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Westrow Salons Embrace ’Wear A Hat Day’ For Brain Tumour Research

Staff from Westrow Wetherby and 18 Thornton’s Arcade in Leeds – two of the salons within the eight-strong group – supported Wear a Hat Day in March, the premier Brain Tumour Awareness event in the UK. Sporting hats of all shapes and sizes, the team helped raise much-needed funds for the worthy cause.

The event aims to promote awareness of brain tumours and raise vital funds for Brain Tumour Research. The disease kills more children and people under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet only receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending in the UK. As a result the annual event is a fun way of increasing awareness and encouraging people to raise money for an often-overlooked form of cancer.

Staff from Westrow showed their support via a marvellous array of millinery, from baseball caps to riding hats. Westrow Wetherby also provided homemade cakes, biscuits and buns, to tempt clients to make a donation for Brain Tumour Research. Westrow raised more than £250 collectively for the charity.

Steve Rowbottom, Director, Westrow said: “We were really keen to support Wear a Hat Day as the charity does a fantastic job at raising awareness for brain cancer. Next year, for the second event, all eight Westrow salons and our educational academy will join forces to show our support on a much grander scale.”

Hooker & Young plus Schwarzkopf Professional = Creative Collaboration

Spring 2015: Schwarzkopf Professional is delighted to announce an elite new partnership with leading UK salon group, Hooker & Young, including the appointment of Hooker & Young owners, Gary Hooker and Michael Young, as international ambassadors for the brand. The appointment will see Gary and Michael working closely with Schwarzkopf Professional on a high-profile series of global creative collaborations that will include photographic shoots, creative seminars, exclusive technical tutorials, stage presentations and more.
Pedro Roche, Head of Key Accounts for Schwarzkopf Professional makes the announcement. “This new creative collaboration is an exciting elite partnership that unites our esteemed brands. Gary, Michael and their senior team define what’s best in British hairdressing and Schwarzkopf’s global reach supports them in the spotlight of the international stage. Hooker & Young have pioneered a huge body of work, taking creativity to new heights while remaining accessible, down-to-earth and commercially focused. Our UK and international teams are buzzing with excitement around a developing programme of events for the coming twelve months.”

Gary Hooker and Michael Young state: “This partnership represents the start of an exciting new chapter for our business, full of new creative opportunities and influences, and a whole new portfolio of products and services for us to explore and offer our clients. The entire Hooker & Young team relishes what lies ahead, and can’t wait to get started.”
Hooker & Young is a multi-award winning business with a reputation for creating stunning photographic collections and beautiful, show-stopping hair. The first association on this collaborative journey begins on set of the trend phenomenon Essential Looks which will place Gary and Michael at the heart of the project as International Ambassadors for the Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.

Celebrating the best of Irish Hairdressing

Sunday 29th March saw the biggest event in the Irish hairdressing calendar with the Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards. The crème de la crème of the industry descended on the RDS in Dublin to celebrate an incredible year in Irish hairdressing while networking with their peers and enjoying a spectacular trend show.

The 350 strong crowd were treated to a fabulous Essential Looks show from Schwarzkopf Professional, where ambassadors Andy Smith, Charlie Taylor and Kevin Kahan presented the three key spring/summer trends, before celebrity presenter, Lorraine Keane kicked off proceedings.
Sean Taaffe, winner of three awards including National Salon of the Year 2014/2015 said of the event: “Wow! What a day! We have 50 staff across our salons so this isn’t just for us as the owners, this is for them. They truly make our salon group what it is, and without such an amazing team we wouldn’t be standing up here today.”

Michael Berggren, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional UK & Ireland said of the event: “Running a successful salon business takes determination, vision and strength – not to mention strong leadership skills to keep your team at the top as well. Schwarzkopf Professional is proud to host the Irish Hairdressing Business awards and celebrate these visionaries in the industry!”
Judged by some of the top names in the hairdressing industry, including Errol Douglas MBE, Russell Barker from Mahogany Hairdressing and Amanda Nottage from Creative Head magazine, for the first time in its 12 year history, the awards also celebrated the runner up for each category. A big congratulations goes to the winners and runners up of the prestigious awards:

Customer Care Award

Winner: Sean Taaffe Hair and Beauty Group
Runner Up: Caroline Hair Creation

Marketing Salon of the Year

Winner: DaveyDaveyMens
Runner Up: Lloyds Hair Waterford

Reception/Front of House Award
Winner: Aoife Horgan, Stunners Hair Salon
Runner Up: Lynsey Frahill, Rustiq Salon, Kilkenny

