Haircare Australia

  • evo Hair for Bibhu | NYFW

    Synonymous with strong and sophisticated women, Bibu's Spring 2017 Collection encapsulated the belle époque period; a time of innovation and opulence throughout Europe. Luxurious silks, tulle ensembles adorned with pearls and crystals were perfectly matched with soft waves created by Lauren McCowan for evo hair.

    Using evo builder’s paradise throughout the look, Lauren created flexible a flexible look with strong hold. evo haze was used around the hairline to frame the face and add texture. The end look was sophisticated and timeless; the perfect look for the modern 'it girl'.

    "Throughout the ages, sophistication never dates. " – Lauren McCowan evo hair for Bibhu

    evo Hair Bibhu 1 1. Apply evo mister fantastic blowout spray to the crown of the head and front hairline.
    evo Hair Bibhu 2 2. Blow-dry evo mister fantastic blowout spray into the hair using evo bradford pin bristle brush. create a side fringe and clip away.
    evo Hair Bibhu 3 3. Using a flat iron, create small bends in one direction then release to create new bends further down the shaft. Work in large vertical sections around the head to create uneven waves through the hair.
    evo Hair Bibhu 4 4. Loosely plait the hair in large sections to hold the wave in place. this will prevent dropout.
    evo Hair Bibhu 5 5. Lightly spray with evo builder's paradise working hairspray to create flexible hold.
    evo Hair Bibhu 6 6. Once the hair is set, separate waves with evo roy wide tooth comb.
    evo Hair Bibhu 7 7. dust in evo haze styling powder on the crown and through the fringe area for texture.
    evo Hair Bibhu 8 8. Sweep hair to just in front of the ear, twist the section and secure with pins.
    evo Hair Bibhu 9 9. Set shape with evo builder's paradise working hairspray to finish.

     

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  • The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

    The countdown to Christmas is officially now on! Our ultimate guide to holiday and Christmas gifting features some of our favourite brands; evo, Cloud Nine and Moroccanoil. From stocking fillers to luxury gift packs suitable for both him and her, get your Christmas gift inspiration right here.

    Shop the gifts you'll want to give (and receive) this holiday season.

     

    Gift Packs for Her

    Whatever your budget, whatever her hair need, we have it covered. Browse through the Christmas gift packs on offer from evo, Cloud Nine and Moroccanoil curated specially for her.

    evo Christmas Tree Hangers

    The perfect stocking filler and tree decoration all in one and an ideal size to try out some of evo's favourites. Every tree hanger includes an evo shampoo and conditioner 30ml and evo treatment 30ml covering all hair types with Hydrate, Repair, Volume and  Style pack options.

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    Hydrate: evo you do dew Christmas tree hanger Repair: evo the reincarnator Christmas tree hanger
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    Volume: evo vast appetite Christmas tree hanger Style: evo control geek Christmas tree hanger

     

    Moroccanoil Treatment Christmas Ornaments

    Beautifully packaged, these Moroccanoil ornaments are perfect stocking fillers. What's more is that they double as a Christmas tree ornament - sure to bring a sparkle to your festive season. Containing a Moroccanoil Original Treatment 25ml - the ideal size to take to their next holiday destination.

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    Moroccanoil Treatment Ornaments

     

    Cloud Nine Christmas Gift Packs

    Give the gift of Cloud Nine this Christmas. A luxurious gift set containing the standard or wide iron and a heat proof bag, with a bonus Italian Cloud Nine paddle brush and croc clips valued at $59.95. This is a gift that will well and truly spoil your loved ones.

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    Cloud Nine Original Iron Christmas Gift Pack Cloud Nine Wide Iron Christmas Gift Pack

     

    evo Hairmuda Triangle Christmas Gift Packs

    Perfect for those with coloured locks, evo hairmuda triangle come in a chic cylinder box. Containing fabuloso pro preserve shampoo 250ml and fabuloso colour intensifying conditioner 250ml (in colours platinum blonde, light beige, caramel, copper, purple red, mahogany or chestnut) plus a free  evo love touch shine spray 100ml. The perfect set to keep coloured hair looking it's best over the festive season.

