Hairdresser to the stars

Pauline McCabe at work. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d411074
Pauline McCabe at work. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d411074

She is the go-to stylist for a number of big name fashion events and fundraisers, having styled models for the London Fashion Week, as well as the Perth, Sydney and Melbourne Fashion weeks.

She has also spent a number of years helping at Style Aid and the Boobilicious Ball for Breast Cancer.

‘I love being involved in these big events,’ she said.

‘I love the buzz and adrenalin of working on stage in front of thousands of people, it’s so exciting.

‘It is such a creative environment, from the moment you have your first meetings to discuss the theme of the show, see the design, and then start to develop the ideas.’

Ms McCabe got into hairdressing while living in Scotland, being taken under the wing of a husband and wife duo Rusk who were one of the biggest names in the field.

‘I was lucky to be taken under the wing of art director Louise Rusk who was an incredible hairdresser and taught me everything,’ she said.

‘I am always trying to be better, to be my best, to keep developing and learning, so I am constantly educating myself and staying informed by what’s happening around me in popular culture.

‘I believe you are only as good as your last haircut and that everyone is an individual, it is not a one size fits all.’

Ms McCabe is also putting her skills to use on the locals as the owner of Paper Rock Scissors at the old Myer building, offering complementary consultations, haircutting and colouring, blow-drying and make-up using environmentally friendly products.

‘I decided to open there because I heard about the project from a friend and just thought it was such an exciting and innovating idea,’ she said.

Visit www.rockpaper scissorsfreo.com for more information.

The retail space at the old Myre building is open Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.