Welcome Hey Hair to the national salon landscape, a salon space pioneered by an iconic national industry name, with no hyperbole attached to that true level of Australian hair stature. Hey Hair is the product of Tognini’s, a Brisbane hairdressing staple that’s well-known for its high-end hair fashion, international accolades and industry innovation, becoming the little sister salon to this hairdressing behemoth.
Hey Hair has found its home in Colwill Place in Windsor, Queensland, with co-founders Jules Tognini, the three-time and current hair educator of the year, and General Manager Kristian Tognini, along with their spouses, at the helm. The salon is also launching at the same time brand founder Benni Tognini has handed over the Tognini’s baton to the brother duo, marking an all round new era for the salon enterprise. A major focus for the team is continuing to build on the reputation and community Benni and the Tognini’s team have cultivated over the past 30 years. Now, expanding their salon empire into the suburbs, the space builds on Brisbane’s current boom of interstate migration and a vibrant local culture.
A feature of the salon catches the eye the moment you enter. The salon walls are lined with the artwork of one of Brisbane’s most in-demand artists, Bonnie Gray, with the salon imbedded in these secret messages and artistic genius, making the space itself a work of art. Hey Hair boasts a very different style and feel to the original James Street Tognini’s space, as inspired by Jules and Kristian’s wives, Erin and Moira, respectively. Erin and Moira requested a relaxing, unpretentious, feminine space that could act as both the exposition of their husbands’ clear passion for the creativity in hair and as a relaxing break and safe haven from busy life.
The artwork is buoyed by the interior design work of DNA Design, offering a luxe-boho feel as curated by Erin, and featuring contemporary arch motifs, and pink, nude, and brushed gold tones and fixtures. This is partly inspired by the family’s European heritage, and love for the relaxed energy of northern New South Wales. The salon sits seamlessly in Colwill Place, alongside other businesses such as fashion boutique Nikkou, Brows by Roxy, and florist Foliar Store, becoming a little street to get away from it all.
“We wanted Hey Hair to feel creative and inspiring – from the moment you walk in, to when you leave with your fresh, effortless do,” Jules said.
“Our clients have been coming to us in New Farm all these years, so it’s about time we now come to them too, while still creating something new that’s part of our next generation,” Kristian added.
The salon specialises in blondes, balayage, and freehand colour, as well as thriving on creative and edgy hair. The team is comprised of four stylists including three senior award-winning stylists, to create this inspiring hair work. A focus on enhancing individual and natural beauty and environmental practices also guides the ethos of Hey Hair.
“We’ve made sure sustainability was a big focus when designing the salon. Everything from using recycled towels, to the no-nasty products we use, to the water-saving basins, saving up to 65 per cent water and energy, and our salon chairs made of renewable wood and recycled plastic, was key to bringing together what Hey Hair is today. It’s good for your hair, good for the soul and good for the planet,” Jules said. “And with going ‘au natural’ a bit of a passion for us, we’re all about embracing your most natural asset, making sure your hair is fun, playful, without needing loads of effort, especially to fit in our hectic lives.”
Hey Hair is the next puzzle piece for Jules and Kristian, whose other ventures include their education training business Lil Off the Top, hair loss prevention products for men and women titled JoeBloe and JosieBloe, and their new sustainable hair salon products including The Terries. It’s a lot going on, and we would expect nothing less from this inimitable salon family.
For more information visit www.heyhair.com.au