London Hairdresser Of The Year Luke Benson Announced As Global Art Director At D&J Ambrose

D&J Ambrose has announced that Luke Benson, current London Hairdresser of the Year has been promoted to Global Art Director at the Pinner-based salon. Luke, a former winner of Creative Head’s It Guy Award and F.A.M.E Team member has worked on London Fashion Week for the likes of Topshop, Alice Temperley, Gyunel, Xander Zhou and Thomas Tait to name a few. A regular in show and platform work, his editorial work has been published internationally; clients include Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and Luke works with the Art Partner agency.

Of his new title Luke says, "I’ve had an amazing 4 years at D&J Ambrose and this is the icing on the cake; I’ve achieved so much in terms of creative work and awards and I can’t thank Darren and Jackie enough for facilitating this journey."

Darren said, "Huge congratulations to Luke on his deserved promotion – he works incredibly hard and is passionate about the craft of hairdressing, and he’s also a great asset on stage and overseas work."


Crimp, Colour And Curl Your Way To A Bad Hair Day To Raise Money For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Swap your sophisticated locks for Mohawks, mullets and wigs this February to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Bad Hair Day 2017 will be hitting the nation on Friday 10 February and the charity is inviting people to pop on a wacky wig or backcomb, bouffant and braid their way to a daring new do, to help make a difference to seriously ill children from across the UK.

Whether you crimp your crop for school, mousse up a mean Mohawk for work, or shampoo and colour a silly style in your salon, all people need to do to take part is to sign up for a fundraising pack where you’ll get materials to help you fundraise for the hospital and instructions on how to style a brand new wacky bad-hair style.

Funds raised from Bad Hair Day 2017 will go towards the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs including pioneering new treatments and research, providing cutting edge equipment and supporting the redevelopment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care. This money will make a vital difference to children from across the UK who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions.

Laura Savory, Head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: "Whether you wear a wacky wig or dye your hair purple, be sure to get involved this February by daring to share your bad hair and encouraging people to sponsor you. Your money will help us to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK."

To sign up for a free Bad Hair Day fundraising kit and for further information please visit Your free kit contains everything you need to ensure your Bad Hair Day is a good one including a collection box, fun sweepstake poster and much more.

Do something silly with your hair and fundraise for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Hollywood Celeb News At The Ken Picton Salon

The Ken Picton Salon was asked by Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins to provide a makeover for one of the women featured in her festive BBC special ‘Katherine Jenkins: Home For Christmas’. Katherine hosted a night of star-studded entertainment, featuring Aled Jones, female vocal group Bella Voce and the Llangennech Junior School Choir.

Ken, alongside his makeover team (director and stylist Zoe Williams, Makeup artist Lara Champion and beautician Sarah Viner) were on hand to help out behind the scenes with a very special makeover. Katherine organized a surprise for Fran, who had had a tough 12 months looking after her sick daughter Fliss who is at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice for Wales. Ken gave Fran a complete makeover and a glamorous red carpet look in time for the Noah’s Ark Charity Ball. After her makeover, Fran said, "Today has been amazing. I never thought I’d get a surprise like this, being so pampered. Never thought I’d get the chance to meet Katherine Jenkins. I can’t even tell you how I feel because I’m on cloud nine."

Ken said, "This was a great project to be a part of and for such a worthwhile cause. To feature on TV with the wonderful Katherine Jenkins was a bonus."

The team was also delighted at the weekend to be sharing the Ken Picton Salon sponsored box with actor Will Arnett (the voice of Lego Movie’s Batman) at The Cardiff Devil’s ice hockey match.

Get VIP wedding treatment with The Bridal Team at Goldsworthy’s

The Bridal Team is the team of award-winning stylists at Goldsworthy’s specialising in hairdressing and makeup artistry for weddings.

Recently launched, the team is now taking bookings from brides-to-be with weddings confirmed in throughout 2017 and beyond.

Resident hairdressers to Perfect Wedding Magazine and Global Ambassadors for Balmain hair extensions, The Bridal Team’s creative stylists will tease even the most difficult of tresses into perfectly coiffed styles.

So, if you’ve picked your dress and planned your perfect day, now’s the time to choose your exquisite look with a hairstyle and makeup created by The Bridal Team. Goldsworthy’s experts have been styling weddings for over 50 years, and will put you and your wedding party at ease from the very beginning.

The Bridal Team can come to you at your desired location. Alternatively, you can come to one of Goldsworthy’s five-star salons where you and your wedding party will enjoy being pampered and styled in luxurious comfort.

