Meet the brains under the hair – the Director of Lyla Clare, Kell Priest.
Lovingly referred to as “the treehouse” the salon is about to undergo an exciting renovation and we chatted with Kell to get the inside scoop on all things hair.
When did you start hairdressing?
I moved to Brisbane from country NSW at the age of 16 to peruse a career in hairdressing. That was 16 years ago.
Tell us a little bit about Lyla Clare, what do you think sets Lyla Clare apart from other salons?
Lyla Clare is a retreat. We love our little escape in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
Lyla Clare is a safe space where people can let go switch off and emerge feeling lighter and refreshed on every level. Our biggest stand out is our signature welcoming ritual. Performed before every service it’s our way of welcoming guests into our space and giving them permission to switch off.
We are passionate hair stylists who love we they do. That energy definitely adds to the feel in our special little space. We are a holistic salon but we are all about hair!! Great hair and an amazing experience is what we aim to deliver every time. I guess you could say we are an “experience” based salon.
I believe strongly in not overtaking a guests natural colour but instead working with it to enhance it. This means low maintenance colour…. Winning!
Lyla Clare hosts Meditation Monday’s (MM) in the salon – a vision of creating a like minded community where people feel they can drop into any time. MM is a fundraiser for Black Dog Institute, a Mental Health research based organisation. We are very passionate about mental health awareness and raise funds for vital research every year.
We are also proud members of sustainable salons. A social enterprise that rescues up to 95% of salon resources from landfill and finds repurposing solutions that benefit our planet all whilst supporting our community.
How did Lyla Clare get the nickname “the treehouse”?
The space feels very much like a treehouse – perched high with a beautiful outlook, it was a playful nickname which has now stuck.
When a customer first arrives at the salon, before any treatment, a Lyla Clare stylist will treat them to a relaxing hand or shoulder massage, how did this come to be?
It includes a hand neck and shoulder massage with your choice of crystal: love, protection, wisdom, healing. Each guest is encouraged to choose their crystal based on what they feel they need in that moment. This is a special time for the guest and us as stylists. It allows us to tune in and really focus on our guest in that moment and their needs. It’s a perfect starter to a clear consultation.
Guests are often buzzing when they enter the salon. The ritual allows them to switch off and take a few minutes for themselves – quiet their busy minds.
What’s your go-to tip for healthy hair?
OLAPLEX! Hands down it is a fave in the treehouse. It has revolutionised hairdressing and how we work with colour.
Is there something you wish customers would ask their hairdresser?
Dream question is, how do I stop colouring my hair? I’m ready to embrace my grey hair. I love coming up with a plan for clients to transition to a more natural look.
Which celebrity do you think has the best hair?
I love celebrities who wear their natural greys proudly!
November 14, 2018