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HOW TO CUT YOUR FRINGE WHILE IN ISOLATION Anthony’s top tips to get you through ntil you can get back to your hair salon. Seen VOGUE

Like humans, fringes were not built for isolation. They need love, care, a steady hand, and a well-trained eye to maintain just the right amount of eyelash-dusting length and fullness. However, without the luxury of hair stylists (or if you’re a celebrity, a glam squad on speed dial) we’re looking for ways to DIY our beauty routine, and that includes maintaining optimum bangs.

From removing your gel manicure at home and shaping your eyebrows, to learning the delicate art of hair removal  and even colouring your own hair, with social distancing measures in place, we’ve learned to become innovative in maintaining our at-home beauty regimens.

Even celebrities are learning the meaning of DIY. Bella Hadid recently shared via her Instagram Stories her own fringe maintenance journey during isolation, while her sister, Gigi Hadid, gave a friend an all-over haircut.

As simple as celebs make fringe-trimming appear—Hadid’s bangs looked as though they could have been fashioned by her usual trusted hair stylist, Jen Atkin—there are some golden rules to keep in mind if you plan on trimming your own. We asked RAW salon’s founder and Sydney-based hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for his foolproof tips for chopping your own fringe. The golden rule? Less is more.


Always start with a dry fringe

“Firstly never ever trim your fringe wet because, when your strands dry they will jump right up. The easiest way is either to let it dry naturally and then start your mission with natural texture, or blow it out with your brush to how you wear your fringe every day, so you know how it’s going to sit. You will notice the outline of your current fringe shape. Try not to get over-confident and create a new technical shape. Stick to what your hair stylist has already drawn in, so to speak.”

Get technical

“Take your comb and section out the fringe section from the top to the edge of your eyebrow (your longer strands will automatically fall aside doing this). Clip the long hair away. Now you’re looking at a clean fringe that’s section ready for trimming.

Smooth over the surface of the fringe with your comb and position it the way you would usually style it. Put your comb down now and place the fringe section between your middle and index fingers of the hand that is scissor-free. Slide your fingers right down below your eyebrows and rest them there to hold your fringe in place. Remember not to tug the hair down tightly, as this could result a fringe that’s too short.”

How to chop

“Use your fingers as a visual guide when you cut your fringe. They’re a lot easier to work with than juggling a comb in one hand and scissors in the other. The width of your fingers also protects your face from the points on your scissors.

I always cut into the length of the fringe either vertically (which provides a slight trim) or diagonally (which takes off a little bit more length and creates some texture). Go slow here—there is no need to rush. Always trim less as you can always go back and trim more.”

Different styles call for different measures

“If your fringe is angled slightly longer on both sides (like a curtain fringe), then hold your fingers at that angle slanting the ends of your fingers downwards to cut to the existing shape.

Lastly, give your fringe a shake out to view how it’s sitting. Any longer stray strands that you may have missed can be trimmed at either a vertical or diagonal angle. Release the rest of your hair, give your hair a shake and you’re good to go.”

DO IT YOURSELF HOME HAIRCUTTING If you can’t get to us and want to stay inside till your ready to come back out again. Latest tips and tricks by Anthony Seen GRAZIA

Do It Yourself (At A Distance): At-Home Haircuts

Hello, and welcome to Do It Yourself (At A Distance): a mini series helping you solve beauty issues from the safety of home. Of course, a DIY manicure or blonde hair refresh isn’t going to change the world, but if it makes you feel even just a little bit better better, it’s worth doing. Basically, we’ll be borrowing tips from our editors as well as experts to see you through quarantine without tears, tantrums or over-tweezed brows. Today, we’re looking at an at-home hair cut. This is a touchy subject. To clarify, we (and most stylists we know) don’t really recommend cutting hair at home unless you feel you really have to. But our job is not to judge but to educate, so we tapped the hair styling expertise of renowned hair dresser Anthony Nader (of Raw Salon) to enlighten us. We’ve also got Edwards And Co stylist Jesse Furlan to help you navigate bangs at home, plus a few IGTV tutorials for reference. God’s speed.

GRAZIA: At-home haircut tips for the men in our lives?

Anthony: In my perfect world, a men’s haircut would be a Harry Styles-esque dishevelled British coif. Or international poster model Parker Van Noord’s choppy textured bed head. Even hippy Jared Leto’s Gucci mane is a dream. If you happen to be any of these three cool guys – or similar – you won’t need to be too precise with cutting technique.

But for everyone else, the easiest way to even out weight and length distribution is a technical thing I call twisting and slicing.

Take approx. one-inch sections of dry hair (never wet) starting around the hairline and twist each. Then point and snip the tips of your scissors into the twisted sections before you unravel to see how it’s sitting.

Use this sectioning and trimming method all around the head with a focus on the problem (longest, thickest) area. I love this technique because it leaves a soft edge compared to cutting a blunt horizontal line (this will give you chop marks if you’re not careful).

