Inspiration

  • Salon Feature: Organika Hair

    Exceptional hair. No compromises. These aren’t just words for Sarah and Lisa, the co-owners at Organika Hair.

    Swapping sulphate, paraben, gluten, chloride and phthalate for only natural and organic products, Organika Hair is like the Birkenstock wearing, gluten-free hipster – stylish, with an environmental conscience. Sit back with a drink, relax... guilt-free!

    Ladies, why do you have such a strong environmental focus in salon?

    It’s a lifestyle choice. A healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy planet. It’s all linked. We believe you don’t have to compromise your health for great hair, in fact, we know you don’t have to.

    Lisa, who inspired you to open a salon like Organika?

    I worked in a salon for 10 years before Organika. That’s when, I discovered my beliefs and lifestyle were a contradiction to my work. I was living a green life at home, but the moment I walked into work everyday, I was exposed to all of the toxins. It just didn’t feel right using them on clients either.

    What do you love about the Neuma range?

    This range embodies everything we stand for. It always delivers results, without the compromise. It's leading the way in healthy
    products that actually work. It’s a win-win!

    How has being a Prestige Partner impacted you, Lisa? Would you recommend it?

    Being a Prestige Partner has given me the opportunity to be involved in all the amazing events. The trip to Hobart in August 2015 at MONA
    was a standout. I’d certainly recommend this initiative.

    Who inspires Organika the most?

    Our clients... and I’m not just saying that. They really are the ones who keep us motivated to do better, everyday. We love hearing about their lives, getting to know each and every one, and hopefully making a difference in the way they feel.

    So, what gets Sarah out of bed each morning?

    Making clients feel amazing about themselves. And the look in their eyes as they walk out of the salon, knowing they look fabulous. Best of all, doing this without putting any harmful chemicals on their body. Oh, and I can’t forget my beautiful, nine month old son, Roman. He has a special knack for getting me up very early in the morning. He’s my personal alarm clock!

    What are Organika’s goals for 2016?

    Maybe another Organika salon – interstate this time! Exciting times ahead for the Organika team.

    Okay, knowing what you know now, if you could go back in time, what‘s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?

    Always, always, always... trust your instincts. I think there’s a part of you that truly knows what’s best for you. Often, we just don’t listen to it. Follow that inner voice.

  • Recreate Beyonce's Bob with Neuma

    Love Beyonce's hair from The Golden Globe Awards? We do! Neuma designer, Anthony Chiocchi, walks you through getting Beyonce's look with a little help from Neuma.

    "Neuma is so amazing with multi-textured hair 'cause you can never over use the product!" -Anthony Chiocchi
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    1. Using a box bob cutting technique, shampoo hair with neuMoisture shampoo and condition with neuSmooth leave-on condition.
    2. Apply neuStyle firm hold gel to roots.
    3. Mix neuStyling texturizer and neuStyling gelée together, then apply cocktail mix from mid-shaft to ends.
    4. Pin top of hair down flat to head then gently blow dry remainder of hair using a diffuser
    5. When dried completely, finger through neuVolume surf lotion. Set curls in place and stretch out every other section to give a multi-textural look.

    Stock Neuma in Your Salon

    Neuma is distributed in Australia exclusively by Haircare Australia. To find out more about stocking Neuma in your salon, call us on 1300 437 436 or fill out our contact form.

  • 2016 Lakme Collection

    At Lakmé we are focussed on equipping colourists with inspiration, tools and the knowledge to excel creatively; we provide industry-leading education coupled with the highest quality colour products.  Luxurious colour with a unique heritage that is great value.  A focus on innovation, sharing inspiration and knowledge, and fostering a sense of community is at the heart of what we do.

    2016 Lakme Collection: Renacido

    Lakmé’s heritage, grounded in artistic tradition and ties with nature, is the inspiration for the 2016 collection.  At the heart of this campaign is Antoni Gaudi’s vision to look to nature for inspiration.  His view being that nature does not go out of fashion.  The colour palette was derived from imagery of Spanish architecture, art and landscapes; styled to reflect the balance and beauty of the Mediterranean character, designed to inspire and encourage colourists to explore and innovate.

