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Wahroonga’s Emiliano Vitale Crowned Australian Hairdresser of the Year

Wahroonga is now home to the Australian Hair Fashion Awards’ Australian Hairdresser of the Year with é SALON’s Creative Director, Emiliano Vitale, winning the coveted title at a star-studded industry gala event at the Ivy Grand Ballroom, on Monday 31st March 2014.

Judged by a panel of the UK’s leading hairdressers, Emiliano’s winning collection, Cryptogram, translates international hair fashion trends into wearable hairstyles and looks and was evaluated on it’s creative direction, inspirational effect, superb imagery and consumer credibility.

Crytogram takes the form of three different influences from futuristic pop culture, to tribal warriors to geometric forms creating the key references of Superhero, Tribal, and Rubic, to form one enigma in hair, which is Cryptogram.

“It was a true honour to be nominated a finalist in the AHFAs, but to win the esteemed title of Australian Hairdresser of the Year, is truly humbling and mind blowing,” says Emiliano. “Having my work judged by some of the greatest hairdressers in the UK, and the world, and to have my collection deemed to be fashion-forward, on-trend and of world-class standard is fantastic.”

With a plethora of award credits already to his name, Emiliano’s Australian Hairdresser of the Year win, is the epitome of a stunning career within the hairdressing industry which has taken him all over the world presenting in Asia, Spain, Russia, the UK, and America.

The Alternative Hair Show is proud to announce this year’s Line up!

We are very excited to announce the names of artists participating in this year’s Alternative Hair Show, EQUILIBRIUM. 19 fantastic teams are coming from all over the world to bring their artistry and creativity to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 12th October 2014. Without them, this event could not take place.

The Line Up

Anne Veck----------UK
Bundy Bundy----------Austria
Dmitry Vinokurov----------Russia
E Salon----------Australia
Fehringer ----------Austria
Gerry Santoro ----------Italy
Gogen---------- Italy
Klaus Peter Ochs ----------Germany
Kohsuke Visual Network----------Japan
Laszlo Hajas ----------Hungary
Paul Mitchell----------USA
Robert & Angus----------USA
Petra Mechurova----------Czech Rep.
TIGI Creative Team ----------UK

And more to come…

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Tracey Hughes Wows as the Principal Headliner

Acclaimed industry icon Tracey Hughes created an educational storm in Chicago at the 2014 America’s Beauty Show as the PRINCIPAL HEADLINER. In her second consecutive invitational appearance at ABS, Tracey drew record crowds, inspiring thousands with her innovative creativity and empowering education skills.

Running over the weekend of March 22-24, 2014, ABS is created by local legends, showcases International icons, and is produced by Cosmetologists Chicago®.

As the only artist to be personally invited by ABS as an independent global educator Tracey was extremely proud to be the Principal Headliner, and headline alongside industry legends Mark Hayes, Nick Irwin and Sam Villa.

“Presenting at ABS is always such an overwhelming and humbling experience and I am so honored to be invited for the past 2 years,” says Tracey. “This trip was an amazing opportunity to expand the Tracey Hughes Education brand further in the USA, and also to connect with so many of the local industry, fellow artists and organisations.”

Tracey’s interactive demonstrations and creative techniques have become extremely popular in the US, as they are easily translatable into the salon. Through her incorporation of the latest trendsetting designs focusing on the marriage of shapes and color to produce effective and exciting salon results, Tracey has maintained her status as one of the world’s leading educators.

Joined by fellow team members Vic Piccolotto and Melvin Royce Lane, the trio presented a spectacular show on the Main Stage Runway that was educational, informative, inspiring and entertaining. Tracey and the boys wowed the audience with such stunning work they received a standing ovation. The audience energy was captivating and the appreciation and applause they showed the hardworking models was outstanding.

Hosting an exclusive Masterclass for 100 attendees Tracey and the team also facilitated a comprehensive 90-minute seminar. Renowned for exquisite cutting, unsurpassable technical knowledge and ingenious creativity, Tracey’s infectious teaching style and aesthetically beautiful work, continues to inspire all those listen and learn.

