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Kim Astro
Kim Astro
Artistic Director/Owner/Hair Guru
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Kim Astropalitis

Artistic Director
How long have you been hairdressing for?
35yrs and still ahead of the pack.
Awards & Recognition?
1st Open Bridal, 3rd Creative Perming, 3rd Fashion Perming
Hair Design Championships- 1st Runner Up
AHIA Best In Salon Training Nationally
BHBE 2017- 1st place Contemporary Colour
What inspires you about hairdressing?
I’m constantly inspired daily and I love to be the person inspiring others.
What’s your speciality in hair?
My specialty is HAIR!
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
Athletics champion for the walk & long distance I was crowned King of the Mountain… a very long time ago.
Describe your perfect holiday?
Sailing and swimming around in the Mediterranean, Greece.
What goals do you have for 2021?
Continue to grow chroma and raise the bar to the next level! Also taking on board new challenges.
Carly Pascoe
Carly Pascoe
Master Stylist
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Carly Pascoe

Master Stylist
How long have you been hairdressing for?
Over 20 years
Awards & Recognition?
Senior Hairdresser of the Year 2002
Apprentice of the Year 2000/01
Hair assistant for AHA Fashion Awards 2002
Assistant at Melbourne and Sydney Hair expo,
Assistant at Matrix Education events including Playground
Member of Chroma Team Winner and Runner Up in Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo Salon Team Challenge 2018
What inspires you about hairdressing?
Kim Astro, a true inspiration. i have had the pleasure of working beside this amazing woman for the past 10 years and she has been a true inspiration in the hairdressing industry her ability and knowledge of hairdressing has help me evolve in to the hairdresser i am today and for this i am very thankful.
What’s your speciality in hair?
Hands Down Colour -The ability to change someone’s total look with a splash of colour and Maybe my speedy foils.I also enjoy cutting curly hair i have two daughters one with soft natural curls and one with a blonde afro this has pushed me to be able to specialise in cutting curly hair.
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
I love to bake up a storm, I enjoy entertaining and sharing my love of cooking with my friends and family.
Describe your perfect holiday?
Fiji- beach, sun chairs and cocktails. Lots of sleeping and relaxing with my family or take me somewhere super cold and snowing like a white Christmas is Canada!
What goals do you have for 2019?
Evolve my love for the Hair and Beauty industry. Learn something new each month!
Isabella Eggins
Isabella Eggins
Premier Stylist
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Isabella Eggins

Premier Stylist
How long have you been hairdressing for?
6 years
Awards & Recognition?
I Recently participated in the Matrix colour collective competition and won Australian people’s choice award .
BHBE 2019 – 3rd apprentice ladies cutting.
2019 apprentice of the year
2020 Senior of the year
I am super keen to enter more competitions and training courses to learn as much as I can.
What inspires you about hairdressing?
Hairdressing inspires me to be creative in every way. Every day I get to change the way people feel about themselves and their hair by giving them a new hair look that inspires them to be their best self.
What’s your speciality in hair?
I love to colour as there is no black and white and I can be as creative as my client allows me to be, but most of all I love blonding hair whether it may be foils, balayage or even scalp bleach.
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
I have had a great passion for performing and dancing since I was 3!
Describe your perfect holiday?
Relaxing on the beach in the Greek Islands with a cocktail in my hand, working on my natural tan.
What goals do you have for 2021?
Apply for matrix Hot team ,get back into a healthy gym routine, and grow as a stylist!!
Mary Lama
Mary Lama
Premier Stylist
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Mary Lama

Premier Stylist
How long have you been hairdressing for?
Since 2012 ( Tens Years)
( Family Business in hairdressing in India, helping mom when I was 15 years old)
Awards & Recognition?
Not yet, watch this space!
What inspires you about hairdressing?
Being more creative , and having an open mind about hair.
What’s your speciality in hair?
Blowdrys and Hair colors, i have recently found a strong interest in
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
Crochet ( anything that challenges me )
Describe your perfect holiday?
Sitting beside Enrique iglesias and just live his life for one day.
What goals do you have for 2021?
Win an award for hairdressing, learn and grow knowledge in myself as a stylist and be the best mum i can be.
Lauren Pilcher
Lauren Pilcher
Emerging Stylist
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Lauren Pilcher

Emerging Stylist
How long have you been hairdressing for?
I have been hairdressing for 3 years
Awards & Recognition?
Has taken part in 2021 colour collective competition!
Senior Apprentice of the year 2020
What inspires you about hairdressing?
I love how you can completely transform someone’s hair to make them look and feel good about themselves!
What’s your speciality in hair?
I feel like I don’t have a speciality yet, as i love all of it! However I’ve been told I give a killer head massage!
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
Won 2 silver medals for volleyball competitions in 2014 and 2015. Love experimenting with makeup and special effects.
Describe your perfect holiday?
Cruising and travelling all over the world to learn more about people and their culture. Swimming at as many islands and beaches as possible and just relaxing with my favourite people.
What goals do you have for 2021?
To learn as much as I can this year and become a confident senior hairdresser. Be healthier, travel and go on new adventures with my partner.
Amanda Foster
Amanda Foster
3rd Year Apprentice
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Amanda Foster

