Passionate, proactive and apologetically determined, Benjamin Martin is one of the most prolific session stylist working in Australia today. A versed salon owner, session stylist and esteemed educator based in Melbourne, Martin’s skill has been admired and respected by hairdressers, tastemakers and industry leaders both in Australia and across the globe. With over 16 years’ working within the professional hair industry; his creative vision, appreciation for authenticity and attention to detail is evident in every project he undertakes, both in and out of the salon environment.
“I feel really lucky to be part of this industry. What keeps me motivated is balance. Ensuring that my clients have the best experience in my salon and education plays a huge role in empowering my team. But it’s also making sure I have that time out of the salon; working on shoots, backstage and with other creatives in fashion, photography and make-up that really allows me to push myself creativity. It’s so vital to make time for these opportunities because it helps me explore new ideas and learn new techniques which I sometimes bring back into the salon,” comments Martin.
Salon Owner and Creative Director of Salon XVI in Melbourne’s inner city Richmond; Martin’s exceptional talent and contribution to the hair industry has been recognised by international beauty companies, including GHD, Kevin Murphy, Revlon Professional and Redken; and by the ever expanding list of editorial, fashion week and celebrity hair work that continue to highlight his versatile skill set.
Taking the plunge into the session styling world in 2012 after assisting Zoe Irwin at Salon International, the Tribute Show and BBC Radio One Awards in London; Martin found his creative calling; Session Styling. Martin’s work would celebrate hair’s immediate connection to fashion and how to bring a complete look to life. From photoshoots, editorial spreads and covers, Martin’s work has been published in a variety of cult and consumer media including Vogue Italia Online, Refinery 29, Damaged Magazine, Elle China, Vision China, Culture, And Men Magazine, Fault, Kneon and Fashion Journal, to name a few.
In the education realm, from 2013-2016 Martin held the title of Platinum Key National Education for Kevin Murphy, which saw him travel Australia inspiring hairdressers to refine their styling skills. Also in the professional space, Martin has been awarded the following accolades throughout his career;
· WINNER HBIA, Women’s Photographic Open 2013
· 2nd PLACE HBIA, Men’s Photographic Open 2014
· 5x FINALIST, American Crew Face Off Competition, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
With his strong session styling background, his participation in fashion weeks, events and consumer campaigns have been a constant. At a Hair Director level, Martin has created stunning runway looks for the likes of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Myer, Victorian Racing Club, Gucci (Aus), Giorgio Armani (Aus), David Jones, Disney and Target X Missoni. His work is also showcased on the national consumer campaigns for Alannah Hill (SS2013, SS2014, Resort 2013), Zomp Shoes (AW 2012), Lurv Sportswear (2015), Jack London (2013, 2014) and Siren Shoes (SS2017).
Martin’s professionalism has also seen him be appointed as the stylist of choice for a number of Melbourne and interstate based personalities and tastemakers including being the principle hair stylist of Jackie Gilles (Real Housewives of Melbourne 2014-2016), Tina Arena (Aus Tour 2012), Little Mix (Promo Tour 2012), Kimbra ( Echoes in Viberia Video & EP Cover, 2014) and Logies Red Carpet Guests Olivia Dejonge, Saskia Hampead and Ashleigh Brewer.