Confessions Of A Celebrity Hair Stylist
“Confessions Of A…” is a weekly series by marie claire dishing the dirty little secrets of different professions. Put the kettle on, we’re about to spill some tea…
This week we speak to Anthony Nader, Sydney’s best hair stylist (just ask any magazine beauty editor in the country, his life-long clients or Kendall Jenner). Yes, Nader has really styled the hair of the World’s Highest-Paid Supermodel, plus the iconic Karlie Kloss, Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr. To name but a few.
Nader’s Raw salon in Surry Hills is one of the top in the country, with a New-York inspired urban-chic aesthetic, $20,000 washbasins in the relaxation pod room and a Madonna-themed bathroom. Not to mention the ORIBE and ghd products. Yep, it’s hair heaven.
When Nader isn’t styling his loyal clients in the salon or holding industry masterclasses, he’s working on high-end editorial fashion shoots and backstage at New York Fashion Week. Returning from the most recent NYFW where he assisted Guido Palau at the Marc Jacobs and Coach shows (and took a #streetstyle selfie with Cindy Crawford), Nader sat down with marie claire to talk all things hair, rude clients and career longevity…
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“I’ve been a hair stylist for 30 years and have had Raw salon for 23 years. Hair is in my blood; my sister was a hairdresser and I used to hang out in my family’s salon as a kid, sweeping up hair, shampooing and doing the window dressing.
I love what I do. I want to be hairdressing when I’m 100 years old.
I think what sets Raw apart from other salons is our passion and our dedication to luxury. We’re all about the luxe experience – without any pretentiousness or arrogance. We’re all about real people. It doesn’t matter if you’re Joe Blow from out west or Giselle Bundchen, everyone gets treated the same: with respect. We have a very high standard.
People often ask me, ‘Wow, what was it like to do Gigi Hadid’s hair?’, and I just say, ‘At the end of the day, hair is hair.’ I don’t care if you have a million followers on Instagram or one. Celebrities, models and clients come to me for a good haircut and that’s what they get.
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It is handy when clients bring in pictures for inspiration, but you’ve got to be real about it. Even with a new fringe, you won’t walk out looking like Kendall Jenner [Editor’s note: unless you are Kendall Jenner].
My advice to everyone getting a new cut is to come dressed as you normally would, so your hairdresser can see your character. Please don’t wear active wear! I like to get a sense of who you are, your style and your lifestyle before I cut your hair.
The hardest part of my job is having a two-minute lunch break [Editor’s note: he says eating a slice of sourdough bread with butter as we speak].
Very rarely, we get a rude client in the salon. If someone is rude to me or my team, I ban them. Two weeks ago, a client was verbally abusive to my staff and I don’t tolerate that. I will always listen to the client, but I don’t put up with abuse. Client’s like that can disrupt the whole day.
I could write a book about the stories I’ve been told by clients over the years – but I never would! I know a lot of secrets and I don’t ever tell. Not even my husband. It’s the hairdresser’s code.
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I’m lucky I can mix up my salon days with editorial shoots and fashion shows. I love being in the studio because that’s where you can be creative and make magic. And the energy behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week is electric.
But, of course, the best feeling is when a client walks out the door looking and feeling like a million bucks. We’ll bend over backwards to make that happen. That sounds like a sales pitch, but it’s not [laughs].”
Do YOU know your curl type? Celebrity hairdresser reveals the secrets to your healthiest hair – and how to get the perfect wave if your locks are straight
Curly hair brings with it a lot of product trial and error, as you try to navigate the dryness, breakage and potential frizziness that comes with having wavy locks.
But knowing your ‘curl type’ is key to finding the right way to care for your hair, and it is easy to find the correct products to treat your locks – when you know how.
Speaking to FEMAIL, celebrity hairdresser Anthony Nader – who counts the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss among his clients – revealed the secrets to your healthiest hair yet according to your curl type.
He also shared how you can nail a wave if you have straight hair.
So what are the four curl types?
1. Lazy waves
The first curl type, Anthony said, is the ‘lazy wave’ – which is the most relaxed of curls.
