I was honoured to be asked backstage this week at Perth Fashion Festival to interview and watch Brad Ngata work his magic. Brad was the hair director for Perth Fashion Festival this year, not to mention he is also Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel and owner of his own salon Brad Ngata Hair Direction in Darlinghurst (and to top it off he is also two time Australian hairdresser of the year), needless to say I was super excited at the thought of having a chat with him before the Camilla and Marc show on Sunday.
Watching Brad work is
like watching an artist, each hair is precisely attended to and treated with adoring detail. It is little wonder why he is the go-to-guy for many of this Country’s leading ladies.
5 Minutes with Brad Ngata
Q: What is the look for tonight’s show Camilla and Marc?
A: Tonight we are going for a side part with slicked sides and straight ends, and giving the front volume and lift.
Q: What has been your favourite look for PFF so far?
A: Jamie Lee’s show. The presentation of the collection and the staging was amazing and we did this wonderful gold leaf and glitter in their hair , it was a real show moment for me.
Q: Tell us about the coming colour and style hair trends for SS13/14?
A: As far as style goes, we are still seeing a lot of the long bob which is flattering on everyone. We are also seeing soft shorter crop style haircuts for the women that are a little more daring with their hair. Colour is still trending with balayage or ombre’ but its more tonal this year, its more of a natural look instead of block colours at the base and ends, so without an obvious different in colours, something very natural.
Q: What are your favourite hair products right now?
A: Loreal’s volume lift grip when styling (that) we are using on the Camilla and Marc show tonight and the fresh citrus dust which is a dry shampoo.
Q: How does Australia’s hair trends compare with that of North America and Europe?
A: Social media lets us stay up to date with hair trends, we find Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all great ways that allow Australia to keep up with the same trends as North America and Europe.
Q: And finally, what is one thing every woman should know about their hair?
A: Texture. Know the texture of you hair and what products are best for your hair. As with your daily make up, you may need at least 5 or 6 products that help your skin and you cant live without, your hair should be the same. You may need more than one product to work in with your hairs natural texture, ask your stylist what products are best for your hair and the look you would like to achieve. And of course once you have the products don’t be afraid to use them!
Camilla and Marc.
“This look is a bit of an updated version of the slicked back look we’ve been seeing a lot of on the runway,” explains Brad Ngata. “It’s very clean and modern but it’s just that bit more casual because it isn’t as wet-looking”.
“The hair look for Jaime Lee needed to reflect an opulence and richness, like we saw in the garments on the runway,” Jaime Lee is known for her embellishment and there’s a sort of religious theme in her collection. You can see the stained glass motif going through the prints which really reflects that richness and luxury essence her brand does so well.” Brad Ngata on the look he created for Jamie Lee.
This hair look for the Opening Night event had an austere feeling to it with some new minimalism influences. The dual texture transitioning from wet to dry, gives that really modern edge. The fall of the hair is also nipped in to accentuate the volume on top,” Brad Ngata of the hair look he created for the Opening Night show.
WA Designer Collections – Anna Excell, Augustus, Catini, Daniella Caputi, Jessica Bratich, Jessica Martino, Jomay Cao, Jonte, Lisa Marjanovich, Little Gracie, Monster Alphabets, Yan Zion.
“This show was all about braiding,” says Brad Ngata. “A braid is a look that can suit a lot of aesthetics and a lot of different styles, that’s why we decided to go with this direction for the WA Designer runway. Plus, braids are always a massive trend for Spring Summer!”
Designer Capsule 2 – Betty Tran, Bikini Atoll, Steph Audino and Wild Horses
“It’s kind of an unaffected, clean ponytail. Ellery’s aesthetic is very clean and minimal and always very effortless with a ‘nude’ feel,” says Brad Ngata. “For the hair we wanted to have that same nude aesthetic. We’ve worked high shine and matte textures together.”
Until next time…