Elise Idiens is no ordinary hairdresser.She has learned from the best in the business.
A country girl who left home early to chase her dreams, Elise spent four years working alongside two-time Hairdresser of the Year Brad Ngata, before she went on to manage his prestigious Sydney salon ‘Ivy’.
During her time with this icon of hair, Elise learned the tricks of the trade, and also worked on runway models, at L’oreal Fashion Week, and on shoots for magazines and advertisements.
She spent six months working in the UK’s international award-winning salon ‘Mahogany Hairdressing’, has assisted on Chanel Runway collections alongside styling great Sophie Roberts, and has regularly styled the hair of celebrity Jesinta Franklin.
Now, she’s taken a chair at Moore and Co in Austinmer.
A warm, caring and creative soul, Elise also teamed up with photographer friends to create her own editorial spreads, which she shares in her gorgeous blog ‘Mane and Tales’.
“I see interesting people out about and ask if they’ll model for me,” she says. “It can be a bit confronting because when you say you’re a hairdresser, people assume you want to do something half-shaved and green! I don’t because I’m just interested in capturing a person’s essence, making them feel good and look beautiful.”
But there’s more to Elise than hair.
Elise grew up in the tiny farming community of Gooloogong in the Central West, so understands the isolation of living in a small town. She’s witnessed and experienced the effect this isolation can have on mental health so now, she’s set about making a real difference in the lives of people living in rural communities.
Despite living in Austinmer, Elise regularly makes the five hour trip back over the Great Dividing Range where she has established a monthly Pop Up Markets.
The town of Gooloogong has just 300 people but each month, almost 50 stallholders now come together to chat, and to fulfil their creative dreams. And Elise sets up a pop-up salon which she uses to bring city styling to the bush.
“When I was growing up in Gooloogong it was hard to find like-minded people to talk to or hang out with,” she says, “ so I have been determined to do something to encourage country people to come together and communicate, and to give them a place to express themselves.
“I really believe the markets are making a difference in the town,” says Elise. “One woman came along and asked me what we do now. I just said ‘we’re doing it’! Look at everyone creating their beautiful stalls filled with fresh food and hand-made products, and look at all the people communicating who wouldn’t otherwise be together. Everyone goes away invigorated. It’s fantastic to see this energy and enthusiasm in our sleepy little town.”
Then for Elise, it’s back to the Northern Illawarra and Moore and Co in Austinmer, where she is looking forward to meeting, styling, and sharing her creative journey with the people of the Northern Illawarra.
To book an appointment with Elise you must contact her directly. You can reach her on 0424 158 839
You can have a look at her beautiful work here:-
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