    Artists don’t just take inspiration from one area. They live and breathe it through every facet of their existence and it comes in all forms from the world around them. Renacido is an exploration of an artist’s true palette, if that artist were based in the cities, mountains and waters of Spain. The tones in Gaudi’s art, the colour of the hills and the shimmer of the ocean were the basis of our creation.

    To find out more about incorporating Lakme into your salon, contact Haircare Australia today.

    Watch the 2016 Lakmé Collection Launch Video

  • Treat Damaged Hair with the Moroccanoil Repair Range

    With all of the stresses that our locks go through on a daily basis from heat styling, colouring and environmental factors like the sun, it's no wonder so many of us are constantly battling with dreaded damaged hair.

    The quest for repaired, healthy hair often seems unobtainable but with the help of the Moroccanoil Repair range you can be one step closer to achieving luscious locks that are healthy, radiant and manageable. Moroccanoil's Global Creative Director, Antonio Corral Calero gives us the low down on what steps to take to prevent damaged hair around the clock.

    What are the tell-tale signs of damaged hair in need of a repairing treatment?

    Damaged hair is easy to identify: visible breakage, rough and spongy texture, dry and brittle strands, loss of elasticity, and even faded colour. These are all signs that hair is in need of a repairing treatment to restore it back to health.

    What causes hair damage?

    The two most frequent causes of hair damage are harsh chemicals and excessive heat. Overexposure through a daily heat styling regimen, for example, will uneven the cuticle layer that protects the hair shaft, resulting in rough texture, over-porosity, dryness and brittleness.

    What is your go-to product to repair hair?

    The Moroccanoil Restorative Mask is an absolute miracle hair mask! It is rich in argan oil and proteins that help fortify and restructure to instantly repair damaged hair in just 5–7 minutes. Its high-performance formula infuses protein back into the weakened hair shaft so hair actually becomes stronger, healthier and more beautiful. This mask should be used weekly at first and then less and less frequently as hair condition improves. After using the protein-enriched mask, I recommend following with your favourite Moroccanoil conditioner to de-tangle strands and keep hair silky soft.

    Treat Damaged Hair with Moroccanoil

    What products can I use to help improve my damaged hair on a daily basis?

    It all starts with a great shampoo and conditioner! For daily treatment, I recommend Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. These products infuse each strand with antioxidant-rich argan oil and highly reparative keratin, proteins and other nutrients, to help improve hair health over time.

    During fashion week, models are always asking for the perfect shampoo and conditioner to help repair and maintain their hair between days of back-to-back runway styling and my go-to is the Moroccanoil repair range.

    What are some easy hairstyles that help prevent hair damage?

    For most women, damage is caused by excess heat styling, so wash-and-go hair styling is a sure-fire way to avoid damaging strands. For curly hair, apply Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream throughout hair; it will define, moisturise and nourish strands while fighting frizz. Curls will look shiny and soft, with no sticky residue!

    For straight styles, apply a cocktail of Moroccanoil Treatment and Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream from mid-shaft to ends of damp hair and then allow hair to air dry. The combination will make hair shiny, tame frizz and manage fly-aways, leaving hair soft and smooth.

    If I want to heat style my hair, what products can I use to prevent damage?

    If you are using heat, it’s important to prepare strands with a protective spray, such as Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection, to shield it from high temperatures and possible thermal damage. Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection creates a unique thermal

    protective veil to shield hair up to 430˚F, helping prevent breakage and split ends.

    This product is especially essential during awards season when celebrities want to protect their hair from the stress of frequent styling. The best kept secret behind red carpet hair styling always begins with Moroccanoil Treatment to create the perfect foundation for styling, followed by Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. This key combination provides manageability and protection when creating more elaborate red-carpet hair looks.

    Treat Damaged Hair with Moroccanoil

    Do you need to use conditioner after using a hair mask?

    After hair is fortified and restored to health, a daily conditioner is perfect to then de-tangle and soften the hair. Hydrating masks, such as Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask and Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask, are great for a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week. As they are extremely rich in moisture, they can replace your daily conditioner when you use them.

