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“The Sydney hairstylist lets us into his little black book of style.
It doesn’t take a design genius to walk into Sydney hair salon Raw Hair and speculate that Anthony Nader, the man who helms the Surry Hills salon, has taste in spades.
From the desert succulents that greet you at the door, to the mid-century-meets-TriBeca-loft finishes, luxurious Japanese flat-bed wash chairs, through to his impressive library of fashion tomes that hold court – the space (built in collaboration with a team that has also worked interior magic for Giorgio Armani, Tiffany and Co. and Prada) is arguably one of the best-looking salons in Sydney.
When he’s not shooting in his second home in New York, Nader can be found here, his understated personal style echoing the same contemporary sentiment as his HQ’s design. We caught up with the stylist between cuts to talk sartorial rules, where he shops and what hair trend he wishes would die.”
How would you describe your style?
I’d probably sway toward calling it “sports luxe” – I like to wear black and keep it fairly relaxed. My go-to is a great Comme des Garçons Play red heart polo, but I also wear a lot of Y-3, Dries Van Noten, J Crew, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, Helmut Lang & Marc Jacobs. I’ve had my eye on some Valentino sneakers for a while now.
What sartorial rules do you live by?
Tailoring is a must! I don’t like clothing that doesn’t have the strength or crispness to it, so fit and finish is important.
What grooming products do you stock your vanity with?
For skin, Cetaphil Daily Cleanser and Moisturiser, Essano Rosehip Oil, Malin + Goetz Detox Mask and Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. In my hair, I use Oribe Signature Shampoo & Conditioner, Oribe Fiber Groom Paste, and R+CO Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. As for fragrances, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Comme des Garçons CDG 2 and Acqua Di Parma Colonia are my go-to scents.
What are three of your favourite stores worldwide?
Located in the Meat Packing District in New York, Jeffrey is the ultimate shopping experience. You know you can shop there and won’t run into someone wearing the same thing at the same party, which is, of course, essential.
Specifically, the store that just re-opened in downtown Chelsea, New York, after closing down over twenty years ago. I was there on opening and will never forget that day ever. The staircase has been restored just like the original, and it’s so beautiful.
3. Mr Porter
AKA the holy grail for any man’s lifestyle needs. When you’re too short on time to go to a store, you know that you can just go online, purchase a piece that you won’t see in most retail outlets, and soon, a package, chicly wrapped in Mr Porter’s trademark brown cardboard box, will arrive on your doorstep. It’s the little things…
Where do you seek inspiration?
I have a huge number of subscriptions to overseas fashion, beauty and interior design magazines that I keep in the salon for the clients to flick through. Magazines will always be my go-to as I love the tangible feel of the pages, and the different textures. I do, of course, welcome technology via websites, blogs and social media – you need to keep moving with the universe, otherwise you get left behind – but I don’t know what I’ll do if print ever becomes obsolete. Aside from that, I find inspiration everywhere – in fashion, architecture, design… I can be at a 7-Eleven store in New York or Sydney and get inspiration from there. Sorry if that sounds like cliché, but it’s true.
Who would you like to be for a day?
What’s your favourite place for people watching?
The Starbucks in Malibu Village, California.
What last moved you?
The movie Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, it was beautiful and moving. What an era to live in!
What’s your signature drink?
Three Ginger Tea by Pukka. I love Pukka tea so much, I decided to retail it in the salon and designed a Top 10 menu of different blends for my clients to enjoy. I always have a bottomless mug on my desk, when I’m not on the floor with my clients.
What are three rules of grooming that men should live by?
1. First and foremost, you always need a strong “technical” shape with your haircut no matter how dishevelled you want your look to be. Without this, your haircut won’t last the distance, and therefore can’t perform.
2. Don’t be a big macho man and think your skin doesn’t need moisturising – it does! Remember, you only have one body.
3. If your hair is thick or uncontrollable, rinse your strands in the coolest water temperature you can stand. This will help tame your strands and you’ll notice such a huge difference in texture. Lion’s mane no-more!
What women’s trend do you wish would just die?
That two-tone balayage beach hair-effect, where it looks like the colourist has just thrown a tub of cheap peroxide on the mid-lengths and ends, burned the poor strands right up to look white and kept the roots dark brown. Sadly, this look is far from beautiful and it gives the French meaning and true art of balayage a really bad name.
How would you define sexiness in a woman?
By Noelle Faulkner for ELLE.com.au