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As told by Isabella Manfredi and Anthony Nader as seen in grazia.com.au

“Why is hair so emotional?”A freshly cut Isabella Manfredi recently asked on Instagram. Sitting in Anthony Nader’s chair, Manfredi’s hair – long, hirsute and unequivocally part of her brand – had been lopped off. Here she was; short, shaggy and different. It was a Manfredi we’d never seen before, nor had she for a very long time: “First time I’ve had short hair since I was three years old.”

Manfredi goes live on Instagram with the new chop Credit: Instagram, @isabellamanfredi

Manfredi goes live on Instagram with the new chop
Credit: Instagram, @isabellamanfredi

But why is hair such an emotional thing?

Such a material entity, and yet it can stir a mixture of varying emotion; a simple change can be momentous or disastrous in one quick snip. Mood changes. Attitude changes. Feelings change. It’s an affect on the human psyche which is quite bizarre, considering the superficiality of it all. It’s hair. So what. But for some existential reasoning, a shift in one’s hair, albeit even a slight one, can render monumental mood change and a conflict of identity. At the end, it all comes down to identity, and when that is challenged, altered or hacked (very literally) our state of self is rocked to the core.

With that, Isabella has never felt “so free.” Here’s to freedom and hair cuts, and “feeling fucking fantastic.”




She text me and said, “FYI, I think I want to cut my hair off.” And I replied back, “Great, when?” and she showed me references, we chatted to and from, then I got her in the next day. I was on a shoot that day, and I came back just to cut her hair. The thing abut Izzy is, when I think of a haircut for her, I always picture her on a stage, and how it’s going to perform, how her hair is going to perform on stage. She is really understated and very cool; she knows who she is, she doesn’t need to prove anything, so her hair needs to be the same, but there has to be something quirky about it that makes you look at it a second time, maybe even a third time. The thing about this haircut was we wanted to show off her eyebrows. We love her eyebrows. Her eyebrows are everything. And we have always done a bit of a razored-out fringe, but this time, it was more like a mouse was really going to town on her fringe and nibbling away at it, more than cheese. This mouse was hungry! With a haircut like this, a client can do one of two things: they can totally freak out in the chair and start screaming and crying (I’ve had that) or, you see a smile in the chair. You see a different personality growing as you are cutting. I see a different confidence. With Izzy, it’s gotta be cool. She’s the face of Chanel, she’s the spokesperson for Ellery, so you know their boundaries and you know the brand, you know who Izzy is; she’s just cool. She could be in a white sheet from head to toe and she’d be cool. I spoke about the haircut with her and she didn’t care what I did, she just sat there and I said why don’t we do X Y Z. She knows how I work. She’s an artist. I’m an artist. There’s nothing worse than an artist saying to another please don’t cut it like this, or I don’t want you to sing it that way. It’s a respect thing. So I just cut her hair. And she said “go for it.” She was holding the length, and you know when a woman holds a part of her hair, they know that it’s time, and they want it to go. She was holding her whole hair and saying “I want this to go”.  I’ve been in this business 25 years and you know how to read clients, so when she’s holding all of her hair you know she’s psychologically ready to get rid of it.



Oh yes. If someone isn’t ready I don’t cut it off. I would say, “you know what, I understand you just broke up with your partner, and I’m really sorry for that, or you’re having a problem with work or whatever – let’s think about it, and book you in at the end of the week”, because you’ve got to be psychologically ready – that’s the big thing.



We cut it so it was worn in straight away, we didn’t want anything looking too clean. I wanted it to be rebellious, still. I cut in a lot of panel work – panel work meaning disconnection – it’s funny I was saying to her when I was cutting it there’s a bit of a Vidal Sasson Carnaby Street kind of feel to it. She wanted to be able to push her fringe wherever she wants to push it. So when she’s on stage and she wants to push it to the side, she can. If she wants it up, she can go up.  It was about creating a fringe that she can either wear flat, or in the middle, or she can push it to the side and her fringe looks totally different; her face shape looks totally different. So we took a lot of things into consideration with her hair, and I know that Izzy likes to play with her hair and she likes to experiment. Styling is kept to a minimum, I’m not a big product person at all. I used David Mallet Australian Sea Salt Spray – that’s it.



That’s so deliberate, that’s so funny that you point that out because we wanted it top-heavy, but on one side, I actually cut a shorter panel just through that section on top, so if she’s on stage and she wants to put her hands through it, she’s got this kind of disconnected texture on top, but she’s still got that heaviness through the front. That’s also the way I cut it. I over-directed everything, I cut all the underneath section first, and the top section, the big horseshoe shape, so when the hair would fall naturally, you’d get these longer pieces veiling over the shorter pieces. It’s a little bit technical, but if I was to cut it “normally” it could look too commercial, and that’s not Izzy. That’s why I disconnected the top doing a horseshoe shape so she’s got that versatility to play with.


