Make me over The healthy hair guide

Post-flood, this was one much-needed makeover

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - MELISSA GULBIN

The ul­ti­mate test of a man’s emo­tional in­tel­li­gence: how he treats his mother and whether he no­tices you’ve done some­thing to your hair.

Hair­dresser and make-up artist Alex P.F. Jack­son’s at­ten­tion to both counts make him an (off-lim­its) God’s gift to women.

Af­ter of­fer­ing me a glass of wa­ter from fine glass­ware on a sil­ver saucer, Alex tells me he is fourth-gen­er­a­tion North­ern Rivers.

“There are a few bridges named af­ter my fam­ily, so I guess I’m a lo­cal,” he says of his re­cent de­ci­sion to re­turn home and take over The Boys sa­lon in Lis­more.

Alex bridges the di­vide be­tween his bur­geon­ing lo­cal client base and his ex­per­i­men­tal fash­ion-fo­cused work – of­ten dash­ing to Syd­ney for a shoot with pri­vate clients for the week­end.

The only thing that will make him clear his busy sched­ule is his mother.

Speak­ing about age­ing moth­ers, Alex had his work cut out for him with my makeover. Years of dy­ing my grey­ing dark-brown hair with black home colourant had taken its toll.

I used to be a preener, but over the last year a work-from-home life­style change had given me the ex­cuse to let my­self go.

Then on March 31, like so many Lis­more res­i­dents, the river com­pletely in­un­dated my home with Cy­clone

Deb­bie. I nearly lost ev­ery­thing.

I had spent most of April in muddy hik­ing boots re­claim­ing my home and my life. Like the dried mud, the ‘swamp mon­ster’ look just kind of stuck.

I didn’t even no­tice that my make-up bag had been washed away in the flood un­til a month af­ter the event and I hadn’t thought I was worth re­plac­ing it for. Alex to the res­cue.

He got to work on big bur­lesque style curls and the look was trans­form­ing.

He then sat me down at his spe­cial make-up chair which utilised newly-in­stalled Hol­ly­wood style dress­ing room light­ing – per­fect for pre­ci­sion make-up.

In the make-up depart­ment, Alex had a knack of build­ing drama with sub­tle strokes. There were no ex­treme cat-wing eye­liner tech­niques or harsh teenage eye­brows to be seen.

He used fine sin­gle eye­lash ex­ten­sions to great ef­fect, and so much bet­ter than the full-lash kind which al­ways make me look like an older Liza Min­nelli.

In a cou­ple of hours (so ef­fi­cient) he had trans­formed me from swamp mon­ster to siren.

I was all dolled up with nowhere to go, but my new glam­orous look did amuse my chil­dren (ap­par­ently I looked like Katy Perry).

As for Alex, he had a plane to catch to see a fab­u­lously stylish Syd­ney client.

Not be­fore check­ing in on his mum, of course.


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