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HOW TO FIND A STYLIST YOU CAN TRUST. Kelly Baker dishes up the hair goss when interviewing Anthony. Seen The Beauty Insider.

Celebrity stylist Anthony Nader has tended to the locks of pretty much every star you can imagine. In fact, he is so used to dealing with five-star clientele the last time I was in his award-winning Sydney salon RAW we had a conversation that went something like this …

“Wow. That girl was super pretty,” I said, staring after a client who had just left the salon.

“Yes, she so was,” responded Anthony, before asking a salon assistant if she was a regular.

“No,” said the assistant, blinking hard.

If I remember correctly the assistant’s got a little high-pitched right about this moment here. Which made both Anthony and I pause briefly. But then he looked at me and I looked at him and we shrugged at each other before he said “No idea who she is.”

To which I rather cleverly responded, “She totes pretty though eh?”

And then we got right back to whatever it was we were talking about before I spotted this undeniably beautiful woman. Which was probably our families or some random beauty industry tittle tattle or how much Sydney property is these days.

Look, I admit it. It’s not a traffic-stopping story in and of itself, but it does prove a point – and an important one. Anthony Nader is a world-famous, celebrity stylist who doesn’t much care for fame and glory. The fact is if you’re famous he’ll treat you exactly how he treats everyone else. That is – with respect and kindness and dead professional hair advice.

And he should probably get some kind of award for that frankly, but the industry doesn’t really work like that. Which is a shame. But there you go. Anyway – guy is talented and a decent human being too. Plus, he can help you find the stylist you’ve always dreamed of and in doing so, ensure you get the hairstyle of your dreams.

And here’s how you do that … you ready?

“There’s one simple way to do this,” says Anthony.

“One very simple way that I have always believed in and I swear by today even after close to 30 years in this business. And it is … word of mouth. Ask your friends, your family, anyone who has hair that you love.

“If you see someone on the street and you love their hair ask them who cuts it, who colours it, who styles it. Don’t ever be afraid to ask that million dollar question “Who does your hair”?”

Once you discover this magical salon book yourself in for an appointment just to talk ideas. Correct. Tell the salon staff you want to come in and talk to their stylists about what sort of work they do and also, get their ideas as to what they they think will work for you.

Take a reference or two (tear out a page of a magazine or screen shot a style you love) and be honest with the stylists you speak with about why it appeals to so much. Listen (that’s a big one!) LISTEN to what said stylist then tells you. And be prepared to consider a style that’s similar to if not the exact one you had in mind.

A good stylist will be able to interpret the style you love and be honest about whether it will work for you or not.

“It may not be a good cut for you even if Beyonce or J-Lo has it,” says Anthony.


How To Keep Your Hair Healthy In Summer

Summer’s triple threat of sun, sweat and seawater can leave your strands worse for wear. Stylist Anthony Nader, owner of Raw salon in Sydney, shares his tips for maintaining a healthy mane throughout the hot spells.

How should you alter your hair-care routine?

Summer hair needs more hydration—make sure it’s being fed with the correct hydration products. Also take a look at your heat-styling habits. Use a hairdryer with multiple heat settings and avoid the highest temperature. To create soft waves or curls, go for hot rollers which pack less heat, and give a more natural, bouncy finish.

When pulling hair up off the shoulder for some cool relief, try a sleek topknot, using leave-in conditioning spray or nourishing serum in the ponytail before winding it into a bun. This way, the looks chic but is also being treated.

For a more casual look go for a loose, boho braid—a hairstyle that never goes out of fashion and is super-easy to achieve. Use a hydrating treatment through the ends of the hair before braiding it.


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Is it important to use sun protection?

An SPF spray will fill open cuticles along the hair strands, acting as a barrier to the sun’s rays. Remember to let the SPF soak into your hair for a few minutes before going swimming.

Any post-beach advice?

Give your locks a thorough rinse under a tap to rinse away excess salt, then spray on a hair oil for extra conditioning. Also, use a hair mask once a week to boost hydration and strengthen hair cuticles.

Although it’s tempting to leave a treatment in for longer than suggested, know that hair can only absorb so much. If the hair needs a double dose, rinse off the first application and re-apply the same amount, for the same specified time.


