Exchange students bring Byron some Spanish sunshine

Sounds of the Mediterranean filled the air at Byron Hairdressing this week as the salon was packed with Spanish-speakers to welcome two Spanish hairdressing exchange students on to the salon floor.

Elena Denisa Chioveanu and Alex Gomez Galvez arrived to do a 12-week placement at the salon, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, as part of the vocational training course run by the IES El Palo centre, in the southern Spanish city of Malaga, in partnership with Fife College.

And to help them settle in, Byron owner Ronnie Marshall put a call out to all his Spanish-speaking clients, to come in for a complimentary blow-dry with either of his guests.

The two will be working every Thursday at Byron, spending a further day three days at the college and Fridays working at Concept Hair in Glenrothes. Ronnie’s offer of free blow-dries for all clients, whether they speak Spanish or not, is valid on any Thursday until the pair return home in June.

At 32 and 26 years old, respectively, Elena and Alex are a little older than most home-grown hairdressing students, but they have three years’ hairdressing experience and are already proving popular with Byron clients, as well as the salon team.

Ronnie, who has been giving the pair personal one-to-one training, said: "It has been great to hear the sounds of Spain in-salon. Alex and Elena both fitted in right from the start. I called in some of my Spanish-speaking clients to make them feel at home for a while, although part of the reason they are here is to learn English so they are working with our other clients, too. Their English is already improving in leaps and bounds, and what they lack in language skills they more than make up for with their obvious dedication and enthusiasm."

He added: "With all the Spanish being spoken in the salon, you can close your eyes and almost imagine you are in the Mediterranean. They’ve really brightened up salon life and I wish them all the best for their future careers."

Medusa teams shine at Fantastic awards ceremony

Medusa’s Teviot salon swept the board at the Edinburgh-based group’s Fantastic Hairdresser Awards last Sunday night (10 April), walking away with the five top prizes.

Now in its ninth year, the annual event has become a high point in Medusa’s social calendar, with 150 glammed-up guests, including the 70-strong contingent from its four Edinburgh salons, taking over the super-stylish Gillie Dhu venue in Edinburgh’s West End for the party of the year. The evening is the ultimate event to celebrate the incredible dedication and achievements of the Medusa team throughout 2015.

Enthusiastic support left much of the team hoarse the following day as Medusa boss Colin McAndrew announced the winners in 14 categories, starting with Assistant of the Year, Taylor Day from the Bread Street salon.

But it was the Teviot team who stole the show as they won a total of five awards. As well as Fantastic Team of the Year, they took the prizes for Newcomer of the Year (Fraser McLean), Director of the Year (Peter Mellon), Fantastic Hairdressers of the Year (Fraser McLean and Erin Stuart) and Manager of the Year (Laura Blair).

Medusa’s other three salon teams shared the glory, with Bread Street winning three prizes (Lifetime Achievement, Lorraine Grant; Senior Stylist, Hannah Crearer; and Colour Technician, Kirsty Williams); and Grassmarket (Stylist of the Year, Lucy Quinn and Retailer of the Year, Jordan Robertson) and Musselburgh (Creative Director, Leanne Caven and Best Improver, Calvin Grady) taking two each.

With the help of Grassmarket manager and compere Kym Wyser, Colin also introduced a short film and spoke about his 2015 trip to Vietnam as part of the Wella/UNICEF Making Waves project, giving underprivileged young people vital skills that enable them to make a living.

Colin, a Wella educator and multiple finalist in the British Hairdressing Awards, said: "I’ll never get tired of telling people about my amazing team. The Medusa Fantastic Hairdresser awards are just a small way for me to show how much I appreciate their efforts throughout the year. They are committed and professional, even if it might not have seemed that way to the casual observer towards the end of Sunday night."

Mahogany present The Coquettes Collection at Hair Trade fair Graz 2016

Mahogany’s Colin Greaney, International Creative Director, Senior Creative Director Neil Atkinson and Head of Colour Tai Walker recently travelled to Graz in Austria with Schwarzkopf Professional to present ‘The Coquettes’ collection on stage at the Hair Trade Fair.

Representing British craftsmanship, Mahogany took to the stage with their models to cut and style, talk through the Schwarzkopf Professional products used and explain the inspiration behind their collection, ‘The Coquettes’. It’s described as being the embodiment of the innocent enchantress and the vampish temptress, using hidden disconnection and playful placement of colour to produce femininity and sex appeal.

The Hair Trade Fair in Graz, now in its 4th year, is a trade fair for hairdressers and stylists held at the Messe Congress Graz in Graz, Austria. It plays host to more than 100 hair and beauty exhibitors and brands and stage presentations from a number of international stylists.

