ELEVEN Australia Master Certification

2024 is going to be an exciting year for ELEVEN Australia COLOUR! We are introducing a new Master Certification, the certification will allow colourists to gain a deeper understanding of ELEVEN Australia COLOUR as well as up-skilling their colour knowledge with an ELEVEN Australia twist.

Wonderful Brands Education Director Jo Robertson and ELEVEN Australia Educator Katie Groves travelled to Copenhagen for 4 days in November to gain their Bronze and Silver Master Certification and to learn the program to bring back to the UK ready to teach in 2024. The program is split into Bronze, Silver and Gold and allows you as a stylist to think differently about colour, how to formulate as well as placements.

Our Educators were Lindsay Perez-Soloman, Global Education Director of ELEVEN Australia and Melvin Royce Lane, Head of Education ELEVEN Australia.

Jo Robertson said “We were very excited to for the training, it’s always good to spend time in the Copenhagen academy with the European team but this time it felt very special to be the first people to gain the Master Certification. It was 4 days of intense learning which I loved and can’t wait to share this with everyone in the UK. My favourite part was Hair Science Day, I love understanding colour and why it behaves the way it does.”

The Master Colourists Program is split into 3 sections, named after famous places in Australia.
Bondi Bronze – Bondi is an upbeat city with a vibrant culture and fast-paced
Bryon Silver – Bryon is where our last campaign Far North was shot, it has stunning beaches, lush rain forests with a chilled vibe
Uluru Gold – The famous red rock (Ayres Rock) and where our Alice Springs campaign was shot. It’s a sacred spiritual site and parts of it can  be accessed if you are invited by the indigenous people

We asked Jo to share her trip to the ELEVEN Australia Acamdey with us

Day 1

After recapping our fundamentals and discussing lightening hair in depth we moved on to fun hands-on part where we spent time formulating and discussing tonal characters of the range to allow us to get perfect results, it was great to be able to listen and problem-solve with other colourists.

We squeezed another day session into day 1 and also worked on ELEVEN Australia Signature Colour, this taught us to think like a colourist and not a hairdresser!  We covered the signature looks with Permanent, Liquid Demi-Permanent and Lighteners. Don’t worry we won’t be squeezing an extra day in when we teach, we will get to spend a day on each module.

Day 2

I personally took away so much from the class, I’ve always been a big believer that consultation is key but without spoiling the class details, this day made me rethink and access the client’s needs and colour suitability in a different way. I had some big light bulb moments!
For the hands-on part of the session, we took our learning from the morning and looked in detail of placement of colour.

 

Day 3

Love or hate them, colour corrections are a huge part of our jobs, especially as clients want to experiment with their hair and even throw in a box dye now and then just to test our knowledge and patience!
Katie and I were really looking forward to this class, it is something we get asked for a lot in the UK. The class was broken down into salon-friendly, realistic time options to correct a colour. Looking at the possibilities, too dark, too warm etc. We also looked at removal of colour and adding colour.
We then put all of our learning into practice by creating one seamless colour on a head that was a combination of 4 colours. We both loved this class, it really gets your brain working and we loved debating tones.

 

Day 4

Hair Science – After an early night we felt ready to tackle the hair science. Understanding the “Why” is so important to be able to tackle the “How”. We discussed hair, its composition and how new technology enhances our colour services before moving on to natural colour pigments and artificial colour.

All of our learning was combined with our final colour model and having gained the knowledge and tools over the Master Certification it allowed us to create the most stunning seamless blonde, which probably would have been a bit of a nightmare if we had not had the certification under our belts.

And we made it!

After 4 days of intense learning, we completed our Bondi Bronze and Byron Silver Master Certification. We will be back in June for part 2, Uluru Gold which combines all of our learning and focuses on creativity and an ELEVEN Australia shoot.

We can’t wait to share this with you and take you to Bondi, Bryon and Urulu with us!

