Our new toy’s have arrived – Mask with Vibrachrom

News flash…

Our fabulous colour brand Davines has just launched it’s new and improved formulas for its traditional colour line called Mask with Vibrachrom (technical speak we know… but we’re all just a bit excited and feel the need to share!). c1632a40946485c080596fc342ecfa72

So I hear you say – “Awsome new toy for you guys, but what does this mean for me?”

For our clients, that choose to have Davines A New Colour line (our ammonia-free colour) – nothing is changing for you.

For the rest of you, the new formation brings:
– LESS FADING (thanks to a sneaky new ingredient inspired by the textile industry)
– MEGA REFLECT AND SHINE (why thank you Mr Omega 9)
better condition (hands up for active proteins derived from quinoa)
And…
– BETTER GREY COVERAGE and less ammonia than the old formulation (gotta love that).

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Here’s the other thing that will be changing for our Mask with Vibrachrom clients – your colour recipes we’ve been using.

We’re super excited about re-formulating your old colour recipes to adapt to this new range.

And with that sniff of Spring in the air – who wouldn’t want a refresh…

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We’ve Reviewed our Prices…

image1Dear Clients.

You know that we love and value each and every one of you. Without your support and loyalty, we would not be the salon we are today.

As a team, we value education, progression, sustainability and creating the best experience for you all. To do this, we pour a lot of time, energy and investment into learning to be the best artist’s to make your experience in our chair’s something non-harmful, unique and valuable.

Our goal with each appointment is to provide you with the relaxing experience you deserve, healthy hair that looks great to your next visit and a style that compliments you brings out your best features so that you can feel confident every day.

Each of your needs is different, and we love to come up with specific and personalised hair plans for each client including which of the best sourced, conscious products and tools are best suited for you, teaching you tips and tricks to wearing your hair day today.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday the 2nd of August, we will be implementing a price revision for our service. We are doing this so that we can spend the perfect amount of time with each of you to focus on your unique needs and not to have to rush you out of our chairs.

To see the new price list, please visit http://www.commonthread.co.nz/services/cut/

We don’t say this often enough, but we love and appreciate our relationships with you all. Thank you again for your loyalty and support.

xoxo
Tracy and the team at Common Thread

We sip tea and talk shop with Common Thread owner Tracy Sarjant Roberts

Hair Salon Pukekohe Common Thread Director Tracy Sarjant Roberts

When and why did you launch your salon?

14/8/12. After being based in Auckland’s CBD for the first 11 years of my career, I wanted to create a nurturing, real space. For clients in a fast-paced world, it’s nice to be able to provide a getaway where the focus is on them. For my team, I love to be part of growing their goals, tools, and confidence and only wish to be part of the chapter of their career stories.

Assisting my salon by using boutique brands has been a rock for many of the decisions we make at Common Thread. The most important decisions we’ve made are based around our wellbeing as hairdressers. Unfortunately, a close family member has suffered through ill health for the past ten years, so I made a conscious decision that I didn’t want to work with anything that would put my clients, staff and own health at risk.

Being able to make choices that are progressive and conscious is the primary drive behind launching Common Thread.

Describe Common Thread in 10 words or less. 

Thoughtful, escape, inviting, talented, fresh, upcycled, restorative, progressive, conscious, sassy.

Name three key muses/inspirations.
1. Good friend and past colleague Jason Chong Li – I have watched Jase grow to the amazing hair ninja he is today. He is by far the most driven and hard working hairdresser I know. Everything Jase has achieved is 100% him – he knows who he is, what he wants and he will do whatever it takes to fulfil it!
2. Start with Why author Simon Sinek – Every time I get a bit foggy with why and what I’m doing I come back to this book. It inspires me by challenging my thought process and is the driving force behind not becoming a robot overwhelmed by the daily grind.
3. Loyal client and ex-chief executive of Mental Health Foundation Judi Clements – I’ve been fortunate enough to be Judi’s hair artist for the best part of ten years now. I say ‘artist’ because that’s what she allows me to be. Judi is one of the biggest inspirations to me because she is living proof of being true to yourself, disregarding criticism and actions life hurdles as just a slight detour.

Your favourite quote?

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What’s your favourite product and why? 

Olaplex – I love how it maintains the hair’s integrity and allows us as colourists to achieve greater looks for our clients.
A close second would be R+Co AIRCRAFT – best styling product EVER!!  I love how it can change the most conservative do into Ms. Sassy Pants.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned as a hairdresser/salon owner?  

Be present, don’t take things personally and only react when you’re calm.

Describe your approach to hair in 10 words or less. 

