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Club FŪgaro announces the list of prenominees for Spanish Hairdresser of the Year 2015

After voting stage, Club FŪgaro makes public the names of the prenominees for Spanish Hairdresser of the Year category in Spanish Hairdressing Awards 2015, choosen by club membersí open vote. This year, twelve recognised Spanish hairdressers make up this exclusive group: Antonio Calvo, Carlos Valiente, Christian Vendrell, Felicitas OrdŠs, Gonzalo Zarauza, Jorge CŠncer, Jose Boix, Manuel Mon, Marco Antonio Restrepo, Mayte Garrote, Mikel Luzea y Xavi GarcŪa. Now, all of them are invited to prepare their candidatures to take part in Spanish Hairdresser of the Year competition. Congratulations to all the pre-nominees!

From 10th January to 15th February, every Club FŪgaro 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the hairdressers with at least three votes are prenominees and can submit their candidatures, which consist in a unpublished photographic collection and a trajectory dossier.


From today to 31st May, every Spanish hairdresser can participate in Figaro Spanish Hairdressing Awards 6th edition by uploading their photographic collections in Club Figaroís website. As a novelty this year, the full sign-up process can be done through Club Figaroís website, including fees payment.

Competition is open to Spanish (or resident in Spain) hairdressers at legal age, who can participate with unpublished collections made during last year.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, Menís Commercial, Womenís Commercial and Avant-garde. Once participation period is closed, selected collections will be published in Club Figaroís website and will start the voting round, as much from the members as from the jury. Each categoryís finalists will be announced on 1st July and finally, Figaroís catwalk and Awards ceremony will take place in Madrid on Monday 26th October.

London Fashion Week

Schwarzkopf Professional YAT and LEAP team members went back stage at this yearís London Fashion Week to assist hairdressing salon Eastern Regal and Ethologie for their A/W 2015 catwalk shows.

Amongst all the hustle and bustle backstage the team members helped to create one of this yearís most popular hair trends, already seen on the red carpet by many celebrities Ė the ponytail. With a slick side parting at the front and lots of body at the crown the ponytails were secured low and showed off lots of texture.

ďIt was a great experience, I was honoured as itís an experience that a lot of people might never get the chance to do! It was a truly creative day, I was able to assist the senior hairstylists and get up and close to the hair being styled. Working alongside the senior hairdressers was a great chance to see how the styles were created and also receive a lot of advice and tips. The highlight for me was being able to see all the amazing hair that I had help create walking out on to the catwalk be and photographed. It was an unforgettable day!Ē Joe Stoker, of Dare Hair Design in Seaburn, Sunderland and Young Artistic team member.

ďStyling at London Fashion Week was amazing! I love the atmosphere and the buzz of being backstage and styling hair for the Ethologie show was brilliant. We created some really interesting and unique styles. I love being a part of the LEAP team as it opens up so many new and exciting opportunities for me as a hairdresser. Itís great to get out of the salon and experience the glamour of the catwalk.Ē Anthony McMeiken of Janet Maitland Hair Excellence and LEAP team member.


Schwarzkopf Professionalís Young Artistic Team is designed for the up and coming stars of the hairdressing industry. Set up for 16-25 year olds the team spend a year taking in amazing training, opportunities and career advice culminating in an end of year photo shoot.


LEAP is a new over 25 year old Schwarzkopf initiative launched in April 2014. The programme is designed and delivered by the Schwarzkopf PPS training team and involves hairdressing superstars and professional business experts who will bring a mix of skill sets to give the LEAP team direction, motivation and information to drive their careers forwards in a positive and dynamic way.

The Schwarzkopf LEAP programme is designed for stylists who are no longer eligible to enter into the Schwarzkopf YAT team. Some have entered the industry a little later, and others have graduated from the YAT, F.A.M.E or ClubStar teams and are now looking for the next step.


Neville Hair & Beauty enlisted to devise the hair concept for Palmer//Harding at their London Fashion Week Show

NEVILLE HAIR & BEAUTY FOR PALMER//HARDINGNeville Hair & Beautyís backstage team, headed by Stephen Low and Elena Lavagni, were enlisted to again devise the hair concept for Palmer//Harding at their London Fashion Week Show

The ICA show at London Fashion Week A/W 15 marks the fifth collaboration between the Palmer//Harding brand and the Neville salon team supported by LíOreal Professionnel. The show drew crowds of a-listers and fashion press including Caroline Issa of Tank magazine and Yasmin and Amber Le Bon.

