Vibe is everything when it comes to award-winning colourist John Blue’s newly opened BOSS HAIR GROUP. Featuring geometric lines, bold colour and a handpicked team of stylists, John shares his story behind this true salon sanctuary.
Why did you decide to open BOSS HAIR GROUP?
I opened up BOSS HAIR GROUP because I was tired of working towards someone else’s future and retirement. I was becoming burnt-out and felt as if I worked in a factory. I wanted to go back to a time when the salon experience was more intimate and personal, like when I started 20 years ago. Creating a chill and inviting vibe was just as important. I decided on the name BOSS because I wanted every co-worker and client to feel a sense of ownership. Each talented style and colour BOSS is an expert in their chosen craft. BOSS can mean so many different things to so many people.
Tell us about the décor. What inspired you?
I wanted to create a scene that I would thrive in, as well as my staff. For so long, we’ve been seeing the mundane white, minimalistic canvas that so many salons and boutiques have. I love the idea of making a statement and the minute you walk in, you can feel it. I was always drawn to David Bowie’s personal style. His iconic androgynous fashion choices were bold and expressive. The design of the space was based off of the lightning bolt painted on his face from one of his album covers. That, mixed with Andy Warhol’s “Factory”, also played into my vision - a studio space that would bring many creative minds to meet. Throw in a little Studio 54 glam with some 90s supermodel chic and you’ve got BOSS!
How important was it to BOSS HAIR GROUP to become a sustainable salon?
My main focus was to be 100% cruelty-free, and then it just spiralled from there. After learning that the beauty industry accounts for nearly a third of landfill waste, I knew I had to do something, even if it was small. We’ve partnered with Green Circle Salons and we recycle over 90% of salon waste. We recycle foil,
colour tubes, plastic packaging, hair colour and even hair! Every product we use, even down to our cleaning supplies, are sustainable and ecofriendly.
Which colour/styling products do you use?
We carry a variety of hair colours, but we predominately use Keune Cosmetics because the coverage, shine and longevity are outstanding. We also carry the Australian line, Original Mineral (O&M), which is an ammonia-free, PPD-free and resorcinol-free hair colour. This is a great alternative for people with allergies and sensitivity to colour. Retail-wise, we carry REF of Sweden and Oway. Both these lines are
vegan and contain certified organic ingredients. They perform just as brilliantly as they smell. In addition,
BOSS also has an Organic Refill Club where you can bring back your Oway glass bottle packaging and we will refill your shampoo or conditioner. This is great because there is no waste, therefore reducing your carbon footprint on the environment.
Describe BOSS HAIR GROUP in 10 words
Bold, colourful, expressive, chic, chill, comfortable, inviting, sustainable and conscious.
INTERIOR DESIGN: blocHaus
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christopher Bradley