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THE FEELS OF HAIR: A LESSON IN HAIR PSYCHOLOGY WITH ANTHONY NADER AND ISABELLA MANFREDI

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.”

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HOW DID IT ALL COME ABOUT – THE BIG CHOP?

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.

BUT YOU CAN ALSO TELL IF SOMEONE ISN’T READY?

 

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.

SO WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU DO TO ISABELLA’S HAIR?

 

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.

 

YOU KNOW HOW IT WAS QUITE HEAVY ON THE TOP, WAS THAT DELIBERATE?

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.

WHY DO YOU THINK HAIR IS SO EMOTIONAL?

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.

THE SPRING AND SUMMER HAIR TRENDS YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO KNOW ABOUT

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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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WHERE SYDNEY’S STYLISH GO FOR GROOMING

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From beard trims and shoeshines to manicures and blow-dries, these are the city’s best places to get primped and pampered.

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Best barber

The Barberhood

Walk-ins are very welcome at this old-school barber best known for its traditional techniques. All cuts come with a hot towel and a dash of cologne at The Barberhood’s two CBD locations and clients also have the option of selecting their own playlist. Pull up a Japanese-made Takara Belmont chair and prepare for some serious man-time.

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Best shave

Men’s Biz

Set aside half an hour to experience a hot-towel shave at Men’s Biz in the CBD’s Strand Arcade. The space is masculine and sleek – all timber, marble and metal. You can stock up on high-end grooming products while you’re there, too, including Amouage, Acqua di Parma and Geo. F. Trumper.

 

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Best for beards

District Salon

This top-floor, light-filled, industrial haven in inner-city Surry Hills is nothing short of cool. Book in to District Salon for a beard trim and ask to see Stewart or Maddison – both know their stuff. The best part? You can sip a whisky (or beer) while you’re being clipped.

Best massage

The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham

A “sub-basement” may not sound like the most enticing location for indulgence but The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham will change that perception. Check in for the Absolute Aromatherapy massage and check out of reality. This “hero treatment” releases tension using neuromuscular and Swedish techniques. Afterwards, take a dip in the subterranean pool with starry sky mural overhead – it may be Sydney’s most striking spot to swim.

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Best shoeshine

Prince Consort’s Shoe Shine Service

There’s shoeshine then there’s Prince Consort’s Shoe Shine Service. Established by Peter Cooke in 1990, the iconic kiosk in the city’s Strand Arcade offers four options. But choose the top-of-the-line Executive service; for $16, your best leathers will be washed, conditioned, polished and waxed – with a heel stain thrown in.

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Best blow-dry

Raw Anthony Nader

It’s no secret that industry veteran Anthony Nader is a go-to for taming the tresses of some of Sydney’s most stylish women. A blow-dry at Raw means you’ll be whisked to the sanctuary at the back of the Surry Hills salon – a dimly lit, soundproof space where your hair will be washed with Oribe products and your head massaged for 10 glorious minutes. A blow-dry with Mr Nader himself will set you back $150 but the compliments you’ll receive are worth it.

 

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Best facial

Melanie Grant

Jessica Gomes, Lara Worthington, Nicole Trunfio and Montana Cox all trust the same woman with their gorgeous complexions: Melanie Grant. The official skin expert for Chanel in Australia, she’s known for her exceptional facials; in particular, the Camera Ready Facial, comprising a customised antioxidant peel, hydration infusion and light therapy. Her eponymous Double Bay salon is a chic oasis decorated with bold shots of iconic ’90s supermodels, fresh flowers and covetable coffee-table books.

Best nails

Jocelyn Petroni

Jocelyn Petroni’s flagship salon in Woollahra counts Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward and Megan Gale as clients. The meticulous Classic manicure includes cuticle trimming, a hand and arm massage and a coat of Chanel polish.

 

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Best brows 

Sharon Lee

At Sharon Lee, tweezing and waxing are tailored to an individual client’s skin tone and bone structure, as well as hair colour and texture. Settle in for a Brow Wow treatment and a glass of bubbles (champagne is included). You can splurge $180 for an appointment with “brow queen” Sharon Lee or $100 for a senior stylist – be sure to book ahead.

Best massage

The Darling Spa

Sprawled across the second floor of the luxurious Darling hotel, this softly lit space is serene, despite being metres from The Star casino. Indulge in the Bamboo massage, which combines Eastern and Western techniques. Designed to ease muscle tension, promote deep relaxation and slow down fast-moving minds, the treatment is 90 minutes of heaven. 

