We stole five minutes with hair, salon and colour legend Sheree Knobel, founder of Bixie Colour and REDKEN Artist, to find out her hair product must-haves, origin story, reflections on 2020 and much more.

Sheree Knobel

One hair product you cannot live without?

Of course, it’s a REDKEN product: Wind Blown 05 Finishing Spray. I use this after I’ve blow-dried or tonged to create texture and weightless volume.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

The heat! I love the warmth and can’t wait to be out on the water, enjoying the sun, with family and friends.

Pick your poison.

A gin-based cocktail called Ink and Tonic from The Mez Club in Byron Bay.

What made you want to become a hairdresser?

I loved the idea of doing people’s hair. I’ve always loved playing with hair, and after doing work experience in a salon, I enjoyed the people side of the job too. It ticks all my boxes. I get to make people look and feel great while hanging out with them and doing their hair. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Biggest accomplishment of this year?

In recent years, my answer would have centred on awards, seminars or travel. But in 2020, I am most proud of how we have survived the year. I have been incredibly fortunate to keep all my team during the pandemic. Disassembling my incredible team was my worst fear.

A new year’s resolution you’d like to keep in 2021?

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. One year my goal was to do Cate Blanchett’s hair, and when the year ended, and I hadn’t achieved it, I felt incomplete. Luckily, a few months later, I had the opportunity to look after Cate several times.  

What cut and colour would you like to see more of and why? 

I’d love to see bold colour come back, things like bright coppers and violet brunettes. Lightening and toning are pretty but, we have mastered that art, so now the real science is in tinting and colour balancing. I would also welcome the return of bangs and fringes; bring back the shag!

What makes you feel positive these days? 

Growth. I look back on how far I’ve come, and it motivates me to keep pushing myself to see what could happen next. At REDKEN we say, “mistakes are ok” because that’s where the lessons are. Otherwise, my husband is a great source of positivity. He is my biggest cheerleader.

Describe your ideal Sunday?

Wake up early and head out on our boat with my husband and our two girls. Then meet friends over at Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park, have a barbeque and spend the day enjoying the sun and each other’s company.