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Clipso stylists assist at the prestigious St Albans Fashion Week.

Move over New York, Milan, Paris and London, St Albans is sealing its stylish city status with the return of the hugely popular St Albans Fashion Week this autumn! The fashion show is taking place on Friday 31st October and the renowned Clipso St Albans are sending four of their stylists down with hairbrushes at the ready, to style up to ten of the models gracing the St Albans Cathedral catwalk, which boasts a 30m runway, making it the longest indoor catwalk in the UK!

St Albans Fashion Week boasts a celebration of retail excellence, showcasing the talent St Albans has to offer. With more than 40 local high street retailers, award winning independent boutiques, vintage specialists and young designers are expected to be taking part in the show. From pop up beauty parlors to couture Cathedral catwalks, it really is an event not to be missed.

Clipso St Albans are offering 10% off a cut and finish to anybody that visits the salon post-event with a St Albans Fashion Week brochure, this offer is on-going until the end of November.

Award Winning Hairdressers Open their latest Salon

British Hairdresser of the Year nominee’s Hooker & Young have opened their fifth new salon in Ponteland, Northumberland. The luxurious hair salon will also offer the latest beauty treatments including Oxygen Facials, HD Brows, LVL Lashes and Essie Nails at their SKIN beauty clinic.

Michael Young and Gary Hooker have joined forces with Hooker & Young Art Director and former North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year Paul Ferguson at the new salon, adding to their portfolio of salons across the North East of England in Gosforth, Jesmond, Darlington and Wynyard.

Gary Hooker and Michael Young opened their first Hooker & Young salon in Gosforth in 1996 and have since gone on to win an array of prestigious awards, including British Colour Technician of the Year, with both achieving Hall of Fame status at the British Hairdressing Awards. This was followed by salons opening in Jesmond, Wynyard and Darlington.

Michael quoted "We maintain a high standard and level of service that our customers love. We focus on what suits are client, their lifestyle; what we call wearable hair. Our clients come back to us time and time again and we love the North East for their loyalty. We’re hands on, we’re never happier than when we are cutting and styling hair. Our clients can expect a luxury boutique style experience, with a hair massage and full length massage chair while they are getting their hair washed, a choice of HD brows, a manicure with Essie nail colours or the new LVL lashes that give you curl and colour and a whole range of the latest beauty treatments including an incredible black diamond facial - perfect for men and women and loved by celebrities.”

Gary and Michael are also passionate about the team of people working within the group, Gary quoted “We love to spot new talent, this is about encouraging the next big stylist or colour expert to join our team and our staff tend to stay a long time evolving within the group. We have a strong training programme and travel the world checking out trends - as well as predicting and creating trends too. There is so much influence in the media today, especially social media and we are constantly evaluating how to translate that for our clients. It’s exciting and we love it".


Four young, talented UK hairdressers, who dream big, are motivated and believe they can contribute to the global hairdressing industry, were announced as the inaugural Global.Synergy UK finalists on Friday 12th September, 2014 all vying for the chance to win a trip to Australia in November to work on an exciting and unique hairdressing event.

And the Finalists are:
Sophia Hilton – Art Coordinator, Brooks and Brooks Hairdressing
Jodie Austen – Personal Stylist & Session Stylist, Peachy Stylist
Benjamin Madle – Creative Director, HeadHunters
Casey Coleman – Salon Director, Ocean Hairdressing

The creator and current Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Emiliano Vitale, in association with é SALON, is offering one of the finalists for Global.Synergy UK the chance to win a trip to Australia to work backstage at ::Ssshhh:: an exclusive Australian industry event on Sunday 16th November 2014 – assisting and working alongside a host of the global industry’s most respected names & talents.

An industry phenomenon in Australia in 2013, Global.Synergy launched its UK installment in August, asking UK hairdressers with 1-6 years qualified hairdressing experience to submit a creative 2-minute video, outlining why the entrant wanted to win, a brief bio, a selection from their portfolio & collection imagery, reasons why the entrant believed they should be chosen and how they would share the experience with their peers.

