Fabrik are hiring

Fabrik are hiring

Fabrik is hair.
We are currently on the hunt for an Assistant Stylist & a Senior Stylist to join our dynamic team.
Apply with CV outlining hairdressing experience and qualifications. Portfolio’s would also be beneficial but are not essential.
Successful applicants will be contacted and required to attend an interview in Hamilton.
Applicants please email: fabrikhair@hotmail.com
Applicants for this position will have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Sustainable Fabrik

Sustainable Fabrik

Fabrik is not only the most welcoming, genuine and stylistic salon in town but the most sustainable.
Since Fabrik changed to Original & Mineral ammonia free colour we have made a real effort to be aware of the environment we work in.
We have reduced our trade waste by 70% by re-cycling everything made of paper and plastic.
We use Easydry towels which are used once and re-cycled, cutting our laundry therefore energy usage by 35%.
We changed from using aluminium foil to Rockfoil which is a new product and is made from industrial waste like concrete and is completely biodegradable. This takes 97% less energy to manufacture than it’s metal counterpart.
All our bulbs are all low energy.
We even re-cycle the fruit and veg pulp, in our compost heap, from the delicious fresh juice made every morning with love.
Hannah and Jamie walk or cycle to work.
We even make beautiful works of art from our number one trade waste, hair.
How’s that for sustainability.

MEA or Ammonia?

MEA or Ammonia?

I have always been very sceptical when it comes to faddish new products, never more so than when a representative from any brand is telling me how wonderful it is.

It happens all the time in this profession with the amount of new products available. Each company championing their own particular brand of wonderfulness on an endless factory conveyer line! One company will bring out a new product only for the rest of the pack to catch up with their version. Tit for Tat.

So I was very sceptical about the new lines of ammonia-free colour ranges that started to emerge into the marketplace over the last couple of years.
My scepticism turned into reluctance when even thinking about trying these new ranges after having tried the first ammonia-free product that appeared on the marketplace. This particular colour sounded great in theory but the reality of the product was let down by it’s inability to cover grey hair. Now this was just my personal experience and I’m sure the manufacturers sorted out this technical glitch. It also seemed contradictory that this massive corporate entity started to show concern about what we put on the scalps of our clients. I saw it as an extra, like having a tasty wee bit on the side. Keep the ammonia based colour in your cupboards for the bread and butter of everyday salon life, but crack out the ammonia-free when wanting to up-sale a chemically conscious individual.

We had started using Davines Mask as our main colour in Fabrik roughly three years ago. We were always familiar with the Davines styling range as we supplied Evo in the salon and the lovely Ryland Wood who is the rep for Boutique Brands who supply both ranges always kept us well informed. The main reason we swapped to Davines was purely based on the fact that Angelo Seminara had just became their Creative Director. If it was good enough for him then it was certainly good enough for me. So it was through this connection with Davines that the term ammonia-free crept back into the salon with the launch of their ‘A New Colour’ range.

I was invited to a demonstration of Davines’s A New Colour as part of the launch of the product. I was really intrigued by the quality of the vibrancy on all three of the fashion orientated colours on show that day but was still a bit disheartened from my prior experience when it came to the coverage on grey. I was impressed by the theology behind the product and the packaging was also stunning.

I was still miles off the notion of going completely ammonia-free. I had even dismissed the notion of stocking an ammonia-free product as well as an ammonia based product in the salon. I knew that other bigger salons in NZ were providing both services for their clients which didn’t seem right to me either. What’s the point in going into a hair salon for an ammonia-free service and breathing in the toxic smell of the neighbouring clients more traditional form of colouring?

It wasn’t until Mr Wood told me about the Original & Mineral ammonia-free and that Stephen Marr in Auckland were about to swap over to it. I was also aware that D&M in Ponsonby were also swapping to ‘A New Colour’ roughly at the same time. I thought this was massive news in the world of NZ hair. These are 2 of the best salons in the country who employ a number of people and I could only imagine how difficult it was swapping over to a whole new concept in hair colouring technology.

After going to an educational morning and seeing the product in action, I knew I wanted it. I’d like to thank both salons just mentioned for taking away a lot of the hard work involved when changing brands.