The Bridal Team is led by Jess Larrad, senior stylist at Goldsworthy’s. Jess has worked closely with Steven Goldsworthy for many years and manages bridal hairdressing at the company’s Swindon salon. Jess also styles for bridal magazines and shows. Her beautiful technique and creative flair for glamour hair styling makes Jess the perfect choice to bring out your beauty on your big day.

Speaking at the launch of The Bridal Team, Jess said: "This year will be big for bridal parties and weddings and, as specialists in this area, we’re here to inspire brides with stunning ideas – and the technique to match. There are so many great looks out there, from Kate Middleton’s half-up half-down style to Jade Jagger’s perfectly coiffed locks that channel classic glamour. For the beautiful boho bridal look meanwhile, there’s Kate Moss and Kim Sears."

Supporting Jess is Vicky Stanley, who runs the Goldsworthy’s Cirencester salon and works with brides across the Cotswolds. The 2006 Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year, Vicky has 12 years’ experience in bridal hair, including eight years in a hair up teaching role. A specialist in long hair and extensions, Vicky has worked on many bridal photo-shoots and hair shows.

When it comes to makeup, Sophie Goldsworthy, artistic director at Goldsworthy’s is a big fan of bronzed eyes. "I love this look," she says. "It’s so easy to create yourself. All you need is a warm gold or amber coloured shadow or your bronzer. First, apply the colour underneath your eye. Don’t be too neat - smudged is good! Next, apply it onto your eyelid and smudge it out around the crease. Blend any lines out as this is a soft look and doesn’t need to be precise. This colour works beautifully with all eye colours and a thick black lash will transform it from day to night. It’s also great if you’re not confident with eyeliner, as just the shadow is enough to enhance your eyes and really make them sparkle. Little Mix singer, Perrie Edwards looks stunning with her bronzed eyes, which she matches with a warm nude lip."

Goldsworthy’s is an award-winning hairdressing group with salons in Swindon, Cirencester and Marlborough. The company has been dressing brides for 50 years.

Goldsworthy’s designs hairstyles for each customer’s individual needs. It uses its unique AURA cutting system to create a cut with a memory. This makes it easy for clients to maintain their style at home.

Goldsworthy’s is a five-time winner of the prestigious Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year award. This year, Josh was nominated personally for the fourth time for the award.

To book The Bridal Team for your wedding, contact 01793 523 817. Bookings available for 2017.

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Gatsby & Miller Give Back During Christmas

The team at multi-award winning salon, Gatsby & Miller, led by Director John Roads joined ‘Crisis at Christmas’ giving back, during the festive season.

On 28th December, the team attended one of the Crisis at Christmas residential centres, providing some welcomed haircuts and styling, along with learning about the challenges guests face on a daily basis. The experience wasn’t without its share of conversation and laughter while delivering their award winning hairdressing expertise.

Director John Roads said, "A team from the salon which included Lauren Roads, Luke Baker and Sian Doncaster attended, creating new haircuts and styling for those at the location on the day. Giving back is important, and the team really enjoyed their experience."

Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said: "We would like to thank the Gatsby & Miller team for volunteering for our hairdressing service this year. Crisis at Christmas simply would not be possible without the generosity and dedication of our volunteers."

Gatsby & Miller is located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Q Hair & Beauty Announce Expansion

Spring will be in the air in Midhurst in February when multi-award-winning Q Hair and Beauty adds another string to its bow by opening a new salon in the town.

For several years Anthony Barnes-Smith, owner of Chichester’s premier salon, has been thinking about branching out and replicating Q’s unique and enormously popular ethos in a nearby town.

When he and managing director Dawn Lawrence began looking around for a suitable location, they both fell in love with Midhurst and set about finding the right premises.

The answer came in the shape of an elegant building on the corner of West Street and Anthony and Dawn are now busy finalising the design, with work due to start imminently.

The building will be given a top-to-toe makeover, including any existing interesting features but skilfully blending the old with the new to create a state-of-the-art hair and beauty salon as impressive as its Chichester counterpart.

"We look on all our clients in Chichester as our guests and we will replicate that friendly but highly-professional atmosphere in Midhurst," says Dawn.

"We know that for our guests at Q, their visit is not just about the superb services we provide but also an emotional experience of coming into a beautiful old building and receiving the warmest of welcomes."