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    Moroccanoil Treatment Holiday Gift Packs

    Protect your hair from the stresses of blow drying this festive season. This Moroccanoil Christmas gift pack includes a Moroccanoil Original Treatment 100ml and a bonus Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream 75ml.

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    Moroccanoil Holiday Treatment Gift Pack

     

    evo Bag Me Baby Christmas Gift Pack

    A tan rad bag that comes filled with evo shampoo and conditioner 300ml that you know and love.  Suitable for all hair types, evo bag me baby rad bags offer Hydrate, Repair, Volume, Style options plus 2 bonus assorted 30ml products.

     

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    Hydrate: evo bag me baby chic storm Repair: evo bag me baby them feels
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    Moroccanoil Christmas Gift Boxes

    With two beautifully presented Moroccanoil Christmas gift packs on offer, the packs come in Repair & Hydrate or Volume & Hydrate. Perfect gifts to maintain luscious locks for the holiday season.

    The Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Christmas Gift Box contains Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner 250ml, Intense Hydrating Mask 75ml, Original Treatment 25ml.

    The Moroccanoil Extra Volume Christmas Gift Box contains  Moroccanoil Volume Shampoo and Conditioner 250ml, Weightless Hydrating Mask 75ml, Original Treatment Light 25ml.

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    Moisture repair Moroccanoil Christmas Gift Box Extra Volume Moroccanoil Christmas Gift Box

     

    Gift Packs for Him

    What to get the man who has it all? A gift pack from evo or Reuzel should do the trick. Browse through our Christmas gift ideas curated specially for him.

    evo Not A Man Bag Christmas Gift Packs

    This is not a man bag, but an uber cool rad bag containing uberwust shaving creme and a choice of box o'bollox or crop strutters plus a bonus normal persons shampoo and conditioner 30ml. Perfect for the man that has it all.

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    Reuzel Travel Christmas Gift Packs

    An ideal companion for summer holidays. These neat travel bags come with Reuzel Daily Shampoo 100ml, Reuzel Scrub Shampoo 100ml and either Reuzel Pink Piglet Pomade 35g or Reuzel Blue Piglet Pomade 35g. A blank Reuzel postcard also included means that sharing holiday tales couldn't be easier!

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    Reuzel Travel Gift Pack: Grease Heavy Hold Pomade Reuzel Travel Gift Pack: Blue Strong Hold Pomade

     

    How to Order

    Get in touch with your Haircare Australia rep, call us on 1300 437 436 or use our online contact form.

  • Introducing Reuzel Beard Balm & Reuzel Beard Foam

    Your Beards New Best Friends

    As Reuzel continues to provide discerning gentlemen and crazy Scumbags Australia-wide with pomades, tonics, shampoos and conditioners of impeccable quality, their offering will now extend to grooming products of the Reuzel Beard Balm and Reuzel Beard Foam.

    Reuzel Beard Balm

    Perfect for serious beard enthusiasts.

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    Reuzel Beard Balm is a multi-purpose, light to medium hold balm with a manly, woody scent formulated with shea butter and argan oil. Crafted for your beard and the skin underneath, this balm reduces itch, beardruff, promotes thicker hair, tames rogue hairs, repairs split ends, and softens coarse hairs. With the Reuzel Beard Balm, your beard will appear instantly thicker, moisturised, full, soft and healthy.

    Features & Benefits
    • Helps seal in moisture and protect the hair
    • Gives beard a healthy gloss while making it easier to trim and shape
    • Softens coarse and rogue hairs
    • Promotes itch-free beard growth
    • Conditions and helps new growth
    • Eliminates beardruff
    How to Use

    Use the back of your thumbnail to scrape out a pea-sized amount of Beard Balm and rub between palms to emulsify. Run your fingers through your beard, making sure to rub the Beard Balm into the skin where your beard grows to nourish hair at the roots, then spread from root to tip. Don’t forget your mustache and the hair around your mouth.

    Reuzel Beard Foam

    Ideal for knocking out that funky smell.

    Reuzel Beard Foam

    Reuzel Beard Foam is a revolutionary patent-pending leave-in beard conditioner. It deodorises your beard and absorbs quickly helping to tame and control. You’ll look well-maintained with a beard that’s incredibly soft and groomed. Formulated to sooth and condition your beard and the skin underneath, the Beard Foam reduces itch, beardruff, promotes thicker hair, tames rogue hairs, repairs split ends, softens coarse hairs all while knocking out that funky smell. The Reuzel Beard Foam is the perfect pre-treatment before applying the Beard Balm for hold and shine.

