London Summer Trends: Kirby’s recent trip to the Fashionable City!

Hello to everyone in Aus!

I have been in London recently enjoying some of the Summer Sunshine over there before heading to the USA for New York Fashion Week with Lauren. While I was there I stalked the streets, salons & private members clubs for all the summer Hair Trends set to hit our shores as soon as the sun arrives! Here is what hair will be all about this coming summer!

Straight & Sleek!

Ladies, the hair has been so straight & sleek you could see your reflection! Weather the hair has been up in sleek pony’s or let down and perfectly manicured, it is all about the smooth & glossy.

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Blonde, Blonde & more Blonde!

There has been so much platinum I have started the hair lightening journey on myself (I will write a post about that soon!). Blondes will be getting lighter, brighter & whiter this summer. Some of my amazing London locals took me on a night at the exclusive member’s club Shoreditch house & all the glamorous babes swanning about the rooftop pool were on the Bright Blonde Train! So many scalp bleaches I didn’t know what to do with myself (thank god for Olaplex)!

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Pastel Hues!

There has been so many pastel tone on the streets! This is such a fun way to liven up your colour without having to commit to anything too outrageous. I have seen mostly Peach & Pink tones, and when accompanied by a tan they are 10 times more complimented!

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Head Bands!

I saw so many girls rocking some killer head bands on the streets of London (mostly Shoreditch & Soho). I’m talking some spikey, metallic, detailed head gear that we would usually use to accessories for Race Days in Aus! This is what I love about Fashion in London (and Europe for that matter!), people are so courageous & outrageous when it comes to what they wear on the street. People wear what they want to wear and they wear it well, the confidence in their style is so magnetic… I find myself being so influenced by all these stylish gals!

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Plaits!

While we all love a braid, and braids will still very much be seen errrr where this summer, Plaits are making a comeback! The hair pulled back smoothly with a Plaited Pony tail is all the rage…. Plus its super neat, super easy & looks great!

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PUNS!

Now, this is what styling in summer with be all about…. The PUN!

So it is basically, our sleek Pony, plus our top knot buns, turned into a combo they call a “Pun”. I have been road testing this one myself and as a gal who is a super low maintenance hair traveller who still likes to look styled… This bad boy has been a hit! The key to nailing a “Pun”, is keep it low! Go as low as you can go into the nape and you will have nailed it!

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I will come back to you soon with some ridiculous hair lightening products available abroad, plus some homemade mixtures for you organic hair lightening gals, and all the goss from New York Fashion week and the USA in general!

Love, Kirby x

Our First Styling 101 Workshop!

On Sunday (Aug 7th) Lauren & I held our very first Styling 101 Workshop for the Blog. We were lucky to snap up the stunning, private, cosy space at Yoga 37 in Collingwood for a few hours. There was an intimate group of just 7 gals invited, and during the 2 hours we showed them all the tips & tricks to styling their own hair at home with the tools they already have! We started out by demonstrating how to go from your day 1 or 2 clean smooth hair, to a cool, textured, lived in wave using either irons of a wand.

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Styling as a whole can be so overwhelming, but all you need to do is break it down into a 3 step process. Prep, Style, Finish. If you complete all these 3 steps properly you will have more control over the result. I was SO impressed with all of the girls who attended, everyone did so well! We were able to guide everyone through each section of their own hair & by the end they were absolute pros! Most of the girls were able to master the wave with the Irons which is so challenging to do on your own. The few who used the wand looked they had been styling themselves like that for years! Sometimes all you need is to be shown the right angles and different ways to hold your tools and it will change the whole way you approach your styling.

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After everyone was waved & looking glam, we were able to guide the ladies through turning their wave into a Textured Pony. Putting your hair up into a Pony can be super tricky but again, everyone nailed it! I’m sure you would have seen all the fun on our Snapchats & Insta Stories if you were on the full stalk! Did you see the super cool Snapchat Filter?! Too Fun!

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We are so excited that our first Styling 101 Workshop was a success! Lauren & I have been in the planning for this for such a long time, and we’re so grateful for all the support we have received along the way! Our girls at Hello Hair have been our No.1 Fans on this little journey and we’re so thankful for all their contributions both with their amazing product & the friendship we have developed along the way! Evo Hair also came to the table with some amazing goodies for the girls to take away with them. We had 2 assistants on the day Natalie & Ashton, without them we would have been so stressed! So big shout out to our little Hair Fairies who make our lives easier on a daily basis!

