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Celebrity & Session Expert
Kevin Fortune has been working as a highly successful Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist for over 20 years. From an early age, Kevin had a strong desire to express his artistic sensibilities through painting and sculpting - creating unique eye-catching visions that would leave people touched, moved & inspired. Hair-styling and Make-Up-artistry soon became a natural choice. He diligently worked his way up to be sought-after by many of London’s top TV production companies & young style and fashion stars. His career has allowed him to work closely with a wide and varied international crowd of high-profile personalities: from La Roux to Kim Cattrall, Kelly Osborne to Sharon Osborne, Alexa Chung to Serena Williams, Nick Grimshaw to Simon Amstell, Pixie Geldolf to Fergie ( Black Eyed Peas) - The list goes on.
Kevin continues to build upon his exceptional knowledge and experience in hair and make-up by working on Fashion-editorials and Advertising campaigns, TV Dramas and Feature-films, Music-videos, Red-carpet events and Award shows. He made it his mission to be able to turn his hand to all hair types, from white bleached-blond European to tight Afro-textured hair, wigs and weaves. He has become well-known for creating styles of timeless beauty for his clients and is respected within the industry as a calm, inspiring artist and creative team-leader.
Kevin has devoted his professional life to making women feel extremely special and beautiful – he thrives on his clients being blown-away by the way they look and feel, whether it’s a simple bun or a well planned out transformation. Kevin knows the importance of on-going training, especially within his field of work, as new techniques and products mean there are always exciting new creative possibilities to explore.
Having taught at various schools across the country over the past 10 years, sharing and passing on his wealth of experience to the next generation of image-makers has become an integral part of his career-path. Earlier this year, he has launched the Kevin Fortune Hair Styling Academy, right in the heart of London’s West-End, creating one of very few places in the country dedicated exclusively to the art of session hair styling. Kevin and his selected team of industry experts will be offering stylists the opportunity to expand upon their existing styling skills across intensive short and full-time Courses and Master-classes, nurturing their dedication to develop their own unique sense of style and creative vision.
11 John Princes Street, London
International hair colourist, Balayage expert and educator Jack Howard has recently been appointed as the International Colour Director for Neville Hair & Beauty, following 20 months at Rossano Ferretti.
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to what nature gives us as children with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines - the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.
Jack has worked his colour magic on the likes of Poppy Delevingne and Britney Spears and comes highly recommended by the likes of Vogue. His career has led him from London to Washington DC, New York to LA, San Francisco and Paris to become one of the top hair colourists and a Senior Portfolio Artist for L’Oreal Professionnel North America and Guest Artist for Fudge UK/Europe.
His clients include many well-known personalities from the national news, world of politics and fashion. His work has been featured in British Vogue, Turkish Vogue, Modern Salon, Red Online and Glam UK to name just a few as well as being a regular contributor to MTV Style UK.
As a Senior Portfolio Artist for L’Oreal Professionnel Jack has taught Balayage across the United States and has now brought that expertise and talent to the UK.
5 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Childrens Hair ExpertMarion Burns trained as a hairstylist in her native Ireland and worked on fashion shoots with
pop bands in the 80/90’s era. She has combined her experience as a hairdresser and a Montessori teacher to create children’s cutting and styling techniques which is proved to be a stress free experience and she currently trains other stylists in this field.
"On moving to London I continued working in the industry getting involved in the styling side of the business working on fashion shoots and with pop bands of that era (80/90s).
When I became a mum I decided train as a Montessori teacher, I thought it might be something I could do at a later date and would give me time with my daughter.
A move to the Cotswolds a few years later gave me the opportunity to put my Montessori skills to the test and I set up my own school there.
I still had a love and passion for hairdressing and once the parents knew I was a hairdresser it was the children’s hair they wanted me to cut so I started to use my combined skills to help the already time strapped parents at the school and added a haircutting service to the timetable and it was this strange combination that led to my ultimate choice of specializing in children’s hairdressing.
