Ash-Leigh Croker @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Colour Director & Extension Specialist Valonz Expert Since 2010
Ash – Leigh is a creative hairdresser in its purest form – her creative ideas are boundless. Armed with a ‘let’s do it’ attitude her thorough understanding of colour work allows her to push the envelope whilst maintaining the highest quality of her clients hair. An expert in smoothing treatments & hair extensions, Ash is able to solve women’s hair concerns.
As Renya’s head assistant on Cloud 9 education seminars country wide, Ash has learnt first hand how to style hair from one of the industry’s editorial leaders. Ash’s clients leave with a feeling of change and above all beautiful, glossy and healthy hair.
Bringing back news ideas & techniques each year, Croker works alongside on the colour floor with celebrity colourist Tracey Cunningham, making Croker a leader in colour application that are being done on some of the world’s most famous faces.
2016 saw Ash- Leigh’s career propelled to an international level having been requested by Wella Global to work on the new season collection creating colour trends for the Wella world wide campaign.
Locally Croker is an in demand colourist for the it- girls of Sydney such as models Bambi Northwood Blyth, Fernanda Hin Lion Ly, Jesinta Campbell, Ruby-Jean Wilson, Nicole Trunfio, & radio personality Sophie Monk. Bloggers Elle Ferguson & Tash Sefton from They All Hate Us, Alana Pallister from Gypspallster, The Joye Report’s Paula Joye, MTV’s Carisa Walford & singer’s Jessica Mauboy & Sneaky Sound Systems Connie Mitchell. PR giant Roxy Jacenko along with fashion designers, Dan Single of Ksubi, Kirrilly Johnson, Camilla of Camilla & Marc, Rebecca Vallance & the striking redhead Genevieve Smart of Ginger & Smart.
Daren Borthwick @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Editorial Stylist Valonz Expert Since 1999
One of this countries most successful and innovative hair & make-up artists and part of the Valonz family since 2000, Daren has earned his reputation for cult status by bursting the boundaries of self expression and creativity. Unique and powerful images that have caused a huge impact in the fashion, film and music industries, images that shock, provoke, transform and inspire.
Not shy of the international runways, Borthwick regularly worked in Paris, Milan and New York. He has been hair director on numerous leading Australian designers shows at Australian Fashion Week.
Represented by The Artist Group
Hair Expo Editorial Stylist Of The Year 2012
Jye Webster @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Senior Cutter / Head Colourist & Extension Specialist Valonz Expert Since 2010
A senior cutter, colour & extension expert in the Valonz Team Jye knows how to make a client’s hair pop! Fun, creative & directional with a youthful injection is how Jye approaches hairdressing making his clients religiously sit back in his chair week after week. Seamless sexy blondes are his specialty having fined tuned his colour craft as one of Valonz’s busiest colourists. “I know how to tweak colour, sometimes a client only needs the correct toner two shades different to make their colour come alive. Toners are my signature after my colour work – it’s my unique touch to each client’s colour work’
In 2016 Jye expanded his education & skill set in the US having been offered to work with Celebrity Colourist Tracey Cunningham, shadowing alongside her for one week in her Los Angeles Meche. Cunningham’s celerity clientele include Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, Sarah Paulson, Reese Witherspoon to name but a few.
Here he learnt insider techniques and application methods that are invaluable and can only be learnt working closely with Cunningham.
One of Valonz’s extremely creative & talented hairdressers who has an army of clients that request his know how in colour. They entrust his judgement & let him work his magic, which challenges & inspires Jye to create something unique on every client he works with. A passion for balayage Jye sees this technique as revolutionary because it creates a look of endless colour throughout the hair creating a seamless finish. Beautiful blow dries with a sexy bounce are his signature, with clients requesting his personal finish, with Toni Collette, Miranda Otto, Collette Dinnigan & Jackie O as clients.
RUNWAY CREDITS – 2010 – 2013 Australian Fashion Week
Dan Tafeuni @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Head Colourist - Valonz Expert Since 2015
Head Colourist Dan Tafeuni joins the Valonz colour team with a decade of hairdressing experience. Working alongside Baz Lurhman’s hair & make up director for the Great Gatsby, Dan’s attention to detail in creating colour is Oscar award winning.
Having trained with Valonz’s seasoned Colour Directors Haleema Moraitis and Christine Rowe in Advances Master Colour with Wella, Dan is on par with the skills & techniques that our clientele expect when having their colour done by him.
