We all saw Kate Middleton make her elegant entrance into the first annual Addiction Awareness Week gala on Thursday.
Her Barbara Casasola dress was perfect, her Jimmy Choo heels were perfect, everything was what we’ve come to expect from the perfect Duchess of Cambridge.
But her hair, took her look to a whole new level of perfection and we’ve been obsessing over it since we saw her sunlit, bouncy blow-out float into the gala.
The Duchess’ hair always looks immaculate but there was definitely something different about this particular hairstyle, so we asked hairstylist to the stars, Anthony Nader, for a concise how-to, because who doesn’t want a royal blow out like Kate’s?
Damp hair to begin
To achieve this lush royal blow out, Anthony says to start with damp hair and a volumising conditioning foam, to give your hair the ultimate body required.
Work the product through from root to end, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb.
Section off your hair
Inside your part line separate the hair up into four even sections, leaving the bottom section out and clipping the rest away.
Grab you big bristle brushes
“I would then use two large radial brushes with loads of bristles, this is going to help the hair look more refined and polished,” says Anthony.
Heat, and then cool, your hair
Take your first section up to the crown, blow drying it vertically. Once the section feels dry, mold your hair around the bristles, allowing it to sit on your head to cool. Once you’ve finished the next segment you can remove the first brush to use on your third segment. Continue this method until you’re whole head is dry.
“Make sure the brush work is always winding away from the face, to give that ultimate royal wave that we are after,” says Anthony.
Anthony’s pro tip: Want more staying power? Divide the hair in half, flip the top half away and grab the largest curling tong you have. Make sure it is XXL! Then take a 3-4 inch segment and wind it up.
Once the underneath layer is complete, you can un-clip the top section and do the same by winding from root to mid-length only.
For a final touch, run your fingers through the hair so it looks a bit more effortless, just like Kate’s.
Still obsessed with her blow-out? Scroll to see it from even more angles.
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.”
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.
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Fashion Week is just as much about the beauty and hairstyles as it is about the fashion.
But with so many talented hairdressers backstage to help the models achieve luscious locks and get runway ready, how can you achieve them at home?
FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the top trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
1. Loose curls
Model Jessica Gomes rocked loose curls on the runway for swimwear brand Jets.
The glam, yet beach vibe was directed by Lea-Ann Suthern, who led a team of 11 TONI&GUY stylists.
According to Anthony, the first thing you need to do to achieve this look is to give your strands a good wash.
‘Apply a medium hold mouse from roots to ends on freshly washed hair, then blast dry 80 per cent as this fastens up the drying time,’ he tells FEMAIL.
‘Take wide horizontal sections starting at the back and blow dry with a large round brush for volume.’
Anthony says to keep using this method all the way to the front hairline and stretching the roots in a upward direction.
‘Grab a medium sized hot barrel tong starting at the front hairline winding your sections away from your face and do this all the way around till you reach the middle of the head,’ he adds.
‘Rake out your waves and for extra hold, use a firm hairspray and spray your roots and ends.’
2. Top knot
Top knots are often used as a quick solution to a bun, but this simple hairstyle which was shown on the runway at Anna Quan takes the standard messy bun to fashionable in minutes.
‘Skip the hair wash today as your in luck you you’ve just saved yourself 15 to 30 minutes,’ says Anthony.
‘Tip your head over and give your roots a good spray with a dry shampoo and massage in evenly.
Next, he says to pull your hair up high into a ponytail, so it sits beautifully on your crown of your head and secure at the base with a snag free elastic.
‘Brush the tail clean and smooth then wrap the tail around the base and pin,’ he adds.
3. Fishtail braid
The fishtail braid also made an appearance at the Anna Quan show. Hairstylist Byron Turbull opted for the braid on models with long hair and paired it with some copper wiring wound through.
Anthony says there’s no need to wash your hair for this textured fishtail braid as gritty hair works best.
‘In fact use a dry shampoo all over to get even more added texture,’ he says.
‘Rake the body of the hair on the scalps surface so its knot free but still textured as you want that lived in vibe and secure a low ponytail at the nape area.
‘Braid your pony now into a loose fishtail and don’t be too precious about getting it too clean as this is the magic statement you want everyone to see,’ he advises.
‘Tie up the end of the tail and by all means if you feel like adding more softness to the fishtail now is the time to play.’
Feel free to use accessories and hair jewellery in the fishtail braid which will add more glamour to the look.
Hair charms are popular like those KELA, which were used in the CMEO fashion show by hair director Lauren McCowan.
4. High hair
To nail the high hair look, you must give your locks a good wash. This will ensure there are no oily and dirty strands so you can achieve maximum lift on the roots.
