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Bridal consultation tips

Have you ever had a client arrive in your chair with what she thinks is clean and dry hair?

But it’s oily at the crown – and let’s not talk about the nape!

Over the years, I can honestly say this used to happen to me way too often – and I made a decision that if it ever happened again it was MY FAULT!

Why? Because I didn’t educate or train my bride on how to prepare her hair during our consultation. Think about it: a bride comes to you and she has a file full to the brim of pictures of the dress, the wedding venue, the flowers, and quite often she even has a sample of her dress fabric. 

But where in her planning folder is the hairdresser? 

We need to be in this folder, because if you’ve simply just instructed her to have clean, dry hair when she arrives, you can bet she will either forget, or worse, plop a dollop of shampoo on the top of her head andstart to spread. By the time it gets anywhere near the nape there’s not enough left to remove any excess oils. 

But where in her planning folder is the hairdresser? 

We need to be in this folder, because if you’ve simply just instructed her to have clean, dry hair when she arrives, you can bet she will either forget, or worse, plop a dollop of shampoo on the top of her head andstart to spread. By the time it gets anywhere near the nape there’s not enough left to remove any excess oils. 

We eliminate this by not only verbally educating them, but also by making our preparation instructions visual with our consultation sheet. We added in head sheets so I can draw the hot spots and explain to them how to shampoo properly. 


Make yourself the expert! Be fun and firm in your conversation with a client. After all, I’d say hairdressing is 80-90% communication skills. Do you agree? (leave me a comment below).

So my conversation might go a bit like this:

Lorna: Sally would you like your hair on your wedding day to be amazing?

Sally: Well, YES! YES I would.

Lorna: Me too, that’s why I need you to follow my crucial preparation instructions to the T, so when I arrive, your hair is the perfect canvas for me to work my magic on. Are you up for that?

Sally: I sure am! So what should I do?

By having this conversation, you now have your client’s attention and she is listening to her expert stylist: YOU! 

Now it’s time to step her though what you’d like her to shampoo & condition with. I also personally like my clients to apply a light oil (I use UNITE U oil) and apply the first layer of mouse to her wet hair (I use UNITE Elevate Mouse). It’s also the time to share with her how to get the most beautiful blow dry at home with my Time Saver Brush.

You also need to make sure that she knows NOT to put the straighteners through her hair after she has blow dried it (you would be surprised how many clients think they’re helping you by doing this).

The trial is your time to shine, and time to make YOU the expert that your client will listen to, respect and best of all: tell all her friends about! All because you have gone that one step further.

Do you have a unique way of educating your clients? 

I would LOVE for you to share in the comments below. After all, sharing what we do is how we learn!

Want a copy of the consultation sheet? Click here to have it sent straight to your Messenger inbox.

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How long is too long to spend on a bride?

This is a great question and one that really needs to be talked about. 
Why? Because time is money.
Unless you’re styling hair for a hobby – and let’s look at the definition:

“An activity that someone does for pleasure when they are not working”

Then we need to make sure that, as a professional. you can earn what you’re worth! 

Some of the mistakes I see stylists make again and again are:

·      Failing to factor in the prep time for naturally curly or frizzy hair 

·      Say no (or even forget!) it’s okay, I won’t charge extra to prep all your hair extensions. By the way – we should also be the stylist ordering and charging retail price for any extensions that are needed. After all, we’re the professionals and we know exactly what colour, length and type is best. 
I personally LOVE Amazing Hair Australia. Tell them I recommended you and they’ll look after you! 

·      Not being honest about the fact that some looks just take longer to create. If you have a client with loads of hair wanting vintage waves, will this take you longer? HELL YES! 

We also need to know when to stand back from your work and STOP!

If you’ve given yourself a timeframe, stick to it (within reason)! It’s so easy to keep fiddling, and my pet hate, adding more and more hairspray.

Have you ever noticed that when you stop, BREATH and stand back from your work, you can always see what needs to be tweaked? 

Is your work balanced?
Can you see ANY PINS?
Are there flyaway hairs? 

I can’t emphasise this point enough – SERIOUSLY. When you do this I promise you will turn your work from good to GREAT!

You also need to keep control of the wedding party. Make sure in your consultation time you make it clear that you need the WHOLE wedding party to have super clean, dry hair BEFORE you arrive.

Wedding parties are FUN and I personally love them, but WOW in the early days I had loads of nightmare stories: dirty hair, wet hair, Nana on the phone from overseas so I couldn’t start the hair for 45 minutes, bridesmaids in tears because they don’t want to wear the look the bride wants, Mum is late because she is BUSY, and so many more.

I’m sure you have heaps you could add to my list (please let us all know in our Facebook group, we would love to help you!

join my closed Facebook group Lorna Evans Education Students Connect.

And if you’ve ever been confused on how to charge for your time then check out my NEW Build Your Business Planner!


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How much do you charge for bridal hair?

Should I charge the same as the salon or stylist in my area? 

How about travel time and product, how do I factor that in? 
Do I charge for my time or my skill?

If you have ever asked this question (and seriously I have been asked these questions hundreds of times – you’re not the only one!) then you need to have a look at my NEW Build Your Business Planner. 

It’s designed to work out what YOU should charge for a bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride and flower girl. It will even help you work out how to charge for travel, how to factor in your skill level and you can even send your bride an invoice!