    Features & Benefits
    • Beard deodoriser
    • Gives beard a healthy gloss while making it easier to trim and shape
    • Softens coarse and rogue hairs
    • Promotes itch-free beard growth
    • Conditions and helps new growth
    • Eliminates beardruff
    How to Use

    Dispense 2-4 pumps (depending on beard length) into palms and distribute evenly through a clean, towel-dried beard, mustache and face. Make sure to rub the Beard Foam into the skin, making sure to rub beard foam into the skin where your beard grows to nourish hair at the roots. Next, spread Beard Foam through beard from root to tip using a wide-tooth comb to keep the beard soft and smelling fresh. Once beard is dry apply a small amount of Reuzel Beard Balm for shine and hold.

    Find out more about the Schorem Barbers and what they got up to on their Australian Tour earlier this year, click here.

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  • Moroccanoil for Vera Wang | NYFW

    To contrast the dark and severe aesthetic of the Vera Wang Spring Summer 2017 collection, Paul Hanlon for Moroccanoil focused on enhancing each model’s natural hair texture with subtle waves and healthy shine. With the use of the Moroccanoil Original Treatment and Moroccanoil's new Blow-Dry Concentrate the hair gave off the ultimate cool, sophisticated vibe. Recreate the look in just three simple steps.

    Moroccanoil for Vera Wang 1 1. Start with dry hair and use fingers to rake one pump of  Moroccanoil Treatment from root to tip. This creates the perfect foundation for styling, hydrating the hair, controlling frizz and boosting shine.
    Moroccanoil for Vera Wang 2 2. Beginning at the nape of the neck, take 3 inch sections of hair and use the Cloud Nine Original Iron in a side-to-side motion from root to tip to create a subtle wave pattern. Continue this process throughout the entire head and then comb through with hands.
    Moroccanoil for Vera Wang 3 3. Using fingers, apply one-two pumps of the Moroccanoil Blow Dry Concentrate to the ends of hair to create subtle separation. Finish with a gentle mist of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium.

     

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  • evo Hair for Libertine | NYFW

    evo Ambassador Kenna Kennor created the perfect pretty in punk look for Libertine's Spring 2017 ready to wear collection at New York Fashion Week.

    In order to produce a pliable, lived-in finish to the hair that oozed rebellion, Kennor used evo's award winning shebang-a-bang dry spray wax and haze styling powder. To further personify Libertine’s utilitarian look, Kennor used evo's clip-ity clap setting clips which stayed in the hair throughout the runway to exemplify a disinterested punk vibe. Keep scrolling to learn how to recreate the look yourself.

    "Punk is a feeling, not a look." – evo Ambassador Kenna Kennor

    evo hair step 1 1. Spray evo salty dog salt spray all over the hair with particular focus to the back of the hair. Part the hair in the centre.
    evo hair step 2 2. From the crown of the head, back comb 3 inches of the root area with evo truman tail comb.
    evo hair step 3 3. Sprinkle evo haze styling powder in the root, then drop the sections towards the back of the head.
    evo hair step 4 4. Secure a bobby pin at the side of the head to keep a narrow silhouette around the face.
    evo hair step 5 5. Push the hair towards the front hairline, giving it lift and texture. Secure in the front of the ear with evo clip-ity clap setting clips.
    evo hair 6 6. Spray evo shebang-a-bang dry spray wax on the roots of the centre part to give it a greasy effect. Finish with a spray all over to hold the hairs' unique imperfections.

     

    For more step-by-steps from evo hair, click here. 

  • Designer Feature | A moment with Aje

    Born in 2007, Aje is the result of best friends Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson’s creative passion and determination to bring Australian women clothing that transcends traditional time barriers with its timeless sophistication and wearability.

    Synonymous to effortless glamour, tough femininity and dishevelled elegance Aje is the brand every girl wants hanging in her wardrobe.

    We caught up with one half of the famous designing duo, Edwina, to find out a little more about the brand that has such a big place in the heart of the Australian Fashion Industry.

