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Hairy Topics

During lockdown, we watched Pauline McCabe @pauline_mccabehair "The World's most in-demand hair stylist." show us some looks from London Fashion Week.

One of my favourite things about this look was the mixture of textures. From the movement in the hair to the silk ribbon tied to the pony, everywhere I look there is something new to see. 

I was quite surprised to know how easy this was to recreate. With just a few simple steps I know I will be seeing this look at the races and the parties to come.


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This week we had the absolute honor of having a private zoom education class with Sheree Knoble of Bixie Colour which is located in Caringbah just outside of Sydney.

Sheree specializes in ‘lived in’ blondes, effortless balayage and creating beautiful beach babes, she is also very well known for creating Jen Hawkins signature look and her Queen of instagram title was cemented when she won the Australia Hair Fashion Awards influencer of the year in 2019.

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With winter just past and heaters are just starting to turn off while you're working from home, you can’t shake the dryness that comes with the cold weather and change of season.

Your scalp feels like it’s getting itchier and flakier by the minute, what do you do? Today we’re going to talk about scalp health and care.

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In this day and age we are finding more people are becoming sensitive to allergens and getting reactions more to the outside world, Including us hair colourists in salon also.

We researched for months to try and find the perfect colour company that would align with the Chumba brand.

A colour that would address scalp irritation problems, create beautiful shiny nourishing results, reduce the strong smells of chemicals in salon and still be a high performing colour product.

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The iso-education never stops for team Chumba!

Just as we were starting to feel a little bit too isolated from the rest of the world here in Melbourne, we were fortunate enough to attend the online, live show from O&M’s flagship salon in New York, O&M.nyc @originalmineralnyc.

We got to see Creative Director Janelle Chaplin @heywhatschaplin demo a stunning 60s inspired blowout look. Colour Specialist Stephanie Clark @stephanieatnyc also demonstrated her amazing hair painting skills and Colourist Paprika (Papi) Velour @bleotch giving us a taste of her specialty, the ‘bleach and tone’.


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We’ve rounded up some of our favorite celebs who consistently disrupt both hair and the fashion world with fresh styles that are only matched by their attitude, so whether you’re thinking of changing up your haircut, color or style or simply looking for your next muse, we’ve got you covered. 

Here's our list of the Top Celebrities to follow for great hair inspo...

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With salons closed in Melbourne for longer than we all expected, everyone is getting desperate with overdue roots and faded colours.

People are willing to try anything to get them through until they can get back in the salon.

After reading the threads on numerous community pages I felt as a hairdresser with years of experience, I needed to write this to educate people properly before they embark on this hairy journey.


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It is not normal to have scalp burns after a colour. The process of scalp bleaching can come with its fair share of risks if not done properly. You have to remember we are using chemicals that can be quite dangerous to the skin and hair and need to be handled with caution.

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But why is balayage so popular?

There are a handful of reasons as to why balayage has stuck around for so long and why clients and hairdressers around the world have fallen in love with the look.

One of the many beauties of balayage is that it can be for anyone.

Whether your hair is super dead straight, big and curly, fine or thick, dark or light, short or long or anywhere in between, balayage can be for you.

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What's the difference between foils and balayage?

Let's see what our colourist team thinks of the following questions... remember we're all a little different as colourists so let us know what your answers would be in the comments too :-)

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Trend Forecast for Spring/Summer 2020 | What we learnt from Stephanie, was that, like everything changing around us, there is a huge change in the way we are cutting balayaged hair.

Moving on from the bold hair colour trend that we’ve being seeing, it is likely that there will be a shift toward softer, lower maintenance and more lived-in colour looks coming into spring and summer.

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If I had a dollar for every-time someone asked me if box hair dye is bad for your hair, I would be rich! Let's unpack what box dye is and why it can be harmful for your hair.

Before you pick up that box of colour in the supermarket aisle... just take a moment to think. Is that really a smart move and will it actually look great in the morning?

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