    Do you have any tips for protecting colour treated hair?

    Absolutely! Protecting colour treated hair starts right at the colouring process. My number one tip is to apply Moroccanoil Treatment from root to tip before a colour process. This go-to product will absorb instantly into the hair to help fill gaps in the cuticle layer and create a thin, protective layer around strands for an even colour application and safe treatment process that won’t alter the colour results.

    I also recommend asking your colourist to mix 1 or 2 pumps of Moroccanoil Treatment into the colour as it will actually help the colour absorb into the hair while keeping the hair shaft smooth for a fantastic final result.

    How can you tell when hair is back to a healthy state?

    Hair that is in a naturally healthy state is soft and flexible, de-tangles easily and holds a style longer. Its looks and feels naturally touchable, smooth, shiny and beautiful from day to night.

    If you would like to become a Moroccanoil stockist, click here. Alternatively, if you're looking for a Moroccanoil stockist in your area, please click here.

  • Create Beach Waves with the Cloud Nine Micro Wand

    The art of creating effortless beach waves is one that many of us are yet to master. But, with the Cloud Nine Micro Wand, in just a few simple steps you can create beach waves any time, any where.

    Cloud Nine Ambassador and renowned Session Stylist, Sarah Laidlaw shows  you how you can achieve chic and effortless beach waves in minutes. So, stop tirelessly attempting to perfectly create beach waves and master them by watching this video.

     

    How To Create Beach Waves

     

    About The Micro Wand

    The most dexterous of the Cloud Nine Wand collection, the Micro Wand provides unparalleled portability and flexibility for all hair types, especially mid-length to short hair. You can gain complete curling and waving freedom with the the Micro Wands 14cm shine-enhancing barrel and dual temperature flexibility. The Micro Wand gives you the freedom to create beach waves effortlessly or tight ringlets that can be brushed out to achieve beautiful waves.

    Find out about the Micro Wand here.

  • Recreate Cate Blanchett's Oscar winning hairstyle with Renya Xydis and Brooke Testoni

    Cate Blanchett was the epitome of glamour at this years OSCARS sparking one of the hottest hair trends of 2015.

    Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis created this look for Cate and has now teamed up with Brooke Testoni to show you how it's done!

    Stay tuned over the next few weeks as Cloud Nine will be recapping 2015's hottest hair moments.

  • Adelaide Fashion Festival Look Step by Step: Tribal Texture

    Using evo and Cloud Nine, Atilio Dusa and the clip joint creative team created this tribal twist on a Geisha bun achieving a minimal yet textured finish.

    1. Prep hair by using evo mister fantastic and blow drying using the pete paddle brush, then smooth the cuticle using Cloud Nine Wide or Original iron on a low heat.
    2. Section off the front top and sides of the hair leaving the back down. Using your evo bradford bristle brush, brush the hair from the top section in an upwards direction into a high ponytail. Using hat elastic, wrap around the base of the pony very tightly and tie off.
    3. Repeat same steps for second section through the back of the head bringing it up to join the top pony. (this can also be split up into a few sections if hair is thick).
    4. Using evo builders paradise working spray to smooth and fly always. Again using evo bradford bristle brush, brush a section of hair through the top front hairline, (between rescession lines) against the direction of the ponytail to create a textured, fly away effect. Then light spray more builders paradise spray to set.
    5. For the high bun, spray evo builders paradise into the pony and start to twist the hair from bottom to top and bring the twist back down to the base and pin tightly to base with fringe and bobby pins. Slightly pull bun apart to loosen and create texture but keep as much height as possible.
    6. Finish but doing a final spray of evo builders paradise

    Adelaide Fashion Festival / Sally Phillips / Step by Step

    Adelaide Fashion Festival / Sally Phillips

  • Abbey Lee Russh Magazine hair how-to with Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis

    One of the most iconic looks this year was the hair from RUSSH Magazine shoot with Abby-Lee created by Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis.

    Watch below as Renya recreates this look on Brooke Testoni.

    Stay tuned over the next few weeks as Cloud Nine will be recapping 2015's hottest hair moments.

  • Salon Feature: Mr Burrows

    Newtown / Sydney

    Escape to Mr Burrows’ rainforestesque basin room.

