We travel to the eastern suburbs to meet with one of the best in the beauty business – colour specialist and co-owner of salon Mahiki Hair, Jodie Zerella.
“My mother tells me I’ve been painting my nails since I was four and, from time to time, I would grab the kitchen scissors and cut and style the hair of my Barbie dolls. As a child I can remember my weekly visits to the city, shopping in Rundle Mall with my mother. I was always fascinated by the ladies I saw, in those days everyone dressed up. I loved the way they dressed and looked, very sophisticated, their hair and makeup perfectly done, their nails beautifully painted and their shoes and handbags always matched. I remember thinking, ‘I would like to be like these ladies when I grow up’.
It was ultimately my love of all things fashion, along with my desire to create beautiful things and to be great at whatever I chose to do, that pushed me toward hairdressing. Hairdressing provides opportunities well beyond hair. My hairdressing skills led me to an exclusive P&O resort in North Queensland where I worked as a wedding hair and makeup artist, and to Scotland, where I worked as a senior stylist in a boutique salon, providing session styling for Cleo magazine.
As a co-owner of Mahiki (I own it with my husband Michael) I’m also able to support the hairdressing profession locally. We work with TAFE students, presenting workshops and providing a platform for them to develop their skills, and of course we also work with our own staff to train and further develop their skills. The highlight of my career was actually late last year when one of my apprentices took out the South Australian winner of the 2019 L’Oreal Colour Trophy “Rising Star” Award. She’s now off to Melbourne to represent Mahiki and South Australia in the national finals!”
My signature style is… great personalised hair that clients can maintain at home.
Must-have styling product every girl should own… 10-in-1 Multi-Purpose spray from L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert colour range.
Clients come to see me for… my experience, education and expertise.
From now until April 16, Mahiki Hair are giving you the chance to win a years’ worth of colour and cuts – amazing, right? If you’d like to enter, click here and be sure to follow Mahiki on Instagram and comment and like this post here. Good luck!