Carmen Borgonvo (stylist for Palmer//Harding and former creative director of My Wardrobe) said of the brief ďWe wanted the hair to be soft but at the same time give it a hard element. As you could see it looks a little bit like braids, but itís not. Itís more like a crown of thorns that look romantic and strong at the same time. I think it was executed perfectly. Stephen Low is a talent and has a wonderful sensibility and I think he did an excellent job.Ē

Head stylist and creative director at Neville, Stephen Low says of his concept ď For the show we created an organic sort of look. We wanted to go with something very natural. As braids have been done so much in the past few fashion seasons we wanted to do something a little bit different and give it a raw feel as opposed to tightly placed around the head. You could actually see a few hairs flying around the head, which gave a lived-in feeling to it with one continuous circle of knots around the head.Ē

Of the product choices for the hair, Elena Lavagni (co-owner and creative director of Neville Salon) said, ďIn order to achieve the look we used LíOreal Beach Wave spray to get that slightly rough texture whilst still maintaining that slightly dewy natural look. My team always manages to use LíOreal Professionnel products in the most original way possible, which allowed us to create the vision for Palmer//Harding.

Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding of Palmer//Harding spoke of their overall concept for the hair, ďThe hair was inspired by the slightly sinister kind of Amish look with innocent -looking knots placed around the head but with a twist. Iíve loved it. Itís my favourite hair so far and Stephen Low and the Neville team were just fantastic. When we talked about the hair-look with Stephen Low and the Neville salon team we said that weíve never done anything like this before, as we wanted an innocent look but with a sinister edge. Something like a halo effect around the head but with a thorny crown effect. I think that Stephen has executed it brilliantly to our original concept. With LíOreal Professionnelís support this is our fifth season working together with the Neville team. Itís almost become that we donít even have to say anything, we can just come up with the boards and send it to them and they will know exactly what weíre thinking Ė weíve become like a familyĒ.

Jack Howard Announces Trademark & Releases Dates For Balayage Revolution Classes

Official colourist to Next Model Management and widely credited with bringing Balayage to the UK, Jack Howardís education has proved so popular heís now trademarked ďBalayage by Jack HowardĒ for education, and application of hair wefts.

Jack is now launching four ĎBalayage Revolutioní dates in London at Paul Edmonds where he is based. The events at the beautiful boutique salon at 217 Brompton Road will serve to add another component to Jackís Balayage Revolution on the road in-salon seminars.

Of the new classes featuring his signature Balayage application, Jack says, ďThese classes are going to be small and intimate, with a maximum of 8 people. The idea behind it is to dispel the myths and fears around freehand work and by the end of the day; participants will be able to perfect the classic Balayage application from root to tip. This class will allow the delegates to then take what theyíve learnt back to their salon and immediately theyíll be able to make more money by offering another colour service.

Jack has worked his colour magic on the likes of Poppy Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Donna Air, Gillian Anderson, Clara Paget, Ola Rudnicka, Vanessa Kirby, Bonnie Wright, Hofit Golan, Ana Beatriz Barros and Daniela Braga, to name but a few. His career has led him from London to Washington DC, New York to La and San Francisco to Paris as a top hair colourist and a Senior Portfolio Artist for LíOreal Professional North America and LíOreal Professional UK & Ireland as a Guest Artist. His work comes highly recommended by the likes of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, ES magazine and Tatler.

The dates for the 2015 classes are as follows:
May 18th
June 29th
September 14th
October 26th

The price for the class is £300 per person and is open to all qualified hairdressers with a 10% discount available to all state registered hairdressers. Tools required for the class: aprons, comb, dryer, brushes, clips. To book, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Paul Meekin makes a big impact in India

Paul Meekin from Partners Hair & Beauty in Belfast is delighted to announce that all of the students he worked with in India as part of the Shaping Futures initiative, have been offered a place at the Bangalore training school of ĎNaturalsí for one of the largest hairdressing salon chains in India and could potentially be offered a job in the future if they are successful in their studies.

Paul was part of the Shaping Futures initiative last year and volunteered on a once in a lifetime trip to Bawana in India for two weeks from the 8th to the 23rd of November to give top-level training and provide students with the foundations to thrive within a hairdressing apprenticeship in India. The 2014 UK team consisted of two technicians and seven wonderful volunteers from Schwarzkopf Professional salons across the UK. The team commits to raining a minimum of £2000 each through fundraising in their salon and local area to pay for their travel, equipment and teaching materials.

The programme, launched in 2010 by Schwarzkopf Professional in cooperation with SOS Childrenís Villages, supports disadvantaged young people living in developing countries by enabling them to learn hairdressing skills in order to secure a job and earn and living. Schwarzkopf Professional supports the initiative through skilled trainers and providing the necessary tools such as model heads, products, appliances needed to teach a wide variety of hairdressing skills, including shampooing and conditioning, root retouching, various forms of cutting, colour theory and blow-drying.