“It was so fantastic to see the sheer passion and obvious love for what they do in all the finalists’ video entries,” says Emiliano Vitale. “To have the ability to dream and the courage to put that on show and share it with us was so inspiring and a reminder that our next generation of hairdresser knows there’s so many more opportunities out there other than just working in the salon!”

Benjamin, Jodie, Casey & Sophia will travel to London on Sunday 5th October to be mentored over two days – Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October - by industry luminaries and global icons Richard Ashforth (SACO), Jamie & Sally Brooks (Brooks and Brooks), Leonardo Rizzo & Sharon Cox (SANRIZZ), Dario Cotroneo (DCI Insititute Australia), Sandy Chong (Australian Hairdressing Council), Emiliano Vitale & Lisa Muscat (é SALON Australia) and the one and only Mr Robert Lobetta.

What an enviable line up of industry icons to learn from!

Over the weekend, the Mentors will observe the finalists, and the winner will be announced on Monday 13th October once all finalists have presented on the Fellowship Stage at Salon International.

Ben Madle:

"It feels great to be one of four finalists for Global Synergy 2014! I am really looking forward to the mentoring sessions, meeting my "hair idol" Robert Lobetta and taking part in the stage presentation at Salon international; presenting on stage there has been a goal of mine since I first started hairdressing!"

Sophia Hilton:

’I can’t believe I’m a finalist for Global Synergy! I don’t think there is a competition with a better prize! I’m crossing my fingers I get to visit Australia - it’s my husband’s homeland!’

Casey Coleman:

"I feel incredibly lucky to be a finalist for the inaugural Global.Synergy UK competition. To have the chance to meet and be mentored by some of British hairdressing’s and the world’s finest icons is insanely amazing and I can’t wait to meet the other finalists. I’m really excited to get started and looking forward to gaining new skills & experiences."

Jodie Austen:

"Many stylists, myself included, find it very challenging to compete with stylists from major salons, so to be a finalist for Global.Synergy is incredible! It serves as an example that no matter who you are, or what your background is, if you stay focused and determined, you will be recognised for what you are truly passionate about. The opportunity to work alongside some extremely talented stylists and industry professionals that are experts in creating strong, eye catching, innovative and emerging looks, is very exciting! So thank you Global Synergy and I promise to make you proud for having me into the finals.”

Prize Dates: Winner will need to be free to travel to Australia between 14th November – 18th November 2014.

Styling the stars of Downton Abbey – for London 2014 premiere

Lucky girl, Emily Finch, of Louise Faye Hairdressing in Kibworth, Leicestershire, got to meet the formidable stars of television’s biggest period drama last night, when she created red carpet looks for both Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and cook Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol).

Emily travelled down to London to the Café Royale Hotel on Regent Street to style both the actresses before they faced the crowds and paparazzi for the launch of the show’s fifth series at the Empire cinema on Leicester Square.

Using Sexy Hair products, Emily gave Laura Carmichael a relaxed, wavy look to complement her graphic, cut-out dress, using staples such as Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play volumising hairspray to keep it all in place. And for Lesley Nicol, a tousled texture for her shoulder length bob, created with some clever straightening work.

Both looking very much the modern girl, the characters looked very different from their on-screen counterparts. Emily says: “This was such a fantastic opportunity to meet the women and give them a statement look for their TV show’s big night. They were really nice and down-to-earth, although it was a bit strange to see them as themselves, as I’m so used to their parts on Downton! They both had styles with natural movement which is one of the big trends this season.”