‘Saturate your roots and mid lengths now with a sea salt spray and use a wide comb and rake through for an even texture right through,’ says Anthony.
‘Divide hair into four even sections and take your sections from the nape area and blow dry with a medium sized brush ensuring your stretching the roots to the ends to form that beautiful luxe movement.
‘Once the back area is complete, now use the same method at the front area.’
For extra height, Anthony suggests teasing the root area and using your hairspray for extra grab, then smooth over the surface and give your hair a final spray.
So the Met Gala 2018 arrivals have just wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean we’re done pouring over each and every single beauty look we were #blessed with this morning (quite literally, thanks to the ‘Heavenly Bodies‘ theme). While there were countless jaw-dropping looks across the board, one we can’t quite get over is Gigi Hadid’s. Her custom Versace gown is made all the more special with the bounciest blow dry we’ve ever seen. And those gold barettes? All of a sudden they’re at the top of our wish list. Lusting as hard as we are? Luckily, renowned Sydney stylist Anthony Nader gave us all of the tips for recreating it at home, Met Gala invite or not. Scroll on for all the details.
I love holidays. Although that probably goes without saying. Aside from cocktails, sun, and sea salt, I love that a holiday allows me to pare back my beauty routine completely—distilling my makeup bag down to its absolute essence is a near religious experience. The same goes for my hair. I see a cheeky week-long trip as a chance to streamline my look, spending as little time styling as possible. With some planning in advance, it is absolutely possible to enjoy effortless, tousled holiday hair for a full week without washing it. And, if you plan it just right, the only tool you’ll need to bring is a comb.
They key is in the prep. Anthony Nader from Sydney’s RAW Salon crafted these three travel-friendly looks, designed to progress with you through seven days of bliss and remain chic enough to live on forever in holiday snaps.
Keep reading to see how to take your hair from pre-flight through to the very last day of your trip without packing a hairdryer, straightener, or even shampoo and conditioner.
Days 1 – 3: Beachy Waves
The day of your trip will require the most effort. Before you leave, use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair as healthy and shiny as possible for the whole week—we like the nutrient-rich OGX Vitamin B5 ($18). Then use your preferred method of creating waves; whether with a curling tong, straightening iron, or (in the case of Nader’s advice below) both.
Anthony Nader’s Tip: “When applying a wave to hair I like to use two different types of hot appliances. Alternate them and leave some ends out so the result is lived-in and not too glam looking. For this look, I swirled chunky sections around a flat iron and also used a 1¼ sized barrel tong, winding the other sections in the opposite direction. I know this sounds like a lot of work and investment, but creating different effects is key to making it look like it was done by a pro.”
Days 4 – 5: Textured pony
After a fun-filled three days, your hair will start to look a little greasy at the roots, mostly at your part. You can hide this by brushing back into a low pony, which will look perfectly textured and tousled thanks to the waves you crafted on Day 1. Brushing your hair out of its normal part will hide the worst of your oily roots, too.
Anthony Nader’s Tip:“Keep the base of the ponytail low, not halfway up the back of your head like you were unsure of where it is meant to be. Then brush it, place it and secure it. Soak up oily roots and stuck-to-the-head surface hair with a dry shampoo to liven up your new low pony. Spray it on the root area, then massage the scalp to emphasize the texture.”
Days 6 – 7: Macaron Buns
We profiled this sweet ‘do a few months ago; the tail-end of a holiday is the perfect time to try them. Work with the slickness of your hair to pull it all back firmly into two low ponytails—if you’re dealing with some humidity-related frizz, work in a small amount of hydrating oil, such as the OGX Coconut Miracle Penetrating Oil ($9). Wrap the hair of each ponytail loosely around its base, but let a few strands fly loose in keeping with your new relaxed vibe.
Anthony Nader’s Tip: “There’s a very fine line between these buns coming off cool or spacey. Be careful not to place them too far around on the sides of your head, otherwise it’s going to look a little strange. Keep them near the back of the neck and no need to be precise with making sure they’re too clean and slick. The more they look like natural hair, the better.”
Photography: Dave Wheeler. Hair: Anthony Nader of RAW Salon. Makeup: Jessica Diez from oneninetynine management. Talent, Styling & Creative Direction: Crystal Andrews
Meghan Markle has officially committed to the no-fuss updo as her go-to royal look, so we found how to create the hairstyle of 2018.
While Meghan Markle is learning the ropes when it comes to perfecting royal outings, we’ve noticed one trend has emerged–each time Markle has stepped out hand-in-hand with fiancé Prince Harry, she’s opted for a chic bun, complete with a few strands left out in a fuss-free way. It has quickly become her signature look and so we quizzed Anthony Nader of Sydney’s Raw Anthony Nader salon, to learn his insider tips for recreating it at home.
