London Fashion Week - Andrew Smith at Chanel Joan Elkayam

Chanel is the designer to watch. Youngest ever designer at Paris and New York Fashion Weeks. Awarded New York’s Designer Of The Year at the age of 19. This inspirational young lady has seriously grasped the attention of the world’s media and fashion influencers and Andrew Smith is her go-to hair stylist who she trusts implicitly to head her backstage team.

Collection: La Sola Rosa

Hoxton Arches, Shoreditch

A female poet & writer Vera Brittain who was lost in love in the midst of war. The collection and presentation represented the emotions portrayed at this time. A fusion of raw beauty, emotion, power and romantic sensuality. Timeless glamour and subtle intimacy

Hair Inspiration: Timeless glamour, classic, delicate, sophisticated and ultimately, subtly beautiful.

Hair Team:
Andrew Smith sponsored by milk_shake & Hot Tools; Kristina Ainge; The Andrew Smith Artistic Team

Must Have Session Kit:
milk_shake Strong Hold Hairspray; Hot Tools Straightening Irons; milk_shake Argan Oil

Hair How To: separate the hair into 1.5inch sections either side of the parting and tie remainder into a low knotted bun at the nape of the neck. Keep hair super sleek, glossy. Using irons create soft, feminine S-Waves that gently flatter the hairline. Take the S Waves around the back of the hair and grip them into the bun


Club Fígaro announces the list of pre-nominees for Spanish Hairdresser of the Year 2017

After voting stage, Club Fígaro makes public the names of the pre-nominees for Spanish Hairdresser of the Year category in Spanish Hairdressing Awards 2017, choosen by club members’ open vote. This year, fifteen recognised Spanish hairdressers make up this exclusive group:

Amparo Fernández
Antonio Calvo
Carlos Valiente
Christian Vendrell
David Rodelas
Inma Álvarez
Jorge Cáncer
José Siero
Manuel Mon
Mayte Garrote
Olga García
Rafael Bueno
Raquel Sáiz
Raúl Zarco
Ziortza Zarauza

Now, all of them are invited to prepare their candidatures to take part in Spanish Hairdresser of the Year competition.
From 16th January to 16th February, every Club Fígaro member was invited to vote his/her two favourite Spanish hairdressers to take part in the Spanish Hairdresser of the Year competition. Once voting stage is closed, the hairdressers with at least three votes are pre-nominees and can submit their candidatures, which consist in a unpublished photographic collection and a trajectory dossier.


From 1rst March to 31st May, every Spanish hairdresser can participate in Figaro Spanish Hairdressing Awards 8th edition by uploading their photographic collections in Club Figaro’s website. Competition is open to Spanish (or resident in Spain) hairdressers at legal age, who can participate with unpublished collections made during last year. Every collection must be composed of 4 pictures (black & white or colour) of 4 different hairstyles. In this edition, the contestants should pay an entry fee, which allow to submit as many collections as they want in any of the following categories: Newcomer, Men’s Commercial, Women’s Commercial and Avant-garde. Once participation period is closed, participating collections will be published annonymously in Club Figaro’s website and will start the voting round, as much from the members as from the jury. The finalists will be announced on 1st July and finally, Figaro’s catwalk and Awards ceremony will take place in Madrid on Monday 6th November. Contest rules and jury and voting regulations are available in, ready to download.

The Trevor Sorbie team take on London Fashion Week

Sponsoring the AW17 shows taking place for London Fashion Week held at the Royal Society of Arts, Kerastraight took their stylists of choice the Trevor Sorbie Art Team to head up the hair styling for 5 different fashion show presentations, "Trevor Sorbie are KeraStraight’s Global Ambassadors so they were a clear first choice when selecting a team to work on London Fashion Week" KeraStraight.

Heading up the shows were Art Team members Adam Szabo, International Education Director Tiziana Di Marcelli and British Hairdressing Award finalist Mai Ha.

Adam Szabo says "It was great working with KeraStraight, we were given complete freedom with the hair to create whatever the designers dreamt for their collections and KeraStraight provided us with the perfect products in order to achieve these looks."

The Trevor Sorbie team believe education and experience is vital, the team consistently seeks out original ideas and new techniques. Junior members of the team were invited to support the experienced Art Team members, "It is very important to support and motivate the new up and coming generation. Events such as London Fashion Week give them the experience and excitement to be the next generation of talented hairstylists" says Tiziana Di Marcelli.

In the week leading up to the shows, the team prepped for the shows by running hair trials in the salon. These involved meeting up with the designer to discuss their concept and collaborating on different ideas.


This look showcased a continuation of the baby hair trend from last season’s Fashion Week but is done to add detail and frame the face, mimicking the movement of the styled hair. "We created a sculpted gel look with a natural wave throughout the hair. Using a heavy amount of KeraStraight Root Lift Spray, Glossing Texture Crème and Ultimate Oil we created a high-shine, slick root from the roots to mid-length.

