Recently I had the pleasure of enjoying a Friday night hair pampering at Rubi Hair Windsor with one of their newest team members, gorgeous Tegan who has made the move from her home town of Perth. Ever since I first walked into that salon almost ten years ago now (wow!) I’ve never had anything but the most amazing experiences both at Windsor and Richmond, the teams are consistently skilled, caring and know exactly what to do with my hair, which products are best, and how to give my lifeless locks some volume (hint, Kerastase helps!).
I had a chat with Tegan to find out how she’s enjoying her new life in Melbourne and working for my favourite Melbourne salon!
You just moved from Perth to Melbourne this year. What differences have you noticed in the industry between the two cities, the styles of hair and the services clients are requesting?
There are a lot of similarities as to what people request, it just depends on the current trends. The difference is that you tailor the trends to each individual. There are a lot more variations in crazy bright colour patterns and heaps of amazing cool shaggy undercut/ mullet hairstyles. I love it!
After ten years as a hairdresser, you mentioned you thought about making a change when you moved to Melbourne and considered a new career. What was it about Rubi Hair that made you decide to stay in the industry?
After 10 years of experience, I thought I had reached the peak of my abilities in a salon, little did I know that it was much more than techniques to get you by in working in a successful salon. I always knew that you never stop learning in the hairdressing industry, which is one of the reasons why I chose Rubi (and thankfully, they chose me). I had so many stylists to learn from and to look up to. The other main reason is that I learnt to run my own business within the business, and grow to reach goals both professionally and personally. Rubi reawakened my passion for the industry and now if I do ever change careers I know that I did my very best.
As we get closer to the warmer months (finally!) what hair styles do you think we’ll be seeing more of through Spring / Summer?
I still think the loose tousled bohemian curls and there’s no beating those just got out of bed beachy messy waves. Texture and volume throughout.
You’ll experience the craziness of Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne for the first time this year. Any ideas as to what hair styles we’ll be seeing at the track this year?
I’m looking forward to the experience. I love contributing to the look. I love a Bec Judd twisty blow-dry, its polished with a perfect amount of texture that’ll go with a colourful races outfit. High ponytails and loose messy/undone up-dos are a top choice of mine as well. I love the outfits and the hair, although personally I choose not to support horse racing.
For someone like me with quite thin hair, my biggest struggle when going to events (ok every day) is getting body in my hair when I have to do it myself. Any tips?
First step to any hair goal would be product; volumising shampoo and conditioner are a great first step. The densifique volume mousse in Kerastase is one of my favorites for plumping the hair and has great grip.
Blow-drying your hair, tipping your head upside down while drying off, then with a round brush direct your hair out/up from the scalp. Blow drys are also great for longevity as well.
What’s your favourite thing about being a hairdresser?
I love making someone feel good and walk out with a spring in their step – the creativity and being able to work with my client to achieve something together.
And what about Melbourne? What are you loving the most about your new city?
I love how social and youthful Melbourne is. Being along Chapel Street there are so many creative individuals who express themselves so differently. In addition, experiencing new things and people but the self-learning and growth throughout my time here has been amazing! Cheers to new adventures.
You can book an appointment with Tegan of any of the amazing Rubi stylists in Windsor, Richmond or Malvern here