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.
There’s a new kid on the block and it’s paving the way for sustainable hair care. Boasting high performance professional hair care that promotes hair health and environmental sustainability, Neuma is the brand that has it all. It’s uncompromising promise and extensive range brings a whole new concept to the way we see professional sustainable hair care. Neuma recognises the need for products that are free from harmful chemicals but don’t compromise performance. With Neuma you can rest assured knowing that you are living within nature’s limits and getting the results you need from your hair care regime.
Neuma’s simple pledge makes it the most genuine, transparent, healthy and sustainable hair care brand available and is a welcome addition to the Haircare Australia family.
The Neuma Range
Neuma helps to enrich and protect hair, sustaining vibrant colour – leaving it soft, silky smooth and full of shine. Free from synthetic fragrance, Neuma uses essential oils that soothe and infuse hair with life, bounce and healthy radiance. Offering a full range of products that deliver results, Neuma leaves your hair looking and feeling more beautiful than ever. The expansive Neuma range is 100% vegan friendly, containing non-harmful ingredients, with zero synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminium compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens and environmental pollutants.
The Neuma range is now available to order. To find out more about Neuma, contact 1300 437 436 and join the sustainable hair care revolution, today.
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.
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.
As the doors closed on Haircare Australia’s inaugural Business Summit in August, Prestige Partner members had the chance to reflect on the highlights of the weekend that included sifting through seminar notes, contemplating new strategies and taking a well earned break from the jam-packed weekend that was.
The brainchild of Prestige Partner creator, Ward Gauvin, the Business Summit is a conference offered to members of HCA's Prestige Partners program designed to provide practical strategies to help businesses grow. The two-day event was held in the unique, creative setting of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), 12km out of Hobart – a venue that showcases the largest private art collection in Australia. A perfect blend of wine, food, art and business, the weekend signified the ultimate sensory experience. The industry-leading line-up included social media specialist, Troy Townsend of Tiger Pistol, Marketing Consultant Amanda Stevens, plane-crash survivor Allana Corbin and Leesa Smith of Beehive Creative. Supporting these inspiring speakers was an expert panel consisting of Haircare Australia’s Creative Director Lauren McCowan, Lorna Evans, Paul Dare of Dare Hair and Belinda and Carl Keeley from Chumba Hair Concepts & Salon.
Amanda Steven’s presentation on strategies for doubling salon retail results proved to be one of the most talked about aspects of the Summit, alongside Troy Townsend, co-founder of Tiger Pistol’s session on equipping small businesses with the tools to make big noise in the social media space. Not to mention the inspiring Allana Corbin delivering a message of pure strength whilst the expert panel ignited thought and passion for the industry as a whole. No conference is complete however, without the chance to mix with like-minded individuals that share a common interest. Our Prestige Partners were treated to a private guided tour of MONA, an intimate wine tasting at underground winery, Moorilla, followed by a cocktail dinner party at Franklin restaurant; complete with a private showing of ‘The Shadows Calling’ exhibition by Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey.
Some of the biggest news from the Summit this year was the announcement that Haircare Australia founders Jan and Geoff Gauvin were celebrating 40 years in business. At a formal dinner held at the Henry Jones Hotel, Jan and Geoff were presented with a certificate to mark the momentous occasion by the Premier of Tasmania. A chance for all to reflect on how far the hairdressing industry has come and the Gauvin family's contribution. "The boys are taking HCA to another dimension. The accolades belong to them, they are Haircare. It's Brad, Garth and Ward. We're just on the side now - it's not us, it's them" says Jan upon recieving their award. The perfect end to what had been an insightful couple of days, our Prestige Partners left the weekend feeling inspired and reminded that they belong to a truly rewarding industry full of like-minded and passionate people, and what's more, part of the Haircare Australia family.
See the Business Summit through the eyes of our Prestige Partners at #HCASummit15
Haircare Australia’s Prestige Partner’s program is one driven by partnership and a commitment to growing salon business. With some new and improved business tools on the horizon, the Prestige Partners program in 2016 is sure to be the biggest yet. For further information about joining this exclusive program please contact 1300 437 436.
Renya Xydis is always asked "How do I create more interesting styles with my straightener?"
Stay tuned for the rest of this series over the coming weeks - Cloud Nine is recapping the best looks of the year.