ďThank you to everyone who contributed and supported our fundraising events last autumn, we did it!Ē Paul says, ďwith your help we have made a lasting change to the lives of these young people and made a difference, so thank you all so much!Ē

To donate £5 to this fantastic initiative, please text SHAP37 to 70070. Learn more about the Shaping Futures SOS Childrenís Village partners at or


A Night With The Young Feds

After the first success of A Night With The Feds in September at Madame Jojoís, London, the MHFed recently hosted A Night With The Young Feds.

The evening was packed with a 90-minute menís hairdressing and barbering show along with an awards presentation for the MHFedís Young Feds Artistic Team.

The night also saw Chris The Blade and Joe Sloan from the MHFed showcasing advance barbering and hairdressing techniques including future trend forecasts.

Fresh from their presenting exploits at Membersí Night for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing in January, the MHFedís Young Feds Artistic Team presented some of the looks and techniques from that show which Errol Douglas described as "one of the strongest on the night." The looks took influences from Milan Fashion Week, the movie Fury and their latest mentor, Foxy. They demonstrated a combination of techniques from clippers and scissor work along with new blow-drying techniques that were recently taught to them by Foxy.

One half of salon Scarlet Moon and ambassador for the MHFed, Foxy made a special guest appearance showcasing a modern, textured pompadour style and a futuristic mod haircut.

ďThe night was an incredible success and it was brilliant to be able to give the MHFedís Young Feds Artistic Team their awards for winning a place in the team,Ē said Adam Sloan, Founder of the MHFed.

The sold out event raised hundreds of pounds for Prostate Cancer and also for one of the Young Fedsí clientís families who had sadly lost a loved one from abdominal cancer recently.

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The Epic "Blo-off"

Real Hair in Chelsea kicked off 2015 in style with a ĎBlo-offí competition designed to enthuse and motivate the Blo staff and Real Hair assistants into experimenting with the skills learnt during their time at the salons.

The six competitors were asked to research a designer they found particularly influential and from that create a mood board to illustrate their research. From their mood boards, they created a hair style that they felt reflected the designer on a model that tied in with the brand image.

The event was judged by Real Hairís Creative Director and Schwarzkopf Professionalís international ambassador Andy Smith, global ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional Lesley Jennison and Chanel Nott, Real Hair training director and fashion colourist.

The event winners from Blo were Lillie Strange in first place, Sian Roylance in second and Samuel Koroma in third. From Real, the winner was Sunil Banger, with Abbey Jarrole and Charlie McTigue making second and third runners up.

Judge Andy Smith from Real Hair comments, ďThe event was fantastic and inspiring and we saw some really great work. Itís important to get creative juices flowing within the teams so that stylists can get to grips with their individual styles and ideas.Ē

Lillie Strange with her model (L), Sian Roylance with her model (R)

Samuel Koroma with his model (L) and Sunil Banger and his model (R)

Abbey Jarrole with her model (L) and Charlie McTigue and his model (R)

Headromance has celebrated their first in-salon awards ceremony

Havant hair salon, headromance, has celebrated their first in-salon awards ceremony. The ceremony included trophies, speeches, flowers and plenty of bubbly!

The winners were:
Apprentice of the Year* - Hayley Scott
Team Member of the Year* - Emilia Ascua
Stylist of the Year* - Paige Stray
Barber of the Year - Sian Chandler
Colourist of the Year - Sasha Francis
Occasion Hair Stylist - Paige Stray
Hair Health Expert - Hayley Scott
Retailer of the Year - Jessica Roles
Most Improved - Connor James Scott
Special Recognition - Courtney Cairns

*All voted by headromance team members. Ā

"Itís hugely important to recognise your teams strengths and performance and an annual awards ceremony is the perfect way to do that. It gives us time together to reflect on the past year and celebrate our achievements" said Emily Warne, Director of headromance

There was a huge buzz in the salon in the lead up to the awards ceremony. Team members were so excited they even shared the news with their clients. Ā

"The clients in turn LOVE hearing about the awards. They love that their stylist will be getting the recognition they deserve. An awards ceremony makes the team very happy and is a way of saying thank you for all their hard work. After all, a happy team makes a happy salon which makes a happy business" said Peter Gibbs, Director of headromance.

