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Apprentice title is crowning glory for Scottish hairdresser and for hairdressing

A young hairdressing trainee has beaten the cream of Scottish apprentices across all professions, from IT to plumbing and social care to engineering, to be named Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year.

Reece Phimister, from Napier Hair and Beauty salon in Paisley, near Glasgow, was announced overall winner of the title on Tuesday evening (19 May) at a high-level ceremony held in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.

Nominated for the award by his training organisation, Ambition Centre for Training, 19-year-old Reece was one of three young people who saw off tough competition from more than 50 young trainees across Scotland to make it to the final. But there could only be one winner.

Hearing my name read out as the winner was beyond perfect. I’ve wanted to be a hairdresser forever, and I can’t express how grateful I am to my employer, Elaine Napier, for everything she’s done and for giving me the chance to fulfil my dream, and to the trainers at ACT for all their hard work and for having faith in me,’ said Reece, who is also shortlisted in the Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards due to be held this Thurs.

Elaine Napier, who has mentored Reece personally since he started work with her two years ago, said Reece had a professional attitude that would take him far. She said: ‘Reece is already a winner at Napier Hair and Beauty. We’re all really proud of him and I reckon this is just the first recognition of his talents, with many more to come.

ACT co-director Lynda McGivern said the title was a just reward. ‘We see a lot of young people who put a lot of effort into their training and go on to build successful careers, but Reece is really something special,’ she said. ‘The win was well deserved, I’m sure he’ll one day be going on to great things nationally and internationally. I’m also delighted because, in a broader context, his win shows how much hairdressing is now a respected career choice for young people.’


Reece with his Trophy at Hse of Parliament EdinburghReece with salon owner Elaine Napier at Hse of Parliament Edinburgh
26/05/2015


Ken Picton has been flying the flag for British Hairdressing

Ken Picton has been flying the flag for British Hairdressing with numerous trips from his Cardiff salon to London this month, starting with a shoot for Red Magazine to create a beautiful hair look for Kerastase.

In his capacity as ghd Education Ambassador, he joined the judging panel for the ghd style squad auditions and headlined this week’s Open Chair Night in Camden for Hair Club Live, alongside Zoe Irwin, where the pair presented a ten-minute slot to close the show.

The salon team took to the Pro Hair Live stage in London, where Ken and Salon Director Dafydd Rhys presented 4 models to coincide with the Ken Picton Art Team’s latest collection.

And Ken has become a new Fellowship for British Hairdressing council member, saying, “I’m a big supporter of the council and looking forward to being more actively involved with this.”

Ken celebrates 25 years of his salon business this summer and is currently planning a series of soirees for press and clients…
15/05/2015


Angelo Seminara Wins Major Australian Award

Angelo Seminara’s undisputed creative genius has been rewarded yet again – this time by his Australian contemporaries. Angelo was presented with the 2015 Icon Award at the Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA). So another trophy and accolade for Angelo to add to his ever-lengthening roll call of recognition!

I’m really thrilled to receive this,” said Angelo. “To have my work appreciated by such discerning fellow professionals is an honour indeed, just marvellous.”

The AHFAs are designed to inspire and unearth Australia’s next generation of influential creatives; this year saw entries doubling to 800 (there were 400 in 2014) making the 2015 event the most successful occasion in its 23 year history.

Hosted by Marie Claire’s Jackie Frank and American model/media personality Didier Cohen, the AHFAs took over Sydney’s iconic Luna Park, welcoming over 600 industry leaders form the worlds of hairdressing, fashion and beauty across Australia.

Driven by Premier Partner, L’Oréal Professional Products, the event was stylishly produced by M Division, delivering all it takes to create a stellar evening, including a scrummy three-course dinner, show entertainment and historical moments in hair.
15/05/2015


Barrie Stephen celebrates his one year of ambassadorship with RSPCA Woodside

The White Peacock restaurant next door to Barrie Stephen’s King Street salon in Leicester saw hair and animal lovers come together on Monday 27th of April for a charity dinner hosted by Barrie to raise money for Project Woodside and celebrate Barrie’s year of ambassadorship.

