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Blue Tit Creative Team Reveals Top Festival Styles For 2017


Rainbow Bright

"Summer is coming and the S/S17 shows inspired sticking to a super-bright summer colour scheme when it comes to hair. Rainbow coloured dreadlocks were spotted at Marc Jacobs, and shades of lavender, lilac, and violet dominated the runway at Gypsy Sport. These Rainbow Bright colours are a must have for festival season and will ensure you stand out from the crowd. For those not ready to brave an all-over colour permanently, wash-in, wash-out shades are a good go-to for a non-permanent, creative colour solution".
Harriet Franks and Robbie McPhilomey, Blue Tit Peckham



"The perfect way to disguise dirty, greasy, festival hair, braids have been a huge trend, both on and off the catwalk, and their versatility and ability to transform a look means their popularity shows no sign of disappearing. Braids are so easy to recreate and work better in hair that hasn’t been washed, making them this summer’s number-one festival style. A double scalp braid is a key trend this season, but requires a comb, mirror and steady hand – not easy at festivals! My advice? Pull hair in to a side pony and weave in to a fishtail braid. To finish, lightly pull random strands from the finished braid, to roughen up the look, as this is a plait that looks much better when it’s slightly dishevelled".
Chloe Herve, Blue Tit Clapton



"Whether it is stonewash, indigo or inky blue, denim hair is the tone of the moment. You can either make a statement with a blue-black shade for a touch of drama, or go for a softer look with silvery, icy tones that is both edgy and beautiful – jean genius! Once your hair is the perfect shade of blue, braid it into small sections, and go over with straighteners. This will result in a fluffy, textured finish once you open up the braids".
Christoph Haider, Blue Tit Dalston


HRH The Princess Royal Visits Charlie Miller Hairdressing

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Charlie Miller hair salon & Training Academy at Colinton Road, Edinburgh this morning Wednesday 12th April to highlight the company’s 50th year in business and unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the company’s half century of service, creativity, innovation, education and business growth. The Princess Royal also heard more about the company’s work with the Hair 4 U project and referral patients from the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) units.

Her Royal Highness was welcomed on arrival by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, Councillor Donald Wilson, the Rt Hon The Lord Provost and introduced to co-founders Charlie Miller OBE and Janet Miller, their sons Jason & Joshua Miller (Joint Managing Directors), India Miller (Director) who, alongside husband Jason, is regarded around the world as being amongst the UK’s most influential hair designers and Ian Blyth (Director and Educator).

Jason & Joshua Miller commented: "From origins that began in a hairdressing salon in a small housing estate in the Prestonfield area of Edinburgh, the business has come a long way and the visit by HRH The Princess Royal is a tremendous honour for our family, Directors, Managers and all members of Charlie Miller. The most significant focus during the past 50 years has always been about answering the needs of every client with genuineness, empathy and warmth and to motivate and encourage staff to aspire to evolve with a caring and inspirational heart. We’ve enjoyed 50 years together and are looking forward to continuing this amazing journey."

The Princess Royal was shown around by Jason & Joshua Miller and during her tour Charlie Miller OBE introduced The Princess Royal to his very first young cancer patient Liza Freeland whose real hair wig he cut and styled in 2007. The Princess Royal was also introduced to TCT referral patient Amy Connelly and representatives from the Western General and Hospital for Sick Kids.

During a reception, The Princess Royal also met longest-serving clients Alan Collins, Bill Paton, Isla Duncan and Marion Mackintosh as well as Managers, Assistant Managers and other members of Charlie Miller, including those who have worked with the family business in excess of 20 years. The company’s 6 ‘Trainees of the Year’ who are representative of the company’s successful apprenticeship training programme were also introduced to The Princess Royal whilst demonstrating some of their cutting and styling skills.

At the end of her visit and in honour of the company’s golden milestone The Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque in the first floor Training Academy and was presented with a charitable donation to the Princess Anne’s Charities Trust along with a posy of flowers.


Oway’s Biodynamic ‘Ortofficina’ Farm Harvests Medicinal Plants For Use In Its Product Line

Oway – a principled, family-owned, Italian product manufacturer that’s distributed in more than 57 countries and is guided by its founding principle of green chemistry – has launched its unique ‘Ortofficina’ farm.