"Thank you to the Mahogany team," says Alexander Hofferer from Schwarzkopf Professional, Mahogany’s colour house, "the show was really amazing and outstanding. We hope to see them again in Austria!"
Colin Greaney says, "We’re so happy with how the show went and we had a great time. A big thank you to the Schwarzkopf Professional team!"

BStyling at Legally Blonde

As official sponsors of the musical, Barrie Stephen and the BStyled Team added their special red-carpet touch at yesterday’s press night as award-winning ‘Legally Blonde’ at the Curve Theatre officially opened.

It wasn’t only the West End and Broadway hit show that guests and the local press could look forward to, as Barrie and the team put on a pop-up salon pre-show in the foyer where three hair stylists and a nail artists were on hand offering glamourous services and styling to guests as they waited for the show to start.

Ladies could have their nails painted pink, complete with a Chihuahua nail transfer in honour of the famous dog Bruiser from the show. On the hair station, men were treated to a quick trim or refresh whilst women were given glamorous curls and sleek styles. Each guest to the pop-up salon were also gifted a Barrie Stephen goodie bag full of Schwarzkopf Professional and Kerastase products, complete with a Legally Blonde nail file. The team were also joined at the salon by one of the stars of the show; Gaga the Chihuahua, one of the dogs playing Bruiser. She attracted a lot of attention as passers-by stopped to take photos with the furriest member of the cast.

Legally Blonde, based on the 2001 film, began on Broadway in 2007, later hitting the West End in 2010. The show is now showing in Leicester at the Curve Theatre until Saturday the 14th of May, starring former X-Factor star Lucie Jones as Elle Woods and Hollyoak’s Danny Mac as Warner Huntington III.

"What a fabulous night!" says Barrie Stephen, "I absolutely love being involved and sponsoring this fantastic show. I love supporting the Curve and of course, I was proud to see the incredible BStyled team making the guests look glamorous ready for show time!"

Salon Evolution director puts best foot forward to raise funds on National Autism Awareness Day

Salon Evolution – the London-based business development and marketing agency specialising in the hair and beauty industries – showed its support for National Autism Awareness Day on Saturday 1 April when Director, James Hunt, whose two sons both have autism, took part in a 15k walk around London to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the National Autistic Society.

Said James: "This is a charity very close to my heart; the National Autistic Society works tirelessly to spread awareness, undertake research and directly support those affected by autism. I’m committed to making a difference in the world for those on the spectrum as well as my own boys."

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Schwarzkopf Professional Young Artistic Team Undergo Their SS16 Essential Looks Training

Schwarzkopf Professional’s Young Artistic Team spent two inspiring days at the Rainbow Room International Academy in Glasgow with Schwarzkopf Professional’s Essential Looks ambassador Suzie McGill immersing themselves in the latest SS16 Essential Looks collection: Made to Create.

On the first day of their training, the team were taken through the looks from each of the trends; Urban Sports, Free Creation and Future Wave. Suzie, Rainbow Room International’s Creative Director, revealed the inspiration behind the looks and demonstrated step by step the colour and styling techniques used on the salon and catwalk versions of the Urban Sports and Free Creation looks. On day two, the team put their knowledge to use with a workshop where they recreated two of the looks from the Future Wave trend. They put into practice the art of flat layering and free hand cutting, keeping in mind the need for strong posture and tension in order to create strong and textured cuts.

Schwarzkopf Professional’s Essential Looks collections are inspired by the most sought-after designers in global fashion and offer direction and style insights for the Schwarzkopf Professional partner salons. Key trends are picked up on and crystallized into three looks that can be adapted to consumer’s styles. The ‘Made to Create’ collection is the 29th edition of Essential Looks and stands for playful creativity, the artistry of hairstyling and authentic looks.

"Our Essential Looks training was an amazing experience with my wonderful team mates," says team member Annabelle Taylor, "everything we learnt gave me a huge confidence boost and Suzie was incredible to work with, teaching me so many techniques that I’ll be taking back to the salon to use on my clients. All in all, a fabulous few days with Suzie and the team- well worth the 4am start on day one!"

D&J Ambrose Present Looks At Wella Celebration Of Award Winning Talent

D&J Ambrose Art Team members Luke Benson and Clayde Baumann represented British Hairdresser of the Year award winner Darren Ambrose at the Wella World London Studio on Monday, at Wella’s ‘Celebration of Award Winning Talent’ soiree for key Wella salons.

After the duo closed the show in the prestigious finale spot, Luke said, "It was a real honour to be invited to represent Darren in his British Hairdresser of the Year position, and the brand that he and Jackie have built up over the last 20 years. I worked alongside Clayde on a model, creating a wonderful overall image showing cutting, dressing and colour skills synonymous with the D&J Ambrose brand. We presented on stage in front of a packed audience and answered questions about our recent individual career wins (Luke is the current Creative Head IT Guy 2015 while Clayde scooped British Colour Technician of the Year 2014) and to also put across the D&J philosophy and how we come up with our creative movements led by Darren. It was a fantastic day, and thanks to Wella for allowing us to present to everyone."


