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NATALIE PADJAN

Founder of Hair Secrets extensions
With a business model this inspiring, it’s no wonder Natalie Padjan is on our radar. Hairdresser by trade, Natalie had a desire to create beautiful, long-lasting hair extensions that could be removed without a trace all while benefiting the donor of the locks. And so Hair Secrets was born – the innovative hair extension business, raising funds for the Burmese women who donate their hair and their local communities. Here, founder Natalie talks to us about all things hair and reveals the key to achieving your business dreams…

Home is?
Sydney

What do you do?
Founder of Hair Secrets extensions

You’re an expert in…
Helping women to look and feel their very best.

How did Hair Secrets come about?
The idea of Hair Secrets began after years of struggling to find the perfect hair extensions. Having worn extensions since I was a teenager, I’ve experienced everything from tangling and excessive shedding to hair loss and bad colour matching.

Tips for wearing extensions?
- Ensure the extensions have been cut and layered to blend in with your natural hair.
- It may sound obvious but always style your extensions to match your natural hair. If you’re straightening your hair, straighten from near the roots of your natural hair down to the tips of the extensions to ensure a natural result.
- Brush, brush, brush! You want to ensure the extensions remain super smooth and tangle-free.

What advice would you give to somebody wanting to start their own business?
Stay focused. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try to distance yourself from negative people. There will always be someone who will tell you that you are crazy and can’t achieve your dreams but you need to turn around and say ‘watch me!

What styling products can’t you live without?
I’m a huge fan of natural products. My favourite overnight treatment is organic coconut oil – after two good washes in the morning my hair is super shiny for days. I’m also in love with MooGoo skincare products as they are Australian-owned and all natural. You have to try their Fresh Goats’ Milk soapFull Cream face moisturiser and Tingling Honey lip balm – divine!

Balayage was a huge trend for 2011/12. What’s next?
I think balayage will stay strong, yet it will be a more natural form of balayage with only one to two shades difference between the roots and ends. Washable pastel hair colours are great for an instant bit of fun! Yet long, loose curls will always be the trend that wins – It’s timeless and great for all occasions1

  • YOU’RE THE HAIR QUEEN, SO TELL US, WHO’S YOUR HAIRDRESSER?
  • Wade William Ambler. He is extremely passionate about hair and always puts in 110% every time. I always leave his salon with my hair looking a million dollars.