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:: Spotlight :: Salon Melbourne 2011

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Salon Melbourne is the only event of its kind in Australia, delivering a unique fusion of industries where you will find all you need for the hair and beauty trade under one roof. With leading brands and innovative education, Salon Melbourne is an essential stop for what’s hot in hair and beauty 2011. Melbourne, the trend capital of Australia, will play host to the event, offering Victorian salon professionals their only dedicated one stop shop for all things hot in hair and beauty. Mix that with a stellar line up of live events, education and the industry’s top talent and Salon Melbourne is set to go off with a bang!

Celebrity hair guru Brad Ngata will take visitors from runway to real-way in a look ‘n’ learn style session on how to recreate the latest looks from fashion week. Rae Morris returns with her legendary Advanced Makeup Class, remaining a firm favourite for visitors to Salon Melbourne and the only opportunity to see Rae teaching in Victoria. In addition nail extraordinaire Mandi Levanah will host her ‘Photo Finish Fingernails’ class; learn from the expert about hottest manicures and professional tips and tricks. World famous beauty education centre, Elly Lucas College, will host a number of seminars, a must see for any budding beauty therapist.

Live Demonstrations
Salon Melbourne thrives on the ever increasing synergy between hair and beauty. The Main Stage will bring a wealth of first-class knowledge with leading educator Sharon Blain demonstrating that latest in up-styling plus cutting edge hairdresser Brad Mullins and makeup artist Sarah Tammer will team up to guide visitors through the latest trends and styles as they recreate awe inspiring looks live on stage. Once again, the catwalk will pump through the centre of the exhibition space, showcasing the hottest trends and latest styles to inspire visitors.

2011 will also see the launch of the new Salon Express where visitors will get the chance to rock the latest looks with a mini salon right in the middle of the event.

Bringing together up-to-the minute trends, brands and education in hair and beauty, Salon Melbourne will once again push the boundaries of industry innovation, giving the Victorian market unprecedented access to what’s hot and what’s now in hair and beauty.

Stay tuned for the Event Schedule, featuring artist line-ups and catwalk highlights.

It all happens at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre during April 9-10 2011 from 10.00am – 5.00pm daily.


**Update as at February 18, 2011**

2011 SALON MELBOURNE – THE HAIR & BEAUTY INDUSTRY’S ULTIMATE TRADE EVENT happens on April 9-10 2011 at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Salon Melbourne brings together the worlds of hair and beauty under one roof, in one groundbreaking event. As the only event of its kind in Australia, Salon Melbourne provides the final word on the hottest hair and beauty trends for 2011. It will feature an exciting program of live events, creative education, catwalk shows and hands-on workshops, presented by some of Australia’s foremost hair and beauty artists.

Salon Melbourne will celebrate all that is new and exciting in the world of beauty, hair and fashion with a series of inspiring presentations and live shows:

Free Live Shows
•Celebrated hairstylist and industry legend Caterina DiBiase joins forces with flamboyant celebrity makeup artist Nigel Stanislaus to show how to get the hottest looks straight from local and international runway shows. Not to be missed!
•Highly respected educator Sharon Blain will present her enthralling collection After Dark, a free live demo in creating long hairstyles for red carpet and brides.
•Cutting edge stylist Brad Mullins and makeup artist Sarah Tammer will join forces to take visitors through the latest catwalk looks.
•Be mesmerised by the sheer magic of Lauren Faulkner’s body art, as she creates a living masterpiece using the human body as her blank canvas.

Creative Education
•Celebrity hair guru Brad Ngata will present Runway to Real-Way, a look and learn session revealing how to recreate the edgiest fashion week looks.
•Caterina DiBiase will share her extensive technical knowledge in her presentation Cut, Colour & Style

Beauty Education
•Sought after make-up artist Rae Morris returns with her hugely popular Advanced Makeup Class, revealing the secrets to her international success, along with training tips.
•Nail queen Mandi Levanah will present Photo Finish Fingernails, providing the basics of applying the perfect polish and ideas to get inspired.

Hands-on Workshops
•Expert educators from the highly esteemed Elly Lukas College of Beauty Therapy will present 3 interactive sessions to motivate and inspire salon therapists. Workshops will cover Eyelash Extension, Spray Tanning and Indian Head Massage.

