, but nowadays rolling your hair up and setting it is all but a relic.

One of my earliest beauty memories is watching my nanna, Elizabeth, propped up at her dressing table and dutifully wrapping her hair in hot rollers each morning.

Always the first order of the day, she sat there and meticulously tended to her chocolate brown bob, sectioning and pinning each strand into a perfectly curled bouffant.

Regardless of where she’s going or what she’s got on, still to this day, she sets her hair (and mine too on the odd occasion).

Nanna, setting my hair in hot rollers. Image: Supplied

“Why bother if no one is going to see you, though?” I’ve queried on several occasions as I schlep around in yesterday’s clothes during my visits. “Because it’s nice to look nice, darling,” is her usual reply. Right you are then.

This daily preening is punctuated by her bi-monthly trip to the hairdressers for a perm. Every second month she sits still for three hours while a stylist covers her head in a mixture of what sure smells like poison before plonking herself under a spaceship looking apparatus, to ensure her curls are on point.

It's a lengthy process. Image: iStock

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Alas, she is one of the few people still getting perms, with the treatment all but a relic of styles past. So what gives? Did women all around the world just wake up one day and decide curls were out of vogue? For something that was once so popular, it seems strange that almost overnight salons stopped offering the service.

Well, according to stylist, Anthony Nader, it’s a twofold answer: hot barrel tongs were invented and no one could stand the strong smell of perm solution any longer (the fact that perming treatments have been dropped from the compulsory hairdressing curriculum in recent years speaks volumes too).

“It depends on who you ask of course, but times have changed basically. I’ve owned my salon for 23 years now and haven’t even had the slightest whiff of alkaline or an acid perm box in that time,” he explains.

For the uninitiated, perms were all the rage back in the 1950s. A chemical process that turns straight hair curly, it basically involves dousing your hair in chemicals (namely thioglycolic acid, which smells like rotten eggs) to break and reshape the bonds of your hair.

I mean just LOOK at that volume. Image: iStock

As you can imagine, the hours long process isn’t exactly kind to your strands, with the perming solution notoriously drying.

“They definitely had a place in the market for the person that wanted low maintenance hair, the perm won big points here. I mean you’d have all that extra body and volume that made you feel like a rock start for at least five to six months.”

Fast forward to today, however, and the hair industry has such a variety of hot tongs on offer that Nader queries why anyone would need a perm.

“When you put a bend (I don’t ever say curl) in your hair that’s generally all you need. It gives you that extra texture you’ve been after and only gets better and cooler as the day goes on.”

If you do want to enhance your natural curl though, the right haircut helps.


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“Firstly, it all begins with your haircut. Soft layers are key for performance and longevity of shaking up your hair shape and giving it that extra volume.”

From there, you can play with a hot barrel tong and wind your hair in different ways depending on the look you’re going for, before giving your new found texture some extra miles by using a dry shampoo or texture spray to maximise your strands.

“Spray it on the roots and mid lengths and massage in and you’re good to go for the day,” advises Nader.

And if you’re still hell bent on a permanent curl solution, I can always give you the number of my nanna’s stylist – just so long as you’ve got three hours to spare.

ARE YOU CUTTING OR COLOURING YOUR HAIR WHILE IN QUARANTINE? You may want to check this out before your next boardroom zoom meeting. Seen INSTYLE magazine

How to Take Care of Your Hair in Isolation

Three experts reveal how to check into hair rehab from home – by


It’s never been trickier to squeeze in a salon appointment, and as each stressful and unexciting day in isolation passes, the temptation to try a DIY dye job or trim has never been higher.

Before you do anything you’ll regret, lock away the scissors, step away from the box dye and hunker down with treatments, at-home colour alternatives and styling tips to repair and embrace a low-fuss hair routine.

Below, three of Australia’s most in-demand colourists and hairstylists weigh in on the new hair rules that will bring you out of lockdown with healthy, glossy (and albeit longer) hair on the other side.

Don’t Try Anything Drastic

“Don’t let your well-deserved glass or two of wine give you long lost confidence to become a hairstylist” warns Anthony Nader of RAW Hair in Sydney. “It’s not worth waking up the next morning looking at the damage” continues Nader, colour transformations and fresh cuts are best left until your return to the salon.

The same goes for those few split ends, “put down the kitchen scissors!” says EdwardsAndCo founder Jaye Edwards, “the dull, blunt edges could potentially give you even more split ends.” Instead, try a slicked ponytail or a chic chignon to hide damaged ends and unwanted length, suggests Edwards. If a fringe or bangs are starting to get on your nerves, Nader says to lightly “dust” tips of the hair with the sharp scissors to remove unwanted length whilst working carefully to minimise the risk of a less than flattering outcome.