 

 

ELEVEN Australia Collective Awards

This year saw the launch of the ELEVEN Australia UK COLLECTIVE AWARDS with awards up for grabs in over 5 categories. Many of our amazing ELEVEN Australia salons entered, and finalists were chosen and invited to the awards ceremony at Salon International. We asked our winners a few questions to discover what it takes to put an award-winning entry together.

ELEVEN AUSTRALIA UK SALON OF THE YEAR

JUDGED BY Wonderful Brands Joint Managing Director Andy Camping , our finalists were;

  • Atelier Hair Couture
  • Salon Ginger
  • Elysian
  • Michael John Hair Artworks
  • Josh Lee Hair
  • Roberts and Gray
  • Heir Salon

We learnt putting together the entry for The Eleven Salon Of The Year Award was an enlightening experience. It allowed us to reflect deeply on our journey and business practices. Here are some key lessons we learned:

The act of writing the entry was a positive exercise for the entire team, it allowed us to reflect on the positive aspects of the business and understand the potential for further success, this in itself added a boost in team morale and provided motivation and focus. We were given the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of our team and recognise their efforts and achievements.

The process prompted us to take a step back and critically assess HEIR Salon strengths and weaknesses. In doing so we are able to identify what makes the salon unique, but also where we can make improvements. Identifying weaknesses, as well as strengths is the first step towards addressing them and improving business operations, systems and services.
The end to end experience has given us the opportunity to recognise and reward our team as well as continually improve our services and build a reputation for being a top quality high street salon.

My biggest tip for anyone thinking of entering awards is to show the impact of your incredible business. Even the smallest of salon businesses can make the biggest of impacts. Numbers, analytics and reports can paint a picture, but it’s the impact of your business which tells a story. The real ways in which your business has helped people and made a lasting impression. For us it’s about the impact we make in the lives of our customers and our team. Case studies and testimonials can speak louder than a graph showing business growth. Your business has made a difference, in some way, this is what makes you unique and worthy of an award win! So find a creative way to share this!

When we found out that HEIR Salon had won The Eleven Collective Salon Of The Year Award, We were overwhelmed with gratitude. It was a moment of validation for all the hard work and dedication our team put into HEIR salon. Winning this award has not only boosted their confidence but also motivated us to aim even higher in our business endeavours.

Colourist Of The Year

JUDGED BY Head of Education Melvin Royce Lane & Education Director Lindsay Perez-Solomon, our finalists were;

  • Douglas Reid – R&R
  • Pamela Cooney – Clay Hair Studio
  • Stacy James – Stacey James Presents Style
  • Jamie Boot – Salon B

What I learnt about myself entering the award was that It helped me learn that even tho I own a business now there is always room to make time to be creative! It helps keep ideas fresh and creates excitement in the salon you can’t beat!
My biggest tip is be true to yourself and put forward your own sense of style and what you see as forward-thinking.
Winning the award just makes you feel amazing! By being recognised just makes you feel that you are getting it right and makes you want to do it again!

Member Of The Year

JUDGED BY Wonderful Brands Education Director Jo Robertson, our finalists were;

  • Toni Roberts – Roberts and Gray
  • Zoë Rees – Biss Hair Therapy
  • Zoey Louise – Salon B
  • Jamie-Leigh Oliver – Micheal John Hair Artworks

What I learnt about myself when I won the award was that if I really put my mind to it and have more faith in myself I can do anything. I also learnt that I am good at my job and I should have much more confidence than I do have with showcasing my work and how I get to where I need to get.

I have never entered an award so the tips I would give is just do it, you’ve got nothing to loose, just make sure you put everything you have into it and the most important thing is you did your best. Entering is the most confident thing you could do.

How I felt when I won both my awards? I sobbed like a baby! I just cried (with happiness of course) I have never won anything before and I lack so much confidence within my job, I’m so used to always being knocked so I didn’t have high hopes but knowing that I won two awards I was and still am over the moon and I sing about them with pride! But I’m always trying to improve myself to always be better as a just in case. I couldn’t be more thankful to the eleven team for boosting my confidence so much!

