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You say Goodbye and I say Hello!

There is a sad goodbye and an exuberant hello going on at Schwarzkopf Professional this September. Stephen McDowell, who headed up education and events in the UK and Ireland since 2001 is changing career direction and taking up full-time academic studies. Kay Brady, who has been with the company working as National Education Manager for Schwarzkopf Professional since 2002, is being promoted to position of Head of Professional Partnership Services (PPS) UK and Ireland. Kay will be leading a strong team of educators and technicians and developing a dynamic educational response to the changing needs of British Hairdressing in terms of Schwarzkopf Professional’s vast portfolio of onsite and digital trainings, inspiring events with our iconic Essential Looks shows, Inspire shoots and the annual ‘Young Artistic Team’ mentoring programme. The final words go to the two people of the moment:

"To say this has been a hard decision to leave hairdressing and this incredible role at Schwarzkopf at such an exciting time for the company is an understatement. I have had the honour of working with Kay and seeing her develop and flourish into an outstanding educator, manager, motivator and knowledge base. This lady knows everything there is to know about the amazing Schwarzkopf Professional colour portfolio and I know she will be an invaluable asset in this role." Stephen McDowell.

"I could not be more excited about this opportunity to partner salons in their quest for education that both supports and impacts businesses at a very real level. Through tours, events and teaching I will be working with our fantastic ambassadors to support, educate and carry the Schwarzkopf Professional message to our salons, partners and wider industry. My main goal is to create an environment where salons are able to be inspired, up their skills and profitably grow their business." Kay Brady.

A brand new hair salon with an experience to open in Leicester

Launching this summer, London Rd Hair is the latest hairdressing salon to hit the city, with a difference. The team behind ’George’s Hairdressing’, situated at three locations throughout Leicester, are now launching a new brand which will change the way you think about hair salons.

Rather than simply offering your typical haircut, London Rd Hair aims to deliver a new hair ’experience’ to their clients. Each journey is different, and products will be ’prescribed’ to each individual, finding the right hair care to suit them. The unique salon will cater for all, from those looking for a simple cut and blow dry, to the more adventurous seeking a complete restyle.

Specialists in colour, the salon situated at 157 London Road, will feature an ’honesty bar’ serving a range of beverages. At the front of the salon will be a comfortable lounge area where professionals can bring their laptops, take a read of a book from the ’London Rd Library’, or simply relax and have a drink. Katie Katon is the Managing Director of the salon.

"We’re bringing a whole new dimension to the hairdressing scene and London Rd Hair aims to create an exciting experience for our visitors. We anticipate that our customers will leave feeling that at the end of their journey with us, they are left with fantastic results."

Refurbishment of the old Hemingway Design store is aiming to be complete by 1st August. As part of the launch campaign, the London Rd Hair stylists will be out on the streets of Leicester, handing out tempting treats and salon offers. The team will also be holding an exclusive launch party in September.

Alongside George’s, London Rd Hair is part of the L’Oréal Professional portfolio. This is the exclusive group of top British hairdressers who have been recognised for their creativity and expertise in the field of professional hairdressing.

London Rd Hair is for those who wish to receive a unique experience with a difference, at a competitive price.

Blanket pay rise announced at annual Medusa Hair Awards

Medusa Hairdressing owner Colin McAndrew celebrated 10 years in business on Sunday 11 June by giving an across-the-board pay rise to every single member of his team, worth £46,000.

The popular salon owner announced the new pay deal to rapturous applause from his 70-plus staff during the 10th annual Medusa Awards, held at the Ghillie Dhu at Edinburgh’s West End.

"We’ve faced some tricky times in the past decade when I wasn’t sure if we could pay the wages," he told the teams from the four Medusa salons. "It’s been a tough ten years, slowly building the company, but we are doing well now, clear of any debt, and that is down to you guys, so you are all going to benefit."

Colin bought Medusa from its previous owners after working his way from junior to creative director. Since then he has built it from one to four salons, and opened a training school that attracts hopeful hairdressers from all over the world keen to improve their skills. He has also built the Medusa Hair brand so it is internationally recognised within the beauty industry.