The privately owned farm, located in the hills in Bologna, Italy, is 50,000 sq meters of land where medicinal plants are farmed according to the biodynamic farming method for use in its eco-friendly product line.

Every process occurs without the harsh use of chemical substances or solvents, respecting the plant and the environment, while allowing the purest, most concentrated and effective ingredients to be obtained, and forming its biodynamic (o km) ingredients.

The first of its kind for a product manufacturer, the farm grows 12 plants, including Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Sage, Thyme, Mint and Helichrysum, which are grown, harvested and distilled, before essential oils and hydrolates are utilised as 100% natural active ingredients and fragrances in its formulas.

Distillation of these active ingredients takes places using a process called ‘extraction in a current of steam’, which doesn’t require the use of solvents for synthesis. The extracted essential oils and hydrolates are put to rest in special decanters until the oily and aqueous components separate.

Said Simone Sighinolfi, Oway International Commercial Director: "At Oway we have eliminated SLS / SLES, Parabens, PEGS / PPGS / BGS / Mineral Oils, Artifical Colourants and synthetic fragrances from our formulas, and are proud of our ‘Ortofficina’, which we believe truly sets us apart from our competitors. We also believe that products that are healthier, more natural, rich in active ingredients and free from chemical treatments are healthier for our bodies, increasing our wellbeing and quality of life."

On the Edge - A Sassoon family reunion

As one of the proud sponsors for a brand-new show inspired by Vidal Sassoon and presented by Tribu-te magazine, Schwarzkopf Professional attended the amazing launch in London this week. Presented at the grand Cadogan Hall venue in London’s Sloane Square, the show reunited on the same stage some of the most fantastic hairdressers who share a Sassoon heritage.

An audience of 600 hairdressers – many themselves part of the Sassoon family – watched spellbound as six leading hair artists both revisited what they learned from Vidal, and revealed how it informs their work today.

With each artist limited to just three models each and a short time on stage, the focus was firmly on cut and colour as the foundation of hairdressing. Tim Hartley – who helped devise the show with Tribu-te publishers Nicky Pope and Mike Vincent – led an illustrious roster of erstwhile colleagues, including Trevor Sorbie, John Vial, Neil Atkinson, Jay Mahmood, and Silvia Salerno.

But the night wasn’t only about honouring Sassoon’s place in hairdressing history. It was firmly forward-looking as each presenter reminded us that keeping one foot in the past, and one foot in the future gives balance and vision. They were reflective and progressive at the same time.

Senior Creative Director at Mahogany Hairdressing and Schwarzkopf Professional International ambassador, Neil Atkinson showed us cool, dynamic shapes with beautiful colour work that were pure and stunning. Androgynous cuts contrived to look feminine and impactful – a masterclass indeed from this accomplished artist. Tai Walker, head of colour at Mahogany and Schwarzkopf Professional International Ambassador, joined Neil on stage.

"I created looks that pay homage to the fabulous work by Vidal in the early days, inspired by his classics styles that will stand with us through time. Looks that set standards of perfection and creative, ground-breaking work that still drives us today.

I loved every aspect of the show, from the prepping day to the show itself! The venue and the audience were great and being with hairdressers that I’ve travelled the show circuit with made the whole experience fabulous and a complete pleasure. A big thanks to Schwarzkopf for helping me be a part of this
." Neil Atkinson.

All in all, a fabulous first night for On The Edge, which Tribu-te magazine now plans to tour in Europe.

A roster of hairdressing excellence is to be expected at this year’s Salon International

From education to competitions and exclusive product launches; London’s leading hair trade show offers the ultimate hairdressing experience!

Even more education on offer

As well as the stellar line-up of Salon Live shows and the inspiration of Wella International’s Trend Vision, guests at this year’s Salon International will be able to enjoy education and some of the best hairdressing insight available – right on the show floor. There’s three days of free shows on offer on the HJ and HJ Men Stages, as well as the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s unmissable line-up of talent. The Legends Lounge will also provide visitors with the chance to hear from some of hairdressing’s leading names, in an informal interview scenario.