I have set a quick series of questions to help you determine what skill level you’re at in the industry and what you’re currently charging for your time. This helps us quickly determine the recommended minimum amount you should be charging to look after a bridal party!

Then it’s on to BUILDING your business! And like ALL businesses, it takes work and money to market your amazing services and continue your long hair styling training. 

But how much should I spend on marketing and training? 

Glad you asked! My program will guide you all the way and help you plan by giving you multiple recommended budgets based on your predicted income for the year!

But I’m not tech savvy! 
There is NO need to worry! I have made the planner SUPER EASY to use, and if you do have any questions please 

join my closed Facebook group Lorna Evans Education Students Connect. 

I will be there to answer all your questions.

The program is a one off fee of ONLY $49.00 

And the unlimited support is totally FREE!


Before you purchase your planner, would you like to join me for a FREE webinar on one of the hottest braids of 2019? 


Join me live on September 9th 10AM-12PM.

I’ll share my Bubble Braid and 3 ways to use it in your salon.

PLUS I will walk you though the Build Your Business Planner so you can get the most out of it. 

Cant watch it live?
That’s okay, I’ll send you the link to watch the replay. And don’t forget, you can ask the questions in our closed Facebook group.

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Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo 2019

Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo really does have the most beautiful vibe! 

We had a fantastic two days sharing our love of styling and demonstrating on our stand how our tools can help save time and make styling easier. 

This year was a whole different education experience with all the education rooms being on the expo floor. Both our Look & Learn and Hands-On Workshop was a total SELL OUT!

I also had the pleasure of styling a wig for the team from Anniss&Barton’s live photoshoot workshop. The boys are fantastic photographers, and Charlotte Ravet’s makeup is flawless. 


This was all about EASY LOOKS in 4 sections that you can create in 45 minutes or under. 

Look 1 – Bubble Bun & Flowers  

To create this look we used the Curve Comb and Bungee Tape to place the hair in a high ponytail. I then showed how to do the bubble braid technique which I turned and folded to make the bun shape. We’ve had so much fun with the bubble braid (click here to see the looks we created at Hair Expo in the Look & Learn Theatre)

Join me live on August 26th, or watch the recording, of our online class where I’ll teach you the bubble braid and 3 looks to use it with (plus a FREE copy of our new Build Your Business Planner valued at $49) OMG – this technique! 

Lady Gaga’s hair stylist, Fredric Aspiras, popped a few hair flowers on Gaga at this year’s Met Gala and BOOM they are all over Pinterest and Insta again! I personally LOVE creating hair flowers.

So, I popped in a few that I made with Amazing Hair Australia wefts. I am always looking for a little something to stand your work out from the crowd. 

Look 2 – Wave It and Roll It 

Waves are always a favourite of mine, and the trick to getting them soft and sexy is all in the prep. I blow dried in UNITE ELEVATE Mousse using the Time Saver Brush to scratch up the hair. I then directionally set the hair and combed it out using the Curve Comb, BIGtail Comb and our extra-long wave clamps. 

To control the base I used a secret scalp braid as a pin cushion, and held it all together with Bungee Tape before securing with a Kingpin.  

Look 3 – The Kimono Chignon

This is one of the most in demand up-styles!

I pulled looks from Pinterest and broke them down using my Jigsaw Puzzle Theory. 

The tools I needed were Time Saver Brush, BIGtail Comb, Secret Bands, Kingpins, bobby pins and my home made Loop De loop (a good old wire coat hanger and electrical tape to make a really sturdy topsy tail) It’s the bomb! 

If you would like a copy of the step by step head sheets feel free to email me and I will gladly send them – 

Back stage team 

Kyleen Phillips 

Carmen Rodgers 

Aimee Goleman 

Teyanah Popik

Our beautiful models 

Katie Jane Sharp 

Sophia HarrisBrooke Caple 

Amazing Designer 

Claudia Williams – @werable_art_by_llanicreative_ 


The incredible students from Brisbane School of Hairdressing 


After lunch we had 20 students return for a Hands-On Workshop to put the looks together. It was two hours of pure styling fun! 

Photos Courtesy of Bethany Rabl (Becky B Hair)

The real learning really does happen when you put your hands in the hair. I LOVED the concept of having the Look & Learn, and then returning to play later that day. 


Our Main Stage show was a blast! 

I invited three of my former students to do one look each, showcase their styling skills and talk about how they had used what they learned in my Master Class. 

This still give me goosebumps! As an educator there is nothing more rewarding than seeing students flourish. Great work!

Sandi O’Neill 

Ash O’Neill 

Elizabeth Neal

Back stage team 

Kyleen Phillips 

Carmen Rodgers 

Aimee Goleman 

Our beautiful models 

Katie Jane Sharp 

Sophia Harris

Allira Ashwell 

Amazing Designer 

Matcho Suba The Label 


The incredible students from Brisbane School of Hairdressing 

Next Stop Salon: International – London!

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Hair Expo Sydney 2019!!!


The Queen’s Birthday long weekend really is a festival of HAIR! And we had a ball sharing our LOVE for everything styling. 

I had the pleasure of comparing the Main Stage. It was so great to watch all the fantastic talent backstage before each show. Then it was back to what I love the most:  STYLING! At the Amazing Hair Australia Stage, showcasing their incredible extensions, I created a Kimino Chignon.

