In the latest instalment of our Beauty Pro Series, we’re chatting with hair legend Barney Martin. With a crazy-impressive A-list clientele (he's worked with the likes of Kate Moss, Mario Testino and Montana Cox, to name a few), Barney is revered for his ability to transform tresses with master precision. His salon, Barney Martin Hair Salon, was voted one of the best salons in the world by US Harpers Bazaar, and has been responsible for producing some of the best hair in Sydney. We asked Barney to share some of his greatest hair-care insights, including the one hair crime you keep committing, and the four celebrity hairstyles anyone can pull off this party season.
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“THE BIGGEST MISTAKE MOST WOMEN MAKE WITH THEIR HAIR IS…
…over styling and over application of product. There is nothing worse than crunchy hair. Embrace its natural movement and texture. I am all about perfect undone, done hair. It’s best to work with what you’ve got and trust an expert.
BARNEY HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNISBLE FACES IN THE HAIRDRESSING INDUSTRY
THE BEST AND FASTEST WAY TO TRANSFORM YOUR HAIR FAST IS…
…to scrunch some R+Co High Dive Moisture and Shine Creme into the mid lengths and ends of the hair to give the hair a sexy textured look. You can also use this product for a glossy up-do.
THE THREE HAIR PRODUCTS EVERY WOMEN NEEDS:
1. GHD Hair Dryer
A good quality, yet affordable hairdryer which will make a huge difference to your blowdrying.
2. A Tangle Teezer
A must for everyone. This gives you effortless detangling with no strain or breakage to the hair.
BRING OUT YOUR INNER GIGI WITH A SLEEK PONY JUST LIKE THIS
THE QUICKEST AND MOST FLATTERING STYLE THAT EVERY WOMEN CAN MASTER IS…
…a slicked back pony tail. This is great for second day hair and for when it’s windy and you want to stay looking groomed.
THE ONE HAIR PRODUCT I RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT:
Having just returned from the Global Creative Council educator sessions in New York I could not be more excited about the new R+Co Cactus Texturizing Shampoo. Wash your hair with this and there is no need to apply any other products! SO revolutionary.
BARNEY MARTIN HAIR SALON IS TUCKED AWAY IN THE SYDNEY SUBURB OF SURRY HILLS
THE ONE HAIR-REVITALISING TRICK YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IS…
…before you go to bed, tie your damp hair in a twisted top knot, and when you get up in the morning unleash your hair and you’ve got beautiful textured movement.
THE ONE HAIR RULE I LIKE TO BREAK IS…
…don’t wash your hair too often. From my experience the natural oils condition the hair amazingly. That being said nobody likes greasy hair – so it’s a fine line.
THE SALON’S QUIRKY INTERIOR INCLUDES A COLLAGE OF CURRENT AND PAST CLIENTS ACROSS THE WALLS
THE FOUR CELEB HAIRSTYLES ANYONE CAN PULL OFF:
1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
This is a really versatile mid length bob, which works with all face shapes and hair types and is easy to style. And Rosie’s colour is amazing!
ROSIE NAILS THE MID LENGTH LOB
ALEXA IS TOTAL HAIR GOALS
2. Alexa Chung
This effortless, shorter, shaggier cut is a bit rock ‘n’ roll, but still feminine and pretty, great for a wash and wear girl, with minimal product and styling time.
3. Caroline De Maigret/Anna Karina/Jane Birkin
I’m having a thing for the French right now. A heavy or blunt fringe which skims the eyes looks so sexy yet done. A fringe gives you a style without needing to ‘style’ your hair.
A BLUNT FRINGE IS A SURE WAY TO PUSH THE HAIR BOUNDARIES THIS SUMMER
SIENNA ROCKS HER SHORTER DO WITH TOTAL PRECISION
4. Sienna Miller
This shorter length bob just works. Not suited for really curly or very, very fine hair, but everything in between you can totally work this style.”
Story by Stephanie Russo