As if that wasn’t enough, visitors will be able to enjoy shows from exhibitors throughout the exhibition, who will be hosting their ambassadors and other special guests on their own stands. In short, there’s education for everyone.

Celebrating new names

Salon International isn’t just about established names on stage; it’s also a space to celebrate the newest industry talent, thanks to HJ’s line-up of hairdressing competitions. Afro Stylist of the Year, Men’s Afro Stylist of the Year and Barber of the Year sponsored by Andis and Extensions Specialist of the Year sponsored by Remi Cachet are just some of the competitions taking placed over the course of the weekend. Competitors will fight it out on the show floor, before being crowned on stage for the very best looks in each category. This is the perfect place to see new talent, and celebrate the very best in emerging hairdressing skills.

Professional products at special show offers
Product innovation is at the heart of Salon International, with more than 400 brands presenting their latest launches to a professional-only audience. This is your first chance to see the newest developments in product technology, with 100s of exclusive launches taking place over the show weekend – with special show offers up for grabs.

Network and get noticed Salon International is packed full of inspiration – from shows and shopping, to competitions and HJ’s iconic British Hairdressing Awards Gallery, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. But it’s also a space to network and find out more about what’s going on in your industry. With thousands of salon professionals from across the globe in one space – including iconic names – browsing alongside everyone else! It’s the ideal place to get to know who’s hot, what’s happening and hear what’s affecting salon professionals all over the world. With plenty of bars, restaurants and chill-out spaces, there’s never been a better time to catch up with your peers for some professional networking.

Karine jackson announced as the new president of the fellowship for British Hairdressing

The Fellowship is delighted to announce that Karine Jackson has been appointed as the new President a tenure that runs from April 2017 to April 2019. Karine is the third female President to take this esteemed role. A popular choice for President, with a unanimous vote from the AGM, Karine brings a multitude of skills to this role: business owner, visionary and creative talent in her own right and of course her own brand of energy.

With a passion for taking the highest levels of education, inspiration and connections to The Fellowship membership that is formed of top hairdressers in Britain, having just completed a two year role as Chancellor, Karine is an ardent advocate for British hairdressing and this passion comes through in all that she embraces.

Karine says, "I’m really looking forward to this new role, it’s a real honour for me. I can’t wait to get started, working closely with the team and council to promote the hairdressing industry and our professional standards. Now in it’s 71st year, I’m looking forward to building on the brilliant foundations of the Fellowship to take it into the future."

Outgoing President Bruno Marc said, "I can’t think of a better president to hand over the baton to, Karine has been an amazing asset to The Fellowship she has huge energy and vision for the next phase and she is driven by maintaining enormous value for the members and also to growing the membership throughout the UK and I have no doubt she will be hugely successful in this."

Karine officially takes on the role at the President’s Night on May 8. Karine will work closely with the Fellowship Council and Finance and Events Committees to ensure the growth, integrity and relevance of the Fellowship is as strong for the next generation of hairdressers as it has been for the past 7 decades. The Fellowship is in the best care with Chairman Jo Martin, and vice-president Andreas Stavrou and President Karine Jackson working together.

Essential Looks Heads to London for a Spring Spectacular

This season’s Schwarzkopf Professional European Essential Looks show will take place, for the very first time, in the world’s most creative fashion capital; London, where the craft of hairdressing meets the culture of fashion.

Schwarzkopf Professional’s trend showcase will take place in the capital on 14th May, at the Grade II-listed Troxy theatre, with a stellar line-up of hairdressing talent taking to the stage to bring to life 2017’s biggest hair trends and showcase the powers of the recently-relaunched BLONDME and Osis+ Session Label range.

Schwarzkopf Professional general manager for UK and Ireland, Stuart Hamid says: "We’re so delighted to welcome our salon professionals from across the globe to London for this spectacular show, which will showcase the biggest trends for the new season and how they can be interpreted for a salon audience. Essential Looks is all about supporting our salons so they can offer the most up-to-date services possible to improve their businesses and fire creativity. Without a doubt, our all-star line-up of guest artists are perfectly placed to deliver that education in a way that’s both inspiring and salon-friendly. It’s guaranteed to blow the audience away."

