Sunday 12th & Monday 13th June 2022
Carriageworks, Sydney


Education plays a pivotal role in the hairdressing industry. This is why during both days Hair Festival delivers a refreshing full program of education to you. 

Don’t forget REALtalk Business Forum is also available on Sunday in 2 separate sessions. For salon and business owners, the REALTalk business forum will address all the current issues that hair businesses are facing.

For those with Hair Festival All-Event pass, kindly make sure to choose which sessions you are attending beforehand.

Program Overview

Festival Education Sessions Program

SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2022


REALtalk PROGRAM Session One
9:30am- 9:35am Introduction
9:35am – 10:35am Terry Hawkins – The Tough Talk
10:35am – 11:20am Panel: Salon Culture and Leadership
Sharlene Lee, Circles of Hair; Tom Donato, Xiang Hair; Rita Marcon, Goldwell; Chris Hunter, Willomina Salon, Ash Crocker – Hair By Ash Croker
11:20am 11:40am Morning Tea
11.40am – 12.05pm Sandy Chong – Industry Update
12.05am – 1.05pm Conscious Consumerism
1.05pm – 1.45pm Networking Lunch


REALtalk PROGRAM Session Two
1.45pm – 1.50pm Introduction
1.50pm – 2.50pm James Fitzgerald – Social Media Beyond Vanity
2.50pm – 3.35pm Panel: Salon of the Future 
Simone Abaron, Apotecari; Paul Frasca, Sustainable Salons; Lance Kalish, Salon Lane; Richard Kavanagh, piiq Digital; Sandy Chong, Australian Hairdressing Council
3.35pm – 3.55 pm Afternoon Tea
3.55pm– 4.40pm Panel: Technology and the Salon Experience
Renya Xydis, Dyson; James Shale, Dyson; Kristy Hines, Aveda; Brooke Jones, Beau-Tex
4.40pm – 5.40pm Phill Nosworthy– Full Stack Resilience
5.40pm – 5.45pm Cameron Pine – The Final Wrap
5.45pm Networking


Festival Education

Session 3

1:15pm – 2:45pm
Elston Room ANTI Collective The Art of Now with Monique McMahon and Nathan Yip


Festival Education

Session 4

3:15pm – 4:45pm
  Elston Room PilorooHelping solve our long standing labour shortage of assistants and apprentices within our industry


Hair Festival Wonderland

7:00 PM Australian National Maritime Museum (Separate Venue)


Session 1 9:15am – 10:15am
Bay 25 Timely – Why an inclusive salon is good for the world, and good
for your business
Mary Haddock-Staniland
Upper Elston Mezz ghd – Education collaboration with Rumbie Rumbie Mutsiwa (Rumbie&Co)
Elston Room James Fitzgerald – Developing a highly effective Digital Strategy 


 Session 2 10:45am – 11:45am
Upper Elston Mezz Dyson – Experience Dyson with Damian Rinaldo Damian Rinaldo (Boris the Cuttery)
Bay 25 Pivot Point – Unlock your Potential Sarah Conlon, Mikail Dasko and Vic Piccolotto
Elston Room Elite Hair EducationPricing your Services, Strategy & Structure Mick Dwyer


 Session 3 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Upper Elston Mezz Excellent Edges – One Night Arvo Stand Pete Walstab, Jules Tognini, Tom White and Sam Overton
Elston Room Caitlyn Menzel Coaching – Topic TBC Caitlyn Menzel
Bay 25 Total Coaching Academy


 Session 4 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Bay 25 De Lorenzo – Master cutting
Upper Elston Mezz TONI&GUY – Connected’, a celebration of hair and creative techniques suited to
the individuality and diversity of the Australian
Elston Room

The Sales Catalyst Neil Osborne

Profit First® + SpendSaver= stress-free profitability


 Session 5 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Upper Elston Mezz La Biosthetique with Katy Reeves and Friends 
Katy Reeves
Bay 25 piiq Digital – Styling secrets unplugged Richard Kavanagh
Elston Room *Hair Festival Competition


 Session 6 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Upper Elston Mezz Seamless1 – Zero Visibility & Lights.Camera.Action! Sarah Emilia (SARAH JADE) & Matthew Jabbour (Hair Den)
Bay 25 AREA Academy – The Wonder Of Why Eoin McCarthy, Leigh Winsor and Daniel Fortino
Elston Room *Hair Festival Competition


AHIA Awards
7PM – 11PM International Convention Centre Sydney (Separate Venue)