    In only a few short years Aje has developed a cult-like following, which we were fortunate enough to experience first-hand at their Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Resort ’17 collection showcase, with hair direction from Lauren McCowan for Moroccanoil. Lauren fashioned fresh hair with movement and soft texture detailed out by applying Moroccanoil Treatment through the hair for separation. Recreate the look for yourself in a few simple steps, here.

    How long have you been in the industry?

    I have been working in the fashion industry in different guises for more than fifteen years and it never ceases to surprise me. It’s a very complex industry.

    What sparked your love of fashion?

    My grandmothers both had exceptional taste in clothes and from a very young age I remember being enamoured by the textures within their wardrobes. Fashion has always been an undercurrent, if not the directive in my life.

    What is your all-time favourite piece of clothing?

    I love pieces of clothing that tell a story - my favourite pieces are those that I have collected when travelling. Not necessarily the most expensive pieces in my wardrobe, rather often the opposite. I have this amazing calf skin leather wrap top with exaggerated 3/4 puff sleeves that my fiancé and I found in Les Puces in Paris. The day was a beautiful day so the memories are etched into this piece.

    What inspires you the most?

    Style is a means of individual self-expression, almost like a physical psychology of the soul. This constantly inspires me - the way you can tell so much about someone’s inner workings by the way they put themselves together on the outside.

    What can we expect to see from you as we move into summer?

    More of our signature contrast between tough and feminine and more dishevelled elegance. We have been inspired by land and sea for our SS16 collection entitled 'Terra a Mare' - both the physical landscape and the uniforms of naval and military officers.

    Guilty habit?

    A glass of wine at the end of the day.

    Worst fashion moment?

    I was definitely quite experimental with style in my school days. At the time I felt like I was a forward thinker, but in hindsight I think I was just in another realm altogether - one I’m glad to have moved out of!

    One thing you can’t live without?

    He knows who he is.

    Recreate the look from the Aje Resort 2017 Collection showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2016. Get The Look here.

  • Fashion Week Street Style | Hair Inspiration

    Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2016 might have been and gone but it's certainly not forgotten. The fashion industry's event of the year saw our evo, Cloud Nine and Moroccanoil hair teams bring life to runway shows from Australian labels like Yeojin BaeC/MEO and Rebecca Vallance, but the models weren't the only stars of the show - Fashion Week wouldn't be the same without it's show-goers.

    Here we've captured some of our favourite Fashion Week street style moments for some incredible hair inspiration. From ponytail's to the perfect wave, these styles ruled the streets.

    Our experts give us their tips on how to achieve these looks to help us get ready for our next big event!

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    Beck Carroll Hair
    Cloud Nine Ambassador

    I'm liking the middle parts here and the fact the hair is smooth but not too straight and still has a touch of volume in the roots. To create this look, I would blow-dry the hair but if blowdrying is too much effort for a mid-week look, I would use the Cloud Nine Original or Cloud Nine Wide Iron to smooth the hair on a low temperature – nothing above 175 degrees. If you do choose to blow-dry the hair, smooth it after at a super-low temperature like 125 degrees. With hair this long, it’s really important to invest in a decent brush and get regular trims. Be gentle when brushing, don’t over process the hair or use high temperatures when heat styling.

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    Violet Sainsbury

    Moroccanoil International
    Education Manager

    Very few things beat a perfect
    ponytail for me. This look is so sophisticated and too cool for school at the same time.  In order to create the perfect pony, I start with the perfect foundation, and for me that’s the Moroccanoil Treatment Light. I would then layer in the Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse to achieve the perfect texture and natural shine. A trick I picked up backstage at Fashion Week is to lightly spray the root area with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection and blow-dry into the direction of where you want to place the base of the ponytail. This gets rid of bubbles and gives you the ultimate sleek and shiny finish.

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    Atilio Dusa Grant Norton

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    evo & Cloud Nine Ambassador

    I like that this woman takes care of how she looks and clearly visits the salon regularly. To get this look I would blow-out the hair using evo’s mister fantastic and set with the Cloud Nine Waving Wand, finishing the look with evo builders paradise and a couple of drops of evo love perpetua. It’s all about the prep work if you want curls like this to last all day, be sure not to use a heavy shampoo or conditioner and always start with mister fantastic. It’s really important to set the hair at the right temperature too and leave curls to cool before dressing them out.

