Monthly Archives: July 2017

  • Renya Xydis | A Little Respect

    Renya Xydis chats Instagram, rising to the top, the reality of respect and her upcoming education workshop, The Sessions.

    Renya Xydis, the pink haired, (usually) red-lipped dynamo that elevated the Sydney salon landscape and set standards for ‘session’ in Australia. She has built a cult following in Valonz Haircutters and propelled profiles in the likes of Travis Balcke – Eugene Souleiman’s right hand man.

    Cloud Nine Ambassador, celebrity stylist, savvy business woman and the driver of trend defining Instagram accounts @sydneysbesthaircolourists and @valonzhaircutters, it’s a busy, burgeoning life for Renya Xydis – one punctuated with a stream of timeless beauty; moments that make pictures to last a lifetime.

    But it hasn’t been all high times and hero hair moments. While today you’ll find her working the fashion week circuit from New York to Paris, settling the likes of Cate Blanchett into her chair or creating on-set for VOGUE and Marie Claire, what people don’t see are the years of sacrifice and hard work Renya has invested to manifest her life today. We all have to start somewhere, and for Renya, reality is the key.

    “My best advice for younger artists realizing their creativity? Don’t pick up a copy of Italian VOGUE and think you can create that. They spent thousands of dollars to get that look and then you’ve got hours of post production,” Renya begins.

    “There is so much happening on Instagram, we have access to the work and minds of the world’s best creatives, use it, consume it … and learn your lighting! Google your favourite photographers and various lighting styles, this generation of hairdressers don’t realize how lucky they are, it’s so easy to do your research now,” believes Renya.

    For Renya, as much as she loves Instagram – its universal connection, and what the platform can do for a profile and business – a new urge for instant gratification is stimulating a warped belief that, as quickly as we can access imagery, we can master the mind the behind it.

    “What young stylists don’t understand is that in the case of so many styles we see in Italian VOGUE, i-D or the latest Prada campaign, the hair director and/or creative team has spent months or even years on making that moment happen. There are so many little secrets behind these looks and quite often, they’re the result of a series of mistakes that the hair director will run with,” Renya divulges.

    Renya suggests connecting with local fashion schools such as FBI, attending their annual fashion parades, taking note of emerging designers and, ultimately, collaborating with them. And the same principle applies to makeup and photography. The likes of MAC Cosmetics and Napoleon Perdis have a budding collective of artists just waiting to get creative and gather the experience they need to be great. When it comes to photography, Renya suggests approaching the assistants of the photographer’s assistants, “just be there on-set and help out, that’s how you meet and connect with people … but put your phone away, it’s so disheartening to everyone.”

    Renya Xydis

    “Just be humble, and be respectful. Take a look at the situation that you’re in. If you’re allowed backstage or at a shoot, really appreciate it, it’s someone else’s dream and hard work and they’re giving that to you,” says Renya.

    “No other seminar or workshop can educate you on mastering the nature, pace and precision of backstage or on set, and it’s free! Think about it, every other course, cutting, up-styling, you have to pay for.”

    Sharing and integrity drive all that Renya applies herself to, and her Instagram accounts are no exception. For Renya, a successful Instagram feed is one that speaks of you as an individual and, where hairdressers are concerned, an artist.

    “Everything I put on Instagram is reflective of what I would want to learn and how I would like to look,” she begins.

    “Don’t sway to other people’s Instagram accounts, don’t copy. So many accounts are all about the same, fly-away texture and standard colour … this looks like a piece of toast to me, it looks bland.”

    Renya is a passionate advocate for the many colours, ethnicities and interpretations of beauty that we, as the human race, represent, and believes that with our real and virtual access to all corners of the world, there’s no excuse to lead a boring feed.

    “You’ve got to bring a bit of magic, look at your feed, look at your last 12 images, have you got versatility, have you got colour in there saying ‘I’ve got a personality?’ I see fun, vivacious girls with bland Instagram accounts - that’s not showing off their personality,” continues Renya.

    “If you love the beach, put that on there, if you love fashion, feature some of that too but just make sure those posts occupy 1 % of your feed, and the remaining 99% hair, what you believe in.”

    It is all this and more that Renya will discuss in an intimate, open format at the upcoming Cloud Nine, The Sessions workshop. The morning will see Renya share her secrets to building and maintaining a successful salon, all while growing a creative career and engaging clientele.

    “I want participants to walk away with a strong understanding of how to engage and grow the right clientele for them, their team and salon culture,” says Renya.

    “And it’s so important for salon owners to nourish their own creativity whilst running and building a successful business. For some this may seem a difficult task, so I want to provide insight on how to make this a reality – a reality that will build culture, team morale and have a direct impact on the salon’s bottom line.”

