HOW TO MAKE YOUR HAIR HOLD A 24/7 CURL

If your hair will not hold a curl to save its life, join the club.

When done professionally, it doesn’t look half bad, but when you try to do it yourself, it doesn’t stand a chance. It’s frustrating. All you want is what you don’t have, waves! We get it, we see you, we know.

Here to share all his tips to stop your curls from dropping like it’s hot is award-winning hair stylist and owner of RAW salon, Anthony Nader. No longer will your hair be a timestamp for the night; the goal here is hair that looks the same from the first Instagram picture to the last. Sound good?

 

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THE SECRET TO A GOOD CURL

Contrary to popular belief, more product does not a longer-lasting curl make. Nader says you don’t need to “layer” on several styling products as residue can have the opposite effect of weighing hair down. Moreover, it’s an indication that your product is filled with silicones. “Less is more,” he claims. Use only one or two targeted products. For longevity, apply a medium to long-hold hairspray or mousse. (We love: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conditioning Mousse, Kérastase Discipline Mousse Curl Idéal and Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish.)

PRIME, PRIME, PRIME

If you’re not a fan of hairspray or mousse (something about the texture), Nader says “a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner is an excellent start to vamping up your limp hair strands”. (Try: Bumble and Bumble Curl Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Curl Custom Conditioner.) Any good hairstylist will tell you that styles that last start in the shower, and they’re right.

“I think the most beneficial product is a curl defining cream (or a sea salt spray) on damp hair. It all has to start when your strands are damp so the ingredients can more thoroughly absorb into each strand than when applying to dry hair,” he adds. (We love: ELEVEN Australia Keep My Curl Defining Cream and Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer)

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STYLING TIPS

To create the incredible hair look featured in this post, Nader dampened the model’s hair and then misted it with sea salt spray (we love: Sachajuan Ocean Mist and Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray). Following this, he blow-dried hair with the diffuser head attachment to separate strands and encourage natural movement.

Ensuring the hair is heat protect, when dry, Nader started curling at random. “I just picked up chunky sections, from 3-7cm and wrapped them around a hot barrel tong,” he says. “You’ll notice some ends I left straight and others I added a slight curve. Some roots I curled and some I left out,” he adds. For longevity, finish with hair spray (or prep hair the night before with a curl-enhancing shampoo, conditioner or balm – see above: ‘prime, prime prime’).

RESTARTING A CURL

To “restart” second-day curls, Nader suggests quickly running the irons/tongs over some of the curls again. Then, “give the roots ignition by spraying them [with a styling powder or dry shampoo], massaging in and you’re good to go.” If waves are part of your uniform, “ask your hair stylist for some shorter layers to be cut through the interior of your next haircut, which will keep your curls lasting longer and not flopping,” he adds.

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By Wendy Hoang for grittypretty.com

HERE’S WHY YOU’RE USING DRY SHAMPOO ALL WRONG

Anthony got your hair sorted mastering the art of dry shampoo girls as seen on vogue.com.au

 

Image credit: Getty Images
Image credit: Getty Images

“Instant glam power from the second you jump out of bed.”

While dry shampoo has served as the ultimate hair saviour since entering the beauty market, turns out, we’ve been doing it wrong all along. Below are hacks from celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Nader, RAW Hair for mastering the art of dry shampoo, promising to keep your strands glossy and fresh for longer.

It seems only natural that the second hair is overdue on its routinely wash, dry shampoo steps in to tackle oils and grease in all its glory. As it would be, dry shampoo actually works best when applied before required. Anthony tells Vogue, “Don’t wait until the morning to spend your valuable time trying to resurrect your blowout or oily roots – tackle this straight on before you go to sleep at night.”

While it may seem simple, Anthony reiterates the importance of giving your can of dry shampoo a good shake before applying to the scalp.“It only takes a few seconds, but giving the can a vigorous shake ensures that ingredients work optimally and don’t leave you looking like you’ve been caught in a snow storm,” says Anthony.

Another common mistake is purchasing a dry shampoo that doesn’t match your hair type or hair colour. On this, Anthony tells us, “There are so many different coloured dry shampoos on the market today – matching up your existing hair colour to the spray can is key when picking a dry shampoo.

As for the tip you’ll be thanking us for later – don’t massage dry shampoo into your oily roots before going to sleep. Nader says: “The best way to apply your dry shampoo is tip your head over, spray the root area and don’t touch it until the morning.”

But how do we perfect the art of polishing tired hair strands? Anthony lets us in on his favourite technique, sharing, “Spray a fraction more in the morning and right before leaving the house in the morning, use your large boar bristle cushion brush to smooth it over the scalp surface, ensuring the roots-to-ends have been brushed.”

Voilà.

 

By Jessica Arrowsmith for vogue.com.au