Giddy up! The Spring Racing Season has kicked off with a bang this year at Caufield Cup. When it comes to Spring Racing Carnival, one of the trickiest parts of an outfit is always the hair. Hat or headband? Polished waves or natural texture? To help decide on your look for Spring Racing, we’ve chatted with Marie Uva: the celebrity stylist behind UVA Salon. With her spring racing hair tips, deciding on your outfit just got a little easier.
Marie Uva is the director and hairstylist at UVA Salon. The team are known for their textured red carpet hairstyles with an impressive celebrity clientele including Rebecca Judd, Nadia Bartel and Jesinta Franklin to name a few. Their signature voluminous ponys and textured waves have been receiving international attention with visiting celebrities like Gigi Hadid booking into UVA Salon.
Gigi Hadid – Melbourne Cup. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
1. What’s one piece of advice you tell all your clients heading to the Spring Racing Carnival?
Wear something comfortable – head included! They’re long days and there’s nothing worse than wearing small shoes or a tight headband.
Jess Gnomes – Caufield Cup. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
2. Who has been your favourite celebrity you’ve ever worked with for Spring Racing?
I love all my clients! It’s impossible to pick just one.
Jennifer Hawkins & Rebecca Judd – Oaks Day. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
3. This is one of the busiest time of year for UVA Salon. How does your team prepare?
We have training nights every week at UVA Salon. A couple month’s out, the team have a brainstorm of what looks we think are going to be popular and directional for the Spring Racing Season. Then it’s just practice, practice, practice!
Bec Judd – Caufield Cup. Hair: Keely Allister at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
4. How do you take weather into account when styling?
Styling hair is only half the battle, making it last all day is the trick! The team make sure all looks, even more natural styles, leave the salon looking polished. That way after a couple hours, the hair naturally becomes more textured and personalised.
Jennifer Hawkins – Oaks Day. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
5. What’s the etiquette around choosing the right hairstyle for your headpiece?
Rather than thinking about what hairstyle will suit this hat, headband or accessories, think about your outfit as a whole.
Elyse Knowles – Caufield Cup. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
6. How should hairstyles adapt to each day of the Spring Racing Season?
While every day has its own theme, I hate rules! It’s ultimately about what’s going to suit your facial features, then your outfit and go from there. Themes change but you always should make sure your hairstyle complements your face shape.
Jesinta Franklin – Caufield Cup. Hair: Keely Allister at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
7. When arranging an outfit for Spring Racing, when should you start thinking about your hair?
From the start. It’s critical to have an idea about your hair and headpiece when you’re looking at dresses and shoes. And book your hair appointments early! Salons book out weeks in advance this time of year!
Nadia Bartel – Oaks Day. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
8. How can you maintain your own hairstyle to make sure it looks great all day?
It’s all in the prep. No amount of hairspray will keep a style from falling if it hasn’t been prepped with the right products that create texture and lift. If the prep’s done right, then just small touch ups across the day with a comb and a flexible hairspray should be enough.
Bec Judd – Derby Day. Hair: Marie Uva at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
9. What’s your must-have styling product for the Spring Racing Season?
10. How do you ask your clients to prep their hair before getting it styled for the races?
Freshly washed, conditioned and dryed the night before with a shampoo and conditioner suited to their hair type.
Elle Ferguson – Caufield Cup. Hair: Jay Blitsas at UVA Salon using ELEVEN Australia
11. What’s your go-to look this Spring Racing Season?
I’m loving voluminous waves at the moment. I loved how they really complemented Jesinta Franklin’s lip and overall look.
- Prep damp hair with Miracle Hair Treatment and comb through.
- Apply Sea Salt Texture Spray through roots to ends.
- Blow dry hair back off face until completely dry.
- Using a large hot tong, take two inch horizontal sections starting at the nape and work up until you reach the ear.
- Allow hair to cool and and gently brush through, away from face.
- Finish by spraying Make Me Shine Spray Gloss all over to add shine and secure with Give Me Hold Flexible Hairspray.