And don’t be tempted by a sneaky root touch-up either, “I would prefer it, and so would your stylist, if you wait until you come into the salon” says Barney Martin of sustainable salon Barney Martin Hair. Whilst Edwards, Nader and Martin’s salons are creating customised at-home colour kits for their existing clienteles, the experts say it’s best to steer clear of off-the-shelf permanent colour. “Box dye kits may seem like a good idea, particularly in these financially uncertain times, but only a professional can determine which product will deliver your desired results” says Edwards. If you’re not happy with your DIY ‘do, “you’re looking at colour correction which can be costly and take time” continues Martin.

If you’re desperate for a touch-up but can’t make it to the salon, Nader suggests trying your luck with your colourist; “ask point blank ‘can you help me with how to colour my hair from home?’” to seek advice and see if they can create a customised at-home kit. As a quick fix, Edwards, Nader and Martin recommend a colour touch-up powder diffused along the hairline and part, favouring Kevin.Murphy and Oribe’s micro-fine pigments to quickly and easily conceal unwelcome sparklers.

kevin murphy retouch spray

KEVIN.MURPHY Retouch.Me, $39.95; adorebeauty.com.au

Boost Your Colour

To keep colour bright, glossy and toned at home, the experts suggest applying a shade variation mask after shampooing every two weeks or so. “Coloured hair or highlights will become less radiant over time, and natural hair can also look dull and lack shine” says Edwards. Tailored shade variation masks “help neutralise tones and restore pure, radiant and defined highlights” by re-densifying transparent colour with radiant pigments, continues Edwards.

Davines Alchemic Conditioner

DAVINES Alchemic Conditioner in Chocolate, $44.95; salonstyle.com.au

To find the right shade and formula for the desired effect, “take into consideration whether you want a cool or warmer tone” says Martin, and don’t be overzealous. Whilst purple shampoos and treatments neutralise brassiness for a brighter, creamier blonde, “be mindful that blonde toning products can give hair a purple tinge” if left for too long, advises Barney Martin.

John Frieds Purple Blonde shampoo

JOHN FRIEDA Violet Crush for Blondes Intense Purple Shampoo, $17.99; priceline.com.au

Make Hair Health a Priority

With a couple of extra hours in the day, Barney Martin recommends establishing a regular masking routine to repair heat and colour damage of years past. “Weekly masques can become a ritual, there are some brilliant treatments that are easy and user friendly to apply at home” says Martin.

To find the right mask for your strands, Nader says it depends on your hair type and concerns. “Hot oil treatments help strengthen your strands and prevent dry, brittle hair and split ends” he advises, whilst protein treatments are the perfect match for balayaged and bleached blondes, working to prevent breakage, restore elasticity and strengthen the hair. If strands have lost their bounce and lustre, moisture treatments will rehydrate and soften hair to recreate that freshly-cut feeling.

To make the most of each mask, Barney Martin recommends following his in-salon technique. Begin by apply the treatment to mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and wrapping hair up in a hot-water soaked towel, or tie hair into a bun and wrap with Clingfilm to trap in body heat for at least 10 minutes. “The heat will open the cuticle of the hair and allow the treatment to penetrate deeper into the hair” says Martin.

Virtue Labs hair mask

VIRTUE LABS Restorative Treatment Mask, $92; sephora.com.au

Let It Be

Whilst embracing a more relaxed beauty routine from home, try laying off hot tools and finding an air-dry line-up to work with hair’s natural texture. “You need to know your hair type, this determines a lot about your daily styling routine, as well as what products you should be using” says Jaye Edwards. “I see a lot of clients who believe they have fine, oily hair, when in reality, it’s the products they are using making their hair oily and therefore much harder to manage” he continues.

If your scalp is feeling oily or irritated, try taking a break from apply products directly to the roots. Instead, Anthony Nader opts for a volumising spray or plumping foam on damp hair as “the perfect volumising foundation compared to blasting dry hair with dry shampoo” which can build-up and compromise scalp health.

mr smith volumising spray

MR. SMITH Volumising Spray, $37; mr-smith.com.au

To prep fine hair for air-drying, Edwards reaches for Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Volumizing Paste in place of shampoo. Out of the shower, “towel dry your hair, apply a little product and twist and tie up into a loose bun”, then let it down when dry and apply a little more styling product to achieve movement and minimise flyaways in straight hair, recommends Barney Martin.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste


CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste, $69; sephora.com.au

To embrace natural waves, Nader tames frizz and adds extra hold by raking a serum or hydrating cream through damp hair. Then, he scrunches and twists two inch sections of hair into palms until it’s 80% dry for “more controlled and sculpted waves which will perform beautifully for at least two days”.

oribe supershine

ORIBE Supershine Moisturizing Cream, $78; adorebeauty.com.au

For moisturised and bouncy curls, Barney Martin applies priming lotion to towel dried hair, running the product through hair with fingers for “definition minus fluff” that won’t weigh curls down.

r and co prep spray

R+CO One Prep Spray, $33; adorebeauty.com.au

Whilst living and working in isolation is trying for all, Anthony Nader reminds us there’s a silver lining; “think of this as your hair’s vacation, now is time for resetting. If you don’t have to touch a flat iron or hot tong, don’t. Your strands will praise you for it.”


