Blue Tit Reveals ‘Miraging’, Its Unique New Colouring Technique For Ss17

Blue Tit, the award-winning seven-strong salon group in London, has revealed its latest colouring technique for Spring/Summer 2017: Miraging.

Created by Blue Tit Directors Perry Patraszewski and Andi Hinteregger, along with Stylist, Bradley Stratton, the technique, inspired by the apocalypse, was developed in response to the growing trend for multiple colours, and allows a variety of artful hues to be created with an earthy and otherworldly effect.

Miraging is a blend of bold or contrasting colour patterns within the hair, concealing them with a veil of a natural base created by taking a section around the parting, using it to conceal or ‘mirage’ the colours underneath.

Colours can be soft and natural – with subtle flashes of pastels that are blended through, or more dramatic, using bold and bright colours to create interesting patterns and panels that change when the hair moves.

Says Perry Patraszweski: "This trend is set to be huge as it allows people to express themselves in a creative way. The colours can be brought out or hidden depending on the chosen hairstyle.

It is also a very easy technique to follow and can be adapted by the stylist for the client.

This technique will suit both commercial and creative consumers, taking into consideration the haircut and length. It all depends on the colour tones used and what effect they want to achieve.

Westrow Artistic Team showcases educational prowess in israel

The globally renowned Westrow Artistic team has just returned from Israel, where they have been showcasing their collective creative skills to L’Oréal Professionnel salon groups and influencers in the country.

The recent journey took Westrow Director, Steve Rowbottom, Westrow Artistic Team Technical Director, Jenny Pelter, and Westrow Education Director, Leanne Brown, to Tel Aviv to deliver a three-day educational programme in the cosmopolitan city.

Over 300 guests from L’Oreal Professionnel independent hairdressing groups, high-profile accounts and the Israel L’Oréal Professionnel ID Artist Team enjoyed an up-close-and-personal insight into the trends and techniques that have put Westrow at the forefront of creativity and innovation over the years.

The Westrow Artistic Team has become a key educator for L’Oréal Professionnel over the years, constantly travelling in the UK and overseas to showcase their collective knowledge and skills on platform.

Education is key to the brand’s growth strategy and Westrow was awarded with the prestigious Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Business Award for Training at the end of last year. Further proof that the brand is delivering an educational agenda that is well recognised both in the UK and internationally.

Said director Steve Rowbottom of the event: "As a hairdresser it is of the utmost importance that you continue your education and expand your knowledge.

Visiting Israel gave us another opportunity to share the story behind our brand and to showcase the creativity that is at the heart of what we do and has made us an award-winning business over the last 29 years. The feedback we received was incredible and we look forward to working on more events of this nature in the future.

Blue Tit Dalston Helps The Homeless With A Cut From Takings

Blue Tit, the stylish sustainable salon group, has continued on its mission to support as many local charitable causes as possible, by donating takings from its Dalston salon to the homeless.

The generous team at Blue Tit Dalston teamed up with other local businesses to help the Hackney Winter Night Shelter. They donated 10 per cent of takings from a busy Saturday to help the cause provide a hot meal and a warm bed for homeless guests who would otherwise be out on the streets during the coldest winter months.

Perry Patraszewski, Director, Blue Tit said: "The team at Blue Tit believe charity and giving back should be a year-round effort. The Hackney Winter Night Shelter is a great initiative and we hope to continue our work with them in the future."

Thatcham hairdresser’s Cinderella story

Charles Hairdressers, a staple of the Thatcham community for more than 30 years, is coming under the ownership of one of its own employees after receiving funding from NatWest. Claire Tedridge, who is just 23 years old, is to take over the salon from current owner Jaqueline Hawkins.

Claire was originally employed by Charles at the age of 14 to do odd jobs and make drinks for salon customers, and was eventually employed as an apprentice before training to become a hair stylist. After putting in years of hard work, Claire grew to become a crucial part of the business, and now, thanks to a £35k funding package from NatWest, she is the owner of her own business.

Charles Hairdressers, founded 50 years ago, moved to larger premises in 2015. Now, Claire is planning to give back to the local community by hiring more stylists and by helping drive the growth that will allow the business to thrive.

Claire said: "This salon is of incredible personal importance to me, and I have always dreamed of one day owning the business. Thanks to the funding from NatWest, I have been able to secure the finances required and I am looking forward to what the years ahead will bring.

As a young businesswoman, it is often difficult to deal with banks, but NatWest was excellent and helped me on the journey to achieving my dream."

NatWest Relationship Manager, Neal Carey, said: "It is always encouraging to see a business flourish, and even more so to see the hard work of employees paying off. Claire has given so much to the business, and I’m thrilled to have been able to help her onto the next exciting step on her career ladder."