Taking on the challenge of inspiring a global audience is a stellar mix of hairdressing talent who will showcase their interpretations of the season’s key looks, colours and finishes in one eclectic show.

Taking to the stage for the spectacular show this spring will be:

Kim Vo, USA
Blonde expert and BLONDME ambassador, Kim, is colourist to the Hollywood elite and has been dubbed the ‘best blonder in the business’ by Vogue. The colour pioneer will be sharing his expert insight on how to go from dark to blonde, flawlessly for the ultimate blonde showcase.

Tyler Johnston and Lesley Jennison, UK

Schwarzkopf Professional’s ambassadors both come with a wealth of experience in session and celebrity styling. They’ll be presenting their takes on the 2017 Essential Looks trends, designed to bridge the gap between the runway and the high street and inspire hairdressers and salon clients. This season’s collection, Modern Ikon, features three looks: Opulent, inspired by the allure of the 50s French Riviera, showcases sultry glamour and pure sophistication; Beat Icon celebrates the icons of the 60s-beat generation with an urban update; Colorama combines the attitude of punk with Tokyo-inspired neon vibes for a futuristic feel.

Hooker and Young, UK
British hairdressing’s best-loved duo have been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year on numerous occasions, as well as owning a group of high-end salons in the North East. They’ll be presenting a new take on BLONDME looks, bringing their signature style of beautiful, wearable hair to the stage.

Bundy Bundy, Austria

Viennese hairdressing legends Bundy Bundy have been leaders in their field for more than 100 years. The family-run business is renowned for its dynamic creative vision and boundary-pushing aesthetic, which they’ll bring to life as they present inspiring new ways with blondes.

X-presion, Spain
Madrid-based studio, X-presion, are acclaimed for their visionary colouring techniques, which make headlines across the globe. They’ll be sharing the most cutting-edge takes on colour, using bonding technology to push boundaries with no damage.

And it’s not just the experts on stage who will be representing Schwarzkopf Professional’s international reach – the audience will also include salon accounts from across the globe. Gathered together for one epic night of hairdressing, it’s going to be unmissable.


Linton & Mac Duo Delivers Inspirational Speech At Aberdeen Young Professionals Ball

Linton & Mac Directors, Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald, have further cemented their position as successful businesswomen, by delivering an inspirational speech at the inaugural Aberdeen Young Professionals Ball (AYP).

The AYP Ball – organised by the Aberdeen Young Professionals networking group – took place at the Pittodrie Stadium on 24 March 2017, and gave local businesswomen and businessmen the opportunity to network with each other, while celebrating young talent in the area.

Jennifer and Jaye were guest speakers at the event and asked to deliver an inspirational speech to the ball’s attendees. The duo shared their entrepreneurial business journey and spoke of how they set up their business – Linton & Mac – in September 2015, the successes and challenges they have encountered along the way, and how to develop a business idea and identify strategies for future growth.

Says Linton & Mac Directors, Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald: "We were thrilled to be invited to the Aberdeen Young Professionals Ball and share our experience with ambitious local men and women.

It was great to see such a mix of talented individuals in one room, and to watch the first-ever Mentor Awards take place. These awards were created to honour exceptional mentors and mentees on the AYP scheme, which launched this year to connect business leaders with young talent in the area.

Aberdeen is a great place to live, and to set up a business, and we loved sharing our story at the ball.

Success at the double for Q

Last week proved to be one to celebrate and? remember for Q Hair and Beauty, Chichester’s multi-award-winning salon.

Just days after the VIP launch of the new Q salon in Midhurst, managing director Dawn Lawrence Grant scooped the title of Business Personality of the Year in the Observer and Gazette Business Awards.

At the same glittering ceremony on Friday evening, with over 200 guests, at the Hilton Avisford Park near Arundel, the team from Q had double cause to celebrate when the salon was named as Medium Business of the Year.

The prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of businesses of all kinds in West Sussex and Dawn was thrilled to have her leadership recognised.

"I think this is the height of my career," she said.

