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.
love, Lauren X