Melanie Newman


Melanie Newman is the founder of Melanie Newman Salon Essentials and co-founder of Mastergroom Australia, the premier Australian grooming competition.
To those that know her, Mel is an understated achiever, founding a retail brand used by professional groomers in over 25 countries and more than 2000 stockist. Her work is the product of 20 years of being passionate about grooming, at a professional, competitive, and supportive level.
Initially self-taught, Mel started in Moonee Ponds as a dog bather in 1999, this quickly led to her venturing to the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia to learn and compete against the best groomers in the world.
Recognised at Mastergroom in 2008, Mel is the only Australian to have won best in show in Europe an accolade that is a highlight from her professional career, having competed all over the world at the highest level competing with Bichon’s, Poodles, and Welsh Terriers. Mel has proudly represented Australia as a member of Groom Team Australia throughout her career.
For the past 5 years Mel has turned her hand to mentoring and instructing the next generation of groomers across the world at various shows and now includes helping at home groomers with instruction on her highly popular YouTube channel melanienewmansalonessentials.
Known for her scissoring skills and ability to create art-like finishes with her technique, Mel is not your typical dual business founder, in fact, most of her days are spent honing her skills in her state of the art recording studio and sharing her technique with customers, retailers and professional groomers across the world.
While Mel may be understated, her focus is anything but, launching a globally accessible live Mastergroom event in 2022, and the launch of Melanie Newman Salon Essentials Products into the US are two of many exciting dreams Mel is realising with the support of her team and Dash the Bichon, who is the only true Boss in this story.


An Award Winning Bichon Frise Head with Melanie Newman
August 15, 2023 8:00–9:00 am

Blenders and Thinners: A Drop Coat Master Class with Melanie Newman
August 15, 2023 4:00–5:30 pm

Mixed Salon/Freestyle
August 16, 2023 7:15–10:45 am

Other Purebreds (Scissoring)
August 16, 2023 11:30 am–3:00 pm

August 17, 2023 11:30 am–3:45 pm