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HOW TO GET MEGHAN MARKLE’S ROYAL MESSY BUN. Anthony’s latest how to seen Harper’s Bazaar.

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.

By Mahalia Chang


Anthony Nader shares his top five ways to ban the breakage as seen in GRAZIA.com.au

Keeping your hair healthy and gloriously glossy can often be a most difficult task.

With so many variants that persist to harm our hair, often just trying to sustain a damage-free ‘do’ is the hardest part.

Congratulations, because from here on in you’re free to go to bed as early as you want, and if your partner says, “Why so early?”, your sweet reply will be, “Do you want me to lose my hair”? Sleep is so essential for not only your hair but your whole body to repair itself correctly. If you don’t find time to get those #zzzzzzz in, your body is going to lack the nutrients and minerals and your hair shaft will become weak. This will cause each strand to thin out and may result in hair loss, damage and maybe even balding.

We all love the sun being down under and all, but too much over exposure of the sun will cause damage to your hair. Natural hair oils are vital for longevity and this comes from the scalp, which is technically called sebum. Sebum helps protect each hair strand from the natural elements like the sun’s rays to create a barrier. Without this one main property coating your strands, this can result in hair breakage or shedding.

And by this I mean the base of the tail ladies, unless of course you’re embracing a wild ’60’s dance routine that you’ve been practising on the low down. Sporting the same ponytail in the same position every day can wreak havoc and cause serious hair breakage around the hairline over time.
So from here on in, position your ponytail in semi different areas. This can also change up what outfit you’re wearing that day, which always adds more fun too.

This is one of the worst habits you may fall into and it’s so easy to do without even thinking you’re guilty of it. Reason being is the hair strands are at their most sensitive and fragile when wet, and when the strands are being combed with a fine tooth comb they tend to not bounce back and can even snap off. Ladies with highly coloured hair, this screams your name loud and clear and from here on in…..go easy on your most prized possession!

I know, I know, but, the natural fibres of the cotton fabric will cause friction to your strands while you sleep, and especially if you’re a rough sleeper. Opt for changing your pillow cases to either silk or satin, as these fabrics are smoother and don’t rough up your cuticle at all compared to cotton. You may have found that those of you with lighter coloured hair need more lovin’ here compared to your darker haired counterparts. Note also, that if your hair has bleach in it, you need to definitely venture over to the silky smooth road, for better hair days ahead.

By Chrisanthi Kaliviotis for GRAZIA.com.au


Anthony Nader spoke to Daily Mail Australia about which hairstyle works for which face shape.

While you might think that opting for a new haircut or style is as simple as pointing at a celebrity and saying ‘recreate this on me’ to your hairdresser, it pays to be a little more prepared when you walk into a salon.

From oval-shaped like the Duchess of Cambridge, to round like Emma Stone, here FEMAIL reveals how to get your best locks ever before Christmas.

When it comes to what hairstyle will suit you, it’s in fact down to your face shape – if your face is oval, like the Duchess of Cambridge’s, you’ll more than likely pull anything off


For anyone with this face shape, just remember you’re lucky – according to Anthony, this is the ‘most perfect shape’:

‘The oval-shaped face has got the symmetry and even dimension for you and your hair stylist to have fun creating different hair shapes – because of its evenness,’ Anthony explained.

‘The haircut can also have fun with layers around the face – either short or long.’

Among the celebrity examples with this face shape are Selma Hayek, Julianne Moore and Kate Middleton.

‘You can also embrace the ’70s vibe with this and have your hair one length and long – your facial features will still look incredible,’ he added.


‘The oval-shaped face has got symmetry and even dimension and your hair stylist can have fun creating different shapes – because of its evenness,’ Anthony said (pictured: Julianne Moore)

While Anthony admits round faces, like Emma Stone (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right), can be tricky, he recommends going to a WOB - or wavy bob - in order to nail the style

While Anthony admits round faces, like Emma Stone (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right), can be tricky, he recommends going to a WOB – or wavy bob – in order to nail the style



While Anthony admits that having a round face can be ‘tricky’, he also has a few celebrity go-tos, who quite simply nail the style.

