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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!


3 tips to nail this winter’s hottest haircut

She may only be 17, but Kaia Gerber has established herself as an absolute style icon, with the world waiting with bated breath to see what she does next in terms of fashion and beauty. Her latest chop sent her Instagram followers into a frenzy (us included!) and has only upped her cool factor; her long, brunette locks were cut into a short bob with lots of layers and movement, and we think it’s a hairstyle that’s equal parts practical and pretty. In fact, we’re predicting this will be winter’s hottest haircut, so we asked hairstylist Anthony Nader from RAW Salon for his expert advice on achieving the look, including what to ask for at the hairdressers and the products you need to maintain the style.


Ask for layers

First things first, to get Kaia’s look, make sure you ask for the right kind of cut. “This haircut [has] more of a ‘downtown cool girl’ edge, so make sure your ends are cut ‘feathery’ instead of blunt,” explains Nader. “This ‘boyish’ bob will work a treat on hair that’s medium to thick, along with hair that has a slight wave, as this will lend itself to the fullness that your bob deserves.” Our best advice is to show your hairdresser this exact photo to avoid any confusion.


Get a regular trim

Something to keep in mind with this cool, wintery hairstyle is that it requires maintenance to ensure that your ‘do holds its shape (read: regular visits to the salon). “You should get your ends sharpened every seven to eight weeks, tops, or if you have fine hair, see your stylist every five to six weeks to maintain the volume,” suggests Nader.


Don’t overdo it with styling products

This look is meant to look really laidback, like you’ve hardly put in any effort at all. “It’s not a haircut that needs hours of primping and curling, otherwise you’ll lose the coolness of what your new winter haircut stands for,” says Nader. “Create texture by spritzing some sea salt spray, such as Sydney Salon Supplies SSS Sea Salt Texture Spray, into damp hair, then work the heat of the hairdryer through and focus on the roots to lift the area. Or, if you want to add a little more bend and texture, give your mid-lengths a quick, light kiss with a medium-sized hot tong.”



Oprah! Wouldn’t you? Oprah! Wouldn’t you? In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($20), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational leaders in the beauty industry.

Anthony Nader isn’t just a hair stylist with a great rep. With a career spanning 25 years, countless stellar editorial projects, a slew of high profile clients, Nader is Sydney’s most trusted hair wizard, and for good reason. Kind, endearing, and never too serious, Nader has long divided his career between Sydney, where he owns and runs his Surry Hills-based salon Raw, and New York, working the editorial and fashion week circuit like a boss. Basically, Nader is one of those rare, “best haircuts of your life” type stylists, and one visit in his chair will ensure you’re converted for life (this editor certainly is).

For all of Nader’s best career advice, go-to lunch ideas, and tips for staying inspired, keep scrolling.

I create hair that is not only fashion-forward, but also take into account a client’s face shape and their lifestyle. Basically, I aim to make my clients feel like a million bucks.

It isn’t all glitz and glamour. There’s a whole lot of hard work and long hours that is put in behind the scenes. In saying this though, I wouldn’t change a single thing. I absolutely love the process of being a creative. I’ve been a hairstylist for 25 years and can honestly say that I love every day.

Gosh, that’s a hard one—I’m casting the mind back a bit. After I completed my apprenticeship in 1992 in Australia, I left for London and worked in a very cool salon in Kensington. I’m pretty sure I was vibing the British boy band, Bros (there was a lot of stubbed leather and acid-wash denim—cringe). I swear I was the fourth member and they just didn’t know it yet. Anyway, that was the look I went for. Might I add, I got the job.

Oprah! Wouldn’t you?

One word—Instagram. Where on earth would we be without it? There’s so much inspiration there. I don’t just narrow in on hair peers as such, I’m hugely inspired by landscaping, architecture, and pop-culture as well.

I don’t stop and smell the roses often enough.

  • Star sign
  • Personal grooming
  • Don’t make up or embellish stories to impress myself and the team
  • The ability to self-teach
  • Goal-driven

Hmm, I might apply a shiny wax in my hair instead of a dry paste? Does that pass?

Precise and inspirational.

Tell my husband I need to get on the next plane to New York!

With professionalism. And always try to put yourself in the employers shoes for a moment. Think of the good karma.

My husband’s chicken breast kale salad. He really knows the way to my heart.

Not being honest.
Anyone in fashion, interior design, architecture, beauty, and of course Madonna.
Every morning, I’ll use a dollop of Cetaphil face wash ($10) paired with my Clarisonic ($219) to remove any dirt in my pores. Next, I use the Grown Alchemist Age Repair Treatment Cream ($160) as it’s light, and I don’t like to look oily. The I’ll spritz either Tom Ford Neroli Portofino ($460), or Le Labo The Noir 29 ($396) for good measure.

At night, I’ll wash the day off with my Cetaphil again. Then I always overdose with Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35) all over my face and neck.

Every Sunday morning before I go out to brunch, I use the Sisley Face Mask ($140) and, while that’s on, I flick through my fashion magazines.

Be you.
Every day I’m excited to reach new goals. I don’t think it really matters if I’m in my salon or on a photo shoot. I try and always prepare for my day mentally on a positive note, right from the moment I  get out of bed in the morning.