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In October we hope to hold our next Styling Workshop in Melbourne. Until then, I am away in London & the USA for the next month and a half and will be meeting Lauren in New York for Fashion Week mid September! So keep an eye on the Blog & our Insta for Updates on all trends happening in Summer overseas that will be hitting out shores soon & all the insider goss from Fashion Week in NYC!

Love, Kirby X

 

Kirby’s intimate High Tea with Hair Goddess Renya Xydis!

 

How lucky am I to have had such an up close and personal hang out with the woman who leads the hair industry Renya Xydis!? When I was told about the afternoon High Tea to be held in a penthouse suite at The Olsen in South Yarra with the Hair Goddess, I got myself on board as fast as possible!

I was lucky enough in 2011 to work on a Sass & Bide show at London Fashion Week with Renya directing the hair for the day. I had just arrived in the big bad city, was lacking confidence & inspiration. I didn’t get a chance to get close too Renya on the day, but just being in the same room as her turned my career around in London Town. I was only meant to stay for 12 months, but after absorbing some of her amazing energy on that day in the Royal London Opera House, my career in the London took me on an exciting 3 year journey!

But anyway, back to the High Tea Goss! On Tuesday, I arrived at The Olsen 1pm, was handed a delicious glass of champagne, given a big kiss & cuddle from Renya (star struck much?!), had a quick photo and then got to mingle with the other 20 or so guest before getting down to business. Cloud Nine Creative Director Lauren McCowan was the host for the day, which was  great because she & Renya have such a relaxed, organic, fun, friendship, so their banter was super chilled & free flowing which helped everyone to relaxed quite quickly.

The High Tea went for 2 hours (the food and bubbles were delicious by the way!), there was a run sheet to give the discussion some direction but you wouldn’t have noticed. The conversation was relaxed, free, funny, insightful & inspiring. We were all able to jump in & ask questions at any point and Renya answered them with warmth and sincerity. You would expect someone who works with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman (just to name a few) to have a bit of an ego or arrogance about them… but not Renya! I was so pleasantly surprised with her realness about her business, her family, her team, her international editorial work & her involvement at international Fashion Weeks. She gave so much of her time & energy to each guest individually and made us all feel so welcomed. I was really impressed to hear how close she is to so many other successful Hairstylists and the relationship she has managed to maintain with them over her career. Our industry can be plagued with ego & competitive nature a lot of the time, so to see someone who is leading our industry have such beautiful friendships with so many hairdressers all over the world is incredible… she is leading by a great example!

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A conversation I was lucky to have with her 1 on 1 at the end of the High Tea really gave me a boost of confidence in so many aspects of my career. I love that she has the ability to make people feel like they can take over the world and achieve their dreams without disrespecting anyone on the way there.

If any hairdressers (or anyone wanting to be inspired for that matter!) haven’t had the chance to get up close & personal with this amazing woman & the opportunity comes up, TAKE IT! It was one of the most beneficial events I have attended in my career… Thanks Haircare Australia for Hosting & giving me such a sweet Goodie bag full of treats to take home!

Love, Kirby X

 

 

THE LOOP’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MELVIN ROYCE LANE!!

This week, I wanted to introduce everyone to one of the biggest shining stars in the hair industry, Melvin Royce Lane. Many of the hair lovers out there will already be familiar with MRL and his work (..and his sass!) but he’s incredibly humble and the last person to ever bignote any success that he reaches (for which there’s a lot of!!) so I wanted to step in and shine a light on what makes this creative fashionista (and fellow Capricorn!!) tick.

Firstly, a little background story on Melvin..

