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Fudge Professional Takes Centre Stage At London Collection: Men Aw15

Fudge Professional had another sensational season at the recent London Collections: Men AW15 as the Official Hair Partner. Creating both stand out looks for the models on the runway and the VIP front row guests with the Fudge Fix, Fudge Professional was a style force to be reckoned with at Men’s Fashion Week.

Alongside creating the looks for seven shows, Fudge Professional hosted ‘The Fudge Fix’, a dedicated pop-up salon area based at the hub of Men’s Fashion Week, Victoria House. Managed by the Fudge Brand Ambassadors, fashions’ finest were treated to complementary styling using Fudge Professional products and the latest electrical tools from BaByliss PRO, including the Titanium Expression Collection and V-Blade Lithium Clipper and Trimmer.

Effortless, chic and undone hair was a key trend at this seasons LC:M, with Christopher Shannon, James Long, Matthew Miller and Craig Green all sporting the look. Hair at Lee Roach was an interesting contrast of matte versus high shine and the models at Belstaff rocked 1950’s quiffs, each styled differently so that no two models looked the same. Continuing to push runway boundaries, models at the Katie Eary show wore ‘dreadlock brain’s’ in a variety of colours mirroring the brain themed collection.

To help inspire guests at The Fudge Fix, Fudge Professional created an exclusive LC:M styling menu, offering a variety of on trend looks such as ‘Let’s Braid Out’, ‘Texture Experimenter’ and ‘Groom To Go’. Guests did not shy away from sharing their new do’s with their friends, thanks to the built-in social media photo-booth.

The Fudge Fix attracted an array of VIP client’s from the world of fashion, film and music including indie film actress, Sophie Kennedy Clark who plays Philomena in award winning series, Game of Thrones, self-taught musician Martin Luke Brown and up and coming British actor, Jack Bannon, who starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Brad Pitt in Fury, and is costarring with Cara Delevingne in this year’s Kids in Love. Designer Katie Eary and Patrick Grant, creative director of menswear brand E-Tautz led the fashion crowd, joined by Topman NEWGEN. In addition to styling guests, the Fudge Brand Ambassadors showcased their talent and passion for the brand by transforming the hair of selected models using Fudge Professional products such as Paintbox.

To mark the end of an unforgettable four days of innovation, excitement and super cool hair, John Vial, Creative Director for Fudge Professional and Stephanie Bruce, Head of Fudge Professional, invited the LC:M team and members of the press to a champagne reception at The Fudge Fix. Speaking about the hair styles at LC:M AW15, John Vial said: “We saw a major trend for effortless hair this season. We’re talking hair that’s styled just enough so that it’s noticeable – this will be the staple look of this coming autumn/winter. Our new Fudge Professional Light HED-ed Hair Oil, due to launch later this year, is mega light and non-greasy and was perfect for creating this slightly groomed look.”

Commenting on the experience, Stephanie Bruce said: “The Fudge Professional team pulled off another fantastic season at London Collections: Men. The team backstage were seamless, creating stunning and original looks that worked with the new collections to deliver a show stopping performances on the runway. What’s more, The Fudge Fix, kindly supported by BaByliss PRO, proved to be the fashion week hot spot and was inundated with guests. I was impressed by the commitment and creativity of the Brand Ambassadors who worked hard to make the pop up a huge success. Involving our customers in every aspect of what we do is high on our agenda and it’s a real bonus when we can support the development of their portfolios through doing this.”

Jack Howard Takes His Balayage Revolution On The Road

Jack Howard, international hair colourist to the likes of Gillian Anderson, Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, and now based at Paul Edmonds, has been back on the road for 2015 taking his signature Balayage technique to salons around the UK to educate and inspire colourists.

Gallery 108 in Newcastle, an Aveda salon renowned locally for their expertise in colour, enlisted Jack for a day of on-trend training. Rebecca Watson of the salon said “Already known as a ‘Balayage’ salon, we wanted to really perfect our skills – who better to learn from than Jack Howard? I invited colourists from Baroque Harrogate and Salon H Morpeth to join the team for the day; as we’re still a small team, inviting other salons made the day more fun and interesting, allowing us to bounce thoughts and ideas of each other.”

Jack said, “It was a really inspiring day at Gallery 108 and what a great idea to team up locally to access training like these 3 salons did. We’re lucky to work in an industry that really thrives on sharing ideas and creative skills, so it makes sense to pool resources to bring in educators in this way.”


Jack Howard Joins Fundraising Committee For HABB

Just before Christmas I was humbled to be offered a position on the fundraising committee for HABB and give back to a community who have been so supportive of me over my career. What’s HABB? You might say. Well it’s the Hair and Beauty Benevolent Fund, set up specifically to help individuals and their families in our industry since 1853.

For an industry that’s based on making people feel beautiful and youthful, the thought of illness or disability is rarely associated with those who make it happen. HAAB receives over 300 applications every year and can always be relied upon to help those who need it the most.