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    Grant Norton

    Chester's Wife Rose
    evo Ambassador

    This look is effortless and minimal. It has a no fuss approach that suits the overall look. To recreate this look I would start by washing the hair with evo therapist shampoo and evo therapist conditioner and apply evo easy tiger straightening balm and blow dry the hair smooth with the evo bruce bristle brush. To keep hair this length looking its best you need to keep up your cuts as you don’t want it flicking out on the shoulders. I would recommend having a cut every 6-8 weeks to ensure the look is polished and maintained.

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  • Haircare Australia; Building a New Future

    Founded by a hairdresser, for hairdressers, Haircare Australia is an internationally renowned brand that continues to flourish at the forefront of our progressive, dynamic, and ever changing industry. And with a brand new, purpose built facility that opened its doors in May 2016, Haircare Australia continues to be a cut above the rest.

    The new Haircare Australia Head Office represents 40 years of hard work, risk and innovation. Geoff and Jan Gauvin started Haircare over 4 decades ago, seeing an opportunity to offer a salon-only brand, packing orders at night while working in a professional salon during the day. Never steering from their original purpose – to put salons first, this ethos is at the heart of Haircare Australia. A true family affair, sons, Brad, Garth and Ward Gauvin are all heavily involved in the business and have helped to progress the company across Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

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    The Gauvin’s are firm believers in hard work and have always showcased a pioneering spirit, which didn’t stop with the development of the new facility. The state-of-the-art structure brings with it a semi-automated warehouse, conveyor system, wireless scanning and stock control – generating greater visibility across the business. Haircare Australia also now has the ability to have four different education courses running simultaneously – colour workshops, lectures, shows and hands on sessions. The multi-use space is rife with creative spaces, collaborative and breakout areas to encourage collaboration and fresh thinking in every aspect of life for the 100 employees based at Head Office.

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    “There have been so many people, both staff and clients, who have contributed to Haircare and supported our growth. This is our way of giving back; providing a great work environment for all our staff and state of the art training facilities to all our clients. . It’s an opportunity to show how serious we are and that we’re really investing in what we’re doing,ot to mention, a great place to bring international guests and our core Australian customers. It’s a multi-use space, close to both the city and the airport, we have over 1000m2 in offices, 500m2 in education facilities and 4500m2 of warehouse space.We managed to move a team of 100 staff, 3 offices, 6 warehouses and a cash and carry - all in four weeks, without closing for a single day. 6,000 pallets were shifted during the move. That’s got to be some kind of record!” – Garth Gauvin.

    As Haircare Australia embarks on its next chapter, it comes with a revived brand direction representing a new era for the company. The branding is strong, simple and dynamic with a classic aesthetic, the perfect commendation of everything Haircare Australia stands for. Haircare Australia will continue to innovate and invest in its staff, clients and brands to achieve the goals Geoff and Jan started out with when they first opened the doors of Haircare Australia those 4 decades ago.

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  • Moroccanoil Editorial Stylist Peter Gray

    With a spectrum of interest and imagination far broader than the editorial stylist label– Peter Gray is recognised by not only his lightness of touch with hair but his depth of personality and perspective, writes INSTYLE's Cameron Pine.

    In 2012 I met Peter Gray in Paris. He’d just completed a massive campaign job for L’Oréal Professionnel, and with brands throwing contracts at him you wonder why he hasn’t been stitched up as a Global Creative Director for any of our leading global powerhouses. It is what Peter hasn’t accepted that makes him so interesting and he has the editorial world lining up for more. The truth is, back when working on this 2012 released global campaign, L’Oréal Professionnel wasn’t convinced of his work and vision, being so different to anything they had ever done before, but in the end they loved it, his hair ‘dresses’ campaign became a global focus for the brand and rather than take on an exclusive role with the leading company, Peter has continued to manifest and weave his style across the globe – one that now lets him arrive at a non-exclusive contract with Moroccanoil.

