Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2017
Sloans – Lane Cove, NSW
- Photography: Jack Eames
- Hair Styling: Scott Sloan
- Fashion Styling: Clare Frith
- Makeup: Maddie Austin
On the inspiration for the collection:
“I used Alessandro Michele of Gucci’s ‘treasure chest of aesthetic references’ as the foundation for this collection: an amped-up kaleidoscope of print-on-print, embellishment, frills, sumptuous velvet, embroidery, brocade and sheer decadence which embodies a relaxed opulence and a sophisticated femininity, a gentleness with a definite edge.
‘Where Are We Now’ alludes to the 2013 song by David Bowie which is a moving tribute to the city of Berlin. A city that Bowie knew and loved, having lived there from 1976 to 1979 and which has gone through as many changes and reinventions as Bowie himself and a city which influences much of Michele’s work at Gucci. It is exactly this idea of change and reinvention which I want to examine through my hair. A place where the ultra-modern harmoniously co-exists with its late seventies influences: a flicked fringe, a shaggy crop, a nouveau mullet, a rock chick, a pixie, a gloriously vibrant Raquel Welch-esque mane. These are girls from the Dschungel (1970s West Berlin’s answer to Studio 54) transplanted into the Dalston Superstore.
The allusion is pure ‘70s, the execution energetic and confronting but at the same time vulnerable and charming… it is fiercely where we are now.”
How the look was achieved:
“This is a collection where more is more! We really went to town with a flicked fringe, a shaggy crop, a nouveau mullet, a rock chick, a pixie, a gloriously vibrant Farrah Fawcett-esque mane. The seventies references were strong!
Tecni.art Pli by L’Oreal Professionnel is a must-have in any session hairdresser’s kit bag. It’s a thermos-modelling spray which adds shape memory, grip and hold… it’s like a foundation for hair: the ultimate base-layer. We use it on pretty much every shoot we work on!
Another must-have product from the Tecni.art range is Liss Control Plus – an intense smoothing serum which controls volume and smoothes frizzy rebellious hair. Key for taming those flyaways which you don’t need when the camera is up close and personal!
And we can’t talk about a collection inspired by the ’70s without talking about mousse! L’Oreal Professionnel has a product called Full Volume Extra, which as the name suggests, gives you a lot of ‘oomph’ and a very strong hold with no stickiness at all.
Wands and tongs played a huge part in achieving the flicks and curls which were so prominent in the looks. Heat technology combined with heat protecting products deliver locked-in curls for a long-lasting finish.”
What the award win means to you:
“It’s such an honour to win any award, especially one which has been judged by such an esteemed group of hairstylists, but winning New South Wales Hairdresser of the Year, an award which represents my home state, is not just recognition for my creativity, but it’s recognition for all that my Sloans colleagues and I do for our community as a whole, which is what makes it extra special.”
Any advice for entering awards:
“My advice for entering any awards is always the same: be true to yourself. Don’t try to do hair that you think the judges want to see. It won’t look authentic and they will be able to spot this a mile off. Do hair that you love. It can be something which is your signature, or something which pushes your boundaries for you, but they key word here is YOUR. Integrity and honesty are key. Be the best ‘you’ that you can be and never an imitation of someone else, as that will always be second best.”