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.

Jingle All The Way For Q Hair & Beauty Annual Christmas Gathering

The annual Christmas Gathering at Q Hair and Beauty has become one of the highlights of the social calendar in and around Chichester and this year’s event, the ninth, was the biggest and best yet.

It was also spectacular, with the traditional ‘snow’ cascading from the front of the historic townhouse which houses Chichester’s multi-award-winning salon, attracting the attention of passers-by.

The event was a sell-out with over 100 guests attending the colourful gathering - tickets are so sought-after that the first one was sold back in June! The evening is designed as an enjoyable occasion for the Q team and their clients to get into the Christmas spirit, with drinks on arrival, and catering by the locally-renowned ‘Hog Squad’. A local busker provided excellent music for the evening, discovered by Q’s Director of Operations, Kain Lawrence.

Demonstrations and workshops were held on every floor of the beautiful old building, from the Basement Barbers featuring their first ‘man cave’ to the newly-opened Drawing Room salon. This year the focus was on styling solutions, trade secrets and top tips.

New to Q for 2017 will be their ‘Braid Bar’, and a taster was added to the event guide this year. On the beauty side, demonstrations included hot stones massage, make-up and a Clarins’ workshop on top beauty products.

"It was a brilliant evening, the best ever had and a lovely way to celebrate the fantastic year we have had,” said Dawn Lawrence, Q’s managing director. “A lot of the guests are regulars so it has become a real social gathering where people really enjoy getting together again and this year we had some new guests as well who thought it was a fabulous evening."

As the guests left they were thanked by salon owner Anthony Barnes-Smith and the team celebrated not only the beginning of the festive season, but also another truly successful event.

Peterborough/Market Deeping Salon, P.Kai Hair Named Fellowship Salon Group Of The Year

Peterborough and Market Deeping salon group P.Kai Hair have won the prestigious title of Fellowship Salon Group of the Year, awarded by The Fellowship For British Hairdressing at the annual December luncheon. The event, held at The Dorchester in London, celebrates creative excellence in the hairdressing industry.

Salon owners Kai and Jenny Wan say, "This is such a brilliant award to bring home for the team. It reflects the hard work we all put in to deliver consistently excellent standards for our clients; we’re thrilled to have won! We pride ourselves on being the hair experts in our local community as well as being a part of it."

The P.Kai salon ethos is to bring that high-end, capital salon experience to a local clientele and as well as being the go-to salon for trend-led cuts, colours and treatments, the team takes part in local events to raise thousands of pounds for many local charities including a team skydive, numerous bike rides and a charity raft race (the team won the recent Market Deeping Raft Race) as well as raffles and collections throughout the year.

As well as being on the council for the Fellowship organisation, Kai has also been named the new leader for Project X, a group comprising some of the up and coming talent in the industry, who get the chance to refine their skills through master classes with some of most talented industry icons.

Top colourists’ tips on how to work the pantone 2017 colour ‘greenery’

Global Colour Authority The Pantone Colour Institute has announced their colour of 2017 as Greenery. The shade has been described by Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Director at Pantone) as the colour “of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to.

The verdict from the UK’s hair colourists:
Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds is the L’Oreal Professionnel UK Colour Spokesperson (enlisted to colour the hair of A-listers including Poppy Delevingne and Gillian Anderson amongst others).
"I’m tipping a move from Rose Gold to other metal-shades, with metallic green one of the most prominent trends, it’s already started filtering through to mainstream with Kylie Jenner showcasing it on instagram. It was also one of the shades I created for the Marques Almeida LFW show in September."

Tasha Stevens at Jamie Stevens Hair (Winner of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Winner and colourist to Emma Willis, Zoe Hardman and Caroline Flack) is using the fresh green shade alongside other shades using the Matrix Watercolour Sync range, "There are five shades in the new Matrix Watercolour range: berry violet, moss green, quartz pink, coral peach and sapphire blue. The built-in Cera-Oil Priming Complex provides seamless colour from root to ends. We can either work with these pure colours, or we can mix with clear gloss to create a multitude of tones. The Watercolours work best on pre-lightened hair and last up to 20 washes."