Hopeful young hairdressers put to the test

Hopeful young hairdressers were put to the test in Clynolís hunt for this yearís Protťgť styling stars and the chosen final six have now been revealed:

Kirby Brewer - Luisa Butera Creative Hair, Kidderminster
Cassie Jackson
- Doo Dahs, Bishops Stortford
Lauren Saunders
- Hoop Haircutters, Clacton-on-sea

Clare Hatherall
- Elizabeth & Giovanni, Kidderminster
Rebecca Tomlinson
- Hair by Michael Ford, St Helens
Elise Ricketts
- Alberico, Leicester

L-R Rebecca Tomlinson, Lauren Saunders, Kirby Brewer, Clare Hatherall,
Cassie Jackson, Elise Ricketts

The applicants were judged by Ross Taylor, creative director at Falltricks Hair & Beauty, Tim Scott-Wright from The Hair Surgery and British Hairdressing Awards ĎHall of Fameí member and Hensmans director Gemma Hensman.

The Protťgť judging process consists of three stages, the first being an initial Ďfirst-cutí phase where applicants send in a personal pitch explaining why they feel they should be considered for the team along with a summary of the creative work they will demonstrate at the next phase should they be selected. Shortlisted applicants are then invited to a face to face interview and presentations where they bring models along and have one hour to complete their cutting and styling for the judges to assess them on practices and confidence. In the final stage, finalists must present their work to the judging panel in a three minute slot, showing good technical knowledge and presentation skills.

ďI am so happy with the chosen team,Ē says Team mentor Jamie Farrar, ďeveryone has the right assets to succeed and thereís a great dynamic of skills and personalities. Thanks to the judges we have managed to find a fantastic team and I cannot wait to work with them and experience this year alongside them.Ē


Fudge Professional Takes Centre Stage At London Collection: Men Aw15

Fudge Professional had another sensational season at the recent London Collections: Men AW15 as the Official Hair Partner. Creating both stand out looks for the models on the runway and the VIP front row guests with the Fudge Fix, Fudge Professional was a style force to be reckoned with at Menís Fashion Week.

Alongside creating the looks for seven shows, Fudge Professional hosted ĎThe Fudge Fixí, a dedicated pop-up salon area based at the hub of Menís Fashion Week, Victoria House. Managed by the Fudge Brand Ambassadors, fashionsí finest were treated to complementary styling using Fudge Professional products and the latest electrical tools from BaByliss PRO, including the Titanium Expression Collection and V-Blade Lithium Clipper and Trimmer.

Effortless, chic and undone hair was a key trend at this seasons LC:M, with Christopher Shannon, James Long, Matthew Miller and Craig Green all sporting the look. Hair at Lee Roach was an interesting contrast of matte versus high shine and the models at Belstaff rocked 1950ís quiffs, each styled differently so that no two models looked the same. Continuing to push runway boundaries, models at the Katie Eary show wore Ďdreadlock brainísí in a variety of colours mirroring the brain themed collection.

To help inspire guests at The Fudge Fix, Fudge Professional created an exclusive LC:M styling menu, offering a variety of on trend looks such as ĎLetís Braid Outí, ĎTexture Experimenterí and ĎGroom To Goí. Guests did not shy away from sharing their new doís with their friends, thanks to the built-in social media photo-booth.

The Fudge Fix attracted an array of VIP clientís from the world of fashion, film and music including indie film actress, Sophie Kennedy Clark who plays Philomena in award winning series, Game of Thrones, self-taught musician Martin Luke Brown and up and coming British actor, Jack Bannon, who starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Brad Pitt in Fury, and is costarring with Cara Delevingne in this yearís Kids in Love. Designer Katie Eary and Patrick Grant, creative director of menswear brand E-Tautz led the fashion crowd, joined by Topman NEWGEN. In addition to styling guests, the Fudge Brand Ambassadors showcased their talent and passion for the brand by transforming the hair of selected models using Fudge Professional products such as Paintbox.

To mark the end of an unforgettable four days of innovation, excitement and super cool hair, John Vial, Creative Director for Fudge Professional and Stephanie Bruce, Head of Fudge Professional, invited the LC:M team and members of the press to a champagne reception at The Fudge Fix. Speaking about the hair styles at LC:M AW15, John Vial said: ďWe saw a major trend for effortless hair this season. Weíre talking hair thatís styled just enough so that itís noticeable Ė this will be the staple look of this coming autumn/winter. Our new Fudge Professional Light HED-ed Hair Oil, due to launch later this year, is mega light and non-greasy and was perfect for creating this slightly groomed look.Ē

Commenting on the experience, Stephanie Bruce said: ďThe Fudge Professional team pulled off another fantastic season at London Collections: Men. The team backstage were seamless, creating stunning and original looks that worked with the new collections to deliver a show stopping performances on the runway. Whatís more, The Fudge Fix, kindly supported by BaByliss PRO, proved to be the fashion week hot spot and was inundated with guests. I was impressed by the commitment and creativity of the Brand Ambassadors who worked hard to make the pop up a huge success. Involving our customers in every aspect of what we do is high on our agenda and itís a real bonus when we can support the development of their portfolios through doing this.Ē

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