‘Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Kirsten Dunst rock a round face,’ he explained.

‘If you’re thinking of trying a bob, I would go for a WOB – that’s basically a wavy bob. This will help to camouflage and soften a round face shape.’

He added that having a side swept fringe ‘complements and elongates’ this face type.

‘If you want to wear your hair down, you can also go in a totally opposite direction and iron your hair poker straight, making sure you keep the shape closed in around the cheekbones,’ Anthony said.

Reason why?

It disguises the ‘apples of your cheeks and the wideness of your jawline, rather than having layers that flick out and expose the roundness’.

How to know if a hairstyle will suit you 

* Make an appointment with the hairdresser and let the receptionist know over the phone that you want to create a different YOU.

* Block out 45 minutes to an hour and send references to the hairdresser of what you’re thinking in regards to the different hair shapes ahead of time.

* Go to a wig shop and have a chat to the person working there. Tell them you’re thinking of changing your hair, but don’t want to sacrifice having all your locks chopped off just yet.

* Try on wigs of different textures and length to compare. Make notes.

'For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,' Anthony said (pictured: Natalie Portman)

‘For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,’ Anthony said (pictured: Natalie Portman)


Even though you might think that a square face needs an angular cut, in fact the opposite is true.

‘For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,’ Anthony said.

Instead, he said it’s ‘always best to soften the corners of your face by adding a wave or a curl or even having your hairdresser cut an off-centre fringe that sweeps dramatically over to one side’.

‘For those of you that have a pixie-like haircut, just be sure to keep the hair around your hair and neckline a bit longer and softer,’ he advised.

‘This will always camouflage the bone structure of your face.’

Celebrity examples of this style are Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock and Olivia Wilde.

Anthony recommends softening the corners of your face (pictured: Olivia Wilde)

Anthony recommends softening the corners of your face (pictured: Olivia Wilde)

Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured) is one purveyor of the rectangular face shape - others include Meryl Streep and Liv Tyler

Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured) is one purveyor of the rectangular face shape – others include Meryl Streep and Liv Tyler


If your face is cut something like Meryl Streep’s, Liv Tyler’s and Sarah Jessica Parker’s, then you need to add volume at the cheekbones to make your face look more oval in shape:

‘I would also suggest a long, overgrown curtain fringe that is shorter in the middle and blends out longer on the corners and sweeps off, as this is the perfect fringe for shortening the face,’ Anthony said.

Opt for an off-centre parting to offset the symmetrical shape of your face, and if you’re pulling your hair back, then do something back and low rather than back and high.’


Between Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian (pictured), the heart-shaped face is well-represented in the celebrity set

Between Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian (pictured), the heart-shaped face is well-represented in the celebrity set



But how should you style your locks if your face is shaped like an emoji?

‘Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,’ Anthony said.

‘One thing to note, however, is that you need to ensure you don’t have a blunt straight fringe, and that the edges of it are cut below the edge of the brows, with soft texture.

‘If you’ve got a bob that’s all one length, this helps to counteract the narrowness of the jawline, because you’re creating width in the right areas,’ the top hairdresser added.


Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,' Anthony said (pictured: Reese Witherspoon)

Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,’ Anthony said (pictured: Reese Witherspoon)



Finally, if you have a long face like Blake Lively, Alexa Chung or Jessica Alba – who all wear their God-given looks fabulously – then you need texture and a fringe to add width:

‘Bobs will also suit a longer face shape, as this creates an illusion of shortening the face which is key,’ Anthony said.

‘Have fun creating waves and a haphazard bend in the hair, which will give you the extra oomph and add width.’

Anthony concluded by saying that you’ll notice that people ‘like Blake Lively avoid too much volume on the top of their head, as this only emphasises the length of the face and what you’re trying to detract from’.

‘Keep your volume from the temple down,’ he said.

By Sophie Haslett for Daily Mail Australia





Going in for a chop or change isn’t as simple as pointing to a picture and wishing your way to stardom status hair. In fact, your face shape is the true determinant when it comes to picking the perfect hairstyle. But what works best for your face shape? Vogue sought out to answer your every hair query from celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Nader, ahead of summer to ensure your next chop is your best one yet.