The other problem I had with the ammonia-free ranges was the illusion that most people are under, clients and hairdressers alike, that the product was natural. There’s nothing more grating than a salon parading as a conveyer of natural hair colouring. A chemical reaction has to take place for hair to change colour and any crimper who tells clients otherwise is a charlatan, unless of course they only use Henna.

I speak very generally from what I have experienced through the years and my conclusion is that the ammonia-free products are not as natural as the manufacturers lead you to believe. The ammonia replacement in these products are actually a derivative of ammonia, MEA. The difference being that it is in it’s liquid state so the fumes are essentially odour-free and when you add key ingredients such as illite, kaolin, sunflower seed wax and sweet almond oil it makes it some a lot more wholesome and marketable for the conscious consumer.
The marketplace is saturated with products that are hugely misleading. Just to stress again my body shudders with cringe when a client tells me that her last hair colour was ‘natural’ or ‘organic’! To be a certified organic product you only have to have 3 organic ingredients in the product. This to me seems crazy to float a product as organic which of course makes it seem more earthy and natural but can still be made up of a heap of manmade chemicals. It just goes to show through peoples ignorance that you can make someone believe anything you tell them.

Here are some basic facts about both ammonia and MEA……..

The toxicity of ammonia solutions does not usually cause problems for humans and other mammals, as a specific mechanism exists to prevent its build-up in the bloodstream. Ammonia is converted to carbamoyl phosphate by the enzyme carbamoyl phosphate synthetase, and then enters the urea cycle to be either incorporated into amino acids or excreted in the urine. Although ammonia is regulated in the United States as a non-flammable gas, it still meets the definition of a material that is toxic by inhalation and requires a hazardous safety permit when transported in quantities greater than 13,248 L (3,500 gallons).

Monoethanolamine is produced by reacting ethylene oxide with aqueous ammonia; the reaction also produces diethanolamine and triethanolamine. The ratio of the products can be controlled by changing the stoichiometry of the reactants.

Monoethanolamine (often abbreviated as ETA or MEA), is an organic chemical compound that is both a primary amine and a primary alcohol (due to a hydroxyl group). Like other amines, monoethanolamine acts as a weak base. Ethanolamine is a toxic, flammable, corrosive, colourless,viscous liquid with an odour similar to that of ammonia.

MEA is used in aqueous solutions for scrubbing certain acidic gases. It is used as feedstock in the production of detergents, emulsifiers, polishes, pharmaceuticals, corrosion inhibitors, chemical intermediates. For example, reacting ethanolamine with ammonia gives the commonly used chelating agent, ethylenediamine.

You can see from the last few paragraphs which I nicked from Wikipedia that all this chemical chat is really boring and confusing. The way these chemicals are made are not for a humble hairdresser to fully understand or grasp. We place a lot of confidence in the information we receive from the people representing the company in which we buy these products from.

I think hairdressers all over the globe are happy to tell their clients that the product they are using is natural because it’s easier than actually looking at the box and typing a foreign word into Google. It is also much easier to reiterate what your lovely sales rep told you about the product and it’s also easier to sell.

I have a good relationship with both, the product I use and with the people who sell it to me. I think it is very important to trust the people in which you buy your product from as you tend to spend a lot of money with these people. You also rely on the technical staff from product companies for education. It is essential to know what you are using, purely so you can pass on correct information to your staff and clients.

I liked both the Davines and Original & Mineral ammonia-free products because the information and education I received from Boutique Brands was excellent and honest. Not at one point did anybody start sprouting on about how natural the product was. I wasn’t led to believe that the ammonia replacement was anything but a safer more pleasant chemical. The colour results were also stunning, obviously.

MEA does sound far safer than Monoethanolamine though, which is down to cooler marketing. Not only does MEA sound sexier but could you imagine a bunch of hairdressers saying, ‘the ammonia is replaced with Monoethanolamine .’ Not only is it really hard to pronounce but it makes it sound less natural than what you have always used.

I’m in no position to tell any salon owner what is best for them in their salon when it comes to colour results, the health of the client and hairdresser or even the environment. I can say that in my own opinion from working with the ammonia-free Original & Mineral, I really don’t miss the toxic smell.