‘Lazy waves are very relaxed and the clue is in the name “lazy”,’ Anthony said.
‘You shouldn’t go too hard with products as you want your waves to be relaxed, rather than looking like they lost a fight with a tub of gel.’
For this hair type, Anthony first up recommends a great haircut to bring out your ‘natural texture’.
Then, something like a lightweight paste or sea salt volumiser ‘applied on towel-dried hair’ will get your curl looking its understated best.
Try: Lightweight paste or sea salt volumiser on towel-dried hair
2. Sculptural waves
The second curl type is the sculptural wave, which Anthony said needs ‘more grunt or push’ if you want your hair to stay in this shape.
‘For this hair type, I wouldn’t keep your hair all one length as this will only drag down your sculptural waves so that they look like they’re pyramid-shaped on the ends,’ Anthony said.
‘Ask your hair stylist for some textured seamless layers cut throughout the interior, as this will give your waves more energy to move around and also give them longevity.’
For this curl type, the celebrity expert said he’d use a serum or jelly-like product on damp hair to ‘fatten them up’.
3. Corkscrew curls
The third curl type is the corkscrew curl, where Anthony said there is no room for trial and error.
‘Hair textures like this I always cut dry as I can then see how the hair sits naturally,’ Anthony said.
When it comes to how you can look after these curls at home, the hairdresser said it’s all about moisture, moisture, moisture.
‘I often find when styling strands as this that the more moisture you can feed your hair, the better they will behave,’ Anthony said.
For this, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are absolutely key, while weekly at-home treatments will help to improve the state of your curls.
4. Afro curls
Anthony revealed this curl type will shrink up so much that it ‘can look like you’ve just had a run in with the clippers because they shrink so much’.
This hair type is difficult to manage, but there are ways to deal with it – provided you know how.
‘Keep alcohol-based products to a minimum as they will dry out your strands even more,’ Anthony said.
Instead, choose soft and light liquid-based products like lotions and gels to get the best results.
How can those with straight hair get a perfect wave?
On the other side of the fence are people who have straight hair that are desperate to get a wave.
This is possible, Anthony said, and requires you to start with your hair from damp.
‘When you have damp hair, blow drying product in will help your hair hugely,’ Anthony said.
‘It’s far superior to applying any product on dry hair, which often just sits on thwe surface of the strand.’
Once you’ve blow-dried your product in, use a power tool to help lock in a curl.
Anthony recommends the Ghd Platinum+ Ink On Pink Hair Styler Straightener, for $355, which gives perfect curls as well as straight hair.
What are the three main products curly-haired women should have in their arsenal?
Lastly, the celebrity hairdresser revealed the three main products curly-haired women should have in their arsenal.
‘Top of the list is a good conditioner,’ Anthony said.
‘Go for something that’s packed with moisture so your curls will stay hydrated and bouncy.’
Secondly, he recommends you go for some jelly lotion, which has minimal hold factor but shapes your texture ‘beautifully so your strands still feel like hair and not artificially stiff-feeling and looking’.
And finally, just as your skin needs serum, so too does your hair.
‘Serum is beneficial for curly hair types, as it will impart high gloss sheen to the most lacklustre of hair strands and also feed it high grade ingredients packed in the bottle.’
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Not Even A Blackout Could Stop Marc Jacobs Winning NYFW Beauty
Even with a power outage and leaking radiator backstage, Marc Jacobs still managed to steal the show as far as beauty is concerned at NYFW. To give context, it was a steaming day, one of the air conditioning units was leaking and a brief power outage cut all access to hair driers. Ask anyone involved at fashion week and they’ll tell you this is the stuff of nightmares, but thank goodness, the outage was brief and the water hazard was cleared – just in time for super-protégé Kaia Gerber to wander in to hair and makeup (and right into the arms of Australia’s very own stylist, Anthony Nader, mind you).
The beauty look was Euphoria-meets-Cirque de Solei. There was glitter, Swarovski crystals, spidery lashes, ear decals, and powdery blue eye shadow. Hair was equally as incredible, with everything from textured cornrows to floral headpieces. The magic of it all was fantastic, and unsurprising given two of the greats were in charge: Makeup artist Pat McGrath and hair stylist Guido Palau for Redken.
