MEET KARLIE #IAMCHUMBA

by Carl Keeley


Get to  know the #hairnuts in our not an ordinary Hair Stylist series....

Meet Karlie, part Cat Girl part Rock Star part time Super Model. 

Karlie-girl walked into the Chumba World just one year ago and instantly made herself invaluable. Just like her spirit animal the Cat, she now runs the household mostly. 

Karlie is blessed to have a very special and unique window into the very top echelons of the Hair World as her shadow life has her modelling hair for photoshoots and shows literally all over the map constantly.

Not to be distracted though, Karlie’s true passion is found with with a pair of scissors in her hand. Just as her forebears before her we see in her the makings of a youngindustry leader here - watch this space there will be fireworks coming up.

This is Karlie, She is Obsessed with Hair, she is the little Boss, She is Chumba...

 

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how intolerable do you find baby pictures on Facebook?

A:  I'll give it an 8, I do the same with my cats so I can understand where they're coming from.

Q: How long after you feel full do you keep eating for?

A: I tend to order at least one of everything on the menu so I can try everything if that gives you a good idea on my eating habits.

Q: If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be?

A: I would 150% be a domestic cat and everyone who knows me would agree, cats pretty much rule my life.

Q: How old were you when you realised Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?

A: Wait what? They don’t?? I thought they holidayedtogether in Bali.

Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

A: Whose got the mescal?

Q:What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

A: Watching Pete eat a chilli a few weeks back.

Q: What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

A: I don’t think I sing really loud and really bad to all my favourite music.

Q:You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

A: Glitter, because its cute and sparkles like me.

Q:You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. A: What would you do with the elephant?

A:We would travel the world getting into all kinda of shenanigans.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: I take my inspiration from all of my surroundings and peers constantly, but one who has inspired me the most since I was a teen is Marilyn Manson.

Q: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

A:My cat, cause sleeping for 18 hours a day would be pretty good

Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?

A: Crazy, motivated, bitchin’.


I am CHRISTOPHER GRATTON... #iamchumba

by Carl Keeley


'CHUMBA'S HEART AND KARMA’ 

Continuing on our regular get to know our #hairnuts Stylist series... we’re now going straight to the top shelf and profiling one of our not so secret weapons. Please meet Christopher Gratton, we call him the ‘Big Gun’.

He is the quiet thoughtful leader of our freakishly great Creative Team and mentor to all of Chumba stylists. We all regard him as our blessing, he is our heart and soul.

Mr Amazing, Chris Gratton is a living legend in Melbourne Hairdressing.  Possessing a simply incredible skill set, our 'Soulman' has zero weaknesses and unmatched strengths. Chris really is absolutely our Best of the Best of the Best - he's ranked the #1 Stylist in our company. If you want the all-in-one Freaky Great Stylist just choose Chris. We all love him without reservation and you will too if he gets his magic hands on you.

He can be found rocking Windsor or Earthing himself in his country retreat of Warragul.

Chris is a Hair Magician, Chris is the Cream of the Crop, Chris is a Chumba Lifer, Chris is Chumba.

Let's get to know Christopher...

Q: So... what part of Australia are you from??

A: Raised in Yeppoon Qld so really a beach country fellow at heart.

Q: How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

A: Haha many I presume.

Q: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

A: The ability to bring forward the truth and to bring forward the best qualities of people for the good of all. Lol listen to me...hysterical

Q: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

A: Mother Nature to really feel the truth of creation and existence.

Q: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?

A: More of a gatherer but when the moment requires more than adept at being a fierce hunter.

Q: What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

A: The expanses and intricacies of life. Is that not what we all do?? 

Q: Describe the colour yellow to somebody who is blind.

A: Imagine lying on a beach of soft lush sand with the rays of the sun warm against your skin, the smell and sound of the soft breeze with the subtle taste of honey on the lips......this is the colour yellow.

Q: What do you work toward in your free time?

A:The creation of balance on all levels of the individual to create a more rounded life. Enjoyment of the simple things.

Q:What are you known for?

A: That I care for all and everything, doing everything well to the best of my ability.

Q:Who inspires you?

A:Hmmm....this changes constantly. Presently, Iris Van Herpen: couture designer who has an amazing philosophy towards innovation and inspiration. First to use 3D printing in couture.

Simon Sinek: motivational speaker and marketing consultant. Grounded, real, appropriate view on our present professional and personal world.

And an Instagram artist I follow 'Unskilledworker' the use of colour palate and emotion is just simply moving.


Meet Jessica #iamchumba

by Carl Keeley


Get to know the #hairnuts in our 'too out there in the galaxy' to not be a Star Stylist series....

Meet Jessica, she is what we refer to as a ‘True Blood’. Born into the Chumba Hair family from the very beginning of her career she has lived a closeted life within the walls of our Hair Asylum. And that has resulted in a freak hairstylist full of Chumba magic hair tricks and is crazy good in her skill sets. 

