Hey Andrea, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. We just wanted to find out a little more about you and any styling thoughts or tips you may have, plus you’re off to Vietnam for Wella’s ‘Making Waves’ program in September, this year! Amazing project to be involved with. Can you explain to us alittle about this program, your involvement and what you will be achieving during your time over there for Wella?
I have been selected by Wella / Unicef to be one of eight mentors from around the world to take part in this fantastic initative again. I am representing Australia and New Zealand when I travel to Vietnam to educate vulnerable young people in life skills and hairdressing training. I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity to use my knowledge to give these teenager's the chance to build a better future.
I'll be collecting t-shirts and pens to take over with me, so please feel free to drop in any donations to the salon before the 1st September.
So, how long have you now been with the PORTFOLIO Mona Vale salon?
It will be 5 years in November
What is your role at the salon?
I am an Executive Stylist and a member of the PORTFOLIO Art team. I also spend some time each week helping to coach my colleagues in their development in the industry.
Can you tell us a little about your training and what aspect of hairdressing you particularly enjoy focussing on and/or specialising in?
I was lucky enough to train in London with the Wella and Tigi Academies and went on to achieve a degree in colour and diplomas in Salon Management with Wella. I love all aspects of hairdressing, but my passion is in creative colour and upstyling.
What is the number one product (for your clients) in your arsenal that you couldn’t live without each day at work?
Wella have launched a new range of styling products called EIMI. The whole range are my new go-to's.
Any cutting tips, or quick tips for home hair maintenance? What advice would you give when in a rush to get out the door each day?
My tip this season would be to add a blunt fringe to freshen up your style and give you an instant new look. I also use a dry shampoo (from home) called 'Dry Me' from Wella. Its great for creating texture and volume in the hair, as well as refreshing unwashed hair.
Any funny or humorous stories whilst working in the salon?
So many to tell, but one in particular that springs to mind; was when a particularly flamboyant stylist who was working for me (in the UK) phoned me one morning to tell me he couldnt come to work that day. When I asked him why, he explained that he had worn his Cuban Stacks out to a club the night before and had a blister on his little toe. You can just imagine my answer to that...!
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into hairdressing for the first time?
Be prepared for alot of hard physical and mental work, long hours and little pay - but the rewards outweigh it all. Its a fun, creative and fast-moving industry to be in and you get to make people look and feel good 10 x times a day.
What (musical) artist do you have on repeat at moment? Which song?
'This Girl' by Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners. Its such a happy feel-good song and reminds me of my best friend in the UK, who I miss immensely...
If you could spend three months anywhere, where would the dream destination be?
Touring Australia and New Zealand. I really feel I have found paradise here in Australia.
Whats the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Describe your ideal man in three words?
Honest, respectful and ambitious.
If you could raid any woman's closet, who’s would it be?
Kate Moss. We are the same age and she is always on point!