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Jack Howard Takes The Balayage Revolution To Denmark

Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, has taken his Balayage Revolution course overseas to Denmark for the first time.

Jack said, “It was a great two days in Denmark. What the team wanted from me was to show them how to achieve Balayage when a client comes in with overly highlighted hair. My model for the day was a total salon nightmare – she had coloured her hair black at home and really wanted to achieve the glossy colour of Khloe Kardashian. The first hairdresser she went to had pre-lightened the ends to orange, then another hairdresser had highlighted to the result you can see in the picture, obviously nothing like what the model had wanted before she came to this salon. The salon owner explained to me that she faces this with clients every day and wanted her to team to know how to start each client on their Balayage journey. It was an incredibly fun day with the team.

Jack is now taking his class on the road worldwide to show other hairdressers how to address issues such as overly highlighted hair in real life salon situations. Widely recognized as one of the most accomplished authorities on Balayage, Jack’s philosophy is to offer the client beautiful hair that doesn’t compromise on condition. Jack shows salons how to actually increase their colour revenue and customer loyalty through giving the client a quicker service and lower maintenance repeat visits.

Wedding Hair Masterclass With milk_shake Bridal Expert Sev Hubert

Hubert of the Hepburn Collection is, quite simply, one of the most respected and
sought after wedding hair stylists in the UK.

He is also a TWIA Judge.

Wedding Hair Masterclass

Tuesday 21st April, 2015?

Venue: Fetcham Park, Surrey?

Tutor: Sev Hubert, Hepburn Collection?

Price: £195 + VAT

Open to ALL wedding hair stylists.

10% discount for TWIA 2015 entrants.


This masterclass is an unrivalled opportunity to meet, talk to and learn from Sev, to understand his motivation and inspiration, to learn and practice his techniques and to understand what it takes to run one of the most recognisable and successful wedding hair brands in the country.

In an intimate yet intensive environment Sev will share his expertise with a maximum of 10 hair stylists.

With such a small number of students, access to Sev will be extensive and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask him questions about his techniques in addition to wider aspects of the industry. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

A range of hair products will be provided by milk_shake and there will be a goody
bag for each student to take home.

Sev’s new bridal collection will be available from April 2015.

Philippa Langley gets the royal treatment at Barrie Stephen Hair

Barrie Stephen Hair King Street welcomed Philippa Langley from the Richard III Society to, rather fittingly, the King Street salon on Monday the 23rd of March for a blow dry with hair designer Olivia Stevens after her exciting weekend celebrating the life of the 1400’s King.

Philippa Langley, amongst other members of the Richard III Society helped to discover the King’s body underneath a Leicester car park in August 2012. Philippa was responsible for campaigning for the dig to take place on the site where they later found the King’s skeleton, despite rumours that his body had been dumped in the city river after this death. Philippa visited the salon during the week his body was discovered and has now been back during another exciting time for the society.

On Sunday the 22nd of March, King Richard III was given a reburial in Leicester and thousands of people lined the streets to witness the symbolic procession and the King in his coffin 530 years after he was killed in the battle of Bosworth. He has now been laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral.

The Richard III Society exists to promote research into the life and times of Richard III and have been worked to secure a reassessment of his place in English history. The Society was founded during 1924 and has several thousand members worldwide.
I’m Leicester born and bred and very proud of my city and now its home to a famous king!” says Barrie Stephen.

Ken Picton: Latest Salon News

The Ken Picton Salon played host to special guests from the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey team ahead of their Challenge Cup Final on March 8th in Sheffield, which the team went on to triumph in. The most noticeable of transformations came for Carl Hudson, well known for his long hair and beard, who donated his long locks to the Little Princess Trust.

Ken says, “It was a great day having all the Cardiff Devils players in the salon, and it was a pleasure to groom all these guys so they were looking sharp for their cup final. Carl, also known as ‘the beast’ for his hairy look, loved his new style and was as calm as could be despite having his hair put into 4 ponytails! To be long enough for the charity, the ponytails need to be 7cm long so we cut them separately, if we’d pulled it all back into one the hair from the sides wouldn’t have quite been long enough.”

