What first interested you about your profession?
I was born into hairdressing. My whole family are hairdressers – you could say that it’s in my blood.
What were your early years in the industry like?
From the first day I started I have always been actively involved in every aspect of my salon and worked incredibly hard to achieve my goals. For me now is no different from the early years – I’m as passionate about hairdressing today as I was when I began.
Where do your style ideas come from?
My vision comes from my everyday surroundings – a building, art, global fashion inspiration and even movies, cartoons or Japanese magazines.
Whom do you admire in the industry today?
I admire London based hairdresser Akin Konzie and John Rawson, one of the world’s best hair photographers, with a Sassoon background.
Give us your predictions of this seasons dominant hair trends.
The 2015 season will have an amazing 60’s feel. It’s going to be all about braiding, the Brigitte Bardot look and Avant-garde. This is my strength and passion and can’t wait!
How do you see the styles you create changing in the future?
The styles I create will only need mending. That’s the beauty of my industry – a small change in colour can give you a total change.
How do you keep up to date with the latest creative trends?
I keep a finger on the pulse of what’s going on globally. Being artistic, I have always pushed the boundaries in everything I do, especially with my clients. We all need a new ‘do’ and lets face it, a great cut and colour is cheaper than surgery!
What is fashion for you?
Fashion for me is about what you can wear and wear well. It’s not about the next trend. Having your own style is fashion.
What do you see as some of the main differences between the work of European stylists and those of your country?
European hairdressers love the commercial feel about hairdressing. In Australia we push the boundaries in every way and work a lot harder to be noticed. We have outstanding hairdressers in this country.
What turns you on about the profession?
What turns me on? I touch people’s hair and that’s personal – having your hands all over their hair, that’s sexy…
What has been your guiding philosophy? It’s not how much you take off, its what’s left that counts. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my awarded achievements such as winning the National category of the Oceanic Masters, Australia, AHFA Queensland Hairdresser of the Year, AHFA Artistic Team of the Year and also being nominated as a finalist for numerous awards such as AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year and National Finalist for AHFA Men’s Hairdresser of the Year.
I am also very proud to be part of educating our next generation of hairdressers through my roles as international Manager & Artistic Director of the Australian FAME team, Ambassador and Educator for Terre A Mer Natural Hair Therapies, Karaal Hair Care and Maraes Organic Salon Products and formerly National Educator for MUK. Alongside key salon contracts for parades at a number of major fashion festivals and fashion weeks. I have held long term contracts with two major television networks, mastering the art of hair for the camera.
What’s your secret to keeping clients happy?
My clients are happy because I’m into their hair. I make it my business to love them and their look.
What are your personal goals for the future?
My goal for the future is to own my own premises and to mentor more next generation hairdressers. I want to be part of the future of hairdressing.
How do you see the woman of today?
Society places a high degree of importance on appearance for today’s woman. Plastic surgery is number one on their list and I am an affordable option!
What are the main differences between a hairdresser and a successful hairstylist?
A hairdresser is happy going everyday basic work which limits their client base. A successful hairstylist remains up to date with latest techniques and cutting. They have a larger client base and are strategically more active in the media.
What is the secret to your success?
My secret is to have my finger on the pulse 24/7 and to never say NO to any opportunity.
What inspires you the most?
Life inspires me, waking up every day. I feel great knowing I’m responsible for client’s smiles.
In your opinion, is it necessary to travel to stay at the top of the profession?
It’s great to travel every couple of years to meet and exchange ideas with fellow hairdressers. You also have to be actively involved in your business to make it grow
Which is the country furthest ahead in the field of hairdressing? And which is the country most famous for its hairstyling?
London will always be ahead in our industry and most famous for hairstyling. It’s location enables direct access, early travel and involvement in the world’s most prestigious European fashion shows.