Kim Kardashian's sudden swap to blonde for Paris Fashion Week earlier in the year had the world talking. Five months on, it's the integrity of Kim's locks on everyone's lips. In what has to be the hair transformation of 2015, Kim went for a dark brown to platinum blonde and surprised us all! However, the news that really shocked us was that her colourists performed this transformation WITHOUT using the one and only proven form of blonde insurance, Olaplex. Thankfully, Kim has now discovered Olaplex and is loving the results.
Kim's dramatic transformation was the result of a six hour in-salon session. To perform a one-sitting colour transformation like Kim's is risky business. To maintain the colour for her month-long blonde stint, Kim underwent three colouring services which only added to the damage.
After the third process, photo's emerged of Kim with dishevelled, dry-looking locks. Not long after this, Kim went back to her dark roots and although they act as a good disguise, Kim has confirmed that her hair is in the worst condition is has been.
In a recent interview Kim announced that she has now been introduced to Olaplex and uses it to help rebuild the damage caused by her harsh bleaching. She maintains that she has seen dramatic results with Olaplex and it's working to improve her hair and get it back to it's once healthy condition. Kim suggests sleeping with Olaplex No.3 in her hair* and is seeing stronger, healthier hair as a result.
*Please note, using Olaplex No. 3 overnight is Kim's personal tip. Although our recommendation is to use for 10 minutes or longer, we have received great feedback from clients who slept with the product in overnight.
Going from any colour to platinum blonde involves serious work and we recommend that changes like this be be performed over a period of time with regular Olaplex treatments during and in-between services.
Celebrity colourist, Tracey Cunningham has a host of long-standing celebrity clientèle on her books, including Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian (and now Kim), has sworn to never colour a client's hair without Olaplex. Her Facebook page speaks for itself with the results she's achieving. As thousands of colourists around the globe stand by Olaplex, it's stories like that of Kim Karadashians blonde hair damage that demonstrate just how important it is to use, not only during lightening but also as a stand-alone treatment for already compromised hair.
It's not just Kim Kardashian embracing the power of Olaplex, people around the world can't get enough of Olaplex and it's ability to colour and lighten hair without damage and breakage. Our friends at The Glow, Pop Sugar and Oz Beauty Expert have all jumped on board and are loving the results.
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.
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.
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.
The wait is over. The Schorem Barbers of Rotterdam are only a few short weeks away from making their Australian début as they bring their highly anticipated Scumbag Tour Down Under. Coming to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland to raise hell during September, Haarsnijder & Barbier founders Leen and Bertus will be sharing with the barbers of Australia what it truly means to be a Schorem Scumbag at four shows dubbed "SCHOREM LIVE".
Since opening it's doors, Schorem has taken the global barbering community by storm with it's no bullsh*t approach to classic barbering. From the humble beginnings of opening a small barbershop in the heart of the working class city of Rotterdam to fronting an academy that trains barbers from around the world, the boys are doing everything they can to preserve the art of old school barbering. Which is exactly what they will be sharing with the barbering aficionados of Australia as they burst onto stage in what might just be the educational event of the year.
Born from a love of subcultures, music, Kustom Kulture, skateboarding, tattooing, artwork, comics and street life in general, Schorem prides itself as being a place to have fun, listen to music and enjoy a beer. A simple offering that has resulted in what Leen and Bertus describe as "unexpected" success. The rationale behind Schorem is preserving the history of barbering, bringing as many traditional elements to the table as possible to create a place that exudes authenticity. From visuals to the masculine scents of aftershaves and tonics, and the sound the razor on the strop, you're walking back in time from the moment you walk through the door.
Known for it's working class attitude and street life, Rotterdam sets the perfect location for Schorem. Amongst the vintage record stores, clothing stores, bars and coffee shops there are no chain stores in sight. This working class attitude extends past the walls of the shop. In everything Leen and Bertus do, they stay true to the integrity of simplistic, traditional barbering. Through such success, the world-famous academy, fittingly named, the Old School came to be. Training hundreds of barbers from across the globe, the Old School takes the Schorem philosophy to the next level, teaching those eager to learn from the best, the fundamentals of classic and traditional cuts and shaves.
To perfectly compliment the cuts they perform and teach, Leen and Bertus decided to create their own pomades, and so came the launch of Reuzel. Digging deep into the history of pomades, Reuzel is a wink to the days when barber-surgeons used pomades made out of animal fat to close wounds. Scented with apples to disguise the smell of the animal fats, Reuzel also continues this tradition. Now with an impressive range of four pomades; the green, red, pink and blue, Leen and Bertus have the perfect product for every Pompadour, Flattop and Psycho Quiff they create.