It’s such a popular look at the moment, so I wanted to break it down and show how easy it is for you to create this look with the help of clip-in extensions and my NEW Kingpin. A HUGE thanks to the people from KELA for supplying the beautiful pearls that draped this look. 
It’s such a popular look at the moment, so I wanted to break it down and show how easy it is for you to create this look with the help of clip-in extensions and my NEW Kingpin. A HUGE thanks to the people from KELA for supplying the beautiful pearls that draped this look. 



It’s very unusual for me to arrive at a presentation with no models and only my laptop in hand!

Over the past few years you may have learned about my formula on how to charge for Bridal Hair.

I decided to take this idea further, and with the help of a great friend of ours – Matt Bebe – turned it into an easy to use business program for hair stylists and makeup artists.

This was a great way to launch my NEW business planner!

The Build Your Business Planner can help you determine – in just a few questions – what styling level you’re currently working at. It then offers you advice on how to grow to the next level, or maintain your skill set. 

The next stage guides you to work out exactly how much you should be charging, personally, for a Bride, Bridesmaid, Flower Girl & Mother of the Bride. We even help you work out your travel costs.

The planner then moves into budgeting and planning for education and marketing. Finally, we help you map your projected and actual earnings for the future – including an invoice template.

It was so exciting to finally launch our planner and what better way to do it than as part of the Business Program at Hair Expo!

We started the day on the Main Stage with Brad Ngata showcasing the GlamPalm hot tool range. 

The 2 looks I shared were both from this year’s EVOLVE collection. 

  • Makeup – Mariella Minniti 
  • Designer – Adela Zemanova 
  • Models – Kimbery Mclaughlan & Alana Quartly 
  • Hair Extensions – Amazing Hair 

Styling Products used – UNITE Elevate Mouse, UNITE Texturiza spray, UNITE U Argan Oil, UNITE GO365 spray 

Now, onto one of the highlights, of not just the weekend, but of my education career:

The Gen Next Show 


Since February I’ve been making the road trip down to Gippsland TAFE to mentor 6 apprentice hairdressers for Gen Next.

None of the students had ever been to Hair Expo or even seen a hair show before. Our first meeting was sharing the storyboard created by the AMAZING, talented Claudia Williams. She created a brief for the garments she would design especially for the show. 

From this storyboard we then started our own secret Pinterest board, and started to brain storm!
We quickly recognised our theme was LIVING DOLLS (still gives me goose bumps).
On my next visit I had a whole box of human hair wigs from Amazing Hair Australia (of course) and a box of styling products from UNITE. We workshopped how to prep and work with the wigs; we also had to make sure the looks were all different shapes.

Over the next few visits there was a mix of excitement and nerves. I don’t know about you, but I think nerves are good because it means we really care about what we’re doing! The students each worked with a Gippsland TAFE teacher and worked many hours in-between my visits. 

Now let’s talk about the makeup – AGAIN the work of Gippsland TAFE students led by their teacher. Their work blew me away! They stayed to brief – and on the day, to time too!The models and show production was all the work of the wonderful Sally Clark.

WOW – Sally really brought our show to life. The models were all ballerinas, and with just a few rehearsals NAILED IT! Thanks Sally, you are amazing! Before the show we did a full photo shoot of every look with photographer Jason Lau 

 Now its show time – OMG the energy in the prep room was electric!!! 


Look & Learn Theatre – From the Camera to the Salon – with Jason Lau

This is personally my favourite stage to showcase my work, as we have a whole hour with the audience. 

We had 3 pre-done models that we shared in a live photo shoot. We also went though our HOT TIPS on creating your own salon collection. At the end of the session we shared all the class notes straight to the attendees Messenger. If you would like a copy of the notes click the link below and comment ‘camera’ in the comments.

Styling Stage – Deconstruct/ Reconstruct 

This was a perfect way to end our Hair Expo presentations, showing how the 3 finished looks were created for the Live Shoot. I am totally in Love with the Bushels Braid at the moment and showed the audience how I created it. 

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Prepping Hair Secrets Unlocked

Thanks to everyone who joined our Facebook live on preparation!

If you missed it WATCH NOW along with the show notes.

These were the KEY POINTS:

Consultation with your client before she arrives is so important!


Because the best prep starts with shampoo, conditioner, Argan Oil & styling product.

You’ll also notice on my consultation form, there is a head sheet. I use this to educate my client on exactly how to shampoo their hair and not miss the HOT SPOTS a lot of people leave oily – the crown and nape.

I love and recommend the following products by UNITE

–     Or if the hair is thick I recommend the UNITE Blow & Set Lotion.

For LONG LASTING CURLS my hot tips were:

  • Add in a second layer of styling product. Don’t be shy with the amount of product you use! It’s better to have the hold prior to dressing, so that way your hairspray is only for finish.
  • Prep the root area with the htz Hot Teaze! It’s the best root volumiser I have ever You don’t even have to section the hair – there’s a dial you set to exactly how thick you want your sections. Soooo easy and quick!!!
  • Use a heat glove with your tong so you can smooth all the little ends, and also feel it when you heat the hair all the way through. I use the GlamPalm Magic Wand. It comes with a glove!
  • Always pin curl your curls until cool.