Intuitive, control, ageless, diverse, spontaneous, artist, confident, daring and professional.

What’s your greatest dream as a salon owner/stylist?  
Continue to contribute to the more talented next generation of hairdressers.  We spend the first years of our career trying to master the technical aspect of hairdressing and learn the rest by osmosis.

I’d love to educate our up-and-comings into being masters of communication, adding value and running their own business within a business.

As day-to-day hairdressers we wear a lot of hats, and if we had all the right tools from the beginning then we would be able to offer our clients so much more than just a hair style.

We’ve heard you personally no longer take on new clients, why is this?

There’re many reasons.  I made this decision a couple of years ago, after quickly establishing my clientele after opening the salon.  It’s mostly around working on the business not just in the business, and being open and honest about being human and not being able to do everything without compromising my own, my clients and team’s expectations.

It’s important to me, my clients and team that I stay progressive and creatively inspired.  And slogging away for twelve hours a day, doing back to back clients with no room for adjustment or error doesn’t leave much room to nourish one’s creative soul.

Out of respect for my clients, being so heavily booked they can’t reschedule their appointment without waiting for another two months is just absurd and frustrating for both of us – and trust me, unlike other hairdressers I’ve come across in the past, it does nothing for my ego.

It’s why I spend a lot of time with my team and why we are so focused on education at Common Thread.  My team are incredibly talented and driven for the right reasons.  We all work in close collaboration with each other and our clients, and it’s important that we all are available to add original opinion where our clients need it.

 

What to do when your roots are showing and that last week before your hair appointment seems like an eternity away?

The answer:  Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray.

You may have come across hair crayons, or mascara’s in the past, and you probably found them waxy, greasy looking or felt like your scalp is being suffocated. But not this little saviour – not a chance!

Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray instantly cover greys and roots or revive highlights between appointments. Natural Microfine Mineral immediately and effortlessly cover to conceal unwanted grey roots and regrowth by adhering to hair fibres blending seamlessly with your natural shade when—and where—you need it. The quick-drying powder formula with Rice Starch also absorbs dirt and oil to refresh hair. Added UV Absorber helps prevent further colour degradation while strengthening hair fibres.

So next time you’ve got a last minute event crop up, no need to panic that everyone is going to know the truth about you having grey hair or that your not a natural blonde. Spray a little Oribe magic to your hairline and parting, swipe on your fav powerhouse lippy and strut your stuff.

Oribe

 

Available in: Platinum, Blonde, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black and Red

RRP – $49

Finalists for Team of the Year Industry Awards – oh yessss!

Hair done… Check. Face on… Check. Glad rag’s on… Check. And we’re off to the 2016 Industry Awards night that was held last night at the Studio on K-Road.

Enter the room into a sea of hairdressers all looking fabulous and predominantly wearing black. Wine glasses are clinking, hugs and smiles shared as we reunite with fellow hair crafters.

The night kicks off with short show’s by New Zealand and International industry leaders to inspire our creative minds.

Finally, the moment of all of us has been waiting for. Who will be the winners?

Unfortunately, it wasn’t our time last night – the award went to Three Hairdressing from Whangarei. However being named one of five finalists in the Team of the Year category is incredibly exciting and humbling.

Competition aside, I am extremely grateful to work and create alongside my talented crew. Seeing what we can create not only on camera but every day on our beautiful clients is winning to me.

Behold our “New Grunge” inpired collection.

xo Tracy

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Special thanks to everyone who was involved in the shoot:

Karen Ishiguro – Photographer, Ben Loirs Blair – Video, Gee Pikinga – Makeup, Amita Kala – Stylist, Models Rani, Shayna, Elliot, Megan, Grace and Brooke.

AND… here’s  a sneek peak of behind the scenes at the shoot.

Word’s from our newest stylist Kirsty Hedley…

 What do you love about being a hair stylist?

The thing I love most about the industry is how you can make someone feel.   How they put all trust in you to do something on them and the confidence that comes from that.  I’ll always continue to further myself in gaining new skills and knowledge that will help me to achieve my clients dream hair.

What’s the most frequent problem that your clients come to you with?

I find that a lot of my client’s struggle with finding time for themselves.  They’re busy with their lives, careers, and families and don’t have a lot of time in the morning to spend hours preening themselves.   However, it’s still important to them that they are presented nicely, both for themselves and how they like to appear.  I strive to give my clients achievable looks.

Common Thread is a sustainably focused salon… So what does sustainability mean to you?

In the world full of people who rapidly want more from the world, I honestly believe we need to slow down, make conscious decisions and give back to what we have taken from.