Because hair is confidence. Hair is your trademark. Hair is what people identify you for. I’ll tell you something really interesting, I was watching the Princess Diana documentary the other night, and Andrew Morton asked her about her divorce and at what point did she feel better. And I swear to God I got goose bumps, Diana said: When Sam (McKnight) cut my hair off. No amount of money can pay for that publicity. Sam McKnight just won gold. Even though all us industry insiders know who Sam McKnight is and know that he cut Diana’s hair, but to have Diana say that, about her hair, that is just next level, that makes everything so relevant to everyday. You don’t need to be a princess. You can be a housewife in Darwin, you can be a housewife in Point Piper, it doesn’t matter. Hair is the difference, and hair will either give you the most amount of confidence, or, after a bad haircut or colour, it can completely crush your confidence.



We know lightening your hair for summer is just about as non-groundbreaking as florals for spring, so to keep you in the know and your hair looking fresh for the season ahead we spoke to the experts to get the official word on what you should be asking for as the weather warms up. From the haircuts to the hair colours, plus the celebrities that are doing them best – here is all your summer hair inspiration.

Low maintenance

While low maintenance hair is trending all year round, it’s particularly great for summer. “Wearable, effortless hair is the clear trend,” says Elyston Hayden. “My clients are loving blunt base lines with minimal textured layers,” he says. Simon Bright from Jonny + June adds that the best celebrities to look to for inspiration are Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Selena Gomez. Layered or blunt, the low maintenance lob isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Go light

For those who are keen to play it a little safer this summer when it comes to colour, Anthony Nader from RAW Salon assures that balayage will always be a good go-to for a lighter colour that is a bit subtler. Hayden adds that “lived-in sun-kissed hair painted accents” are also a new season go-to. However, “less is more,” explains Nader, “as you don’t want to end up looking like Cadbury’s Top Deck chocolate”.


Go bold

If you’re feeling adventurous, Bright reveals that crystalline platinum is about to be huge. Tarryn Cherniayeff from MOB HAIR adds that pastel shades such a baby pinks and champagne are also the perfect way to mix up your hair colour for summer. Bold is certainly better.


Now that you’ve got your haircut and colour covered, here is exactly how to combat your biggest summer hair dilemmas.

By Jordyn Christensen for beautycrew.com.au

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“We draw the curtains on the latest hairstyle to ask for.” as seen on grazia.com.au

I recently took a photo of old Hollywood screen siren, Natasha Kinski, to hairstylist, Anthony Nader, asking him to give me a Kinski cut. The Kinski, much like the Bardot, was a chunky fringe, split down the centre, which flared outwards at the base (with a certain Carol Brady kick nonetheless). As one who lives real-life hair groundhog day –  and has for almost the past 31 years –  this sudden request, and change to my steadfast hair routine was somewhat odd, shocking in fact. But with a serious case of “I’ll have what she’s having,” I demanded the curtain fringe, and Anthony went bang.

Lofty, shaggy and all kinds of glorious – I was Kinski, kind of. But not only Kinski, I was also Kaia Gerber, Alexa Chung, Taylor Hill, J. Lo, Charlee Fraser, Jesinta Franklin, Elyse Taylor –  again, kind of. At last, I was part of the Curtain Club – the latest hairstyle to go bang bang in Hollywood and beyond.


Credit: Instagram, @kaiagerber

Credit: Instagram, @kaiagerber

But why a curtain fringe? Why have this slew of glamorous woman opened the curtains? Anthony Nader explains:

“A curtain fringe is the “safety net” for those that don’t want to take that deep plunge of lopping off your strands, and feeling less confident – dare I say, less sexy as well! 
And that’s just it. It’s for the ladies who want a change but don’t want to forgo the allure of long locks. For the chop-phobes, who want to hit refresh on the hair button but fear the full hack (terrifying, I know). Quite simply, it’s the long-haired girl’s cheat to a cut.

“I personally love carving out this long, sweeping fringe that flutters over the eyelashes – it simply oozes sex appeal and cheekiness and who doesn’t want that! And besides this, the curtain bangs are going to grow out so beautifully and seamlessly, without that painstaking “ugly period” of wondering how on earth to hide it in the interim, because your bangs are just so damn short,” Nader explains.


Credit: Instagram, @jesinta_franklin

Credit: Instagram, @jesinta_franklin

Below, Nader’s guide to the curtain fringe, before you go bang.


– 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

Longer and wider foreheads, this is your green light for making your hair appointment with confidence. The idea here is to narrow the appearance of the width of your forehead. The curtain fringe will be your bestie and get ready to enjoy the new you that your friends will envy.

Unfortunately for those of you who have a tiny forehead, the red stop sign is very bright – sending the message to steer clear of this sweeping curtain. Because your forehead is so narrow, having this fringe will only close in your features even more, which isn’t what you want.

Alexa Chung, J. Lo, Selena Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Georgia May Jagger, Charlee Fraser.


Credit: Instagram, @charleefraser

Credit: Instagram, @alexachung


Credit: Instagram, @charleefraser

Credit: Instagram, @charleefraser


Credit: Instagram, @taylorhill

Credit: Instagram, @taylorhill


Credit: Instagram, @jlo

Credit: Instagram, @jlo