Staying cool when the heat is on

Hairdresser and salon owner, Rebecca Russell loves it when the heat and the pressure are on.
Hairdresser and salon owner, Rebecca Russell loves it when the heat and the pressure are on.

Rebecca Russell is no stranger to pressure after working behind the scenes at Miss Universe Australia but last month the heat was really on when she took part in Canberra’s Fashfest as one of six team leaders looking after the models’ hair styles.

Over three days, Rebecca who owns Trendsetter Hair Studio at Tura Beach, was part of the fast-paced action as models’ make-up, hair and clothes had to be ready quickly to meet fast turnaround times.

Each of the six teams was responsible for looking after a particular designer and their collection. Rebecca said there were two collections every day and most collections had 12 models.

Rebecca Russell, right, works on one of the model's hair during Fashfest.

Rebecca Russell, right, works on one of the model's hair during Fashfest.

“There was one show where models were going from one designer to another and we had just 30 minutes to change all the hair styles, make-up and clothes,” Rebecca said.

By day two the pressure was intensified after Rebecca found herself as team leader and sole member of the team with just an assistant to help and an entire bridal collection to look after for hair styles.

“I think some people had pulled out because of the pressure but I like the fast pace. I do a look of weddings in the salon and like the pressure; I handle it well,” she said.

Hairdressers wanting to be part of the Fashfest event had to apply.

“They had to check we had the right skills but having done Miss Universe I was well-placed and that’s why they put me in as a team leader, I think,” Rebecca said.

Behind the scenes at Canberra's Fashfest.

Behind the scenes at Canberra's Fashfest.