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CBR RAW Awards: Cindy Rue

Josephine Walsh

Fashion fever is in the Canberra air, but it’s not just our wardrobes that we’re putting under the microscope. I often find that with the change of season comes the burning question of whether it’s time for a change in hairstyle. Cue endless hours on Pinterest, holding my curls up under my ears and asking myself if I could pull off a bob. (Note to self: probably not.)

Cindy Rue of Fame Hair has a passion for hair, and with over 17 years in the hair and makeup industry, she’s had plenty of experience in creating the perfect look for her clients.

“I don’t really remember where my passion for hairdressing came from,” she tells me, “but I know that it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do since a very young age.”


Her vast experience in hair and makeup was showcased in her ‘Wild & Free’ collection at RAW Revolution in May last year, and Cindy was thrilled to win the ACT RAWard for Hairdresser of the Year 2014. Her portfolio is a diverse collection demonstrating her ability to create amazingly detailed and beautiful styles. From classic curls to edgy urban street style, intricate braids to rebel circus, Cindy is not afraid of taking risks and tackling complex hairstyles. “I don’t see anything as a challenge, just an opportunity,” she tells me. “There are a lot of times when things won’t turn out how you envision them, but that’s when that style or look become unique to you.”

Cindy’s passion for beauty and desire to connect with other artists is what inspired her to join the RAW: natural born artists community, an independent international arts organisation run by artists, for artists. Founded by Heidi Luera in LA in 2009, RAW provides artists from over 60 cities across the world with “the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.” The annual RAWards celebrates the best of the best in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing art, accessories, hair and makeup, with one winner from each city chosen by community votes.


Cindy draws a lot of inspiration from fashion, but she also has a creative and open-minded approach to trying new and daring styles. “Mainly it’s a million ideas in my head trying to fight their way out, usually at 2am or some ridiculous hour!” Cindy says.

I reconsider adding more bob pics to my Pintrest board after Cindy tells me that blunt textured bobs and fringes will be spot on trend this season. “I love edgy, quirky styles,” says Cindy, who also believes arctic colouring – think icy blondes, pale pinks and lilacs, and frosted turquoise – will continue to be popular. Contouring your makeup isn’t the only way that you can accentuate your features, as Cindy thinks that hair contouring is also set to be big in 2015.

With so much experience in hairdressing, Cindy has some sage advice on what works and what doesn’t. “Embrace your own natural texture,” Cindy tells me. Finding a hairdresser who you feel comfortable being honest with is also important. “Tell them what you don’t like rather than what you do like in a look or style.”


Here are three great tips from Cindy to help you create gorgeous hairstyles this autumn:

Want volume?

“Just blow-dry the roots and let the rest air dry.”

Want natural beachy waves?

“Twist almost dry hair into a bun on top of your head, secure it loosely, and leave it to completely dry. Take it out and shake your head upside-down, running your fingers through for a tousled beach wave.”

Want beautiful curls or perfectly straight hair?

“Take your time and section properly when ironing, curling & blow drying. Don’t rush through hair by taking sections way too big for the hot tool. This will only waste time because you will have to go back over each section to get a perfect result.”

Head to Cindy’s website, Fame Hair for more details about her amazing hair and makeup artistry. You can also keep up to date with all of Cindy’s projects on the Fame Hair Facebook page.

HerCanberra sponsored the ACT Raw Awards. This editorial is provided as part of that sponsorship arrangement.


Josephine Walsh

Jose Walsh is a digital communications specialist who also runs her own blog, She has a passion for museums and the arts, a deep love of travel and more shoes than sense. Having worked in museums for the past seven years, she loves finding new ways to connect people with their cultural institutions. She loves meeting new people, hunting for a decent espresso, and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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