While every look was different, McGrath’s underlying creative direction was bold, bright, and camp. It was about fun makeup that speaks to your tastes. Red glitter wings, lime-green liner, and cobalt blue crystals hand-placed via tweezers were among a few of the looks on show. It wasn’t too serious or contrived, but exactly the NYFW makeup fantasy that we needed.
Guido Palau for Redken followed a similar suit, building out styles that worked for a model’s hair type and texture, whether that was a loose plait like Gigi Hadid, tight coiled buns, or a flippy blonde wig. It was unique, and an incredible display of talent on the Redken team’s behalf – styles were purposeful and intricate, and with a phenomenal attention to detail. Most importantly though it was fun – a whismy, ebullient display of hair wizardry. That, plus a lot of Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender. Shop a few hero backstage products below.
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The whimn Team On….Our Go-To Hair Curling Tool
Curls are a gift and a curse. If you don’t have them, you’re desperate for them. You subject your strands to extraordinary heat – tugging, pulling and twisting until you form something you’re satisfied with. Only for them to straighten out after an hour.
If you’re born with them, you probably roll your eyes at all the women who yearn for curls, as you sit there with three hairbrushes knotted in there, stuck since 2001. Curls are a complex thing, but my lord are they gorgeous.
Coordinating curls can be quite the challenge, so to help you get the result you’re after, here are the curling tool recommendations of seven millennial women with very different hair types.
I’m anything but a pro in the hair styling department, so curling irons are one of the hardest-to-master beauty tools for me. That’s until I came across the foolproof ALDI Visage curling iron, a special buy last year for $19. I repeat, $19. I’ve got fine, naturally straight hair cut into a lob, so need a thin wand. Portioning my hair, it takes me about 20 minutes to do my entire head wrapping it around the curling iron barrel – which is just about the level of patience I have and what I’ve found to be the easiest tool. What’s even better is, once done, the style will last a couple of days, going from my version of Hollywood waves to serious bedhead vibes.
Ashleigh, Beauty Editor
I already have naturally thick and wavy hair when its air dried, but to get it to give good curl, I need to help it along a little.
My hairdresser, the absolute strand maestro Anthony Nader, taught me a trick that I’ve used ever since. When my hair is wet, I scrunch through a good dollop of Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion (which leaves you with salt-spray waves, sans dryness) before hitting it with the Dyson Supersonic diffuser attachment. The diffuser works to simulate natural drying, with the added benefit of reducing frizz and defining my waves into actual curls. If I really want va-va-voom volume, I tip my head upside down as I move the dryer around my head – does the trick every time.
Bek, Commissioning Editor
My name is Bek Day and my hair is kinkier than I am. Phew. It feels good to say it. A by-product of having kinky, unruly hair is that it’s really more frizz than curl when left to its own devices, which means I’m constantly either straightening or curling the bastard to get it to choose a side. For curling, I can’t go past the Muk Curling Stick. It comes with three different size attachments – for loose waves I use the really fat one and then texturise with sea salt spray, and for more glam I go the medium setting, pin up after I’ve curled and then brush out for maximum impact. It’s easy enough that even ole butterfingers me has only received a handful of second-degree burns. A small price to pay.
Stefanie, Social Media Editor
As a gal with naturally very straight hair, I like a bit of movement when it comes to my locks. While my hair doesn’t hold a strong curl (sorry any and all wedding-related updos), it sure does love a good wave.
I was gifted a ghd by my hairdresser on my 30th birthday, and girlfriends, I haven’t looked back. It’s the easiest (and quickest) way for my hair to get that volume going, and I am now proficient in doing both sides (you have to learn to turn your wrist the opposite way)!
I use the original ghd IV, which is also excellent at taming my pain-in-the-ass fringe after a tumultuous night’s sleep. Can’t live without.
