Bandit And Co. Hair

Less than two minutes with Connor and Monique in the same room and you won’t be able to stop laughing. This is an electric power duo in the hairdressing industry. These two very talented individuals have continually been working on themselves and their skills to create unique looks for each customer who has walked in for a fresh change. After working together in salons for the last several years, Monique and Connor have taken a giant leap in their careers and have now gone into doing business together in Windsor Gardens, by the name Bandit & Co. Hair.

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Monique DiLieto and Connor Brewis (image by Paige Brewis)

Monique has been taking care of my hair (better than I ever could) for over 7+ years now, and through her, I was acquainted with Connor, who is a seemingly shy guy till Monique playfully pushes his buttons and the mischief between the two ensue for our entertainment. The energy between these two is contagious, as the customers reciprocate that level of affection and fun by turning a hair appointment into a full fledged conversation and catch up with friends – old and new!

Upon hearing of their new venture, I visited the new space and was able to learn more about the story of Bandit & Co. Hair – have a read of out exchange below:

Tema: Who are the faces behind Bandit & Co. Hair?
Connor: Bandit & Co. are myself (Connor Brewis) and Monique DiLieto. Monique is Adelaide born and bred. I was born in London and moved to Adelaide when I was 10. I’ve been in the industry for 6 years now and Monique has been in it for almost 10 years. We met each other at one of our past salons and just clicked, we’re best friends and we’ve worked together ever since.

Tema: How did this business come into existence? How did you decide on a joint collaboration to set up your own business?
Connor: I was talking to an old friend about wanting to buy my own salon, and funnily enough, she said she knew someone selling one. So long story short, I asked Monique if she would come and work with me if I bought my own salon, and here we are now.

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Tema: What inspired you to name your new salon Bandit & Co. Hair?
Connor: So the name Bandit & Co. Hair is named after my 3-year-old husky! Myself and Monique spent ages trying to think of a name, and that one just fit.

Tema: Introduce us to your team – who’s involved?
Connor: The Bandit and Co. team involves myself (Connor), my best friend (Monique), and my younger sister Paige, who is on the reception desk.

Tema: What services do you offer at the salon?
Connor: We offer all hair services, anything from cut-throat shaves to water waves and everything in between.

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Hair cut + style (and photo) by Connor Brewis
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Hair style and color by Monique DiLieto (image by Connor Brewis)

Tema: What are some products at the salon that you’d like to highlight?
Connor: Oh, where do I start! Evo – the whole range is amazing. It’s a unisex brand for anyone and being South Australian makes us love it more. The other product I like is Olaplex. Olaplex saved Monique’s hair! It’s a product that we use in our colour services and treatments to help fight the war on breakage.

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Tema: What do you hope for your customers to experience through visiting Bandit & Co. Hair?
Connor: I hope they experience a fun atmosphere, full of jokes and laughter, and for them to leave feeling amazing and looking fabulous!

Tema: Is there something quirky / unique about yourselves that you’d like your customers (new and prospective) to know?
Connor: Something quirky – Monique’s laugh! It is so infectious. I love it – it can make a whole room happy!

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Tema: What talents do you think each of you can bring into this business, to make it successful?
Connor: Monique has exceptional colour work and is amazing at styling. For myself, I’d have to say cutting and barbering are my finer skills.

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Hair style by Connor Brewis

Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like our readers / your customers to know about Bandit & Co. Hair?
Connor: Expect good coffee, amazing hair and a lot of banter.

Location
5/1 Longview Road, Windsor Gardens SA 5087

Opening hours
Tues / Fri:             9:30am – 5:30pm
Wed / Thurs:        9:30am – 9pm
Sat:                         8:30am – 4:30pm
Sun / Mon:            CLOSED

Social media
Facebook / Instagram

Brow Witch, Franklin Street

Words and photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

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“When a client books a treatment at Brow Witch they are booking a service, not just a treatment” – Ammy Appleby

Amaranth “Ammy” Appleby is the owner of Brow Witch – a brand spanking new beauty space that offers their clients with cosmetic tattoo services.

Located on the top level of popular cafe Crack Kitchen on Franklin Street, Ammy is hoping for her business of 3 years to continue flourishing in a space that is not only bigger and better, but also boasts of a minimalist interior that is equipped with just the right amount of necessary accessories to make their customers feel welcomed and comfortable.

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Ammy Appleby brings a range of expertise and training under her belt – qualified in makeup artistry, training from Melbourne around cosmetic tattooing, and a passion for adding her “creative spin into the beauty industry”.

There are a range of services offered at Brow Witch, some of which include:

  • Machine Brows Services (All lasting up to 18 months)
  • Nano Brows – Hair Stroke tattoo, designed to mimic natural hairs
  • Combo – Our most requested service, hair strokes for the front of the brow with a soft natural shading through the tails
  • Stardust – Soft shading through the whole brow healing to a soft natural diffused effect, hence the name stardust!
  • Freckle Tattoo (Lasting 1-2 Years) – More popular than you think, natural beauty is super in right now and freckles are one of our hottest treatments
  • Lip Blush Tattoo (Lasting 1-5 years) – A soft wash of colour over the whole lips designed to enhance one’s natural lip shape/colour
  • Eyebrow Waxing, Tinting & Henna Brows
  • Eyelash Lifts & Tints

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Additionally, the space is also stocked with the latest and best in skin care products – all of which are organic, Vegan, and cruelty-free.