“To create light and warmth with blondes needs to be a custom made service, creating the right tone & depth to achieve an amazing blonde is the challenge that I enjoy.”
Amber Pompeii @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Senior Stylist / Colourist Valonz Salon Expert Since 2009
Amber has an appetite for creativity & style and views her work as a canvas for creating beauty within each client. Delivering fresh, clean & chic styles that are bespoke to her clients needs and lifestyle Amber has a strong clientele that continue to seek her expert know how and direction.
Her creative input allows her clients to get what they asked for and something uniquely unexpected, keeping their look directional & on trend. Always seeking creative ideas Amber’s passion is seen in her ongoing desire to grow & develop her skills and knowledge of hairdressing by seeking mentors and inspiration working alongside industry leaders such as Renya Xydis, Daren Borthwick & Eugene Soulieman. Having diversity in her work, Amber has worked in collaboration with uber blogger Romy Frydman from Style Me Romy and on Australia’s dynamic fashion designers Sass & Bide look books.
Elly Armitage @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Head Cutter & Salon Cutting Educator Valonz Expert Since 2005
Having a diverse career in hairdressing spanning over two decades Armitage is a classically trained cutter who can create and correct client’s hair requests with ease. Armitage sees the beauty & potential in each & every client that sits in her chair ensuring that her clients leave her with hair that is relevant to their lifestyle, manageable and most importantly making them feel sexy with a refreshed look.
Keiren Street @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Editorial Stylist Valonz Expert Since 2001
Street’s solid career has spanned over two decades, having worked with famous faces such as Jennifer Hawkins, Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Gennifer Goodwin, Asher Keddie, Rose Byrne. Regularly requested for the fashion packs campaigns he is responsible for the looks of Loveable, Model Co ,Tiger Lilly and Sass bide. His work is featured in Grazia, Cosmo, Emporium Oyster,Sunday Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. As hair director for 4 years for the department giant Myer from 2005 to 2009 and working backstage from Sydney to New York since 2002 and part of the Valonz team since 2002, Street knows what his clients want.
Nathen Di Natale @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Senior Stylist / Colourist Valonz Expert Since 2015
Senior Stylist & Colourist Nathen Di Natale is a cheerful, vibrant injection into the Valonz team. With an abundance of energy & positivity, Nathan’s clients always leave the salon feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Hairdressing since 2011 and having completed Wella cutting and styling courses – there is no denying that Nathan’s skills as a cut/ colourist are of the highest calibre. A master of beautiful women’s hair, he’s an emerging stylist with a passion for big, bouncy blowdries and a love for styles that enhance the natural texture of the hair.
Nathen has the highest regard for personalised service, setting out to tailor his technique to each and every one of his client’s unique needs. He consistently goes above and beyond to achieve the desired results for his cuts and colours, always giving his own personal VIP treatment and making sure to keep his client’s hair feeling luxurious and high end. As a colourist, his strengths lie in beautiful creamy, clean blondes with soft balayage. He also can’t say no to creating eye-catching rich, natural brunettes. Nathen has an incredible ability to cut and style in harmony with the natural texture of his client’s hair, ensuring that after a service with him, you will always feel like your most amazing self.
Morgan Hill @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Senior Cutter & Colour Specialist Valonz Expert Since 2013
Morgan is a versatile, interactive and precise senior stylist whose fine-tuned skill set ensures that every one of his clients receives a uniquely tailored experience. His personable demeanour and attention to detail in all that he undertakes has come to fruition through his media experience, regularly styling hair for Channel 9’s personalities. Morgan is one of few staff who specialise in both cutting and colouring services in the salon, with many of his clients booking for this reason. Having trained in both classic and contemporary components, his approach is unique, with every client leaving wearing a precise and tailored style. His talent is highlighted through his experiences at fashion week 2015 & 2016 and working regularly alongside some of Australia’s top fashion designers, models and influencers. He Looks to the European streets for inspiration which translates to a vast Sydney following.
Morgan prides himself on providing a consistently high level of service, going above and beyond to ensure that each and every one of his clients has a memorable, personalised experience. Morgan was put on the global stage in May 2016 assisting Creative Director Renya Xydis for Wella’s 2017 ‘Ultra Contouring’ collection in Amsterdam. Having met the creatives behind an internationally renound company, he is passionate about keeping on trend whilst creating individual looks for each client. This is further seen in Morgan’s media experience, regularly styling personalities on the Nine Network and keeping presenters relevant for today’s audience. He is an energetic and fun hairdresser who guarantees a superb cut and flawless colour.
