10 July 2012
ARTISTIC MINDS INC. "ANYTHING GOES" Collection
Check out the four page spread my students received from the collection they created in my 3 Day Photographic Workshop. The collection, Anything Goes, received a massive spreak in IHJ UK. Well done team, such amazing skills and talent. You have done us all proud - Sharon
29 June 2012
HOW TO CREATE...STUNNING FISHTAIL BRAID.
SHARON'S STEP BY STEPS (IMAGE COURTESY OF AHJ MAGAZINE)
23 June 2012
Enjoy the behind the scene pics from the latest shoot I did for Modern Wedding Magazine. Samantha Harris is looking gorgeous and I love the overall look. I was glad to be part of this special shoot. All gowns will be auctioned for the National Breast Cancer Foundation for their spring edition.
To create the hair, I used my new pony layer hairpiece. This is my latest must-have styling accessory at the moment. It is incredibly versatile and it added the bulk and fullness to Samantha’s fine hair that I needed. Happy Styling!
21 March 2012
NEW COLLECTION! 2012 Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year Collection
In case you haven’t heard I made the finals for the 2012 Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year and Educator of the Year awards. I am thrilled and looking forward to a fantastic and busy Hair Expo. I am getting my creative juices flowing for my seminar and looking forward to sharing some amazing techniques and gorgeous looks. In the meantime, I wanted to share my collection for Hairdresser of the Year with you. Enjoy!
09 February 2012
New Coffee Table Book Sneak Peak
It’s been a few months in preparation, so I am thrilled to finally announce I will be launching my fourth book this coming June at Hair Expo Australia.
My new Coffee Table Book will feature 16 gorgeous looks. There is a huge range of do’s. It is very editorial and there is something for everyone.
This book is coming together so well because of the brilliant team involved. It has been 5 years since my last book, so I look forward to sharing some great step-by-steps to achieve the hottest looks.
Once again, thank you to the amazing team –YOU ROCK! Enjoy some sneak pics below.
08 February 2012
Boot Camp Milestone
Boot Camp celebrated its 10th Boot Camp since its conception 18 months ago.
The boutique training academy Answers 2 Hair in Ringwood, Melbourne hosted the January event that attracted students from all over Australia as well as Hong Kong, Ireland and New Zealand.
Students love learning how to do the latest finger waves, beautiful curls, the latest red carpet, bridal and session looks that don’t take hours to create.
We are so proud that Sharon and her creative team are travelling world wide hosting this unique brand of education. Here’s your chance to learn a huge amount of technical skills over 5 days. For further info, please click here
21 January 2012
HOW TO-Create the front cover look for Modern Hair+Beauty
I had an amazing time shooting for Modern Hair+Beauty for their annual hair and beauty “bible”. Want to know how I created the front cover look (top left image)? Check out my below step by steps and have a sneak peak from inside the magazine. This edition is available in all good newsagencies.
2 .I did two separate scalp braids beginning 2cm back from the hairline around the head. I then clipped and sewed the pieces into the braid.
3. Using stretch elastic I did a figure 8 weave around the elastic. This technique is taught in my How To Do...Vintage Waves DVD. Once the weave was completed I then clamped it with a hot iron to set and allowed it to cool.
4. Using a large tooth comb I relaxed the curl starting at the nape to encourage more fullness.
5. Using a double barrel tong I did random waves around the face to give more definition to the curl.
18 January 2012
HOW TO-Angelina Jolie Golden Globe Look
Ever wonder how some of the looks on the red carpet are created?
I have been checking out Angelina Jolie’s hair from the Golden Globes and in my opinion, I think this is the way it would have been done.
1. Firstly, directionally blow-dry the hair towards the crown and at the nape up, work the hair towards the crown, to smooth the hair.
2. Use a thermal spray and set the entire head with large hot rollers for body and bounce, allowing the rollers to cool down and then to be removed.
3. Brush the hair from roots to end and divide the front away from the top of the ear to ear.
4. Work the back section first up to the lower crown and apply a loose pony tail into the section.
5. Gently back comb the front section to add height, working it back into the existing pony tail and smooth over the outer hair.
6. Band both sections together into a single pony.
7. Comb the pony and twist the hair into a loose single twist.
8. Coil the twist into a small ballet bun and pin to hold.
17 January 2012
Boot Camp Melbourne - January 2012
Boot Camp Melbourne was a special one for Sharon Blain Education as we celebrated our 10th Boot Camp since we hosted our very first one 18 months ago. We loved attracting students from all over Australia as well as Hong Kong, Ireland and New Zealand.
We had a talented bunch of stylists who were so enthused to learn the latest finger waves, beautiful curls, the latest red carpet, bridal and session looks that are quick and easy to learn and don’t take hours to create.
I look forward to travelling to the US three times in 2012 and across Australia inspiring and encouraging individuals to become all they can in the world of long hair. For further information on Boot Camp, click here
16 January 2012
Sharon Blain Live (2 Disc Set) Launch
I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new DVD – Sharon Blain Live. This special 2 disc set will take you on a journey of creativity! Enjoy a masterlcass of highlights from my past 2 years at Hair Expo. If you have missed my seminars, here is your chance to gain access to 18 fab models in an action packed 75 minute presentation. For further information, click here
15 January 2012
Modern Hair and Beauty Magazine
I have an amazing behind the scenes video and photos to share with you all for the latest edition of Modern Hair+Beauty. Check out the sneaky behind-the-scenes videohere
to see the making of the magazine. Thank you to my remarkable team at The Art of Hair for creating all the gorgeous styles. On sale in one weeks time. Hope you enjoy the below photos
Blog Entries 2011
What an amazing experience Project Runway has been. In case you weren’t aware, I have been leading the team in the Goldwell Salon for Project Runway Series 3. A big thank you to Goldwell Australia for heading up such an amazing team for a huge and creative event. It has been exciting, challenging and most of all, CREATIVE. I absolutely love meeting the amazing designers and working with them to create their catwalk designs. Have a look at some of the pics.
