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Kao Salon Open Melbourne Academy

Kao Salon has opened their brand new training Academy in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell, adjacent to the brand new KAO Salon Head Office, writes Cameron Pine.

Designed to be the ultimate environment for knowledge enhancement, the opening of the new open-plan 200 square metre Academy called some of our country’s leading educators, mentors and salon owners to celebrate the chic new Scandanavian style space – packed with natural light while maximising a collaborative learning style.

Designed to provide a fully functional and state of the art environment for creatives to learn, network and share the Kao Salon brand values, the new academy is just one more reason Kao salon is committed to the professional development of stylists and colourists across the country, and now in the brand’s new Head Office city of Melbourne.

“We are so thrilled to open such a creative space, you can hear the hairdryers and smell that it is a real environment for creativity. Not only dedicated to growth and education we are really passionate about creativity and education at Kao Salon,” said KAO CEO Shane Scully.

Rita Marcon, Markus Dalka Global, Chris Axais, Melissa Baker and Kirsten Huebner

The Kao Salon mission, We Think Stylist, is about continuing to provide world class education and training to salon partners and stylists, “We have 150 seminars scheduled in 2018 encompassing everything from our MasterSeries programs educating on colouring, cutting and styling,” said KAO Salon Director of Education, Rita Marcon.

Equally as excited for the opening, adjacent to the office is Head of Marketing Claire Vanderstoel, “If there’s a new idea we have in marketing we can quickly run across the office and say this is what we are thinking and how can we make this happen, how can we work together to make this happen,” Claire said.

With education in the salon industry an integral piece to the consumer experience, the new space for all brands is as much about community as it is about education.

The Academy design itself is framed by floor to ceiling glass, with panoramic views across Camberwell – there’s nothing better than natural light to showcase the incredible colour work from Goldwell master colourists, educators and international guests who will frequent the Academy. The custom-designed colour bar has been specifically manufactured to showcase the entire colour portfolio with special attention given to non-stain laminate drawers and cupboards for the ultimate durability.

Soft Oak floors keep the space in-line with the Scandi-aethetic across other Australian Academies – now implemented in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne locations, with a brand new Sydney Academy soon to open.

Global and local guest artists will conduct creative and inspirational sessions throughout the year as well as have access to all the latest Goldwell and KMS products at the beginning of launch, testing and throughout key launch periods for the brand.

We were also spoilt to have in town for the opening the Global Marketing team from Germany and top names from Shibui, Wild life Hair, Nischler, Noddy’s on King, Ohana Hairdressing, Sfumato, Lee Preston and Luke Reynolds.

Shane Henning and Lee Preston presenting models sporting the ideal Kerasilk aesthetic – crisp white with some commercial hair looks using the new Kerasilk styling range.

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