Continuing their passion to educate the next generation of barbers, Leen and Bertus will be sharing their secrets on stage as they demonstrate live cutting and a whole lot of banter with their Schorem Live Tour. This once in a lifetime opportunity to see the duo live, will give you a insight into the Schorem way, to help you harness your skills as a barber and offer your clients a truly memorable barbering experience.
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.
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.
”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.
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.
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).
The ever problematic issue of 'how to get the messy hair look' without having hair that's not been washed in months is finally over. Long gone are the days of not washing your hair to achieve that carefree, messy look, it can now be mastered in just a few quick and painless steps. Renya Xydis for Cloud Nine perfected the look for Lee Matthews at Sydney Fashion Week in April and we can't get enough.
Effortless meets polished, this look encompasses everything you could possibly need in a ponytail. With the use of the Cloud Nine Waving Wand and a product like evo's haze, this look can be achieved anywhere, perfect for day and night.
1. Dry in evo salty dog salty spray at the roots of the hair and dust the crown lightly with evo haze styling powder, and gently rub in.
2. Take vertical sections and curl with the Cloud Nine Waving Wand.
3. Add more evo haze to the roots and mid-lengths to add extra texture and shake through to break up the curl and distribute product.
4. Curl the hair a second time in large sections, curling the front sections away from the face.
5. Add more evo haze styling powder and rub through the roots and mid lengths to break up the curl for a second time for an extra 'slept-in' look.
6. Take the two front sections and tie tightly at the base of the head, underneath the main section.
7. Pull the rest of the hair back into a loose ponytail and tie with a second elastic. Add more evo haze and rub through to add texture.
If you've just received your first shipment of Olaplex, or perhaps you have only just heard about this revolutionary new product but you're too sure how it all works, then look no further. This post will provide you with all of the Olaplex resources you need to successfully implement the Olaplex service in your salon.
With Olaplex recently touching down in Australia, we have launched a brand new Olaplex Australia website. This website is a great resource for more information on the product itself, outlining the basics of what Olaplex can do for your business, and answering most frequently asked Olaplex questions. Updated on a regular basis, the FAQ's on the website are a great place to start your Olaplex education. Click here to answer your Olaplex questions.
In addition, there's nothing better than seeing a product in action and Co-VP's of Olaplex education, Slim and Jordan do just that in this comprehensive Olaplex Webinar. This video takes you through every step of the Olaplex process from mixing, formulations, bleach, perms, relaxers, treatments, frequently asked questions much more. An essential tool, this video is a 'must watch' for everyone starting out with Olaplex in their salon.
The Olaplex App acts your own personal Olaplex education guide that takes you through the process every step of the way. Available from the App Store for both Android and Apple, you can have Olaplex education on demand, at the tip of your fingers.
Starting out with a new service that is unlike anything we've ever seen comes with a huge learning curve and resources are becoming increasingly available to assist in making this learning experience as seamless as possible. Keep yourself up-to-date with the FAQ's and also ensure that you look out for any additional education videos we upload.
Style-icon and Alterna Haircare Ambassador, Katie Holmes stars in Alterna's 2015 campaign with effortless Hollywood waves that most of us have only ever dreamt of, until now. You too, can now re-create these timeless Hollywood waves in just six simple steps using the Alterna Haircare range. With the help of the luxurious Caviar products, you can create glamorous, polished waves that can be taken from day-to-night and are perfect for every occasion.
“For this look, we wanted glamour that goes anywhere. I love this look because you can wear it at the Oscars or just for drinks after work with the girls! It's fun with a tease of glamour, polished and classic in a new and romantic way.” – Alterna Haircare's Global Creative Director, Michael Shaun Corby
Alterna Haircare for Katie Holmes Step-by-Step
1. Prepare the hair with the Caviar Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Apply a small amount of the Caviar CC Cream through mid-lengths to ends to nourish the hair before styling
3. Apply two palms full of Caviar Volume Amplifying Mousse from the scalp to the ends then blow dry in 5-7cm sections using a medium round brush, try evo's hank ceramic radial brush
4. Use the blow dryer's cool setting on each section as you wrap it around your finger to form a curl, then pin into place for later
5. Shape the hair into a glamorous wave using a large bristle brush like evo's bradford pin bristle, by brushing the hair away from the face and allowing it to cascade to one side
6. Finish with a generous amount of the Caviar Working Hair Spray, making sure to hold the spray at least an arm’s length from the hair