Children’s hair can be for hairdressers the least attractive part of their role in salon, even if they love children, when stylists are trained it is on a static model so children present the totally opposite challenge, even for the most accomplished stylist. I developed over time cutting techniques and using my Montessori skills, a language and distraction method to use whilst cutting children’s hair, that proved very successful and led to a stress free experience for all involved.
I have had my own salons and have trained many stylists in my employ successfully and this is what prompted me to take it further afield.
I now train other hair stylists the cutting techniques and distraction methods which I have developed over the many years in this specialised field and consult in the set up of independent children’s hair salons for clients in the UK and Eire."
When you have a child the last thing you are thinking about is its hair! but as your child grows so does its hair and then mums and dads are left puzzled as to how, where, and who ..can do their hair
(We are all born with 2 fears innate to us .
Fear of falling and fear of loud noises so all other fears i.e. bogey man… monsters food everything else is a learnt fear) So how you approach your child’s first hair cut and subsequent visits to a hair stylist is key .
I have had many nightmares stories relayed to me by parents on how some of them have tackled their own children’s hair for example…. a mum sharing how she sellotaped her daughters fringe down and then made the mistake of cutting above the sellotape and not below!!!! my amazement started when she mentioned sellotape!!!
Hair Rehab Expert
Barbara Daley is Liverpool’s premier hair and beauty salon; situated in Northwestern Halls their flagship store boasts views across the city from its stunning grade 2 listed building and was most recently awarded the prestigious Leading Salons of the World status.
Specializing in colour and dressing hair, the stylists here have a long standing reputation within the hairdressing industry as masters of beautiful, wearable hair, which has been recognised by their nomination for British hairdresser of the Year 2013 in the North Western region.
With a celebrity clientele, Barbara Daley has been named as one of the top 10 salons outside of London, recommended by Grazia magazine as one of their ’hot 5 hair salons’ and named as ’a Liverpool institution’ by OK magazine
Regulars at London fashion week, and with a CV that includes working backstage at the MTV EMAs, leading teams for Stella McCartney, Diesel, Graduate Fashion Week and Clothes Show Live as well as being published in magazines including Elle, Vogue, Red and Marie Claire. The team at Barbara Daley know what the trends are and already setting new ones.
The salon was established in 1990 and Barbara herself has a regular presence ensuring that the work that leaves the building matches her high standards.
Situated next to Lime Street Station and directly opposite Liverpool landmark the St George’s hall, North Western Halls, the building that is home to this amazing salon was formerly the restaurant of the North Western Hotel and had many celebrity guests including The Beatles who used to come for tea before taking the train to London. Empty for over 30 years and costing in excess of £1 million pounds to restore, this beautiful space is the perfect mix of old and new with it’s high ceilings, original columns and giant windows which fill the room with natural light, they have managed to create an atmosphere which is bright, contemporary and perfect to relax in and watch the world go by.
As well as hairdressing this salon also offers a full range of beauty services including manicures, pedicures, facials, massage, waxing, spray tanning and occasion make up.
NorthWestern Halls, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1RD
Multi Award Winning Hairdresser
Royston Blythe is one of the UK’s most in-demand hairdressers from clients, celebrities and the media alike.
After making a name for himself for his stunning work in areas including fashion shows, wedding hair, education and stage work, Royston established his salon group in 1989 with his partner Nick Malenko. Together they have led the Royston Blythe Salon Group to international acclaim. Most recently winning the prestigious tittle of Midlands Hairdresser of the Year 2014
Royston is an International Guest Ambassador for industry leaders L’Oreal and travels the globe as an educator, advisor, competition judge and spokesperson for the brand.
He is in constant demand from the UK and international media, and has worked with GMTV, Wedding TV, Sky One, and Fashion TV, as well as with the leading consumer magazine titles including OK!, Tatler, Hello, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.