You specialise in Indian Head Massage… What is it and why do you enjoy doing it?

Indian head massage is a traditional massage that’s been practiced in India for over 4000 years.  It’s now been tailored and continually developed to suit our modern lifestyle.  There are many benefits from IHM.  It’s used for relaxation, relief from headaches, improved concentration, and circulation.  What I love about IHM is the time you have prioritized for yourself, to feel time slowing down – even if it is just for a moment.

You’ve just directed your first collection….. Tell us about your photo shoot.

The concept behind my collection was to show strength.  How a simplistic, beautiful and strong women can be.  This was my first collection, so I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.  When it comes to my next collection, I’m going to portray and even stronger more editorial look.

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World Wide Hair Tour – LA Style

I’ve just got back from a very quick four day’s in LA and let me tell you; I’m all juiced up and even more connected to why I do what I do.

I was one of the three lucky salon owners selected by our favourite brands distributor Boutique Brands to attend Davines World Wide Hair Tour – Hollywood style.  LA marked the 10th year for WWHT, held at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre.

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Davines holds WWHT every year in a different city around the world; LA marked the 10th year.  Last year, in London, our very own Keegan Nelson took out Best Colour on stage as one of ten stylists selected from around the globe.  However, unlike Keegan, who experienced wave’s of anxiety during the competition, I got to sit leisurely in the audience and be wowed by the talet, craft, messages and community on show.

I have to say, this is the most emotional hairdressing event I have ever been too.  Our industry is not known for collaboration, so it was so refreshing to be part of a gathering of like-minded artists, business owners and game changers.

The opening piece was a moving act by Aldo Signoretti – Italian born makeup artist and hair designer who has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for makeup for his work on Moulin Rouge.  Inspired by 1996 Romeo & Juliet (which happens to be my favourite movie!), Aldo and his model played out a captivating piece which involved him transforming her with a beautiful wig.  Simple and graceful – a sheer contrast to the usual which is typically watching crazy colours and over exaggerated lengths being chopped into the poor models hair by an egotistical hairdresser.

Davines is the world most sustainably concious beauty brand in the world, and their message weaved loud and clear throughout the event.  Beauty shines from within.  Founder Davide Bollati acknowledged the next generation in the I Sustain Beauty evolution.  These special people, just to name a few – Mara Galeazzi, dancer from London’s Royal Ballet contributes by helping children in Africa through Dancing for the Children.  Belgin Aksoy dreamed of spreading wellness around the world, so she founded Global Wellness Day and on June 11, 2016, 73 countries will embrace this change.  Salvatore Qiaguinta bridged the gap between beauty and poverty when he opened Without Boundaries Beauty School in Lima, Peru.  A beautiful quote that I noted and would love to share is, “If you feel beauty in yourself, you can see beauty in others”.

The original show stopper for me was Davines Creative Director, Angelo Seminara – who has received the honourable award of British hairdresser of the year 2007, 2010 and 2012.  He launched his Davines hair care line (called Your Hair Assistant) at the event, which again, in true Davines form had a beautiful story attached.  Growing up, Angelo had a friend called Francesco.  Their widowed mother raised Francesco and his siblings; his oldest brother had to work to provide for the family.  Tragically he was killed in a motorcycle accident, so at the age of 12 Francesco had to go to work with a cabinet maker.  Angelo always admired how the dry sawdust created texture in his friends hair – thus using this for inspiration for creating one of the products in his range.  A further twist Davines, line release, was without the knowledge of Angelo, they had tracked down Francesco (who spoke not a word of English, had never had a passport and only received it two days before the event). Brought him to LA and as the curtains pulled back revealed a reunion of old friendship.  There was not a dry eye in the theatre.

Aside from the soul of Angelo, I honestly could watch him create with hair all day.  He was calm and collected on stage and joked with the audience like old friends.  His approach to hairdressing is an actual art form.  A quote from him that has resinated with me is, “When you are doing hair, you have to feel it – it’s not just technique.”  I could go on all day about him, but then I’d have nothing to share with you in the salon.

All in all, the experiences I had in LA, with Davines, Boutique Brands and team NZ have been truly memorable.  I’ve learnt new skills and attitudes which I can’t wait to contribute to our industry and inspire my team and clients at Common Thread.

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Team NZ on the red carpet at the Avalon Club in Hollywood

(left to right: Raoul Roberts from Rococo, Ryland Wood from Boutique Brands, Lou Berlim from Ripe, Tracy Roberts from Common Thread and Becky Roberts from Boutique Brands)