Glass clean finish

Blow dry the hair with the brush on top of the section, and not your traditional blow dry with the brush under the section. I use my Timesaver Brush so I can take wide sections and get more tension to ensure I get a glass finish.


  • Take the time to do a good blow dry before you add your texture set. This will ensure you still have shine in the hair. Remember, there is a difference between messy and messy.
  • And my very favourite product to use for texture is UNITE Expanda Dust and the UNITE Texturiza Spray (avoid a traditional hair spray).

Lorna Evans Hair Consultation sheet CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Mentored By Lorna Evans

Assisted by Mary Tannous

Photography by Jason Lau

Designer – Luxe Robes

Jewellery – Roman and French

Makeup by Elisa Fonseca

Assisted by Regina Carvaloho

Hair Stylists

Lesley Fuller

Malakey Fajloun

Vicky Leihn

Monica Broadley

Leena Pun

Ainsley Winnell


Kimberley Mclaughlan

Melinda Sorg

Taylia Jordan

Alana Quartly

Alison Grenadier

Bailey Brown

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The EVOLVE collection



The EVOLVE collection

by Unite Ambassador Lorna Evans

Hair – Lorna Evans

Assistants – Sarah Conlon , Dina Ludica

Hair colour – Michael Gilberto

Photography – Carlo Fernandes

Make up – Masha Eaves

Designer – Adela Zemonova

Hair wefts – Amazing Hair Australia


Hair @lornaevanseducation

Assisted By @sconlonn & @dina4721

Hair Colour By @michael.pravanavictoria

Photography @_carlofernandes

Designer @adela.zemanova

Makeup @mashale_mua

Models from @brazenmodels

UNITE Products click here

Unite U Luxury argan oil

Unite Elevate Mousse

Unite Texturiza spray

Unite Expanda Dust

Unite Maxcontrol hair spray

Unite Blowout cream

Available from Evolve Hair Concepts AUSTRALIA Click here

Hair Wefts @amazinghairaustralia click here


htz Hot Teaze click here

GlamPalm click here


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Lorna’s 5 tips to Modern Finger waves

Lorna’s 5 tips to Modern Finger Waves

A huge thanks to everyone who joined me live on Facebook to share my love of Modern waves.

Don’t worry if you missed it live, this is the link to watch it again.

I also would like to do a huge shout out to Jayden from B’ Me salon and his amazing employer Maree for sharing his first attempt at Finger Waves???

Jayden is a first year apprentice and I think you would agree he absolutely nailed it! Jayden you are welcome on my back stage team any time.

As promised please here is the link to the head sheets

CLICK HERE  for Modern finger waves HAND OUT

I suggest to print them out, hold a team training session and pop the handout on the salon notice board.








This truly is your golden moment to ensure your waves have hold.

If you like your client to arrive with clean dry hair, make sure you recommend what and how they need to shampoo & condition with – we have all experienced a client who turned up with oily limp hair and expects miracles 😂

It’s also important you recommend what products you would like in the hair from wet to dry.

– Ok your turn – on dry hair apply a second layer of product and blow dry in 4 – 5 sections using our Timesaver Brush  – use the Curve comb around the hairline if needed.


Refer to the head sheet

Divide the sections into two channels

Using a Glampalm Magic wand (I love the size of this barrel it’s 25mm and just seems to be a perfect size barrel for 99% of my work, oh and the hair always feels amazing because of the healing stone finish.

Set all of channel 1 forward, on base for maximum volume

Set all of channel 2 backward, on base.

Allow to cool


Pin on a plastic sleeve under the set section, This is the easiest way I have found to be able to comb the waves into place without catching the back of the hair.


Using a curve comb and wave clamps secure the waves.

Use the Bigtail comb on each clamp to lift the clamp and push the hair up for a sharper wave

Secure the back section of the hair into a side pony using the ammmmmazing Bungee tape – To use the tape peel only a little corner of the hair and pop the tape under your finger, then simply wrap around removing the out side plastic.

Rouche out with the help of our Bigtail comb

Twist the hair and form your shape at the nape – secure with our all NEW Kingpins


Take out the wave clamps one at a time and using mini size bobby pins turn on there side and slip in the troughs of the waves to hold.





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Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo 2018

2018 Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo 

 This was the 4th year that we’ve both educated and exhibited at Brisbane Hair & Beauty Expo and it’s been so great to see it grow to be such a great event. The exhibition floor was abuzz with a mix of education and live competitions – with over 500 competitors! It was such a pleasure to judge both the Vintage Bride and the Avant-garde sections. Congratulations to all the competitors and winners.

Traditional Up-styling

1st-Carmen Rogers-Art Hair studio
2nd-Debbie Schwenderling – Applebom beauty, hair and well being
3rd-Bryce Edwards-Fusion Hair & body


 Avant Garde Up-styling

1st – Piere Taylor-Epic Hair designs
2nd – Luci Monaghan-Dimattia & co
3rd – Kim Astropalitis-Chroma Hair studio


So what did we get up to?

