Hair Expo Hair We Come

by Carl Keeley

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Queens Birthday Weekend... that can only mean one thing for the Hair World... it's Hair Expo time for the 'Follicley' focused!

Leading the charge again this year is Alexandra Newman who is for the second consecutive year again in Finalist for the Victorian Hairdresser of the Year.

This year we have have lots on as usual. On stage we'll have Belinda for her own Belinda Keeley Education supported by Colleen Stanford as always, Pete K for EVO, Alex for KM, Karlie and Jess will be on Kobi's show crew and the . rest of the team will be dispersed on various other missions.

Be sure to follow us on FB or Insta @chumbahair to keep up with all of the behind the scenes action


When Your Job is to be Ridiculously Good Looking - Who do You Call ?

by Carl Keeley

No not Ghostbusters mashed up with Zoolander - we're not stuck in any 80 - 90's remake vibe are we? Move on please.

We have a lot of extremely good looking people around here in case you haven'y noticed. We also have  an extreme amount of great looking hair, extremely great looking in fact. Some of our peeps make their daily with the way they look. So a great Ballyage or Ombre is serious stuff when you dollars rely on your hair colour. When the 'pro girls' need serious colouring they call seriously great colourists. Luckily for the rest of 'We' normal people those same colourists are available on tap at Chumba. 

Want what she's having? Do you really really want it... well of course you can. That's what we do - imagine the Insta likes with hair like this.

From Eileen Cassidy
My hair - I have never been happier . Seriously being with you guys the last 2-3 years . Has been so good . Just expressing gratitude as I've been reminded by so many friends how unhappy they are with their hairdressers . I've never had a bad experience and wanted to let you know 🙂 love you! ❤️

SHU-Shi Time - off to Tokyo she goes!

by Carl Keeley

Oops she's done it again... Bridgete (Windsor Salon) has for the second year running nabbed a spot as one of Five Finalist nationwide for the Shu Umera Gallery of Style Competition.

But this year there's a twist - the finalists will throwdown against each other in Tokyo, Japan in early June. And you know what that means - Shushi big time baby washed down with alot of Sake!

Not only did Bridgete nail this brief but both Hollie (Warragul) and Jess (Windsor) were both named as two of the four Highly Commended entries. Congratulations to all three of our Styling Stars.

Now bring on that Sushi!

Checkout the full story here


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


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.