His work has also been seen on the London catwalks alongside top designer Christian Lacroix, at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and of course on a host of well-known stars of film and television.
The extensive catalogue of competition successes is a testament to the talent and skill of Royston, his partner Nick Malenko and their team of dedicated staff at their Midlands based salon group Royston Blythe. With exceptional hairdressing salons in Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury they are hairdressers to international and local celebrities, society circles and of course a hugely loyal local following.
36 Bridgnorth Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Hairdresser of the Year
Award-winning hairdresser, owner of two salons, global ambassador for Matrix, TV personality and HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2013 & 2012 nominee, Jamie Stevens has fast established a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s most successful and talented celebrity hairstylists.
His enviable CV includes owning his first eponymous salon at 18 years old -that he still owns and runs today -before moving to London to work alongside the likes of Daniel Hersheson, Beverley C, Paul Merritt, Adee Phelan and latterly Errol Douglas, where he worked for over 7 years as Art Director.
His natural charisma and flair for hairdressing has seen Jamie work with celebrities from Kylie, Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova and Myleene Klass to Christian Slater, Gok Wan, Hugh Grant and Olly Murs. Not to mention the many artists he has transformed on The X Factor as the official backstage hairstylist for the last two years, a role which he reprises again for a third consecutive year.
In addition to The X Factor, Jamie’s affable nature and down to earth approach has seen him be hairdresser of choice on shows including This Morning, Gok’s Fashion Fix and How to Look Good Naked, cementing his status as one of the UK’s most sought-after stylists.
A keen eye for trends makes Jamie a go-to hair guru amongst beauty editors for expert advice, makeovers and shoots, whilst his creative vision and technical skill has earned him ambassadorial roles for global brands including Matrix Haircare, where he travels extensively both in and outside of the UK educating and inspiring others with his infectious passion for all things hair.
Accolades include being the Clothes Show Live Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2010, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Ambassador of the Year 2010 and Media Personality of 2012. He has also been recognised for his exceptional men’s hair work, twice winning the British Hairdressing Awards Men’s Hairdresser of the Year Award, as well as being the English Hair & Beauty Awards Men’s Stylist of the Year 2013 and winning the first ever Best Men’s Hairdresser category at the HAIR Awards 2013.
Jamie’s first nomination for HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year Award last year makes him the joint youngest ever contender for the industry’s most esteemed accolade, a title that he has been nominated again for this year. He has also been shortlisted several times in categories including London Hairdresser of the Year and Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, universally recognised as the ‘Oscars of the hairdressing world.
Combining creativity with smart business sense, Jamie Stevens successfully re-launched his Somerset salon in 2010 before launching his first London salon in Kensington in April 2012 with a team of carefully chosen experts. This includes his talented sibling, Tasha Stevens, who is shortlisted in the Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year 2013 category at this year’s British Hairdressing Awards and is also the London Salon Manager.
Offering a full range of cutting, colouring and styling services with bespoke treatments for both men and women, the salon is fast becoming West London’s ultimate destination for excellence in trend-led, wearable hair.
9 Russell Gardens, Kensington, London, W14 8EZ
Organic Colour Expert
Karine Jackson was born to be a star hairdresser. From starting her career in her parents’ salon in the small Australian town of Wollongong, to excelling at Charles Worthington, to setting up her own Covent Garden salon, to winning London Hairdresser of the Year in the 2007 British Hairdressing Awards and becoming a finalist for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year in 2009, to winning the Fellowship Consumer Image of the year Award in 2011, Karine’s huge talent and enthusiasm has always shone through. As well as her cutting skills, Karine is a brilliant colourist and holds the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree, putting her in the top 1% of L’Oreal colourists in the UK. She introduced an organic colour range, Organic Colour Systems, to the salon in summer 2007 to give clients a more eco-friendly alternative to the usual big brands and the range has been enthusiastically received with over 80% of clients switching over. Karine is also a bridal hair specialist, with her salon offering bespoke wedding packages, and has appeared on stage at the National Wedding Show alongside Caryn Franklin. Along with Karine’s fantastic work, she has also appeared on The One Show and in publications such as Marie Claire and The Observer Magazine. Her clients include Hollywood actress Neve Campbell; British actress and star of Steven Spielberg TV series Terra Nova, Shelley Conn; and Little Boots. She has won the Fellowship Consumer image of the Year award and is currently nominated for Most Wanted Colour Expert for the second time.