Sunday on the main stage we presented 3 of the looks from our Corde Collection. It was so exciting to showcase how our unique tools help to make styling easier and more efficient. Each look was prepped with our Timesaver Brush and we showed how our NEW BIGtail Comb works.
The soon to be released Kingpin is a total game-changer when it comes to holding long, thick hair and let’s not forget Bungee Tape – the NEW way to secure your pony tails with a seamless finish.
Chatting with visitors at our stand after the show is always a highlight for our team, and one of the comments we were over the moon to receive was:
 “I love visiting your stand because you always have something new and exciting to use”
And to be honest, that’s our goal for every expo and every class: bring something new to keep both us and our students excited and up to date.
My models were dressed by Corde Macrame and the makeup was beautifully done by the students from The Brisbane School Of Beauty.
On Sunday afternoon it was an honour to share the stage with Brad Ngata in our “Runway To Reality” session. Brad showcased 3 amazing runway editorial looks with plenty of glitter and shimmer. 
During the session I also presented 3 looks including loads of techniques to take back to the salon. 
My models were dressed by Gabrielle Stephens from Collecting Pretty Boys, jewellery was from Jeannette Maree & make up for the Expo by The Brisbane School Of Beauty.
 On Monday it was so great to see, among other visitors, bus loads of students! The future of our industry. 
We showcased more looks from our Corde Collection. 
 Every minute the expo was open we educated stylists and makeup artists, showing them how easy our unique tools can make their long hair styling.
Our educators Kyleen Phillips and Aimee Golman were on fire. Lets not forget the child labour, with our daughter Holly at the stand who wore her high pony with Bungee Tape so well. If you have ever called our office you highly likely would have talked to Russell and he really enjoyed talking to you all too.
Keep in touch and see you next year!
A Huge thank you to
Brad Ngata
Amazing Hair 
Collecting Pretty Boys
Corde Macrame 
Kevin Murphy 
Brisbane School Of Beauty ( Make Up )

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Hair Expo 2018 is held in Melbourne every second year and is an electric hub for hairdressers to visit for all over Australia & NZ.

Over the weekend we held 7 shows: 2 main stage, 3 styling stage, 1 Look & Learn Theatre show and 1 show on the Amazing Hair Australia stand. Putting these events on can never happen alone and every year I’m thrilled with the energy, support and love we have from our Back Stage Team, makeup artists, designers and of course the management team from Hair Expo.
Our aim over the weekend was to educate and inspire stylists and help them realise that styling doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. We also showcased our styling tools that are all designed to make styling easier and faster. We also showcased our soon to be released KING PIN and we are soooooo happy to say our famous TIME SAVER BRUSH was such a huge hit we sold a brush every 4 minutes on the Sunday.


Main Stage – Presenting 3 of the looks from my New Cord^e collection

Main Stage –  It was such a pleasure to work on the Main Stage for Amazing Hair Australia with international stylist Adil Jacques and winner of SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year Sam James showcasing the best quality hair extensions by Amazing Hair Australia.




Look & Learn Theatre – presenting my top 4 Modern Brides looks for 2018

Styling Stage – Inspired by the Met Gala in NYC

Styling Stage – How to get the best out of Hair Extensions from Amazing Hair Australia: international artist Adil Jaques &  Lorna Evans



Styling Stage – Fast Easy commercial looks



Amazing Hair Australia Stand – Working with The Amazing Secret and stitching

I was also over the moon to be a judge at the 2018 Bride live competition. A HUGE congratulations to winner Tiarne Klimish from Chumba Salon and well done to Michelle Anthony for organising such a fantastic event. Tiarne will join me in Melbourne for my 3 Day Modern Brides class as well as enjoying our Time Saver Brush and NEW BIGtail & Curve Comb set – the styling trifecta.




Over the whole weekend my talented and beautiful educators Amber White, Kyleen Phillips & Bev Roberts showed how to create looks with our tools. It was such a fantastic buzz every minute of the weekend. We are a family business and it was amazing to have my husband Russell and both my daughters Kaitlyn & Holly to help.

Please make sure you check out all our designers that we had dress our models – seriously, they were just magnificent.


Our team

Amber White
Kyleen Phillips
Beverley Roberts
Holly Evans
Kaitlyn Evans
Russell Evans


Stylists & Designers
Collecting Pretty Boys
Jeanette Maree
Make Up Artist Team 
Vanessa Harlem 
Mariella’s Glama & Makeup Artist 
Back Stage Team 

Tara Johnson
Kristy Vivian
Kerina Marlow
Tiarne Klimisch
Donna Kerr
Jessica Sharp

Lynn Grey

Sarah Conlon

Rose Thorogood

Kim Gault

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Colour Abberration – Workshop

Colour Aberration – 2013 Workshop Photoshoot


The team: Mentored by Lorna Evans- Ainsley Winnell – Ashlea Aitken – Kyleen Phillip – Connie Giaquinto- Connie Raniolo- Jena Pinn – Kyanne Wagensveld – Toni Ratcliff – Nicole Habenschuss- Stecey Poson – Tiffany DeCaux

Photography Peter Coulson  Stylist Elaine Marshall Make-up: Caroline Olweny

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Beautyworld Middle East


We’ve just come back from Beauty World Middle East in Dubai! It was the first international expo I’ve attended with my team and it was an amazing experience. Unlike Australian Expos there was a mix of hairdressers, makeup artists and distributors. Beauty World ME had over 1,700 exhibitors from 62 countries! Needless to say, it was a huge 3 days!I’m so proud to be an ambassador for Amazing Hair Australia and it was the beautiful Ariana who encouraged us to exhibit at Beauty World ME. I’d like to give both Ariana and her team a huge shout out and thank them for all their support – it was so fun having you there!