3rd Year Apprentice
How long have you been hairdressing for?
I’ve been in this fantastic industry for 2 years.
Awards & Recognition?
2018 Barbering course at VIBE college.
What inspires you about hairdressing?
Creating beautiful and dreamy blondes and I have a great eye for creative funky fashion colours, also love making people feel absolutely in-love with their hair and themselves and just becoming a super star hair stylist at Chroma Hair Studio.
What’s your speciality in hair?
Having a great sense of people’s needs and connecting with them, also I crave lots of creativity in hair colouring, cutting and upstyling.
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
Painting beautiful watercolor sceneries.
Describe your perfect holiday?
Beautiful mountains in a cabin, laying on a rug in front of a fireplace with a fine wine and grapes.
What goals do you have for 2021?
Completing my certification 3 in Hairdressing and seeing what 2021 brings me.
Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams
2nd Year Apprentice
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Hayley Williams

2nd Year Apprentice
How long have you been hairdressing for?
I am in the second year of my apprenticeship.
Awards & Recognition?
None yet watch this space !
What inspires you about hairdressing?
More than anything the way it makes people feel.
What’s your speciality in hair?
None yet watch this space !
Hidden Talent?
I can take an engine apart and put it back together for almost any car!
Describe your perfect holiday?
Not relaxing at all and exploring as much of the place as I could. Would be amazing !!
What goals do you have for 2021?
Start third year apprenticeship, start a business degree!! .
Amelia Pashen
Amelia Pashen
Junior Apprentice
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Amelia Pashen

Junior Apprentice
How long have you been hairdressing for?
I’ve been hairdressing for a year and a bit now
Awards & Recognition?
n/a
What inspires you about hairdressing?
Many things about hairdressing inspire me, although I’d say allowing people to feel beautiful and take creative direction in my work inspire me the most.
What’s your speciality in hair?
As im still learning I wouldn’t say I specialise in anything but enjoy colours mainly
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
I do actually sing although it really is a secret though…shhh
Describe your perfect holiday?
My perfect holiday would definitely be in a warmer climate sipping a cocktail on the beach i’d say but let’s be honest who’s perfect holiday wouldn’t involve all such things.
What goals do you have for 2021?
My goals for 2021 would be to:
-Expand my knowledge and understanding of hair health as well as product knowledge
-Make new friends within the workplace
-Find my own hair identity and complete my 1st year with flying colours
Genevieve Cubilla
Genevieve Cubilla
Salon Assistant
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Genevieve Cubilla

Salon Assistant
How long have you been hairdressing for?
I was first introduced to hairdressing when I started working for Chroma Hair Studio 5 months ago.
Awards & Recognition?
None yet watch this space !
What inspires you about hairdressing?
I have grown up with a passion for hair.
What’s your speciality in hair?
None yet watch this space !
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
I am a talented braider.
Describe your perfect holiday?
GREECE
What goals do you have for 2021?
have a better connection with my family. Building up my hours at the end of the year . Be more open with people.
Aria Goldsmith
Aria Goldsmith
Salon Coordinator
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Aria Goldsmith

Salon Coordinator
How long have you been a salon coordinator for?
Started this year! This position gives me the opportunity to combine what my previous position was, as well as seeing the beautiful creations that the girls do right in front of me!
What inspires you about hairdressing?
The confidence that is created for clients! I watch this transformation occur in one session and it’s something that will continuously blow my mind!!
What’s your speciality in hair?
The closest thing I have to specialise in hair is my Indian head massages! I really learnt from the best when I completed my Advance Diploma in Beauty Therapy.
Hidden Talent? (eg. air guitar/skydiving/netball champion)
I used to teach and dance Hula, Salsa and Samba professionally and in competitions! For years growing up that was my side gig. Now I just love the social dance scene. It gets muy caliente!!
Describe your perfect holiday?
Somewhere, where the weather is good and I am coastal! Could be in Bahia, Dominica Republic, Cuba, Southern Italy or France or even the East Coast of New Zealand!!!
What goals do you have for 2021?
To expand my skill set in all areas of my life! Be open to learning and growing, self-development is important!

Also to visit Broome or Tassy. Since travel is limited internationally, why not support locals and i’ve always been interested in going!

George Astro
George Astro
Salon Owner
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George Astro

Salon Owner

George was born in Brisbane and grew up in Dutton Park so he is a local boy through and through. George has owned various businesses from Cafe’s to Award winning restaurants, before beginning to establish Chroma Hair Studio salons in Brisbane with his wife Kim Astro. He brings over 30 years of business experience to the Chroma Hair Studio brand.

“Our journey in the hairdressing industry has been amazing and it’s getting even more exciting. l still get amazed by my wife Kim’s passion for creating amazing new looks for our clients, but I’m most blown away by her dedication to training the next generation of amazing Stylists. Kim and Chroma were recognised for this exceptional standard of training when we won “Best In Salon Training – Australia” at the AHIA Awards. When you come to work to do what you love, it’s not really work is it?