The tip? “Because of its symmetry and balance, the oval face shape is your ultimate goal to reaching when thinking about your new haircut,” says Nader.

Click through to discover the style you’ll be opting for the next time you hit the salon.



Round shaped face 

“Go for side swept bangs as this softens around the edges,” says Nader. “The angle of the bangs create more length in your face and provide a more oval shape – which is key.”

Longer hairstyles: 

“Long hair is totally a goer here, however, ensure to have a few chunky pieces cut in and around the face,” says Nader. “This opens up your tiny features, rather than closing them in and hiding them away.”

Shorter hairstyles: 

“Shorter hair shapes work a dream – and have fun experimenting with them,” says Nader. The trick? “Steer clear of the jawline otherwise the roundness of your face will only be enhanced,” he confirms.



Square shaped face 

“Bangs are all about illusion and this is key for square face shapes which tend to be wider at the cheeks and more angular around the jawline,” Nader shares. “A soft A-shape cut works best for women with square faces. The textured ends create angles, which help to soften the jawline and draw attention to your eyes.”

“No matter the length you choose to wear, from here on in, keep your hair strands with movement and not perfectly straight,” he says. And why? “Because having straight strands will only showcase your angular features.”

Nader recommends those with square faces to style a bend or a haphazard wave throughout hair to soften the overall look.



Oblong shaped face 

According to Nader, “Opting for a layered fringe and creating an A-shape look will help soften and balance your features. Actually, any strong angular features will be taken down a notch and softened,” he adds.

Nader’s tip? “Keep the length in your hair here and make sure you add some layers around the jawline as to allow the oblong shape to appear more symmetrical and balanced,” he says.



Heart shaped face 

“Heart shaped bangs for a heart shaped face as these will soften your look,” says Nader. “This means your bangs will be longer on the outer edges and slightly shorter in the middle.”

“The beauty about these bangs are that they are ideally overgrown and wont need a lot of upkeep due to the natural shape which blends beautifully with shorter, skimming layers around your face,” he shares.

He continues, “You can keep your hair length from medium to longer here, keeping your layers textured and not just one length.”

Why do heart shaped faces want to achieve textured layers? “Having one length will only emphasis your cheeks and small forehead,” Nader confirms.



Long face shape 

“Longer face shapes allow for more experimentation around the higher forehead region,” says Nader. “This is where you and your hairdresser can be more strategic about which parts of your face you wish to highlight or soften.”

For example, Nader tells us, “Creating a diagonal angle on your face will help keep people’s eyes focused on your centre features – like your eyes, and lips – rather than on your forehead or lower parts of your face.”

“This summer think 60s Woodstock era. Keep your tresses long and at one length.”

Alternatively, “Shake it up and make sure you create shorter triggers around your face, allowing for the overall style to blend through to the base line length.”


Anthony Nader for vogue.com.au


If your hair will not hold a curl to save its life, join the club.

When done professionally, it doesn’t look half bad, but when you try to do it yourself, it doesn’t stand a chance. It’s frustrating. All you want is what you don’t have, waves! We get it, we see you, we know.

Here to share all his tips to stop your curls from dropping like it’s hot is award-winning hair stylist and owner of RAW salon, Anthony Nader. No longer will your hair be a timestamp for the night; the goal here is hair that looks the same from the first Instagram picture to the last. Sound good?




Contrary to popular belief, more product does not a longer-lasting curl make. Nader says you don’t need to “layer” on several styling products as residue can have the opposite effect of weighing hair down. Moreover, it’s an indication that your product is filled with silicones. “Less is more,” he claims. Use only one or two targeted products. For longevity, apply a medium to long-hold hairspray or mousse. (We love: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conditioning Mousse, Kérastase Discipline Mousse Curl Idéal and Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish.)


If you’re not a fan of hairspray or mousse (something about the texture), Nader says “a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner is an excellent start to vamping up your limp hair strands”. (Try: Bumble and Bumble Curl Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Curl Custom Conditioner.) Any good hairstylist will tell you that styles that last start in the shower, and they’re right.

