Beauty and The Geek: Why can’t you be both? —by Marie Iskander—

""The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo girl would have known!"

—-Elle Woods, Legally Blonde (2001)

The 2001 hit film Legally Blonde proved to young girls everywhere that law school wasn’t only for the “boring, ugly and serious”. Yet, it’s not surprising that many sleep-deprived, emotionally vulnerable, and over-worked law students might ask the question: how the hell is it possible to find the balance between a laborious law degree and maintaining gorgeous hair?

What I can hopefully show you from my own experience, is that the physical and psychological benefits of looking after yourself in the beauty department make it completely worthwhile prioritising in your daily routine! It might even improve your academic results! (Editor’s note: We have no actual proof of this.)

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3 Minute Makeovers at Michael Johnson Hair

So we have started doing a series of How-to videos using some of the products from our shop and here is the latest look we worked on one of my classmates at UNSW Cara Sorensen. Cara came in, as you will see, with some old highlights and a natural light brown base. In just 3 minutes, applying EVO Fabuloso Colour Intensifying Conditioner to Cara’s hair (shampoo and towel dry first) you will not believe the AMAZING result we achieved.

Jessica Rabbit eat your heart out!!

Constantly Requested - The loose beach texture and long a-line shape is very workable on many faceshapes. The pink blush provided by the lighting here is fantastic when worked onto the hair with EVO Fabuloso Pro - super conditioning and great for a pastel tone that actually lasts.

Constantly Requested - The loose beach texture and long a-line shape is very workable on many faceshapes. The pink blush provided by the lighting here is fantastic when worked onto the hair with EVO Fabuloso Pro - super conditioning and great for a pastel tone that actually lasts.

Power is being told you are not loved and not being destroyed by it - genius image and quote from Madonna

Power is being told you are not loved and not being destroyed by it - genius image and quote from Madonna

Alterna Caviar CC Cream: Make-up for Hair

I am obsessed with the Alterna Caviar CC Cream - It is correcting make up for hair and represents complete innovation in hair product technology. Clinically proven to provide the benefits of 10 Styling and Conditioning Product all-in-one this i a must for the handbag, and the bathroom cabinet, and the office desk. Use it on damp hair before blow drying to protect and seal moisture in, and then reapply throughout the day for added strength, softness and unbelievable shine.

At the Shop we are doing a launch special on this product! Regularly $52.30, we are selling it for $35.95 to all of our customers. Plus if you spend $50 or more in March you are automatically entered into our competition to win the amazing CLOUD 9 ORIGINAL IRON, valued at $299!

Dame Vivienne Westwood you fucking genius!

If you want to be inspired just look at Dame Vivienne’s new hair - motivated by her desire to age gracefully (well with an exposed vagina every now and then) and her statement about climate change!

We think she is just the most extraordinary person. 

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There’s No Place Like Home

Back home in Sydney and back to work! Finishing up my first drafts of our interviews with Celebrity Hair Stylist Alex Carbonell (Studio Fix Salon By Alex Carbonell), Style Manila founder and CEO (and general guru on all things hip) Sasha Manuel, and fresh new blogger on all things “guy style” Chris Mercene from Pinoy Guy’s Guide. 

There’s no place like home but I’m certainly not on holiday anymore!

Busy Day Ahead: Tomorrow I interview three Manila Style Guru’s about fashion, hair and style in the big city!

So we are hitting the Makati City area tonight for a quiet dinner before an early start Filipino Breakfast with Sasha Manuel - creator of the style-bible “Style in Manila”.

Then Michael will be chatting to Alex Carbonell over a much needed haircut! Alex is a celebrity stylist and all round difficult guy to pin down! 

In the arvo, original man-to-man advice blogger Chris from Pinoy Guy Guide will be breaking down the city for us: where to shop, what to wear, and his all important guide to remaining stylish in the heat!! AUSTRALIAN MEN PLEASE READ!!

All in all it will be hectic. If you have any questions for these guys get them in ASAP using our contact form!

Winston & Mike 

The Divine Lady Gaga: Get the Look!
Step 1
Bleach the shit out of your hair and tone with a platinum/violet based toner to achieve this beautiful creamy white blonde.
Step 2
Blow dry with a round brush to achieve volume at the roots. Go over the ends with an iron to smooth any frizz and bend the iron at 45 degrees as you move down the hair shaft to retain movement. Make sure you use a heat protection - I like EVO Icon Welder:


Step 3
Brush out your blow dry with a good quality boar bristle brush and put in your desired parting. Use a style dust section by section to swell the hair and create a dusty texture (Try EVO Haze Powder for this).
Step 4
Using a large barrel curling tong (See Cloud 9 Waving Wand) curl a front section right on the parting toward your face (this will create that glamourous lift.
Step 5
Brush out the section you just curled and spray the shit out of your hair. I like Alterna Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hair Spray as it locks in your style and locks out moisture that causes frizz and flatness.
Step 6
Write an album about fame and start shopping for your next Alexander McQueen shoe purchase!

The Divine Lady Gaga: Get the Look!

Step 1

Bleach the shit out of your hair and tone with a platinum/violet based toner to achieve this beautiful creamy white blonde.

Step 2

Blow dry with a round brush to achieve volume at the roots. Go over the ends with an iron to smooth any frizz and bend the iron at 45 degrees as you move down the hair shaft to retain movement. Make sure you use a heat protection - I like EVO Icon Welder:

Step 3

Brush out your blow dry with a good quality boar bristle brush and put in your desired parting. Use a style dust section by section to swell the hair and create a dusty texture (Try EVO Haze Powder for this).

Step 4

Using a large barrel curling tong (See Cloud 9 Waving Wand) curl a front section right on the parting toward your face (this will create that glamourous lift.

Step 5

Brush out the section you just curled and spray the shit out of your hair. I like Alterna Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hair Spray as it locks in your style and locks out moisture that causes frizz and flatness.

Step 6

Write an album about fame and start shopping for your next Alexander McQueen shoe purchase!

A few snapshots of Michael’s work from the archives - for credit info visit his Behance Portfolio by clicking here.

I am guilty of the weight loss one - but in my defence, since I have put on so much weight myself, people really do look smaller in the mirror (the background is bigger)!

Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.

I love reading Karl Lagerfield’s fashion advice. I think my wearing of shorts and flip-flops year round would be considered akin to a breakdown.

Evo Hair and the Trailer Park Hair Salon at last year’s Latitude Festival

INSPIRATION: Dame Vivienne Westwood
“I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring. To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I’ve got books I need to read. More people should read books. It’s the most concentrated experience you can have. You know, all those incredible geniuses concentrated their lifetimes’ experiences in books. It’s much better than chattering away to somebody who’s never read anything and knows nothing at all.” 

INSPIRATION: Dame Vivienne Westwood

“I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring. To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I’ve got books I need to read. More people should read books. It’s the most concentrated experience you can have. You know, all those incredible geniuses concentrated their lifetimes’ experiences in books. It’s much better than chattering away to somebody who’s never read anything and knows nothing at all.” 

Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen SS14 - Shot by Stephen Klein. This fruity, yellow crop is as amazing as the iconic Kate Moss. Love love love.