Rachel has been a Colourist for over 20 years and has worked and educated from London to New York, Malaysia to Las Vegas. Rachel is a Redken artist but has also worked with Wella and Davines.
While passionate about every aspect of colouring hair Rachel is a colour correction guru. The bigger the challenge the better.
Rachel’s work has appeared in Marie Claire UK and Australia, W Magazine and advertising campaigns such as Garnier Fructud with Sally Fitzgibbon. After 11 years at Muse we are still dazzled daily by the beautiful hair Rachel creates.
It’s always great to see someone’s hard work and dedication pay off and we couldn’t be more proud of our Team Mate Timka Trémouille who recently kicked a major personal goal in the hairdressing competition arena. But as she found out the rewards are a gift that definitely keeps on giving.
T.T. I Arrived to work on a Tuesday morning recently and saw that the American Crew All Star challenge 2018-2019 booklet had arrived. I opened up the the first two pages and there it was! Printed in burnt orange letters was my name on capital underneath my photo submission right middle of the page!
“Did I really do that?” Was the first question that came up on my mind. Oh yeah baby it was real and yes you did!! I started to felt incredible sense of pride and accomplishment, the same excitement started to raise up like it did the first time I received the email telling me I have made to top 25 finalist in Australia for the American Crew global men’s hairstyling competition. What made this all even more meaningful and cooler for me personally was that this was the first competition photo shoot that I had put together myself. I sort out the photographer, asked my good looking friends to model and was kindly given the salon to use on the day of the shoot as my studio by my awesome bosses. I am also very grateful for all the help and support from my colleagues at Muse to make the shoot successful!
I’ve been really passionated of men’s hairstyling every since I started my career and when I heard about the American Crew competition I thought this would be a great chance to really challenge myself and show off my men’s grooming skills! And I couldn’t be happier of the outcome!
We have had a number of requests asking about how we took our long haired models into convincing Pixie Cuts for ACLER at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. So let’s take a look.
We started on brushed out hair then section out an orange sized, circular section at the crown area which is pinned away. The hair underneath was divided into four sections above the ears and center of back and front. A small section was taken out at the left temple and pinned away.
We then filled the hair with Redken Full Effect 04 styling whip and combed the hair clockwise, compressing it tightly to the head. The idea here is to smooth the hair so close to the head it creates no bulk so our wig fits perfectly without lumps and bumps. Once the hair is tightly controlled, unpin the crown section and load it up with the styling whip and combe it tightly toward the nape, pin with bobby pins then merge it into the previous larger section. The small section at the left temple is combed anticlockwise making both sides tight to the head and directed away from the face. A hair net or wig cap is placed neatly over the entire hair.
We then positioned the wigs and secured to the head and cut into our awesome Pixie designs.
Now we’re runway ready!
Busby in NYC
There isn’t any such thing as an overnight success but being dedicated and a lot of hard work will get you to your dreams. We chat with Muse Hair Colourist Rachel Busby about here latest career highlight, landing a position at The Redken Exchange in NYC. This is where those who have made teaching our industry and giving back their vocation are hand picked to play among some of the industry’s very best.
So Rach, how are you feeling about NYC?
RB- Super excited, a little nervous energy and a lot of anticipation of how this experience is going to be. I also feel super lucky to have this opportunity to go to NYC.
Tell us about the class you’re teaching, what’s the theme?
RB- The class is called “ A Foreign Affair”. We delve into what trends and fashions are happening around the world and how we can interpret these to work in the salon.
So who’s teaching with you?
Two amazing hair artists that I’m humbled to be able to facilitate alongside.
Ludovic Beckers from Belgium and Marco Arena from Germany.
What path led you to the Exchange, how’d you get there?
RB- Short version! Hard work, perseverance, an amazingly supportive team and I work in a company where the directors are career focused. Thank you Roger and Philip!
Great Mentors, thanks again Philip Barwick, Chris Baran and Jonny Stellato. Mix this with the desire to do whatever it takes to get there.
There’s a lot of unpaid hours of work, long nights and days, tears, sweat and occasionally the thought that it just won’t happen. That’s the secret to drive through all that and sometimes that’s what dedication can feel like.
Your hottest tip?
I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone so far! An really, it’s no wonder when I look back to how wonderfully busy it has been!
Since I started working at Muse hair salon, I’ve had such amazing opportunities in hair! In December 2016 I jumped at the chance to co-direct hair design, with my Muse college Brenna Peterson, at the Raffles College of Design annual Fashion Design graduation. I’ve loved being able to assist on several photoshoots with Muse Director Philip Barwick and a colour collection shoot with Rachel Busby. All in addition conducting my own sessions as well which have included a photographic entry to the American Crew competition and coloring wigs in an advertising campaign for acclaimed session stylist Richard Kavanar 🙃.
After practicing to sharpen my skills I made the cut to be a part of the Redken Australia session stylist team, which was followed by my year’s highlights working at 8 shows during the Australia’s Fashion week. Then came the styling hair for the contestants on Channel 9’s TV show The Voice!!
While all of this excitement has been going on, I’ve loved being in the salon, I’ve been growing my clientele and feel I have not only become part of the team, but part of the Muse hair family. Awesome! I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to have such a talented and passionate hairstylists around me every day and In July I began helping train Muse apprentices.
I’m already looking forward to another busy year in 2018 entering the Hot Shot hair competition and submitting my application for the Redken Young Tribe (RYT) talent program. RYT is focused on developing cutting, color and styling skills but also focuses on presentation skills for teaching.
I recently introduced Showpony extension to the salon, which the team and I are thoroughly looking forward to!
Stay tuned for more of my hair adventures