Isabelle is an absolute gun at her job and she’ll be hard to beat when it comes to people who love what they do.
She is an award-winning, world-travelling hairdresser based out of Sydney’s inner west. Belle is incredibly creative, passionate and has the most contagious laugh you’ll ever hear and she is slowly establishing a cult following with her #isabellehair tag, which she uses to showcase her work and market her skills to the world.
We recently sat down to get an insight into the good and not-so-glamorous parts of her job as well as picking her brain for upcoming trends and pet peeves.
I hope you enjoy the second post in the ‘who’s that girl‘ series.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A HAIRDRESSER?
My mum is a beautician so growing up, I was familiar with the beauty industry. I always hated school and found it so boring; I would go just for recess & lunch time and all the other times I would be getting into trouble for being easily distracted. I wanted a job that I could be social whilst making people happy (and hopefully laugh) so I got my first job in salon back in 2008 on Thursday nights and Saturdays.
WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I’ll have to make a list!
- The long hours where you are constantly on your feet, with most days not having time for your lunch
- Not ever having time for your own hair
- Constantly being asked by strangers “do you think I should get layers?” as soon as they find out you’re a hairdresser
- but the one that is the hardest is: people thinking hairdressers are dumb!!! We are definitely far from it and I would love to see those people who think that, work a shift in a salon!
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
Instagram for sure! Anyone who knows me knows I’m always on my phone and it may look like I’m just using social media, but you never know, I could actually be working on figuring out the latest trends and styles.
FOR THOSE THINKING OF DOING A BIG HAIR MAKEOVER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE COMING TO SEE YOU?
BE REALISTIC! You can’t expect to go from black to blonde in one sitting. Most of the time celebrities wear wigs, especially when they’re going through hair changes so don’t think you’ll be Kim K white blonde in 2 hours for $80.
Also, always remember you get what you pay for! If somewhere is charging you +$250 for your hair but the salon down the road will charge you $50, think about which place has the proper training and knowledge when it comes to hair. Also, trust the recommendations of the professionals for you; not all styles will suit you or work on your hair!
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON PROBLEMS SOME OF YOUR CLIENTS HAVE WHEN THEY COME TO SEE YOU, AND HOW CAN THEY AVOID THEM?
- Not buying professional products & expecting the same salon results at home without spending that extra $30 on hair care. The reason professional at home hair-care is available is purely for YOUR benefit and not because I want to charge you extra.
- Always take the advice from your stylist and look after your hair at home! Instead of visiting a salon once a year and wanting a slight trim after using a ghd every day without a heat spray. The products you use to make such a difference so instead of buying whatever is on special in the shampoo section that week, take my advice.
WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE EMERGING FOR SUMMER?
BABY LIGHTS!!! Superfine highlights that delicately soften the roots of solid-coloured hair which I’m doing a lot of with my balayage clients.
TELL US ABOUT THE AWARDS YOU’VE WON AND THE TRAVEL YOU’VE DONE SINCE BECOMING A HAIRDRESSER
I was awarded NSW Nova colourist of the year in 2015, and second runner-up in the Australian Nova Colourist of the year in 2016. Also in 2016, I was able to travel to Milan as a part of the Australian group sent to Cosmoprof.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR THOSE THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A HAIRDRESSER?
Hairdressing is one of the lowest industries to find apprentices because no one understands how hard it actually is. The first two/three years you won’t even look at a pair of scissors and you will be (as we call) “basin bitch” for a long time. It’s hard work, long hours and not the best pay but it’s the greatest job in my opinion. Imagine being able to change someone’s appearance and helping them feel beautiful, It’s the best feeling in the world! Surrounded by good people who will later become work besties it really is a great job.
+ THE SPEEDY SIX:
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT IN SYDNEY: Yume Sushi in Drummoyne
FAVOURITE BAR: not a drinker so I’ll have to pass on this one
FAVOURITE SPOT IN SYDNEY: Who doesn’t love Taronga Zoo?
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO: it changes depending on my mood.. currently I’m really into Bruno Mars
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ: ha ha ha.. I don’t read books! but I’m currently so into the bachelorette it’s taking over my life!!!
YOUR LIFE MOTTO: a motto that literally changed my outlook on everything I do (as dramatic as that sounds) “KEEP MOVING FORWARD!”
Until next time!