Our salon now smells delicious. The wonderful aromas of the fantastic styling ranges we use can now be enjoyed by the client and hairdresser alike. The smell of fresh coffee is also there to be enjoyed without the lingering toxic chemical smell. It’s like coffee has branched out on a solo career, free to sing and hum on it’s own without it’s toxic odour partner ammonia that normally sat thumping away on a heavy bass and snare drum. I can also state that my staff suffer less headaches, due to not standing above a noxious gas all day, it’s fumes rising in their faces.

The colour results are a bit different to what I’ve been used to in the past. I have worked with all the major brands and I would describe all of them as deeply intense and rich. Each brand has it’s pros and cons but their density is always very similar, very cosmetic. The ammonia-free O&M never seems this dense. The colour is never over processed but always consistent with the tone you want. I find the colour intensity lasts longer as well. On a clients return to the salon after 6 weeks the coppers, reds and brunettes have had little fade. The ammonia-free colour takes a bit longer to process as the cuticle doesn’t get blown open in the same way as ammonia based colour therefore I feel the colour lasts longer as it doesn’t escape as easy. The blondes are also excellent but very specific to the individual, so there is no change there.

All of this isn’t intended as some kind of sales pitch but an honest opinion from a fellow hairdresser. Anyone who hates the smell of ammonia should really consider checking out ammonia-free. Also anyone who suffers from contact dermatitis should also look into it. But do not be led to think you are using a natural alternative. The ammonia-free is every bit as chemical but far less, both on the hair and for everyone in contact with it. The only way to use the product effectively though is to terminate ammonia completely so the salon is free from it’s odour, we have and we will never look back.

The Interview


If hairdressing had a fantasy football league then the first name on any managers team sheet would be Robert Lobetta.
What can I say about the man that hasn’t been said before. Nothing. The man, the legend was in Auckland recently with two of very best Australian crimpers, Emiliano Vitale and Benni Tognini. Now that is looking like a line up of the very best stylists, that would cruise to victory in any fantasy football/hairdressing competition. I was lucky enough to catch up with the Maestro, the current Australian Hairdresser Of The Year and the Australian godfather of avant garde hairdressing.

JD: What are you guys doing in NZ today?

RL: We were doing a seminar, it was an open forum seminar. It allowed everyone to have a view point in what we were doing. So the interesting thing for us was how we could teach people on a level that hadn’t been taught before.
Just opening up and asking them what they wanted to see, normally it isn’t done that way, so by doing that we managed to force them out of their comfort zone and not sit back and just take it in. They had to give back.
The first thing we did when they came in was we asked them why they were here and what do you want from the day.
Then we got these sheets of paper, everyone put their name on a sheet of paper and told us what they wanted from this day and be really honest about it. If your are not honest with yourself then we can’t help you, be absolutely honest to yourself on what you want out of it.
We went around the room and asked what they wanted out of it.

EV: It was something a little different for us, we wanted to take our class on a unique journey, something we had not done before so the outcome was something that was going to come from those who attend rather than us who facilitated. We knew we wanted to push some “educational boundaries” as it was not a class on haircutting, it was aimed at being an interactive journey of the creative. I don’t like doing things I’ve already done before, I like new experiences.
As a group we would get the participants view point on what they like because the whole objective of this thing is to let them all know they are individual people and everyone’s going to see it differently because if you all see it the same you are lying to yourselves.

RL: I know they all saw it differently. Once we expose the fact that they all did see it differently and they verbalised it they felt comfortable in their own skin about what they wanted to say. That should have made it a lot more easier for us but actually it made it more complicated for us as now we have to get a particular model finished and done with all their view points involved.
It wasn’t challenging at all, surprisingly, as they were open and that made it really interesting for us as well. As teachers myself, Benni & Emiliano had to be ready for whatever came our way. We worked in a way which I called it a process way, so for instance the first model came out and E was going to cut it. He put a piece of paper on it and clipped it in. As he clipped it in it made a little indentation in the hair and I said to him why did you do that you’ve dented the hair?

EV: The collaboration with the audience was really scary and R said I made a mistake and then I had everyone say they thought it was a mistake and had to be honest enough to say, I really stuffed that up.
So in other words we taking him through something of reality there was no, “You’ve done that now lets hide it”, lets be honest and you’ve done that now, what we are going to do to correct it?
So it was the spontaneity of the event letting people see the process you go through.

