HSA Members

“You could come to my room and I’d lock you in” Hair stylist shares her story

by HSA Admin • April 7, 2021

Many hair stylists are subject to unacceptable levels of bullying and harassment, and often feel as though there is no support when they need help. Today, we’re sharing a story from one of our members, told in her own words, after she was sexually harassed by a client at work. – I had been working […]


How one stylist tackled workplace bullying

by HSA Admin • September 18, 2020

We’ve talked a lot about bullying at HSA – what it looks like in your salon, some tips to manage it, and the warning signs of toxic workplace culture. Recently we chatted with HSA Ambassador Lily about what happened in her workplace, and the steps she took to try and stop it. When Lily started […]


Time to rebuild: Nicole’s open letter to the industry

by HSA Admin • September 4, 2020

As a hair stylist, it can feel like we’re taking care of everyone EXCEPT ourselves. From day one of our apprenticeship, many of us are thrown in head-first into the industry, and it feels like we never get the chance to just slow down. Our HSA ambassador, Nicole, has been the industry for over thirty […]


New Beginnings: Jess shares her apprenticeship story

by HSA Admin • August 28, 2020

What do you do if you’re in an apprenticeship, but falling behind? We recently spoke to Jess, who managed to turn her difficult apprenticeship around with the help of HSA, and is sharing her story in the hopes it will inspire others. “It was fine – at the start,” Jess says. “She was professional and […]


Speaking out: Lily’s Story

by HSA Admin • June 26, 2020

It can be really hard to find the courage to speak out when you know something is wrong. But for our ambassador Lily, she’s always stuck up for herself and her co-workers, and she’s on a mission to help other hair and beauty workers to find their voice.  Lily’s story with HSA began when she […]


HSA supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation

by HSA Admin • June 1, 2020

Did you know that 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? As a trade and industry that’s dominated by women, we are disproportionately affected by breast cancer. Many of us have sisters, mothers, aunts, friends and co-workers who are among the 20,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each year. […]


Making Dreams a reality – Rachael’s Story

by HSA Admin • May 29, 2020

What do you do when your dream job turns into a nightmare? Do you back out before you get hurt, or do you hang in there and try to make a change? HSA Ambassador Rachael was one of the many young apprentices told they would enter a glamorous, lucrative career in the hair and beauty […]


How one salon stayed open during COVID-19

by HSA Admin • May 15, 2020

COVID-19 is without question biggest struggle the Australian hair and beauty industry has had to face. Salons in metropolitan areas, quiet suburbs, and tiny remote communities have all been affected. For HSA Ambassador and Ethical Salon owner Vanessa, the danger really hit home when two cases were confirmed in her small Queensland town. Immediately, she […]


Staying open in COVID-19 – Pranel’s Story

by HSA Admin • April 29, 2020

After 15 years in the industry, senior stylist and sole trader Pranel has seen it all — and he’s refusing to let the COVID-19 pandemic dampen his spirits. We caught up with Pranel, who has remained open throughout the crisis, to talk about how he’s working under the current guidelines, and the impact it’s had […]


The COVID-19 wage subsidy explained

by HSA Admin • March 31, 2020

Yesterday’s government announcement that all employees eligible under a brand-new scheme will receive a $1500 fortnightly subsidy has made massive waves. A lot of workers are asking questions, and at HSA, we want to get the facts straight. Here’s what you need to know about this new subsidy – and if you’re covered. It applies […]



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