    “It takes huge balls on a companies behalf to say ‘we love what you do and we are not going to constrict you’. It allows me to bring the best of all the brands I’ve worked with over the years,” Peter said. he no doubt cites this relationship as a very precious one. His ‘work’, despite him making it sound like it is far from it, transcends the countless VOGUE covers from advertising, editorial, session and custom projects as interesting as his personality. First and foremost Peter has no ego, he’s too tapped into external intelligence to make hairdressing just about him – his work and persona speak for itself. It’s hard not to crush on this severe state of open-mindedness for a hairdresser of his calibre.

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    Peter Gray for Vogue China

    Present at Hair Expo exclusively for Moroccanoil, Peter’s ‘session editorial’ bunch were a very diverse mix of stylists all looking for the session editorial zeitgeist from a man of many talents. While at Hair Expo, Peter also formed part of the Global Morph show featuring Sharon Blain, Tracey Hughes and Lucie Doughty. Following on from Morph Peter presented a six model collection for Moroccanoil where the less than a dozen guests were able to stay, interact and produce a live photo shoot.

    “I want to get people involved and reach people again in a genuine way rather than in that mass market way,” he said. “It’s important to make ourselves think again and create an environment where people can interact and share the accidents, the ‘happy’ accidents,” Peter said. Having worked with so many brands from the Aveda tribe where the socio-political aspect of the brand is just as important as the skill to brands that are all about shifting as many SKU’s as possible, right down to the small brands – it’s perhaps Peter’s perspective and the way he looks for the life in others that make him so valuable. Not only does his portfolio of work from Hermes to VOGUE China and back to his creative roots again speak for itself, the refreshing part is that Peter speaks for hairdressers and creatives – finding talents and interesting people that contribute to the greater good everywhere he goes. “People ask me sometimes ‘where does the creativity come from’. Everyone is creative but it’s about how interested you are in what you’re doing that determines this.”

    “I work in fashion, it’s ageist, sexist and sizest. I loved a recent job where I worked with a transsexual person – a size 12 Russian girl that was really about pushing the boundaries.” Gray has worked with With a spectrum of interest and imagination far broader than the session stylist label – Peter Gray is recognized by not only his lightness of touch with hair but his depth of personality and perspective, writes Cameron Pine. The Gray Scale an 87 year old model, a scientist and everything else you can imagine and what he really wants to push is the aspect of inclusivity in fashion and hair - he believes there should be no stereotype. He has also been working on Noise shows which have become big in the UK, Richard Ashforth, Peter and the guys from X-presion all form a very ‘loose partnership’ and really it’s just about creativity. Noise was once a year but now it’s “out of control” with Peter and the gang pulling huge venues and crowds on a regular basis. Peter’s an advocate for making hairdressing more accessible and cooler, “one particular model was surprised I asked her to speak on stage but I wanted her to share who she is and that she’s not plus size to me, she’s normal,” Peter said.

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    Peter recently worked with a young designer, Demetra from Sydney while on his visit. He’s really obsessed with working with people who do something different in the locales he visits. Demetra is 23 years old and Peter says having worked with McQueen, she is giving this fashion queen literally a run for her money. “She’s putting images of Syrian refugees on her garments, everything she is doing is different.” Peter said. For more than 17 years (of his 30 in the industry) his published work is all shot by a photographer called Sunsbo – Peter admits that he has had a relationship as a photographer’s hairdresser and not a stylist’s hairdresser. He’s like a vampire to the unordinary and the unusual that a lot of hairdressers would bypass to stay on track to their ‘type of work’ or a certain level of notoriety. But for this man it’s about developing his own sense of dexterity and own sense of fashion. “You know what hairdressing can be like, it can be a little cheesy, can’t it?” he said. For Peter there’s literally no grey area, no dark side of his art, just an open mind primed for exploration and further satisfaction in the areas in which he lives. His advice to other hairdressers? To look at photographers and photography and the history of fashion. He says to try and steer clear of fashion mags. “I feel like it’s a toxic virus that if you start looking at what’s around now you think your work needs to look like someone elses,” Peter said.