The team is also celebrating after being shortlisted for the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy. Art team members Dafydd Rhys and Zoe Williams are through in the Colour Trophy and Men’s Image categories respectively.

Meanwhile, Assistant Director Dafydd Rhys has been busy using his presenting skills to help with a feature for BBC Bitesize – an online education platform to help students. Dafydd was on set in the salon shooting and hosting a Welsh language TV and Internet programme to assist GCSE revision.

Of the filming Dafydd said, “As an avid Welsh speaker and regular contributor to S4C, it’s always a pleasure speaking Welsh to my clients. To have the opportunity to improve the skills of eager clients is amazing and I shall look forward to welcoming more young Welsh learners into the salon!

The segment will appear on the website soon -

Dafydd and the salon also featured in S4C’s news programme ‘Newyddion 9’ discussing the latest budget cuts in Wales.

Charity Chop

Kirsty Willis, Style Director at Paul Falltrick Hairdressing helped 11 year old Georgia Peters carry out an incredibly brave task in the salon on Saturday March the 7th by cutting 7 inches off her super long hair in order to be donated to the Little Princess Trust and made into a wig for children suffering from hair loss.

Georgia, who attends St Patrick’s Catholic school in Collier Row, heard about the Little Princess Trust from her mother and thought it was a lovely charity. She felt she wanted to help children who have lost their hair through cancer through donating her own long locks. Since sitting in the hairdressers chair and taking the chop, her teachers and a number of pupils at her school want to sponsor her for her amazing donation so is now fundraising as well!

The ‘Little Princess’ trust was launched in 2006 and has since helped over 2,700 girls and boys across the UK and Ireland suffering with different types of hair loss conditions including cancer and alopecia. Famous supporter Jessie J shaved her head live on TV for Comic Relief in March 2013 and donated her hair to the charity.

Westrow preps models backstage at 2015 university of leeds rag fashion show

‘through the looking glass’

On Thursday 26 February 2015, Leeds University’s event space, The Refectory, played host to the annual University RAG (Raising and Giving) Fashion show: Through the Looking Glass’ where 28 Westrow stylists from across its eight salon group worked tirelessly backstage to craft on-trend locks for a staggering 73 models.

An event organised by a team from the University of Leeds fundraising society, the Leeds RAG Fashion Show (LRFS) has become one of the biggest nights of the university’s social calendar, and helps raise much-needed funds for local and national charities. Money is raised via exhibiting clothing and accessoriesfrom independent and established designers and retailers, which this year came from as locally as Leeds and as far-flung as Russia.

A VIP reception helped kick-start proceedings, with 250 VIP guests welcomed to Parkinson Court to enjoy champagne, canapés and cocktails and serenaded by the a cappella group, The Ashatones, before being escorted to their seats armedwith goodie bags filled with treats from Propercorn, the Body Shop and Benefit.

The show was an attack on the senses, with music curated by Flux and a woodland-inspired set built by Loco creating an ethereal ambience and a magical setting as the models took to the catwalk. Among the labels exhibited throughout the nightwere Hellavagirl Boutique and Victoria’s Secret Pink, with Leeds-based designer clothing stores Accent and Lambert’s Yard also contributing a variety of stunning pieces. Eclectic styles from Annie Oakes and elaborate knitwear byCarlo Volpi transformed scenes as they shifted from the upbeat, candy-themed‘Hansel & Gretal’ scene to the darker ‘Tulgey Wood’.

Backstage, highly talented hairstylists from Westrow’s eight salons worked tirelessly to ensure that all 73 models were groomed to perfection. Using a selection of products provided by Sexy Hair and electrical styling tools from BaByliss Pro, the Westrow team worked through the day and into the night to create eight distinctive looks, ranging from the extremely high ponytails in ‘Illusions’ to intricate heart-shaped updos in ‘Queen of Hearts’, ending with ‘The Awakening’, in which male and female models had their hair slicked back in a high-fashion, wet-look style. Each scene combined stunning hairstyles with lights and clothing to create a spectrum of colours and textures on stage.