Karine Jackson, organic colour specialist at Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty (winner of Most Wanted Hair Trend and former London Hairdresser of the Year) has a word of warning on the trend:
"Black, green and blue are large colour molecules that expand once they permeate the hair shaft, so in many cases that colour will not come out. When changing hair to green, it’s so important to be aware that a permanent bright green will not be possible to revert back to a lighter/blonde shade – the hair will have to be taken darker afterwards. If you want to have colour, it’s so important to be aware of the implication should you want to strip it. But it’s an incredible colour, and we have a PPD-free, ammonia-free, Vegan friendly shade that’s made in Hampshire – green by name and by nature!"

Ken Picton’s Colour Director and former British Colourist of the Year Paul Dennison
"Colour trends have definitely been shifting from soft pastel shades to bright 90’s acid tones. We’ve seen pinks, blues, greys and lilacs so it was only a matter of time before green came into the mix. There’s so many options for this shade, from deep teals and greens through to soft mints via pine and emerald. There’s a green out there for everyone – the only question is how bold you dare to go!"

"This trend suits the girl who wants to go right when everyone else is going left. It’s a bold statement and not for the faint-hearted. It’s predominately a trend that the younger generation will adopt, but I never rule out the older clients with a rebellious punk streak. Once you’ve dipped your toe in the pool of rainbow colours, it’s only a matter of time before you progress to this new cool colour trend. It can work in lots of different techniques from toning the lengths of existing balayage for a softer textured appearance or going global after a full head bleach for maximum impact and coverage. If you’re the type of person who just wants to wear this trend for a weekend, then have a look into wigs or clip-in extensions for a non-committal look."

"If you’re looking for something more permanent then you have to be prepared to invest in your hair to keep the condition great and the colour vibrant as it requires regular re-toning and a lot of bleaching. Starting with hair that’s in good condition gives your colour a strong foundation and lasts longer. I’ve been using L’Oreal Smart Bond with colour to help maintain the condition of the hair during the colouring process."


Cardiff Stylist Ken Picton Teaches Masterclasses In Moscow

Award-winning hairdresser and L’Oreal Professionnel Ambassador Ken Picton has been very much in demand across the world this year, with trips to Barcelona, Chile, Peru and even a 24-hour visit to South Africa. This month Ken was flown out to Moscow, Russia for a series of seminars in his role for L’Oreal Professionnel.

It was Ken’s first visit to Russia, spending two full days taking masterclass cutting seminars, working on techniques and trends with a real UK emphasis. He also shared his unique award-winning collections with the participants, giving them advice on how to get creatively inspired.

Of his time in Moscow, Ken says, "I was totally inspired by the city. The attention to detail in the architecture was incredible – the buildings tell the history of the country. It was fantastic to work with some of the top stylists in Russia and I’m so looking forward to going back."


Small Business Saturday Success For Gatsby & Miller

Spearheading Amersham’s Small Business Saturday event in style, the ‘Amersham Showcase’, the elegant Gatsby & Miller salon brought added glitz and glamour to this annual event that highlights small business success.

Salon director John Roads is one of the town’s leading supporters of the campaign and on Saturday, December 3 he and his team helped make sure the town was glowing with excitement and colour.

This year’s theme, designed by the Amersham Action Group, was a Festival of Lights and it was a tremendous success thanks to the support of small businesses all over the Buckinghamshire town and John’s enormous enthusiasm. He dedicates time each month to help create spectacular events in Amersham to encourage shoppers to return to the high street and create a buzz for the local community.

Small Business Saturday itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but this lively national campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses of all kinds and boost the local economy.