Bobs, Beehives & Bouffants. My Life At The Cutting Edge

By Anthony Barnes-Smith
How did a working-class lad from Teesside, once destined to work in the shipyards, become one of the world’s top hairdressers and then go on to establish the award-winning Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester, one of the leading salons on the South Coast?
Anthony Barnes-Smith, who was born and raised in Sunderland and started his career in hairdressing in Newcastle’s then-notorious Pink Lane, was one of the leading stylists in London during the Swinging Sixties, the decade which revolutionised hairdressing.
Regarded as the ‘boy wonder’ of British stylists, he turned hairdressing into a fine art, won a whole host of top national and international competitions, was a member of the British team in the Hairdressing World Cup and rubbed shoulders with the great and the good of the fiercely-competitive industry.
In his newly-published book – Bobs, Beehives and Bouffants – Anthony, who is celebrating his 42nd year in the hairdressing industry and is still in demand with his large and distinguished clientele, lifts the lid on the intense rivalry and internal politics which eventually saw him turn his back on the competition scene.
Always a bit of a rebel, the story begins with his colourful childhood in Sunderland, his determination not to be condemned to a life in the shipyards and the decision to become a hairdresser which horrified his father. It continues with his early days at a salon in Newcastle, at a time when shampoos and sets were first being replaced by blow-drys, and his teenage romance with a girl singer who later became famous as Elkie Brooks.
The book moves on to his phenomenal success in competitions which took him all over the globe, the beautiful women who came and went in his life and his eventual decision to walk away from the fame and take the brave step of opening his own business in Sussex with virtually nothing in the way of capital behind him.
It was a struggle at first, with Anthony working incredibly long hours and saving every penny to achieve his ambition of owning the best hair salon on the South Coast.
His tremendous talents, inimitable sense of style and desire for perfection proved the key to success and his luxurious Q Hair and Beauty salon in Chichester, now in its 26th year, is renowned as THE place to go for the very best in hairdressing. Clients have included many stars of stage and screen.
It wasn’t all plain sailing, of course, and at one stage Anthony was devastated by a personal tragedy and also had to cope with a disastrous blaze which ripped through the beautiful old building in which Q is housed. But he won through and continues to be looked upon as an inspirational leading light in the hairdressing world, with the home-grown talent he has developed at Q regarded as among the best in Britain.
In Bobs, Beehives and Bouffants, Anthony tells it all without pulling any punches. It is sure to ruffle a few feathers in the hairdressing industry and in the genteel city of Chichester, with plenty of people wondering if they feature in the tale.


Evening Round-up

The Men’s Hairdressing Federation hosted an evening packed full of hair demonstrations at the iconic, Madame Jojo’s, Soho, London.

The event - coined A NIGHT WITH THE FEDS – saw the renowned B.O.M.B. Squad take to the stage to showcase hair demonstrations along with Richie Martin from Rebel Rebel, an interview with British Hairdressing Awards Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Kevin Luchmun @ Toni & Guy plus a special award to MHFed ambassador, Kevin Vorley.

The evening kicked off with a charity auction, giving away a framed A NIGHT WITH THE FEDS poster designed by Aaron Dorn & signed by MHFed founder, Adam Sloan, the B.O.M.B. Squad and Kevin Luchmun. It auctioned for more than £200 and all proceed were donated to Prostate Cancer.

First up was one third of the B.O.M.B. Squad and Master Barber of Rebel Rebel, Alan Findlay, and Rebel Rebel barber, Richie Martin. The duo showcased hair demonstrations using hair extensions along with blending techniques.

James Beattie (Beatties Barber) and Foxy (Scarlet Moon) of the B.O.M.B. Squad wrapped up with two further hair demonstrations educating the audience on dressing techniques, as well as how to use hair products to your advantage.

Special guest British Hairdressing Awards Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Kevin Luchmun @ Toni & Guy then revealed all in an interview with Men’s Hairdressing Federation founder, Adam Sloan.

To close, MHFed ambassador Kevin Vorley of K Barbers Emporium was presented with the Hairdressing Council Master Craftsmen of Barbering. Kevin is the first MHFed member to receive this certificate.

The evening raised more than £1000 for Prostate Cancer.

Street tribes rule in Paul Stafford showcase

Belfast’s Hilton Hotel was invaded by street gangs recently [7 Sept ]as Paul Stafford delivered a stunning sell-out show inspired by looks straight from the streets of 70s and 80s London and New York.