Every year Colin holds the Medusa Hair Awards with his business partner, Kym Wyser, owner of Medusa Grassmarket, to honour the best on his team from Assistant to Hairdresser of the Year, which this year went to Peter Mellon, based out of the Teviot salon. But this year it was the announcement that as of Tuesday 13 June, the team would see their salary increased that drew the biggest cheer.

"This isn’t a one-off bonus," he said. "This is an increase in your annual pay which you will get every year from now on."

Linton & Mac Works Backstage At Gray’s School Of Art Graduate Fashion Show

Linton & Mac, the multi award-winning, independent hairdressing salon in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, has lent its styling skills to the Gray’s School of Art Graduate Fashion Show.
Held on Friday 12 May, the annual show is an integral part of the school’s dynamic – fuelling innovation in all forms of fashion and textile design – and providing a platform for students to showcase imagination and creativity.
Backstage, highly-talented hairstylists from Linton & Mac worked tirelessly to ensure that all the models were groomed to perfection, inspired by what are set to be next season’s key hair trends.

The relationship between the two creative companies began when Linton & Mac held an event last year, which had the sole purpose to encourage individuals to support local.

The ’Low Down’ event supported ten local businesses by giving them a platform to showcase their products and offerings to an exclusive audience.

Educating individuals in a unique way about style, trends and the importance of supporting local creativity, the event was also fashioned to spark conversation about how to tackle the current business climate in Aberdeen.

Jennifer Linton, and Jaye MacDonald, Co-Directors for Linton & Mac said: "Gray’s School of Art was a massive support when we held The Low Down event. Since then, we have forged a strong relationship and a mutual respect for each other’s work. We have always driven collaborations with local businesses, and it was great to work together once again backstage at their fashion show."

Overseas Education For Local Salon

A two-strong team from Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester were among more than 900 hairdressers from around the world who attended the recent Paul Mitchell Global Gathering in the five-star Forte Village resort in Sardinia.

The annual Gathering is held at locations around Europe and members of the multi-award-winning Team Q have previously attended the event in Birmingham, Madrid and Las Vegas.

This year it was the turn of Q stylist Stefano Sbuttoni to benefit from colouring, cutting, styling and tools education with the education team from John Paul Mitchell Systems USA - everything from rainbow hair colour to the ever-popular balayage with the latest clay lightener techiniques.

The business side of the event was equally valuable for Q’s operations director Kain Lawrence who said the Chichester salon regarded it as an amazing education opportunity they simply couldn’t miss.

"To see some of our industry idols not only on a stage but up-close and personal with the ability to learn on a one-to-one 1-2-1 level is something many hairdressers can only dream of," he said.

"The two-day course was all themed on being allergic to average. At Q we know that being an average salon, average hairdresser or having average services just does not cut it. We constantly strive to be different and improve our service and experience and what we took away from the Gathering will help to reinforce all our efforts to be one of the best salons in West Sussex. "

"Attending the Paul Mitchell Global Gathering is something I am extremely lucky to be able to have done, receiving the best education our industry has to offer. My favourite part is hearing the co-founder, John Paul De’Joria, remind the huge crowd that Paul Mitchell is bound to be sold only by professional stylists until the year 2370, originally a 365-year trust."

"I couldn’t be prouder to work for Q Hair and Beauty together with an amazing product brand such as Paul Mitchell. I may be a non-hairdresser but this industry is in my blood, and will be for my entire career."

Q Hair and Beauty now have two locations in West Sussex, Chichester and recently opened Midhurst.

Jody Toner, Artistic Director, Westrow York, Reveals His Top Men’s Hair Trends For Spring/Summer 2017

Jody Toner, Artistic Director, Westrow York and grand finalist in next month’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards, in the L’Oréal Men’s Image Award category, sums up this summer’s trends for Eighties inspired styles.

"We’ve moved on form the Fifties-inspired looks of S/S16 and this summer’s most stylish men will be sporting styles reminiscent of the late Eighties and Nineties. At the S/S17 London Collections we saw a distinct step away from the slick, typically fifties styles of last year, in favour of unkempt styles inspired by the era of grunge and raves.

Henry Holland’s House of Holland collection was influenced by Manchester’s infamous Hacienda days. To complement the race-inspired fashion, hair was styled to look lived-in, gritty and grungy, with centre-parted curtains featuring heavily, and styles saturated with pomade.

