Mikki Auld Hairdressing is an ode to the 1970’s cool girl and is making waves in more than just hair. Hidden in a Woolloongabba laneway, there is a girl gang on a mission to make its client appointments much more than just a trim.
Dedicated to using eco-friendly products and creating a chilled atmosphere, Mikki Auld Hairdressing is both a business and an artistic hub. “It was always my intention to create a space that housed collaboration and generated a creative community. Having the ability to support other like minded businesses and creatives is something that I feel so strongly about,” Auld said. She has indeed mastered a perfect blend of business and creative power. The salon has only been operating for a year or so and has already established a loyal clientele. “We tend to attract the creatives, go-getters, thinkers, conscious, down to earth, and all-round wonderful people,” Auld said. There is an aura of creativity around everything Auld does.
She regularly hosts events such as art shows and vintage clothes swaps in the salon to celebrate and champion fellow creatives in the community. The signature seventies style is endearingly combined with the salon’s commitment to sustainability. “Our hair clippings are turned into hair booms which are used to soak up oil spills on our oceans. Plus, we have a compost that we take to our community garden a few times a week … At the end of each week our general waste is no more than a fistful!”
At the heart of the business is of course, the hairdressing itself. Auld honed her craft in London before coming back to Brisbane to start the business and bring together a group of uber talented artists. Stylist Erica won first place at the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo for her balayage technique whilst Annie has styled for music videos. The gang has worked backstage at Fashion Week and Auld herself was a finalist in FAME Team Australia awards. “I really love our girl gang. I feel it’s important to break the stereotype in regards to hairdressing environments. We’ve certainly attracted a group of like minded women who also have down to earth personalities and a no fuss attitude.” Auld is a business powerhouse who manages to fit everything from hairdressing, to administration, to social media updates into her day. “My morning commute to my gym with a cup of coffee and a good podcast is bliss for me. It’s how I set up my day and it’s my time to be still and reflect before the chaos of running a business begins.”
The community around Mikki Auld Hairdressing is what makes the salon so strong, says Mikki, whose partner Drew helps run the business with her. It is a place for relaxation, experimentation and creativity. Mikki Auld has a serious spark about her that lets her go her own way.
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