Adelaide showed that it’s at the top of the hairdressing game, even on a global scale, with what was potentially the largest education gathering in the Southern state this year. With a real element of inclusivity, Hair and Beauty Collective brought together some of Adelaide’s biggest names for an All Star style jam of dynamism and dedication to the craft, writes Cameron Pine.

The heritage listed Capri Theatre in Adelaide played home to an artistic evening that captured that old world glamour of hairdressing but with a current bent. The theatre was built in 1941 and features an original pipe organ that raised to the stage and played to open the show before Hair and Beauty Collective Founder Phil Taylor hit the stage to welcome such a star-studded line-up and to thank the Adelaide hairdressing community for showing up in support, all 320 guests, in fact – an impressive number given a challenging face to face landscape of recent months.

For Phil Taylor and the Hair and Beauty Collective team, the show was all about bridging the gap in education and bringing some known names together with emerging talent to share the stage.

“We really wanted to showcase the breadth of talent we have here in Adelaide, from established names to emerging powerhouses, the night was all about sharing the stage and giving everyone the ability to show their style of hairdressing,” Phil said.

“It all comes back to our passion for innovation in hairdressing and allowing artists to express their own individuality and take on cutting, colouring and styling trends with an underlying theme of inclusion and diversity. This ensured the audience took away a broad range of content from cutting techniques on various textures of hair, through to styling hacks that could be applied to life on the salon floor plus some editorial looks, pushing the boundaries of creativity,” he continued.

Styling hacks included time-saving tips to the Paul Dare chisel cutting, there really was something for every colourist and hairdresser. The night felt like a trip back to a bygone art deco era at the movies – popcorn on seats and a Hollywood-esque vibe, it conjured up the true meaning of fresh talent and industry leads coming together to celebrate.

The event was hosted by the one and only creative lord of the zeitgeist, Lauren McCowan, who offered a celebratory, supportive role to the line-up and a creative presence on-stage that proved invaluable during and post-show. The presentation captured some of the best moments in hair for all of us to see and appreciate long after the night passed.

With one of the most dynamic model castings of the year, Lauren McCowan welcomed Parlour Hair’s Robert Bava and Nathan Forbes, Paul Dare (Dare Hair), Belinda Mills (Pipsqueak in Saigon), Ben Gully (Mabe) and Kristy Hodgson from Jarrah’s Hair. Each brought their own style to the stage in a completely free-form approach – colloquial, fun and welcoming feedback from the audience it was all walls down education we all love.

“The motivation behind the evening was to host something on a grand scale, to unify and to bring our industry together at a time where people are craving community and engagement,” Phil said.

The energy in the room following the event showed faces aglow with enthusiasm, a welcome relief and chance to get together and remind ourselves why we dedicate our lives to such a creative industry.

Hair and Beauty Collective are a boutique distribution company with a big heart, proudly servicing SA and NT with leading brands O&M, Oribe, R+Co, Pulp Riot, their own grown styling range Dun Gud and Aede hair supplements. A constant finger on the new trends in hair, they are always on the lookout for supporting new brands and business and ultimately the small businesses that are hairdressing salons. The organisation touches on hairdressing not just in areas we expect it, but in enabling salons all over the country to experience leaders in their craft. They are supported by Space Salon Furniture, the proud distributors of Maletti in Australia, to provide salons with a complete 360 degree solution.

Hair and Beauty Collective has become a force in South Australia since launching five years ago, having developed a reputation as a go-to destination for leading brands, education and salon support and a welcome partner for artists and creatives to get involved and support hairdressing not just in our major cities but all over Australia.

Education in 2021 for Hair and Beauty Collective doesn’t just stop with All Stars, there’s a complete schedule of education planned for the rest of the year with events in May around short hair cutting, precision cutting, blondes, curls and behind the scenes insights. They are also going beyond this by taking creative colour and styling to Darwin in the second half of 2021.

If creative hairdressing and leading and disruptive brands in the industry is your thing, hit up Hair and Beauty Collective for more.

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