“I always had a passion for hairdressing and couldn’t wait to leave school to start!” says Karine. “I started my basic training at 15 and received the best knowledge in those skills which has carried me to where I am today. As soon as I finished my training (4 years standard in Australia) and got my licence, the big city was calling. At 20 I jumped on a plane and travelled a bit before coming to London to see where all the major fashion action happened - hair and clothes fashion is intrinsic with London to any young Aussie... I worked for a London salon from 1991-1995 before returning to Australia with my Londoner boyfriend and marrying him...”
Karine then spent two years working for one of Australia’s top Stylists, Fiona Heslop, managing her team and learning the art of hair up. Within 18 months she had won the New South Wales State Championships for total look gaining a place in the Australian Championships. Heading back to London in 1997, Karine started an Art Team at her former salon and won the Wella Creative Team award. The following year, she joined Charles Worthington: “I worked really hard with the industry leaders and moved up the ranks quickly, learning so much as I went along. I was on the international Art team and travelled to Greece, Ireland and many other countries teaching Advance cutting and colouring, and working on stage at the likes of Salon International. I was Deputy Manager at the flagship Percy Street salon, then went on to manage their Covent Garden salon. I won many awards at Charles Worthington but my proudest and favourite was a little red car for being their Performer of the Year in 2001!”
In 2003 Karine decided it was time to take the plunge on her own, “which had always been a big dream. I had never really planned to open in the West End, thinking I’d return to Sydney. I went home for a few months to but very quickly realised that London was where it’s at; to me it’s the setting for fashion. I had worked here for 10 years and couldn’t leave.” So, Karine Jackson opened in Litchfield St, a fabulous airy salon in a stunning listed building 2 doors away from the Ivy restaurant, “and the adventure began!” Anyone who visits Karine’s salon raves about the fantastic service and gorgeous colour and cuts, and particularly Karine’s incredible skills and personable nature. “Training is one of our top priorities in the salon and the team rises to this and loves the high standards. It keeps us all fresh and up to date with world trends and fashion,” says Karine.
24 Litchfield Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NJ
Award Winning Colour Expert
Award-winning hairdresser Ken Picton heads up the destination salon in Wales as well as leading shows and seminars in front of thousands, working backstage on fashion shows and producing imagery that’s seen around the world. The salon also looks after the cast of Casualty, Doctor Who (including Catherine Tate), Gavin & Stacey (including Ruth Jones) and a host of other presenters, actresses and actors, and has worked on LFW shows (Vivienne Westwood, Ashish.)
Running an organisation that’s the perfect balance of business and creative success, Ken heads up a 40-strong team at the salon, which was been named Best Salon Team (for a first-class team that always delivers) and Best Salon Experience (for a salon that provides the ultimate service to clients) in the prestigious Most Wanted Awards 2011. This is the third year of success for Ken at the British Hairdressing Awards – he has been named Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year for the third time and enters the hall of fame next year. Ken was also named BHA Colourist of the Year for the first time with Paul Dennison after creating his innovative collection inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art print of Marilyn Monroe. A week later he scooped the Fellowship’s Fashion Focus Image of the Year award for his Chunky Plaits image from the Automik collection. Other awards held by the salon include Salon of the Year, won twice, awarded by the Fellowship for British Hairdressing; Innovator of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards 2010; Visionary of the Year Award 2008, BHBA Salon of the Year and Manager of the Year 2012 – the list goes on!