TREND IMAGE AWARD

JUDGED BY Co-Creative Director Andrew O’Toole & Co-Creative Director Joey Scandizzo our finalists were;

  • Douglas Reid – R&R
  • Jamie-Leigh Oliver – Michael John Hair Artworks
  • Hollie Herring – Hair at No.2
  • Eloise Taylor – YOKE The Salon

SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD

JUDGED BY Head Of Education Melvin Royce Lane and Jo Robertson Wonderful Brands Education Director, our finalists were;

  • Katie Guise – Ochre Hair Studio
  • Zoë Rees – Bliss Hair Therapy
  • Jamie Sean Boot -Salon B
  • Zoey Louise – Salon B
  • Joshua Lee Partridge – Josh Lee Hair

What I learned about myself by entering the awards is that I’m so busy in the salon that I rarely get the time to reflect. Compiling the entry made me realise how much we’ve developed in business since launching five years ago and actually made me feel quite proud of how far we’ve come!

If you have never entered an award before and if you feel you deserve to be recognised for a certain achievement/award- just go for it! Sitting down to draft the entry can feel a little daunting, especially as hairdressers are not used to being behind a laptop so if necessary seek support. A friend, family member or professional who has copywriting experience will be able to help you effectively convey why you deserve to win.

Another handy tip is to carefully consider the criteria for the specific award you are applying for and write down your key notes in bullet point format. This will help to ensure that the entry remains concise and relevant, which is critical in order for the judges to measure if you are the deserved winner.

When we heard our name being called as a winner we were over the moon. At Josh Lee Hair we are huge advocates of ELEVAN and have been using the products for several years now. To be recognised is an honour.

 

From Melbourne To Manchester

September saw ELEVEN Australia’s second edu-tainment event of the year in Manchester, where we brought a little of Melbourne sunshine to the North of England (it actually rained  but the sun shone inside 😉)

The event was held at the quirky Five Four Studios in Manchester, stylists were greeted with breakfast pastries before entering the bright white cove studio space, where the stylists received their red ELEVEN Australia goodie bags with the brand new Miracle Hair Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner as part of their £200 swag.

The event kicked off by Jo Robertson ELEVEN Australia UK Education Director, with an introduction to the brand and a little teaser of the next event in London with co-creative directors Joey Scandizzo and Andrew O’Toole. Melvin Royce Lane ELEVEN Australia’s Head Of Education and Brand Artists Paul Dennison were first to the stage. Melvin re-created the ELEVEN Australia signature seamless blonde using powder lighteners and ultra high-lift blonde cream colour, whilst Paul talked about real-life in-salon colour and how to change up your client’s colours quickly and keep them loyal to you and your salon.

Everyone was then treated to the Instagramable grazing platter lunch before seeing Jo Dyer ELEVEN Australia Guest Artist from YOKE The Salon in Plymouth dramatic haircut that had everyone in the audience holding their breath! Jo used the ELEVEN Australia Feather razor and took her model’s waist-length hair and transformed it into a cute Wolfe cut. Joining Jo was ELEVEN Australia Brand Ambassador Conor Doyle. Conor brought his unique and entertaining education to re-energise the room and talked about tackling curly hair with colour.

Next up is Sydney To Shoreditch on Tuesday 27th February with another superstar lineup

 

 

 

Bondi to Bristol was ELEVEN Australia’s first edu-tainment event in the UK. The event allowed the ELEVEN Australia community to come together and draw inspiration from some of ELEVEN’s ambassadors in a relaxed environment.

ELEVEN Australia’s UK Education Director Jo Robertson said “We wanted to create an intimate atmosphere, where stylists could get up close to the action and be able to ask questions, we love that people came alone and left as friends. It was such an inspirational day and really enjoyed getting to know our salons and stylists better.”