Autumn/Winter 2011 Hair & Beauty Trends Catwalk
•Salon Melbourne will present three catwalk shows daily, highlighting the latest ready-to-wear looks in hair, make-up and nail colours. The shows are titled Crème Caramel, 60’s Ladylike and Autumn Armour.

2011 Salon Melbourne is set to once again push the boundaries of industry innovation.
Hours are 10.00am – 5.00pm each day


**Update as at April 6, 2011**

Not only has the team at Salon Melbourne ensured that this year's event will be jammed packed with the latest and greatest in Hair & Beauty trends & technology….they have also managed to sneak in an opportunity for some well deserved ‘me’ time with the oh so luxurious Express Beauty Bar. Escape to your very own oasis right in the middle of the mad rush. Take some time out and recharge your batteries!

In between workshops and hair shows, why not take a cheeky moment to relax with a glass of bubbly and enjoy a 30 minute Bio Sculpture Spa Manicure including treatment massage and varnish…OR how about sipping on a Peach Bellini while your locks are tended to by the masters at Matrix. If you’re feeling a little glamour is in order then the team at Gorgeous Cosmetics are on call to offer the complete experience with a 20 minute flawless Airbrush Makeover using the Aspire Airbrush System.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy everything that Salon Melbourne has to offer. Book your place at the Express Beauty Bar and reap the benefits of receiving first class treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and prepared to attend your next workshop buffed, polished and ready for action.

It’s so simple, tailor make your experience and book in on site.

1 Treatment $15
1 treatment & beverage $27
2 treatments and beverage $40
3 treatments & beverage $50


**Post-event wrap**

In its second big year, Salon Melbourne returned to Australia’s style capital as the biggest, brightest and boldest hair and beauty trade event the country has ever seen. Bringing together the crème de la crème of the world’s hottest hair and beauty talent, the newest products and the latest cutting edge technologies, Salon Melbourne kept visitors enthralled over two big days at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Main Stage Catwalk was the bustling epicentre of the show. It was standing room only around the sleek runway as the crowd was blown away by impressive live demonstrations from industry legends Sharon Blain, Rae Morris, Brad Mullins, Nigel Stanislaus and Caterina DiBiase. The catwalk shows Autumn Armour, Crème Caramel and 60’s Ladylike perfectly fused fashion, makeup, hair and nails, showcasing the key trends for Autumn/Winter ’11. The event’s fashion credentials were given a sizeable boost by the appearance of UK celeb stylist Gok Wan, who attended the event to support the launch of his friend Rae Morris’s new book Express Makeup.

Two of the hottest destinations at this year’s show were the pamper and chill-out zones: the Express at Salon Melbourne Styling Bar and the Garden Bar. Express at Salon Melbourne offered visitors blow-dries by the masterful team at Matrix, luxurious Spa Manicures by Bio Sculpture and Makeup Refreshers by Gorgeous Cosmetics, all while sipping a cheeky Peach Bellini or a glass of bubbly. Close by, visitors, exhibitors, media and industry heavyweights met at the super sleek Garden Bar, decorated in decadent, minimalist white, complete with white leather banquettes.

Of course, as with all industry trade shows, there were lots of new hair and beauty products and the latest technologies on show. This excitement, alongside the truly fascinating masterclasses helmed by fashion’s finest Rae Morris, Brad Ngata and Caterina DiBiase and interactive hands-on workshops conducted by esteemed beauty school Elly Lukas, the weekend was a powerful reminder of the strength and talent that can be found in our local hair and beauty industry.

Event Director Lauren Ebbeck was thrilled by the sheer energy she felt on the exhibit floor and was inspired by the amazing talent gathered under one roof, “I’m in awe of Salon Melbourne this year. The big thing for us in 2011 was to ramp up the education element of the event and I think the demonstrations on the main stage and education sessions have delivered more than we could have hoped for. I think the link between fashion, hair and beauty has been so strong this year and the buzz on the floor has been amazing. I really hope Melbourne has enjoyed the show as much as I have,”

But the beauty inspiration doesn’t end at Salon Melbourne! The very latest and greatest in beauty and spa will be on show at the highly anticipated Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo, Australia’s largest event for the spa & beauty industries. Stay tuned for updates on hot happenings at this year’s event. The Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo hits Sydney on August 13 & 14 at the Sydney Convention & Entertainment Centre. Registrations open in June.

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