So, Kirby and I have been working alongside Melvin on the floor at Edwards & Co for around the past 2 years. He’s my Go-To guy when I want to brainstorm a look for an upcoming shoot, or if there’s a technique I want to achieve that I want to get my head around…and we’ve both been known to gush over different types of textures or finishing techniques that one and other have been working on.. he just gets it!!
On the floor he’s technical and precise with his work but it always has a beautiful softness about it, and he’s really well known for his incredible pastels, silvery greys and icy cool blondes. He’s also probably the busiest guy I know, currently juggling his clients in Melbourne with flying to Sydney bi-weekly to be the co-director of hair on this seasons Australia’s Next Top Model!! Phew!! So without further ado, may I present:

The one and only, Melvin Royce Lane 👏🏻

Melvin! Thanks for taking the time out of your ridic schedule to answer my questions for The Loop! I’ll start with an easy intro-

Describe yourself in 5 words:

SASSY. BOLD. PATIENT. LOUD. FLAMBOYANT.

Can you tell us what drew you to the industry? Did you always think you’d end up doing hair, and what would you be doing if you WERENT?

-To be perfectly honest hairdressing was never in the cards. I’ve always wanted to work in fashion but as a teen i landed a job as front of house for a local salon back home in NZ i used to be repulse in the idea of touching someone elses hair. (to a point that i would gag!) I ended up in fashion school and at the same time on the weekends would work in the salon answering calls and booking appointments. Then one day i was asked to be a dresser at NZ fashion week and i was in my element getting the models ready backstage in their outfits and ready to go on the runway. Then on my last day i accidentally walked into hair and makeup and i saw this whole NEW WORLD. I was in complete awe the hype, the rush and magic that happens in transforming one model into a character. I was hooked! I said to myself THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO! so i left fashion school and went full-time into Hairdressing at the salon i was working for, but i wanted more i was hungry to learn everything! So i moved my sassy ass to Melbourne and trained with some of Australia’s top hairdressers to really perfect my craft. To this day I’m still learning and perfecting every single thing that i do. If i wasn’t a hairdresser i would probably be working in fashion, partying every night! But now I’m a hairdresser and party on most days hahaha.

I get asked this a lot and I find the answer fluctuates, but what’s your favourite thing to do to hair? Styling/color/cutting?

-I was trained to be a cutter/stylist and it was something i have build my career on, colour is something i learnt later on. I used to get jealous in seeing stylist who would cut and colour their client. So i set my self a goal and that was to colour. once i understood it, I wanted more it was like a drug or a new toy i wanted to keep playing with colour. Then i understood that a beautiful colour is never achieved unless it had been cut beautifully. So i don’t have a favourite I physically have to eat and breathe both or else i get bored.

You’ve had an amazing career so far, what stands out as being your career highlight?

-Oh gosh if I had to pick one it would be the FAME team!! (Yassss KWEEENS) mainly because it showed me a whole different world of hairdressing. I learnt from the worlds top hairdressers in London, Paris, Veitnam and Australia. That has lead me to work with incredible product companies and now as Education Ambasador for ELEVEN Australia. The FAME Team was an incredible platform to sass up my career path.

You were recently on the F.A.M.E team (for non industry peeps, this is a huuuuge deal which means he got worldwide travel, mentoring and recognition for being one of the Ones To Watch)…what’s some of the best things you learnt from being a part of the team?

-That old saying “There is no I in Team!” Let me tell you it’s for reals! Working together you can’t just think about your end result when working on a look, you have to work together to create the looks but still be able to show your identity as an artist in front of thousands of people who constantly are watching you and mentors who expect a certain level of craft. But the biggest thing I learnt from working within a team is communication. Take the time to listen to your team members and to understand them you’ll then see that your end results become phenomenal when you are all in the same page.

And from that, Who have become your biggest mentors in the industry?

-I’ve been very lucky to have been mentored by incredible world renown hairdressers. But there’s is one woman who has thought me more than hairdressing. Leesa Smith (The hair industry’s go to for anything creative mentorship) who was my mentor during my time on the FAME Team. She showed me to really believe in myself and to never be afraid of who you are as a person. Show the world who you truly are show them how sassy you can be and the biggest things she taught me is that I don’t need someone else’s approval, you are your own person and your responsible for your life.

Its obvious that you love your work, and style in general.. where do you look for your inspiration?

