A day in the Sassoon Academy
cut and coloured hair. I appreciated the advice that we should always be looking to make it our own rather than just replicate, something we're keen to pass on when the NHF Inspire present too."
NHF Inspire Attends Sassoon Welcome Day
With the new mentoring year ahead, the NHF Inspire team attended the first of many motivating and educational days with UK Creative Director, Bruce Masefield and the Sassoon Creative Team.
With a full-on day, the day started with a presentation by Bruce Masefield, Colour Director Caroline Spencer and Creative Director Davide Scarna demonstrating the fundamentals and foundations of Sassoon ABC cutting and colouring techniques through two colouring and three cutting live model demonstrations.
Part of the year ahead will see the NHF Inspire team shoot a collection with Bruce and the Sassoon Creative Team, so the day also incorporated a presentation of the A/W 09 and latest S/S 10 hair Collections and the process undertaken to achieve the globally recognised Collections - everything from brainstorming ideas, concept sketches, tear sheets, mood boards, step by step cut and colour concepts, stylist swatches, lighting, posing, models, makeup plus much more.
NHF Inspire team group outside the Sassoon Academy
The NHF Inspire team were then actively encouraged to start thinking of their shoot ahead - how they'll find their own in-house models, how they should be meticulous in everything they do as a team and individual in the salon and of course taking time to brainstorm as a team what the shoot should accomplish. For the next team gathering, everyone will present their own mood board and thoughts on how it should progress ready for everyone to comment and agree on. "I felt a real positive vibe from the room - on both sides of the teams. Even after just one day, we're already coming together as a team and understanding each of our aims," explained Bruce. "As the NHF Inspire they are inspiring others all the time as a team so that's exciting for us at Sassoon and what we're all going to continue focusing on this year,"
The day concluded with an overview of the Sassoon Academy and a tour around their educational academies.
"The feedback from everyone involved was so positive," explained Rebecca Dickenson NHF Inspire Manager, "the atmosphere was buzzing with ideas and the talk quickly moved to how the day could be incorporated into the team's upcoming events such as the NHF Championships in Cardiff and the NHF Conference later in the year. We're also starting talks about regional seminars for the NHF so members can expect to see some truly inspiring seminars from the NHF Inspire following the mentoring days."
NHF Inspire Quotes from the day:
Jo O'Neill, Joanne O'Neill, Co Antrim
"It's really great to see everyone here and working together as a team already. It's amazing. I thought it was so interesting watching the Sassoon team taking us back to the basics - it reminded me why we all love hairdressing so much and being part of the NHF Inspire."
Colin McAndrew, Medusa Hairdressing, Edinburgh
"I'm so buzzed! The demonstrations were so simple but the result was beautiful, technically
Holly Lewis, Jay-Jay's, Bristol
"I'm so excited to take everything from this day away and share with others. The colouring techniques were inspiring - clever, different and inspiring. I loved everything!"
Helen Ainsworth, Crème, Yorkshire
"To be sat in a room with such creative people from Sassoon to my Inspire team members is unforgettable. It's great to see us all working together and knowing what we'll produce in this coming year."
Claire Solman, The CF40 Experience, Tonypandy
"I'm feeling so creative, ready to inspire more and enjoyed every moment! I'm in awe of the year ahead and found the talk on the in-depth development of the Sassoon hair collections vital to how the NHF Inspire will progress this year. It's going to be great to share this with the members."
Katy Grimshaw, Celestearnold hair and make up, Lancashire
"As one of the younger members in the team, it's left me so motivated and encouraged for my career. To be part of a team such as the NHF Inspire, spending time with Bruce and the Sassoon Creative Team and then sharing that with others in the industry is an exciting opportunity and I'm pleased to be part of it."
Kayliegh Louise Nicholas, The CF40 Experience, Tonypandy
"I'm so impressed with what the NHF Inspire team are going to be doing this year and as a younger team member, to be part of that at my age is so rewarding."
Gary Hunter, Frances Hunter Hairdressers, Stirling
"Today has taken us all out of our comfort zones and introduced a new level of education and knowledge that we're keen to share with the NHF members this year. This is a dream opportunity - Charlie Taylor, Akin Konizi and hob creative team and now Bruce with the Sassoon Creative Team, it's something else!"
Images from Sassoon Spring/Summer 2010 Futuricity Collection