To celebrate INSTYLE’s 35 year-long heritage, we embarked on a true family celebration of dynasty and bold birthday beauty, as published in INSTYLE November/December 2021. Smattered with gold, emerald and bright colour, our dearest clients and hairdressers helped show us what a birthday celebration looks like to them. 13 hairdressers, 8 models and a whole lot of colour and character. It was a project as special as our birthday itself, and we nailed it.

Credits:

Hair: Mary Alamine (ghd), Jason Fassbender (bhave), Peter Thomsen (Showpony), Brad Ngata (De Lorenzo), Grace Kelly (Original&Mineral), Grant Norton (Oscar Oscar Salons- Prema By Oscar) and Natalie Henry (CPR Hair)
Photography: Milos Mylarinik
Styling: Livia Tassanyi
Make up: Kristyan Low
Creative Direction: Cameron Pine

We spoke to these hair luminaries about their role in the shoot, see their inspiring images below.

Jason Fassbender, bhave

It’s an absolute honour to celebrate celebrating 35 years of an industry icon such as INSTYLE so it was go big or go home for me!

ADMIRE

I feel that Australia has some of the most amazingly talented hairdressers in the world and I look up to so many of them for different reasons. My top two would definitely have to be Daren Borthwick – no-one in this country is a better stylist than him! Then Damien Rinaldo – the perfect balance of hairdresser technicality and editorial taste.

THE HAIR

I went for big, shiny and sexy!

THE BRAND

I needed non-stop, no compromise volume to support the look and bhave came to the party with all the tools I needed to achieve the end result.

ON COLLABORATION

It’s always great working alongside other creatives from outside of your daily circle, I love seeing what everyone else is up to and I’m always picking up a trick or two along the way.

THE PRODUCT

bhave Volumising Foam, Gunpowder and Strong Hold hairspray – a simple cocktail that does what it says and goes the distance.

Mary Alamine, ghd

For INSTYLE’s birthday shoot I was feeling inspired by the 80s party vibes and what says ‘80s party vibes’ more, than bouncy and defined curls.

ADMIRE

I really love Chris Appleton’s work and for hair that’s a little crazy and out there I find Esteban Emmanuel to be super inspiring.

THE HAIR

Party hair, fun, defined, textured, bouncy.

THE BRAND

I couldn’t have achieved this look without the help of the new ghd thin wand. It was super-fast and easy to use and made this look feel effortless to create.

ON COLLABORATION

I am inspired by watching others work. You know it’s going to be a good time when you bring hairdressers together especially on a shoot of this scale.

THE PRODUCT

Without a doubt ghd’s Curly Ever After, it’s amazing because it allows up to 48 hour curl definition when partnered with their new thin wand. So whether on set, or at a party, I know these curls are going to last!

Brad Ngata, De Lorenzo

I created a ‘Fun times energy’ on Lucy. The cute colour and drama with the texture and length adorned with a pussy cat head piece sparked joy.

ADMIRE

I’m a bower bird of fashion and global trends we see constantly on our feeds and platforms. As we emerge from COVID the sense of optimism and hope that vibrates through our work and life is what I look to.

THE HAIR

Good vibes only.

THE BRAND

I love being the Brand Ambassador for De Lorenzo for the creative freedom . I’m on board to bring an essence of my brand and they trust me in doing so.

ON COLLABORATION

My time slot was the same as Peter Thomsen’s and we have worked together in the past for many years . I’ve always loved Peter’s work and it was great to reminisce and gave me great joy seeing Peter really excel.

THE PRODUCT

I have two favourite De Lorenzo products, Sandstorm for the interior at the root for lift, and Granite hairspray on the exterior to detail the texture with hold .

Peter Thomsen, Showpony Hair Extensions

I am inspired by the supermodels of the 90s – Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Christie Turlington – icons in that era especially when it came to hair for campaigns in the runway .

ADMIRE

Sam McKnight is an incredible editorial stylist from the UK who created effortlessly voluminous hair in the 90s on global campaigns and catwalks all across the world. He is a huge influence for me and my work to this day.

THE HAIR

The look is effortless, fun, sexy, confident and ready to party. Showpony Clip In Hair Extensions are fantastic way to create instant volume, texture, fun and dimension when creating this 90s supermodel vibe.

ON COLLABORATION

Catching up with other peers in your industry has such a creative element where you can throw ideas back and forth. The energy for me in a room full of creatives and personalities Is inspiring in itself

THE PRODUCT

Showpony Clip In Hair Extensions allowed me to create this look instantly in a very short amount of time with a beautiful blend and so much more density and volume while still looking natural.

Grant Norton, Oscar Oscar Salons (Prema By Oscar)

Look one was all about working with natural texture, soft texture and movement to add to that party feel. Look two was more some trend inspiration for the party season. Soft waves are so on trend right now, so we created these bespoke waves with high shine.

ADMIRE

I relate to beautiful, wearable hair that has been crafted by an artist. There are so many Oscar Oscar stylists internally and also external hairdressers to mention.

THE HAIR

Wearable, effortless and relevant for right now!

THE BRAND

At Oscar Oscar beautiful hair is in our DNA, we wanted to create gorgeous, but effortless images because that is what is highly requested in salons. Reflection and representation is key, we wanted to capture looks that encompass the quintessential Oscar Oscar Bondi guest.

ON COLLABORATION

The amount of ideas and personal creative touches that comes from an environment like that is inspiring in itself. It was a great day of opportunity and insight.

THE PRODUCT

We worked with our own Oscar Oscar brand, WILDE by Oscar.

Grace Kelly, Original&Mineral

As soon as I heard Birthday party, I immediately thought ‘disco curls’!

ADMIRE

I’m a big long time fan girl of Renya Xydis

THE HAIR

Studio 54 at midnight.

THE BRAND

They allowed me to create something polished and partylike with natural texture without being restricted to a brief – very Original&Mineral.

ON COLLABORATION

Being in the presence of the other well respected and talented stylists pushed me to create something beautiful and timeless, like they have time and time again.

THE PRODUCT

Original&Mineral Desert Dry Texture Spray and Rootalicious gave oomph and fly away effect so it looked like she has been at the party for a while

Natalie Henry, CPR Hair

With party season upon us I want to bring back the disco from Studio 54 – big hair and structured curls are still some of my favourite things!

ADMIRE

James Earnshaw.

THE HAIR

Disco Dancing Rewind Revival.

THE BRAND

CPR enabled me to start with a clean slate, and also assisted with the textured finish that I achieved with this style CPR Hairspray. It’s one of the most workable yet firm sprays I’ve ever worked with.

ON COLLABORATION

As soon as I saw the little gold number on the wardrobe rack I was taken straight back to Studio 54 – my favourite era.

THE PRODUCT

CPR Dry Shampoo, a must have for stylists creating photo shoots, weddings or every big night out!