The event was held at Dixion Road Studios in Bristol, stylists were treated to a bumper £200 goodie bag which included the brand-new and not released Keep My Blonde Toning Spray as well as a yummy lunch and a sweet treat in the afternoon to keep the energy levels up.

The attendees were about to watch a 4 mixture of models which were all coloured using ELEVEN Australia COLOUR, showing the versatility of the range. Melvin showed how to add dimension to an overly lightened blonde using the Liquid Demi Permanent Colour and powder Lighteners and in the afternoon how to create a sunkissed Australian Blonde on a guy using the Ultra high Lift Blondes and Powder Lighteners. Whilst Conor showcased an incredible Copper and in the afternoon how to formulate a beautiful peachy tone to a blonde.

Conor Doyle – ELEVEN Australia Ambassador said “This was such an exciting event to work at, we created colour magic live while sharing and chatting about our unique approach to colour. I can’t wait for the next one ❤️”

Melvin Royce Lane – ELEVEN Australia Head of Education said “This event was incredible, it was so good to get to meet so many of you and to share our ELEVEN Australia brand ethos with you all. I can’t wait for the next one, this time bringing a little bit of Melbourne to Manchester!”

 

 

Dive into the captivating world of hairstyling as we recount the highlights from one of Salon International 2023’s masterclasses, featuring none other than the globally acclaimed hairdressing photographer, Andrew O’Toole. The event drew an enthusiastic crowd of hairstylists, photographers, and creative professionals hailing from diverse corners of the globe.

The masterclass commenced with a gracious welcome from Ken Picton, setting the stage for an enlightening and groundbreaking experience. He portrayed Andrew O’Toole not only as a master of hairdressing photography but also as a trailblazer in the industry. Ken underscored the significance of O’Toole’s collaborative approach, seamlessly blending elements of hair, makeup, styling, and photography.

A standout moment from Andrew O’Toole’s masterclass was his call for attendees to “be a unicorn.” This concept came to life through a visually striking collection that not only caught the eye but became a reference point for mood boards. O’Toole generously unraveled the secrets behind his most iconic shoots, divulging the creative processes and techniques that set them apart.

The masterclass delved into the practicalities of photoshoots, including the often daunting topic of budgeting. O’Toole provided a meticulous breakdown of shoot-related costs, spanning the photographer, model, stylist, makeup artist, studio, lighting, retouching, and even catering. Attendees gained invaluable insights into navigating these financial aspects, with tips on cost reduction for those embarking on their photography journey.

In a live demonstration during the event, Andrew orchestrated four quick shoots alongside ELEVEN Australia Ambassador Melvin Royce Lane. The emphasis on “pre-work as the magic work” resonated, highlighting the importance of thorough preparation for a seamless and beautiful shoot. O’Toole also outlined a timeline for the preparation process, starting a year in advance with idea collection and culminating two weeks before the shoot in presenting key images to the client.

The masterclass didn’t stop at the technicalities; O’Toole shared tips on creating effective mood boards, using Errol Douglas MBE’s board for the British Hairdressing Awards shoot as a prime example. The emphasis on organization as a key to staying true to your vision was a recurring theme.

Andrew O’Toole urged attendees to seek inspiration beyond the obvious sources, encouraging the creation of something truly unique. Nature, clothing patterns, and even unconventional subjects like butterflies were suggested as wellsprings for incredible and unexpected color combinations.

As the session concluded, attendees walked away armed with insights on crafting collections that are not just original but unforgettable. For those aiming to elevate their photography game, this masterclass proved to be a treasure trove of knowledge. O’Toole generously shared secrets and techniques amassed over 25 years of collaboration with the world’s most awarded hairdressers. In his parting words, he affirmed, “If you can cut hair, straighten hair, curl hair…then you are capable of winning awards.”