I was that kid in primary school. The one huffing down bread crust and sleeping in rollers. I have wanted curly hair since before I can remember. Alas, the universe had other plans for me. I have very thick, very straight, very frizzy hair. This means that when left to its own devices, I look like Mufasa. This also means that with a curling wand and a bit of technique, I look like Farrah Fawcett.
Dead and dry strands aren’t good for much, but oh boy do they hold a voluminous curl. Like Bek, I also use the MUK Curl Stick. I opt only for the widest barrel, it’s the only curler I find takes really well to thick hair, and it’s super easy to manoeuvre. I love it so much that once it stopped working after four years of almost daily use, I bought it again.
Edwina, News Editor
To the capable, world-beating women who can curl their hair with a straightener, I salute you. Me? After years of futile attempts, I fell back in love with the reliable, effective curling wand. I’ve tried a bunch over the years and I’m not loyal, nor fussed, about what brand I use – as long as it delivers loose waves that have staying power (easy when you’ve bleached your hair into oblivion) then I’m happy. At the moment I’ve been using the Models Prefer Professional Style Curler that’s $19.95 and available at Priceline. Yes, it’s cheap-cheap but it’s got a 4.4 / 5 star rating because it’s good.
Courtney, Entertainment Reporter
I used to use my GHD straightener to curl my hair for the longest time but when I started bleaching it two years ago it was too hard on my hair so I swapped to a Babyliss Pro (which I chose purely because it’s what my hairdresser uses on me when I’m in). I can adjust the heat so it’s not too intense, it’s the perfect barrel size and incredibly easy to use!
The Beauty Diary by Rebekah Scanlan: Correct way to use conditioner
Showers. We take them daily, unless you’re totally gross but we’re not here to discuss your hygiene habits. It’s your haircare ones I’m worried about.
Chances are you’re making a major mistake when you step under that stream of warm, inviting water and giving your tresses a wash. So brace yourselves people as what I’m about to say next is going to surprise you — it totally shocked me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to only apply conditioner to the mid-tips of my hair. In fact, a quick Google on “how to condition my hair properly” will bring back hundreds of results telling you the same thing.
“Do not apply conditioner to your scalp,” they all read, rather terrifyingly.
But Anthony Nader from RAW in Surry Hills — a renowned Australian hairstylist with over 30 years experience — told The Beauty Diary it is just one great big fat fib.
“The conditioning process can be complex, which is what has created confusion here, because you need to understand what your hair texture is to prescribe the right conditioner for you,” Anthony said.
This step in haircare is specifically to help behaviour and longevity, he said, adding most people want to “last the distance” between washes.
“The biggest myth is that when you apply the conditioner to your roots that you are automatically weighing them down,” he said, explaining the entire hair strand — root, mid and tip — is made from the same core ingredients, the cortex, how the protein particles that make up the hair is held together, the cuticle, which is the outside coating we all see, and the medulla which is an empty section in the centre of each strand that helps insulate it.
“Even the roots — which is typically considered the ‘healthier’ part of every strand — can benefit from some love,” Anthony said.
I have to admit, over the years I’ve had some awful incidents with conditioners, mainly ones that leave my fine hair super limp and greasy looking.
So when I first heard this myth, I scoffed. There was no way would I be putting conditioner onto my roots.
But the more I dug deeper, the more I realised there was a lot of truth to this. Celebrity hairstylist and Pantene ambassador, Remington Schulz told Whimn.com.au earlier this year, you should “apply the conditioner from the roots to ends”.
“When your hair is cleansed with the hair shaft wide open, it’s the optimum time to condition from your roots, so you’re giving an added boost of hydration,” he told the publication. “When you’re not conditioning properly that’s when we see a lot of scalp concerns.”
Anthony explains the best person to discuss and determine your hair type with to make sure you have the right product for the job is your hairdresser.
Here are some great conditioners for your hair type.
If like me, you have fine hair you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say I’m in desperate need of some volumising help from my haircare. Anthony advises anyone with hair strands on the finer side to keep away from the heavy cream conditioners and only use a leave in, weightless conditioner.