“Tracey’s ability to touch lives is truly inspirational. The quality of her work is remarkable and she has become the most requested artist for ABS. We are proud to invite her to join us as The Principal Headliner and look forward to inviting her to many future events.“ said Joseph Cartagena, President of Cosmetologists Chicago/Americas Beauty Show.

Tracey was also invited to the BehindTheChair Stylist Choice Awards to present the award for Favorite Overall Color Company. Further media activity continued as Tracey filmed short tutorials for BehindTheChair live on the BTC booth at ABS plus an up close a personal interview for Canadian Hairdressers Journal.

The whirlwind of activity continued as Tracey educated in Milwaukee to the Institute of Beauty & Wellness. 100 avid participants of varying levels and experience enjoyed the intimate seminar that Tracey and Melvin conducted for them. The demonstrations where followed by an exclusive hands-on workshop for the top ten students at the school.

A mentor with a huge amount of energy, Tracey’s gift for inspiring others has been the guiding force that has seen her present at Americas Beauty Show two years running.

Editor’s Notes: About Tracey Hughes

Tracey Hughes is a unique individual and a true icon in the hairdressing industry, who believes continual learning is the key to a rewarding and progressive career. Her continuous commitment is acknowledged through her awards recognition including Educator of the Year, Excellence in Education, Hairdresser of the Year, Colourist of the Year, Salon of the Year and the honoree Australian Masters.
Tracey began her career in the UK in 1986, but later chose to migrate to Australia where she successfully established Mieka Hairdressing and Tracey Hughes Education.
Tracey’s impressive skills and business acumen make her a highly sought after educator who strives to create an education culture that will both inspire and promote personal development. Due to this, Tracey is in high demand globally, presenting events across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, India, South Africa, Mexico, Sweden, UK, Dubai, Russia and the USA regularly.

A trendsetter, Tracey has collaborated with fashion’s elite at Australian Fashion Week, Sydney Fashion Festival and New York Fashion Week. Her striking photographic images show Tracey’s distinctive work that has been published worldwide featuring on countless Front Covers.
As a popular adviser to the media, Tracey is a regular columnist and industry ambassador. A dynamic public speaker Tracey has inevitably become a role model for women in business. appearing on TV throughout the USA and Asia. Her reputation has sparked interest in her outside of the hairdressing industry as a Keynote Motivational Speaker and MC Host for numerous major events.
Tracey has a gift for inspiring others and is an avid believer that education empowers not only hairdressers but can ignite a passion in anyone.

Gina Convay Hosts Annual GC Awards


Aveda Lifestyle Salons & Spas owner Gina inspires her staff with annual awards to celebrate their hard work.

When Gina Conway set up her first salon and spa 14 years ago, her main objective was to bring amazing standards of excellence in business and customer care. In order to reach this goal in a highly competitive market, Gina put training at the heart of her philosophy and has only ever employed qualified staff that is eager to grow and learn. With a phenomenal education budget of £100,000 a year, Gina’s 100-strong team is at the top of their game.

To further inspire and encourage their learning process, Gina created the annual ‘GC Awards’ to recognise the staff’s dedicated approach to their work. The awards are composed of 17 categories (with 3 awards that are just for fun) and include all four of the Aveda salons and all levels of services. The prizes for the awards range from 2-day mini breaks and Ipad minis to gift vouchers, Aveda products and training courses.

Winners included Philomena Davies the manager of Westbourne Grove, who took home Manager of the Year at the awards. Gina said of her success, “Philomena has worked tirelessly this year to hit targets, bring in new guests, implement new policies and run a very large lifestyle salon & spa. In addition, every year Aveda & Aveda salons work together to raise funds for Earth Month for charities such as Water Aid & Greengrants fund; last year Gina Conway salons raised £8,645.17 and an incredible £3960 of this was from Westbourne Grove, to which Philomena contributed this personally by doing a walk of just under 19 miles in 4 hours, 55 mins from the salon to her home raising £800.”