A Key Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel, Kerastase and Shu Uemura, Ken has travelled around the world educating and is a L’Oreal Portfolio member – the only salon in Wales appointed by L’Oreal to represent their brand. Ken has been filmed for promotional videos, appeared everywhere from Montreal, Canada to China (at a show for 3000 people) and Spain (audience of 200) and Ken also created the 3 model hair looks at the Shu Uemura 5th birthday celebration at the Hempel Hotel. The salon recently launched kenpictonboutique.com, think netaporter for hair and beauty, to sit alongside the award winning kenpicton.com website (over 4000 unique users per month)…
Regularly booked for session jobs, Ken has shot for Elle and Marie Claire and his work has graced numerous covers from HJ and Your Hair in the UK to titles all over the world. He has featured on TV shows including Break With The Boss.
BHBA Visionary of the Year Award 2008
Most Wanted Businessman of the Year 2009
Alternative Hair Visionary of the Year 2009
Fellowship UK Salon of the Year 2009 & 2010
BHBA Innovation/Website of the Year 2010
Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year 2009 & 2011
Most Wanted Awards Best Salon Experience 2011
Most Wanted Awards Best Salon Team 2011
Your Hair’s Wales & South West Salon of the Year 2012
Your Hair Image of the Year 2012
BHBA Salon of the Year 2012
BHBA Manager of the Year 2012
BHA Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year 2012
BHA Colour Technician of the Year 2012
Fellowship UK Fashion Focus Image of the Year 2012
8 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ
Award winning hairdresser
Mark Woolley: International Creative Director
Visionary, passionate, and talented are just some of the words used to describe
the hairdressing industry’s newest leading light, Mark Woolley. Recently crowned
HAIR magazines ’Salon Stylist of the Year 2009’, Mark’s exceptional creativity
has been recognised by his peers, key glossy editors and most importantly his
and international creative director of the successful Electric Hairdressing brand,
Mark has a host of creative and business awards to his name. Mark is the Global
Brand Ambassador for iconic brush manufacturer, Denman, and is in high demand
for shoot campaigns; heads up hair teams at London Fashion Week and presents educational
seminars worldwide. Mark’s hair collections and expertise are also featured in
the trade, national and international publications on a regular basis. Electric
is an inspired hairdressing brand that’s quickly made its mark on the industry.
With established salons in Brighton, Reading, and Central London, a fourth is
already planned for 2010. Mark’s ability to combine his business acumen with a
strong creative flair has enabled him to be recognised as a new breed of hairdresser
who breaks down the boundaries of channeling your expertise into just one area.
For Mark, being exceptional in both areas is essential to his, the Electric brand,
and his teams mounting success.
Mark’s approachable personality is reflected in his style of hairdressing. Mark’s own signature style comes from combining his exceptional colouring & cutting skills to create tailored made looks for all of his clients - whether it’s his everyday customer, models, or a celebrity. Mark also owns The Electric Studio, located in Brighton, which is a hub for regular magazine shoots, advertising campaigns, and editorial shoots.
Fully immersed in the hairdressing industry, Mark is a member of the L’Oreal Portfolio
group, active within the Fellowship for British Hairdressing and the Hair & Beauty
Benevolent charity. Mark and the Electric Art Team have also toured the country
and Europe with leading hair manufactures such as L’Oreal Professionnel, ghd and
Fudge, presenting both photographic and hair cutting seminars. Mark has also created
an educational DVD with hair brush gurus Denman and presented his Creative Entrepreneur
seminar to 300 hairdressers at the industry Salon Smart. Mark is also the creator
of Curator UK - a unique educational website that collates the latest hair trends
from the best in British hairdressing.
With numerous creative and business awards to his name, Mark has recently been
voted HAIR Magazine’s Salon Stylist of the Year 2009, alongside wins at the British
Hairdressing Business and Most Wanted Awards.