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How can you prevent colour fading or changing from sun exposure?

It starts in the colourist’s chair. The guideline should be always staying within one to three shades from your natural hue. The lighter the colour, the more dehydration—not to mention more upkeep. Also, remember the sun is going to give hair natural highlights, so there isn’t a real need to get dramatically lighter in the hotter months.

Try to only wash your hair two or three times a week instead of every day—this will prevent stripping the colour by over-cleansing—and use a shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair.

Also, next time you’ve got an appointment with your hairdresser, ask them to prescribe the best hair treatment tailored to your day-to-day lifestyle and how much swimming you do. If your hair has become brittle, it may simply need a dose of protein.


This 90s Hairstyle Is Back To Give Every Millennial Major Nostalgia


First popularised by Leonardo DiCaprio and every single Backstreet Boys member (except maybe Howie) in the 90s, the chin-grazing, cropped bob has seen a revival of late.

Worn by the likes of Julianne Hough, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, the style is back streets back, alright (sorry) – albeit with a middle parted update.


“A middle part will always give vibes of a cool girl, with attitude and a modern confidence,” says Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW Anthony Nader salon.

Before you march into your hairdressers clutching a picture of Nick Carter though, be aware you may need to alter the length an inch or so above or below your jawline, depending on your face shape.

“If for example your face is a little fuller around the jaw, you’ll need that length a little longer past the jawline, as this will give the illusion of an oval shape.”

Once you’ve had the chop, the trick to keep it from slipping into full blown boy band territory, Nader says, is to keep it super clean.



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“Grunge may have been alive and kicking in the 90s, but you don’t want to look like you’ve been out on an all-nighter. This bob needs to look ‘innocent’ and by this I mean your hair needs to look clean and healthy with blunt ends. Start by shampooing your hair strands more often.”

Styling wise, volumising products are your middle part MVP and be sure to use a comb to get that part sitting poker straight – this isn’t the time for guesswork.

“Opt for volumising sprays as they’re lighter than a mousse or paste. Spray the roots with a dry shampoo to soak up any oil and sort limp and dirty roots in a flash.”

HOW DO YOU GET FRENCH GIRL HAIR? Anthony’s latest Spring scoop seen ELLE

How To Create Smooth Parisian Waves, According To Anthony Nader

Anthony Nader, hairstylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW salon, who’s past work experience includes styling models for Milan Fashion Week (and working alongside hair legend Luigi Murenu) shared with ELLE his tips for creating smooth wavy hair—straight from backstage.

“The look is an opulent woman that didn’t need too much fuss and knew how to carry herself. The hair reflected the feeling that was smooth and had airiness to it so it floats when walking.”

Five easy steps to smooth Parisian Waves

1. On dry hair, start by using lightweight foam from roots to the ends and brush through evenly.

2. Keep your part-line a bit off centre so it doesn’t look too contrived and smooth over the length with an extra-large paddle brush while using a hairdryer with nozzle attached to smooth down any roughness the hair might have. Also, using a boar bristle brush will keep split ends at bay.

3. Use your large barrel curling tong and take extra-long vertical sections starting from the front of the ear and wind back away from the face to the middle, then do the same in the other side winding back towards the middle. When winding the hair with the barrel tongs keep the sections vertical as you want to just create a ripple effect and not va va voom volume.

4. Mould hair tight and clean in the front and tuck the hair behind your ears, keeping the front smooth.

5. Brush the back and don’t restrict it from floating to enhance the softness.


The 13 hairstyles you’ll see everywhere this summer

There’s a cliché that summer is the best time to go blonde. While you can go lighter at any point throughout the year, there’s something about the warmer months that inspires women to make a change.

Come December, we’re sure to see a few more blondes about town. However, there are plenty of other hair trends on the rise, too. Here, we tap a few of Sydney’s best hairdressers for their two cents on the trending styles of spring/summer 2019.


Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Bangs are a game changer and it shows that you can still have a longer hair shape, but still have some shorter lengths framing your face. I find that most of my clients love longer bangs cause there cool and easy to style which is so important. Push them back, sweep them forward, you decide.”


Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“I think Kate Hudson’s choppy textured haircut is every woman’s hair crush—I see this in my salon, and rightly so. Its short and still oozes sex appeal! The beauty about Kate’s haircut is that you have the choice if you want to wear it slick one day, or textured and cute the next. It’s like asking your hairstylist for a two in one style.”


Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Dua Lipa’s graphic ‘cool girl bob’ is the perfect example of how you can wear this haircut and not look like a nanna. Keep the texture “undone” rather than restricted and poker straight. Dua’s bob is definitely on my radar—girls are already asking for this and it’s not even summer yet!”


Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“A must for summer to change long hair looks up is the long textured ’60s inspired fringe as seen on Gigi Hadid. Brigitte Bardot’s bangs make a comeback over and over again nearly every year as it is a flattering look and can also be swiped to the side quickly again.”


Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The retro style high ponytail, as seen on Bella Hadid, is for sure making a comeback and alongside it the scrunchie—who would believe that? Reason for that is that we are seeing a lot of 90s influence also now back now in hair trends.”


Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The big summer trend I predict is the messy bun, as we just saw on Megan Markle at Wimbledon. It’s a very soft look and is suitable for most face shapes. Everyone can do themselves—that’s why it’s ideal for summer.”


Paloma Garcia, Salon Owner and Master Stylist at PALOMA:
“This look has just started and is only getting more popular—it’s easy, convenient and flattering. You can go designer or op shop when shopping for your new scarf accessory. Bold or patterned, there really are no rules! Hair all up or done, fringe in or out. Fold the scarf length wise to make it like a 3cm band, place the middle at the nap of the head, and bring it around the perimeter of the hairline and tie at the front of your hairline above the forehead. You can tie or make a little bow, pulled it around to the side.”


Paloma Garcia, Salon Owner and Master Stylist at PALOMA:
“This is ‘the haircut’ for this summer. It’s long yet sits anywhere between the nipple and two inches below the collar bone; it’s heavily layered yet so loose and soft through the ends. It has strong layering all around the face. It has a full fringe or centre part drop fringe. It’s the ultimate wash and wear look. It’s a ‘strong’ haircut although so effortless.”


Joey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director of ELEVEN Australia:
“This style works well with a middle part or accentuated side part to show off the internal layers and movement. How short you go will depend on your bone structure, but the short, blunt bob works with all hair types from wavy to straight. The key to this cut is keeping the exterior or bottom line blunt, because that’s where the drama comes from.”


Joey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director of ELEVEN Australia:
“Pulling off this look starts with the right haircut, for this extreme long hair look ask your hairstylist for a definitely line at the base. Next, it’s all down to what you do at home, because super long hair looks best when it’s healthy and well maintained. Make sure you add protein to your hair as well as moisture.”


Last week we took our hair inspiration from a seven-year-old (thank you Harper Beckham). This week, it’s a 16-year-old.

Kaia Gerber – arguably the most in-demand teenager in the world – knows how to wear her hair. Or at least Jen Atkin knows how to style it.

Attending the launch party of her new collaboration with Revolve and Karl Lagerfeld in Los Angeles, Gerber served up a very millennial take on ’90s dressing. Reconstructed power suit – cropped at the waist and abbreviated at the hem – she accompanied her new line with minimal makeup and an effortless bun with ‘bits’.

Reminiscent of ’90s hair and the infamous “slut strips”, the playfully mussed up ‘do with those strategic tuffs of hair around the face have been a regular fixture on the celebrity hair circuit. Recently, Kendall Jenner paraded a chignon with well-placed bits at the CDFA Fashion Awards. Fellow celeb progeny, Bella Hadid is also a fan, as too sister Gigi. And Hailey loves a little bit.

But, whilst the carefree bit ‘n’ bun combo may come off all I-woke-up-like-this, there is a strategy behind the seemingly lo-fi look. “The easiest, most foolproof way to get those loose bits dancing around your face freely is using your thumb and index finger, and piece out where you want the bits to escape,” says Anthony Nader. “This is a nice controlled and calculated way to frame the face and looks ever so editorial at the same time.” So strategically pull your tendrils out first, then pull it back. If you do the reverse, hair looks ravaged as opposed to irreverent.

Make it modern and keep the body glitter on ice. Straggly, solo strands have never looked so good.