    Wise words from a man that is not just about the still image. He’s also in the film world, having done ‘stuff’ with Deborah Milner. After being at McQueen for 17 years, she is now writing and directing films. “Social media for me is more about self-aggrandising
    than it is about connection. It’s not my scene at all. I’m a back screen boy. Once I’m on a shoot I’m not a platform artist and I’m not the best on stage but I always focus on retaining my own voice, I just don’t have that ‘showiness’ for platform,” he said. Weaving in and out of creativity, a lot of people in an industry like hairdressing say they are creatives but as Peter points out, they are really just towing the line and to this day the most exciting creative process for Peter is still pulling the kit out and seeing what he is going to create – think Picasso and Frances Bacon. On a shoot he is in his element and back when he worked at Sassoon’s he says he was ‘rubbish’. I did my job but I was slow and wanted to create. “I can thank Simon Ellis (a Schwarzkopf hairdresser also in town for Hair Expo) for getting me into session hairdressing early,” Peter said.

    Moroccanoil Editorial Stylist Vogue Mexico
    Peter Gray for Vogue Mexico

    He was allowed to be himself early on in the piece too, Peter was lucky to grow up with an eccentric academic of a mother. “I was wearing velvet green flares at seven years old. I loved going to the salon with her but I never did hair. I also used to love going to the barbershop with my Grandad – I admire the precision of a barbershop but I love the flamboyance of editorial.” Growing up in Zimbabwe probably also had a lot to do with it – Peter was super out there with a crazy fashion sense before moving to London at 21 and Manchester in the late 80s. “It was the summer of love where teen music videos made their way in and indie was a real thing,” he said. The allure of the disco ball and the daring side of those who like to dance the night away, Peter exposed himself to skills you couldn’t learn ina classroom. He says to this day that it was drag queens, Eurasia and working with Andy Bell that got him into fashion and now you can say that he has become a teacher, a collaborator, worked on product development, consultancy and worked in a six floor Sassoon salon, all seemingly in his spare time.

    It’s true that hairdressing is a playing field of what Peter says are tree huggers, thugs, animated figures and sometimes angry environmentalists or perhaps that’s just the psyche Peter gets into when he reads mostly autobiography’s and not fashion magazines or online forums like many hairdressers. Blessed to have a home and exist in all three cities of London, New York and Toronto, Peter lovesto work all over the place and be in the best areas when he is there. In New York he is on 37 between eight and nine – an old garment district, yet he loves the dynamism. He also lives in Kensington in Toronto which is like Camden was 15 years ago in London – he’s at the epicenters of creative expression and this is reflected in his work. His work is truly extraordinary and never boring – from larger than life shapes to completely customized texture, I don’t think anything he creates has ever been seen before. It seems to have a lot to do with the fact that he has no plan at all. “You paddle out and you paddle like hell. Sometimes it’s flat and sometimes there’s amazing waves and you get out past second break.” This was just one of the many amazing life analogies that came to Peter while he was on vacation in Hawaii. Just like theinspiration he gained while walking through Brunswick street in Melbourne during Hair Expo Peter says, ‘It’s good to see where the real people are.’ “We get five year plans drummed into us – ‘you have to be successful in five years or you’ll be a failure’.

    Work with whoever you want to work with. Life is not a series of images in a book.” Fighting for individuality and injecting a sense of intelligence into hairdressing, Peter is calm, intelligent but fiercely aware of his place and everything he touches seems to evolve. He’s the man that will do a show with 25 young designers and discover before anyone else that 10 of them are world class.

    The Modern Times shoot can be found in the July/ August edition of INSTYLE.

    Peter Gray Editorial Stylist

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    Peter Gray for INSTYLE

  • Get The Look | Textured Elegance

    The hair look for the Aje 2016 Resort Collection show demonstrated an effortless exploration in bringing out the natural texture of each girls hair, to bring out their individuality and beauty while still keeping the nonchalant elegance that embodies the ‘Aje girl’. Lauren McCowan fashioned fresh hair with movement and soft texture detailed out by applying Moroccanoil Treatment through the hair for separation.

    “Whenever I work with Aje as hair director, I always take inspiration directly from the collection and the brand itself - they are the masters of dishevelled elegance, and their ability to make the most embellished and structured pieces meld with chic nonchalance means endless inspiration when applying those ideas to hair. Always a pleasure.”Lauren McCowan

    Get the look from Aje's show with Moroccanoil and Cloud Nine Tools here.

    Textured Elegance

    Aje_Moroccanoi Step 1 1. Starting at the nape, use a straightener such as a Cloud Nine Original Iron to create natural bends in the hair and bend away from the face.
    Aje_Moroccanoi Step 2 2. Apply Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo to the front hairline and the crown.
    Aje_Moroccanoi Step 3 3. Use a small amount of Moroccanoil Light Treatment through the mid- lengths and ends for separation.