 

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Credits

Hair direction for @elevenaustralia @melvinroycelane

Photography @andrewotoolestudios

MUA @sharimakeup

Models – @blackbirdcage

Join us for an in-person session of edu-tainment and inspiration featuring ELEVEN Australia Co-Creative Directors, Joey Scandizzo & Andrew O’Toole as well as Head Of Education Melvin Royce Lane, Brand Artist Paul Dennison and European Educator Katie Groves.

 

Joey and the ELEVEN Australia EDU team will be sharing their favourite cutting, styling, and colouring techniques on live models in a look & learn format, you will then be treated to a photography masterclass with Andrew O’Toole for an event like no other!

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain pro tips, business advice, and network with fellow stylists as well as an amazing  ELEVEN Australia goodie bag worth £200

 

WHERE: White Rabbit Studios, Shoreditch, LONDON
TIMINGS: 10.30 am – 4 pm
WHEN: Tuesday 27TH February
COST: £200
WHATS INCLUDED: Welcome Breakfast, Lunch and a goodie bag worth £200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready to GLOW like never before this season with the release of ELEVEN Australia’s limited edition NEON Holiday collection.

A series of gifts for the holiday season that combines sustainability with the luminosity of neon-coloured beauty bags that you’ll want in every colour.

Choose from 5 vivid neon beauty bags – Blue, Pink, Lime, Yellow & Orange, with each gift containing a trio of shampoos, conditioners, and a third product tailored to every hair type.

CONTAINS: Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo 300ML, Hydrate My Hair Moisture Conditioner 300ML & Detangle My Hair leave-In Spray 200MLCONTAINS: Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Shampoo 300ML, Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Conditioner 300ML & Smooth Me Now Thermal Spray 200ML (NEW)

CONTAINS: I Want My Body Shampoo 300ML, I Want My Body Conditioner 300ML & Detangle My Hair Leave-In Spray 200ML

CONTAINS: Keep My Colour Blonde Shampoo 300ML, Keep My Colour Blonde Conditioner 300ML & Sea Salt Texture Spray 200ML

CONTAINS: Repair My Hair Nourishing Shampoo 300ML, Repair My Hair Nourishing Conditioner 200ML & Miracle Hair Mask 200ML

CONTAINS CHOICE OF:

Miracle Bon Bon: Miracle Hair Treatment Shampoo 50ML & Miracle Hair Treatment Conditioner 50ML

Blonde Bon Bon: Keep My Colour Blonde Shampoo 50ML & Keep My Colour Blonde Conditioner 50ML

Body Bon Bon: I Want My Body Shampoo 50ML & I Want My Body Conditioner 50ML

Enjoy guilt-free holiday gifting this season!

Thanks to our uber-fun packaging, you can enjoy guilt-free holiday gifting this season, eliminating the need for wrapping paper. And it doesn’t stop there! These beauty bags have been crafted from new environmentally friendly technology – a TPU material that ensures they’re 100% recyclable and bio-degradable in 3-5 years. They’re the perfect travel companions, ready to be reused as a stylish travel cube or carryall.

Introducing the latest addition to the ELEVEN Australia family Smooth Me Now Thermal Spray (AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY IN THE NEON HOLIDAY SMOOTH TRIO) 

Holiday season also means party season, and with that comes the need for hair that’s protected from heat styling.

Our new smoothing spray offers thermal protection up to 220 degrees Celsius (428 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep your hair nourished and safe from split ends. Say goodbye to dry, frizzy, and damaged hair and hello to fabulous holiday hair!

Want to create effortless looks with the NEON HOLIDAY series? Look no further! 

We’ve included a unique QR code with each gift, giving you access to everything from exclusive (and simple) how-to tutorials, to helpful ingredient and product information. Get set to up your styling game with expert haircare advice at your fingertips.

If you missed out on getting a ticket to Bondi to Bristol don’t fear, we are taking our ELEVEN Australia event to Manchester.