Anthony reveals these mistakes and how they can be fixed easily. Seen DAILY MAIL

It’s easy to fall into hair styling habits, but sometimes sticking with the same thing can make you look older than you really are.

From blowdrying your hair too straight to using the wrong shampoo, there are plenty of common hair errors that could be ageing you.

FEMAIL spoke to celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader, who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett – and he revealed the most common mistakes middle-aged women make.

The leading stylist also shared how getting ‘secret panels’ in your locks could take ten years off you.


While a directional, graphic style might have suited you in your twenties, by the time you hit your forties, anything too sharp can look harsh.

‘Forego any harsh or hard lines, as they won’t do your face any favours,’ Anthony told Daily Mail Australia.

‘As you get older, you need to ensure your haircuts get softer and have texture as well.’

The hair stylist explained that softer textured ends will always suit middle-aged women, as the hair ‘will appear soft and to hug around the hairline’.

‘You want to avoid it looking too blunt as this will create hard lines,’ Anthony added.


Straight, sleek hair has long been in fashion.

But if you’re entering or in middle age, you might want to re-think it as your go-to look.

‘When you hit middle age, try to stop blowdrying your hair poker straight,’ Anthony said.

‘Invest in a middle-sized boar brush and use it while you’re blowdrying to help to give your strands more shape and volume.’

He explained that volume and bounce will ‘always give your hair more oomph and life, while leaving it straight can often age the face’.


When it comes to hiding greys, while the temptation might be to go dark and intense in your colour, Anthony said lighter is always better.

‘The lighter you keep your coloured hair, the more natural it will look,’ he explained.

‘Meanwhile, when you go too dark it can look wig-like and the grey strands will be more noticeable popping through.’

Take advice from a colourist and make sure you colour suits your complexion.


You might have had a fringe when you were five, but they work wonders for middle-aged women as well.

‘Curtain-shaped bangs hide a multitude of sins with regards to wrinkles on your forehead,’ Anthony said.

‘But you should try and go for a longer-skimmed look, as this will elongate and slim the face.’


Anthony said that once you hit middle age, a regular shampoo just won’t cut it anymore.

‘Invest in a gloss or shine shampoo and conditioner from hereon in, to give your hair back some of that hydration it so desperately needs.’


Last but not least, Anthony said that all too often middle-aged women forget to add movement and body to their single-coloured locks.

‘Next time you visit the salon, get your colourist to add some chunky lighter panels around the face, but not on the hairline,’ he said.

‘I call these “secret panels” as thy sit underneath the part line and frame the face perfectly.

‘The reason why these are so good is because they soften your entire look and in turn soften your face.

‘They can help you to look up to ten years younger.’

6 genius ways to extend the life of your blow dry

Struggling to get your blow dry to last the day, let alone the distance? Try these six simple hacks to bring back that freshly done bounce.

Whether you forked out money to get it done professionally or got your DIY on at home, a blow dry that rapidly loses its bounce is a very annoying inconvenience indeed. The good news? With the right products and know-how, you can extend the life of your amazing ‘do.

1. The fewer products used, the better

We’re only going to say this once: overloading your hair with sprays and powders are not going to do your blow dry any favours. “Many people think that the more they layer up their hair with products, the longer their blow out will last -w wrong,” explains Anthony Nader, award-winning celebrity hairstylist and founder of Sydney’s Raw Salon. “It all starts with damp hair and applying your main one or two products before blow-drying with them. By all means, if you need to give your mane a spray with a hairspray, go ahead but don’t overdo it.”

2. Sleep on silk

You went to bed with voluminous hair and woke up with it looking bird nest-esque. Rather than forgoing sleep to protect your blow dry, get your shut-eye on a silk pillowcase instead. It’s a far more pleasant alternative, no?

“The natural properties of silk will reduce the friction on each hair strand which can often lead to hair breakage over time,” explains Anthony.

3. Use a shower cap

Of course not getting your hair wet will prolong your blow dry. But there are some extra steps you need to take in addition to donning that cap whcih will ensure your hair stays looking fresh.

“The shower cap doesn’t protect your hair from moisture which can come from the heat of the shower,” warns Katy Reeve, National Creative Director of TONI&GUY Australia.

