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Iles Formula Hair Talk with Kim Anderson of Channel 7, Australia

Iles Formula Hair Talk welcomes Kim Anderson, a professional hairdresser and makeup artist working at Channel 7, based in Australia.

Read on to see what Kim has to say about the hair business today.

To know more about Kim, visit her website. You can also follow her on Instagram @kim_anderson1

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What would you term as your specialty within your trade?

Taking client’s hair from the everyday to glam, using the right products & a transformational blow dry.

What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?

Seeing how my clients feel at the end of a session, and watching their confidence come alive. I do a lot of personal re-branding shoots, often for strong women in executive roles who want to look and feel powerful, but also be comfortable about their new look.

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Hair by Kim Anderson

Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?

I started working in a salon on Saturdays when I was 14. I really didn’t enjoy it. My boss kept asking me to become their 1st-year apprentice, but I turned her down four years running. Once I finished school I finally agreed. I was very shy and had little confidence, so it made sense to go full-time there, where I felt comfortable. 4 years later I went on to study makeup, and became a freelance hair and makeup artist.

If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?

Honestly, I don’t know. Hair and Makeup just seemed the perfect path for me.

What is your greatest strength?

Knowing how to manipulate hair to showcase it at its absolute best, while maintaining hair health. It’s also important to achieve a look my clients are comfortable with, so I visualize what will work and how to achieve a lasting result. It’s very much a gently directed collaboration. When someone leaves my chair, they know their blow wave will last, their hair is not full of damaging products and they can run their hands through it with ease. It’s bouncy and moveable, but will also survive more than a few hours. I’ve spent the past 15 years working in TV, so I understand too well the potentially damaging effects of daily blow-drying and heated irons. I am all about achieving the same results without torturing hair.

Your favorite hairdressing tools?

Definitely the right brush for what you’re trying to achieve.

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Hair by Kim Anderson

Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favorite?

Kathy Gilbert, the Director of Crown Hair in Sydney introduced me to the Iles Formula Serum. Kathy and I share the same passion for hair health. She suggested I try it for my TV hosts whose hair is tortured daily. Kathy then invited me to be a model at Crown Hair Sydney, where Wendy was doing an education day. How lucky was I to be able to learn about the product from Wendy firsthand!

Over many years, I have seen the serum, along with the shampoo and conditioner, heal some of the most damaged and challenging heads of hair I’ve worked on. I had been working with News Anchor Presenter Chris Bath for more than a decade. Chris has very thick, dry, curly, and at times frizzy hair. We tried every product known to man, but once I introduced Chris to Iles, it transformed her hair life.

What was the most challenging job you ever made?

Probably managing a Sports Anchor’s hair for a month at the Winter Olympic Games. We worked in South Korea for 4 weeks. Outdoors we had to deal with below freezing temps, and cyclonic winds, then also hours under hot studio lights and drying indoor heating for 12 hours at a time. She had to look TV perfect every day regardless of the conditions.
When we returned to Sydney I started her on the Iles shampoo and conditioner, the serum and the treatment. Within the first week, the difference was noticeable.

What was your worst hair moment and why….privately or on set/stage or in the salon?

Having my hair kit stolen in Paris while working with an anchor covering the Paris terror attacks. I had 2 hours to find new hairbrushes – not easy on a Sunday in Paris! Eventually, I found a $2 shop that had hairbrushes! It killed me, but synthetic brushes were better than nothing.

If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?

Lady Gaga, because she is inspiring and creative.

Where do you pull hair inspiration from?

Instagram, European mags, old supermodel shoots, famous photographers.

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Hair by Kim Anderson

Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?

Push through those first years because anything is possible. It’s a very rewarding craft and you just never know where it will take you!

Apart from the drastic salon hygienic regulations what changes do you think to the salon’s everyday business will stay after the Covid-19 disruption?

I believe we will continue to work smarter and cleaner.

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Hair by Kim Anderson

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