If your 2019 motto is “new year, new hair” or even just “new year, longer hair,” you may find the following words of wisdom very helpful.
Renowned Sydney hairstylist Anthony Nader from Raw in Surry Hills says there are a few simple resolutions we can all make to make a good hair day stretch into a fully-fledged good hair year! From booking regular trims to washing your hair less (yes, you read that right), Anthony shares the hair commandments to live by.
1. Wash your hair less often
“I think the Australians wash their hair way too much in one week,” says Anthony. “Washing your hair too often actually does more harm as you’re washing away the natural protection that your strands need.” So how often is too often? “The ideal recommendation from me is once or twice a week. Make sure you're using a prescription shampoo and conditioner that benefits you and your lifestyle.” If the thought of scaling back to a once or twice-a-week wash is too scary, switching to milder products can help minimise damage. “Invest in a gentle shampoo and try using a leave-in spray conditioner as this won’t weigh down your strands.”
Try: Kiehls Amino Acid Shampoo, $35, Kiehls.
2. Start using a heat protectant
Hairdressers are realists. You know heat tools aren’t great news for your hair, but they don’t expect you to give them up altogether. All they ask is that you take a little more care and use protection. “Think of a heat protector spray as your amour, your shield. When you apply this spray it coats each strand for battle,” says Anthony. “Heat protector spray the most understated and miss used hair product today.”
Try: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, $40, Mecca.
3. Turn the heat down
While we’re on the subject of heat tools, Anthony says this year we need to turn the temperature down on our dryers, irons and tongs. “Another big misconception is that the higher the heat temp, the better the result, which is far from the truth,” Anthony says. “Why have your heat setting at say 250 degrees when your strands don’t require it. You’re burning your strands off your scalp! Always start around 100-150 degrees and then, and only then, you can up the temperature if needed.”
4. Commit to regular trims
We’ve all been there. You’re trying to grow your hair out so you avoid the scissors at all costs. But postponing a tidy up could sabotage your long hair campaign down the track. “Don’t fear the shears!” says Anthony. Avoiding regular trims will only result in an overzealous chop your ends are too damaged to ignore.
5. Make friends with your natural colour and texture
The days of traumatising your hair with hardcore chemicals and damaging high-lift colours are on the wane. “I’m all for embracing what you’ve got and making it the best it can be,” says Anthony. Working with your natural colour and texture is better for your hair as well as bang-on trend. What’s more, your natural colour and texture are a perfect match for your complexion and will save you money in the long run (more infrequent visits to the salon means more dollars in your pocket.) “If you have wavy or curly hair, work with it and don’t fight it,” says Anthony. “If you have poker straight strands always aim to have a shorter length and also add a few softer layers throughout so you can achieve a little movement and texture.”
6. Work with your greys
Silver hair has never been more fashionable. Make 2019 the year you work with your greys rather than waging a war against them. “Grey is in and bigger than ever,” Anthony says. The latest technology means it’s never been easier to make the transition. “Take it gently and camouflage what you want to hide by asking your hairdresser for a semi-permanent. This is a fast and easy solution to hiding your greys or simply just adding sheen and a hit of colour,” says Anthony. “Cosmetic shampoos and conditioners are so readily available which enhance silver pigment and packed with shine enhancers too."
7. Treat yourself
There’s a reason hairdressers are always trying to talk you into sticking around to do a treatment – they really do make a difference to the longevity of your colour and overall condition of your hair. “If you don’t have time to have a treatment in the salon invest in one and take home and make this time your pamper time,” says Anthony. “Schedule in your hair date every Sunday say and apply your moisture or protein-based treatment. Treatments are packed with the nutrients that help jump start your hair to better days.”