RL: Another time E he was cutting in little steps and indentations. He was getting down to here (points to eyebrows) and all of a sudden he’s like hang on this isn’t looking right so he calls us over and asks, “What do we think?”.
I said, “You know what E, it don’t look right” and he goes, “Yep your right”, so we worked out a solution as a group. So it’s about keeping it open and getting them to be participants. It was refreshing to them because I don’t think anyone had done that and for us. So no ones actually done reverse psychology where they were actually telling us what to do. To a degree, and we would do it based on what we thought would work.

EV: I Didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, I called Robert over. I started to take it a little differently. I followed what Robert was saying and then Jock (Jock Robson from Dharma) said why don’t you lift it? I lifted it and it was pointy and he said why don’t you just let it go and that’s when that happened it was just beautiful.
So its a whole different way of learning we all learnt out of it. For us teachers as well, what we got out of it by forcing them to see things differently and think differently made us do different things. It was enlightening in that respect.
You know you can push the boundaries a little bit and that was really exciting. We didn’t even know Benni was coming, we were just spending some time together last week, it was just this natural involvement.
It was good, it was amazing.

JD: I’d like to congratulate you on your recent success winning Australian Hairdresser Of The Year, how does that translate to your day to day work in the salon.

EV: Still working 5 days a week in salon. How the reward translates, it takes up space on the mantelpiece. When you eventually win an award you realise you don’t need an award. Its been a funny journey for me. I’ve been wanting to win Australian Hairdresser Of The Year for such a long time and it’s my first time winning the award. It’s a responsibility with everything that I say and everything that I do. There’s a massive expectation, so you get that. What I realised is that I deserve to be there as I’ve done the work. I would not have got there had I not done the work and the collection that I did I was really proud of.

It hasn’t changed my year. It was already so busy that it acutally hasn’t made any indentation. The only indentation it’s made is on the mantelpiece at the salon. It is something I am very, very proud of, don’t get me wrong, but once you win it’s back there, as in the past. The journey that I’m on is far more spiritual. I’ve got everything that I need, Im doing everything I want to do, like… look at that (gesturing towards Robert and Benni) Benni changed my life, and Robert changed Benni’s life and these guys are here doing stuff with me, like Ive got goose bumps …like seriously…that’s my lotto. I’d give any award away to spend more time with them.

JD: Are you going to continue entering competitions?
EV: At this moment I really want to focus on Global.Synergy and our big show in November, SSSHHH. To be honest I haven’t decided AHH… I honestly don’t know.
Last week I thought I would have, spending time with these guys, makes me realise that I don’t need to. Especially with Global. Synergy, that’s now my passion/baby. I want to drive that globally.
It’s very hard to enter an award. If you’re going to enter an award, you’ve got to put a lot of energy, time and money for that matter.. I want to put energy, time and my money into Global. Synergy because GS changes peoples lives. Who knows lets see what happens.

JD: Tell us a wee bit about Global. Synergy.

EV: The finalists are mentored by the best in the Industry like Robert. The winner in NZ will win a trip to Oz. From England to Oz, the winner from Oz to England and so on. It’s putting so much back into the industry that I love and gives the finalist such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in themselves. That to me is far more rewarding than accolades. To give is the best thing in life. So my question to myself is why would I continue to enter awards when all it gives me is that (gestures to the accolade). Whereas GS, it changes peoples lives.
For example, the Australian finalists got to shoot with Robert last week and Benni mentored. I mentored along with Dennis Langford and Matt Clements. There were 5 young hairdressers mentored, it was extraordinary so I’d rather put time and energy into that than anything else.

JD: Do you encourage other staff members entering competitions?

EV: I encourage them to be true to themselves. So as long as they are true I will support them. If I feel they are going the wrong way because they think that I want them to do it or other people want them to do it, I will sit them down and ask them questions. Otherwise its more about their journey and who they want to be. If its competitions, then great.

JD: Robert you had a moment by chance in 1977, when you proved yourself wrong by weaving hair and it changed the way we look at hair forever. You showed the industry that hair was a fibre and anything was possible. Benni and Emiliano have you ever had one of these moments?

