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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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Today assisting @guidopalau #nyfw @marcjacobs

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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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Wednesday with @lievv__ looks like this 🌈 #Holland #Model #BehindTheChair

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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].”

winning style: how to recreate the best oscars hair looks

Recreate red-carpet glamour with hairstylist Anthony Nader’s step-by-step guide to the best Oscars hair as seen in marieclaire.com.au

And the award goes to

Cate Blanchett’s retro ripples

1. Wash hair and blot with a towel, then blast with a hairdryer until hair is about 80 per cent dry. Use your hands to speed up the process.

2. Squeeze a tennis ball-sized amount of medium-hold mousse into your palm and work through hair from roots to ends. Go over hair with a wide-tooth comb to distribute the product evenly.

3. Section the front of your hair, from ear to ear, and clip. Divide the lower section in half again and clip the crown area. Using a medium-size round bristle brush and starting with the bottom section, blow-dry, stretching sections in an upwards motion for body, before bevelling the ends under for a polished (instead of poker-straight) look.

4. Unclip the crown section and repeat.

5. When you get to the front section, make a deep, sweeping side part. Start smoothing over hair with the hairdryer, going from the ears up to the part line.

6. Now place about eight medium to large, hot velvet rollers around your face, wrapping the hair up. Allow hair to set until cool.

7. Once hair has cooled down completely, unravel the rollers and glide a brush over the rippled waves. Tuck one side tightly behind your ear and mist the finished style with light hairspray.

Top tip: Don’t be in a rush to take your hot rollers out – it’s better to leave them in too long rather than not long enough, as this helps hair maintain the sculpted shape.

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Amy Adams

Amy Adams’s chic up-do

1. Run a flat iron over hair, straightening from roots to ends.

2. Once complete, mist hair with a light shine spray and brush through to distribute the product evenly.

3. Fashion a precise part and use a brush to create and mould volume in the front peak, then slick back to the opposite side.

4. Tie hair into a pony just below the crown and secure, then brush the tail smooth and wrap into a wide, twisted loop. Secure with pins.

5. Finish with a spritz of extra-hold hairspray and, if you like, more shine spray.

Top tip: Not every hair type needs the highest heat, so look for a flat iron with a temperature control nozzle.

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Julia Roberts’s subtle waves

1. Wash hair with a shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner to encourage radiance and soft curves.

2. Towel dry hair, then use a blow dryer until hair is about 80 per cent dry.

3. Mist sea salt spray all over to create grip and hold, then rake through with your fingers and divide hair into two sections, from ear to ear. Clip the top section.

4. With an extra-large paddle brush, start drying the bottom section. You don’t want poker-straight hair, but rather hair with a little texture.

5. Repeat with the top section, remembering to place a part in your preferred spot.

6. Once you’ve finished blow-drying, curl 7cm sections of hair around extra-large hot tongs and repeat all over. Brush through the section before wrapping around the tongs and, if time permits, clip each section as this helps hair set better.

7. Rake your fingers through your hair to break up the curl and give it a relaxed feel (rather than a tonged one). Gather all your hair into a low chignon at the nape of the neck and secure with pins.

Top tip: This look is modern and fresh, not debutante ball, so don’t go too crazy with the strong-hold hairspray. If you have loose, floating strands falling around the hairline, that’s perfect!