Today on the podcast, I sit down with one of Australia's most respected and in-demand hairstylists, Anthony Nader of RAW in Surry Hills. Anthony's salon is renowned as the most luxurious hair salon in Sydney, and as one of his clients myself, I’ve been lucky enough to experience just why RAW has earnt its title.
In this episode, we delve into Anthony’s journey to becoming an international success with his salon and editorial hairstyling, and learn about his secrets and approach to mastering consistent business success. We hear about the incredible experiences he’s had working for big names at Fashion Week, and the passion that drives the success of RAW.
Anthony’s story begins in a small town in NSW, where he began his four-year hairdressing apprenticeship, inspired by his sister opening her own salon. Though Moruya was his hometown, Anthony had bigger ambitions for his life. The day after his apprenticeship was complete, he ventured to London and later to New York, where he eventually established himself as an editorial hairstylist.
With RAW being established in 1997 and continuing to lead in the hairdressing industry, Anthony shares what he deems to be his pillars of success: hard work, continuous learning and staying true to his authentic self. His dedication to both his craft and his team has been pivotal in his salon's consistent excellence, and a desire to continue evolving has supported him in staying current throughout the years.
Anthony’s strength lies in his ability to excel in both editorial and salon environments, a skill he acknowledges not every hairdresser possesses. Valuing his team members as crucial parts in running a well-oiled machine, Anthony has a keen eye for identifying each of his stylists’ strengths and the ways in which he can best support them. We talk about the importance of recognising not only the individual strengths in our team, but the areas in which we also thrive as business owners.
Though Anthony has been at the top of his game for many years, it’s refreshing to hear him talk about the fears he still experiences. Like the rest of us, he still finds himself outside his comfort zone, but views this as a catalyst for personal growth and a way to pass new information down to his team.
We briefly take a detour from business to chat about Anthony's creation of LTN Silk Pillowcases, an amazing product that I simply had to give a shout out to. Knowing how important hair and skincare is to many women, I asked Anthony to tell us all about his mulberry silk pillowcases, which are 25 momme, or the highest silk ‘thread’ count available.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did, and find as many gems of inspiration as possible so that you too can get started on building a brand that stands the test of time.
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