18 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD
Cutting & Colour Expert
Darren Ambrose is one of British hairdressing’s creative leaders – a winner of no less than 5 British Hairdressing Awards, he produces some of the most jaw dropping photographic work in the world alongside the wearable styles he gives his clients at his busy Pinner salon.
A Global Ambassador for Wella Professional, Darren has recently presented shows in Russia, China and New York where he holds audiences rapt with his technical abilities. Darren opened the first London show hosted by Tribute magazine in 2012 and appeared on stage at the Professional Hairdresser Live show in 2013; he’s a regular at Salon International and many other shows worldwide. His team shows all the winning potential you’d expect under his mentoring – Kieran Tudor is the current Newcomer of the Year, while Ross Strong has finalised for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year 3 times.
Darren, alongside wife Jackie (the J in D&J Ambrose), is driven by a love of fashion and the duo’s business is motivated by this passion over and above anything else – this in no small part is what attracts such a host of talent to the salon as they all cite the creativity and investment made into photoshoots and artistic pursuits.
Darren says of his philosophy, “A long time ago, a close friend gave me a great bit of advice: “Stay focused”. To me this means staying true to myself, and as very much a creatively driven person, everything I do is shaped, driven and motivated through and by creativity. This enables those that work with me to really “get me”, allowing them to have a very clear idea of what I can (and to be honest, can’t) do which in turn has opened so many exciting doors for me, the D&J Ambrose Artistic team and the salon.
“With this amazing support from the team and of course, my wonderful wife, I have been able to translate this into achieving wonderful accolades, BHA Hall of FAME membership (having been fortunate to win the BHA Avant Garde category 3 times) and Fellow with Honours with the Fellowship for British Hairdressing being particularly important to me.
“I am so passionate about the art of hairdressing and in particular the freedom it allows us to create, enhance and look in all directions for inspirations and ideas. And then translate even the most ‘out there’ look to a practical and workable solution that will be enjoyed by our clients and anybody viewing the style. And there lies my passion, creating that transition into something workable, commercially viable and of course appealing to my clients and the people to whom I present it.”
Darren Ambrose Awards
2013 Shortlisted: London Hairdresser of the Year; Artistic Team of the year, British Hairdressing Awards
2010/2011 Hall of Fame Awards, British Hairdressing Awards
2009 Winner Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, British Hairdressing Awards
2007 Winner Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, British Hairdressing Awards
2006 Fashion Focus Image of the Year
2005 Fellow with Honours – Fellowship of British Hairdressing
2005 Independent’s “50 Best Places to Get a Haircut in Britain”
2001 Winner Avant Garde Hairdresser, British Hairdressing Awards
2001 Winner New Generation, British Hairdressing Fellowship Awards
2001 Winner Best Female Haircut of the Year, Smash Hits Poll Winners Awards
1995 Winner Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, British Hairdressing Awards
1992 Newcomer of the Year, British Hairdressing Awards
12 Bridge Street, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3JE
Tony Maleedy is one of the world’s leading hair specialists, a Trichologist and an expert on hair products.
He has worked as a Trichologist for over twenty years in clinics in London, New York and Toronto. In that time he has treated tens of thousands of people with hair and scalp disorders, including many stars of stage and screen and members of the royal family.
Tony is a consultant to the press on hair related matters, and regularly appears in the Hairdressers Journal.
He has his own range of hair therapy products under the name ‘Tony Maleedy TRICHOLOGY’, which are sold in hair salons throughout the UK. He is currently developing his next range to be launched in 2003.
As a product consultant to hair clinics throughout the world he has formulated numerous treatments for a wide variety of hair and scalp disorders.
"Trichology is the science of the hair" says Tony " Where a hairdresser sees hair through the eyes of an artist, a Trichologist sees it through a scientists eyes, but together we create the solution for beautiful hair
3 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2FJ