La Biosthetique announces UK Beauty Stylist Award winners!

Seizing the chance to showcase their skills and creativity, La Biosthetique stylists from across the UK entered the prestigious Beauty Stylist Awards.

Using a model of their choice, stylists were challenged to create a Total Beauty Look based on hair cut, hair colour, styling, and make-up. The overall impression needed to enchant a board of industry professional judges to be selected as the winner.

And so…the UK Beauty Stylist Awards winner is Fran Sleightholme for Kaboodles in Torquay!

Runner Up - Farrah Ford - Wicked Hair, Worcester

Highly Commended - Beverly Bates - Ekko, Banbury

Fran celebrated her win in the company of the Kaboodles salon staff and La Biosthetique Director, Vicky Patten as she eagerly awaits the next exciting step of this coveted beauty competition.

As the UK winner, Fran will now represent the UK at the final awards show in Paris in May 2017 to compete for the title of International Beauty Stylist 2016/2017.

She will enjoy a weekend trip for her and a friend in the glamourous fashion metropole, plus attend the opulent awards finale to see the overall winner revealed.

Images L-R: Winner, Fran Sleightholme; Runner Up, Farrah Ford; Highly Commended, Beverly Bates.

Award-Winning Yorkshire Salon Group, Westrow, Presents Chosen Charity, Martin House, With Proceeds From Great North Run

Westrow, the award-winning, Yorkshire-based salon group, which boasts eight salons across the region and an educational Academy in Leeds, has presented a cheque for £4,100 to Yorkshire-based Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Westrow staff raised the money by completing the 2016 Great North Run, a 13.1-mile half marathon in the North East of England. The team, consisting of junior and senior staff members from each of the group’s salons, ran to raise money for the charity in loving memory of Westrow staff who have sadly passed away, including Director, Marc Westerman’s beloved brother Jamie, who had worked for the group for a number of years.

The money will help to provide care and support to families in which there is a child or children with a short life expectancy, with Martin House Hospice sharing the care of the child with the families. This can take the form of symptom control, emergency care, respite care and terminal care, either at Martin House or in the family home.

Says Westrow Director Marc Westerman: "We were thrilled to present Martin House Children’s Hospice with a cheque for £4,100. This is the third year that we have completed the Great North Run to raise money for this incredible charity. The event was very challenging, but knowing that we were supporting a fantastic cause encouraged us to finish the race."

Linton& Mac’s Exclusive ‘The Low Down’ Event Hailed Huge Success By Organisers In Supporting Local Businesses

Linton & Mac, the multi award-winning, independent hairdressing salon in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, held its inaugural ‘The Low Down’ event – the first in a scheduled series of events – welcoming more than 100 guests through its doors to encourage individuals to support local.

The multi-award-winning salon, headed up by Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald, supported ten local businesses by giving them a platform to showcase their products and offerings to an exclusive audience.

Educating individuals in a unique way about style, trends and the importance of supporting local creativity, the event was also fashioned to spark conversation about how to tackle the current business climate in Aberdeen.

Focusing on the vibrant area of Netherkirkgate for its launch event, Linton & Mac plan to recreate the event to concentrate on l other areas around Aberdeen.

Numerous live retro demonstrations and presentations took place throughout the evening, with Linton & Mac’s Art Team also presenting a fashion show, showcasing fashion styles and trends inspired by the 1960s, highlighting how trends set 50 years ago are still relevant today.

Businesses involved included: Filthy Gorgeous, The Closet, Esker Gin, Mad Penguin, Rye & Soda, 10 Dollar Shake, Paperskeleton, Gray’s School of Art, BrewDog, and Deeside Brewery.

Says Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald: "We were absolutely blown away by the support the event received and it was great to see the salon so busy. So many people were interested in hearing all about the other businesses we were showcasing, which was fantastic.

The idea was formed following talks around the current campaign to shop local. We wanted to help promote numerous other businesses in the area, so decided to create an event that would bring multiple industries together, all supporting one another in helping to put Netherkirkgate on the map.

Aberdeen has so much going on right now and it’s great to see so much support. We’re extremely proud of the event and would like to thank everyone who was involved, our fantastic staff, and the abundance of guests who we welcomed through our doors. We’re already in the process of starting to plan our next event.

Adrian Gomes, owner of drinks company 10 Dollar Shake, said: "I really enjoyed being involved in the first ‘The Low Down’ event with the Linton & Mac team. We have always driven collaborations with local businesses, valuing the community spirit it produces and the awareness it raises of the brilliant independent companies that Aberdeen has in abundance."

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