If you have shorter hair (traditional short back and sides) your isolation haircut might get a little tricky. I mean do you really want to get a pair of clippers with a number three attachment on and zoom up your noggin? Good luck with that… and by all means send me your CV as I might just have a job for you in my hair salon when this is over.

In all seriousness though, if you feel like you do want to clipper the sides and back just attach a much larger attachment on your clipper first and ease into it, dusting off the edges only.

As for the top, if you want to take the length a little shorter, this is a temporary fix:

On damp hair, take half sections of hair from the face to the crown area from the centre of your brows to the outer edges. Hold the section between your index and middle fingers and point cut the ends. Never cut a horizontal line, and remember you can always cut more off later. Give your hair a dry off and now you’re ready for tomorrow’s Zoom conference.


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GRAZIA: Bangs at home: Yes or no?

Anthony: I think what’s happening in the world right now is painful so if I can help someone to trim their bangs in their bathroom I’m with you 100 per cent. Kitchen scissors versus professional hairdressing scissors are black and white but who’s really judging at this point. If you must use kitchen scissors, please just ensure they’re super sharp.

Jesse: Nail scissors will work as an alternative for fringe trims too. Wash hair and let it dry naturally. Shrinkage is real – you don’t want to be left with Joe Exotic micro bangs. Using the end of a comb, create a triangle from the outside of your eyebrows to the centre part of your hair. The further you extend the triangle back, the more full your fringe will be. Use clips to hold back the sides and top of your hair, ensuring you’re only left your fringe exposed. Separate your fringe into thinner sections. Hold the ends between two fingers and point cut the ends of your hair in a chipping motion using just the tips of your scissors. Do this slowly so that you don’t cut too much length off of your hair.

GRAZIA: Any advice for giving your hair a little trim at home? 


  • Always take to dry hair when trimming.
  • When your strands are dry you’ll see your natural movement much better. The hair stretches more when wet which can give a false reading on length and texture.
  • Always have the mind set that less is more. You know once you’ve cut it off, it’s not coming back for at least a month!


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Why We’re Going Gaga For The Curtain Fringe

On the seemingly never-ending, global press junket for A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga had many a beauty look. From the frosted lids in LA to her spectacular navy cat eye in Toronto, she rose to the occasion like the (beauty) star she is. And when it came to Gaga’s hair, there was a little bit of everything – from ’90s blow-outs to sculptural up ‘dos – Gaga’s famous peroxide locks were fashioned up, down, even sideways. But there was one hairstyle which kept popping up on late night couches and magazine covers alike – the curtain fringe.

Parted straight down the middle and flared at the ends, the curtain fringe is an old Hollywood classic. First there was the Bardot. Then the Kinski. Then JLO came to the party, favouring a little fringe-y flick in the ’90s (and beyond). Sienna Miller repped the style in the early noughties. While Alexa Chung punk-ed it out in the latter half of the decade, taking it from va-va-voom to London cool. Then of course the glamorous progenies – Kaia Gerber, Dakota Johnson and Bella Hadid – all of whom have drawn the curtains of late. And now Lady Gaga has the style on repeat, finished off with a top-knot.

Fronting Variety’s December issue, Gaga’s curtain bangs were front and centre; long, sweeping and soft at the edges. Haus of Gaga hairstylist Frederic Aspirias kept the drapes feathery and light on the ends, flicking them upwards with a certain Carol Brady kick, while pulling the rest of her platinum hair into a high bun.

It was a similar case in New York when Gaga appeared on the Late Show, although her Big Apple bangs were slightly messier and shaggier around her face.

And who could forget that spectacular A Star Is Born premiere in London in the archival McQueen gown. Shorter in the middle, the pieces fell longer around the bottom of the jaw framing her face (and the top-knot was taken down a notch and dressed up as a chic chignon).

Back home, celebrity and editorial stylist Anthony Nader loves a little bang. “The curtain fringe is def my go-to for those girls who want that little extra sexy flutter of cuteness and mystery,” says Nader. It’s also a great way to disguise any wrinkles, “if you’re worried about frown lines on your forehead….guess what? They get camouflaged behind fab drapes!” And for those with longer facial features, “the curtain has your name all over it. This shape will narrow the face in more, especially if your forehead is wide.”

Thanks to Lady Gaga, the curtain fringe goes bang once more. But consider these tips before drawing the curtains.

• You want to make sure your new feature (that’s your new bangs, of course) is looking 100% red carpet worthy. So you need to make sure they are super smooth and polished
• On damp hair use a tiny amount of medium-hold, luxe styling mousse as you want to give your bangs some “airiness”, without them looking dry and brittle – the effect a sea salt spray would achieve
• Use a medium-sized, round brush with loads of boar bristles as it takes the pain out of smoothing the roughest of hair strands to look shiny and glam
• Make sure your hairdryer has a narrow nozzle attached on the end, as this narrows down the air flow directly on the target area, to sculpt your curtain fringe
• If you have a stubborn cowlick (which unfortunately most of us do), when you’re blowing out your bangs, you need to drag / stretch down your sections in the compete opposite direction. By using this method, your curtain bangs will look symmetrical and not like they had an all-nighter…#NotCool


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.”