“I think the most beneficial product is a curl defining cream (or a sea salt spray) on damp hair. It all has to start when your strands are damp so the ingredients can more thoroughly absorb into each strand than when applying to dry hair,” he adds. (We love: ELEVEN Australia Keep My Curl Defining Cream and Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer)






To create the incredible hair look featured in this post, Nader dampened the model’s hair and then misted it with sea salt spray (we love: Sachajuan Ocean Mist and Beach MUK Sea Salt Spray). Following this, he blow-dried hair with the diffuser head attachment to separate strands and encourage natural movement.

Ensuring the hair is heat protect, when dry, Nader started curling at random. “I just picked up chunky sections, from 3-7cm and wrapped them around a hot barrel tong,” he says. “You’ll notice some ends I left straight and others I added a slight curve. Some roots I curled and some I left out,” he adds. For longevity, finish with hair spray (or prep hair the night before with a curl-enhancing shampoo, conditioner or balm – see above: ‘prime, prime prime’).


To “restart” second-day curls, Nader suggests quickly running the irons/tongs over some of the curls again. Then, “give the roots ignition by spraying them [with a styling powder or dry shampoo], massaging in and you’re good to go.” If waves are part of your uniform, “ask your hair stylist for some shorter layers to be cut through the interior of your next haircut, which will keep your curls lasting longer and not flopping,” he adds.




By Wendy Hoang for grittypretty.com


Does it all really start in the shower? Anthony Nader sets us straight……………well kinda……as seen on Vogue Australia


Hacks for managing hair humidity that actually work


Looks like we got off on the wrong foot.

We’re officially in the transeasonal time of year where, although bare skin and beach visits are revving up, there’s one woe we just can’t sidestep: the dreaded combination of humidity and hair.

So before attempting to tackle romantic waves for a day at the races or straightening your strands ahead of a night out, Vogue spoke with celebrity hair stylist, Anthony Nader, for every humidity hack from his book of hair secrets to ensure your styled tresses aren’t compromised between seasons.

According to Nader, it all starts in the shower. “Reset your [shower] temperature down to the coolest you can withstand by running the water down your hair from roots to end. This closes your hair scales tight, maximising glossiness and manageability, leaving your hair shape polished,” Nader shares.

Once washed, another key step to prevent hair from fluffing and frizzing comes in the technique of drying. Nader says, “When drying off your hair, rather than rubbing your strands up and down, blot hair.”

“Rubbing your hair will only aggravate each hair strand to become fluffier, whereas if you blot, you’ll beat off the humidity ahead of the day,” he finishes.

As for styling, Nader says the key to avoiding humidity from wrecking your look lies in taking smaller sections when it comes to styling. “If you’re ironing your strands straight or even wanting to apply a wave, make sure you take finer sections, rather than thicker ones,” he shares.

“By taking smaller sections,” Nader continues, “It allows you to have more control of moulding your hair, combatting the day ahead with frizz-free hair.”

And when it comes to picking the perfect humidity-battling hairbrush? Nader swears by a 100 percent pure round bristle brush, sharing, “They really do smooth over the hair beautifully and I tend to bevel the ends as well so they look finished and not entirely dead-straight.”

So once you’ve styled your hair to perfection, it’s time to “seal the deal” Nader shares. “Anti-humidity sprays aren’t a gimmick and are far from it.”

“An anti-humidity spray is the holy grail of fighting frizz,” Nader shares. He continues, “Once you have finished styling your hair, give your entire head of hair a spray and you’ll be set for your day ahead.”

But when it comes to beating humidity long term, rather than just day-to-day, Nader confirms, “Moisture is the key for protecting your strands and building a barrier to seal out the natural elements, like humidity.”

To conclude, Nader tells us, “Your strands can’t get enough moisture over the next few months, so keep on hydrating and you’ll have top performing hair from the boardroom to drinks with the girls in the evening.”

On that note, we’ll both hydrate and cheers to that.

By Jessica Arrowsmith for vogue.com.au