Hannah Cowell, Front of House Manager at Wimbledon, amassed 3 awards of her own: Front of House Host of the year; The GC Award; and Best Hair. Gina said, “Hannah is the epitome of the GC way and a true example of positive professionalism in the workplace. Her customer service is outstanding. This is the first year we’ve introduced the GC Award and I created it to recognise those people who are the “cream” of the Gina Conway crop, setting an example of our culture and sharing amazing positive energy.”

The awards are as follows:

Employee of the year – Michael Prinoth
Manager of the year - Philomena Davies
Outstanding Guest Experience – Lee Mitchell, Jordana Robinson and Jo Strugnell
Best Company Newcomer – Nic Zanetti
Perfect Attendance – Michael Prinoth, Anna Vaccaro and Saffron Hirsch
Top Retail Performer of the Year – Michael Prinoth
Top Spa Performer of the Year – Priscilla Thenborg
Top Salon Performer of the Year – Michael Prinoth
Front of House Host – Hannah Cowell
Commitment to Education – Samantha Reid and Saffron Hirsch
Most Significant Contributor – Samantha Reid
Educator of the Year – Neale Rodgers
GC Award – Hannah Cowell
Assistant of the Year – Anna Vaccaeo, Katja Trofimovica, Bryoni Goodwin and Keeley Campbell
Employee of the Year- Michael Prinoth, Saffron Hirsch, Jo Strugnell and Dom Sansome
Rising Star – Louise Garbutt, Rosie Heard, Lee Mitchell and Jose Domene
Best Dressed – Kenny Yuen
Best Hair – Hannah Cowell
Biggest Personality – Fes Rehman

Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa:
62 Westbourne Grove Road, W2 5SH, appts: 020 7229 6644
21/23 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NE, appts: 020 8090 5818
199 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 53D, appts: 020 7352 1013
Gina Conway Aveda Concept Salon and Spa:
612 Fulham Road, SW6 5RP, appts: 020 7731 7633

Be the face of Barbara Daley Hair and Beauty, Liverpool

Do you watch shows like the Face and Britain’s Next Top Model and think I could do that? Or maybe it’s a friend or relative who you think has top model potential? Well this could be their big break! Top Liverpool Salon Barbara Daley hair and beauty are looking for a rising star to front their latest collection and they have enlisted the help of us here at UK Hairdressers to give one lucky reader the chance to get pamper day to remember.

With a hairdressing CV fit for any supermodel, the team at Barbara Daley have lead the hair for designers including Stella McCartney and Diesel, preened the locks of celebrities including Gok Wan and Coleen Rooney, been backstage at shows like the MTV Awards and Clothes Show Live, have had work published in Vogue and Elle Magazine and if all that wasn’t enough they were finalists for North Western Hairdresser of the Year 2013, phew!

We are looking for a fresh face, with any hair type or length, must be over 16 and confident in front of the camera. If you fit the brief then please email, tweet or face book your details along with a recent picture of yourself to UK Hairdressers by the closing date of Sunday 2nd March.

All entrants must be free the whole day on Sunday 9th March and able to get to Liverpool City Centre.



A hot desert wind blows through Sassoon geometry this season disturbing and provoking its iconic house codes. Inspired by the expansive wilderness of the old American West, the Prairie Collection journeys through the arid deserts of Arizona; the wild open prairies of Nevada and the raw red earth of New Mexico meeting a series of the frontier’s pioneers along the way.

The Mexican vaquero or Man with No Name riding the great trails across the Rio Grande; the duster-coated preacher putting aside his pistol before a sermon’s delivery; the marshall and the Amish school ma’am – all provide a compelling tableau to launch this season’s new looks.