This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. “If your strands are too clean and soft at the moment, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Muk’s dry shampoo over the root area and massage the product through,” says Nader. It’s that nice, one-day-old, lived-in hair you’re after.
Then, lightly brush the product through with a Mason Pearson brush: “This will distribute nice and evenly from mid-lengths to ends,” he says.
To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape area, securing it just below your crown area. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with your bobby pins.
“The most important aspect of this new trend is the shorter pieces framing the face, as this gives you the modern, current edge that is required for this look,” Nader adds. “If your hair is one length, it won’t do you any favours – as you need shorter pieces to soften the look of what we’re trying to achieve.”
He also reminds us to make like Meghan and refrain from over-smoothing the hair, instead keep it textured, piecey and just a little bit dishevelled, for that royal-approved look.
So, it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga just owned the 60th annual Grammy Awards red carpet by means of hairstyle domination. Paired with a show-stopping black gothic gown and heavy pink glitter on her eyes, we’re 99 percent sure this is the most epic braid ever created. While it does look like the work of hair magicians, you can actually create something similar at home (true story).
We asked renowned hair stylist Anthony Nader to give us an easy how-to for the folks watching at home. So keep scrolling for the epic braid in all its glory, and a few hot tips so you can DIY at home.
According to Nader, the initial step is to mentally prepare yourself (we’re not kidding). “Lady Gaga’s extravagant, corset-inspired artwork of a braid isn’t for the faint-hearted, so get your fingers ready for some intricate weaving.”
Step One: “There’s no need to shampoo as you need your hair to have some grab so your braids will stay in place. If you need to dirty your hair, use a dry shampoo and brush through thoroughly.”
Step Two: “Divide hair into two sections by creating a part in the dead centre.
You can see that flat surface of hair from the crown. Section out this shape with a tail comb, and brush until it’s flat and smooth (even flat iron on a low heat, if you can’t get it right). Once this is done, pull this section of hair tight and clip around the nape of the neck with around six to eight long, flat clips to hold it in place.”
Step Three: “Now the fun begins—all those years of intricate braiding in high school are about to pay off. Unclip the front section you had previously secured, brush flat, and once again use your flat iron to keep it sleek. The reason for unclipping is that fine sections will be weaved into each braid across the side of the head.”
Step Four: “Keeping your braid base tight, take one half of your hair (what is left outside the pulled-back middle section) and start braiding. Gather fine sections up from the hairline and centre hair and pull them into the braid as you move past your ear and down the side of your head.
Make sure you leave at least two inches at the nape of the neck loose—wrap them up or use a clip to hold them away for now.”
Step Five: “Now do the exact same method on the opposite side, making sure you braid the entire length of the hair.”
Step Six: “Now take the two-inch section you left out, and divide it in half. Wrap it over the bottom half of the fishtail braids to combine the two, and secure with a clear hairband. Secure with hairspray and set with heat from a hairdryer.”
Step Seven: “Take a thick needle and black thread or string. Tie at the end (as you would when hand-sewing normally). Now weave it into the top of the braid, and criss-cross all the way down (like you’re threading a corset or shoelace). Once you’ve reached the bottom of the braid, tie so that it’s secure, and trim any loose thread. Secure the complete style with a mist of hairspray.”
by Emily Algar
Anyone who has turned on a TV, opened a magazine or glanced at a newspaper over the past few months will be familiar with the sight of Ms Meghan Markle.
Since her engagement to Prince Harry and subsequent rise from LA girl-about-town to soon-to-be princess and duchess, Rachel Meghan Markle has joined Kate Middleton in sharing in Princess Diana’s notorious and ill-famed title of ‘The Most Photographed Woman in the World.’
But, out of the constant stream of photographs, you might have noticed she is currently presenting a very different image to her future sister-in-law, Duchess Catherine.
Throughout Kate’s hundreds of public appearances, she has established an almost unbreakable royal style M.O.: knee-length hems, ever-present pantyhose, sensible heels no higher than five inches, covered shoulders, demure silhouettes, and a hair and beauty standard that never travels south of ‘perfectly put-together.’
In fact, even when she’s participating in sports events, standing in the middle of blustering winds, or—quite literally—absailing down a cliff face, Kate’s now-iconic blow out is never one hair out of place.
It’s a hairstyle and a perception that has become synonymous with Kate’s public image—the poised duchess, a loving mother of two-soon-three, who just happens to have really, really, really good hair.
It was the same picture-perfect, consistently blown-out, glossy-bouncy-waves-abound precision that we might have been expecting from Meghan. Afterall, the actress had been a staunch fan of the blow-out prior to her engagement, and her hair has always been a thing of wonder, so why shouldn’t that polish continue post-royal introduction?
