You know that it’s true love when you find a hairdresser who just knows what to do with your hair, and surprises you with a style that leaves you looking (and feeling) like a million bucks. However, with so many hair trends flying around (bangs, braids, or balayage, anyone?), it can be hard to knowwhat look suits you best. We took some time to speak to the passionately creative Amy Alexa, a stylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry.
Hi Amy, it’s lovely to meet you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you start your career?
Well, I always wanted to be a hairdresser, and it all began for me in 2005. Fast-forward to now – I run my own business at Salon Mio in High street Armadale as Amy Alexa Hair. I rent a chair and manage my business out of their shop. It’s a fantastic little spot and really works with my busy lifestyle.
What do you think will be a big hair trend in 2016?
This year, warmer blondes are coming back in. A few years ago, and until now, I have found my clients were always trying to get that beautiful, clean pearly blonde. But, this year it’s all about the warm blondes, soft beiges, and honey lustre tones that will be a hit!
Also, colour melts have been very popular in the last couple of months. It’s a new technique that is created with a few colours melting in together giving that multi-dimensional look that looks very natural to the eye.
That sounds gorgeous! Do you have any tips to make sure my hair stylist nails this look?
I love it when my clients come in with photos. It’s such a good way of understating what they want without them trying to explain it in a hairdressing language (like balayage vs ombré). A picture is worth 1000 words right? [Laughs]
What are the latest must-have hair products?
I use Olaplex in the salon. The No. 3 Take Home Repair Kit is fabulous for repairing the hair after any service. Even if you don’t have colour, it really brings out the life in your hair. I’m also loving the Evo Haze Styling Powder – it’s perfect for a night out. It gives a lot of volume and it’s easily amplified by just using your fingertips to spice up any look.
What other hairstyles are coming back into fashion?
I have seen a lot of braiding lately. From effortless braids to warrior style braids, it’s big and it’s everywhere. Big hair is also back in town. Big blow-dries with a soft curl or wave have been a hit too.
Do you have any tips for maintaining your hair between visits?
Invest in good shampoo and conditioner. If you’re a blonde, use blonde shampoo and if you have a solid colour, use a colour shampoo. It prolongs the colour from fading and changing drastically between your next visit.
Where do you get your great hairstyling ideas from?
I spend a lot of my spare time on social media – Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook… It’s very inspiring and you can learn a lot from others just from that.
Other Hair Salons We Love:
Edwards and Co. – Melbourne CBD
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Ibiza Hair – Albert Park
“A massive shout out to Adrian for fixing my ombre yesterday! I went from brassy and damaged to silky, strong and sultry! Everybody is in love with my new colour and I couldn’t be happier. Had a great experience at this salon, thanks Ibiza team!” – NatashaMarie
Jaggers Hair and Beauty – Port Melbourne
“Excellent service! I went from Bright red to a beautiful blonde in one sitting… check it out on their Facebook page!!!” – Fiona Conn
D’ARTANIAN Dior Hairdressing – Melbourne CBD