The hair by Westrow was complemented beautifully by make-up looks, crafted by the team from HD Brows. Using products from the 80-strong Make up by HD Brows collection,models sported HD Brows’ signature flawless skin and brows, emphasising different facial features through make-up on lips, eyes and brows within each of the show’s scenes.

LRFS 2015 was an enormous success, raising more than £17,000 for its two charities, Leeds Mind, a Leeds-based charity that works with more than 600 local people withmental illness to help them overcome obstacles and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues; and the Richard Mayne Foundation, a Leicester-based charity set up in memory of a much-loved, much-missed University of Leeds student and which aims to inspire and enable children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes to live life to the full.

Said Westrow Director Steve Rowbottom: “The Westrow Artistic Team thoroughly enjoyed their time working backstage at this year’s Leeds RAG Fashion show, styling the hair for 73 models. With such a range of looks and stylesrequired on the night the team’s talents were put to good use, with stunning results. We look forward to collaborating with the brand again in 2016.”


Havant Hair Salon Headromance Excel At Business Awards

Hampshire based hair salon headromance have triumphed at the Business Excellence Awards with their success of winning the ‘Customer Service Award’ and also 2nd/highly commended for the ‘Employer of the Year’ award.

The award winning hair salon, headromance was founded in 2012 by Peter Gibbs and Emily Warne. Offering the highest standards of hairdressing with passion, personality and individuality and a full range of services. They’ve also had their work showcased at an extensive list of industry events, competitions and shows such as London Fashion Week.

Organised by The News, the Business Excellance Awards commend businesses that stand above others through their hard work and success. A panel of judges representing the business community and the Hampshire chamber of commerce undertook judging. The winners were then announced at a gala black tie dinner held at the Guildhall Portsmouth on Friday March 6.

The prestigious award ceremony celebrates firms and entrepreneurs across the Portsmouth area, with the finest business focused individuals attending the event.

With 13 categories including ‘Best business personality’, ‘Employer and overall business of the year’ and ‘Customer service’ award, the entries were even stronger than previous with tough competition.

On hearing the results of their achievements Emily Warne, Director of headromance said, “We feel honoured and cannot begin to thank our clients and team enough for their continued support. Thank you all!”

Jamilla Paul extends international role in the Gulf

Jamilla Paul’s role as visiting International VIP Hair Artist to the United Arab Emirates’ most prestigious salon is being transformed and extended due to unprecedented demand for her award-winning services by the country’s elite.

Jamilla joined Glamour Hair in Abu Dhabi last August as educator and hair artist; agreeing to fly out to the UAE capital every eight weeks. But she has quickly become one of the country’s leading hairdressers, with the weight of demand requiring a more equal split of her time between Britain and the UAE. Much of her new role will involve servicing the top ranks of UAE society as well as taking VIP appointments in the salon.

Glamour Hair is an exclusive salon in Abu Dhabi, servicing the wealthy and fashionable within the Gulf state. Opened in 2010, it swiftly made a name for itself as a luxury destination salon and has since opened a second salon, with a third already in the pipeline.

‘I loved Glamour Hair Salon the minute I stepped foot in the door,’ says Jamilla, who initially went out there to open up her first Jewel Bar franchise in the salon. ‘I was very keen to get involved in developing its services and its team, but little did I image it would become such a huge part of my life. It means a lot of travelling, but I love that.’

Jamilla still owns three salons in Littleborough and Rochdale, on the edge of Manchester, which will continue to be managed by her existing senior team, some of whom have been with Jamilla for more than 15 years.

She also continues as a platform artist for Wella, both in the UK and in the Gulf.

‘Straddling both worlds can only help me grow as a hairdressers and educator. It will be such an enriching experience for me and my team, who will often come out with me to Abu Dhabi,’ she said. ‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down. But I genuinely believe it will be great for the industry. British hairdressers are still recognised as the best in the world.’

Kevin Kahan Nominated In Irish Hairdressing Awards 2015

Bangor hair and beauty destination, Kevin Kahan have made it through to the finals in the categories of Salon Design and Ulster Trainee Of the Year- Amy Rutledge in the 2014/2015 Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Business Awards.