    An expert in salon marketing and brand culture in the digital realm, Renya will educate on building a strong following and will guide participants on creating a piece of content, ready for market, on the day.

    “I’m really looking forward to guiding each participant through the process of creating a powerful and directional piece of content ready for social media. We’re going to explore the best apps, techniques and timings to get the most from digital ready content and really drive a salon forward,” she says.

    The Sessions Workshop will take place on Tuesday, 15th August. Click here to secure your spot. 

  • Meet Evo Spike

    Everyone needs spike in their life... this super-dooper-life-saver-of-a-brush, produces a full-bodied blow dry on any hair type; especially thick, wavy, curly and frizzy hair. Spike will love you gently. His boar bristles will tenderly stretch your hair, while his nylon pins carefully smooth and polish your follicles.

    Who is Evo Spike for?

    • All stylists
    • Clients who typically struggle to use traditional radial brushes
    • Anyone with an environmental conscious

    Evo Spike BrushThe Features & Benefits

    • Evo Spike is available in 22mm, 28mm, 38mm
    • The natural boar bristles stimulate the scalp and reduce frizz
    • The Nylon pins smooth, polish and add shine to the cuticle
    • Spikes pins can resistant up to 160 degrees
    • The handle pik allows for easy sectioning
    • Spike is FSC certified and made with wood from well-managed forests
    • The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum from the scalp to the end of the hair shaft; by coating each hair strand with sebum
    • Boar bristle brushing helps to repair dry hair and add shine

    Evo Spike Radial Brush

    To make Evo's latest addition part of your kit, contact us here. 

  • Evo Education: Evo New York Study Tour

    “If I had to choose one word to describe the Evo study tour, it would be wow! Evo’s style of education is like no other.”  Heather Hall, Evo Education NYST attendee.

    Bigger and Better Than Ever.

    Be immersed by fashion week in NYC. Take in the culture, the art, the trends and all the inspiration.

    • Work backstage at 2 x exclusive NYFW shows alongside the Evo hair director and team
    • Attend and style 2 x Evo photo shoots
    • Be mentored by internationally acclaimed stylists
    • Network with like-minded stylists from around the world
    • Attend exclusive Evo education courses
    • Gain an insight into international brands;
    • Evo, Fabuloso and Fabuloso pro
    • Enjoy free time to explore the sights and sounds of New York City
    Welcome Drinks

    Start the tour with team drinks at an iconic NYC bar.

    Business Brunch

    Learn key tips and tricks from the best in business over a NYC brunch.

    Team  Dinner

    End the tour with a team dinner.

    NYFW Backstage x 2

    Work backstage creating the runway look for a NYFW show.

    Editorial Photo shoot

    Work with key Evo stylists to create the latest editorial look of the season and score images for your portfolio.

    How to Photo Shoot

    Create and photograph styling techniques.

    The Renegades

    With Lauren McCowan and Jules Tognini – a day of cutting and styling with two of the industries most awarded and published stylists. Let our masters lead you in a new direction…

    Book Your Place

    Are you ready to reserve your place on the Evo New York Study Tour 2017?

    Please email or call +61 (0) 407 504 594 to reserve your place.

    Please be advised that numbers are strictly limited and a 50% deposit is essential to secure your booking.

  • Meet Verb: Salon-Quality Haircare

    Austin Born. Salon Raised. Only Good Stuff. Priced Right.


    Austin Born

    Verb comes from a place of natural beauty, easy living and no nonsense.

    Salon Raised

    Verb was created by a team of stylists looking for high-quality products clients could afford.

    Only Good Stuff

    Every Verb product is cruelty-free, with no harmful sulfates, parabens or gluten.

    Priced Right

    Always $24. Professional haircare products made for the 93% of people who don’t buy them.


    Who are Verb?

    Verb is accessible, salon-quality haircare from Austin, Texas (and yes, it’s as great as you’ve heard). In Austin it’s all about quality of life, it’s an easy-going, no-nonsense place where breakfast tacos and a day at the springs beats a fast-paced life. Inspired by Austin, Verb was created by stylists looking for a simple, salon quality line that clients could afford.

    At Verb, they think beauty should be easy and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality to get it. So they make sure every product is harmful sulfate, paraben and gluten free. Simplest of all, Verb was developed for the girl or guy looking to trade up from supermarket haircare. Verb products make your natural hair look and feel better, are easy to use and all at one price - $24.

    Verb is active not passive. Affordable salon quality haircare is what they do. They're a small team of taco lovers, hairstylists, product junkies, concert enthusiasts, photographers, interns… the list goes on. But most importantly, they’re low maintenance girls and guys making only good stuff.