But stepping out at two of her three formal engagements post-engagement, Meghan has surprised and delighted fans by sporting a delightfully undone version of a messy bun. Her bun, pulled up and twisted at the back, with a few free tendrils pulled out to frame her face, has the same kind of nonchalance and irreverence that we sometimes achieve ourselves before a Sunday farmer’s market outing. It’s a style RAW Hair’s Anthony Nader calls, a “revamped, standard activewear bun”.
But her fresh-take activewear bun might have a meaning more hidden than just personal preference. Ever since Meghan’s arrival into Kensington Palace’s palatial grounds, her image has been purposefully skewed to appear more casual, more modern and more relaxed. Meghan and Catherine might be the same age—36—yet Meghan commands a younger and cooler persona. Her Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy inspired style, her playful interviews and her light-hearted subversion of royal style commandments (no pantyhose at public events? Oy vey!) are all successfully creating an image of youth and approachability.
“The public are enjoying her fresh, relaxed approach very much as it is a little ‘un-royal’ at this stage. Prince Harry and Meghan have been wowing crowds on their recent royal tours. Meghan is definitely good news for the British royal family—she is interesting, effervescent and glowing with happiness, people are always attracted to those qualities,” says Zarife Hardy, director of the Australian School of Etiquette.
“I feel Meghan is keeping her style and image very approachable, relaxed and real at this stage. Although she is royal-to-be she is keeping her style simple yet elegant. I think her message is to look genuine and happy, not stuffy and putting on a show.”
And her display of genuity is working a charm. Following her messy-bun-equipped appearances, both the public and the media have been dutifully charmed. Headlines across the world praise her relaxed approach to dressing, whilst women have finally found a royal figure they relate to, her carefree demeanour acting as a lighting beacon for normal women everywhere.
“Kate is known for her voluminous, beautiful blow-outs, whereas Meghan has that more youthful presence about her which suits that messy bun look and attracts a younger generation,” Anthony Nader notes. “It could be her new trait, although it’s only early days yet!”
But just because Meghan is side-stepping royal formality in the hair department doesn’t mean you should expect Duchess Catherine or the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice to be rocking three-day hair or undone chignons the next time they step out to christen a ship or cut a ribbon.
Zarife Hardy explains that Meghan’s current style and approach to beauty is likely the result of her gradual pre-wedding introduction into society—something that will likely become more polished and refined once she is endowed with an official title and made a Princess of the United Kingdom.
“The royals are groomed to act and behave in a certain way that compliments the royal brand and image,” says Hardy. “Meghan comes from a very different background being an American actress, the royal family is certainly granting a relaxed approach now, but subtle changes are destined to happen. Wearing jeans for example is not really appropriate for royal engagements, clothing choices show a more respectful attitude towards organisations and crowds that royalty meet. Particularly for a lady, their choices are always highly critiqued so it is far better to dress up than down.”
Once their May wedding rolls around, we can probably expect fewer messy buns and ripped jeans—perhaps even some pantyhose.
“I feel at this point in time, they are letting them both enjoy their engagement and allowing Meghan a little freedom in her style and protocols. I doubt very much though, that her image and style will stay the same post the wedding.”
“I feel Meghan will do her best to stay true to herself, her image and her style. To date, Prince Harry and Meghan have managed to do what many other non royal couples fail to do when they step out in public, they look like a pair and their dress complements each other. They are both more relaxed in their attitude, approach and style.”
“I think this will continue, however some fine tuning may happen post the big wedding day.”
We can certainly expect a show of the ‘Meghan Effect’ on the public, however. The wider fashion and beauty communities tend to keep their eye on the royals (whether they admit to it, or not), so an influx of chic messy buns in your boardroom meetings and Sunday brunches might become more and more comme il faut.
“The public always look to the royals for fashion ideas and inspiration, anyone attracted to Meghan Markle’s style will definitely be observing the brands she wears (her Marks and Spencer £45 knit was a hit). Her personality so far is congruent with the style she is wearing,” says Hardy of the incoming trend start-up.
While Nader says: “I like the paired back, undetected, understated bun—don’t get me wrong! I think it’s always quite cool when the woman is wearing a really beautiful, chic dress or pant—I am all for the hair to not be the main priority here. Do I think it’s going to be a thing? Yes, because it’s on the royal radar, but this is not a new thing on the runway. Look at Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. It’s not a new style, it’s just been reinvented to be royal.”
As for Meghan, a baptism, a wedding and a British peerage will do the trick for her own reinvention into a royal—but, for now, we’ll take every chic messy bun we can get.