meet the team

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  • chloe

    Chloe – Not what she seems… or is she?

    This girl is an enigma. A contradiction. She’s shy, but there’s a certain confidence lurking behind that apparent shyness.

    Chloe loves the people she works with. In fact, when we asked her why she’s still here after six and a half years, she simply said “all my friends work here”.


    The staff seem to love her too… and even more importantly, clients seem to love her.

    When we did some digging, she had another reason that she still liked working with us. “I’m still learning… I’ll always be learning… and this is probably the perfect place to keep doing that” is what she said.

  • wayne

    Wayne Chappell – Daddy – Boss… Teacher… Leader… Guru…. Golfer

    Actually, you can cross out golfer… not the world’s greatest golfer. But he does seem to be good at fathering babies… oh, and hair. Not fathering hair! Styling hair!

    Mind you, after 38 years in the business and 30 years running his own salon, you’d expect him to be getting it right by now.

    Oh, and baby Hugo is no longer a baby. Hugo’s a legend… Hugo and Wayne? Sounds like a new salon name in the making!

    Wayne has done some new shows since we last wrote about him… and was Hair Fashion Director for Dion Lee in Sydney and London. More than a decade of teaching probably says enough to grow his head another centimetre, so we’ll leave it at that, though there is more.

    Apparently he wanted to be a policeman … can you imagine it?!!!! – standard issue blue uniform with studded belt; the hat at a jaunty angle and pearl handled six gun and sabre length pointed patent leather shoes) but his mum hooked him up with her hairdresser and he ended up here.

  • bree

    Bree – Ask her what the other staff call her. We’re not allowed to mention it!

    Bree’s partner says she’s gullible. Trusting, honest and candid is how we see her… a little out of the ordinary. Quirky, solid, creative, balanced.

    She’s a strange confliction of worldliness and innocence that means you can believe what she says, trust her with your secrets and be confident that she’ll do everything she can to make you happy.

    Flamboyant and creative … based on first impressions, you’d expect her to be the sort of stylist that is into the fashion-hair competition-party scene…. but Bree would rather sit on the beach with a good book.

    Her interests are reading (but you already know that); her work; which she takes very seriously; and her home, which she and her partner bought when Bree was still, a teenager! But this is to be expected. She does everything early. Wayne even signed off on her apprenticeship early… “because she was ready!”

    She’s also now a Colour Trainer. You might have seen some of her extraordinary work on Facebook! Oh… and she has earned a Loreal Colour Degree with the highest score in Australia – 96%! She’s also officially a Loreal iD-Artist.

    Just named as a finalist in Australian Hairdresser of the Year!!!!!

  • jasmine

    Jasmine – Fashion and creativity in her blood.

    Hairdressing wasn’t Jasmine’s first choice. She decided that a Bachelor of Fine Arts was for her. So Uni, textiles and fashion beckoned. But, after moving out of home, there were bills to pay… and a social life to be had. So the interest in Uni waned. Time to get a job.

    Her sister said ‘hairdressing … but Jasmine tried hard not to take her advice.

    Turns out that her sister was not only right, but a pretty decent judge of hairdressing talent. Jasmine has just started her fourth year and she’s a finalist in the Hair Fashion Awards.

    You’ll probably see her entry in Journal Magazine in the next couple of months. We’ll have a copy in the salon.

    “It’s amazing what a colour change can do to someone’s mood and personality” she says. “Come and see me for a colour, even if you don’t need a change of style. And if you’re looking for a new style, I’ll be cutting in a couple of months… won’t I Wayne?:)”

    “I love learning and Sfumato is the perfect place to do that. So thankful to be working in such a creative environment.”

    Breaking News: Jas just WON AHFA Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year 2016!!!!

  • jacob

    Jacob – Looks a lot like a guy who used to work with us:)

    He likes people…. genuinely likes people… and he’s an old fashioned hairdresser (we’re talking his manner, not his style) who likes to have a chat… he’s as good a listener as he is a talker… and what you say to Jacob, stays with Jacob. We can’t get any goss out of him.

    That sounds familiar too. And it should. Yes, Jacob’s back… and we’ll have some new things to say about him as soon as we sit down and have a chat. Watch this space for a little more about his latest adventure.


  • loretta

    Loretta – Long hair star – Tele Tubbie devotee!

    Loretta tells us that she never gets embarrassed! We’ll see about that!!!!

    Loretta likes to watch Tele Tubbies in her undies while soaking her feet in fermented goat cheese!!!! There, that should cause a little embarrassment! We’re joking of course… or a little psychic perhaps. We don’t actually know that she does this… but she’s pretty creative, so who knows?

    17 years of hairdressing may also cause some strange habits at home.

    Here’s the boring stuff. She’s creative and generous (and a whole lot of fun to work with); she loves her work and making people happy…in fact she even likes watching other hairdressers putting smiles on the faces of their clients; and she’s a star with long hair, bridal looks and creative colouring!

    She’s also very proud of her family; likes spending time on the beach, watching movies, gardening, getting caught in the rain… and pinacoladas! Oh,and she does have half a brain. Not all of that’s true, but it sort of flows:)

  • demelza

    Demelza – The real Demelza… the other one’s a fake.

    Yes, the name is a little… um, unusual, but there’s a story here. Her mum simply loved ‘Poldark’, a series of novels written in the 40s and 50s by Winston Graham.