     

    Find out more about the brains behind the Aje brand,  best friends Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson, here.

  • Moroccanoil for RUSSH Magazine

    Moroccanoil's Education Manager and Editorial Stylist, Violet Sainsbury recently teamed up with RUSSH Magazine to create their September Beauty Editorial, Lady Stardust. Inspired by the 80's, punky fringes and textured locks were prominent throughout.

    RUSSH Magazine Mrooccanoil 2

     

    Apply Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion to the crown of the head and smooth with a comb. Use Moroccanoil Luminous Shine Hairspray Strong to set the look. Apply Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo through the ends of the hair for a texture clash.

    For the second look, prep hair with Moroccanoil Treatment Light and spray with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium and flip hair into a side part, creating volume and texture. Use pins to secure into a loose twist at the back of the head. (From left to right).

     

    RUSSH Magazine Moroccanoil

    For the up-style, flip hair to the opposite side and lightly dry hair using Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection for natural shine and gritty texture. Securce with pins at back of head.

    To create the second look, work Moroccanoil Volumising Mousse from roots to ends with fingers for soft volume and hold. (From left to right.)



    RUSSH Magazine Moroccanoil 1
    Work Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through hair to achieve a hydrated, lived-in texture and secure hair into a ponytail at the nape. Pull out loose pieces of hair to shape the face.


    Photography: James Nelson @ Company 1
    Fashion and Beauty: Billie Iverson
    Model: Manuela Frey @ Vivien's Model Management
    Hair: Violet Sainsbury for Moroccanoil
    Make Up: Peter Beard @ Work Agency
    Photographers Assistants: Douglas Gibson & Jack Salkild
    Stylists Assistants: Natalie Petrevski & Ellen Presbury
    Hair Assistant: Nicole Abela

  • Get The Look | Cloud Nine Tools

    Using the Cloud Nine Original Iron and  Micro Wand, Cloud Nine Ambassador, Renya Xydis creates two opposing, yet harmonious looks for the KitX Resort Collection.  The Original Iron was used to create a sleek androgynous look perfectly juxtaposed by wild, Helmut Newton inspired curls created with the Micro Wand.

    ”We wanted to create two looks that were completely different, yet worked so beautifully together. You have these big, untamed curls created with the Cloud Nine Micro Wand and then this straight and structured look created with the Cloud Nine Wide Iron. The two together, especially side-by-side work in perfect harmony with the clothes.” – Renya Xydis.

    Learn how to recreate the looks from KitX's show with the Cloud Nine Tools here.

    Sleek & Straight

    Step 1 - UC 1. Prep hair with evo salty dog salt spray concentrating on the roots and crown area. Blow dry the hair smooth in sections using a round ceramic brush. Focus on lifting at the roots to create volume around the crown.
    Step 2 - UC 2. Avoiding the top section, smooth hair with the Cloud Nine Wide Iron set at 175 degrees. Spritzing each section with a mist of evo love touch shine spray.
    Step 3 - UC 3. Take the top section of the hair and clip it out of the way, apply evo gangsta grip boning resin to the first side section using a tint brush. Use a wide-tooth comb like evo roy wide-tooth comb to comb the hair into place, repeat on the second side.
    Step 4 - UC 4. Remove the top section and apply evo gangsta grip bonding resin through the top of the head, again, combing with evo roy, retaining volume and lift through the crown. Clip each section into place and diffuse rotating hot/cold, hot/ cold to set the gel. Once dry, remove clips.


    Untamed Curls

    Step 1 - SS 1. Spray the hair with a light working hairspray like evo builders paradise and use the Cloud Nine Micro Wand to curl small sections of hair at a time. Pin each section to cool and set. As you move around the head, alternate the direction of the curls by wrapping the hair over and then under each time.
    Step 2 - SS 2. Once every section has been curled, spray with hairspray to set. Once all the curls have completely cooled, remove each pin, loosen with your fingers.
    Step 3 - SS 3. Comb through the curls with a wide tooth comb and style using your fingers for maximum volume.


    Check out all of the behind scenes action here.

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