Behind the Chair – AnneRare Earth
Who’s Behind the Chair? Q&A with Anne
Anne is a pocket sized dynamo you just have to know. We wanted to really get to know who’s behind the chair.
Tell us a little about your background in hairdressing?
Growing up in Chicago, I was always interested in fashion and beauty. With support from my sister, we used to sneak into beauty school and get my eyebrows waxed. I soon fell in love with hairdressing and what you could do with hair to make someone look and feel fantastic. Training hard to become a hairdresser seemed a natural extension of this passion.
What brought you down under?
Whilst Chicago’s my hometown, I wanted to see the world and come experience what the most liveable city in the world is like. The fashion, food and culture of Melbourne is world leading, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it.
What’s your super power??
Embarrassingly, it was my skills to get in anywhere underaged (blushed when she said this). Well not anymore, it’s my blow waves and Chicago grit
Melbourne can be cold and windy like Chicago, any tips for your hair?
Chicago is famously known as the windy city. Dealing with this can play havoc with your hair. I recommend lots of hairspray if you want that set look, otherwise, my tip is a few hidden pins and selective hairspray (in the right areas) controls unwanted hair movement whilst keeping low maintenance.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my courage to move from Chicago to San Francisco and now to Melbourne. As you know, not many Americans travel and even fewer move to work. However I didn’t time my move to Australia well, this is my second winter this year. I can’t wait for Spring.
Melbourne is such a great place to be for someone with such style and skills – but why did you end up at Rare Earth over all other salons?
I wanted to work for not only one of the top salons in Melbourne but also one which cares for the world we live in. Rare Earth does this and uses AVEDA, which I love. Since coming to the salon, the care and personal touches made to clients make me feel happy.
Do we do anything differently in Australia?
Ha ha… lots! But I have noticed differences in how salons work. Here I notice and love learning from the skills across the team. Each stylist is trained in multiple techniques and encouraged to use be creative to create the style the client is after. I love watching Jade blow dry, Donna’s colour techniques, Nicole and Laura cut (which I personally think is out of this world!).
What’s your favourite skill?
I guess it has to be texturising, which is the art to give hair a regular structure and movement which creates interest in what normally would be flat, lifeless hair. “layering is structure, texturising is fine tuning”.
Do you have a favourite Idol?
Nick Arrojo, he’s a celebrity hairstylist based in the SoHo neighbourhood of New York City. He’s my idol as he has worked as a stylist for Vidal Sassoon and did amazing work on the TV show ‘what not to wear’. Seeing Nick give hair makeovers and how it makes the person feel, is something I hold close to my heart