    Demelza was a servant girl (not this Demelza, she wasn’t born then) who marries the main character. Demelza’s mum (our Demelza – the other one is a fictional character) loved the name and called Demelza, Demelza… you know what we’re trying to say. Her mum was a hairdresser as well, owning a salon in the Huon for many years.

    We think the name suits. She’s a little out-of-the-ordinary, just like the name… and she’s a creative at heart, not just when it comes to hair and clothing.[/one_third]
    Her proudest moment? Landing a job here! We’re so flattered and very pleased we chose each other.

    Demelza Button…. isn’t that the cutest name you ever heard?

    Demelza has been building a name for herself on the National Stage as well, as a finalist in the New Creative Force category of the Schwarzkopf Pro Hair Expo. Watch this space for the result. There are more awards too, but we’ll update you when this one sinks in.

  • jess

    Jess – “Wayne didn’t like me… the staff told him he was wrong… thanks guys:)”

    So… Jess got her start … and she’s fitting in like she was born to it.

    It’s been more than two years since Wayne had her in for a one day trial and he’s pretty happy he changed his mind.

    Resilient would be the perfect word to describe her… Jess left home at 14 … yes 14… and made the most of every opportunity.

    She’s has been working since way back then in a café. And just to prove that even on… well… a meager income, you CAN get it together to save and buy a home… that’s exactly what she did with her partner last November.

    Oh… and apparently she gives a great head massage. She has a $5 tip to prove it:)

  • matt

    Matt – his new profile is his old profile… almost.

    He’s still too busy to talk about himself and his hair is now two kilometres long. Still not sure what’s going on with that, but he seems to be able to pull it off.

    He’s still an Excellent Edge Ambassador… and now a Loreal iD-Artist. Ask him what that means. It’s kind of a big deal.

    This little piece from 50 Cent will give you some insight… maybe.

    God gave me style; God gave me grace

    God gave me style; God gave me grace

    God put a smile on my face

    Haha, God put this smile on my face

    God made me shine like the sun; God make me shine like the sun

    Sometimes I feel like I’m the one; Sometimes I feel like I’m the one

    It ain’t my fault

    Probably not the lyric he would have chosen… but we didn’t want to have to bleep out every second word. Not unexpected from a scissor-slinging, hairstyling genius from King Island? What Matt? You’re not from King Island?

  • jo

    Joanna – still a Control Freak… never gives up!

    Jo just built a house… OK… she’ll admit that she didn’t actually build it, but she’s a co-ordinator with method-madness (a perfectionist – a Virgo whatever that is) and what she really means is that she drove a builder crazy for quite a few months while he built her house for her.

    Jo also speaks other languages. Polish fluently… Spanish not so fluently and anything else that takes her fancy that day… we don’t know… it’s all Double-Dutch to us.

    She’s still loves managing people… talking to people… helping people… controlling people. That’s what she does and she blames it on that Virgo thingy… again. Apparently it means she’s a perfectionist. We’re not going to show Jo her profile before we publish it. She’ll only change it anyway.

  • kellie

    Kellie – Doesn’t act her age – 29 going on 16 apparently.

    That’s what we’re told, but it can’t be true. Kellie just bought a house. How grown up is that?
    Now she’s renovating… even more grown up. That’s about it for the moment. Work and renovations… oh, and being
    mother to most of the Sfumato team 🙂

    For years, Kelly wanted to work at Sfumato and at the beginning of 2011 she made her move.
The little push she got from another Sfumato team member may have helped. Whatever it was, we’re very happy she knocked on our door.

    She says she’s “inspired all over again” and we can see it in her work. She has an obvious passion for hair and a
    natural connection with her clients.

    Her creativity isn’t restricted to the salon… she’s creative at home as well. Her never ending renovation project will keep her busy for years as she changes the look over and over and over and over. That’s the trouble with being creative. You’re always looking for a better, fresher, more contemporary option.

  • Tony

    Tony – He’s back… from outer space.

    At least that’s what some of the people from Cygnet seem to be thinking.

    He’s been away in the big-smog (Sydney), working in a salon as well as doing a bit of PR work for a nightclub – manning the door; putting the talent and promotions together… and “wearing minimal” on the weekends.

    So you can imaging the impact he had on Cygnet when he swept into town. Some took one look at this style-guru and made some snap judgements. Spend a little time with him though, and you’ll find that there’s a lot of substance behind the fashion façade.

    He’s one of the most personable people you’ll meet. He knows what he’s doing and you’ll get a whole lot more than just great service. You’ll have a conversation that’s more than just small-talk… and it won’t just be fashion or hairdressing… and he’s sensitive enough to know when to shut up.


    What does he like most about his work? He loves Fridays and Saturdays. People are going somewhere… and there’s nothing he loves more than making people feel great about themselves.

  • Bronte

    Bronte – Penguin … Drunken Admiral …. workaholic.

         That probably sums up her life. Though she does also enjoy a night out and a pump class.

    OK, she’d not a Penguin… is where she grew up. And probably where she developed that relaxed attitude to life as well as her work ethic.

    The Drunken Admiral is where you’ll find her on Sundays. Working, not drinking thankyou.

    Not an animal person… there’s a story about a flying cat. We won’t go there. The cat is OK.

    It was 50/50 whether we were going to take Bronte on at Sfumato. Not because she wasn’t good enough, she was. It was because she applied with her friend Mia… and they were both good, but we only needed one of them. We took them both.

    “I love hairdressing. The industry is always evolving and it can take me anywhere. It’s not completely without stress if you care about what you’re doing, but that comes with the territory” she tells us.