‘Gangs’, presented by the Stafford Hair team with the backing of premier colour
house Alfaparf Milano, represented a move away from the seminar or workshop-type
of educational event to something more visual. More than six months in the planning,
it was the highlight of the Stafford Hair show year, and took inspiration from
the incredible energy and creativity of New York and London street culture in
the decade 1973-83.

In front of more than 200 people, music aficionado Paul and the Stafford Hair team presented three collections, Dolls, Moth and Skin-Angel, celebrating the revolutionary direction of the period. Focusing on three imagined tribes, they incorporated elements of glam rock, the skinhead movement, punk, post-punk and new wave, as well as disco, hip-hop and electronica.

The first collection, Dolls, was inspired by post-glam, prepunk, mid-70s NYC.
Sexy, edgy, a little dangerous and androgynous, it took its cue from Bowie but
focused on New York, where glam rock and punk rock ran hand in hand nameless before
someone coined the phrases ‘punk’ and ‘glam’.

Moth – or moda-goth – was darker, early 80s Dickensian with a nod to English bands like the Cure, Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus. Its roots lay in a hybrid of the gothic subculture and modernist design.

Finally Skin-Angel paid homage to youth and rebellion, misunderstood kids who wanted to express themselves any way they could – through their hair, tattoos, piercings and clothes that didn’t fit properly.

Paul said: ‘The decade from 1973 was amazing. It was even more revolutionary than the 60s. After Warhol had toyed with the idea of everybody being famous, fashion returned with a vengeance to the rebellious and the outrageous, embracing the assexuality of the glam kids, the studio 54ers, the Bowery rats of CBGBs and the deviant nowhere kids who hung around Vivienne Westwood’s Kings Road anti-fashion outlet, Sex. This was our homage to those golden years.’

Tribute Show UK


Salon International update

ExCeL, London - Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th October 2014

Next month the greatest hairdressing exhibition in the UK comes to ExCeL, London and as hairdressers from around the globe start planning their journey, the list of exhibitors attending Salon International 2014 continues to grow.

Hair extensions play a significant role in salon business and returning to Salon International this year is Balmain who will be launching their luxury couture collection, including styling, hair care and accessories, as well as offering exclusive show discounts over the weekend. Another extension brand exhibiting in 2014 is Beauty Works who will be bringing a new wet line range of professional products to their stand with a schedule of live demonstrations throughout the weekend.

A recent innovation to the hairdressing market, Herra Hair is launching the first daily luxury hair product providing weightless protection with an alluring fragrance. Majestic Towels’ latest product invention is the Premium Micro Fibre Bleach Resistant Black Hair Towel. A luxurious towel guaranteed to be chlorine resistant, retaining colour and feel, making it ideal for all hairdressing requirements.

Salon International wouldn’t be the same without a wide range of quality scissor companies and this year sees top brands from Japan, Italy and Taiwan lined up to display their wares.

With innovative product launches, classic brands and live demonstrations, there is only one place for the enthusiastic stylist to be this October - Salon International 2014.

Tickets are available at or by calling UK 0844 8541357 (calls cost 6p per minute plus network charges) or International +44 (0)115 896 1531

One day entrance ticket
£20 + VAT (£28 +VAT on the door)
Three day entrance ticket
£41 + VAT (£55 +VAT on the door)

Student entry ticket - Individual
£14 + VAT* (£16 +VAT on the door)
Available Monday only

Student entry ticket - Group
£10 + VAT* (Only Available Monday only for groups of 10+)

Please note - Student tickets can only be booked by calling the Box Office on 0844 854 1357.

*Student rates for and TIGI Inspirational Youth and Mahogany are available to purchase through the Salon International Box Office and are valid on Monday only. Proof of student ID will be necessary.