The most exciting thing for us about Beauty World ME was the launch of our soon to be released Kingpin and WOW – we were over the moon with the response we received. I started working on the concept of the new pin over 2 years ago and I’m thrilled to say we’re only a few weeks off being able to release it to the public so you can get this amazing pin in your hands.
Our aim in 2018 is to make your long hair styling even more efficient and professional – creating innovative products is just one way we help stylists like you achieve this. This year we’re making it even easier for you to access these products with a yet to be announced distributor for Australia and around the globe.
Long hair styling has been a passion of mine since I was in the first year of my apprenticeship over 34 years ago. It’s such a great feeling to find common styling problems and help to solve them by developing new tools that save you time and make your finished looks more polished.
Keep an eye out for Kingpin updates because this is a product you’ll definitely need in your kit!
In the mean time check out our store for products that will make your long hair styling faster and more professional from the Timesaver Brush to our latest BIGtail Comb.



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Pricing formula for Long Hair Styling


Have you ever asked another stylist, “how much do you charge for special occasion & bridal hair styling?”

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked this question I would never have to work again! Ha – only kidding, how boring would that be!
You may not know this, but I have been a salon owner for over 23 years. At one stage we had 3 salons in very different locations: one in a boutique area on the Mornington Peninsula, one in a Myer store and one in a small shopping centre in Carrum Downs (mid-lower end market).
So when it came to pricing there were so many different factors to consider such as rent, cost of products, etc.
One day I sat down and worked out what we were going to charge for our styling by developing a formula that works around how much each salon charged for a haircut & blow dry. Here it is:

Salon A charges $85.00 for a cut & blow dry.
They take 45min for the service.

$85.00 divided by 60 is $1.88 per minute.

For long hair styling, most stylists want a 60min service:

 $1.88 x 60 = $112.80.

Over the past 17 years I’ve had the pleasure of educating some very, very talented hairdressers who are renowned for their cutting & colour skills. But they were terrified of looking after a bride! I came to the conclusion that styling is an extremely specialised area, and should be charged accordingly. Think about all the extra practice stylists need to be both confident and competent. Haircut & colour clients come into our salons every day so we have so many more opportunities to practice our skills and techniques on a daily basis. When it comes to styling you need be dedication to bring in a model or pull out a long hair doll in your own time.
That’s when I worked out my formula:
If Salon A is charging $112.80 for a 60min appointment, we add on an extra 30% for long hair styling. This equals $146.64, round this off to $146.00 and you have your price!
What if you’re a very confident and fast stylist, so you only need 45min?
My best advice in this situation is: charge for your skill, not your time. If you’ve learned and practiced so much that you can create the perfect waves that will last all night, finger waves that don’t droop, smooth chignons, sexy stitched up curls and fashion week ponytails – then you’re worth every cent!
I hope this helps you answer the million dollar question – how much to you charge for long hair styling?

Join me in the class room in 2018!
Melbourne – Sydney- Perth – Adelaide – Brisbane – Gold Coast 

If you can’t make it into the class, join our online education!

Happy styling and keep in touch on our closed Facebook page: Lorna Evans – Students Connect.

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What to do when long hair styling goes wrong.

Our world is full of beautiful looks. You’ll find stunning hair created by talented stylists on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google and in every corner of the internet. But let’s face it, even the best stylists in the world sometimes create looks that just don’t look great and this can lead them to lose a little – or a lot – of confidence in their ability to do their job well.

If anyone ever tells you their work is HOT all the time, they’re lying (harsh, I know!)

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been creating a look and it’s just not coming together like you envisioned?


Today I’m going to talk about what to do when styling goes wrong and share with you some tips I’ve personally found have helped me recover in situations like this.

  1. Stay calm! Remember, you’re styling hair not curing cancer. Have you ever noticed the more flustered you get, the worse the look will be? Concentrate on your breathing, and keep communication open with your client at all times.
  2. This tip is probably one of my biggest lessons I teach in my class. If you have pinned, pony tailed, stitched or placed a section of hair and
    a) It didn’t work as well as you hoped or
    b) Requires loads more pins to fix what you have doneDo yourself a favour – TAKE THE SECTION OUT and start again!

This sounds simple, but it took me years to feel confident enough to redo a section because I was worried my client would think, “she can’t do it – my stylist is in trouble!”
GET OVER YOURSELF (sounds harsh, but I had to give myself this pep talk).

It will both be quicker and look better if you take it out out and redo – I PROMISE. Your client won’t mind, all you need to say is “I’m just not 100% happy with how this section is sitting. It will take me less time to just redo it than try and fix it later.”

Now that wasn’t so hard was it?

  1. Let’s chat about photo shoot work now. Many times I’ve spent hours and hours of prep time on a look that I want to shoot. It looks amazing on my doll but when it comes time to creating the look on my model it just does not work at all.

I needed to learn to NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR IDEAS! We’ve had many shoots where I’ve had to speak up and say to my photographer and styling crew, “sorry we need half an hour to redo this look because its just NOT WORKING.”

I also truly believe a good brief before you start prep is super important. It only takes 5 minutes and can set you up for a smooth and happy day together with your team. This was a hot tip I learned in my REDKEN days that has stayed with me for years. If something isn’t working, a good support team won’t just say “oh that looks nice”, a good support team will notice what’s not looking good and bring it to your attention. Nice means…

N – Not

I – Interested To

C – Care

E – Enough

If you set this rule in place before the madness of the day starts you will all be assured a successful day together.