-It sounds cliché but everything inspires me. Sitting at a cafe and watching people walk past or my morning commute to work. Watching my team mates at Edwards and Co, we all produce such stunning work and that really inspires me I’m constantly watching everyone i get a kick out of how a woman carries herself, the way she holds her purse or the way she puts on a coat it sounds creepy but when i see a woman with so much confidence i immediately think about how i can change her hair to suit her. Instagram and Pinterest are my go to if i need references but i try and limit that as i think you end up fixated on a look that you find and you end up emulating it. Collaborating is another way i get inspired i love working with other creatives wether it be another hairdresser, or makeup artist, photographer, stylist, interior designer, architect and even a furniture designer which my partner is he continues to inspire me everyday (he’s very good with he’s hands) and our house has a collection of mid-century design books and furniture they’re great as references cause it makes me think outside my hair bubble.

Whether it be on set for an editorial or in salon, what do you think about when you’re creating a look?

-When I’m creating a look the first thing i think about is how the heck am i going to make this sassy face even sassier! Its all about the shape, the texture and silhouette when it comes to my editorial work. but in the salon the most important thing is suitability you can create a stunning colour or a carve a stunning haircut but if it doesn’t enhance their face shape, skin tone or eye colour then forget about it!

You seem pretty unstoppable at the moment, I wanna know what are your goals for the near future? (*cue Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind* .. New York is calling if you ask me!!!) what’s next for MRL??

-Whats next for me? A bloody holiday! hahaha for reals i’d love to do more travelling overseas continue educating as i feel you learn more when inspiring others, shoot more editorials the main thing for me is to keep pushing forward *cough* NEW YORK, PARIS, LONDON, MILAN* *cough*
I’m sure everyone has been trying hard to get the goss (and I know you’ve signed contract to stay tight-lipped) but what can you tell us about ANTM? ie, what’s it like to be a part of such a hit tv show!!

What’s a normal day on set like?
A normal day sometimes starts at 4am (coffee stat) Hair, makeup and the fashion stylist have a quick chat about the looks then its GO GO GO! The hair team has 45 mins to do all the girls which actually means 10 mins, I’m very lucky to have an incredible team that ELEVEN Australia and Joey Scandizzo has hand picked. They work so hard which makes my life easier, which means everyone is happy, and its even better when you have two hair directors so myself and Rachel Vitullo cause it means i can let my hair down for a bit and she can handle the fort while i have some coffee. Then theres the waiting and LOTS OF IT! while the girls are being filmed we wait until we are called to do touch ups then the day wraps either at 6pm or sometimes late at night.

what’s the hardest thing about it?
The hardest thing is TIME you have to work quick. The hair looks are sent to myself, Joey Scandizzo (Co-creative Director of Eleven Australia) and Amy Forrest (Eleven Australia Brand Manager) the night before so while I’m in my hotel room I’m thinking of ways to create these looks in the least possible time then on the day the looks might change so you have to think quick.

what’s the most fun?
The most fun is the amount of creative talent you get to work with, its such an inspiring atmosphere you are constantly surrounded by some of the industries most creative beautiful people.

Aaaaand a fun one, whose hair would you most love to do?

– The one person i would love to do is Christina Aguilera hahahah she’s my ultimate primary school crush. I LOVE HER! Bring back Dirrrrty X-TINA

What’s your catchphrase?
– CREATE, UNDERSTAND AND EXPLORE

Which 6 peeps would you invite to a dinner party at your place? Can be dead or alive!

-Alexander Mcqueen, Bowie, JLo, Erykah Badu, Salvador Dali and Tilda Swinton

Aaaaaaand last but not least, What would you spend your last $10 on? (Lemme guess, fried chicken )

-hahaha i would probably spend it on alcohol…yeah a Gin and Tonic please.

KIRBY’S CHEAT CHUNKY BRAID

Sometimes, it’s actually Starting a braid that can be the hard part. Trying the keep all the tension in each stand… Not letting all my bits of hair fall out… Getting into a steady rhythm… Nah stuff that!! Here is a cheat way to get off to a good start when committing to a braid. Don’t tell your friends, just let them think you’re the master of Self Styling!