Geometric outlines are interrupted with sawtooth sectioning and barbered fades. Overlapping tousled lengths combine with extreme overdirection to create a tough texture with a storm-swept feel. Clear design is pointed into and blown about; edges are sketched and appear undefined.

Colour sectioning is flowing and organic taking its shape from the desert flowers of artist Georgia O’Keefe whose palette of bone white and carbon is combined with the artisan jewellery of the Navajo. Turquoise and tourmaline meet silver and rose gold; dusty pinks combine with smokey quartz to create subtle shifts of tone.

This is Sassoon. This is Hair Design.

Hair: Mark Hayes & the International Creative Team

Colour: Peter Dawson & the International Colour Team

Make Up: Daniel Koleric

Photographer: Colin Roy


Colourist Jack Howard On His Model Clients

Colourist Jack Howard On His Model Clients

Jack Howard, International Colour Director at Neville Hair & Beauty and colourist to the likes of Poppy and Chloe Delevingne, Donna Air, Kelly Brook and more has been busy preparing a host of models for Fashion Week as well as giving celebrity models his trademark sun kissed Balayage colour.

Loyal client Poppy Delevingne flew in from Sao Paulo after a shoot and her first stop was with Jack in preparation for a very busy weekend at London Fashion Week, the Elle Style Awards and the BAFTAS. Poppy has been a dedicated fan of the Balayage technique for some time now to keep her hair looking gorgeous. Jack explains, “Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to what nature gives us as children with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines - the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.”

Georgia Salpa, former Celebrity Big Brother housemate, FHM model and cover girl for FX also dropped into the salon to lighten up her dark brunette locks, tweeting after that Jack is the Balayage God. Jack has been working with Georgia for over a year now and syas that she “often changes colour, so we decided to go for the ‘bronde’ shade this time which is so on trend at the moment. I also added some Balayage pieces around the face for that sun kissed shade.”

Jack also created a bespoke blonde colour for Israeli model, presenter and ‘It’ girl Hofit Golan that she then debuted at NYFW, LFW and the BAFTAS.

Model of the moment, Ola Rudnicka has been busy walking the catwalks at both New York and London Fashion Week, where she showed off her iridescent white blonde hair (courtesy of Jack) at Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Edun, Proenza Schouler, Narcisco Rodriguez and Prabal Gurung and most recently Giles Deacon. Jack said of Ola’s colour, “That perfect bleach blonde hair looks amazing against pale skin, so will give you a real lift at the start of summer and work well throughout the season as your skin picks up some colour. This summer, blondes look lovely with a hint of iridescent pink, which adds a very subtle shimmer that looks incredible when the light hits it.”

Next up was model/actress Chloe Hayward and top model Ana Beatriz Barros as they prepared for both Fashion Week and in Ana’s case, a forthcoming cover shoot. Chloe encapsulated every woman’s joy in finding their dream stylist in her tweet “After years of failed relationships, I think I just found “the ONE”. Chloe also tweeted after her appointment that Jack was ‘Best Colourist in London’ and that she had some ‘summer put through her hair on this rainy day’ thanks to ‘colour genius’ Jack Howard.

Jack, the official colourist to Next Model Management, says:
“Chloe’s hair is a gorgeous sun kissed blonde; this strong shade photographs well, it’s soft but with boldness through it. The placement of shades is close together around the face to give strength at the front for a sexy look. For a shade like this I use L’Oreal Professionnel’s Majimeche as it’s gentle on super long hair, helping to keep it in great condition.”

