Autumn 2016 welcomes ‘the new way of doing grunge’ as one of Sydney’s most creative salon brands masters their own local interpretation of current hair sensations to hit the European catwalks, writes Cameron Pine.

Robertson-Kirkwood salon Creative Director, Terri Robertson-Kirkwood says beachy waves are not the only way to create a lived-in texture and clients are always looking for the latest look to suit their lifestyle.


“The beachy waves have been around for far too long and people are reluctant to let go of them because it gives them that relaxed and undone look. The new undone is all about ‘groomed grunge’,” she said.

This look has been defined well by Margot Robbie at the Oscars, showing off a very sophisticated version for the rock and roll with just a pinch of grungy glamour.

Over the past month Robertson-Kirkwood salon has been working it on their clients and introducing the lusted after look to a variety of hair types and textures. Producing a black and white photoshoot to showcase the look, is just one of many editorial masterpieces by the Robertson-Kirkwood team.

“We can take it from very subtle and sophisticated to a more edgy version for a real rock and roll vibe,” Terri said.

According to Terri, the magic touch is all in the styling and how to work-in the products. The most significant point of difference is putting the products through the hair after it has dried and building up the products to create multiple textures in the one look.


After grooming the hair to start with, it’s important to loosen the hair again before adding more product for finishing. Terri believes all you need is two key products to create this look: Aveda Smooth Infusion nourishing styling crème and Aveda Dry Texture Shampoo. Working in these products helps to create a silhouette of street with a dash of expensive, minus the high-gloss finish and heralding texture and movement over smooth and shine of past seasons.

“Clients can re-work the hair with lots of dry shampoo – it’s a look that gets better after the first day as it moves from editorial and into the mainstream clients aren’t afraid to experiment,” Terri said.

The Robertson-Kirkwood salon Creative Team spend a lot of time researching European trends and providing Sydney salon customers with a tailored style ignited by their signature level of creative whimsy.


Terri is the David Jones Hair Director for their seasonal show with AW 2016 marking her ninth show directing the team. David Jones regularly calls upon Terri for her skill, attitude and her ability to translate and localize the latest trends for an Australian audience.

From editorial to music and runway and back again, Scottish born Terri and her partner Kal have worked with leading music and fashion identities including James Blake, Flight of the Concords and Franz Ferdinand.

The Robertson-Kirkwood salon atmosphere is one of craftsmanship and polish minus a clinical or overdone aesthetic. Where raw meets original, Robertson-Kirkwood salons in Rozelle and David Jones Warringah boast the best hair services – hiring staff on energy and a good sentiment to translate the latest looks.


The biggest heralding factor beyond trends, Terri says is that clients just want to feel better. “People are so time-poor now so even if they are just coming in for one of our signature blow-dries it needs to feel like a complete experience. Our clients come to us to leave the world outside the front door,” she said.

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