THE JOURNAL’s David Mannah chats with Alan Buki in celebration of the icon’s recent move to Redken and Pureology.
In a world all about seeking balance, you could argue Alan Buki nailed it years ago. His energy comes with a 100% good time guarantee (seriously, just try not to crack a belly laugh around this man) and presents a professional profile equally enriching. Co-creator in one of the world’s first successful clean colour lines, Alan was waving the ammonia-free flag well before most, and with it an early decision to commit to a safer salon environment for the health and well-being of family and friends (staff and clients).
“I started hairdressing in 1989 and swiftly moved to London where I commenced work in a Soho salon,” starts Alan.
“The owner classified himself a ‘modern organic hairdresser’ which was a completely unique term in the early 90s. The salon used one of the first attempts at ammonia free colour and as you can imagine, the results were compromised with weak technological properties. What it did achieve was better hairdressers in all of us as we were challenged to work with these formulas for desired results.”
Working with the colour also cured dermatological issues in Alan’s hands, and from there, the future was clean for this force. It is little wonder then, that the owner of namesake salon, Alan Buki Salon in Sydney’s Paddington is now a keen advocate for the combined science and power of Redken and Pureology.
“One of the big things that stands out with Pureology is the science and technology invested, and that allows the products to be kind on people and planet while presenting a high-luxury smell and feel … and all at an accessible price point.”
Redken’s unrivalled blonding benefits have settled well among a client following obsessed with the Buki team’s lightening skills (just check out the seamless balayage brigade via @alanbukihair); allowing the team to achieve even greater results courtesy of acidic bonding product: ABC.
“It’s an acidic bonding concentrate used while colouring and responsible for a huge injection of negative ions and acidic bonds as the hair is lifting, simultaneously reversing damage,” describes Alan.
“This journey is then supported with a sophisticated serve of natural silicones and fatty acids at the basin courtesy of Pureology.”
Services and treatments that are of course on hold as Sydney continues to navigate the recent COVID outbreak … but the party hasn’t stopped for Alan and team, the extended family meeting up virtually, cocktails in hand for a good old fashion house party.
Want to know more …? Watch the interview, here.