“Keep the shower cooler for less steam and as soon as you are out of the shower, release your hair and brush through to dry any moisture which may cause hair to frizz.”

4. Use texturising spray

While you don’t need to douse your hair in products post-blow dry, a little texturising spray is going to soak up any excess oil on your scalp and keep your hair’s volume at delightful levels.

“If your hair needs a quick pick-me-up, this is your go-to… and saves another day of forgoing shampooing,” explains Anthony. “Tip your head over and give your roots and mid-lengths a good ol’ spray all over and then massage in and flick your head back up.”

5. Choose the right brush

To brush your blow dry and potentially ruin it or to leave it despite it looking a little dishevelled? It’s a (first world) problem many of us will face from time to time. The solution? Using the right brush.

“A soft bristle brush is best as it’s gentle on the hair and won’t pull out any waves, curls or movement added in your blow dry, a bristle brush gently detangles and can also promote shine through the ends of your hair,” explains Katy.

6. Dry shampoo is your friend

Similar to texturising spray, dry shampoo has your blow dry’s best interests at heart. “To help prolong your blow dry you can use a dry shampoo to absorb any unwanted oils at the roots,” explains Katy. “Spray through the roots of the hair and use your fingers or a brush to evenly distribute, this will stop the product appearing dusty.”


From the ‘It colour’ to the ONE style you need to avoid

As we move towards the new season, many women will be considering changing their look.

More often than not, this means a new haircut or colour – which can be tricky to decide on.

If you’re in the market for a refresh, leading celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader, has shared what is in and out for the new season.

From the ‘It colour’ to the latest cut, here FEMAIL takes a look at what you need to be trying and avoiding.


According to Anthony, if you’ve been deliberating about getting some sort of fringe, now is the time to take the plunge.

‘Stars including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Emma Watson have revived the trend for bangs, showing us that they can be super cute and just a little bit sexy,’ he told FEMAIL.

‘More and more of my clients are asking for bangs and I’m all for giving them a new look they might love.’

The hairdresser – who has looked after the likes of Cate Blanchett’s locks – added that bangs can ‘suit everyone’.

‘It just depends on how boldly you want to showcase them,’ he added.


While the celebrities of yesteryear were all about big, voluminous hair, Anthony revealed this is something you’ll want to stay away from this season:

‘Any hairstyle that looks artificially too voluminous and Sixties is on the way out,’ he explained.

‘Your hairstyle can’t and shouldn’t look stiff.’


Again, you can thank the likes of Taylor Swift for the resurgence of the jawline bob, which Anthony said is firmly in vogue.

‘The shorter, the better right now – this new length showcases confidence and power,’ he said.

The hairdresser added that while you might not think it, this style is actually easy to look after.


‘The slept on bed hair look is firmly on the way out,’ Anthony said.

Instead, a more polished blow dry is what the majority of his clients are asking for, with bespoke products tailored towards their specific hair needs.]


So far this year we’ve already had rose gold hair and rose brown hair. But now, there is a new hue set to knock these off their perch.

Cold brew hair is the latest trend to know – it’s a stunning coffee brown hue with hints of warm copper, as if you’ve swirled a spoon around a freshly-brewed cup of coffee.

‘If you are already brunette, this is a great shade to try,’ Anthony explained. ‘Just ask your hairdresser for the cold brew look and expect swirls of browns, deep caramels and a touch of mahogany.’

Exemplars of the trend include Pia Miller, whose tresses are already the envy of women the country over.


Colour-wise, Anthony also said that flashes of ‘bold lightness framing your face’ will also be big this season.

‘Think balayage, but bolder and more block-y in colour, so that you see thick ribbons of blonde highlighting.’

Again, the stylist said this colour works with many people – but make sure you get a tone that fits well with your complexion.


Last but not least, Anthony said that if you’re worried that your balayage colour dating, then fear not.

The It colour is going nowhere.

‘Australia is all about this French colouring technique,’ he said. ‘And we continue to be in love with the look.’

The hairdresser said if you’re looking to get beautifully executed balayage, then it ‘should look natural and sunkissed, rather than a Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate bar’.

‘I don’t think balayage will ever be knocked off its perch as it perennially looks stylish,’ Anthony concluded.