Salon Feature: The Nest Hair Boutique

A place where all things grow, the Nest Hair Boutique is the perfect blend of creativity, consistency and care.

Dreamer and “ideas girl”, Charlie, had a vision… to create a salon where customers can unwind and actually enjoy getting their hair done. An experience that’s not awkward, rushed or intimidating. But full of warmth, energy and new friendships. The Nest, is as charming as the name suggests, with a striped baby blue wall, rustic hanging lights, vintage furniture, and flower pots. Essentially, The Nest is as individual as the women that walk through their doors.

So, who inspires you, Charlie?

My stylists, of course… and I’m not just saying that. The passion these girls have… the way their eyes light up when they’ve created something beautiful… it’s more inspiring for me than watching a big league hairdresser, any day. When I know my team is happy and passionate in their work, it really drives me to develop the best environment for all of us to be creative in...

What does your salon do, that’s different?

Lots of things! From yoga, in-salon pop-up shops, creative outings or, my favourite at the moment, ‘The History of Hairdressing’ classes… we’re pretty much always doing something out of the norm.

Okay, what is the one piece of advice you always give your clients?

Take advantage of free consultations, before your appointment day. Free consultations are available from most salons to put you at ease, choose colours, styles and set your budget. You’ll also get a feel for the salon to make sure it matches the style you’re going for – and the experience you’re after.

What’s your favourite Lakmé product? And, why?

Gloss! It's ammonia free, toning is quick, the shine is incredible… and we love how intense the colours are for toning. It’s made toning more creative… and the possibilities are endless. One of my favourite toners for softening roots after foiling is 15g 8/00 + 10g Silver +2g 8/22.

What do you think you’ll be seeing more of in 2016?

My bet is… we’re going to continue with these beautiful natural looks, using a lot of freehand techniques. But, we’ll be introducing more rich browns with warm reflects, bronde, soft coppers and golden goddess tones. This will be interesting to see… because Australians are terrified of red heads, but nobody knows why! We’ll start to see people dipping toes in something a little different, which gives us colourists the chance to have a lot more fun!

Charlie, what advice would you give to someone wanting to open their own salon?

Start with ‘why’. Why do you want to open your own business? If it’s, ‘I want to make my own hours and make a lot of money’… think again. Running a salon is - at least - twice the work you’re expecting… and it’s definitely not a get-rich-quick plan. You need entrepreneurial qualities to run a business. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure. But, if you love it, that can make it work. And, then it’s totally worth it.

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