Popular television personality Russell Grant had the honour of switching on the lights for the festival and the proceedings were opened by Amersham mayor Mark Vivas. In his welcome the mayor paid tribute to Gatsby & Miller as a ‘true success story of the town’, going on to thank the salon for its dedication and for sponsoring the Christmas Grotto.

All the salon team added to the festive atmosphere by turning out in seasonal attire and there was a selection of Christmas treats for everyone who called in.

"Small Business Saturday is very important to us, as it should be for the hundreds of salons across the country," said John Roads. "Every year we put our power behind the cause to help tempt shoppers back to the high street, for the good of all."

Mynewhair Celebrating a decade in business!

Inspired by his own experience of helping a family member during cancer treatment, Trevor Sorbie MBE launched his charity, mynewhair, a not-for-profit organisation in June 2006. A pioneering charity which offers a wig customising service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss. This year the charity celebrates its 10th anniversary! Now working with lead cancer centres to enable more patients to access the wig styling service, the charity is experiencing increasing demand and an increase in referrals.

mynewhair welcomes hair professionals new to this area of work by providing responsible, nurse-led training and technical support building up a network of salons and professionals able to provide a wig customising service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss, with Trevor at the centre of it all.

Currently, there are approximately 900 hair professionals, including freelance and mobile hairdressers, and almost 800 salons across the UK and Ireland in the mynewhair network. (45 in Scotland, 511 in England, 34 in Wales, 8 in Northern Ireland and 44 in the Republic of Ireland).

The charity has attracted many big names in the hairdressing industry including Darren Stuart from East Boldon’s Tribeca Hair Design, Tyne and Wear. Darren is a big part of mynewhair, not only as a salon and a Trustee but also as one of the trainers, who educates the network of salons and stylists. He has been a fundamental part of the charity’s operation since the early days, joining forces with Trevor Sorbie in 2006. As well as customising wigs for clients, he delivers the seminars at L’Oréal along with Trevor and other members of the charity each month, Darren says: "I think every woman suffering from hair loss should be given access to a mynewhair salon via hospitals. The information should be readily available through hospitals for them to access the service. All the mynewhair salons just want to help hair loss sufferers feel as normal as possible." Darren Stuart, Tribeca Hair Design.

The mynewhair seminars held for the salons are not your average educational classes because of the amount of varying expertise that is brought together. The seminars cover wig manufacture, organic products for hair in recovery, as well as communication skills. This element of the seminar is led by Joanne Atkinson and Ann Fox who are both experts in their medical fields and Trustees for the charity. They deliver a very important aspect of the training focusing on how to deal with vulnerable people and also aid the stylists to build their own

personal resilience when they are dealing with the emotional burden. The support the charity offers to both the client and the stylist is totally unique.

As mynewhair celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to grow in popularity and demand it also has big ambitions, planning to go global next year, Darren is excited to be taking part in the next part of this journey. He explains: "We are so lucky to have the backing of a global company such as L’Oréal. As our main sponsor, they let us use their facilities to do our training, and help support the charity. Hopefully this will enable us with our international reach."

Trevor Sorbie MBE says, "In the 10 years that the charity has been going our team and myself have achieved goals beyond our expectations. The Department of Health has supported us, along with Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister, who gave the charity a substantial grant for us to continue our work. Thanks to L’Oréal’s continued support we hope to take this concept internationally. This is our vision."

Linton & Mac Launches Backwash Balayage

Linton & Mac, the multi award-winning, independent hairdressing salon in Aberdeen, has introduced ‘Backwash Balayage’ to its treatment menu to save busy clients valuable time.

Backwash Balayage is a technique where colour is applied freehand at the basins. Stylists hand-paint the colour, that takes 10-15 minutes to apply, then just 20 minutes maximum to develop, followed by a 20-minute blow-dry.

The results are natural and divinely sun-kissed, and most importantly, can be achieved in less than an hour.