As an industry we are committed to our charity work and there are so many charities pulling at our heartstrings and so many in need. But HABB needs you! We need your help in raising funds so that we can help people in our very own hairdressing community.

I’ve just put a HABB donation box in the staff room at Paul Edmonds; it’s a simple way of raising some money and I’d love it if this were the case in every salon. Maybe you could do a ‘donate a tip’ day or any other way your salon can think of to raise money. We can’t do it without your help. It’s not all doom and gloom though - £400 was all that was needed to get a kit bag together for a young man who had been kicked out of his home by his parents, leaving him with nothing. That kit bag allowed him to keep working and get on with his life.

If every salon in the UK did something as small as a donation box, think how much good work could be done in our community of talented people. For many people, contributing to HABB is a way of giving something back to the industry that has been so good to them. For others, it’s the realisation that success can be fleeting and unexpected events can completely change your circumstances. What matters is that you’re involved and that you’re playing your part in helping HABB help as many people as possible. We need £150k a year to meet our existing commitments to beneficiaries and to take new requests for assistance on board.

This year we are going to be out and about in as many ways as we can, asking for money. Expect to see me alongside the rest of the committee with buckets taking part in as many fun and interesting ways to make money as we can.

Paul Stafford appointed Senior Artistic Director for UNITE

Paul Stafford is to take up residency as a Senior Artistic Director with uber-cool brand UNITE, with his first gig taking him to the company’s San Diego HQ for a shoot later this month.

Stafford, who has been part of the elite British Hairdressing Hall of Fame since 2001, is first appearing on stage for Denman at the three-day International Salon and Spa Expo at Long Beach, California this weekend, before relocating to UNITE’s San Diego studio to shoot a series of educational films. After that he’ll be sitting down with the team to plot out a series of education seminars on both sides of the Atlantic for 2015.

Paul, whose eponymous salon graces Belfast’s coolest shopping quarter, joined the UNITE family in 2014 and went on to headline at Global Session in October. Since then he has been working closely with the education team, helping develop a show-stopping schedule of events.

‘I just fell in love with the products as soon as I tried them,’ said Paul. ‘They do exactly what I require. And the clients love them, too. When UNITE’s Education Director, Marcus Allen, approached me to work more closely with him as an artistic director on an international basis, I was instantly sold.’

Paul already has a huge fan base Stateside, having performed on stage and led seminars across the country many times, often for Denman, over the past 20 years. He is particularly renowned for his outstanding cutting techniques and his highly approachable style of education. At Global Session, he wowed the audience with easy-to-follow demonstrations of his classically innovative styles.

‘Paul’s technical precision and creativity inspire hairdressers to push the boundaries of their own creations. His work complements both the classic and advanced art of hairdressing. This, mixed with his enthusiasm for education, resonates with hairdressers from around the world. We are proud to have Paul as part of the #UNITEfamily,’ said UNITE founder Andrew Dale.




SUNDAY MARCH 1ST 2015 4pm.

THE ONE, ultimate hair colourist award is finally here on Sunday 1st March 2015. Eleven great hair colourists will fight it out to obtain the ultimate prize in hair colouring. THE ONE trophies are a one off piece of contemporized art, never to be duplicated. Glass blowing artist Ingrid Pears, MBE who has created pieces for his holiness The Dali Lama, has been specially commissioned to create the 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies for this event.

For the first time in a hairdressing competition, judging through Social Media participation proved to be spectacular beyond belief. Contestants were judged on images of their work, and video entries.

Many great hair colourists entered the competition. The following eleven hair colourists were victorious in coming through this vigorous judging system to fight it out on the night.


Anyone of them could win. You have to be there. The Grand Finale catwalk show will determine THE ONE.

The Grand Finale Night begins at 4pm with drinks and canapés, followed by a presentation from ColourSoft’s Mannequin Army. Then a presentation from the amazing Colour Placement System. Finally a catwalk show from the contestants, followed by trophy presentations.

The evening will be compared by the amazing CHRIS FOSTER from the
FOSS ACADEMY. A special thank you to our most generous sponsors UNITE, HAIRAISERS, COLOUR PLACEMENT SYSTEM and INGRID PEARS, MBE.

Tickets for the Grand Finale Night are £60.00 including VAT and are only available from the ColourSoft store at

Fellowship luncheon guests raise over £1000 with habb collection box

The industry charity, Hair & Beauty Benevolent (HABB), showcased the new HABB
Collection Boxes at the annual Fellowship for British Hairdressing Luncheon and
Awards, and was pleased to announce that £1036 was raised on the day.

With a room full of the hairdressing elite, HABB Chairman Philip Rogers, requested a pledge from the guests to support the charity and donate directly to the newly launched HABB Collection Boxes placed on each table.

Launched in 2014, the HABB Collection Boxes have been created to make fundraising in salons easier. Salons and stylists can request the collection boxes and place in the staff room and reception desks for simple change donations or for forward thinking salons and academies as model night donations.

