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Where there's a Will, there's a way!

Posted on 29TH JUNE 2015

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.

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Paloma Rose Garcia presents 'EXTERIORITY'

Posted on 27TH FEBRUARY 2015

Oscar Oscar Paddington Salon Partner, Paloma Rose Garcia, has been revealed as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Hair Fashion Awards NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year category!

Showcasing the future direction of hair, the EXTERIORITY collection is an original interpretation of refined modern hair with a focus on texture, shape, and movement.

"When I first started developing ideas and influences for this new collection I took a break from life in the city and spent a few days surrounded by nature. I love the contrast you find in nature, the soft smooth leaves against jagged dry bark, grains of sand that are as hard as glass yet they melt through your hands and a soft breeze that can transform into a wind storm within minutes. These ideas of contrast, texture, softness and strength became the basis for my new collection,” explains Paloma.

When discussing her perspective on the future of hair in fashion, Paloma recalls, “The future of hair fashion should no longer be defined by trends, fashion is a melting pot of inspiration. I believe modern hair has a feel, it is not something that has been done, or is being done… It’s the future and it is fresh. My collection is an artistic expression of shapes and textures to excite.”

Paloma is a regular stylist for magazine editorial shoots with features in publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Oyster, YEN, Russh, and Cleo. Recently, Paloma also acted as the director of hair for the exclusive ‘Hermes On The Beach’ Spring Summer 2015 Swimwear Event, held in Sydney.

Credits - 'EXTERIORITY' Photographer: Andrew O'Toole, Make-up: Isabella Schimid, Styling: Anna Santangelo, Production: Katrina Wise, Models: Chic Management and London Management Group.

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Posted on 8TH JANUARY 2015

Melbourne is lovingly referred to as the Australian fashion capitol by many, but ask any fashion forward local and they can tell you that each pocket is identifiable by it's own fashion vibe, trends and celebrity inspired style.

Experts in their own ‘burbs’ and all things hair are Oscar Oscar Salon Partners Jacky Chan (from St Kilda) and Nathan Armagnacq (Chadstone). We talked with both about the unique trends and fashion identifiers in their individual precincts.

Nathan Armagnacq from Chadstone (left), Jacky Chan from St Kilda (right).

How would you describe Melbourne style specific to the suburbs you operate in and cater to?

Jacky: St Kilda has such an eclectic vibe about it; think bohemian luxe with a rock edge. It’s a melting pot of people from different walks of life, cultures and backgrounds that reflects strongly in the work we produce in salon.

Nathan: Chadstone pulls customers from all over Melbourne so the fashion styles we see here are varied, everything from luxe Mums to mega hipsters! We do see a lot of long hair at Chaddy, which we love. We produce a lot of ‘done but undone’ styling with an edge of European glamour, also soft silhouettes and seamless blended hair colour.

How would you describe your individual in-salon vibe - Chadstone compared to St Kilda?

Jacky: Because our St Kilda salon is located near the beach, plus being such an iconic holiday destination, it definitely has a more relaxed and chilled vibe about it.

Nathan: The vibe at Chadstone is busy but always fun and light! Our premium salon fit out provides our guests with that CBD city salon feel but with the convenience of being located in a major shopping centre. The St Kilda salon is very cool like a London high street salon. It’s on vibrant Acland St where you can see the trams running alongside cafes, boutiques and the beach.

What were the most requested celebrity inspired styles for 2014 in your Salon?

Jacky: Definitely Rose Byrne…the "it" length!

Nathan: Kim Kardashian was a popular request with our younger guests in 2014. Olivia Wilde and Lara Bingle have also been guest favourites!

Style icons Rose Byrne (left) and Kim Kardashian (right).

What are your predictions for 2015 styling trends?

Jacky: Undone styles either up or down are my prediction. Not to be mistaken with the natural looks seen in 2014. Think more disheveled, wind blown and slept on.

Nathan: My predictions for 2015 is a return to texture and wide volume. Not height but width!

What is one hair product you never leave home without?

Jacky: Our exclusive Shu Uemura Texture Wave. It’s a dry workable spray that helps to create buildable grip and a fuller end result.

Nathan: The Shu Uemura Volume Maker brush is a must have. It gives ultimate volume in a handy mini stick.

Shu Uemura Volume Maker brush (left) and Shu Uemura Texture Wave (right).

For new season styling advise and bookings contact:

Oscar Oscar St Kilda: 162 Acland St, St Kilda. Ph: (03) 8609 6455

Oscar Oscar Chadstone: Shop B192, Chadstone Shopping Centre. Ph: (03) 9568 0844

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Posted on 13TH AUGUST 2014

We interview our charasmatic stylist, Greg Watkins. from Oscar Oscar Salons in the Palazzo Versace about the hottest hair trends for spring 2014, his favourite products and celebrity hair trends.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO CREATE? My strengths include big, bouncy, glossy blowdries and celebrity inspired red carpet up-styles.

WHAT ARE YOUR HAIR PREDICTIONS FOR SPRING 2014? Natural, soft styling with gentle colour. It's really about effortless chic hair right now.

FAVOURITE CELEBRITY STYLE? Lilly Ghalicki, she has hair to die for! It's body, height and the shine and softness is amazing - ultra glam!

PRODUCT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT? I love Kérastase Volumifique hair spray, as it is great for root-lift when you want lots of body in the hair/

DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION STYLE? I'm a fashion minimalist, clean lines and keeping it simple. No OTT patterns for me!

LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO? 'Hey Babe' by the Mighty Fools

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT OSCAR OSCAR SALONS? I love my team and the salon environment working at the incredible Palazzo Versace hotel. It's a beautiful place to work.

To book an appointment with Greg Watkins at Oscar Oscar Salons, Palazzo Versace phone: 55918 976

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