Salon Design Award
Winner: Preen
Runner Up: Kevin Kahan

Schwarzkopf Retail Salon of the Year
Winner: Ritzys Hairdressing
Runner Up: Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing

Training Award
Winner: Ikon Hair Design
Runner Up: TONI&GUY, Clarendon Street

Website of the Year
Winner: Sugar Cubed
Runner Up: Oscars and Co Barbershop

Trainee of the Year - Connacht
Winner: Emma Loughney, Allure Hairdressing, Ballina
Runner Up: Cian Moore, Kelly’s Hair & Beauty

Trainee of the Year – Dublin
Winner: Alan Adderly, DaveyDavey
Runner Up: David Reynolds, Zeba

Trainee of the Year – Leinster

Winner: Sinead Hourihane, Lynda Maher Hair Studio
Runner Up: Chloe Brennan, Lynda Maher Hair Studio

Trainee of the Year – Munster
Winner: Andrew O’Sullivan, Creation Hair & Beauty Studio
Runner Up: Barry McDonagh, Altamoda Hair

Trainee of the Year – Ulster
Winner: Amy Rutledge, Kevin Kahan
Runner Up: Natalie Chettleburgh, Paul Meekin Partners Hair & Beauty

National Trainee of the Year 2014/2015
Winner: Sinead Hourihane, Lynda Maher Hair Studio
Runner Up: Amy Rutledge, Kevin Kahan

Salon of the Year - Connacht
Winner: Allure Hair and Beauty, Castlebar
Runner Up: Kelly’s Hair and Beauty Salon

Salon of the Year – Dublin
Winner: Brown Sugar Hair and Beauty
Runner Up: Foundation

Salon of the Year - Leinster
Winner: Ritzys Hairdressing
Runner Up: Rustiq – Carlow

Salon of the Year – Munster

Winner: Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty Group Killarney
Runner Up: Ikon Hair Design

Salon of the Year – Ulster
Winner: Natural Hair Company
Runner Up: Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

National Salon of the Year 2014/2015
Winner: Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty Group Killarney
Runner Up: Ritzys Hairdressing


New Game of Thrones star visits Mahogany Hairdressing

New Game of Thrones star Toby Sebastian visited Mahogany Hairdressing recently to have his haircut by International Creative Director Colin Greaney.

Mahogany’s London salon saw the English actor through its doors on Monday the 27th of March to spruce up his hair in time for his new character role in Season 5 of the HBO series Game of Thrones as Trystane Martell.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series that has attracted record numbers of viewers across an international fan base, not to mention numerous awards and nominations. Its fifth season premiered on Monday April the 12th 2015 and Toby Sebastian is set to make his television series debut.

Oxford born Toby is best known for his role as Russell in the film ‘After the Dark and Cash Fenton in ‘Barely Lethal’ and has been singing and song writing from a young age.

It was a delight to have Toby in our salon, he is a real gentleman as well as a very cool decent guy,” Colin said, “Ironically, I actually did Emilia Clarke’s hair for her first audition for the Game of Thrones. Hopefully Toby will go on to the great heights of success as Emilia has done!


Hob Salons Southgate Welcomes New Franchisee

Award winning hairdressing group HOB Salons are proud to be welcoming a new Franchisee to their ever growing team as Antony Kalli takes the reins at the groups Southgate branch.

Situated in a prime location on Chaseside on the bustling High Street, Antony brings 16 years’ industry experience to this role and is the first born and bred Franchisee in the HOB group having started his training with the company as a young Apprentice in 1999. On completion of his training with the group, Antony went on to qualify in 2001. Quickly building his reputation in the company, he secured the Newcomer of the Year title in the same year at the highly anticipated HOB Awards reflecting his determination, skill and passion for the industry.

Working his way up the ranks, Antony soon took a leap into management as Assistant Manager for the Loughton salon in 2002 whilst balancing this with his creative flair as he secured his position in the multi award-winning HOB Creative Team. Soon realising his future laid in management, Antony continued to thrive in this leadership role before taking his first steps into salon ownership with the Southgate branch.

Brining his creative and business background to this role, Antony is dedicated to driving his team and salon forward, committed to delivering the unrivalled hairdressing and customer excellence the HOB Salons group are renowned for.

Having taken over as Franchisee at the start of the month, Antony says ‘as a young Apprentice for HOB Salons when I was a teenager, I am really excited to have achieved my dream of being a Franchisee within this group. HOB Salons have always been so supportive to me and my career and their success and approach to business and hairdressing reflects everything I hope to achieve at HOB Salons Southgate.’