Enjoy the vid!
Love, Kirby X

5 JUICY MINUTES WITH ZOË FOSTER-BLAKE

 

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This big babe needs little introduction…. Australia’s wittiest beauty guru, Entrepreneur, Writer, Social Media Queen, (mumma of instagrams cutest toddler!) and all whilst running a skincare empire, Go-To.  Shes definitely a household name around here, with her cult-status beauty prodz in 4 outta 5 bathrooms worldwide .*(not a real statistic, but if you’re not already on the Zoë Train, Go-To it! ..Pun intended)

I quizzed ZFB on all things hair and beauty yesterday whilst I had her pinned down in the chair:

LM: If there’s one thing I know about you it’s that you are One Bizzay Woman!! What’s your “I’m home” routine- The first few things you do when you walk in the door ?

ZFB: Jacket off, bag down, heels off (if they’re on – rare). If it’s been a long/cold day, I’m straight upstairs and into my ‘soft clothes.’

LM: Do you have a muse when it comes to hair ? How do you decide when you want a change?

ZFB: Instagram is my muse. I screenshot good hair CONSTANTLY (you know this; half of them I send straight to you)… Even if that ‘good hair’ is several solar systems away from what my fine, curly, cowlicky mop is capable of.
LM: Facebook is great at reminding us of all the years or stages of our life when we had bad hair/style/boyfriend .. When was your worst Hair Era? (Mine, 2005, The side fringe/combover)

ZFB: Oh, there have been many bad hair stages, but the completely-obvious, too-long, mermaid, rope-like hair extensions I tried (as a beauty editor, it’s genuinely your JOB TO DO THIS STUFF) back in 2007 swing straight to mind. I was fooling no one. Not even me.
LM: Your desert island product would be… you can only take one!!

ZFB: Go-To Face Hero. Duh, Loz.

LM: Any Hair Cheats for gals who need to go from Work to Gym to Dinner – whilst maintaining socially acceptable hair?

ZFB:Yes! (I thiiiiink this is where I plug my new beauty book, Amazinger Face, which is saturated with advice on topics just like this.) Keep the hair up and loose, tight means kinks and lines. Use bobby pins for fringes and short bits. Apply dry shampoo all over the scalp after the gym, and some texture spray on the mid-lengths to ends, then blow dry roughly to get rid of ALL moisture. (Important cos moisture = greasiness and lankness). Switch your part for a fresh look (literally and figuratively), and off you trot, you fit, glorious queen.

LM: Your least favourite hair trend? (Can be current or from the archives)

ZFB: I think the very long, no layers, middle-part with curls (think the US Bachelor/Bachelorette) is dated and not nearly as flattering as people think.

LM: Before Go-To, you did your time as Beauty Editor at Australia’s top mags, Harper’s and Cosmo… What’s the best Hair Hack you’ve learnt that you still use?

ZFB: Hair sets when it’s cold. Always wait til your curls or waves or stone cold before undoing them or shaking out. And finish a smooth blow-dry with an all-over blast of cold air to set.

LM: if you could go back and tell your 13 year old self anything, what would you warn her about when it comes to hair?

ZFB: Don’t use Sun-In! No. It’s cheap and nasty and makes your hair orange, not blonde. Also, regarding the eyebrows (oh COME ON, it’s hair!), leave them alone, you dingus.

LM: Do you have an ultimate hair splurge (something lush and luxuriously exy) ..and what about any secretly scrooge-y non-trendy prods/treatments that you can’t do without?

ZFB:I love Oribe dry textururising spray. Very much. I love Batiste dry shampoo just as much.

LM: You’re a mumma, and as your hairdresser I know been through a bit of a hair journey when it comes to Post Preggo Hair Recovery – do you have any advice for new mum’s who might be dealing with the changes in their hair with pregnancy/breastfeeding/hormones?

ZFB: I had mine keratin smoothed just before I had my baby, which was a big time saver. Everyone talks about hair loss: I didn’t notice that. What I DID notice was just shit hair in general. It was heavy, straight and lank for over a YEAR after giving birth, due to hormones/breastfeeding apparently. I had no texture and none of my styling tricks or products worked. I honestly thought my curls would never come back (it happens!) I think you noticed my curls come back about six months ago… when my son was 18 months old. What a load of horseshit all that was.

LM: what’s the worst home hair job you’ve ever done? (Box dyes/DIY fringes)

I wanted an undercut when I was 14 so I used dad’s razor on my sideburns to kick it off. Then stopped in fear. Then just had sideburns for about a year. What a LOSER.

