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Chats at The Basin – 15 years young

Chats at the Basin

Did you know we turned 15?!


So, how did the Basin begin?

A chance meeting on an airplane in 1994, then the opportunity to work together teaching hairdressing at Sherman’s hairdressing academy in 1998 all lead to collaborating together in 2002 to start the Basin Haircutters.

What has been your biggest success?

To be completely honest the first success to our 15 years was finding the perfect fit as business partners. This set the foundation for everything else!

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve experienced over 15 years?

The Mandy & Steve partnership is a good base to build a great business, and would you believe we haven’t had one argument in all those years…!!!

What are you most proud of?

The Basin has been very fortunate to have many loyal clients and amazing staff come through the doors. We feel very proud of the team of people we have built past and present.

Why do you think the Basin has been so successful?

Probably because we still feel so passionate about developing young hairdressers and providing the best career support possible for the hairdressers that have been with us for years. If you didn’t think hairdressing was a career option – speak to  Mel Macy who has now been with the Basin for 14 years!

What’s in the future for the Basin?

We are completely dedicated to continue to deliver exceptional hair services and products, along with education and training for the Hair Industry. We really look forward to the future and the exciting changes that come with moving forward.

Last words…

Thank you all for sharing your world with us through your hair services and we sincerely thank those who have been there for the whole 15 year journey,

Here’s to coming of age next year!!


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Chats at The Basin – Sarah Riccuto

Chats at the Basin

Rad people who inspire us.


“Many women want a man that is already established. A strong woman will be a part of his struggle, survive it, succeed together and build an empire” – Unknown

…or a new AFL team!

Nearly twenty years ago I was very fortunate to meet Sarah Riccuto. It was in a very formal environment, I was young, I didn’t know anyone and I was petrified… until Sarah arrived. It was as though her aura extended out and embraced everyone around her with kindness and understanding. It just took a small conversation to put me at ease and I knew she was there for me from that point on. Anyone who has ever met Sarah will attend to this – she is the most beautiful soul. Everyone in her presence feel comfortable, welcome and that they can be completely themselves.

Fast forward to September 2017… can you even begin to imagine what the Riccuto household looks like…?? A husband who works radio and is up at ridiculous hours of the morning with a breakfast broadcasting schedule along with board commitments for a national league sporting team add into that mix SIX children between the ages of 1 and 10. The organising, the cleaning, the meal preparations, the supermarket shopping, the transportation to school, kindy, childcare, and the kids entertainment…

And then I remember Sarah is at the helm of the Riccuto Homestead and I understand; everyone in her family was meant to find her.

Take a look at the people behind those who are successful and you will find that they are just as driven and motivated, Michelle Obama, Melinda Gates… Sarah Riccuto. Research tells us that success is not about intelligence or talent or status… it’s about grit. Its about digging in and getting the job done and continuing to do so even as your motivation ebs and flows.

This girl from Port Augusta knows all about that.

We are so fortunate to have Sarah visit us at the Basin, we are absolutely certain that you will love her too so we wanted to share a little piece of Mrs Riccuto… Enjoy!


Tell us a little bit about your journey and how you’ve come to arrive here?

I grew up in Port Augusta. Moved to Adelaide when I was 17 for better job opportunities. I worked in retail and then in Administration before landing my dream job as a mum.

Who is in your family? Ages? Names?

Husband; Mark 42. Daughters; Sophie 10 & Rosie 5, and the boys Nick 9, Joe 7, Rock 3, Tommy 1.

How did you choose your children’s names?

Sophie was the only girls name that Mark and I both loved. Nick has been named after our grandfathers. Joe is named after Mark’s cousin and best friend who passed away. Rosie was another name we loved. Rocco was the nick name of all our baby bumps prior to his birth… so it grew on us. Tommy was a random name we all liked so we put it to a vote for the listeners of Triple M!!

Your location?


Your occupation?


What’s on your vision/inspiration board?

Kitchen and Bathroom ideas

Tell us some of your most loved ways to spend the day with your clan?

In front of the fire with the kids cooking damper and playing in the back yard

What are some silly/ fun things that the kids do or say?

There are SO many things …. One of the funniest is that Rocco actually thought MacDonalds was a farm.

Rosie Just told me the other day my stomach looked like play dough because it was white and soft and squishy.

When you were a teenager what did you dream of? Do things look different?

Working, travelling, marrying my dream man and having lots of children. Luckily I met a man who wanted the same things.

What are some things you really believe in?

Helping others

Nature play with kids

Where do your passions lie?

Encouraging my children to be the best they can be.

Has your relationship with your other half changed since having kids?

We value our time together more.

What are some of your favourite life lessons you’ve grown to love (even if they were hard at the time)?

I can’t fix everything or other people’s problems if they don’t want the help.

What do you wish you could have told yourself when you were a teenager?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What do you find most challenging about being someone’s parent?

The overwhelming protective instinct

What do you want your kids to learn about the world?

To be open minded and treat people the way they would want to be treated.

What are four things you can’t live without?

My family, friends, food, and my bus

How do you make a statement?

Get a new hair cut

What is your favourite hair trick when you don’t have enough time to blow-dry/style?

The good old pony or messy bun

We adore you at the Basin, what do you love about the basin?

The people

What makes great hair?

Mel (Macy, Principal Stylist)

What hair product can you not live without?

Mane Tamer by Evo

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