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What it takes: Sirocco Hair Studio

Once upon a time, your favourite hairstylist might have been an apprentice. To qualify in their chosen career would have required hard work and total commitment.


In the seven years she has owned her salon, Rosanne Marks of Sirocco Hair Studio has taken on two apprentices, and three others have come on board to sit their final exam and gain qualification.

Currently with her are Olivia, in her final year, and Anita, in her second year.

A hairdressing apprenticeship takes approximately four years. The first two years are when the apprentice learns the most units, consisting of both theory and practical elements.

Years one and two sees the apprentice working on product knowledge; the selection and application of treatments, and of permanent colour; hair-ups; blow-drying; finger-waves and cutting.

Year three is yet more advances – working on more clients, doing things faster, and learning more challenging units, such as bleach and tone; colour correction; removing unwanted additives from hair, and chemical straightening.

Year four sees the apprentice doing all elements of hairdressing and building their own clientele.

Last up is the final six-hour practical exam – basically like a full day in a salon, made up of three different services.

Rosanne loves having an apprentice inhouse, teaching them new things, watching their passion for the industry come alive and grow.

“I would highly recommend looking into an apprenticeship, rather than doing a course; you learn a lot more in the salon environment, and you also earn money while you learn.”


Time for a new look?: Sirocco Hair Studio

Spring is a time of change, renewal and growth – so whether your hair just needs a freshen up or you want a completely new look, Sirocco Hair Studio can help.



Owner Rosanne Marks leads a friendly and knowledgeable team of stylists – Emma, Olivia and Ashlee – who provide the full range of hair services and cover a wide range of skills. Providing a warm, relaxing environment, it’s the little touches that make every visit special at Sirocco, from the latest magazines and hot tea and coffee to heated wheat bags to warm up chilly clients and keep them cosy while their colour processes.

The salon uses NAK haircare products and NAK’s permanent colour system to create rich, vibrant colour, designed to last longer and improve the condition of the hair. They also use NAK Soft Colour – an ammonia, sulphate and paraben-free system. For hair that needs a little more love and care, they offer a wide range of conditioning treatment options for all hair types including colour lock, repairing structure complex, platinum ‘no yellow,’ and moisture mask.

Located in Mount Pleasant on Soleares Avenue, the family-friendly studio caters to all ages. With plentiful parking at the front door and a carpark at the end of the building, Sirocco is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, with late nights on Wednesday and Thursday. Phone the team on 03 384 1743.