I have an awesome hairdresser, her name is Elly Hanson and she’s from Stevie English Hair in Glebe.Â She’s been doing my hair for about 18 months and she takes really good care of it, although it’s languishing a bit right now because I’m up on the Gold Coast so I have to improvise.Â Anyway, I wanted to introduce Elly to you and if you live in Sydney, I recommend you pay her a visit, she’s not only great at what she does she works in one of the coolest Salon’s under Stevie English!
Tell us about working at Stevie English Hair? How\’d you end up there?
After I finished my apprenticeship in Port Macquarie, IÂ went traveling for a while during my travels I thought about where I could develop and further my skills and creativity. When I got back I decided Sydney was my calling, soÂ I applied for a job at Stevie English Hair (SEH), as I had seen their name a bit and some of the amazing work they had started to produce. They were a relatively new salon in Sydney but so creative, fortunately Stevie employed me and I becameÂ a part of the brilliant team in a beautiful salon. Everyday is great and inspiring I get to work with the most inspiring, enthusiastic and crazy fun people. Everyday we learn something new and have a lot of fun doing what we love,while sending our clients out with the most rocking hairstyles. I started as a graduate stylist, I recently was promoted to a senior stylist.
How did you get started?
At school in year 9, I didn’t really know what to do for my work experience and it wasÂ my mum that encouraged me to try out hairdressing. So I did and I loved it, IÂ then started working as a ‘saturday girl’ in a local salon I started to learn more about salon life and even though I was the junior I enjoyed it.I went on to finish my HSC, andÂ I knew then that I was ready to start my career as a hairdresser – that was 2005.
What do you love about hairdressing?Â
There isn’t anything I don’t love – IÂ love every aspect of this industry -Â the creative opportunities I have at SEH to work at fashion week, shoots and advertising campaigns. I really enjoy the weekly education we do at SEH – teaching the next generation of stylists. Obviously having awesome clients and being in the salon with such a truly awesome team helps as well!. It is such a nice feeling making people look and feel good about themselves everyday – especially when they book to come back 6 weeks later and when they do – they’reÂ still loving their hair. I really enjoy working in such a creative industry.
How did you get to where you\’re at now? What are some notable triumphs and memorable moments along the way?
I was so keen to be a hairdresser from the very beginning so when I started an apprentice I entered a few local hair competitions -Â I feel is a great way to let your real creativity out. My dedication paid off and I went on to win NSW State and then in Perth I won the National IHS (Junior Catwalk Section). Now a few years later – I now judge at some ofÂ these events – which I love.
Working at SEH I have had the opportunity to work on our salon shoots and even shoot my own collections; aÂ men’s collection I shot – was printed in the annual American Crew -Â Face OffÂ magazine. So far my highest achievement is theÂ judges recognitionÂ at Hair ExpoÂ 2010 for New Creative Force. I am very proud of the collection I shot for that entry.Â Â Recently I worked on the new breast cancer campaign for TV and print, I’m involved in assisting GHD at events like Fashion Week. At SEH I have some very high profile and (with their new hair)Â cool people like Megan Washington and AFL’s Sydney Swans star – Jude BoltonÂ (he’s even making me become an AFL fan each time he comes in). I recently spent a week in London at the Vidal Sassoon Academy; in the most recent Australian FAME team competition I was in the final 10 from everyone who entered from Australia and New Zealand, the FAME team is an awesome opportunity -Â four individuals are chosen to travel the worldÂ and Australia doing shoots and education.
What is your favourite hairstyle at the moment? Long or short? Colour?
I favourites change quite often , but at the moment my favourites are – one length solid cuts to the shoulder, with a heavy fringe. For colour – coppers and reds are so hot right now as well as balayage and ‘dip dyes’ in different shadesÂ to suit the individual.
What do to keep your hair lustrous and in good condition that we should know about?
Being a hairdresser my hair has been through a lot in its past! So I have to make sure I look after it – using salon professional products is a must – if i want to keep my hair beautiful.Â Currently I’m using O&M’sÂ maintain the maneÂ shampoo and conditioner, as well as a treatment once a weekÂ – Â O&M’sÂ seven day miracle. I putÂ frizzy logicÂ through my mid-lengths and ends to help add shine and moisture. All these products are sulphate and paraben free, so there are no nasty chemicals in them – great for our environment.
Which celebrity are you hair-envious of?
I love Rhianna’sÂ and the awesome Lady Gaga, both women push the boundaries with their hair. From glamour to punk, through to the very outrageous, their ability to continually change their look and be fresh is something everyone should aim to do. But remember it only has to be a small change to make a great difference it doesn’t need to be a head shave.
What hairdressers do you really admire and why?
I have a long list of hairdressers I truly admire and aspire to be like one day. But on the top of my list are:Â my boss StevieÂ – you have never met someone as talented, passionate and so damn clever as my boss. He really does makes coming to work fun.Â He’s always encouraging and assists me in reaching my goals.Â Guido PalauÂ – considered one of the world’s most inventive hairstylists – working regularly on campaigns such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace; I hope one day I have the honour in working with him. Mark Hayes – Sassoon International’sÂ artist director – I worship and love the attention to detail on every haircut this man has ever done – so much perfection and skill.
You recently won some awards, tell us about them?
I achieved a Judges recognition at Hair Expo 2011 in the new creative force category, it’s one of the toughest sections and my first time entering. My collection was inspired by elements from the 50s and 70s, photography and the current social elements surrounding today’s culture. I wanted to create a beautiful Â soft antique feel through the photography and contrasting that with hair that has a strong focal point with hard texture and fashion.
[Editor’s Note: Elly has also just been named a finalist in Hot Shots 2012 Competition as “Rising Star Female,” (run by Mocha Publishing).]
Take us through a timeline of your own hair. Have you done anything â€˜crazy\’ with it?Â
Being young and adventurous my poor hair has been through everything -Â hot pink rats tails , mohawks, ‘rainbow hair’, bright green patches, mullets, pixie fringes and short crop haircuts. Pretty much if you can name it I think I’ve done it or at the very least considered it!Â I like to think i have experienced everything except platinum blonde, but who knows what the future could bring. My hair is quite long at the moment – well long for me and for now I am enjoying it. Mind youÂ give it another six months and I’ll more then likely get bored with it. That’s the one of the best things about this industry is the forever changing styles – it helps keep me inspired!
You can visit Stevie English Hair’s website: stevieenglish.com.au to have a look inside his salon and all his awards the team have won.Â And watch this space for more exciting news coming out of the salon of Stevie English Hair!
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