Blessed with a calm that anchors the entire team she is a foundation stone of the Windsor Salon.

When you mix the styling skills of Mr Wade Blackford, the high end everything of Alex Newman, the edge of Pete Koziell, the technical prowess of Colleen Stanford and the magical energy of Chris Gratton you get this- you get Jess the culmination of all of her mentors.

She is Freakishly Great, She is Jess, She is Chumba.

Q: You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

A: Go on a King Kong style rampage!

Q: What do you work toward in your free time? 

A: Turning myself into the illustrated woman. 

Q: If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be? 

A: I have been likened to both a baby goat and a cat I guess anything tiny cute and fluffy! 

Q: Describe the colour yellow to somebody who is blind. 

A: I would describe it as either the feeling of sunshine on your skin or patting a really fluffy puppy! 

Q: What are you known for?

A: Keeping things cool calm and collected!

 

Jessica is housed at Chumba Windsor and would like to get her hands on the stuff on the top of your head.


I AM DEBBIE... #IAMCHUMBA

by Carl Keeley


Get to know the #hairnuts in our 'too out there on the edge' to be an ordinary Stylist series....

Meet Debbie - The Pommy Prime Minister...
Who pulls the strings that makes Chumba work? Debbie. Who kicks ass when ass kicking is required? Debbie. Who works more hours and harder than any other? Debbie. Who pounds the pavement  with the King on Fun runs - Debbie. What the?

Regarded by all of us without exception as the Most Valuable Player in the entire company (along with her work husband Chris). Deb combines a formidable set of Hair skills with a penchant for Management second to none. A 'Chumba for Lifer', our whole Hair World revolves around 'the Deb'.  

She is the Best of the Best, She is Hair Obsessed, Debbie is Chumba...

 

Let's get to know her better...

Q: So... what part of Australia are you from??
A: Warragul, Victoria… by way of England. I’m a converted Pom

Q: How would you describe yourself in three words?
A: Loyal, Caring and Fun

Q: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
A: Thousand Island, I’m hoping to travel lol

Q: If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
A: The Queen - I’m a Pom you know.

Q: How many bottles of wine have you finished without ever actually pouring any of the wine into a glass?
A: the wine questions mmmmm....a few, I'd easily put three away given the chance.

Q: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
A: Milk, Eggs, Beer, Water, Veggies, Chicken, Beef,Feta Cheese, After Sun and Stingos (it's better cold).

Q: What’s the most money you’ve ever drunkenly spent at McDonald’s?
A: I spent $50.00 after the last works break up - not just for myself I shouted the gang 

Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A: Penguin - I think I would pass out if one spoke to me, so I wouldn't  know what he'd say.

Q: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
A: Im a real hoarder soI’m sure that would class me as a gatherer ?

Q: What are you known for?
A: Working Hard, Being a Mum and enjoying life


I am Taylor... #iamchumba

by Carl Keeley


Get to  know the #hairnuts in our 'too out there on the edge' to be an ordinary Stylist series....

Meet Taylor, she really is quite little, she's very very colourful, she detests twelve week regrowths and home 'bleach' jobs that she has to fix up with micro brush surgery. Taylor lives for colourful things on the top of heads - She is Obsessed, She is Chumba...

 

Q:  You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
A: ... it will make sense soon.

Q:  How would you describe yourself in three words?
A:  Really. Little. Head.

Q:  If you were a Star Trek® or Star Wars® character, which one would it be?
A:  ... Star what? 

Q:  How old were you when you realised Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life?
A:  6 days 3hours and 8minutes before my 9th birthday. Traumatic 

Q:  What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
A:  Pretty Fly - The Offspring 

A:  A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Q:  He says nothing, but you know he's just here for the party.

Taylor lives at Chumba Windsor and would like to get her hands on the stuff on the top of your head.


Happy New Year's 2017 and a Sneaky Peaky

by Carl Keeley


Did someone say 2016 can just F-off now? Well it's about to peeps and we're happy to see that sucker never return lol!

So just to help rush that 'memorable for all of the wrong reasons' year out the door or down the proverbial poo chute. We thought it'd be nice to brighten and lighten the mood by sharing a sneak peek of our upcoming Brand Collection titled 'DNA'.

This collection is of and for our salon clients. It shows you what we are lucky enough to do daily here - and before you ask, yes of course these are professional models (since we do their hair of course). And yes this is everyday cuts and colours around this joint. And yes this is commercial for us. And yes we are lucky buggers. And yes we are grateful to be this blessed to do this. But that my friends isjust how we roll right!

Remember for 2017, 'Cover Bands Don't Change the World - be who You Are'. And that's in Life as well as in Hair. We can't really help with the Life part but we can sure as hell help you design your Hair look to be the best '2017 You' that you can be.

Happy New Year from the Chumba Tribe!