RL: (Laughs) See what he did there guys, he used me as a metaphor.

BT: I have enjoyed 39 years in the hair industry and its been really quite a journey for me to see amazing artists. People like Robert, and Trevor Sorbie and a few other people that have been part of my journey. I’ve looked at a lot of their work and I’ve purely just copied. I’ve tried to take ownership of it and then try to venture with that, so for me, I just don’t’ think I’m that ground breaking. I think I test my own grounds through their experience.

EV: A break through moment for me was with Robert. We were shooting in January and it’s probably one of my favourite shots from the collection. Wherever I think of a shot Robert’s done there’s always this trickle shot, with the red lips. It’s like the lipstick was dripping it always marked my imagination of Robert. We were shooting and had to wet the models hair down. It was combed beautifully but because her hair colour was blue/black it started running down her face. The shot was dead but Robert was going, “no no no keep it going”. We got the make-up artist to wipe it down, and we just kept on spraying. Robert is going “spray spray”, I’m spraying and he’s going “spray more, more” and now its dripping. There’s water everywhere, there’s blue everywhere, the make-up artist is wiping it and I’m spraying and Robert is screaming, “Spray spray”. It was chaos and then he goes let me do it and then he sprays the whole bloody thing and then there was a shot and it was the drip. It was perfect.

What I realised in my life is every single time I get to a moment where its like almost right but not quite. See success comes after failure and to get there you have to go through failure first. I used to always get close to success and I’d think I was failing and I used to think I was failing because of times like the colour running down on my models face. Robert pushed me through what I would have previously thought was failure and in that moment it was my latest “ah ha”. To push beyond failure you have to surround yourself by people that share the same vision because they will take you there. That was probably one of the most inspirational and influential moments for me, but its a metaphor for my whole life.

BT: You should tell the story about Charles and the mat in 1977.

RL: I was getting bored with hairdressing and just not getting anywhere with it. My good friend Charles decided lets go out for dinner and maybe he could get me beyond where I was going in my thoughts. At the restaurant he was looking at this woven mat, he picks the mat up and goes Robert why don’t you do hair like the mat. I picked up the mat and looked at it all different ways and said Charles it’s a mat, what you talkin about? You can’t do hair like a mat.
It has no beginning point no end point its just a square thing, it has nothing to do with hair. You’re mad. We got into an argument. Charles then bet me at the end of the argument a case of Champagne if I could weave hair. I love Champagne, he baited me… So I went ah yeah Im gonna enjoy this Champagne because there’s no way I can weave hair. In my mind I couldn’t. I went home and as I was going home I just gently thought…well maybe I can. I dissipated the thought.
The next evening, I said ok I’m going to get a model and I’m going to go do it (thinking that I couldn’t) Charles, cos I want my Champagne. I could almost taste it.

I started doing it and for some reason I wove hair, that day and it changed my whole life. But what really changed my whole life is Charles challenged me about this mat. It really wasn’t to do with weaving at all. What he said was you can take an everyday object like a mat and by that you can take anything else you see and do hair exactly as you see it. We had all been taught how to cut hair and hair would do a certain thing. We had all been taught how to cut hair and dress hair but no one says wait a minute, “you can treat hair like a piece of carpet and look at it that way”. So all of a sudden you looked at it totally different. I thought, ok I can do whatever I want with hair, just like someone using clay. They use clay, I use hair, so off we go lets do that. It opened the floodgates of how you see hair and I think by being at the forefront of that cult movement, everyone up to this day who has managed to do hair like they do today go back to that moment in time.
So really it was Charles who fortunately started it by challenging my thought process.

JD: I used to look at old copies of this hair magazine from the 70’s and 80’s and it had a lot of your work, the Mascolos, Trevor Sorbie and the Rusk’s from Glasgow, but yours always looked like it was from another planet. It looked like it was photo shopped well before digital photography was around. How did you do that?

