Now in its sixth instalment, the Wild Life Open Mic Night series has adopted something of a winning formula. By now a relaxed atmosphere, sold out crowd and creative looks worthy of their own editorial spread are the norm, and attendees arrive expecting something they’ve never seen before.


Last week’s session on May 18th delivered on that promise, with Wild Life Education joined by Stevie English Hair, é SALON and the Brad Ngata salon team. After inspiring sessions in Brisbane, the show was back in its hometown, at Wild Life’s flagship Milson Point salon, with a backdrop of the harbour bridge.

Stevie English
Hair by Stevie English Hair

Once again, the event made use of the Live ED streaming platform, allowing stylists from all over the country, and even the globe, to experience the event in real time and even participate with questions and comments.

Lisa Muscat
Hair by Lisa Muscat

Ali Holmes Piet Pantano and Gen Collerton of Wild Life Education opened the proceedings with a presentation titled Smooth Criminal. Detailed braids and sections were featured in imaginative styles that stunned in their skilful execution.

Wild Life Education Team
Wild Life Education Team

Next Missy Veyret, Jake Williams and Shaun Mcgrath from Stevie English Hair put the emphasis on team, visually layering three different elements onto one model to create their artistic ensemble. Vivid colours and metallic accessories, such as paper clips and pins, created an edgy, rock and roll aesthetic like no other.

Stevie English2
Stevie English Hair

Next é SALON’s Emiliano Vitale and Lisa Muscat took to the stage, where Emiliano showed off a chic precision cut and colour and Lisa created a unique Black Swan-esque look with a lace inspired mask she had handcrafted herself.

Emiliano Vitale & Lisa Muscat
Emiliano Vitale and Lisa Muscat

Last the Brad Ngata Salon Team, comprised of Rennae Hoare, Stella Andrini and Brad himself, showcased their famed salon aesthetic – organic, architectural foundation with soft finishes, resulting in big shapes sculpted in intricate detail.

Brad Ngata Team

“Open Mic Night continues to validate the market’s desire for community led education where peer support allows diverse content and a full spectrum of creativity to be explored,” said host Gary Latham. “Providing a direct connection to the world hairdressing industry via live stream adds another element of community championed by us here in Australia.”

On the couch
Panel Discussion

This esteemed education series continues to gain momentum, and will next add Melbourne to its national expansion with an event at BIBA Academy on July 20th. BIBA, Heading Out Hair and Beauty, the 2015 Australian F.A.M.E. Team and the Jayne Wild & Benni Tognini duo, make up the stellar line up.

Ali Holmes
Ali Holmes

The event will then continue onto Togninis Hair Skin Body in Brisbane on July 27th, with the line up yet to be announced. No matter where the series travels, you can experience the event in person or online via Live ED, and with the level of insight and ingenuity we’ve come to expect, we suggest you do.

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