The award winning Kevin Kahan salon was conceived and implemented in collaboration with leading Belfast architects. It has been recently beautifully re-modeled and refurbished over three floors and features a reception and retail space, as well as the luxurious Comfort Zone and intimate VIP salon space.
Already secure in the Irish Hairdressing Business Awards ‘Hall of Fame’, having won the title of Ulster Salon of the Year in 2010,2011 and 2012, salon owner Kevin is delighted with the news,
“It’s great to hear that the extensive work we undertook to get our salon looking the way it now does is appreciated, and of course for Amy one of our trainees to be recognised is fantastic."    
Launching the awards in 2003, it is Schwarzkopf, the main sponsors, aim to acknowledge and reward businesses for their acumen and excellence.  Now in it’s 12th year, the awards celebrate the crème de la crème of hairdressing businesses in Ireland. The star-studded event, hosted by Lorraine Keane will be taking place in the Main Hall of the RDS in Dublin 4 on 29th March.

Lee Stafford moves in to Croydon

Croydon College has joined forces with celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford to open a new hairdressing training academy.

Mr Stafford announced the partnership on Twitter, posting the good news to his 52,000 followers.

This cutting-edge opportunity has come at exactly the right time because the UK beauty industry is booming. Employing more than one million people, it’s worth around £17 billion to the economy.

Frances Wadsworth, principal at Croydon College said; "The Lee Stafford Academy will offer Croydon’s students top-quality training to develop their skills in a high-profile, commercial working environment. This partnership will help to raise standards to the highest levels, increase student confidence, professionalism, and really enhance students’ employability skills and their job prospects."

Mr Stafford and his team will visit the college regularly, to work with students, staff and employers. He will be putting the college’s current hairdressing tutors through an intensive three-week training course, and there will be continuous professional development to ensure the highest standards, and that staff are up-to-date with new and emerging techniques.

Lee Stafford said: "I am very excited to be working with staff at Croydon College. They are the perfect partners as they share the same passions, standards and dedications as Lee Stafford Education (LSE). I am so passionate about the hairdressing industry and I want to communicate through Croydon College what a great career it can be - the creativity, the diversity, the opportunities - but I also want to help to raise the profile of, and standardise the profession and make hairdressing an industry of which Britain can be proud."

Ms Wadsworth added; "It’s an incredible opportunity for both the staff and students. Lee is a fantastic role model in terms of skill and entrepreneurism. - we’re delighted to welcome him to the college, and to Croydon."

Croydon College recently announced plans for a £3m expansion to its campus. This new academy will be a precursor to the works and will open in September 2015.

Courses are available for both full-time and part-time students and Apprentices. A launch event will take place in April. The Lee Stafford Academy will be sited the west end of the college’s main campus site, off Park Lane.


Who will cut your hair if we don’t get more apprentices?

London academy launches drive to head off skills shortage

It might be a glamorous industry worth billions of pounds per year to the economy but a shortage of trainee hairdressers in the capital has prompted a major recruitment offensive during National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March).

Launched from the Coca-Cola London Eye, the London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy’s campaign seeks to attract creative and entrepreneurial young people aged 16-23, who want a vocational career as an alternative to university or college study. Vacancies for more than 50 apprentices to join salons across London are already up for grabs, as business owners looking to expand struggle to find trainees.

According to Trevor Luker, Co-founder and Director of LHAA, which trains apprentices for more than 350 salons across the capital, Hertfordshire and Essex from its three academies in Camden, Loughton and Borehamwood, a national qualification remains the best passport for entry into the sector:

An apprenticeship is the hairdressing industry’s preferred first step on the career ladder and apprentices can expect to earn while they learn and take home more than their contemporaries in other industries, once customer tips are added to wages. There’s more to it than hair styling skills, as salon owners demand enthusiastic young people who can communicate well.” Continued Luker: “The number of salons and barber shops is at risk of declining if the talent pool isn’t replenished. The hairdressing industry employs over 1% of the total UK workforce and is respected internationally as the world’s best but to maintain this status, it needs new recruits. Who will cut your hair if we don’t get more apprentices?”

