In­ter­na­tional stylists spice up Brisbane sa­lon scene

The Courier-Mail - - BUSINESS - STEPHANIE BEN­NETT

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.

Pic­ture: Peter Wal­lis

STYLE: Alan­nah Read at her hair sa­lon Ella & Jade.

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