Melbourne to Manchester on Monday 2nd October.
Now with 4 platform artists, our event just got bigger! Conor Doyle, Hair Educator, Content Creator & ELEVEN Australia Brand Ambassador, Melvin Royce Lane, ELEVEN Australia Head of Education, Jo Dyer ELEVEN Australia Guest Artist from YOKE THE SALON Plymouth and Paul Dennison ELEVEN Australia Guest Artist . This will be a bumper day of inspiration.

Get ready for an interactive day at Melbourne to Manchester! With 4 models expect a day packed full of inspiration & knowledge from colour techniques you can take back to the salon through to how to capture that perfect image. As we are moving in to autumn we will be looking at transitioning our ELEVEN Australia COLOUR bright summer blondes by adding dimension, as well playing with bespoke tones to create a seasonal palette. Cutting and styling will also take centre stage with the fresh looks and techniques you can take straight back to the salon.

Straight after our last event, Bondi to Bristol, Conor said

This was such an exciting event to work at, we created colour magic live while sharing and chatting about our unique approach to colour. I can’t wait for the next one ❤️

and Melvin was blown away too

This event was incredible, it was so good to get to meet so many of you and to share our ELEVEN Australia brand ethos with you all. I can’t wait for the next one, this time bringing a little bit of Melbourne to Manchester!

Where: fivefourstudios, 54 Oldfield road, Manchester, M5 4LZ
When: Monday 2nd October 10.30 – 4.30
What’s included: Drinks, snacks, lunch and an ELEVEN Australia goodie bag worth over £200
How to book: Speak to your account manager or click the link below
Investment: £150 +VAT  (3  easy  payments  available  with  Klarna)

 

 

In Conversation with Charlotte Evans – Ginger Salon, Bromsgrove. Talking about cost of living, gaining new clients and the environment.

Rather than reducing your prices or offering discounts, how can you entice clients to spend on colour during the cost-of-living crisis?

Education  Education  Education!

Our guests need to know why they should be coming in for regular colour top-ups,  and it’s our job as their stylist to pass our professional knowledge on!

Recently we posted an educational Instagram post called ‘The cycle of a Balayage’ Where we covered the maintenance and the cost our guests can expect over the course of a year. This was our most successful educational post and we became inundated with guest queries and bookings for Balayage!

What is your opinion on offering discounts on colour services?

I understand why our industry do it, for years we have been undervalued by society.

I am sure many of us remember the sheer disrespect from school careers advisers “You aren’t very academic, have you considered Hair and Beauty?”…. Rude.

This leads us to undervalue ourselves and very often price our services with emotion “I feel bad charging that” “My clients cant afford that” or worse, we base our prices on competitors, without knowing their overheads.

My salon is the most expensive in the area, and yes I know some people cannot afford us, and Tha’ts ok. This makes room for our ‘Fans’ who are fiercely loyal.

Adding value to a guests service is extremely important, Knowing your Customer journey inside -out, having great quality coffee, an easy, transparent booking system and epic customer service all sets you apart from the competition.

So very often a guests decision to sit in your chair, isn’t based on price.

That being said, we understand the current climate has been difficult for most. Unless you are Jeff Bezos!

We have a few budget friendly options, such as a reduced rate for on the day walk-ins to fill white space. Model nights and a tiered pricing structure so that guests have a degree of control over their spend.

I personally feel If guests see their regular service constantly on offer they will begrudge paying full price.

Are there any alternative colour services that you have been offering as a result of the cost-of-living crisis?

Yes, we recently started offering express colour services to our Guests. This includes ‘Express Roots’ this covers the parting only, and a blast dry with an assistant. This is available to regular Guests and can only be booked by the stylist if suitable. This is great for emergency grey coverage for a job interview that has caught you off guard!  Another popular service is

‘Face frame’ This is great for those guests who want their blonde Poppin!

Do you break down the cost of your colour services for your clients? Why/ why not? What could be the benefits or negatives of this?

We don’t break down the colour services, as sometimes we feel this limits us in the long run. As creatives I believe we should have a certain amount of both control and freedom. Recently I separated the price of a toner and now very often guests ask not to have one.