Agreeing with Antony, HOB Director Clive Collins said ‘We are so thrilled for Antony. Having watched him progress over the years from a young salon assistant, it is amazing to see how he has grown into a great hairdresser and businessman. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to working with him in the years to come.

Learners Are Cutting It At Top County Event

One of Britain’s top hairdressers will be putting on the style in Pembrokeshire at an event to celebrate the achievements of local apprentices.

Darryn Pitman - winner of WAHL British Barber of the Year 2014 - will be entertaining and educating guests at the HB Academy Awards as he gives an audience on men’s current trends and fashions.

The awards ceremony is to recognise the work of the scores of apprentices in hair and beauty who are advancing in their industries through skills gained on the job and with the support of HB Training Wales Ltd.The Haverfordwest-based company is holding the gala evening at the Wolfscastle Country Hotel on Sunday April 19.

During the evening, a special award for the top young achiever will be presented in memory of a local legend in hairdressing circles, Frank Todaro.

Mr Todaro, who sadly died last year at the age of 83, was a strong supporter of training for young people, and the award will be presented annually by his family.

Said Caroline Howe of HB Training: “We have around 120 learners who are working in a variety of environments, from hair and beauty to customer service, and this evening is to showcase the hard work and success of the apprentices.

“We’re really looking forward to the entertaining show by Darryn Pitman, who is an international educator and the winner of over 20 hairdressing awards, and the event is open to everyone from both within and outside the industry.”

Tickets for the evening are £45. Book at

Paul Stafford only Brit-based stylist nominated International Stylist in Canada

Paul Stafford is to fly the flag for British hairdressers after becoming the only UK-based stylist to reach the finals of Canadian Hairdresser magazine’s 21st Anniversary Mirror Awards later this month.

The Belfast salon owner is pitted against some of the strongest names in hairdressing from around the world in the International Hairdresser category, including Australia’s Sharon Blain and Sweden’s Joe-Yves Asmar. London-born but US-based David Barron is also in the grand final which will take place in Toronto on April 18.

The competition is judged on a photographic entry with each image illustrating the various disciplines required to be an all-round stylist. Paul chose three images from his latest collection, The Others, which has been published in magazines around the globe since its release in late 2014, plus two further images taken from his Alfaparf Milano show, Gangs, in autumn 2014.

I’m blown away to be shortlisted. These are such prestigious awards, and I’m delighted I was able to showcase my latest collection in them,’ said Paul, who is three times Northern Irish Hairdresser of the Year and a member of the elite Hall of Fame. ‘Unfortunately, I won’t be there on the night as I have to be back in New York, but I’m sure the best person will win.

Paul is well-known across the Atlantic. He has been playing to packed audiences on behalf of Denman two or three times every year for the past 21 years. More recently he has spent time with UNITE, headlining at its Global Sessions in San Diego.

Since winning Northern Irish for the final third time I’ve miss entering big competitions, but I feel now is the time to start getting my name back out there. The buzz is addictive,’ added Paul.


John Michael Hairdressing Celebrates Ipswich Talent

Over 40 apprentices took to the spotlight recently on Monday the 16th of March at the St. Nicholas Centre in Ipswich to showcase their budding hairdressing skills as part of the John Michael Hairdressing Academy annual hairdressing competition.

The competition, now in its 22nd year, is the largest annual hairdressing competition for apprentices in the Ipswich area and this year’s theme was ‘Around the World’, with finished looks inspired by different countries and cultures across the globe. The competition consists of three categories; 1st year apprentices, 2nd year apprentices and 3rd year apprentices. Each winner received £100 in cash and a bag of goodies from L’Oreal.

Judging the high esteemed competition was Adam Sloan, Managing Director of MHfed and owner of the Big Yin Salons in Essex, Anglia and Nick Mitchell, owners of Alter Ego salon in Colchester and L’Oreal’s Danielle Croxton.

The standard of work this year was out of this world,” commented judge Adam Sloan, “this is the third year in a row I’ve been a judge and each year the standard just gets better and better!


1st year: Winner- Curtis Button, John Michael in Ipswich

2nd place- April Ebbage, Crackers and Chaps in Diss

3rd place- Tia Rudland, Lewis Hair Team in Ipswich

2nd year: Winner- Abbie Keefe, John Michael in Ipswich

2nd place- Rhiannon Styles, John Michael in Bury St Edmunds

3rd place- Hollie Beecroft, Lewis Hair Team in Ipswich

3rd year: Winner- Natalie Potter, Moons in Diss

2nd place- Chloe Ludgate, John Michael in Bury St Edmunds

3rd place- Seanna Beazley, John Michael in Ipswich

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