LM: What is the biggest thing you’ve done to your hair that took you out of your comfort zone?

ZFB: I go blonde every few years for shits and giggs. (I was a real blonde til about 10 years-old, then a fake most of my life til I was about 20.) Then I remember how time-consuming it is and go dark again.

LM: And lastly, for all the sleeper-innerers, You’re leaving the house in five minutes – what do you do with your hair? Paper bag is not an option..

ZFB: Volume powder, dry shampoo and messy top-knot with some fuzz around the face for that imperfect, effortless look that actually is quite hard to create. Or, wet it, comb in some straightening balm with a fine-tooth comb, do a deep side part and slick down into a low pony.

 

Happy Thursday!

love, Lauren X

How to get the Best out of your Hairdresser!

 

Most of the new clients we see in the salon, come to us because they have asked for a specific colour & style, but their previous hairdresser has just missed the mark slightly. This isn’t always the fault of the hairdresser, there are a few things to take into consideration when you’re going to get you mane tended too. Here are some key pointers to help you & your stylist get the most out of your appointment!

 

Time!

The most important of all!! The only thing that stands between an amazing hairdresser & an almost amazing hairdresser, is the pressure of time! Most salons run on 45 minute time slots, which makes it difficult to have a thorough consultation AND get a bangin’ colour application!

There are 2 ways you can combat this time pressure…

  1. Make a consultation appointment prior to the actual hair appointment. This way, you can have an in-depth convo with your hair guru & make sure you’re on the same page moving forward.
  2. When you’re making your appointment, ask for a little extra time to have the colour applied! This shouldn’t be an issue as it’s only an extra 15 minutes added onto the appointment… which will make the world of difference.

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Team Work.

It is up to us as hairdressers to listen to your needs are as a client, but it is also up to the client to be honest about your colour history, the products you’re using at home & to commit to the aftercare that we recommend to you that will maintain your colour & quality of hair!

Communication.

Being open & honest about experiences you have had in the past & what you expect to get out of your hairstylist moving forward is so important. If you struggle to explain what you want, start with talking about what you DON’T want, and the convo will no doubt start to flow. Ask lots of questions, we have so many facts stored in our hair brains, that we will be able to answer anything. And if you have a fear of going blank as soon as you sit in the chair at the salon, make a few notes prior to your appointment about what you want & don’t want!

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Inspo Images.

Thank god we’re in the age of The Smart Phone… Gone are the days of cutting out celebrity hair pics from trashy mags! Images are such a great way to get on the same page as your hairdresser. A lot of the time, your idea of a “creamy blonde” or “ombre” are very different to your hair scientist… So go on a trawl through Insta, Pinterest & Blogs to get some ideas of hair you would like to wear and put them in a little “Hair Folder” on your phone!

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Stalk your Stylist.

Last but not least, stalk your hairdresser on social media, and by that I mean Instagram! You will be able to see the quality of their work, the style of hair they do and get a good feel for their personality.

So now you have all the tools to get the most out of your hair experiences moving forward, I expect to see some amazing tresses stomping the streets over the next few months!

 

Love, Kirby x

 

That time we worked for Chanel!

 

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Earlier this year, we were both offered the job of a life time… Doing hair for a Chanel Runway Show in our Home Town! Pinch me, right?! It was a long few months of waiting and keeping our mouths shut, but we can now FINALLY tell you ALL about it!

So this massive production of a runway show titled “Paris in Rome” was held in the Docklands studios on Wednesday evening for all of Chanel’s No.1 Clients in Australia (they flew people in from all over!). No big deal…..!

Lauren & I had been preparing ourselves for weeks, ensuring we had absolutely everything we needed in our hair kit, so that we could be prepared for absolutely anything that go thrown at us.
The morning of “the big day”, we got up early, did a reformer Pilates class, went for brunch & basically tried to keep ourselves busy until our 2pm call time.

When we got to the location, we were met by other hair peeps representing our fave haircare brand Oribe. We quickly got in to sign our contracts (that stated “I Kirby” & “I Lauren…. Of Chanel!!! Wish we got a photo of that!), picked up our Staff Pass & moved through with the rest of the hair crew to set up for the next few hours of fun backstage!

