Simon, or Sy as he’s known to his friends, is one of the founders of mien. In his pre-mien life Sy worked closely at one of Australia’s industry leading salon’s as their in-house cutting educator. Sy has a very rich and diverse background as a presenter and facilitator in workshops and seminars. Sy has worked in top salons around the world and has inspired many successful hairdressing careers. When he and wife Claudia were presented the opportunity to start their own thing on this side of Melbourne he grabbed it with both hands. He say’s he’s always wanted to move away from the trend dominated fashion which is more obvious on the South Side of inner Melbourne. In Fitzroy North he feels he’s in a demographic where people are about expressing individuality. So with a nod to seasonal trends Sy is one of the instigators of the mien way. Sy is mien’s haircutting educator and one of mien’s most popular stylists.
Gemma began her career in sunny Wales on the ideal tropical coast of England! In reality though it was a tough slog and she couldn’t wait to get out of there! Aside from loving Australia Gemma is very passionate about hair. In fact in 2012 she entered the National New Talent award and you guessed it She Won! Gemma also came runner up in another Melbourne based cutting competition which had her up on stage strutting her stuff. Gemma has a very full book these days but she is worth the wait. She loves pampering her spoilt clients and of course winning hairdressing competitions. Go Gem!
Danny has an interesting life story and undoubtedly a very happening future! Born in Malaysia, he was a TV actor from the age of three. He worked on and off in the entertainment industry then won a scholarship to study in Hong Kong to develop his acting skills and career. But underneath the actor, was a true creative and thus he decided to vocationally pursue work in the fashion industry. Initially focusing on editorial styling through a few chance encounters that ultimately lead to his career in hair.
He started exploring salon life in his late 20s when living in New Zealand, initially just washing hair on a Saturday with friends. His boss encouraged him to bite the bullet and get into the hairdressing industry, telling him he "…had a natural talent". So Danny enrolled in a full time hairdressing course, which true to form Danny (the dynamo!) completed in 5 months. His desire to get things done, to the best of his ability resulted in him being awarded top student that year and in securing a position in a top salon while still studying.
Maria is one of the busiest hairdressers mien has ever known! Weather it’s that infectious laugh or cheeky spanish accent responsible Maria’s quite simply helped build the reputation of mien by producing day after day beautiful hair and providing exceptional personalised service. Book in advance!
Emma has over 10 years experience as mien’s colour specialist and she’s a true purist when it comes to getting colour right! Emma recently entered the Aveda Colour Harmony award which showcased a beautiful blonde look. Emma loves to discuss blonde and it’s many variations. For the discerning colour client we highly recommend her.
Gabby left school young and went straight into a hairdressing apprenticeship and has been working in the industry for over ten years. She started out being passionate about colour. For a year or so after the end of her apprenticeship that’s what she specialised in. But now as a mature and experienced stylist she enjoys all aspects of hairdressing. She has some incredible, old school arty tattoos which are styled in a typical 1920’s and 1930’s manner. The aesthetic of many of her tattoos are from the era, but not necessarily the pictures. They are distinctive because of their thick lines. Also, she loves her live music and with her musician partner goes to regular gigs.
Rachael describes her profession as a makeup artist first and hairstylist second; probably because she’s a fantastic qualified MakeUp Artist! She hopes to one day to work and travel around the world on movies and media productions. Having already had experience on set working on the Australian telemovie INXS: never tear us apart she’s on her way! Rachael says her idol is Gemma at mien for hairdressing then Zeljka Stanin- an Australia MUA that has worked on films such as Mission Impossible 2 and the tv epic series The Pacific. She adores Australian MUA Rae Morris and owns several of her books. She says “I follow these people because they all inspire and drive me when I see their own passions for their profession and creations, making me realise that I can be where they are one day.”
Initially opting for another Aveda salon Rhiannon made the move to mien to complete her apprenticeship some years ago. Becoming a fully qualified hairdresser has been quite a journey for Rhi and she says she is super excited to be officially starting her career. Rhiannon really likes working at Mien because it is a big salon and there are lots of talented people to bounce ideas off and explain techniques to her. She really enjoys the culture at mien, the creative clients and the different people she works with. Working at Mini Me once a week is awesome too she says seeing it as a great place to springboard her career as a hairdresser.
Our Irish gal, Emily said she’d always wanted to visit Oz and having good friends here, it was a natural progression to have a go at living in Melbourne. She now officially plans to stay in this “cool city” forever! Emily says she loves working at Mien and says that there is a difference in the expectations of Irish and Aussie customers. Aussie customers are happier to have a more natural, more simply dressed look, where Irish clients are blowdry and ‘set’ focused.
She says Mien is a great salon for learning new things. She’s thriving on the diversity in the team – there’s good multi-talented colourists and stylists. She says it’s a great way to learn off such accomplished people who are good at doing all different types of things. She’s thriving on what she is learning from her colleagues. She’s also loving working with environmentally friendly Aveda products, and is particularly enjoying how you can customise the colour.