The hair was parted behind the ears bringing one section in front of the ears to fall onto the shoulder and the second section behind the ear was pulled into the nape of the neck with a wave movement through to the ends
" Tiziana Di Marcelli.


The look was a short, cropped, textured bob with a mini fringe. Undone was key here and the girls were finished with a very textured, wet-look.

"We used wigs to achieve the ‘mod’ look, as some of the models had long hair.

All the wigs were prepped by adding in a natural curl with tongs to create movement and texture, and then finished with the Kerastraight Ultimate Oil and Moisture Mist to achieve the wet-look.
" Mai Hai.


The brief for this presentation was ‘Sleep now, work later’ so the hair was all about the natural, ‘just woke up’ bed-head look with asymmetric texture and flat sections.

"Using the model’s natural hair texture, we created the illusion that the model had been sleeping on one side of the head. We used just a little of the KeraStraight Root Lift Spray on the roots to give some texture on the crown." Mai Ha, Trevor Sorbie. The rest of the look took on a 70’s feel with parted fringes and softer edges.


The brief was ‘girls coming out of the forest’ so the hair had a very relaxed, ethereal feel.

The inspiration for this look was feminine yet still powerful, based on a Shakespearian style. "We created a texture throughout the hair by tonging very loosely the mid to ends of the hair and added an element of moisture using the KeraStraight Moisture Mist.

Mini fish tail plaits and braids were styled through the front and hidden within the hair, we finished the look using a dust powder to enhance texture.
" Tiziana Di Marcelli


"The designer wanted a very simple street look. We used the KeraStraight Titanium curling irons and straighteners to create a very natural effect in the hair and to achieve a similar texture on each model.

To finish we used a touch of the KeraStraight Ultimate Oil, KS Style Moisture Mist for natural, believable shine
" Adam Szabo.

"It was such a great opportunity for our team to be involved in London Fashion Week with KeraStraight.

The collections and the buzz of working backstage is such a great experience for our whole team and the products were perfect for the hair styles we created for each of these shows
" Mai Ha.

R+Co Launch Education 2017


On Monday 20th February R+Co launched its’ first creative course in the UK, ‘PARK AVE Styling,’ presented by R+Co Global Artist Jason Hall, at Marylebone, central London.

The class mastered the fundamentals in the foundation of great hairdressing, a belief that has kept the R+Co founders, Howard McLaren, Garren and Thom Priano, at the top of their game for decades.

‘PARK AVE Styling’ seen attendees learn how Garren perfected his unique blow out that is core to his work, whether he is on set or working with his elite Fifth Avenue clientele. The class followed with key texture techniques.

Jason Hall, R+Co Global Artist, travelled to the R+Co New York studio, during 2016, to spend time with the collective, Howard, Garren and Thom, to design and create classes that reinvented the way hairdressing is taught while keeping to the creative process, sources of inspiration with a pool of references.

R+Co Global Artist, Jason said "At the very core of hairdressing is the culture of education, our launch class, PARK AVE Styling, seen our attendees break it down, mess it up, and master their craft."

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Charlotte Hanson, Wedding Hair Specialist, S J Forbes, Reveals Her Top Three Bridal Hair Trends For Spring/Summer 2017

Looped ponytail
Models strutted the bridal runway at Naeem Khan with hair styled in a structural twist that added plenty of drama to the designer’s stunning bridal gowns. Hair was slicked back, smooth and tight, pulled in to a centre parting and the ponytail tucked neatly in to a loop. The look was fresh, chic and oh-so now.

Tie the knot

At Carolina Herrera, topknots were anything but taut. The models were styled with loose, face framing up-dos that were carefree, extremely romantic and effortless.

Braided Bun
A key bridal hair trend this season, and one that translates so well from runway to aisle, is the braided bun. At Erdem, hair was pulled roughly in to a low ponytail that had been plaited in various sizes and directions and then styled into a bun. This look is perfect for a modern, non-conventional bride.

Greece is the word...

Hooker and Young share Schwarzkopf Professional’s smart blonde message around the world

International show and seminar favourites Hooker & Young continue their European and World BlondMe tour for Schwarzkopf Professional and take their Made in England meets BlondMe on the road from Europe to Australia this is one BIG roadshow!

Just returned from Greece, Gary and Michael were inspiring, training, demonstrating and wowing their audiences with cutting, colouring and styling work. With two fully sold out auditoriums of Schwarzkopf salon owners and teams in both Athens and Thessalonika, where Hooker & Young took their own brand of accessible, engaging hairdressing. The purpose of the tour is to demonstrate a world of blonde looks on their 12 models, the Hooker & Young team show the unparalleled blonde lift and bring to life the beautiful blondes of this newly relaunched range with outstanding educational messages and support.

"We’ve had a fantastic time in Greece with a fast paced programme we showcased what are honestly the best blondes we have worked with so it is great to share the love!" commented Michael Young.