Meanwhile backstage at E. Tautz, River Phoenix provided the artistic direction for hair, with a focus on volume, natural movement and flowing locks. Layers are key when adopting this dishevelled look, while a sea salt spray used on damp locks before drying, will add texture and a matt finish.

For an even grungier vibe, use Matthew Miller’s show as your style reference. There, models’ hair was styled with water-resistance wax, to create definition, and pulled forward over the eyes, in highly textured styles that paid homage to the grunge era: think Kurt Cobain circa the very early Nineties. If you’re growing your hair to achieve this look, remember to keep on top of your haircare. A conditioner and serum, as well as a regular trim (reminding your barber that you are growing out your locks) will ensure that your hair stays in good condition as it grows.

Charlie Taylor takes prize for 30 years of success

Perth and Dundee’s favourite hairdresser and leading business light Charlie Taylor has celebrated her 30th year in business by winning a top award for her spectacular professional achievements. Charlie, owner of the two hair and beauty salons that bear her name in Dundee and Perth, last night (Sunday 14 May) scooped the Herald Look award for Outstanding Contribution, in recognition of her efforts in building a successful business and sharing the fruits of her endeavour over the past three decades.

Charlie, who made the leap from salon stylist to salon owner when she opened the doors on the first Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty, in Perth, in September 1987, is no stranger to awards. Among her previous accolades, she has won the coveted Scottish Hairdresser of the Year title three times, and been initiated into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame. The Herald Look award also took into account her commitment to education. Charlie travels the world sharing her knowledge and takes the time to nurture young talent at home, ensuring every member of her 35-strong team can access the training they need to develop their careers to the full.

She also has long history of giving back. A long-standing association with Marie Curie has seen Charlie raise thousands of pounds for the terminal care charity. This year she is also personally mentoring a young Scots entrepreneur. And she is still heavily involved with the Better Perth campaign, a project she spearheaded in 2015 aiming to revitalise the Fair City’s town centre and counter the devastating effects of out-of-town and online shopping.

After accepting her award at a glitzy ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, Charlie pointed out that hair and beauty salons are often the unsung heroes of the high street. She said: "I’ve always worked hard to be the best I can be, as a hairdresser and as a salon owner, and it’s great to gain the recognition for that, but it’s also important to acknowledge the contribution successful salons make to the economic and community life of the areas they serve."


Hooker & Young launch in-salon magazine

Gary Hooker and Michael Young have launched their debut magazine, compiling high-fashion stories, lifestyle features and stunning hair shoots in one glossy publication.

For years, their work has graced the pages of the leading hair and beauty titles of the world – but now the tables have turned, as Gary Hooker and Michael Young take their turn in the editor’s chair and launch their own magazine.

The North East’s leading salon group can now add publishing to their already-impressive list of accolades, alongside armfuls of award wins, brand ambassadorships, mentoring and, of course, thousands of happy clients in their five salons.

Their debut glossy magazine is hot off the press, containing a host of inspiring features and photoshoots. As well as the talented duo’s own hair collections, the magazine also includes trends and product tips, fashion pages, regional area guides for visitors to their salons – best bars, shops and scran in the North East! – and interviews with local personalities, including Jules B founders, Julian and Rhona Blades – as well as a feature on Gary and Michael’s 15 beloved dogs.

"An exciting project and a great marketing tool"

"We had the idea to create our own publication around October at the end of last year," says Gary. "It’s always good to have a new project and great to start the new year with something fresh and exciting. We feel that as a company and a brand we have a lot to talk about now and an annual magazine is a great way of communicating with our existing clients, as well as being a great marketing tool to drive new business into the salons."

"Although social media is a great way of communicating with your clients there’s nothing quite like something tangible in your hands to flick through, especially when it’s of high quality," adds Michael. "It says a lot about you as a company but of course that means you’ve got to get it right and potentially run the risk of having the opposite effect if you produce something that isn’t of great quality." It was a risk that paid off for this dynamic duo and, much like their trademark high-end hair and luxurious salons, the magazine has that same glossy, high-fashion feel. Quality paper stock, beautiful full-bleed editorial imagery and smart art direction mean that the Hooker & Young mag fits right in on a coffee table full of fashion publications.