Now you know what to do and what will work for you in the future, add it into your consultation process and team brief before you get started. That way clients know you’re only going to do what makes the hair look fantastic, not what makes you feel more comfortable.

I hope this bit of advice helps you in your world of styling – we are so blessed to have a career we love.


Looking to take your long hair styling skills and confidence to the next level in 2018? Hands on workshops are the best way to learn and places are filling fast! See if Lorna Evans Education is coming to a city near you in 2018.


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So we launched our Back to Basics series on Monday and we want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along! It was so much fun and inspiring to see everyone live and learning. We always use live models who are dressed by the amazing Gabrielle from Collecting Pretty Boys and our makeup for the first two sessions was by the vey talented Vanessa Harlem.


“Absolutely loved the first session & feeling so inspired” – Jane T

In our first session the looks we covered were a Glass Clean Chignon and the 3D Braid. We talked about the perfect preparation, what product to use and why – and of course which tools we need to take our long hair styling to the next level.
Here are some short highlights from our sessions.

One of the best things about our online education is accessibility – you can watch live or in your own time. It’s so exciting to see students watching live and asking questions. And in our closed Facebook group there are always students asking questions and sharing work as they watch the sessions recorded in their own time.

In our next Back to Basics class we’ll be learning how to do the Perfect Pony Tail and Rope Braid & Chignon. If you want to join us and become part of our global community of stylists then click here to learn more about what you learn in our Back to Basics online education.



Session 2 of our Back to Basics online education aired on Tuesday – thanks to everyone who watched live! It’s so awesome seeing students asking questions and being engaged – interactive learning really is the best.

This time the looks we covered were the Perfect Pony Tail and Rope Braid & Chignon. These are really important looks for modern stylists to be able to create as they’re so popular when it comes to special occasion styling in 2018.


I love sharing my styling knowledge with students from around the world and seeing them share their work in our closed Facebook group. Without a doubt, after each session there’ll be students working hard on their own mannequins and sharing their work with us for feedback. It’s so inspiring to watch their skills and confidence improve ALREADY!




We had our third Back to Basics online education session on Wednesday! This was one of my favourites and a really important one because we covered Dutch Braid & Soft Bun and Red Carpet Waves.

Waves are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to special occasion styling so it’s crucial that hair stylists know how to create this look and do it well.

As always – seeing everyone live and asking questions was fantastic. I love connecting with my students, it makes the learning experience so much better. Check out what Domenica had to say about our Back to Basics course:

Thank you so much! I love these webinars and am learning so much from them. What means the most for me, is that they are engaging and I am retaining the info and that is always half my battle. Loving this! I am a sole operator of a skin clinic and just completed makeup artistry and wanting to add hair to my skill set and I couldn’t be happier with what I am learning! – Domenica C


It’s never to late to join Back to Basics – we’ve only got one more live session but we record every class so you can always access our educational content. And the closed Facebook group means you can connect with Lorna and other students no matter when you join us!


CLICK HERE to learn more about our Back to Basics online education today.

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Mentored By Lorna Evans

Assisted by Kyleen Phillips

Photography by Carlo Fernandes

Styling By Lauren Jones – Goldfox Creative

Makeup by Elisa Fonseca

Hair Stylists

Angela Enoka

Adele Butler

Tasnim Nabila

Polly Hang

Thuy Nguyen

Hilary Vandyke


Kimberley Mclaughlan

Katie – Jane Sharpe

Jacqui Purvis

Melinda Sorg

Taylia Jordan

Alana Quartly

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Conflicting Alignment


Conflicting Alignment

Feelings of antagonism and struggle between tough elegance and the fragility of femininity.

Textural and whimsical, yet powerful and sophisticated.  Colourless……..

Mentored By Lorna Evans

Assisted by Amber White

Photography by Jason Lau

Styling By Gabrielle Stephens Designer – Collecting Pretty Boys

Makeup by Melissa Maier

Hair Stylists –

Daphne Savage,
 Ayla Farrawell,
 Frith Krueger, Lynn Jaconelli,

Mariana Coco, Victoria Padman,
 Julie Christopher, Rhiannon Blake,

Josie Torzillo, Abby Schofield, May Vern Lee

Models: Britney K, Yasemin I, Tyler M, Ellie Jeffery, Steph Phillip, Steph Dixon, Lorin Kauffeld

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Mentored By

Lorna Evans

Assisted by Kyleen Phillips

Photography by Carlo Fernandes

Styling By Claudia Williams – LLANI CREATIVE

Makeup by Whitney at Dollhouse Makeup Artistry
Makeup assistants: Duvan Alexis Foranda Perez & Ketti Lazzarin

Hair Stylists –

Charlene Buonaccorso, Melanie Steadman, Amanda Oxley,

Brooke Martin, Sandi Oneill, Ash Oniell, Elizabeth Neal, Bambi Mcleod,

Rhiannon Jeffery, Chloe Squire, Amee Goleman, Rhiannon Jas


Hanna Berkesi,Brea Marshall, Kara stevens,

Sophie Mantanello, Emma – Leigh Jordan,

Allira Ashwell

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Botanical Persuasion


Botanical Persuasion

 Hair Mentored by Lorna Evans

Assisted by Kyleen Phillips

Photography by Jason Lau

Stylist : Daniielle Soglimbene

Designers: Kahlia-May Gepp,  Yang Tan,  Amanda Wise,  Julie Ung, Sinead Merrett

By Sydney TAFE Hairdressing Teachers and Make Up Students.

