June is simultaneously fast approaching but can’t come soon enough and Hair Festival, taking place at Sydney’s Carriageworks over June 13 and 14 2021 on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, will offer it all. As one of four core tenets of Hair Festival weekend – shop, learn, compete, connect – the ‘learn’ aspect stands out as a major area to elevate your skills and knowledge the way only hairdressing’s feature weekend can teach you.

Education looms as a highlight even within a very packed agenda. On the constantly updating schedule you can look forward to the Real Talk education forum on the Sunday of the festival, making its return from its successful 2019 event to offer informative, relevant, engaging and high-powered learning with some major industry names.

The first names announced for the platform consisted of Real Talk 2019 MC and speaker Terry Hawkins, who will lead a session titled ‘The Tough Talk’, covering how to give feedback and deal with conflict, in a session that takes the fear out of this difficult management task. She is joined by Phill Nosworthy and his ‘Full Stack Resilience’ session, which will uncover new levels of emotional resilience and intelligence for a more successful life. Real Talk 2019 speaker and social media expert James Fitzgerald will present ‘Social Media Marketing Beyond The Metrics’, where he will share his insights on how to use social media to truly affect business and offer tangible benefit to salons.

James Fitzgerald

Other speakers will offer a multitude of topics to ignite your business mindset. As an example, Australian Hairdressing Council CEO Sandy Chong will present ‘The Great Divide’, bridging the gap between salon owners and their teams.

Three bold panels will be presented as must-attend sessions and features of the whole weekend, building on the Real Talk 2019 panels that gave inimitable insights into technology, management and salon life. A Salon of the Future panel offers understanding into future-proof strategies and key learnings from leaders in the salon industry. A Salon Culture and Leadership Panel, with industry icons including Sharlene Lee, Jaye Edwards and Tom Donato, will educate on culture and leadership, two key pillars in the management of a successful salon. Finally, a panel titled Technology and the Salon Experience will focus on true innovation to maximise efficiency and master the client experience.

Terry Hawkins

Beyond these inspiring headliners, brands and institutions such as Dyson Hair, Pivot Point, O&M, De Lorenzo, Excellent Edges, TONI&GUY, Sustainable Salons, Area Academy and Seamless1 will be educating on a myriad of important topics on the Monday of the festival, from men’s hair to hair extensions, hairdressing skills, environmental salon practices and so much more.

Varied ticketing allows you to enjoy these sessions and the Hair Festival experience in a tailored manor and at your leisure. The MarketPlace is available for free registration to the industry, giving you unlimited access for the whole weekend. The Hair Festival All-Event pass offers it all over both days, with access to all sessions and events across the entire weekend, currently at a price of $495 as a first release ticket.

In specific education ticketing, a Real Talk pass allows access on Sunday June 13, currently a price of $195 for the full-day program of curated sessions with the significant keynote speakers and panels sure to inspire you. A Festival Education All-Day pass, currently available for $275 proposes à la carte education sessions and classes offered by partnering brands and educators showcasing the very best of their education portfolio on Monday June 14.

You can also purchase individual Festival Education Sessions to attend single or specific classes, each for $55 and buy a Festival Wonderland ticket at $95for the Sunday night, offering you the chance to connect and network with prime entertainment, food and drinks in one night not to miss. Make sure to make use of these prices as a first release ticket opportunity.

Image via INSTYLE and Matrix Collective, Photographer: Emily Abay, Stylist: Ella Murphy, Makeup: Ashleigh Carpenter. Creative: Ida Almasi

Hair Festival can be followed on social media at @hair_festival on Instagram and HairFestivalAustralia on Facebook, where consistent news and announcements, as well as community competitions for luxury prizes, are already updating. Additional details, speakers, Hair Festival events and brand partnerships will continue to be announced in the coming weeks.

From a comprehensive MarketPlace where you can discover the latest innovations, networking events and parties such as the Australian Hairdressing Council’s Schmoozefest and the inaugural Hair Festival Wonderland extravaganza and live hairdressing competitions, this event will live up to its name as a true festival dedicated to our salon industry. The Hair Festival All-Event pass is the best way to experience this all uninhibited and to its true potential.

“Real Talk was one of the most uplifting and motivational weekends in my career,” said award-winning salon owner Sharlene Lee of Circles of Hair of the 2019 event. “It reinforced that there really are no limits to what you can accomplish in your business. I personally gained a clearer vision of my yearly goals and where I wanted to steer my business. I can’t wait for this year’s Real Talk and Hair Festival.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with my hair family and to help grow and support everyone in our industry. This is what we have all been waiting for and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s what we all need to take our salons to the next level.”

Everything you’ve wanted to learn and grow from during this period of relative live education drought will all be in one place over one massive weekend. Be inspired by brands, speakers and organisations truly seeking to elevate the salon industry, stop by the MarketPlace on your way in and then a hair industry party on your way out. The festival of hair is almost upon us.

For more information visit www.hairfestival.com.au