RL: No retouching, you had to get it perfect. So you’d spend hours doing it. Some of those weaves in any of the styles we used to do would take up to about 13 hours. I used to joke to the models, Imagine after 13 hours of someone doing your hair, you’ve had it.
The magazine owner was quite clever because he owned the colour company we all used and he would come to my salon and go Robert have you seen what Trevor’s just done and he’d show a little glimpse of it. I’d be like wow that’s amazing and then he’d run to Anthony and say Anthony have you seen what Roberts done?
He’d play a game with us all, by saying look they are all doing fantastic things, you’d better do something better. What that did for him is it made us into competitors in a friendly way.
It was that competition that made us friendly rivals and that gave us a friendship but at the same time pushed hairdressing even higher. So it helped us all grow our careers tremendously by pitting us against each other.
It was a fun time.

JD: I think Social Media is taking a lot of the mystique out of hairdressing. The amount of mediocrity on there is overwhelming.
RL: If It’s available you can find anything you want, at any given moment, at any given time. So it’s levelled the playing field, totally levelled the playing field. And its never going to change. That’s where we are now and in order to get ahead of it you’re going to have to do different things. So I think you got to play the game back into social media as much as you can.
Everyone’s a photographer now and everyone does it, click click click.. So that’s where we are unfortunately, it’s not unfortunate it’s just inevitable that things change. As long as we can embrace the fact that we can handle the change we’re ok. It’s when you can’t handle the change and go back to the old days that’s when you die. So we don’t want to do that.

JD: Any other creative outlets other than hairdressing?
BT: Sculpting, I play around with texture and fabrics and don’t ask me what it turns out like. It’s quiet time for me.
It talks back to me, what’s in my head, creating. It’s not people telling me to do things. It’s the environment or it’s a room that I can go into and just disappear and do my thing. Sometimes its steel, sometimes its timber but a lot of times it’s hair.

JD: Do you use wigs or the raw material we sweep away everyday?
BT: I actually stopped that. I got to a point where it just wasn’t giving me enough back. I was probably searching, and it was time to let go and try something new. We have a really big wig room and showroom, bringing out all the old and re-doing them, that’s been really great. Physically re-doing them. Thinking where was my head space back in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s and now I’ve looked at that and used a certain texture and what’s interesting is some of the textures are around like that at the moment.

EV: I’m not as far ahead as these guys so Global. Synergy and the salon.

RL: Mainly work in photography, film and video direction. I also do contemporary art, so that’s my field spaces. As much as they are broad they all somehow connect. It’s the diversity for me that helps me stay focused on different things because I can be good at one thing and do it for X amount of time then move on to something else and do that for X amount of time. So it revolves around. I suppose for me continually finding something new that I haven’t done before.
So I enjoy those aspects. I’ve always done those things.

JD: Ok, so my final question is do you think Tottenham will finish in the top 4 of the Premier League this season?
R: They’re gonna come 5th, which pisses me off but I know it (laughs).
I was in Edinburgh and Hibernian were playing Barcelona in a friendly 5 years ago, and for some reason I don’t know why, my whole outfit was burgundy and blue. I’m going out with all these Hibernian supporters in green, and I’m thinking oh dear.

JD: Hibernian’s city rivals, Hearts, are maroon and their away kit is maroon and sky blue which would look similar to Barcelona. Which would attract unwanted attention in the wrong half of Edinburgh.

RL: Ahhh maybe that’s why I was being stared at.

JD: Do any of you guys follow the beautiful game?

BT: I follow Liverpool but not fanatically.

EV: I Leave it to my father. He follows football but doesn’t have a favourite team.

So on that note I managed to start with football and end with football and the three geniuses were gone…


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I believe it’s essential to give your clients the best service available in whatever field you are in. What I believe to be the best service in a salon for any colour service is one that is as low on chemicals as possible. WHY would you choose to have a colour service full of AMMONIA, RESORCINOL and PPD? Well until now it was because there was nothing out there that gave as good results cosmetically. But now the technology has improved and there is a product that creates amazing high fashion colour with a fraction of the chemical nasties that we have been using for decades.
This is going to be a REVOLUTION in hairdressing and Fabrik is leading the way in the Tron.
As from Thursday 21st November Fabrik will be AMMONIA, RESORCINOL and PPD free. This means for all you regulars at Fabrik your colour is going to be as good if not better without any nasty chemicals nipping your scalp and nostrils. The OM product doesn’t even have a scent.
No hairdresser likes to stand over clients all day with AMMONIA rising from their heads and with the amazingness of this product it means that that is a thing of the past.