The director of hair for Oribe was Sophie Roberts, and she is amazinggggg! There was a team of 14 Hair Stylists that we were working amongst and everyone was awesome. We got put into pairs (Lauren & I together of course!), set up our stations with all our equipment & got the style brief from Sophie. The style we were to achieve was a 60’s style beehive through the top of the hair, with full textured ends to create a modern rock n’ roll vibe.

Here is the full break down of the styling….

Hair Prep:
Using Oribe Volumista Mist, we started at the nape working our way up the head, saturating each section on the roots with the volume spray. We then applied the Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse through the mid lengths and ends, then used our hair dryers to dry the hair & activate all that volume from the products we had applied.

Using a 1 inch curling iron, we put a wave into to the hair. With each section, we sprayed Superfine Hair Spray through the mids & ends, waved by flat wrapping the hair on top of the tongs , then brushed out the wave with our Mason Pearson brush.

Once we got to the hairline, depending on the length of the models hair, we styled the front with either a side part of middle part that was no deeper than 1 inch.

The Styling:
Starting at the top of the occipital bone, we applied Dry Texturizing Spray to the roots and back combed the shiz of the the hair, smoothed the surface with our Mason Pearson & sprayed with Superfine Strong Hair Spray. Once we got the the part line, we moulded the hair around the face into the top & sides so there was no disconnection at any point of the style. The hair around the face wasn’t as volumized as the rest of the hair, it sat much flatter but still had a soft textured finish and hair was roughly tucked behind the ear to enhance the beehive shape.

Each model was then sprayed with a good covering of Superfine Strong Hair Spray & Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray through the ends.

Then came the most exciting part! Armed with Superfine Hair Spray, Anti-Humidity Spray, a Tail Comb & a Mason Pearson… 6 hairstylists (Lauren & I included) went into the backstage area to give the models final touch ups as the walked onto the catwalk! The energy in that place was amazing… The music was this stunning orchestra playing a funky but elegant melody with bird noises coming through over the top. The set was made to look like a street in Paris with patisseries & all, and the models were walking through the set like movie stars from the 60’s! There were 3 super fast outfit changes for the 27 models and the clothing was amazing. One coat was worth $90,000, there were bags made to look like an old school movie camera & the jewellery was so beautifully detailed with pearls & jewels. Once the show was finished, the stores on the set opened up, waiters walked out with trays of food & champagne and all the guests stayed for an after party on the set!

Such an incredible experience for us gals to have had together, we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a prestiges global brand like Chanel, with wicked hair products from Oribe & top dog hair stylist Sophie Roberts!

Stay tuned for more posts like this during our trip to New York Fashion Week!

Love, Kirby X

LAURENS PRETTY PONYTAIL HAIR VID

When it comes to ponytails, they’re known as one of the simplest yet hardest things to get just-right, and that’s because there’s a couple of important tips you need to know that will take your ponytail from gym/couch appropriate to pretty and perfectly flattering everytime!

•Start with your favourite texture – wavy, messy, smooth (I started with a Second Day wave)
•’Scoop’ it up using your hands (it helps if you tip your head back for this part)
• ‘Pinch’ the hair at the crown so that it’s not sitting flat to your head
• ‘Pull out’ some small pieces at the nape and ear to add softness
• ‘Lift and Pull’ to tighten and add height -this’ll be what gives your ponytail that extra bounce and perkiness!!

 

Hope you enjoy our vid,

Love, Lauren X

(PS. We’ll be bringing you a How-To video for recreating the look that Kirby and I did backstage at this weeks Chanel show.. Yep,  you read that right, CHANEL!) It was so Top Secret, but we’re going to bring you all the details very soon 💕

KIRBY’S TEXTURED WAVES

Hey peeps!!

We have been super busy getting ready for a SUPER exciting project (so exciting that we’re not even allowed to talk about it, but trust us, as soon as we can spill we will bring you ALL the goss!!!)

..but to tide you over, here is Kirby’s textured waves tutorial:

(things to remember – best to start on second day hair, keep the temperature on medium to low to avoid damage and keep the style in longer, and always wind away from the face!)