International stylists spice up Brisbane salon scene
A BOUTIQUE suburban Brisbane hairdressing salon is attracting international stylists, with one even picking up the title of Queensland hairdresser of the year.
Alannah Read, owner of Algester’s Ella & Jade salon, spent several years working in London before returning to her home state, and taking over her mother Meagan’s salon.
It was while in the UK that she found herself working alongside William Webb, who came to Brisbane in 2015 and took up his post at Ella & Jade. Last year, he was named the Queensland hairdresser of the year at the Schwarzkopf Professional hair expo.
“Winning an award like that was such a thrill, and the salon was also a finalist for team of the year,” Ms Read said. Another London stylist Dylan McConnachie has also joined the team.
Australia’s hairdressing and beauty services industry is forecast to grow at 1 per cent per year for the next five years, to $5.2 billion, according to analysts at IBIS World.
Analyst Brian Lo said though economic factors tend to affect the more luxury hair salon services, the more traditional parts of the industry are largely protected from fluctu- ations such as flat wages. “Both male and female demographics tend to regard regular haircuts as a necessary part of personal grooming,” he said. “As a result, demand for these services tends to be resilient during periods of weak consumer sentiment and high unemployment, stabilising industry revenue.”
Ms Read also has an education and training program she hopes to unveil in the near future.
STYLE: Alannah Read at her hair salon Ella & Jade.