    A place to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney's daily grind. Nestled away in Newtown, Mr Burrows takes the salon experience to the next level. From the luscious rainforest-inspired garden wall and Spanish moss hanging from the ceiling in their basin room to their signature Mr Burrows espresso martini offered on Saturdays, Mr Burrows is about more than just the haircut, it’s luxury.

    The focus at Mr Burrows is on the experience and the quality of their service. The team are committed to transforming people’s lives through amazing hair. Owner James knows the importance of investing in his staff through training and development. People go to Mr Burrows not only to enjoy their experience but with the knowledge that their hair is in good hands.

    Mr Burrows Hairdresser, Newtown / Sydney

    Mr Burrows Top 3 Tips

    1. Home hair care is insurance for your hair. Use the right products for your hair type and use them correctly.

    2. Shampoo your hair correctly. Shampoo the roots only, then towel dry the ends as hair is like a sponge. If you don’t squeeze the water out you won’t get the most out of your product.

    3. Always ask the client how open they are to trying something new. You never know how far you can push their next haircut, but we work with them to get the most out of it.

    What makes Mr Burrows unique?

    Our aim, from the moment you step through the front door, is to provide an escape to your everyday life. Our philosophy 'accessible luxury' means being able to deliver the highest level of service at an affordable price from a stylist that has been properly and continually trained. Our clients also love the little extras, like the individual cheese platters or cheeky vino that we offer.

    What are your tips for running a successful salon?

    Number one is consistency. Never forget who pays the bill. Clients need to walk through the door and be treated the same every time. Number two is your team. Without a happy, cohesive and supported team your salon will not be successful.

    You recently worked in the evo fashion week team, how was that?

    What a pleasure to be asked to work on this amazing show, overlooking Bondi beach. Reyna Xydis is great to work with, having her direction on a show is always inspirational and learning new techniques is what makes me love this job so much! The look we worked on was really cool, giving a just stepped out of the beach finish. We pre-styled the hair to create movement, then using serums and oils we drenched the hair down and it worked a treat.

    How has being a Haircare Australia Prestige Partner benefited your salon?

    The Haircare Australia Prestige Partner program has boosted my salon immensely. Being part of this program saves you time managing multiple accounts/stockists and of course money. Not to mention that it offers you a massive range of high performing products for really competitive prices. The access we get to training and support from a huge team of professionals is a big positive too. I am also booked on to the New York Study tour, which, without Prestige Partners, would not have been on my radar this year. This is no doubt going to be unbelievably inspiring and I can’t wait to bring this knowledge and enthusiasm back to my salon, team and clients.

  • Flat Iron Wave with Cloud Nine Ambassador Renya Xydis

    Renya Xydis is always asked "How do I create more interesting styles with my straightener?"

    To answer this, Cloud Nine have teamed up with Renya and Eleanor Pendleton to bring you one of the most loved looks of 2015 - The Flat Iron Wave!

    Stay tuned for the rest of this series over the coming weeks - Cloud Nine is recapping the best looks of the year.

  • Salon Feature: Neon Beauty

    Southport / Queensland

    From cutting to tanning and everything in between, Neon Beauty from Southport in Queensland is at the helm of one-stop hair and beauty stops.

    Housed in a large, light, bright, industrial space that oozes minimalist modern chic, is boutique hair and beauty salon Neon Beauty. Paying homage to the luscious tropical surrounds of the Gold Coast, leafy plants adorn the walls providing the ultimate escape, a place to indulge the senses. Built from the ground up, Neon Beauty is the product of passionate owner, Kristin. Starting out life as a single-owner operator business focusing on lashes and hair extensions, Neon Beauty has not only grown in size, but also in offering.

    Neon Beauty / Southport, Queensland

    What do you love most about being a hairdresser?

    Every day is a new challenge and every day we get to create something new. I will never get tired of that, plus there is something so satisfying in making guests feel confident about themselves.

    What is the one piece of advice you always give your clients?

    Quality over quantity... full stop.

    Neon beauty / Southport, Queensland

    What pieces of clothing could you not live without for spring/summer?