HOW TO CUT YOUR FRINGE WHILE IN ISOLATION Anthony’s top tips to get you through ntil you can get back to your hair salon. Seen VOGUE

Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.

From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal  and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.

Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.

As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.


Always start with a dry fringe

“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”

Get technical

“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.

Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”

How to chop

“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.

I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”

Different styles call for different measures

“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.

Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”

HOW DO YOU STOP YOUR SPLIT ENDS FROM GETTING WORSE? Get Anthony’s comforting quarantine tips and tricks seen ELLE

How To Stop Your Split Ends From Getting Worse In Isolation, According To A Hairdresser

There’s no denying it: quarantine has been a, shall we say, ‘interesting’ time for our hair.
Between isolation threatening to expose blondes’ natural colours and the inexplicably strong urge to cut our own fringe, our locks are having a tough time—especially when it comes to the hair enemy numero uno: split ends.
And since staying home to keep flattening the curve is definitely the right way to go right now, visiting a hairdresser during the pandemic is arguably best put off for as long as possible.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things we can do at home to buy our fraying strands some extra time until we can go in for a good trim. And to help you out, ELLE consulted leading Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw Salon for his expert tips on keeping split ends at bay.
Scroll on and take note (your hair will thank you for it).


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How Do I Stop My Split Ends Getting Worse In Isolation?

While we hate to start things off on a negative note, it’s important to make clear that nothing ‘fixes’ split ends besides getting those bad boys cut off.
Moreover, any product that claims to ‘repair’ split ends is actually just working to seal them off, and this helps to (temporarily) keep it from getting worse.
“I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but I am also not going to sugar coat the inevitable. When your strands split, they can never repair to be singular again—ever!” Nader tells ELLE.
“You can [however] ‘mask’ a split end, by all means, to feel and appear more smooth until you can get back to your hairstylist to have your celebration of coming out of isolation.”
As for what you can do help mask-slash-minimise those tresses from experiencing a Brad and Angelina circa 2016 level split?
Nader emphasises the following hair care techniques to buy your strands about six to eight weeks before they call their lawyers:
1. Blow Dry Your Hair On A Cool Setting
If you are going to continue to use tools to dry your hair, Nader recommends putting your hair dryer on a cool setting to keep from adding unnecessary friction to your already struggling strands.
“Blow dry your ends on a cool setting and with a large round 100% bristle brush,” he adds.
“You don’t need to start off on wet hair either as this is now more for the finish effect. The bristles help tame your ends and mound into the smooth shape you desire.”
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2. Use A Good Split End Sealing Product
“Get your pretty hands onto Oribe Split End Seal,” explains Nader.
“It’s been shown to repair up to a whopping 94% of your split ends after just one use. This silkening serum is magic in a bottle and has been proven to restore, fortify and, most importantly, reduce breakage up to 65%, as well as fight colour fading.”
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3. Go Easy On Heat Styling
It might not be what you want to hear, but isolation is actually the ideal time to give your locks a break from the damage caused by electronic styling tools.
“Go easy on your hot styling tools as well,” says Nader.
“I understand that you still want to look extra fab while at home, but keep the hot temp setting down on your flat irons and hot barrel tongs.
“Basically, the higher the temp, the more damage and split ends you’re going to expose to your crown of glory.”


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What Should I Avoid Doing To Make My Split Ends Worse In Quarantine?

Just as there are some holy hair commandments to follow, there are also a few ‘thou shalt not’ deal breakers to avoid when it comes to giving your tattered ends some TLC.
1. Do Not ‘Rub’ Your Hair Dry
“When your strands are damp, don’t rub them dry, as this only encourages weak strands to become worse,” says Nader.
“So, blot your damp strands from here on out.”
2. Step Away From The Bleach
“If you’re colouring your hair and bleach is one of your ‘mane’ contenders, ask your hairdresser what’s the next best ingredient they can use that’s less drying,” he explains.
“Bleach, over time, can dry out your strands, especially if it’s dragged all the way down to those poor fragile ends.”
3. Stop Washing Your Hair In Hot Water
“Very simply, turn down your hot water temp in the shower, even in the cooler months,” Nader emphasises.
“Right before you finish, give your strands a once-over rinse with the coolest temperature you can withstand.
“I know could sound a little crazy but, the cooler the temp, the less heat damage you will incur, so you’ll have more sheen and your ends will appear clean and not wispy.”


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What Products Do I Need To Manage Split Ends At Home?

As for what you should keep in your ‘Split End S.O.S.’ arsenal? Nader suggests the following.
  • A good leave-in conditioning spray
  • A split ends sealing serum (like the Oribe one above)
  • A large round 100% boar bristle brush
  • A microfiber hair towel
  • Any hair tools that have a temp control setting (like the GHD one above)

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So, there you have it. Of course, in the end, only a good cut will remedy those fraying locks, but at least we can take care of things for a little while longer!