Hilary Hall, Chief Executive of the National Hairdresser’s Federation said:

Employers know that apprenticeships are the best route into the hairdressing industry, that’s why hairdressing is always in the top ten most popular apprenticeship subjects. Top quality training with providers such as LHAA opens the door to a career in a lively, creative and very social industry, so we’re delighted to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.”

Statistics from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) show that there are over 35,000 hair salons in the UK, employing over 200,000 people with 25% of those working in salons in London and the South East. Over 150 new salons opened in the last 18 months, with a key surge in retro fashion requiring expertise in crafting vintage cuts from the 1920s and 1950s.

To help boost uptake in vocational training, the Government’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) has been extended in 2015 with a £3,000 cash incentive on offer to businesses with a London postcode that recruit an apprentice. Elsewhere in England, the employer grant amounts to £1500 per apprentice recruited.

The ClubStar Art Team Embrace the Power of Women

The 2015 ClubStar Art Team gathered at the London Hairdressing Academy in Camden on the morning of Monday the 9th of February for their first shoot together with photographer Kai Wan and mentors and Art Directors Leah Walton and Joey Ferraro.

The day kicked off to an energetic start at 9am, beginning with a debrief on what each member was going to do on each of the models and a team talk on the feel of the collection and the photo shoot brief. Once everyone was happy with the hair and the team had spoken to Kai on the movement they wanted to achieve throughout, it was time to prep the models and get the shoot underway.

The concept was based around achieving a very classic and expensive look. As it was the first shoot this year’s Art Team had created together, they wanted to get across their desired brand and their passion for the industry. Inspiration came from the new Giorgio Armani campaign about a very powerful woman and the team wanted to translate this into a fashion inspired collection that wouldn’t look out of place in Vogue.

The Art Team consisted of: Liam Robinson from Michelle Griffin Academy, Sarah Linley from the Boutique Salon & Spa, Elaine Sneddon from Halo Hair & Beauty, Nathan Telford from Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair, Annie Morelli from Barrie Stephen Hair and Ben Russell from Rush.

Joseph Ferraro of Halo Hair and Beauty commented on the day, “There was a great feeling throughout the day and the team all worked really well together. There was a mixture of some cuts and some styling and each ClubStar member worked to their strength. ClubStar is a brilliant organisation to be involved in and it’s great to give youngsters these opportunities to learn new skills and work with stylists at the top of their game.”

Art Team member Liam Robinson said, “The shoot really brought us together. We captured a young, fresh collection of imagery under the direction of Leah and Joey. It was such a well organised and relaxed atmosphere which helped us to create such a beautiful collection.”

ClubStar is the youth membership programme of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing that recognises young talent and offers opportunities for its members to become strong creatives. It is exclusively for hair professionals aged 16 to25 and supports the pursuit of improved standards and NVQ/SVQ education. It is the opportunity to meet, share ideas and develop creativity, while engaging with events, competitions and educational workshops.


The Charlie Miller Family @ 50

Celebrating the 15th Charlie Miller Achievement Awards In its 50th year in business, the Directors, management and an extended family of 107 uber glamourous Charlie Miller hairdressing professionals arrived in excited anticipation at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh’s West End on Sunday 1st March 2015 to enjoy a night of recognition and reward.

Twenty-nine awards recognising hard work, performance and client service including 2 long service awards were presented amid rapturous applause in a love-filled room of high-vaulted arch ceilings draped with candle lit chandeliers. To mark the company’s 50th year, Charlie Miller and his wife Janet were in utter amazement with the showing of a surprise video revealing a host of tribute messages from industry peers, friends and colleagues who expressed their love, respect and admiration for the brand.

The Grand Prix Award of the evening for ‘Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year’ was awarded to a delighted Tammy Waugh Neillings.

Radio Forth Presenter and DJ, Grant Stott compered the evening which saw a 10-hour celebration that included a 4-course dinner and tombola draw, awards, tributes and dancing with live entertainment from motown, soul and funk tribute band, The Soul Kings.

