Ok so I know it’s a makeup artist blog and it’s about makeup yadda yadda yadda, but as a make-up artist and as by working at Adore Beauty, I am exposed to a lot of other bits and pieces that cross my path, hair care being one of them. On Tuesday I was lucky enough to attend the launch for the re-furb of Unico Hair Salon in arguably one of Melbourne’s coolest laneways, Degraves Street. Sofia Basile opened her first of three salons 20 years ago and decided it was time for a makeover! Sofia explained how she wanted her salon to have a fresh new look, but she also wanted to be conscious of the location, and wanted to incorporate some of the edginess of Melbourne’s alleyways in the look.
Interior designer Kate Challis took Sofia’s dreams and turned them into reality. The salon is so beautifully exquisite, yet earthy and a little grungy. From customised industrial light fittings to stunning Parisian imported wallpaper, this space perfectly depicts Melbourne.
Myself with Unico Salon owner and Unico Formulations creator Sofia Basile in a stunning one of a kind design by Sydney based designer Mijanou
Apart from running three successful salons, Sofia is the creator of Unico Formulations, a beautiful eco-friendly range of hair care and styling products. 100% Australian made and owned (and used in all 3 Unico salons) Sofia has a strong commitment to supporting local business.
On the night I received a gorgeous goodie bag containing a voucher for a blow wave and treatment (can’t wait to try it out, my sister in law has had a blow wave there and she absolutely LOVED it!) plus their Leave-In Spray-On Spray Conditioner. Honestly, it’s been two days and I cannot put this product down! It’s the lightest most beautiful formula and does everything from detangle my hair to soften it and leaves it smelling super fresh. I also used this on my clip in extensions (which are particularly ratty and desperately need to be replaced) and it made them so much easier to manage, I might get a couple more months out of them yet! I am also a huge fan of the Protein Treatment and the Volumising Shampoo which is a gentle yet effective cleansing shampoo that helps remove the kilos of styling product I apply to my locks.
Unico Formulations available at Unico Salons:
191 Brunswick St Fitzroy 03 9415 7169
205/207 Little Collins St Melbourne 03 9650 2160
32 Degraves St Melbourne 03 9654 1619
and online at Adore Beauty
What do you guys think of the salon?
Love Katerina xx