I. What lead you to working in the hair industry and what does a typical day look like for you at MCM as a brand trainer?
B.When I was 14 I got my first job as a hair salon assistant to my family hairdresser. She had the most stylish salon and I remember being instantly transfixed by the glamour of it all. I spent four years there.. it was a real catalyst for my personal and professional development to be immersed in the salon environment so early on.
I was eventually introduced to Monique Mcmahon who owns QUE hair salon in Sydney, where I soon began work as salon assistant. Mon had discovered Christophe Robin, just a few years before I met her, in the pages of Paris VOGUE and brought it over to Australia, exclusively. I had never experienced anything like his products before. The scents, textures and results were unlike any other haircare I had tried.
Fast forward a few years and I am now a brand trainer for MCM (the import arm of Mon’s business, which has brought me to work closely with Christophe and his team in Sydney and Paris- including a never-forget-visit to his salon in le Marais. I’ve always viewed my job as more of a passion than “work” and think I’m really lucky to be able to say that.
There is no typical work day- every day is different! That’s what I love! My weeks consist of a mix of digital content planning and creating, and product training and education. There is usually a lot of travel around Australia to meet with our retailers and their teams.
I. Talk us through your morning routine and how you get ready for the day...
B.The best way to wake up is swimming laps in the morning, I live a 5 minute walk from a pool so I go and swim a quick 10 laps which brings me back to life and resets my energy for the day no matter how many hours of sleep I got the night before.
Unfortunately chlorine is super drying for our skin and hair so I have to have my pool bag stocked with Christophe’s Lavender Hair Oil which I brush through and leave in my hair to stop chlorine damage.
After a shower I’ll grab a coffee on my way home and sit on my balcony in natural light to put my makeup on. I’ve always loved the ritual of getting ready so I set aside at least 30 minutes in the morning to enjoy getting ready for the day. Most mornings I’ll watch beauty tutorials on youtube whilst I do my makeup and I find it such a great way to stay up to date with new products, trends & applications. This is probably my favourite part of the day!
"My No.1 Non-negotiable is his cleansing mask with lemon. There’s a reason this product has achieved cult-beauty status and is referred to as one of 'The Essentials'."
I. What’s the most memorable piece of advice you have received directly from Christophe Robin?
B.When I first met Christophe on his visit to Sydney in 2017 he told me that I should take my colour a little darker than it was..at the time I was quite blonde! He advised me that due to my dark features (brown eyes, dark eyebrows) it would compliment my skin tone to introduce more of my natural colour- not to mention it would improve the overall health of my hair to leave the bleach alone! Since then I have worked with my colourist Monique to go for more of a “nude colour” I still have some subtle lightness but this is the most natural my colour has been, and the healthiest it has felt since I started colouring it 7 years ago. He was 100% right!
I.Can you tell us about Christophe Robin’s iconic salon in ParisB.Visiting his salon can be likened to a religious experience. The moment you turn onto Rue Bachaumont life becomes like something out of your saved Pinterest folder. The salon windows display his current product focus in the most extravagant way! When you enter the salon, the first thing you see is his iconic hand carved clam basin- and I swear it’s even more beautiful in real life.. When I visited last June I was taken to one of the private rooms complete with pink basin and poodle decor… it’s a girls dream. We were focusing on the launch of the Rassoul Clay shampoo, which is a 85% natural origin formula to give the most incredible lift to the hair. It was so clean and lifted afterwards I put off washing it for an embarrassing amount of time.
I.>What are your non-negotiable Christophe Robin products on rotate in your bathroom.?
C. My No.1 Non-negotiable is his Cleansing Mask with Lemon. There’s a reason this product has achieved cult-beauty status and is referred to as one of “The Essentials”. The low ‘poo’ formula will transform the elasticity of even the most damaged or dry hair. When I first started using it I was suffering breakage from over using my straightening iron (hot tip-literally- throw your irons in the bin and invest in a heat smart hairdryer!!) The Cleansing Mask acts as a gentle cleanser for the scalp but a treatment for your ends, and can be used in so many different ways. My favourite way to apply it is to first lather it through my scalp to get rid of any residue or oil. After rinsing well I then apply it a second time from the mid lengths down as my conditioner and let it sit for 5 minutes. You don’t need a shampoo and conditioner duo if you have the cleansing mask with lemon!
My other honourable mention is his Daily Hair cream which is a silicone free leave in moisturiser that you can apply wet or dry, it never looks greasy like most oils do and it actually works to strengthen our baby hairs and seal split ends.