Charlie Miller 15th Achievement Award Winners

Josh Miller, Janet Miller, Charlie Miller, Jason Miller

Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year Tammy Waugh Neillings receives her award from Josh & Jason Miller

Trainee Stylist of the Year – Stafford Street
Trainee Stylist of the Year – South St Andrew Street
Trainee Stylist of the Year – Frederick Street
Trainee Stylist of the Year – Ocean Terminal
Trainee Stylist of the Year – Holy Corner
The Janet Miller Award
Retail Salesperson of the Year
Receptionist of the Year
Treatment Salesperson of the Year
Long Service Award
Long Service Award
Graduate Stylist of the Year
Salon Stylist of the Year
Senior Stylist of the Year
Head Stylist of the Year
Senior Head Stylist of the Year
Men’s Stylist of the Year
Salon Technician of the Year
Senior Technician of the Year
Head Technician of the Year
Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year
Angus Knott
Tom Bennett
Coel Weaver
Shannen Torley
Hayley Wilson
David Avery
Cat Nicholson
Keri McCracken
Karen Jones
Lorraine McHugh
Michele Baigan
Lizzie Guild
Kayleigh Simpson
Tammy Waugh Neillings
Leigh Inglis
Natalie Cole
David Avery
Katy Dallas
Tammy Waugh Neillings
Gillian Craik
Tammy Waugh Neillings

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

After voting stage, Club Fígaro makes public the names of the prenominees for Spanish Hairdresser of the Year category in Spanish Hairdressing Awards 2015, choosen by club members’ open vote. This year, twelve recognised Spanish hairdressers make up this exclusive group: Antonio Calvo, Carlos Valiente, Christian Vendrell, Felicitas Ordás, Gonzalo Zarauza, Jorge Cáncer, Jose Boix, Manuel Mon, Marco Antonio Restrepo, Mayte Garrote, Mikel Luzea y Xavi García. 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 Fígaro 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 Figaro’s website. As a novelty this year, the full sign-up process can be done through Club Figaro’s 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, Men’s Commercial, Women’s Commercial and Avant-garde. Once participation period is closed, selected collections will be published in Club Figaro’s website and will start the voting round, as much from the members as from the jury. Each category’s finalists will be announced on 1st July and finally, Figaro’s 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 year’s 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 year’s most popular hair trends, already seen on the red carpet by many celebrities – 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.

“It was a great experience, I was honoured as it’s 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!” Joe Stoker, of Dare Hair Design in Seaburn, Sunderland and Young Artistic team member.

“Styling 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. It’s great to get out of the salon and experience the glamour of the catwalk.” Anthony McMeiken of Janet Maitland Hair Excellence and LEAP team member.


Schwarzkopf Professional’s 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 & Beauty’s 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 L’Oreal 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 “We 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 it’s not. It’s 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.”

Head stylist and creative director at Neville, Stephen Low says of his concept “ 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.”

Of the product choices for the hair, Elena Lavagni (co-owner and creative director of Neville Salon) said, “In order to achieve the look we used L’Oreal Beach Wave spray to get that slightly rough texture whilst still maintaining that slightly dewy natural look. My team always manages to use L’Oreal 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, “The hair was inspired by the slightly sinister kind of Amish look with innocent -looking knots placed around the head but with a twist. I’ve loved it. It’s 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 we’ve 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 L’Oreal Professionnel’s support this is our fifth season working together with the Neville team. It’s almost become that we don’t even have to say anything, we can just come up with the boards and send it to them and they will know exactly what we’re thinking – we’ve become like a family”.

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 Howard’s education has proved so popular he’s now trademarked “Balayage by Jack Howard” for education, and application of hair wefts.

Jack is now launching four ‘Balayage Revolution’ 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 Jack’s Balayage Revolution on the road in-salon seminars.

Of the new classes featuring his signature Balayage application, Jack says, “These 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 they’ve learnt back to their salon and immediately they’ll 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 L’Oreal Professional North America and L’Oreal 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]

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