Meanwhile Jack’s signature Balayage was the order of the day for Ana: “As she has an important cover shoot coming up I put in sun kissed ends with some brighter shades around the face, which work really well for the camera as well as in real life. I added a few New York Lights around the face to add a little extra sparkle to Ana’s look. I used a mix of L’Oreal Professionnel’s ammonia-free Platinium and Majimeche colours to get the contrast in this look.”
Ana tweeted her thanks to Jack after her appointment to her 132 thousand twitter followers, saying “I love my hair…

Jack is at Neville Hair & Beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 9EJ; The Bulgari Spa

Ken Picton is shortlisted for the 2013 Bangstyle Artist to Reign Supreme

Bangstyle, the huge US-based online hair community has announced the finalists for the 2013 Artist to Reign Supreme competition. The 12 finalists include stylists from across the world from the United Kingdom to New Zealand – this year Ken Picton has been shortlisted after winning one of last year’s monthly Supreme Artists as voted for by the online community.
Approximately 1,150 images are uploaded every week with 6 weekly winners, 1 monthly winner, and now 12 overall finalists from 2013. 101,000 people view The Supremes every week.
Voting ends soon – the top 3 will be announced on Feb 12 with the winner announced on Feb 26th - to vote for Ken’s gorgeous plaited hair image simply follow the link below


P.Kai stylist wins Cheynes Photographic competition

Student Annalise Hunt has been named the Cheynes Training Photographic Competition winner for her stunning image, below.

The annual competition is an opportunity for young trainees to compete professionally for the title as well as this year’s prize of an iPad.

The judges for this year’s competition were all in agreement that the standard of work was exceptionally high so Annalise was especially thrilled to scoop the top prize.

Jenny Wan of P.Kai said of the win “This is the second consecutive year this competition has been won by a P.Kai Academy student! Annalise joined the team about 3 years ago as a Saturday girl whilst she was still in school and has really excelled. Two of our other Pkai students came 2nd and 4th. This just proves how important our in-house training is to maintain our high standards and really push team members to achieve their full potential.”

Winners Revealed at Top Industry Awards

Last night, the very best of British hairdressing business talent gathered at the Lancaster London Hotel to celebrate those who continually push the industry forward with winners recognised and honoured at HJ’s 2013 British Hairdressing Business Awards.

HJ’s Publishing Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr hosted the glamorous black-tie event alongside the much-loved Capital FM Presenter, Dave Berry. During the presentation of the 16 categories, the audience, made up of leading business names, brand ambassadors, industry peers and sponsors was given an insight into what defined the 2013 finalists. Jayne commented, “The finalists this year were very impressive and it was important that the ambition and commitment behind each of them was recognised. The judges had a difficult task in deciding the winners but through our strict and confidential process, the right winners were recognised on the night.”

A Champagne reception and formal dinner preceded the awards ceremony and when announced as the 2013 British Hairdressing Business Awards winners they were invited to the stage to say a few words and collect their exclusive, British Hairdressing Business Awards trophies inlaid with 18ct gold.

British Hairdressing Business Awards 2013 Winners

Business Director of the Year sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Russell-John Barker, Colin Greany and Antony Licata, Mahogany Hairdressing, Oxford.

Customer Care Award sponsored by Kérastase
Michael Van Clarke, London.

Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Claire Denyer, Saks Hair and Beauty, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent.

Front of House Team of the Year sponsored by HJi
Rainbow Room International, Stirling.

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer sponsored by Great Lengths
Kyle Beasley Hairdressing, Leicester.

Junior of the Year sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young, Jesmond, Newcastle.

Manager of the Year sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel
Russell McGrath, Michael Van Clarke, London.

Marketing Award sponsored by 3.6.5 Salon Education
The Colour Room, Stockport, Cheshire.

Retail Salon of the Year sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Michael Van Clarke, London.

Salon Design Award sponsored by Aston & Fincher
Ruffians, Edinburgh.

Salon of the Year 1 sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional
Tommy’s Hair Company, Ruthin, Denbighshire.

Salon of the Year 2 sponsored by Salon Services
Spirit Hair Company, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Salon Stylist of the Year Salon International
Joy McQuillan, Rainbow Room International, Glasgow.

Salon Team of the Year sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Michael Van Clarke, London.

Training Award sponsored by Wella Professionals
Electric Hair, Brighton.

Website/Innovation of the Year sponsored by TIGI
Voodou, Liverpool.

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