"It made us reflect on how our brand was perceived"

When it came to the process of designing and producing the magazine, it was a team effort with a local publisher – but the biggest challenge was producing something that brought to life the Hooker & Young brand. "It’s such an interesting process," says Gary. "The magazine had to be reflective of the brand. It makes you analyse your company and consider how other people see you. It’s a great opportunity to get other people’s perception of your brand."

As the magazine is an annual publication, another challenge was ensuring the content would be relevant for 12 months. "We kept the magazine non-seasonal," explains Michael. "So it will look as great at Christmas time as it does in the summer, which is key when producing an annual publication. It very much reads like hair/lifestyle magazine and speaks to all age groups which was super-important to us, as that’s who we are. The content – although mostly hair related – is pretty varied and has a great flow, making it a really good read."

"It was overwhelming to see how much people believed in us"

For other salons thinking of doing something similar, Gary and Michael recommend finding local advertisers to support your creative endeavours – and strengthen your regional relationships, too. "We had amazing support from advertising partners both locally and nationally. It was quite overwhelming to see how much people believed in us," says Gary. "Advertising was key in allowing us to create something really special and of such high quality. The cost of the magazine was worked out on a 100-page publication and 8,000 copies, which is pretty huge. We then looked at advertising space and what we would need to achieve in revenue in order to make it work for us. We were thrilled to hit our target."

With the content perfect, the revenue in place and the issues hot off the press, the final stage in the magazine launch was – of course! – a party. As well as being cause for a well-deserved celebration, the event also proved to be a great networking event to find even more support for the title.

"We unveiled the magazine at a launch in the heart of Newcastle to an invited guest list of advertising partners, contributors and top clients who joined us for a night of canapés and cocktails to celebrate our first issue," says Michael. "The media buzz around the event was electric and was all over social media which was fantastic. The magazine is now to be distributed to high end car showrooms, exclusive retail outlets and boutique hotels as well as the five salons, so the reach will be incredibly wide across the region. The response from the magazine has been unbelievable! Although everyone was expecting something great we feel it’s surpassed everyone’s expectations."

Business As Usual For Local Hairstylists Visiting Brussels

Salon manager, Hayley Quinlin and Style Director Lana Lewington travelled to Brussels as guests of professional salon partner Revlon Professional on May 7th for two day trip for the brands Style Masters show.

The duo that cover both TIKADI Theydon Bois and Ongar, enjoyed an itinerary of activities including a tour of the Belgium capital that took in all of the sights, a welcome party and the big event, StyleMasters show itself!

Hayley said "Both of us had an exceptional time, and learned a lot from our time away, as well as enjoying being in a new city, we’re very thankful to the team for supporting the trip."

Tikadi have recently partnered with Revlon Professional across all brands. Tikadi’s team of expert stylists and technicians conduct in-depth consultations, tailoring each colour, cut, blow-dry individually for every client, while offering impeccable customer service and expert advice on how to style and maintain their look at home and ideal matched with the Revlon brand.

Westrow Street Lane Expands Premises For The Second Time In Four Years

Yorkshire salon group, Westrow – which celebrates 30 years in business this month – has expanded the premises at its award-winning Street Lane salon, to help cope with increasing demand for its colour specialist services.

Since its launch in December 2013, Westrow Street Lane has already scooped up a plethora of industry and business awards, including Best Design Salon at the Salon Business Awards in the first 12 months of trading. The recognition that the salon has received is thanks to the amazing work undertaken by the twelve strong team of stylists.

The salon is led by franchisees Jenny Pelter and Amy Lopez, who have nearly thirty years experience between them. The entrepreneurial duo has worked hard to gain a reputation for delivering fashion-forward, trend-led colour and styling options in an exceptionally luxurious establishment.

The recent expansion has taken the Street Lane salon to just under 2000 sq ft, making it one of the largest salons in the Westrow portfolio of properties. Now set over three floors of a beautifully Georgian-style building, the salon can tend to the hair needs of 16 guests customers at one time.

Jenny Pelter and Amy Lopez, Franchisees, Westrow Street Lane, said: "When we started out, our vision for the venture was to create a salon that would be famed for its stunning colour work, as well as high standards of cutting and styling. It’s safe to say that we have achieved this goal and exceeded all of our initial business targets."

"We are very proud of the work that we produce, and the way our beautiful salon is developing and growing. Our achievements are carried forward by our incredible team that strives to provide the best results for our wonderful clients."

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