    I love my Ford + Harris ‘Spike Jonze’ succulent silver necklace pendant, it dresses up every outfit I own. Also my Valley ‘Sabbath’ sunglasses that I had transformed into specs, they will definitely get some wear and tear this spring/summer.

    What is your favourite evo product and why?

    The product we use the most in the salon would have to be love touch shine spray – it is literally the icing on the cake for finishing any client’s hair.

    Why would you recommend the Haircare Australia Prestige Partners program?

    Since becoming a Prestige Partner our salon staff feel a part of a nationwide family who cares about the success of each salon they work with. Haircare Australia has provided us with confidence in the products they offer with an exceptional education program and has allowed us to network with other like-minded hair stylists and business owners, keeping us connected and up to date with the industry.

    What are your goals for the New Year?

    We hope to expand the salon team and to keep creating and pushing the boundaries. We are also aiming at debuting a collection at Hair Expo in 2016.

    Find out more: Neon Beauty's Website | Neon Beauty's Facebook | Neon Beauty's Instagram

    Neon Beauty / Southport, Queensland

  • The Latest Hair Trends from MBFWA15

    evo and Cloud Nine were once again at the forefront of Sydney Fashion Week as they took charge behind the scenes creating some of the most iconic hair looks of the week. Here is our recap of the week, a sneak peak of the latest latest hair trends for Spring Summer 2015.

    Ten Pieces

    For the first time in Sydney Fashion Week history, Ten Pieces designers Maurice Terzini and Lucy Hinckfuss took the runway to the beach. In a unique display of modern-day punk with that 'just stepped off the beach' look, mother and son duo, Renya and Aiden Xydis brought the location to life through their hair look.

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    ”We wanted to create a look that flattered the sophisticated modern-day punk and sportswear of the Ten Pieces collection. The models were styled to look as though they had just stepped off the beach, with wet and textured hair. To create shape, we used the Cloud Nine Wand in the women’s hair,” Renya Xydis says.

    A true family affair,  Renya directed the women’s look for Cloud Nine and Aiden directed the men’s look for evo. The hero products used by the duo were the Cloud Nine Wand and evo's salty dog and love perpetua.

    "Just like the collection, we incorporated texture and layers into the men’s hair, achieving a wet look using evo salty dog sea salt spray and evo love perpetua shine drops. Prior to the show, we also

    prepped the guys by giving them fresh cuts at Valonz to help emphasise the effortless, natural style.” Aiden Xydis said.

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    DYSPNEA

    In one of the hottest collaborations of Sydney Fashion Week, evo and one of Sydney's most renowned salons, Edwards & Co came together for the outrageously enchanting and ultramodern Spring Summer 15 Dyslexicola collection.

    "Just like the collection, we wanted to really push the boundaries and be equally as daring with the hair. We decided to put our own unique twist on the wet look and sectioned off strands of hair from the front to create uniquely shaped designs on all 20 models. This striking and bold look perfectly embodied the playful nature of the clothes". Byron Turnball, Hair Director

    Inspired by FKA TWIGS, Byron used the hero's of the show, evo gangsta grip and happy campers to perfectly craft the wet look that acted as the perfect compliment to the magical collection.

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    Lee Matthews

    Cloud Nine ambassador, editorial stylist and hair directing extraordinaire, Renya Xydis  created the perfect ponytail for Lee Matthews stunning Japanese Katazome inspired collection.

    Designed for the individual who can cleverly mix proportions and textures. Pieces have an elongated and linear appeal,
    referencing an oriental style of dressing and aesthetic. Looks swing from masculine to feminine with a relaxed sense of
    ‘menswear for women’ expressing a confident yet understated tone.

    Renya wanted to create a look to complement Lee’s creativity and use of texture. “I love how Lee uses so many different fabrics, which really inspired me to create the lived in, slept in ponytail with a lot of texture. The look is relaxed and sophisticated to compliment the collection” she says.

    The “slept in ponytail” was created using a sea salt spray (try evo salty dog) to prep the hair, the Cloud Nine Waving Wand to add depth, and a texture powder to create a lived in look (evo haze is great for this).

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