The ticketed evening included a three course meal, a raffle and an auction, music from a West End performer and the charismatic Jonathan Lampon from BBC Radio Leicester on the microphone entertaining the room. Gary Wheway, Woodside Animal Centre’s Branch and Charity Development Manager also took to the stage to give an eye-opening speech on the amazing rehabilitation work carried out at the branch and the shocking 10% increase in animal cruelty over the past year.


(L-R: Gary Wheway and Barrie Stephen)


With such an amazing cause central to the evening, donations were generous and a fantastic £2,846 was raised, bringing Barrie and Woodside ever closer to the £10,000 target which Barrie says is just his first
07/05/2015


Club Fígaro announces a top-of-the-range jury for 2015 Spanish Hairdressing Awards

Once more, Spanish Hairdressing Awards’ machine goes at full speed. After opening the entry stage, which ends 31st May, now Club Fígaro announces the five names that will make up the professional jury of Spanish Hairdressing Awards in their sixth edition. This year, the competition has a top-of-the-range jury, formed by five renowned public figures of Spanish and international hairdressing:

Trevor Sorbie (United Kingdom)
Tony Rizzo (United Kingdom)
María Yus (Spain)
Sergi Bancells (Spain)
Filippo Sepe (Italy)

Trevor Sorbie is a living legend of British hairdressing, four times British Hairdresser of the Year and awarded with countless recognitions and prizes, among which stands out the medal of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was born in 1949 in Scotland, son and grandson of barbers, and he began very young in hairdressing. Having worked with Vidal Sassoon himself, he in turn has trained the likes of session stylist Eugene Souleiman and fellow British Hairdresser of the Year winner Angelo Seminara. He has been pioneer of cuts and styling techniques and also one of the first mediatic hairdressers. Currently, Trevor Sorbie owns three salons in United Kingdom and his artistic team is one of the most awarded and renowned in the world.

Tony Rizzo is one of the most prestigious hairdressers in the world, with more than 30 years of experience in hairdressing. He founded Sanrizz, a brand that currently has seven salons in London and a renowned school. Also, Tony Rizzo is the creator of Alternative Hair Show, the 30 years old philantrophic event that raises funds for fighting child leukaemia ang gathers more than 5000 hairdressers every year in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

María Yus is a renowned Spanish hairdresser, with a long career at the industry. Her brand is 29 years old in 2015 and has developed an intense educational work. Since 1988, she has taken part in uncountable shows, workshops and catwalks, Nowadays, she owns two salons and a hairdressing school in Zaragoza. A young, street-inspired and fresh style has always characterized her work.

A descendant from a family of Barbers, Sergi Bancells studied Journalism at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and soon specialized in the world of hairdressing and beauty. Back in 1996, Bancells co-founded C&C Magazine in Barcelona, a professional trade magazine that directed for 10 years. In 2007 he became General Manager in Spain and Latin America of Estetica, the world’s leading hairdressing magazine. Since September 2013, he is now also the head of Estetica USA, based in Miami. At the same time, Sergi Bancells is the General Secretary of the AIPP (Association Internationale Presse Professionnelle Coiffure) the global organization which brings together 60 professional hair magazines from around the world. A tireless traveler, lover of music and art, Sergi has also written two hairdressing history books alongside his good friend Raffel Pages and has been jury member of countless events/competitions at the international level.

Filippo Sepe is a well-known Italian hairdresser. Although he was born in Italy, lived in France during his chilhood and soon began in hairdressing, his true passion. At 23 he opened his first salon, while doing artistic roles for different companies. Filippo Sepe is the most renowned iIalian hairdresser at a global level, very appreciated by his educational and artistic work. On stage, Sepe characterizes by an original approaching, eye-catching performances with capacity to capture the attention of wide audiences.
07/05/2015

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