"I am very much a background person so to receive this level of acknowledgement within the area’s business community means a lot to me"

"I’m also delighted on behalf of Team Q that we won the Medium Business of the Year award – none of our success would be possible without their hard work and professionalism and I am very proud of them all."

Editor, Gary Shipton said "We have some brilliant businesses in this part of the world and some outstanding individuals who run them and work for them."

"The awards are our chance to celebrate them and everything they do"

Q Hair & Beauty’s newest salon recently opened in Midhurst, West Sussex. For more information visit


Salon International is back and bigger than ever in 2017

London’s leading hair trade show has an all-star line-up of shows, seminars and hairdressing stars on the schedule

The UK’s biggest and best hairdressing show just got bigger, with the news that Wella’s International Trend Vision Awards will be taking place at Salon International 2017 – and the exciting announcement that Trevor Sorbie will be making a welcome return to the stage.

Taking place at ExCeL London from the 14th-16th October 2017, this year’s Salon International promises to bring education, inspiration and networking opportunities to more than 38,000 salon professionals from across the globe.

Trend Vision takes London

Wella’s International Trend Vision Awards will play a central part in this year’s Salon International, with finalists from across the globe prepping their models on the show floor of the exhibition – allowing everyone to get up close and personal with the cream of international hairdressing talent. The star-studded grand final – including the iconic Walk of Fame, Parade of Nations and Awards – will take place in the Salon Live theatre. The Coty Professional Beauty division will also be exhibiting, bringing Wella Professionals, ghd and OPI to the show.

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of Salon International says: "We are delighted that Coty Professional Beauty has chosen to partner with Salon International 2017. This collaboration will deliver inspiration, education and excitement to thousands of hairdressing professionals from around the world and this, together with their exhibition presence, will make for a truly exhilarating weekend."

Salon Live welcomes back a legend This year’s Salon Live shows include some of the biggest names in British Hairdressing – including the return of one of the industry’s true icons, Trevor Sorbie. This legendary stylist will be presenting a show for the first time in 15 years, providing unparalleled inspiration in an up-close environment. Salon International 2016Salon International 2016 Salon International 2016Salon International 2016Salon International 2016 Salon International 2016 Salon International 2016Salon International 2016Salon International 2016 Salon International 2016 Salon International 2016

Trevor says: "On Sunday 15th October at Salon International, I’ll be back on stage after 10 years, heading up a show once again. My core philosophy has always been to push the limits of what’s possible with hair. This show will be no different, my team and I are preparing a show which will explain our creative process, take you on a journey inside our heads and push those limits one more time."

Also on the Sunday schedule for Salon Live are the inspiring minds of Sassoon Academy, the fashion-forward looks of TONI&GUY, the award-winning influence of Rush and the captivating magic of Patrick Cameron. There’s still more amazing hairdressing talent to be announced over the three days – watch this space for updates!

Salon International takes place at ExCel London from 14th-16th October 2017. To register for your press pass to this year’s Salon International please visit:

Q Hair & Beauty Launch New Midhurst Salon

It was champagne and congratulations all round when Q Hair and Beauty celebrated the launch of its new salon in the beautiful town of Midhurst in West Sussex.

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

When Anthony and Dawn 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 the elegant building on the corner of West Street and work on fitting it out in stunning style began last December.

The salon opened to great acclaim and invited guests at the official launch on March 29 were full of praise at what has been achieved.

The building has been 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. The impressive transformation reflects the Q philosophy of making the most of the latest green technology while recycling original materials and features where possible and retaining the original character of the premises, which are part of Lord Cowdray’s estate.

"We look on all our clients in Chichester as our guests and we have replicated 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 applies in the new Midhurst salon. We have given 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 has been adapted to incorporate a ladies’ salon with eight 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 have gutted the premises and started again, but keeping features like the old chimney breast, Yorkstone thresholds and original flooring" 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.

Among the guests who enjoyed the grand launch was Melanie Burgoyne, the rural towns co-ordinator.

"The arrival of Q in Midhurst is very welcome," Melanie said. "It is great to see a very forward-thinking business like this coming to the town and wanting to get involved with the local community right from the start."

Q Hair and Beauty Midhurst is located at West Street, Midhurst, West Sussex.For more information visit

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