Great lengths from Paris
GROWING up in Paris, Anne-Lise Banasiak was inspired by fashion to become a hairdresser, beginning her training aged 15.
Qualified at 18, by the time the stylist moved to Australia in 2006 she had many years experience working in Parisian salons.
The 32-year-old now heads the newly opened Tweed Heads Franck Provost Paris salon, where her brother is the franchisee.
It’s one of 600 salons in six countries, all bearing the French household name.
Provost first opened a salon in 1975, and later became a stylist to models and film stars, like Sharon Stone.
Ms Banasiak was surprised to learn Tweed MP Geoff Provest was a regular at the Sydney Macquarie St salon, where she worked previously.
What’s typical French style?
It’s all about effortless beauty, so it has to be easy, manageable hair once you get home.
Franck Provost releases seasonal “collections”. What are they?
Hair colouring and cutting techniques exclusive to our salons and taught to stylists at our academy in Sydney.
Our education leader travels to the Paris international academy yearly to learn the latest collection techniques.
For the spring summer 2015 collection, Franck Provost joined with L’Oreal to make three shades.
The Couleurs Precieuses collection includes Balayage 2 Ors for an icy polar blonde; Ambre Venitien for a warm red to brighten fair skin tones; and Brun Cashmere for a subtle brown.
We achieve more natural nuances with belayage, not like what you get with big streaks.
You’re looking to recruit two hair stylists, what skills do they need?
We have three levels, beginning with stylist, then senior stylist and master stylist. The stylist must have at least five years’ experience, or an exceptional level of skill.