"The same philosophy will apply in the new Midhurst salon. We are giving it a similar atmosphere, with a natural organic touch in line with our ‘green’ policy, creating a place that’s elegant but homely and perfect for a relaxing visit. Traditional but light, bright and comfortable."

The salon on West Street is being adapted to incorporate a ladies’ salon with between eight and ten work positions for stylists at the front, a barber’s area with four to six work stations and a beauty room at the back.

"Basically we’re gutting the premises and starting again, but keeping features like the old chimney breast and the corner entrance door," says Dawn. "As soon as we walked into the building we could see its potential and knew it was right for us."

"Both Anthony and I love Midhurst – it has a real community feel and we want to join that community. We met up with Melanie Burgoyne, the rural towns co-ordinator, who gave us masses of information and made us feel it’s a place that’s really going somewhere, with lots of independent businesses which, like us, want to grow the economy of the town. The two hours’ free parking is ideal for our guests. We can’t wait to open our salon there."

Making sure every member of the team feels like part of the family has been key to the success of Q in Chichester and this philosophy will be embraced in Midhurst.

"We are sure Midhurst is going to be the perfect place to expand our business but we’re not going to stop there. Once we know we have got this right, we will be looking to replicate it elsewhere in other West Sussex towns," said Dawn.

Q Hair & Beauty Midhurst opens February 2016.

Linton & Mac Offers Yoga To Keep Staff Motivated And Relaxed

Linton & Mac, the multi award-winning, independent hairdressing salon in Aberdeen, is offering yoga classes in the workplace to ensure its staff are motivated and relaxed.

The busy Aberdeen salon, which has more than 3,000 clients on its books, is run by Directors Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald, who have introduced complimentary yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning to help look after their team’s health and wellbeing.

Says Linton & Mac Directors, Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald: "Within all of the excitement and buzz around the salon, we like to make time for peace and relaxation. The benefits of yoga are amazing, especially for our stylists who work long hours and are on their feet all day. Yoga is great for team building, and the physical, emotional, and mental tension reducing techniques are immediately transferred to the workplace.

We strongly believe that it is easier to attract and retain top talent if you have built a reputation for taking good care of your workforce, so we will continue to offer new and fun ways to keep our staff happy.

Jack Howard Announces Partnership With Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai

International Colourist and the UK’s leading Balayage expert Jack Howard has announced that he’ll be in residence at the St Regis branch of Sisters Beauty Lounge in Dubai every two months, commencing January 18th- 21st 2017.

Jack, who is based at Paul Edmonds in London, is also UK Colour Spokesperson for L’Oreal Professionnel and is world-renowned for his beautiful, natural colour techniques – he is widely credited with bringing Balayage to the UK and has taught freehand colouring to thousands of other colourists internationally. Jack worked with L’Oreal Professionnel to create 4 techniques for the Brunette Bar, a concept to bring brunette colour to life with multi-tonal, 3D colour hues which has been rolled out into salons nationwide.

Jack says, "I’m looking forward to bringing a touch of my London and New York experience to the UAE – welcoming my existing middle eastern clients who I see in London and new clients looking for that beautiful balayage colour."

Jack has an innate feel for what works in hair colour, for example, brunettes don’t like orange tones, colour should be alive and not flat and dull, and knows exactly how to deliver a natural, beautiful finish.


Sydney Hairdressing Teacher Wins Top Australian Award

Donna Colombini, Head Teacher of Hairdressing at TAFE NSW Sydney TAFE, has won the 2016 Australian Training Award for VET Teacher of the Year.

The awards, held in Darwin, recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Vocational Education and Training sector by bringing together Australia’s best apprentices, vocational students, training practitioners, registered training organisations, secondary school and industry partnerships, and recognising the outstanding contributions made.

Donna’s experience spans over 36 years. She is a well-respected teacher and an outstanding manager who has used her extensive leadership skills and close ties to industry to ensure TAFE NSW Sydney TAFE students get the best cutting-edge training in hairdressing and beauty.

Students enjoy the benefits of Donna’s industry relationships through many great experiences, including a recent study tour to Italy where they visited the best salons in the country to view first hand ‘best practice’ and innovative skills.

"I have a strong commitment to the industry and this is reflected through my teaching, leadership of a teaching team and the students we teach. It is of the utmost importance that my teaching section gives the best possible education and training through quality teaching and learning practices," says Donna. "I really believe that education changes lives."

TAFE NSW Sydney TAFE congratulates Donna on her well-deserved win and the wide recognition she has gained and are very proud of her achievements.

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