    “We created Verb to fix a problem in our home salon. But if it wasn’t for our stylists, we never would have created salon worthy formulas. Without our team, Verb wouldn’t make it onto the shelves. Without our clients, we couldn’t see Verb in action like we do everyday. And without our family working as spokespeople, our videos would never have been as cute,” says Claire Moses, Verb Founding Member. “Verb is a family affair. Thanks for joining ours, Haircare Australia. We could not be more thrilled about the future of this partnership.”

    Verb provides a complete line with 14 products and a collection of brushes. The line features a hydrating collection, a volume collection and styling products for every stylist and client need.

    Say Hello to the Family

    Become a Stockist

    Call 1300 437 436 or email

  • Introducing Evo Fabuloso Pro Black

    Take your colour work to the next level and make colouring fading  a thing of the past with the newest addition to the Evo Fabuloso Pro family...welcome Evo Fabuloso Pro Black.

    The latest installment in the Evo Fabuloso Pro family, allows you to not only maintain your clients deeper tones at home but also create the  perfect  silver, grey and muted pastel tones in salon.

    evo fabuloso pro black

    Evo Fabuloso Pro colour intensifiers are direct pigment, deposit only, ammonia free, peroxide free colours. They are designed to be mixed together to create unlimited semi colours and use cationic pigment technology to adhere the colour molecules  to the hair shaft - bonding them to the hair fibre.

    With the release of Fabuloso Pro Black colour intensifier, you are now able to add depth to your existing platinum, red, yellow, blue, orange, green, violet and chocolate formulations to grow your repertoire of  colours to include black, grey and darker shades.

    Evo Fabuloso Pro Black

    To support the launch, a black swatch book has been created to showcase the power of this new colour intensifier. If you are interested in implementing the Evo Fabuloso Pro system in your salon, click here to get in touch.

  • Introducing MOP: Modern Original Products

    Modern Original Products for Modern Original People.

    New to the Haircare Australia family, MOP products are an obvious choice.

    Vegetable and fruit derived ingredients, botanicals and natural extracts are used wherever possible in MOP product formulas. MOP products are never tested on animals and are vegan friendly.

    For over 15 years, MOP has been making some of the best products available in salons. Their mission from the beginning has always been to make products that use the best ingredients while never sacrificing performance for the latest ingredient fad.

    Modern Original Products for Modern Original People. This statement pretty much sums up the philosophy at MOP. Their goal is to create modern products for every original person on the planet. Everything they do is aimed at being inclusive and never exclusive.

    MOP believes in high-fives, positivity and mutual respect. MOP wants to create, contribute to, and be part of a culture where humans are free to express themselves without fear of judgement. They believe in love not hate, acceptance not bullying, equality for all, not to mention awesome hair products with beautiful ingredients for your “mop”.

    Revitalising: Basil Mint

    For Normal to Oily Hair

    If your hair feels like it’s carrying the weight of the world, then lift away dirt, pollutants and oil with this revitalising shampoo that contains extracts of Peppermint, Sage and Rosemary. MOP® Basil Mint Shampoo leaves hair feeling fresh, lively and full of healthy shine and bounce.
    Available in 250ml & 1L

    Moisturising: Mixed Greens

    For Normal to Dry Hair

    The daily routine of lather and rinse never worked so well. Dry, processed and abused hair is bathed in luxurious moisture. MOP® Mixed Greens products contain extracts of Cucumber, Olive Oil, Peppermint, Rosemary and Apple Cider Vinegar to make dry hair want to gobble it up.
    Available in 250ml & 1L sizes

    Volumising: Lemongrass

    For Fine Hair

    If other shampoos dry your hair out or weigh it down, then we made this one just for you. MOP® Lemongrass Shampoo helps fatten up skinny hair using extracts of Chamomile, Calendula and of course, Lemongrass. “Fat is where it’s at.”

    Available in 250ml & 1L sizes

    Sulfate-Free: Pear

    For Infants & Sensitive Scalps

    Wanna get the kids cooing over their next bath? MOP® Pear Shampoo is the kindest, most gentle way we know to cleanse the wee ones. Pear extract and soothing Aloe doesn’t dry out tender skin and scalp. Contains no harsh additives, is easy to rinse and smells just plain yummy.

    Available in 250ml size only

    Sensitive Scalps: C-System

    Moisture for all Hair Types

    Cleanse, condition and style your hair and scalp with these antioxidant rich blends of vitamins and fruit extracts. Our sulfate free formulas leave hair soft and manageable. pH balanced and color safe for all hair types.

    Available in 250ml & 1L sizes

    Join the fun and showcase your originality at: #ShowYourMop


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