Our talented team of stylists are passionate about hairdressing and can help you with all your hairdressing needs. They have experience on style teams for product companies, as hairdressers for TV shows, fashion shoots and photo shoots.
The AFOH team keep up-to-date with upcoming hair trends and emerging techniques. All our stylists have access to ongoing training from industry leaders.
Craig Rhodes (Expert Stylist)
Rhodes has been in the industry for over 17 years and is what we can now call a regular at New York and Sydney Fashion Weeks (2012-2016). His portfolio includes work for GQ, Vogue, Marie Claire along with shows, campaigns and television for X Factor, Bulgari and Bonds. His original work has been published in magazines in throughout USA, Europe and Asia. He is the ACT brand ambassador for Excellent Edges, as an exemplar of haircutting. Rhodes has also taken on the responsibility of FASHFEST Creative Hair Director (2015, 2016) bringing his worldwide Fashion Week knowledge and experience to the Canberra stage.
Rhodes’ cool personality and his calm, almost philosophical, attention to detail betray a cheeky sense of humour and wide-ranging general knowledge. Rhodes is the Renaissance man of hairdressing, who can converse about anything from beige versus ash blondes to who will win the Rugby or Netball World Cup, and his preference for the earthy tones of a pinot noir.
His speciality is cutting, from short to long and everything in-between. Technique is king in his view, and he will always take the time necessary to ensure that he tailors his cuts to suit hair type, faces and personalities.
Jacqui Laveau (Expert Stylist)
Most people would know if they have been in a salon with Laveau. Her exuberant personality has been gracing salons in Canberra and Hobart for eight years and backstage of FASHFEST ever since it began.
Jacqui loves being inspired by beautiful things in the world around her, made even more accessible via social media. With this inspiration she pushes the boundaries on how amazing your hair can look, with different cuts, colours and products used. She isn’t backwards in coming forwards and part of her talent lies in her ability to thoroughly understand hairdressing theory and technique and how to use it to create beautiful hair (and instagram feeds).
She specialises in those big colour jobs you never thought you could rock and you can count on her to be a part of your wedding day bliss with perfect blowdries and buns.
Amanda Green (Expert Stylist)
Green has over 10 years in the hairdressing industry, with a determined and focused commitment to the development of both her own skills and building the hairdressing industry within Canberra and beyond. Amanda is a self-confessed hairdressing training addict (both in Australia and overseas) to perfect her craft. Her dedicated clients will be well aware of her attention to detail, precision cutting and client care, making sure their look is best suited to their hair type, form and personality.
Hers is a familiar face assisting backstage at events like FASHFEST and the Melbourne Fashion Festival or assisting artists such as Peter Thomsen, Craig Smith and Scott Sloan, as well as directing hair for local photoshoots. Throughout her career she has been creating art for hairdressing competitions which has seen her place in some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as 2006 winner of the ACT Next Gen Award in Loreal Colour Trophy as well as being the winner of the Marie Claire Award and Guy Kremer Award. She has also produced and performed a show on the national stage, presenting to at the annual Australian Hair Expo conference.
Lexi Bannister (Expert Stylist)
Facebook: Lexi Bannister
Bannister has well and truly established herself as one of the most sought after stylist and colourist when it comes to hair. After a near 10-year career alongside some of the most influential names in the industry, the demand for her talent allowed her to pursue a freelance career, earning herself a reputation as the ‘Queen of Blondes’.
She boasts an impressive portfolio, styling names such as TV presenter Erin Molan, blogger Young Mummy, and has done colouring for The Bachelor’s Keira Maguire and Rachael Gouvignon. You may also recognise Bannister from her regular appearances in radio presenter Tanya Hennessy’s vlogs in the salon.
On set, Lexi is a regular hair stylist for runway models, including IMG’s Zoe Barnard when she walked for the latest Brainstorm for a Cure event. She has also taken her talents to the Big Apple to assist Janelle Chaplin at New York Fashion Week SS16 on shows such as Sandy Liang, Paul Andrews and Ji Oh.
Her editorial work is also widely recognised, she directed the latest collection and online blog with Lisa Clark for Rebel Muse and the newest campaign for BrowLab. Her work regularly features in publications such as HerCanberra and Big Ink.
Liz McKeane (Stylist)
“I want so much more than they’ve got planned.” Belle, Beauty and the Beast
McKeane has been creating beautiful hair in the industry for five years in Canberra. She is currently on the Redken Style team, working in Canberra and Sydney on photoshoots and fashion shows with hairdressers across Australia. She has worked on Sydney Fashion week (2015) and FASHFEST Canberra (2013-16).
Liz loves colour, Disney movies and anything that takes her to another dimension. Her skill comes from quiet reflection about what clients want, providing suggestions on elements of cutting and colouring that will enhance the overall look while keeping hair at its healthiest. While she considers herself a generalist, she does have a particular focus and flair for blonds and creative colour.
Kate Thackray (Stylist)
Don’t let Thackray’s size fool you, she packs a lot of talent. She has been in the industry for 6 years, working in Canberra salons. She is member of the Redken Young Tribe initiative, and has worked on projects such as Mercades Benz Fashion week in Sydney, X factor, FASHFEST and styling for photo shoots and fashion events here in Canberra.
Things that bring her pure joy, other than hairdressing, are donuts and singing. Kate takes the time to really understand what clients are after and then delivers with confidence, energy and enthusiasm. She is always #ontrend so even the most fashion-focussed can trust her with their locks. Kate’s passions are colouring and event hairstyling.
Sarah Knight (Stylist)
Knight has been in the hairdressing industry for over 10 years, quietly developing her hairdressing skills while also raising two girls. Her specialty is helping AFOH run as smooth as clockwork as the Salon Coordinator and hers is a familiar face to most, having worked with Craig for a decade.
Kelly Grande (Stylist)