Hooker & Young along with their manufacturing partners Schwarzkopf Professional are entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences in Spain & Slovakia (January), Greece (February) and are now heading back to Blighty for shows in Manchester (20th February), Glasgow (21st February), London (6th March), Dublin (7th March) and then they will be leaving on a jet plane (I hear a song coming on!) to Australia in March.

On May 12th Hooker and Young open the show at their ultimate venue date at The Troxy presenting to thousands in London for Schwarzkopf Professional’s Essential Looks Global Launch in London this year. 2017 is shaping up to be one for the road for the Geordie duo.

"Gary and Michael are the consummate professionals, their knowledge of the Schwarzkopf Professional collection, particularly Blondme is outstanding and they share their passion for the brand, and the success it has in their own salons with their teams and clients. The way they bring their personal message to audiences is incredibly inspiring." Commented Stephen McDowell, head of education for Schwarzkopf Professional UK and Ireland.

Jennifer Linton And Jaye Macdonald, Co-Directors, Linton & Mac, Reveal Their Top Men’s Trends Of Spring/Summer 17

Fringe benefits

Heavy fringes are huge this season, and there was a noticeable amount of designers opting for this careless, messy look throughout S/S17 Men’s Fashion Week. Raw, natural styles were dominating the runway at Salvatore Ferragamo, while Ports 1961 showcased the look perfectly on its boyish models. The key to this undone style lies in the cut: layers are essential to maximise natural texture and boost movement. This look oozes sophistication and is sure to be a hit this season.

Hair Fades

The fade haircut has been one of the hottest men’s hair trends of recent years and is extremely popular at Linton & Mac. It was no surprise to see more designers embracing this contemporary style on the runways. The male models at Bobby Abley and Ermanno Scervino rocked a variety of different fades, from undercuts with tapered transitions to sleeker high fades.


Androgynous hairstyles have been steadily gaining popularity over the last couple of months, but you know a hair trend has hit the big time when it’s all over the Fashion Week runways. Androgynous styles were seen at Hermès and Armani, where the models showcased gender-neutral hairstyles. The modern man no longer feels the need to be overly masculine and can embrace feminine beauty.

Blue Tit Reveals ‘Miraging’, Its Unique New Colouring Technique For Ss17

Blue Tit, the award-winning seven-strong salon group in London, has revealed its latest colouring technique for Spring/Summer 2017: Miraging.

Created by Blue Tit Directors Perry Patraszewski and Andi Hinteregger, along with Stylist, Bradley Stratton, the technique, inspired by the apocalypse, was developed in response to the growing trend for multiple colours, and allows a variety of artful hues to be created with an earthy and otherworldly effect.

Miraging is a blend of bold or contrasting colour patterns within the hair, concealing them with a veil of a natural base created by taking a section around the parting, using it to conceal or ‘mirage’ the colours underneath.

Colours can be soft and natural – with subtle flashes of pastels that are blended through, or more dramatic, using bold and bright colours to create interesting patterns and panels that change when the hair moves.

Says Perry Patraszweski: "This trend is set to be huge as it allows people to express themselves in a creative way. The colours can be brought out or hidden depending on the chosen hairstyle.

It is also a very easy technique to follow and can be adapted by the stylist for the client.

This technique will suit both commercial and creative consumers, taking into consideration the haircut and length. It all depends on the colour tones used and what effect they want to achieve.

Westrow Artistic Team showcases educational prowess in israel

The globally renowned Westrow Artistic team has just returned from Israel, where they have been showcasing their collective creative skills to L’Oréal Professionnel salon groups and influencers in the country.

The recent journey took Westrow Director, Steve Rowbottom, Westrow Artistic Team Technical Director, Jenny Pelter, and Westrow Education Director, Leanne Brown, to Tel Aviv to deliver a three-day educational programme in the cosmopolitan city.

Over 300 guests from L’Oreal Professionnel independent hairdressing groups, high-profile accounts and the Israel L’Oréal Professionnel ID Artist Team enjoyed an up-close-and-personal insight into the trends and techniques that have put Westrow at the forefront of creativity and innovation over the years.

The Westrow Artistic Team has become a key educator for L’Oréal Professionnel over the years, constantly travelling in the UK and overseas to showcase their collective knowledge and skills on platform.

Education is key to the brand’s growth strategy and Westrow was awarded with the prestigious Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Business Award for Training at the end of last year. Further proof that the brand is delivering an educational agenda that is well recognised both in the UK and internationally.

Said director Steve Rowbottom of the event: "As a hairdresser it is of the utmost importance that you continue your education and expand your knowledge.

Visiting Israel gave us another opportunity to share the story behind our brand and to showcase the creativity that is at the heart of what we do and has made us an award-winning business over the last 29 years. The feedback we received was incredible and we look forward to working on more events of this nature in the future.

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