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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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N O WORDS ❤️ @cindycrawford

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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].”

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.