Aiden Xydis @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Hair Specialist / Barber
Aiden’s depth of education has left no stone unturned, having completed an expansive amount of external cutting courses and being educated through the Valonz Education program. Aiden has fine tuned his craft as a bespoke men’s Barber, establishing himself as the go-to cutter for celebrity and high profile personalities, such as Olympian Ian Thorpe, Comedian & TV presenter Tim Russo, The Mentalist Simon Baker & Wonderland’s Michael Dorman. As the resident Men’s Hair Specialist in our private and decadent Men’s Grooming Room, Aiden has nurtured the relationships of his loyal clientele with pride and professionalism. Aiden brings his own flavour to the Barber chair, blending old school service panache with new age techniques and an eye for trends and editorial styles. Aiden preforms hot towel shave services, express men’s facials, beard trims and men’s cut with fine tooth precision.
In addition to his body of work as a Barber, Aiden has been making waves on the editorial circuit, working with the likes of Russh Magazine, Kelvin Harries, Style Me Romy, Matches, General Pants and directing men’s hair for the Ten Pieces show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015 at the iconic Bondi Icebergs. Make an appointment with Aiden for a men’s haircut in the private Men’s Grooming Room and see his handmade craft at it’s finest. Please enquire upon securing your booking. The Men’s Grooming Room offers prices that are reflective of true barbering services.
Christine Rowe @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Valonz Colour Director Valonz Expert Since 1996
Enjoy, relax, have fun and don’t take it too seriously – go with it”, that’s Christine’s mantra and what makes an appointment with her seriously amazing. Part of the Valonz team since 1996, a booking with Christine guarantees her vast experience and her ability to give you what you want – and some. At the heart of her work is her desire to keep pushing the boundaries. She travels to London and LA twice a year seeking inspiration and sharing new techniques with the best in the business. She works alongside the acclaimed Creative Colour Director, Nicola Clarke at John Frieda in London who looks after Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow; and the award winning Tracey Cunningham at Meche in Los Angelos Hills who counts Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, The Kardashians and Nicole Richie as regulars.
As colourist to some of the worlds most famous faces such as Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Miranda Otto, Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxenborough, Kylie Minogue & Kate Winslet when in Australia. Christine is proud to work with them on the way they look “that they put their trust in me is a huge part of our connection,” she says.
Her clientele reads like a directory for some of this countries most notable faces that are influencing fashion & trends, such as fashion designer Kit Willow, bloggers Sheree Commerford from Captain & the Gypsy Kid, Tanya G from My Empirical Life & publishing giant Allison Veness – Mc Gourty – Rowe is brought into the conversations when their appearance makes a change – igniting trends.
Christine leads colour training seminars throughout the year as a Certified Master Colour Qualification & Colour Educator 2005-2012 – Wella Professional Colour Ambassador – “Education is paramount to me, I love learning & developing my skills and sharing them with others” her knowledge with the next generation of hairdressers and is highly regarded by Wella who have chosen her to be one of five colourists in Australia to test their professional products and educate colourists around the country. Editorial work includes: Vogue; Harper’s Bazaar; Oyster; Marie Claire; Madison; Sydney Magazine.
Renya Xydis @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Editorial stylist Renya Xydis is the Creative Director and owner of Australia’s premier hairdressing salons; Valonz, Salon X and Renya Xydis City.
Away from the salon, Xydis acts as Hair Director on both Australian New York and London Fashion Weeks each year, creating hairstyles for the stellar designers, including Sass & Bide and Willow internationally and Collette Dinnigan, Easton Pearson, Alex Perry, Daniel Avakian and Kirrily Johnston locally.
She is also personally requested to travel to Paris Fashion Week annually, across shows such as Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Chloe, Lanvin, Hussen Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino.
When back in Sydney, Xydis divides her time between her beloved salons and working with celebrity clientele including Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh, Hugh Jackman, Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Ian Thorpe.
She is the first choice for clients like Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman, who regularly request her to accompany them on international press junkets and film premieres. This sees Xydis style their hair exclusively in Europe, America and Asia, the images of which are beamed around the world further cementing Xydis as a global trendsetter.
The demands don’t stop there. Xydis is the number one choice of Australia’s media for television appearances, public speaking, awards events and endorsements, including acting as Hair Director for Australia’s Make Me a Supermodel and a judge and mentor on a developing television show sourcing the best hairdressing talent in Australia. She also consults on the silver screen as Hair Director on Jane Campion’s film Bright Star.