Boot Camp Townsville Recap
This year I have been packing my “Boot Camp Bags” and taking my innovative course to 5 states within Australia as well as the US. I have met some strong and motivated stylists whom I have thoroughly enjoyed educating and seeing them grow and gain so much confidence. I am extremely honoured to encourage students to strive for excellence and developing an even stronger love of their craft. Have a look at some pics from Boot Camp Townsville. Enjoy.
2011 Hair Expo Australia
If I were to sum up Hair Expo Australia, what would I say – months of prep, chaos, creativity, inspiration and the busiest 3 days of the year? So, why am I still attending after 15 years – my passion and dedication to this amazing industry! The Art of Hair Creative Team and I held live demonstrations on the Sharon Blain and Big Towel Company stand. I released two new DVD’s, After Dark and How To… Use Creative Tongs, endorsed an electrical range, presented my seminar and mentored a team for their Next Generation Show. Did I mention I WON Educator of the Year for the 3rd year in a row? A huge thank you to everyone who came and said hi and supported me during the amazing weekend.
Australia’s Educator of the Year
I am so delighted to have won Educator of the Year at the prestigious Schwarzkopf Professional 2011 Hair Expo Awards for the 3rd year in a row. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. Thank you for allowing me to live my fantasy of educating this sensational industry. I love to teach and my biggest thrill is to see people appreciate what I deliver and grow as stylists.
Next Generation Show – Hair Expo Australia 2011
What a privilege for me to mentor 5 wonderful young hairdressers and help them realise their dreams and present a show at Hair Expo for the Next Generation Show. These talented stylists entered a competition and won their rights to develop the show concept, choose the music, costumes and design the most amazing hair pieces. Emotions were high as they took their bow after eight dancers portrayed a chess theme show.
How blessed am I to be part of this wonderful journey with five of our industry's new rising stars
Hair Expo, After Dark Seminar
I conducted an intimate 90 minute seminar, After Dark at Hair Expo. Showcasing my signature long hair styles, the audience saw styles fit for bridal and red carpet events. Giving insight to techniques, tricks and tips, attendees were able to take home to their clients creative, new skills that were at the forefront of the latest trends.
My main focus and drive is to bring out peoples inner passion by using simple step-by-step techniques. Many stylists are afraid of long hair styling. Many times we forget that doing a hairstyle should in fact be easy – they aren’t as complicated as we think they actually are.Using a combination of hair textures, attendees saw sculpted styles using braiding, curling padding
and tongs. I hope everyone enjoyed After Dark and agreed it was a show filled with passion, creativity and fun!
How to… Use Creative Tongs DVD
This How to... Use Creative Tongs DVD shows how to use my creative styling tongs with 9 adventurous new looks. Learn how to use three completely different creative hot tongs; Conical Wand, Twin Barrel Tong and the Texturising Crimper and to experience the versatility of these tongs.
If it’s celebrity, culture hair trends or how to get ‘lived in’ texture and movement or quirky rock-chick sophistication, see the preview here.
I am thrilled to announce that I am endorsing a great range of creative tongs. These three tongs will change the way you style. They are styling tongs with a difference! If you have been to any of my courses, you would have heard how I much prefer to style hair with tongs rather than straightening irons as the hair becomes static and impossible to work with! You can now create natural looking tousled waves, crimp and curl at the same time and be able to perfect the luxury 40’s wave or effortless glamorous curls. Check them out here.
After Dark DVD
You've been waiting for it and it's finally here, my highly anticipated After Dark DVD.
When researching retro hair and fashion for this DVD, I was inspired by the beauty of vintage belt buckles and set about designing hair, integrating them into this collection of high fashion glamour. After Dark epitomizes contemporary couture while combining sumptuous texture that exudes control and confidence. In this DVD, see six edgy hair styling designs; learning clever, simple and progressive techniques that will expand your creative mind, channelling endless possibility. Order your copy here today.
After Dark Collection – Gothic meets Victorian
My new photographic collection, After Dark, is one of my favs! My vision was to capture the spirit and inner strength of a woman showcasing strong, bold shapes that captivates sensuality yet femininity.
This is a juxtaposition of my signature style of beautiful dressed long hair, couture gowns and dramatic directional shapes.
Using a combination of hair textures, After Dark delivers a creative twist to my Gothic meets Victorian influence throughout the styles. I hope you’re excited and delighted as I am with these 6 beautiful images.
New and Improved Hair Padding
I am pleased to announce I have relaunched my hair padding and am now able to supply you with
shapes that are much more precise and predictable for all your styling needs. The textured synthetic hair in the padding gives a denser feel and the quality throughout the range is exceptional. The colours are in blonde and brown. Get ready to create a variety of different styles without putting stress on the hair by unnecessary teasing.
Order your padding here.
Wayne Cooper Marketing Campaign
I and The Art of Hair Creative Team were busy styling the hair for Wayne Cooper's 2011 and 2012 Spring Marketing campaign. We just love the sleek ponytail. A summer staple, ponytails will be long and sophisticated come Spring/Summer 2011. Style them smooth, sleek and tight.
Goldwell StyleSign Launch
I was fortunate to be a special guest at the launch of Goldwell’s latest styling range, StyleSign. I created on-trend hair with incredible shine and protection for a number of beauty editors. StyleSign has been designed to bring out the best in hair styling and colour by providing unsurpassed shine without weight and long-lasting colour brilliance, this is why I am a die hard Goldwell fan. For further information on their products and ranges visit www.goldwell.com.au.