“This was the ideal opportunity to bring HABB to the forefront of the leading names in hairdressing and it was great to have the support of the Fellowship and their members at the event. We’d like to thank the Fellowship and those who donated for your support. The money raised will help us give a better life to hairdresser who has fallen on hard times or a child in need; that’s exactly how HABB helps others,” explains HABB Chairman Philip Rogers.

Fudge Professional Hits the Sunday Time Style Smart Works Charity Event

Fudge Professional was on hand at the Sunday Times Style magazine’s ‘The Style Big Fashion Sale’ to treat fashion enthusiasts to complementary hair styling. Taking place at Somerset House in London, the uber chic affair helped to raise money for the Smart Works Charity, which aims to empower women by giving them the tools they need to get back into employment.

The Fudge Professional team, which also included Fudge Brand Ambassador and owner of Mutiny Hair Salon in Northampton, Jo Caswell and her team, created a selection of on-trend looks at the event. With the help of BaBylis PRO electrical tools, the hair team focused on creating glamorous styles with lots of movement using texturizing products such as Fudge Professional Membrane Gas and Fudge Professional Elevate Styling Powder and Think Big Texture Spray from the BIG HAIR range.

Braiding and fringe re-styles were also high in demand. Side plaits and head hugging rope twists were incorporated with loose waves and voluminous curls, and fringes were bold, blunt and wide - the ultimate fashion accessory for this season.

Fudge Creative Director and Sunday Times Style hair columnist, John Vial comments: “We were thrilled to provide our services at the Sunday Times Style event in support of Smart Works charity. Smart Works is all about helping women to feel confident and look fabulous, a cause at Fudge, we feel very passionately about. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was also a great opportunity for our Fudge Brand Ambassadors to get creative, ahead of their involvement at the Fudge Fix at LC:M AW15 next month.”

Fudge Brand Ambassador and owner of Mutiny Hair Salon, Jo Caswell comments: “The Sunday Times Style event was fantastic and I was so pleased to be a part of it. It was well organised and there was a lovely buzz throughout the day. Not only was it wonderful to support the Smart Works charity, but my team and I received some really positive feedback and it’s proved to be a great profiling opportunity for the salon.”

Clipso Young Superstar Awards 2014

Each year, the Clipso salon group hold their own internal awards titled Young Superstar to celebrate the educational successes of the group’s assistants and trainees. Once again, the 2014 competition , held at the L’Oreal Academy in Hammersmith, was a massive success with the participants displaying their creative expertise to an audience of family, friends and colleagues.

The audience and judges were wowed by the outstanding talents of Clipso trainees; coming from a background in NVQ Level 1 to 3, each trainee presented a ‘complete look’ on a model, gave a catwalk presentation to explain their concept, technique and over all look, including the use of mood boards. The competition was compered by Scott Halsey, Salon Manager & Artistic Director at Clipso Watford.

The judging panel for the 2014 competition was the industry renowned Bruno Marc, Creative Director at Marc Antoni, Lindsay Calvert, Managing Director of the Clipso Salon group, Angela Holland, Technical Consultant at L’Oréal Professionnel and Scott Fairbairn, Salon Director at Electric salon.

Each winner was presented with £100 worth of gift vouchers, and the overall winner gifted a course at L’Oreal Professionnel worth £300. Runners up were presented with £50 worth of gift vouchers and everyone also received a certificate along with a goody bag.

The winners included:

First Year winner
– Megan Samuels, Clipso Watford (Award presented Scott Fairbairn)

First Year runner up
– Melissa Keene, Clipso Watford

Second Year winner
– Claire Brown, Clipso Cheshunt (Award presented by Scott Fairbairn)

Second Year runner up
- Jodi Fitzgerald, Clipso Watford

Third Year winner
Hollie Greenhalgh, Clipso Watford (Award presented by Bruno Marc)

Best Mood Board winner
was presented to Danni Lee from Clipso St Albans by Lindsay Calvert.

The Young Superstar Overall Award was presented to Hollie Greenhalgh from Clipso Watford by Lindsay Calvert, Managing Director of the Clipso Salon group. Hollie won herself a course of her choice at L’Oreal Professionnel worth £300.

Julia Webb, Senior Educator of the Clipso training academy commented “I am extremely happy and so proud of all our trainees and assistant’s today, everyone who took part in the awards displayed such a high level of work. At Clipso, education is very important to us and we’re very proactive at encouraging all team members to develop their skills. When it comes to the assistants we make sure all of them are put through extensive training, as they are the future of the salon group.”

Lindsay Calvert, Managing Director of the Clipso Salon group, commented, “Firstly I want to say congratulations to all of the winners and a massive well done to everyone who took part. Everyone’s work was wonderful and all the apprentices’ hard work definitely paid off because the standard of work was fantastic. Also, thank you to all of our amazing judges and to everyone attended - I can’t wait for next year’s awards!”

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