The Biggest Hair Mistake We All Make, Top Stylist Spills

With so much beauty talent at our fingertips, we decided to pry the primping tips from the very best in the business. To kick off our secrets from the salon chair, meet hair maestro Robert Maiolo. Born in Sydney, Maiolo moved to London in 1992 and has worked for all the big names – Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Clare and GQ. He’s also tended to the hallowed heads of Nicole Kidman and Kate Moss and now looks after some of Sydney’s most well-coiffed women from his chic salon Maiolo Salon in Sydney’s Strand Arcade. We asked him to share his most precious intel…

 Image: Instagram @ghdhair_anz 

Image: Instagram @ghdhair_anz 


The three hair products every woman should own are…

1. Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair, which is a dry shampoo that gives hair grit and texture, without being sticky. You get that lived-in look.


2. Shu Uemura Shampoo and Conditioners are really premium products and you can tell – they really focus on their R&D and are innovative with their ingredients.  Since I’ve used them in the salon my work has improved and it literally walks out the door – people purchase time and time again.

3. GHD Electrical equipment, I believe all their hot tools are the best on the market. The best way to breathe new life into boring hair is being versatile and open to new looks. Or change up your part – it’s amazing what it can do to your face if you flip it to the opposite side. It gives instant height and life to your look.

 

To get instant body without needing to do a whole blowdry… 

Use a generous spritzing of Kevin Murphy Fresh.Hair dry shampoo as a styling product – not just instead of a way to skip the wash. It gives it a bit more lift and hairspray can be too sticky, which isn’t great in the humidity.

 

The biggest mistake I think most women make with their hair...

... is not being open to a change and getting caught in a hair rut. Consider even having a fringe or growing out a fringe. Try something new. It’s only hair, it grows back!

 

One product I have recently discovered that no one knows about is...

...the GHD Aura dryer.  Amazing. It’s not as loud or heavy duty as the Parlux but I think it’s great at managing frizz and I feel like I have more control. 

 

Good hair to me is...

...healthy ends.  Use conditioning masks – and always comb them through the hair instead of just using your fingers, this will ensure even distribution. You should do this with all your styling products, too. It makes such a difference. 

 

One hair-enhancing trick you may never have heard is...

...never fight with your hair.  It is a losing battle, it will always win. Work with your hair, not against it. If you’ve got natural wave, embrace it! If you have curls try Shu Uemura Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Foam or Ample Angora for fine curls. It will help define the curls. The hair must be quite wet when you apply it then comb it through and mould your waves into place - this is like a “wet set” – you want hair to set naturally then when it’s dry, run your fingers through to aerate it. 

 

I want to be known for...

... being amazing. And that I'm not a cookie cutter as a hairdresser, I like to break hair rules. 

 
Story by Sigourney Cantelo