Recently I got to interview Chantelle who is a Senior Colourist and Stylist at Conrad Mace.
Both professional and easy going Chantelle has been hair dressing for 6 years now and absolutely loves her clients and the creativeness of her job.
What’s your advise to young hairdressers?
- Start an Apprenticeship with a well recognised salon.
- Attend training nights and days to improve your skills and keep up to date with future trends and techniques.
- Be willing to put in a lot of hard work and effort.
- Get as much exposure as possible.
- Love your clients and they will love you back!
What is your greatest strength as a hairdresser?
- I am definitely a people person. Being able to communicate with your clients, and getting to know them is really important.
- Being reliable is also really important.
- I love what I do , and I believe it shows.
- I have exceptional attention to detail.
- What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
- Completely changing a persons look, and making them feel amazing about themselves.
What has been your career highlight to date?
- Spring Racing is always a highlight for me. So many amazing people to meet, and hairstyles to create.
What trends do you think will be easiest to try in the upcoming seasons, cuts, styles and colours?
- Fringes are STILL happening this season, although softer side-swept fringes are more the trend.
- Hair around the face creates softness and warmth, in the chillier months to come.
What ‘on trend’ styles have the most flexibility (wearable and low maintenance) for those of us that haven’t got the cash to see a stylist monthly?
- Natural blondes are definitely a winner this season. Easy to wear, and a little less maintenance too.
- Medium to long hair is also great, as shorter styles often need more attention.
- No matter what the colour or length, your hair must SHINE!
Tools and products you think are essential to have at home?
- definitely invest in some good brushes, a good quality hair dryer and a heat protect spay.
- burnt hair doesn’t shine! you will be amazed at how much easier it is to create polished looks with the right equipment!
- Keep up regular treatments too.
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about Moroccan Oil Treatments, can you explain….
- Moroccan oil is, in one word, amazing. I’ve never used anything like it.
- Its a weightless oil that nourishes and protects the hair, whether it is applied to damp hair before blow waving, used as a scalp treatment or added to colour before applying.
- Protection and amazing shine.
Any tips for Brides or for formal occasions?
- Have your colour done by a professional at least 1 week before the day.
- Start treatments and glossing a few weeks before.
- Have a trial, so there is no stress on the day.
Conrad Mace is located in Victoria, Australia and specialises in both hairdressing and beauty. So if your ever in the area call ahead for an appointment!
For any more information about the Salon visit http://www.conradmace.com.au/
(Isn’t the salon lovely!)