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Taking pride in being an all-inclusive space, Ammy hopes that Brow Witch will be a space that accepts people from all walks of life, regardless of their gender, age, sexuality, or ability. It is also hoping to become a platform where local businesses can collaborate together to create an atmosphere that is beaming with creativity and give new meaning to the traditional concept of a beauty salon. With a team of 3 very talented ladies, Brow Witch has been welcomed to be a part of the Crack Kitchen space with the support by owner Kim, which goes back to Ammy’s concept of the benefits around working in a collaborative and supportive environment.

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Location
1/13 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
Wed / Thurs: 9am – 4pm
Fri: 1pm – 8pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm

Social media
Facebook / Instagram

getting pretty // frank with frank body

Being from a Middle Eastern and Indian background, I have been told on countless occasions about how I have been “blessed” with beautiful skin. And while I would say that I am lucky enough to escape the woes brought about by breakouts, acne, or the like (touchwood), it has taken quite a long time for me to fall in love with my skin. Coming from a culture where the concept of “the fairer the skin, the more beautiful the person” has predominantly prevailed, I spent a majority of my life hating my skin, my looks, and my appearance. However, it has been eye-opening to immerse myself into a completely different culture and learn to love myself and appreciate the beautiful characteristics that are unique to my culture.

Through this newfound journey of self-love, I am learning to preserve as much of my natural beauty and not resort to makeup (purely because I cannot do makeup to save my life!). But at the same time, I’d also like to accentuate certain features via my skin tone and instead of going lighter, I’ve been trying to find products that will make my tanned skin shine as naturally as it can.

Cue in the newest addition to the Frank Body family – the Shimmer Bomb Kit.

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Frank Body’s beauty products have been a cult classic since its inception into the world (and into our lives) since 2013. There’s a delightful range of products to choose from – orgasmically scented scrubs, magical shimmer oils, lip and cheek tints, and balms – all of which have a subtle yet lasting feature of coffee scented goodness that lingers well beyond its use.

I have been following frank’s journey for quite some time now and the story behind their addictive products. It became a routine to lust over their scrubs that are packed in shiny goodness at least several times a week. After all, how couldn’t you – have you checked out the website? Cheeky chats are frank’s ~thing~ and honestly, I wish I could be as smooth and suave! Love it or hate it, it will grab your attention nonetheless, so make sure you book out a solid hour or three to experience the wholesome story of frank that has been cleverly explained on their website.

Curiosity got the better of me a couple of weeks ago and after hearing everyone around me rave about their products and after seeing the packaging in the flashy flash at Mecca Maxima, I did something that I don’t often do – treat myself by purchasing the Shimmer Bomb Kit… and holy moly it is most certainly da bomb!

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The shimmer oil has become my new favourite go-to product to complete my look before I leave the house. It’s not only great for how little you use to get a long-lasting shine, but it’s also well worth the splurge over a bottle of oil. I particularly love how the oil doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or heavy like oil typically tends to do on your skin. In fact does its part in hydrating the skin, whilst adding the perfect glow through its glittery particles. And not to worry, this kind of ‘glitter’ won’t be creating a magical mess everywhere you go and will stay on your skin for well over a day or two! It’s safe to say that I was shining all the way through the Christmas festivities!

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I was initially a bit skeptical of using the coffee scrub, as I’ve used others in the past and while they felt good on my skin in the moment, they ended up giving me a rash a couple of days later! However, after trying a little bit of frank’s coffee scrub on my skin, I was pleased to see that there was no reaction – either in the moment or in the couple of days after using the scrub! It also seemed to exfoliate my skin gently, whilst leaving it with a subtle and incredible glow afterwards. I’ve now used the scrub twice in the last week and there is still quite a bit of the scrub to go! And I am loving the results so far!

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With the illuminator, I found it to be best working underneath my eyes, where it not only ‘lightened’ the dark circles per se, but also seemed to make my eyes ‘pop’ (as though back to life)! This is another nifty add-on that is perfect to complete the look of a fresh face where minimal makeup has been applied. Another great spot is to use it along the corners of the eyes as well, because as some of my friends commented on the ‘new look’, my face seemed to be “uplifted” – and that was the only change I made to my makeup routine!

There are so many beautiful reasons why I would strongly urge you to consider becoming a frank babe:

√ It’s Australian-owned
√ It’s cruelty-free
√ It’s all about natural ingredients (no harmful toxins/chemicals are touching that beautiful skin of yours)
√ It’s available online and in select stores across Australia, the US, and the UK
√ It’s great value and long-lasting (for the amount of money you spend on it)

Being a mega coffee addict, I knew that the goodies from frank were going to be a treat, but what I didn’t realize was how difficult it was going to be to resist the urge to consume the goodies – they smell heavenly and divine! There’s a certain aura that fills your personal space with a sense of tranquility and calm, whilst still keeping you alert and awake – just like a cup of ~extremely good~ coffee!

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions at all, feel free to comment below! 🙂

xx Tema

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