I do feel that having extras is super important though. Adding a treatment to a guests service, or upselling from a Blow-Dry to a Cut and Finish can add thousands to your profit margin per year!

Do you have any advice on how to advertise and market your colour services?

Get Creative!

To stand out from the crowd you need to discover your USP (Unique selling point). Ask yourself why your guests come to you, and if you don’t know ask them! How do you make them feel? why are you different? Once you have this information, you have your avatar. Give her a name, a job, hobbies and interests.

This is where you should concentrate most of your efforts. If your avatar is a Mum, team up with a Mum group on Facebook. If your avatar is a student, get yourself the local university and collaborate on an Event!

Tag your colour house and demo your products.  Eleven is a colourists dream, they support everyone, not just stylists with a big following!

How would you approach a conversation regarding colour with clients who are worried about damaging their hair?

Like all colour services, it should start with a Thorough consultation.

Here we dive into the nitty gritty of the hair history, guests desires and above else managing expectations.

Using concise and simple terminology can you get the very best out of your guest.

Strand tests are a Must, this avoids any nasty surprises on the day!

We switched to Eleven Australia  last year and clients rave about the shine, condition and longevity of their colour.

Eleven bleach lifts clean whilst keeping the integrity of the hair in tact.

My summer tip for Guests is to massage MIRACLE HAIR TREATMENT  through the ends of their hair whilst on the beach for that ultimate summer protection!!

What about clients who are worried about the environment?

I feel that we all have our part to play in saving the environment. Small changes make a huge difference. Whether that be eating less meat, or buying your clothes from Vinted. (My own personal pledge this year) .

Eleven Australia has a huge part to play in our mission. All packaging is recyclable and made from Recycled materials. They even have plastic free shampoo and conditioner bars! Their ingredients are naturally derived, vegan an cruelty free….. What’s not to Love?

Check out the story in Hairdresser’s Journal!

Emily in Paris is growing up and heading into season 4. We have seen that Lily Collins is moving away from the girlish waves and becoming braver with her haircuts, first there was the chic French Fringe and now we have spotted a new addition the “French Step”.

This versatile trend has been around since 2021 and has been going through a few transitions, we first saw it as “The Hime” or “Princess Cut” and in 2021 it became an iconic look racking up 60 million views on TikTok. The haircut was named after noblewomen back in the Herian period in Japanese history, 794 to 1185. The hair cut was given to young women as a celebration of coming of age in a ceremony called Binsogi . It is a combination of two haircuts, longer at the back and shorter sharp lines at the front. The haircut gathered pace after lockdown and throughout history you are able to see that after key moments in history new haircuts are born. This one in particular was a rebellion haircut with people taking back power of their identity, showing their strength and resilience through a haircut.

We are loving the “French Step” on Lily Collins, it has added so much interest to her hair and given so many options when styling. We particularly love how it takes a boring ponytail to a new level of chic. The haircut can be personalised to suit any face shape, it can help to accentuate cheekbones or worn longer to soften a square shaped face. This haircut is so much fun and love that it is bringing clients back into salons for interesting haircuts.

ELEVEN Australia have introduced 2 cutting classes in the Undertone Collection, the classes will allow you to confidently create versions of this upcoming trend. Co-Creative Director and Co-Founder of ELEVEN Australia Joey Scandizzo said “The beauty of subtlety and the power of restraint. Clean lines with purpose, small silhouettes and fresh understated tones bring to life the UNDERTONE Collection. This collection explores four modern haircuts with finished styling. Working with classic fade barbering techniques and a stepped out cool bob with a square fringe, understated disconnections, and texturising techniques. The looks are versatile, lived-in, and very wearable. While each look can be transformative, these cuts and styles can be adapted to suit the individual needs of any client”.

If you would like to learn more about hosting a class in your salon contact on education@wonderful-brands.com

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