Salon Live
£81 +VAT

Salon Seminars - Saco
£73 +VAT

Salon Seminars - Mahogany
£77 +VAT

Salon Seminars - Philip Kingsley
£20 +VAT


Charity Skydive

MATTHEW LUKE HAIR are skydiving for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital… Matthew Luke Professional Director, Matt Sockalingum will be taking part in a skydive this month with all fundraising & donations going to the Great Ormond Street, Children’s Hospital to help them with the amazing work they do caring for, treating and helping so many little ones everyday. Being scared of heights, he has taken on this challenge along with 5 others and will be doing the sky-dive on 18th October 2014.

A good friends beautiful little 3 year old girl Krystal Aaliyah passed away a short time ago. Krystal was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2014, and after managing 6 months of intensive chemotherapy, which many adults can not handle, another brain tumour returned.

Krystal is our inspiration for this event, and for all of the other amazing little boys and girls fighting similar battles, with the amazing support, treatment and care of such a wonderful team at Great Ormond Street Hospital we hope to raise as much as possible, and with your help we really hope we can.

All sponsors received with great kindness and appreciation, With love, Matthew Luke !!

When: 18 October 2014
Where: Cambridge
For more information visit
Donations to be made by 7th Oct 14 via

Barbara Daley Hair and Beauty took a trip back in time to create ‘La Salon’

Combine outstanding service, exceeding expectations, inspiration and culture and you have a fantastic example of why one of the most influential salons in the City of Liverpool is so successful. We talk to Andrea Daley of the renowned Barbara Daley Hair Salon and find out how they switch a possible weekend closure of their salon in to a PR extravaganza. A bold decision, a truly dedicated team and endless hours of work. This was the result.

+++ Barbara Daley Hair and Beauty took a trip back in time to create ‘La Salon’ +++

Liverpool was overrun this month with giants of the puppet variety. Two years on from their last visit to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic, the Giants were back, attracting thousands of visitors to the city with their new characters and a grand spectacle based around the start of WWI.

“We knew it was going to be busy as a result of the Giants” says Barbara, “but it was difficult to anticipate how crazy it would get and with our salon being based in North Western Halls, (a listed building directly opposite St George’s Hall on Lime Street) where the majority of activity was planned, due to its strong connections with the war, we feared we might not be able to open at all because of road closures and such”

“This got us to thinking what we could do that day with staff and clients to celebrate the event and reinforce Barbara’s cultural ties with the city [after she was made an honorary icon of culture for Liverpool in its 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations]” said Paul, Barbara’s husband and business partner. “Plus we wanted to make full use of our unobstructed view of the action from our enormous 20ft windows”. So in an act of possible madness Barbara and Paul decided to close the salon on the Saturday afternoon, in the height of Giant frenzy and transport 80 guests back in time to 1914, when the salon was the grand dining room of the Great North Western Hotel. “Diners there would have enjoyed watching the King and Queen give a royal salute from the St George’s Hall steps to the passing army parades ready to go to war, away from the cheering crowds and we wanted to celebrate our beautiful buildings history and share it with all of our clients” says Paul, who did a lot research into the history of North Western Halls before it became celebrity salon it is today.

The plan was to treat diners at their pop up restaurant ’La Salon’ to a very special afternoon tea with entertainment from a traditional palm court orchestra all in the view of the passing Giants. But this of course didn’t come without hard work in order to make the room closely resemble how it was 100 years ago, the central sections were remodeled and all of the mirrors were made movable, totally opening up the space.

“The event was a huge success and after the work done to the salon it has opened up the potential for us to host so many more events here” says Barbara.


Mikel Luzea in collaboration with salon look international

Is to present


A hair show where each year the best of Spanish hairdressers

will show live all the techniques used to create their latest avant garde collections.

Only pure hairdressing, a scene of pure effervescence of ideas, tricks, creativity,
art .... Hence the name.

With the participation of Marcel Montlleó, Pelsynera, antonio Calvo and Mikel
Luzea this year’s event will be held on Sunday 19th October. in salon look international
Madrid, one of the most important hairdressing fairs in europe,on the main stage.

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