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THE TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY OF THE PEROXIDE PIXIE

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Time for cropped blonde bob? If Hollywood is anything to go by, we think yes. Anthony Nader has stepped in with some hair wisdom to consider before you go the full chop ‘n’ bleach.

THE CROP
Before going the shear, be mindful of your face and head shape and ask your hairdresser for their expertise on what length will enhance your new platinum tresses.

THE RIGHT TARGET SHADE
Hairdresser’s “talk” when you’re wanting blonde, and they automatically think of the colour chart scale 1 – 9; 9 being the lightest (think Katy Perry), and 1 being black. Remember that the darker you are naturally, the more process you will need to acquire the ideal blonde, and this also comes down to handing over more money because of the extra appointments, time allocation and product use. Keep in mind though, that if you’re on a budget and your hair is still orange, you need to have another bleach application to take the hair level lighter.

SKIN TONE
Just because you’re totally inspired by Kristen Stewart’s Chanel blonde crop, that doesn’t necessarily mean her tone will work with your skin tone. For instance, if you’re complexion is warm, you need to make sure your deserved blonde tone is learning more on a cooler / ash tone so this balances out.

WHY BEAUTY EXPERTS ARE SLEEPING ON SILK?

Why is an investment into silky pillowcases can be the best one you ll ever make? Anthony Nader swears by it and wants us all to have one or two. He shares his thoughts with news.com.au
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FORGET expensive face creams or treatments, if you’re serious about preserving your skin, it’s time to consider sleeping on a silk pillowcase.

Once reserved solely for your nana’s bedroom, the humble silk pillowcase is now a fixture on the beds of beauty savvy women.

One of these particularly savvy women is Melanie Grant. The Australian celebrity facialist, skin expert and founder of Melanie Grant skin clinics in Sydney and Melbourne recently took to Instagram to share the “endless” benefits of silk slips.

Grant, whose clientele includes Lara Worthington and Delta Goodrem told news.com.au that while she’s personally been using silk pillowcases for over five years, she’s noticed a recent lift in interest.

“We’re becoming more educated on taking a preventive approach when it comes to skincare and beauty so sleeping on a silk slip is a no brainer,” she explains.

“Silk allows the skin to slide, so it won’t pull or tug. This reduces crease lines and marks across your face, neck and decollate.”

If you’re someone who slathers products onto your face at night, there’s more good news — silk won’t soak these up as much as other materials will.

“Silk is a non-absorbent fabric so it won’t deplete your moisture levels or absorb your precious serums and night creams,” says Grant.

Dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook, who operates from Darlinghurst Dermatology Skin & Laser Clinic, agrees that getting your eight hours of sleep on silk puts less pressure on your skin leading to less creases, and in turn, less chance of those creases becoming permanent wrinkles. The phrase “beauty sleep” has never felt so fitting.

“Silk is a natural fibre and therefore ‘breathes’ with your skin minimising sweat pimples and irritation,” Dr Cook explains.

“They’re also great to use after skin treatments like skin peels. They allow the skin to lift and peel off gently, when it is actually ready to, as they minimise trauma, friction and rubbing.”

The upsides don’t end at your skin, this hero product gets along famously with hair, too.

Celebrity hair stylist and founder of Raw Salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader, says you’ll notice the difference in your hair immediately.

“When resting your head on cotton you can agitate and roughen up the hair cuticle … however, with silk, your strands will glide along the pillow with ease, leaving your hair smoother.”

You can expect your blow dry to last a lot longer too.

Thanks to celebrities and experts spreading the word, silk pillowcases have now achieved cult status in the beauty world, with many brands (like Zoe Foster Blake’s Go-To Skincare) popping up to meet the demand.

Shhh Silk is proof of this. In the last financial year, the Australian company recorded 430% growth in the local market.

Some of the Shhh Silk pillowcases.Source:Instagram

Some of the Shhh Silk pillowcases.Source:Instagram

“I’ve noticed a big spike in sales over the last six months … people are a lot more conscious of anti-ageing,” says Shhh Silk founder and CEO Olivia Carr.

“We’ve also been lucky and have had the Kardashians as personal fans of our brand — they Snapchat about us all the time.”

The Kardashian endorsement has seen the company’s US sales grow by a huge 877% in the last financial year. If it’s good enough for Kim, right?

While silk pillowcases aren’t cheap — you’ll be forking out around $70 on average — they’ll last you a lot longer than that tub of night cream sitting in your bathroom cabinet.

And besides, how many beauty products grant you hours of comfortable, luxurious shut-eye?

Edwina Carr Barraclough (for news.com.au) is a Sydney-based lifestyle writer and editor. You can see more from her on Instagram or Facebook.