Recognised as one of Australia’s true hair stylists of international renown, Xydis is also constantly sought for her editorial work on Australian and international leading glossy magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, and InStyle . A month rarely goes by without her work appearing on the covers of several high-profile fashion magazines
Haleema Harris - Moraitis @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Valonz Colour Director Valonz Expert Since 1995
As a Certified Master Colour Qualification & Colour Educator 2002-2005 “Healthy hair is number one for me” says Haleema who gives the best colour detox in the business, the mathematician of hair colour. One of the founding staff members of the Valonz team, the last twenty years of experience has produced one of the countries finest colourists. Her positive approach to life and work “love what you do and show that you love what you do” has sustained a fiercely loyal client list at Valonz.
Haleema’s passion drives her finely honed technical ability and her brilliantly precise colouring techniques. She is constantly applying new technology, techniques and knowledge and is a highly regarded national spokesperson for Wella. She is one of the leading colour educators at Valonz inspiring and guiding the team. Editorial credits include: Harper’s Bazaar; Vogue; Marie Claire; Madison; Instyle; Sydney Magazine; Sunday Magazine.
Sharlie Robinson @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Emerging Stylist / Colourist - Valonz Expert Since 2014
Valonz’s Emerging stylist Sharlie Robinson is a flame that flickers. She credits her journey in hair to her hair mentors in Valonz who have shaped her skills and techniques to create the hairdresser that she is today. Having worked as Head Colourist Ash-Leigh Croker assistant for the last 12 months, Sharlie shadowed her techniques & has left how to push boundaries in colour.
However Colour Director Stuart Bane has been most influential; teaching her how to be a well rounded hairdresser, from fine tuning her colour application, to the importance of consultation and listening to a client to give them exactly what they want and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the hair.
“Creating a cut, style or colour change that my clients can maintain is what I most enjoy about being a hairdresser. Having a client feel great about their hair and trusting me to take them on a hair journey is a privilege.” Says Sharlie.
Sharlie loves to educate her clients about their hair constantly finding solutions to their hair needs, sharing her knowledge & know how with her clientele, which has her client’s come back again and again. Her love of hair & fashion work side by side, she knows just how a great haircut can be, whether it be a sharp precision bob to a more messy, textured style, making the cut effortless is what she excels at.
“Hair in all artistic platforms are what I am inspired and influenced by, from fashion to film to music, they are where the trends are coming from – brining all that magic and beauty to my chair is where I find my creative side come alive.” says Sharlie.
Stuart Bane @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
Valonz Colour Director / Colour Educator Valonz Expert Since 2013
As a finalist for British Colour Technician of the Year and over thirteen years experience, Colour Director Bane has found his “people” within the Valonz Team. A Certified Master Colour Qualification / UK Wella Professional Ambassador & Salon Colour Educator 2014. Hairdressing to Bane is about a freedom to be creative, constantly learning & progressing. But most importantly & satisfying for him is making people look & feel beautiful through his creativity. Having an enormous portfolio of international experience & no nonsense approach Bane brings a level of industry prestige & knowledge that has resinated in a flux of clients here at Valonz.
What Stuart finds amazing with his clientele is that everyone has a different story to tell and that you can never dictate what each day will bring. He is of the firm belief that the relationship between a client and their colourist is based on trust and when the client has faith in you it gives you the freedom and confidence to give them what they want.
Stavros Georgoulas @ Valonz Haircutters, Sydney
HEAD SENIOR STYLIST / VALONZ EXPERT SINCE 2001
One of the company’s experts in cutting and styling Stavros has been an integral part of the Valonz team for over 14 years. A senior cutting expert, there is no hair obstacle that Stavros has not been able to tackle. His passion for hairdressing is continuously growing and developing to create & inspire his clients & colleagues.
With his charming and warm personality Stavros has a cult like following of clients that have built a loyal & trusting relationship with him over for the last fourteen years. A master craftsman in hairdressing & styling, having studied in London under Vidal Sassoon International Creative Director Mark Hayes & in Paris at Dessange along with working in Milan, Paris, London & NYC with industry editorial & runways leaders such as Renya Xydis & Eugene Souleiman – learning invaluable styling skills making no job too big or small. His clients feel like they have been transformed from head to toe, producing the polished and tailored styles for both men & women is what he is renowned for.