Redken hair stylists Sarah Humphries and Lonnie Stevens will head off to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney.
Redken hair stylists Sarah Humphries and Lonnie Stevens will head off to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney. John Mccutcheon

Stylists' flair for hair

SCISSOR sisters Sarah Humphries and Lonnie Stevens are a cut above the rest and are ready to represent the Sunshine Coast on the national stage.

The Universal Hair stylists, who were selected to join the Redken Session Styling Team earlier this year, will work backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney.

The festival is one of Australia's leading fashion events with designers Akira, Oroton, Lisa Ho and Camilla among the top names hitting the runway.

Universal Hair owner Sam Penny said his salons had the largest representation of any salon on the 40-stylist Redken Session Styling Team.

"Our aim has always been to have the best quality stylists and this is a great way for us to say our guys are good, among the best, and can compete on the international stage," he said.

"I'm extremely proud. It's being able to show people on the Coast (that) some of the best stylists in the country are on the Coast."

Mr Penny said the girls had undergone a rigorous audition process in February.

"The pressure is amazing: it's the Olympics of hairdressing," he said.

"They've got to perform each and every time they do hair. They start at 5am and finish at 9pm and are doing that for six days straight."

Sarah, 28, who started a hairdressing apprenticeship after she graduated from high school, said the preparation and training ahead of the auditions had made her more confident.

"Talent's not enough: you can have talent, but you have to know what you're getting yourself into," she said.

Sarah said she and Lonnie had been two of about 80 people at the three-hour Brisbane audition.

"We had to do a perfect ponytail, braiding and incorporate our own imagination into half of an upstyle," she said.

With just over a week until the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Sarah said she was "very excited".

"It's exciting to see the fashion and knowing you're part of it," she said. "The hair's one of the most important accessories.

"I've been hairdressing for 10 years and I haven't got bored.

"With fashion changing so much, you don't feel like you're doing the same job over again."

Lonnie, also 28, took up a hairdressing apprenticeship when she was a 15-year-old student at Mountain Creek High School.

Despite her wealth of experience, she was still nervous at the auditions: "I practised a lot, I would have been surprised if I didn't make it.

"When you come to working on the runway, it helps to be perfect.

"Get it right the first time."

As a result of her selection for the Redken team, Lonnie worked backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in May, which has put her in good stead for next week.

"I feel less nervous because you know what it's like," she said.

"I love it because it's always creative and doing things like this keeps us fresh and inspired."


Redken hair myths debunked 

If I blow-dry my hair every day, it will become damaged.

Truth: Hot tools can cause damage if used repeatedly without protection.

Chlorine in pool water turns hair green.

Myth: Chlorine is a type of bleach. It is the other chemicals used to keep the water blue that can turn bleached or highlighted hair green.

Grey hair is caused by stress.

Myth: Grey hair is caused by genetics, not stress.

You should brush your hair with a 100 strokes per day.

Myth: Before the invention of shampoo, this technique was used in the past to spread the natural oils in the hair.

Shampooing hair makes hair colour fade.

Truth: It's the chemicals found in tap water that can cause hair colour to fade.


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