KRISTIN ESS WEIGHTLESS SHINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline
Anyone who is a part of The Beauty Diary’s Facebook group knows how obsessed I am with this product. I’ve had so many bad hair days in my time. On days other than freshly washed, locks that have dry ends and oily roots look flat, greasy and lame.
But this leave-in spray has really restored some life back into my tresses and it’s so easy to apply. You simply spritz into damp, towel dried hair. Honestly, the tips of my hair which need moisture are left soft and shiny, while my roots are oil-free and fresh.
It’s also a great detangler so is now a staple in my bathroom.
ORIBE CONDITIONER FOR MAGNIFICENT VOLUME
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au
While applying a thick, heavy conditioner is definitely a no go for fine haired people — ones that are light and build volume get the big tick of approval from experts. To use, I apply a small amount, massage through the lengths of my hair, then I work up to my scalp where I give it a good massage before rinsing.
It’s definitely on the exxy side, but a little goes a long way and it is so effective I think it’s worth every cent.
BLEACHED AND COLOURED HAIR
If your hair is highly coloured and/or bleached, you will need a conditioner packed with moisture and goodness to hydrate. Peroxide-bleached blondes will need to feed your poor strands lots of extra loving, Anthony advises. Like, loads of it.
BRIOGEO DON’T DESPAIR, REPAIR! DEEP CONDITIONER
Available at Sephora
Treat dry, damaged hair to a deep feed with this amazing product for bleach blondes. Don’t be shy with it, your strands will suck up the helpful ingredients, such as the protein it needs for strength and the moisture for restoring its natural state.
GLOW LAB PURPLE CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline and Woolworths
Price: $18 — but it’s regularly on offer in Woolies
If you have your hair highlighted blonde and your mane is appearing a little brassy and warm, a neutralising conditioner like this will make your strands look like a million bucks. This is actually the first ever natural purple conditioner in Australia and has won awards for its effectiveness without chemicals. But there are heaps of heavier ones out there if you really want to tone down those yellowy tones.
Natural hair colours that aren’t prone to having colour but may need a little help with shine and health should look for products that deliver on “shine”, “brilliance” or “mirror finish” are the babies you should be leaning towards, Anthony said.
PANTENE PRO-V BLENDS MICELLAR GENTLE NOURISHING CONDITIONER
Available at Priceline,
I really do love this range, not only because it is super affordable and lasts ages, but because it’s bloody good. When this product was launched earlier in the year and I gave it a whirl, I got a bunch of lovely comments about how fresh my hair looked — and no one could believe it when I said it was Pantene. There was even a lot of snobby remarks about how the fact the brand uses silicone in its products — but this one is silicone free.
Just like the micellar water we use to remove make-up, this gives hair a really deep cleanse without stripping it of its hydration.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it by showing your waves and curls some extra love. Curls can be extra thirsty, especially if you have tight coils like the ones that from Afron hair. So treat them to an intensive conditioner, Anthony said.
ORIBE DEEP TREATMENT MASQUE
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au
While I don’t have curls myself, I do love Oribe and this product has rave reviews from friends and Anthony too. It allows the natural shape of the wave to be its bold, beautiful self by enriching them with coconut and almond oils which really lets curls pop. It’s a boujee product with a matching price tag, but it really works. One Amazon review even described it as “magic”.
“My hair went from dry and crunchy, to smooth and shiny,” it read. “My roommate said it looked like I went to the salon for a blow out when I was done.” If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.
If you’re someone who has naturally thick hair, you’re probably used to hearing people describe you as “lucky” — but your tresses still need some love. Managing a thicker mop can be the biggest challenge, but the right conditioner that treats the whole strand will help.
KERASTASE NUTRITIVE MASQUINTENSE IRISOME — THICK HAIR
Available at Adorebeauty.com.au,
While I have the opposite of thick hair, my mum has been blessed with luscious locks — and she swears by this.
The formula is packed with nutrients that penetrate deep into the hair strand, helping to tame and take control of stubborn tresses.
On my hair, I LOVE the Kerastase Specifique Bain Prevention conditioner. It’s really lightweight and leaves my hair feeling fuller and thicker afterwards. Anything this brand does for hair is considered next level in my eyes.
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