The luck of the Irish is definitely rubbing off on Oscar Oscar Robina, as they welcome new Style Director & Senior Technician, Will Allen, to the team! We chatted with Will regarding his vast industry experience, where his styling inspiration comes from, as well as his hair trend predictions for the coming season!
How long have you been in the industry?
I've been working in the industry for just over 13 years to date. I feel privileged to have worked throughout Ireland, Los Angeles, London, as well as different parts of Australia. I love that my journey has now brought me to the beautiful Gold Coast, working as part of a highly creative, luxury salon team!
What is your role, and what does it involve?
My role in salon is that of a Style Director/ Senior Technician, looking after guests for both styling and colour services. Creating beautiful, wearable styles for my guests is my primary goal. I love educating people on their hair type, styles to suit their personality and lifestyle, as well as how to properly care for their hair at home. Being actively involved in coaching and training emerging team members is also a big passion of mine.
What are your favourite styling trends in salon at the moment?
There is a wide variety of styles that I love to create. Anything from short and edgy crops to long and voluptuous waves. Experimenting with a soft textured up-do or a structured editorial look is always good fun too. It's great seeing your work in magazines or on the internet however, I also adore working with guests in salon, seeing their look transformed by an exquisite colour or that perfect style cut. All in all, it's a very rewarding career.
Who inspires you?
Definitely Alexander McQueen. Even though he is a fashion designer, his collections represent every inch of imagination and inspiration he has in his mind. He brings his wildest dreams and imaginations to life!
Hairstyle predictions for the coming season?
Waves and glamour have been a big part of 2015 already, so I think we might see the traditional glamour wave adapt with a structured edge. For example, combining braids with glamour blow-waves or structured cuts with a tousled texture is perfect for Spring.
Favourite styling product right now and why?
Two of my favourite products at the moment are from the Shu Uemura Art of Hair collection. The first is the Texture Wave spray, which is a dry workable product that gives a long lasting movable hold to pump up those beachy waves. The second is the Sheer Lacquer finishing spray. The particles are micro fine which creates a smooth end result without clumping. It is a beautiful finishing product with lots of hold, perfect for those night's out when you want your hair set in position all night long!
Book a personalised style consultation with Will or another of the talented team members at Oscar Oscar Robina today! Ph: 5655 5299.