I. Tell us about hair detoxing and scalp care- is this something you practice regularly and how do you detox your locks?
C.In November last year I discovered I had a bald patch on the crown of my head right near my part. As someone who has always had super thick hair it was a bit of a rude awakening to see that at 22 I had lost a significant amount due to lifestyle stress. I straight away showed my colourist Monique who suggested I start using the Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub as my shampoo, focusing on the scalp to help stimulate new growth. 6 months later I now have a tuft of short hairs growing out of the patch! It is so weird but another true testament to the statement that healthy hair starts at the scalp. Using products that are designed to treat it and keep it healthy is so important!
I.Do you colour your hair? And if so- what at home treatments do you swear by to maintain healthy colour and shine between appts.
My boss Monique doubles as my hair-colour-whisperer. She knows colour inside out and has been transformative to my overall hair health. When I first started seeing her I was too blonde and had suffered bleach breakage. She has slowly taken my hair back to a natural hue and it is twice as strong as it was! As important as a good hair colourist is, it is your at-home hair routine that will make sure the tone lasts. Christophe Robin’s shade variation in Warm Chestnut is my go-to treatment to not only deeply nourish my hair but add back in the J-LO glow. It contains natural cocoa powder extracts and acts like an at-home salon quality toner. The best thing is they last forever too, I’ve had my 250ml pot for almost a year!
I. Do you practice any wellness rituals or inner beauty habits to support your skin and hair health?
C.I’m a big believer in regular exercise and a balanced healthy diet for boosting blood and oxygen circulation- but I also recognise that over doing it can have a negative effect on our adrenals! So I emphasise the balance part. I think we all know that what we eat effects our skin and hair, so for me it’s important to include lots of good fats like avocados and almond nut butter. Almond butter is one of the key ingredients in Christophe’s shade variation pots for a reason! It is the best! We eat so much in our office every week we should be sponsored ha ha.
I.What does a weekend in Sydney look like for you?
C.I have a little dog called Buddy, so my weekends always begin with spending some time with him! We get a coffee from any of the spots on King Street in Newtown, then walk down to Sydney Park. I try to leave my phone at home for this and just sit in the sunshine with him for an hour. It’s a huge endorphin hit to get some Vitamin D and fresh air! During summer my go-to secret spot is the Dawn Fraser Baths in Balmain. They are only open seasonally from October to April and if you are ever in Sydney make sure to visit! The energy there is so grounding. Winter draws me more to the many great food and clothing markets in and around the inner west. The Addison road organic markets in Marrickville are another go-to!
I. Australia is a country with extreme climate- How do you protect your hair from the elements- does your regime change according to the season?
C. Honestly my regime stays pretty consistent year round. However, when there is a change in season I do notice a difference in my scalp, so it’s important to have a product like the Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Scrub for when it gets a little flaky due to the change in the air. My top tip for summer is applying the Lavender Hair Oil which has an SPF of 6 to protect your hair from UV stop it turning green in chlorine!
I.Talk us through your night time routine
C.For hair it’s pretty low maintenance! I just make sure I always use either a spiral hair tie or a scrunchie when I tie my hair back to wash my face- or in general, as they don’t break your hair off like traditional hair ties will. For my skin it’s a different story, night time is definitely when I take a little extra care. I love to cleanse my makeup off with the Les huilettes cleansing oil which is so gentle and hydrating. After wiping the excess off with their organic cotton muslin I will finish with their night oil, and I’ll always put a little prickly pear balm on my lips before I go to sleep.
"As important as a good hair colourist is, it is your at-home hair routine that will make sure the tone lasts. Christophe Robin’s shade variation in Warm Chestnut is my go-to treatment to not only deeply nourish my hair but add back in the J-LO glow."
I. Who is your beauty icon?
C.“If I had to pick one it would be Bridgette Bardot. The 60’s hair and makeup are my biggest source of inspiration. I think I saw the light the first time I tried a cat-flick liquid eyeliner and never looked back. I also love the way it changes the silhouette of my face to tie half of my hair up like Bridgette did in so many of her iconic looks. My favourite way to wear this style is with a ribbon. I used to keep the ribbons off floral bouquets or Christmas presents and keep them for my hair- now I have a slightly more chic alternative with these custom embroiled ribbons from Attacher Store.
I.Best wellness advise you have been given?
C.It’s cliche but that “beauty comes from within”. When I feel the happiest and healthiest within myself is when I get the most compliments!
I.Best beauty pearl of wisdom?
C.Drink Water, listen to your body & ALWAYS take your makeup off at night.