WHAT’S GOT YOUR HAIR BUZZ THIS SEASON? Anthony’s latest Autumn trend alert seen OZ BEAUTY EXPERT

The Hair Trends You Need to Know About

Does anyone else start to feel the weather change and instantly start thinking about a hair refresh?

There’s nothing like the start of a new season to invest a little lovin’ into your locks and change up your colour, style or even your daily hair habits. But with endless inspiration strutting down catwalks and red carpets, it’s hard to know where to start.

To help you out, we spoke to stylist to the stars and all around hair genius, Anthony Nader to share his expertise on the hair trends to try for your Autumn/Winter makeover.

Anthony is the Founder and Creative Director of Raw, one of Australia’s most prestigious salons. His client list includes countless celebrities, he’s directed the hair for international runways and he’s won more than a few awards. It’s safe to say that when Anthony gives hair advice, we take it!

On cut’s we should be asking our hairdresser for, Anthony shared, “You know this is the time to experiment with your hair as I’ve just had my eyes peeled to the most recent Fashion Weeks from New York to Paris, and every length is a pretty ‘thumbs up’. I’m not ruling out what’s hot and what’s not this season but, what I will say is that every model’s hair looked freshly cut and crisp. This of course enhances the natural sheen and will appear thicker and healthier which is a big plus to girls with finer hair strands.”

“My go-to Fashion Week models for haircut inspo are Amanda Murphy, Bella Hadid, Cara Taylor, Grace Elizabeth, Kaia Gerber and Kris Grikaite. I just love the individuality and the strength of these girls, and the movement of even bringing out the “tomboy” in you – they just ooze more STRENGTH rather than too girlie and pretty.”

As for colour, “Hair strands that are full-bodied and rich, with full blown colour and not done half-heartedly either” says Nader.

“If you’re a natural brunette it’s time to inject your strands with an over-tone this season so it’s not looking flat and drab. Ask your colourist for a tone that’s going to liven up your complexion and give vibrancy. If you’re a blonde be careful not to keep on going too ash or pale over these cooler months as your complexion could start to appear ruddy and grey and that’s far from the right #HairGoals. Warm up your blonde with warmer hues that will bring life back to your strands with soft caramels, wheat, butterscotch, honey and golden platinum.”

When it comes to the texture of your tresses, Anthony advises that less is more this season.

“The texture is what I call “Quiet Texture”. It’s not loud and screaming and it’s not in your face this season. This texture has a presence and doesn’t need to scream it out, it has its very own confidence. It’s embracing what you already have and encouraging it to move effortlessly. I know you’re saying to yourselves, “Well who has this texture Anthony”? and that would be Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and of course Gigi Hadid.”

We’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t ask about one of Summer’s hottest trends… bangs! Are they still in? Should we be growing out our French-famed curtain fringes? Anthony says, “I think fringes will always have a place in our culture and I personally love them and am ready and able to give anyone their new trademark – but before I pick up my scissors, we need to talk. Talk about your commitment to styling this correctly, if your face shape can carry it and lastly, take a look at your hair growth patterns around your hairline.”

As for up-do’s “I actually crave giving a client a ‘do that looks more ‘model off duty’ in appearance and thankfully my clients are up for that as well!”

“First things first, make sure your texture is full steam ahead, as this is what’s going to give your hair shape the boldness, if you will. I’m really into the knotted low ponytail (remember you’re off duty, so don’t go high) or the messed up low slung bun that looks to be falling apart but it isn’t #CheekyGrin.”

On caring for your hair during the harsher Winter months, Anthony’s top tip is one that we can all follow “GO EASY ON THE HOT WATER TEMPERATURE”.

“It’s my biggest Winter top tip for saving those strands. We’re all guilty for turning up the heat in the shower and if only we could attach an LED flat screen TV in there, wouldn’t it just be a dream. BUT the longer showers and the heat really do dehydrate your strands and, in turn, you’ll lose the natural sheen and your hair will feel and appear lack lustre. So go easy on the temperature as it all starts in the shower.”

At this point, you might be wondering how to achieve all of this. Well, it all starts with a visit to your hairdresser to freshen up your cut and colour. Then, take a second look at your products.

“Your hair strands are super thirsty for moisture so give it to them. Your shampoo and conditioner should have a gloss or moisture content to them as this maintains and prolongs the longevity of each strand to perform when styling” says Anthony.

“Styling products this season are ‘quiet’ too remember, so don’t be layering up your strands unnecessarily as your only wasting your hard-earned dollars. Invest in a foam/mousse that will enhance and not appear gluggy nor stiff. A dry shampoo is always a goodie and just make sure you try before you buy as you don’t want one that’s going to make your strands appear like you’ve been caught in a snow storm.”

And finally, the question we love to ask hair experts. How often should we really be getting our hair cut?!

“Religiously every 6-8 weeks, without fail!” advises Anthony.

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