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  • Salon Feature: The Nest Hair Boutique

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

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

    So, who inspires you, Charlie?

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

    What does your salon do, that’s different?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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