Education is highly valued at Crown Hair, for both our beloved clients, and our staff. So imagine our delight when we found out that we would be hosting Whittemore House’s Victoria Hunter for an education session on hair painting!
For those who haven’t heard the news, Whittemore House have been at the forefront of the hair painting revolution, fronted by owners Victoria Hunter and Larry Raspanti. Made of 70 per cent clay, the Whittemore House lightening powder protects as it bleaches (yes, you read that correctly). In Victoria’s own words, it changes the way we colour hair. You can read more about Crown Hair’s love of Whittemore House Hair Paint here.
With a crowd of colourists from Sydney salons that included Edwards & Co, Que Colour, Headcase, Toni and Guy and Dario Salon, Victoria kept a curious crowd enthralled as she answered questions about the changing landscape of modern hairdressing and her own career.
“Nobody could make what we were looking for,” explained Victoria of the initial stages of creating the hair paint, as she and Larry searched the US for someone who could help create what would become Whittemore House. After a trip to Italy proved successful in terms of production, talk turned to science, as the era of Olaplex, already in full swing, had begun shaking up what was possible with colour.
Formulating their bleach to form molecules that mimic the effects of sugar cane meant that their bleach would not lift colour from the hair shaft, but with the most minimal damage to the hair possible. The rest, as they say, is history.
Working with esteemed names in hair such as Guido Palau, the Whittemore House brand most recently showed the sheer power of their hair paint, both Hunter and Raspanti bleaching 18 models in 5 days for the Alexander Wang S/S17 runway show. No mean feat, considering some of the models needed up to 5 hair processes!
Having worked in the era where editorial work was highly sought after, Victoria acknowledges that the shift towards all things digital has changed the way hairdressers are able to really showcase their work. Given that print media has seen an unprecedented decline in the past decade, the glimmer of the coveted editorial spread has somewhat diminished as the spotlights of Snapchat and Instagram grow brighter. (image pictured: Antonia’s end result)
Crown Hair’s Director of Colour Kathy Gilbert, Senior Stylist Sophie Mosca and 3rd Year Apprentice Antonia Calabrese took part in the Hands On education on the day, and were able to receive guidance on their hair painting techniques from Victoria (image pictured: Sophie’s end result). Crown Hair wishes to give special thanks to Whittemore House, Victoria Hunter, Morph Haircare and Redken Australia for their help in making the day a success!