Says Linton & Mac Directors, Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald: "Having perfectly coloured hair used to mean spending hours of your time in the salon chair. Times and trends are moving so fast and we want to be able to offer clients options that suit their hectic lifestyles. The Backwash Balayage is the latest speedy service on offer at Linton & Mac and is devoted to offering great hair colour in half the time of a regular appointment."

Ken Picton Salon And The Cardiff Devils #Bravetheshave

The Ken Picton Salon was enlisted by local ice hockey team The Cardiff Devils to help them raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support’s #bravetheshave campaign.

Ken and members of his team (including honorary member Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden) were on hand to shave the heads of players Josh Batch, David Brine, Sean Bentivoglio and Patrick Asselin, all to help raise money for the worthy cause.

Ken says, "As an official partner of the Cardiff devils we were more than happy to help out Josh and the guys for a worthy campaign. It was amazing to have Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson join our team to help shave their heads – maybe he should stick to singing though! The boys were slightly nervous and Sean Bentivoglio is also doing Movember so looks especially Super Mario with his moustache/head shave combo. We also donated a ghd hairdryer and styler as a raffle prize to help raise more funds."


British Hairdressing Awards - HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year

Hairdressers Journal International hosted its British Hairdressing Awards last night, with 1,700 of the country’s finest hairstylists gathering at London’s glamorous Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel, for the industry event of the year.

Now in their fourth decade, the awards, which are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrate the very best in British hairdressing talent – an industry which contributes £7bn to the national economy and one which employs more than 300,000 people.

With nine regional and six specialist categories - as well as the ultimate award, British Hairdresser of the Year - the awards have launched the careers of a host of household names; from John Frieda, Nicky Clarke and Charles Worthington to Anthony Mascolo, Lisa Shepherd and Beverley C, as well as TV favourites Jamie Stevens and Andrew Barton.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by David Walliams, alongside Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s general manager Stuart Hamid.

The most-anticipated prize on the night was HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year; a prodigious title whose previous winners include the likes of Trevor Sorbie MBE, Charles Worthington MBE and Nicky Clarke OBE.

This year, the ultimate accolade in British Hairdressing was awarded to Angelo Seminara. Speaking on the night, he said: "Sitting here tonight and seeing the amount of work that’s gone into everyone’s collections is inspirational. The British hairdressing industry is full of such amazing talent and it just keeps growing. I need to thank two people who have enabled me to be where I am today - my wife and, of course, Trevor Sorbie."

Says Jayne: "This is the ultimate accolade in hairdressing and we couldn’t be more proud to present it to Angelo today. This award demonstrates not just his unabashed creativity and supreme technical skill, but also recognises the contribution he’s made to British hairdressing over the last twelve months."

Stuart adds "Being right at the heart and soul of British Hairdressing is our privilege and pride. The British Hairdressing Awards means so much to our industry and winning one of these prestigious awards is the realisation of creativity, hard work and dedication, for that we at Schwarzkopf Professional congratulate them on their success."

HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2016: The winners

British Hairdresser of the Year:
Angelo Seminara

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year:
Julian Dalrymple, The Sitting Room, Ballymena

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Wolverhampton

North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Marcello Moccia, Room 97 Creative Hairdressing, Wakefield

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International, Uddingston

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Joseph Ferraro, Joseph Ferraro, Harrogate

Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Anne Veck, Anne Veck Salons, Oxford

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Steven Smart, Smartest 73, Weston-Super-Mare

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Joseph I’Anson and Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson, Mansfielf

London Hairdresser of the Year: Luke Benson, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Indira Schauwecker, TONI & GUY, Covent Garden

Newcomer of the Year: William Lamb, Daniel Granger Hairdressing, Northampton

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year:
Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson, Mansfield

Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Robert Eaton and Karla Ancliff-Smith, Russell Eaton, Leeds

Artistic Team of the Year: Angelo Vallillo Academy, Nottingham

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds

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