Flowers by Ultimo Floristry teachers

(Sydney TAFE is a training institution that includes hairdressing training for apprentices, vocational school students and qualified hairdressers)

Hair Stylists

Donna Colombini

Trish Hoban

Shannon Ladikos

Luby Hastings

Gail Watt

Billeigh Brunjes

Angela Piaud

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Hair Team

Lorna Evans (mentor)

Kyleen Phillips (assistant)

Kezia Carpenter

Martina Blair

Lisa Swayn

Terri Wolf

Jackie Greig

Kylie Crutchley

Sharon Armstrong

Beverley Robertson

Jessica Sharp


Photographer :  Carlo Fernandes

Makeup Artist :  Brianna Price / Vincent Wang

Styling – Jose Ortiz

Designers: (for details please contact Jose Ortiz )

Kahlia-May Gepp

Yang Tan

Amanda Wise

Julie Ung

Sinead Merrett

Hair Pieces: Amazing Hair

Styling Products White Sands





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Modern Bride

Modern Bride



Hair Team

Lorna Evans (mentor)

Kyleen Phillips (assistant)

Hayley Kidson

Maddie Greening

Cindy Heremaia

Melissa Bertoncini

Melanie Gordon

Kristen Hartz

Candy Nahnsen

Lauren Goodrick

Cynthia Bonsak

Samantha Hambleton

Rebecca Brindley

Naomi Diamond

Nicole Jensen


Photographer :  Simon Woods

Makeup Artist :  Amanda Barnard

Designer :  Arlene D’Monte

Jewellery: Jeanette Maree

Hair Pieces : Amazing Hair

Styling Products: White Sands

















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Hair Team

Lorna Evans (mentor)

Alana Nelson
Lisa Miller
Emma Pender
Tenille Flintoff
Kerina Marlow
Tara Johnson
Beverley Roberts
Sylvia Knox

Photographer : Carlo Fernandes

Makeup Artist : Clare Luu & Fitz Adi

Designer : Paige Harding

Stylist: Belinda Brenton





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Abstract Persuasion

Abstract Persuasion


Hair Mentored by Lorna Evans

Photography by Jason Lau

Designer Lea Oldjohn

By Sydney TAFE Hairdressing Teachers and Make Up Students.

(Sydney TAFE is a training institution that includes hairdressing training for apprentices, vocational school students and qualified hairdressers)

                                                                                                                                         Sydney Tafe Make up student – Brianna Price     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser Colleen Mason      Model Tahlia Lupez

   Sydney Tafe Make up student – Vincent Wang    Sydney Tafe Teachers Hairdressers Trish Hoban  Karen Cotell    Model Jacqui Purvis

   Sydney Tafe Make up student – Marie Lerardo     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser  Shannon Ladikos Karen Cotell      Model Valerie Marasanova

Sydney Tafe Make up student – Marie Lerardo     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser Trish Hoban      Model Tahlia Walker – Bonney

Sydney Tafe Make up student – Vincent Wang     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser Luby Hastings Gail Watt      Model Cassandra Glynn

Sydney Tafe Make up student – Brianna Price     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser Suzanne Sandri  Model Tess Jackson

Sydney Tafe Make up student – Vincent Wang     Sydney Tafe Teacher Hairdresser Dianne Garden     Model Annabel Hryniuk

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Hair: Lorna Evans

Photography: Jason Lau
Make up: Bernice Mansfield
Designer: Matcho Suba
Stylist: Lea Oldjohn
Jewellery: Jeanette Maree
Amber White
Kyleen Phillips
Carmen Rogers
Cherrie Mills
Ellie Jeffery
Stephanie Mac
Franki Evans
Jessica Nicole Griffiths
Hannah H

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Mentored By Lorna Evans

Assisted by Amber White

Photography by Jason Lau

Styling By Lea Oldjohn

Designer – Marion Liese

Jewellery – Jeanette Maree

Makeup by Melissa Maier

Model – Hannah H from Brazen models

Hair Stylists –

Teresa Peh

Teresa Salafranca

Margaret Gilbert

Maren Holm

Pina Guadagnino

Jessica Jones

Kellie Broad

Kacie Reardon

Hollie Bird

Kayah Parashar

John Logue

Jasmine Cho

Jessica Sharp

Carmen Rogers





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Black Magic – 2015 Photoshoot Workshop


Black Magic – 2015 Photoshoot Workshop

Black Magic  ( 2015 Photoshoot Workshop)

Hair Mentored By – Lorna Evans & Amber White
Photographer – Jason Lau
Styling and Designs By Lea Oldjohn
Makeup By Kate McCleary
Jewellery By Jeanette Maree
Hair Styling By
Kristie Hedington
Jessica Sharp
Lisa Lewis
Cynthia Bonsak
Maddison Barnes
Maddison Field
Amy Flinn
Melissa Moustakis
Lynne grey
Chantelle Funke
Carmen Rogers
Kayleigh Gray
Beverley Robertson