Hairdresser Review: Pastel Balayage at Head Studio, Perth.

For the low-maintenance lady with a love of sun-kissed locks, balayage has been pretty hard to beat. A popular hair trend that has seen a slew of Erin Wasson hair doppelgangers emerging from salons since 2009, I too jumped on the band-wagon. But this summer, I wanted something different. I’ve seen another band-wagon travelling past, and I have jumped straight on. If balayage was the zeitgeist of a care-free summer beauty routine last year, this summer will see 90s style pastel pretty hair making a come back. You might have also seen it referred to as Ombre, from the French ‘to shade’. It’s basically a dip-dye effect where the hair is dyed from light to dark, or dark to light.

♥ Model Dree Hemingway

I decided to make the switch on a whim, and having heard wonderful things about King Street’s Head Studio, I book myself a last minute appointment. Having called at 10am, I manage to get myself down to their swanky studio by 10.45am. If I wasn’t thoroughly impressed already with their flexibility, Head Studio’s antique decadence leaves me feeling like I’ve entered the royal frontiers of Perth’s hair dressing salons. Perhaps not the place for those looking to relax, Head Studio feels a lot like a busy Northbridge café, with a playlist made in indie heaven (I believe I listened to Wolfmother’s first album) and a staff of very fashionable and talented young things. With some of the hair dressers responsible for the glorious manes of Perth’s Fashion Week, I know I’m in good hands.

♥ Model Charlotte Free

I’m greeted by two lovely ladies who escort me through as we discuss exactly what I want. I’m thinking more along the lines of a subtle hue a la models Charlotte Free and Dree Hemingway rather than My Little Pony, so we decide upon a tasteful and understated magenta. After a complimentary head and shoulder massage (bliss!), my colourist retouches my balayage so the magenta will come up brighter. After that’s developed and I’ve caught up on the latest Oyster magazine, we then get down to business. The magenta is actually a mixture of pink and blue mixed in with toner, and I’m told that sadly, will fade within a few washes.

After a light trim, my hair is then dried and loosely curled with a GHD.

The colour completely washed out after 3 washes, but my hair is notorious for being hard to maintain colour. I’m not too disappointed though – the staff were perfect conversationalists, and if you check in on Foursquare you get a free milkshake! I’ll definitely be back there soon!

Cost: $235 for cut/colour/blow dry


PERTH SALON 08 9481 6464
64 King St, Perth CBD

SUCCESS SALON 08 9498 7577
Shop 20A, Gateway Shopping Centre, 816 Beeliar Drive, Success

Shop 4/7 Railway Tce, Rockingham Beach

Twitter: @headstudio

Pastel hair – 90s raver faux pas? Or fashion forward? What do you think?

Review by Camilla Peffer, pastel haired princess (for a brief time anyway) and curator of Cunning Copy.

Be well,


Beauty and Wellbeing Routine: Lisa Scaffidi, Lord Mayor – City of Perth.

Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi.

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am Perth born and bred. Happily married to Joe, I have many wonderful friends and a great role so my life is very fulfilled. I live in East Perth and think we are so lucky to live in Perth and WA.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I always cleanse and tone my skin as best I can and use a variety of products. I am not a slave to any particular product, but do always use moisturiser and try to keep to a regular routine. I use Apricot Scrub every two weeks.

What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Probably a massage and I have a lady Heather who comes to my house. I occasionally have a foot massage at Chi Body Spirit in Carillon.

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

My hair is done at Head Studio in King Street by Marie and Shane.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

A sleep in or a quiet pot of herbal tea while sitting in the sunshine on my balcony!

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Probably Johnson and Johnson Cleansing wipes, Natio Toner and Clarins Moisturiser.

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Attitude – I tell myself I am not tired when I am and aim to drink more fluids each day.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Time is against me, but I am keen to start Yoga (Ashtanga) classes soon.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Erratic. I always have muesli and coffee at home but given I attend so many events I do too often rely on the canapé diet as I refer to it and really look forward to my days off to eat food I choose for myself rather than what is served to me at the many events I go to….although it can be lovely, choosing what you want to eat is too!

Describe your fitness routine.

Not as I would like it – but I do get in quite a bit of walking.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.


How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

I relax by having a massage or watching TV or simply cooking a meal at home and sometimes if I am really lucky a little afternoon nap! (only occasionally on weekends)

Thanks so much to our Lord Mayor for taking time out of her incredibly busy schedule to take part in our interview! I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂

Be well,


Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Bethany Cecins, Ksubi Store Manager.

Bethany Cecins

First up tell us a little about yourself.

I am from Perth and have spent the last year managing the Subway DC shops (Perth, Claremont and Fremantle) and assisted in their buying for both mens and womens. My fashion experience also extends to New York as I lived and worked there for a year (08-09) interning in various PR Houses whilst managing at American Apparel and W!NK NYC. Gaining a lot of knowledge in the Australian Fashion Industry, the move to Sydney seemed like the next step and when offered the job to manage Ksubi’s new flagship shop in the Pitt St in Sydney I jumped at the chance.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine!

Cleanse and moisturize! I use Cetaphil for both. I have tried more expensive ones but as my skin can be sensitive I find that Cetaphil cleans without stripping my skin. Every morning every night. I try to remember sunscreen every day as I am pale and fluoro red burns tend to look very unattractive. Mecca has a fantastic one that goes under make up really well and comes in a Tinted version also.

Whats the one beauty treatment you can’t live without?
Eyebrow grooming and maintaining! So important! The girls at Serene Day Spa in Scarborough are awesome.

* Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

Head Studio, Head Studio, Head Studio. The whole team there are just fantastic and its such a fun place. The listen to what you want and offer great ideas that I would never have thought of.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Great for lips, dry skin…. Practically everything. $5!!!

Nars Orgasm

Your three absolutely cannot live without favourite products?

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, Nars Orgasm Blush and Nars Laguna Bronzer.

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Sleep and water. Common sense but so hard to follow sometimes.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

I would love to do an intense detox for about a month but my lack of willpower and love of food just keeps getting in the way.

Describe a typical day of eating for you?

Breakfast is really important as I feel half alive until I eat in the morning, but after that I just eat when I am hungry. I try and eat well as it makes me feel better but don’t base my life around food.

Describe your fitness routine.

I love walking as it gives me time to relax and just listen to music, but its hardly fitness. Bikram Yoga is amazing, both physically and mentally. Almost an addiction!

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

Not really, too confusing. A multivitamin is as far as I go.

Be well,