Gary Taylor captivates the audience at Hair Biz Forum in Brisbane

Gary Taylor, North Western Hairdresser of the Year and owner of Edward & Co Hairdressing in Brighouse was invited to Australia by HairBiz Forum to present his recent collection ‘Apocalypse’ to 350 salon owners at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Gary was accompanied by Heather, Edward & Co’s colour expert, who worked on prepping and colouring the models prior to Gary’s presentation, making them the perfect hairdressing duo. Gary showcased his current winning British Hairdressing Awards collection, which is predominantly based around cutting work.

For his Hair Biz Forum presentation, Gary incorporated Schwarzkopf Professional’s recently launched IGORA ColorWorx range, making him one of the first Schwarzkopf Professional representatives to use the products in Australia. Gary discussed his hairdressing family history, previous ventures and competition work whilst inspiring the captivated audience with his eight stunning looks.

HairBiz Forum is run by Australian bi-monthly trade magazine HairBiz. Now in its 7th year, the event plays host to top hairdressing artists from Australia and beyond. The itinerary ranges from on-stage hairdressing showcases, presentations from business speakers and interviews with icons.
"I am truly honoured to have been invited all the way to Australia and present at HairBiz Forum,” says Gary. “It was fantastic to showcase my work on an international stage, and to represent British hairdressing at such a prestigious event was an invaluable experience."

Hairstyles In The Spotlight Of Paris Fashion Week 2016

La Biosthétique owned the hair of the Talbot Runhof Show
Over the last few days, the stars flocked to Paris and once again, the city was flooded with fashion. This year’s Fashion Week attracted celebrities from all over the world to the French metropolis and the championed furore of this year’s season was caused by fashion from Germany! The Munich-based designer duo Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof presented the 20th season of their latest creations from their label, Talbot Runhof.

From left to right: Johnny Talbot - La Biosthétique Creative Director Alexander Dinter - Adrian Runhof
It wasn’t just the extraordinary and elegant creations from the two fashion designers that were applauded and celebrated, but also the artistic hairstyles. La Biosthétique provided the crème de la crème of their stylist network to prepare the models for the extravagant show.

La Biosthétique Creative Director Alexander Dinter and his stylist team from Germany and even Australia – including Jörg Oppermann from Hamburg, Alexander von Trentini from Wiesbaden, Dashi Krasnici from Düsseldorf, Fabio Priori from Berlin and Leon Kyriacou, Stephen Grechy and Theo Dimitri from Australia – created magical hairstyles for these catwalk beauties.

And of course everything paid homage to the motto of this year’s show!
This year, both designers were inspired by the Vienna Opera Ball and the beautiful blue Danube and dedicated their new autumn/winter 2016/17 collection to tuxedos/coat tails in all different designs.

The models presented themselves on the catwalks to the rhythm of waltz melodies and showed off long dresses, flared A-line skirts and tunics in colours such as Danube blue, wine red and ivory. Très chic was the verdict of the fashion experts, and of course this also included the magical hairstyles.

The Team
Alexander Dinter LA BIOSTHETIQUE Creative Director
Jörg Oppermann Oppermann, Hamburg, Germany
Alexander von Trentini Trentini, Wiesbaden, Germany
Dashi Krasnici Dashi Krasnici, Düsseldorf, Germany
Serdal Bengi Aus der Wieschen, Münster, Germany
André van der Linde sacmod haardesign, Lippstadt, Germany
Fabio Priori Coiffeur Sergio, Berlin, Germany
Leon Kyriacou Leons Hair, Australia
Stephen Grechy Kultur in Hair, Australia
Theo Dimitri Theo Dimitri Hair, Australia


Angelo Vallillo Presents Sebastian Transcendence Collection

Angelo Vallillo, Creative Director at Zullo & Holland, Nottingham, appeared at 6 London workshops at the Wella Academy across 2 days to present looks from the new Transcendence Collection.

Twice-winner of Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, Angelo is the first British hairdresser to be selected as a member of the Sebastian Professional International Artistic Team and presented 2 of the 4 haircuts demonstrated to delegates who got an up close look at the image recreations.

Says Angelo, "This collection is all about augmentation, influenced by films like Elysium, Interstellar, I, Robot, and by prediction agencies such as futurenet. With the world’s focus on creating super human beings, Sebastian is looking at the augmentation of hair and how we can add and take away pieces to blur the lines between creativity and imagination."

"Using a canvas of 3 cuts: bob, short, undercut, we then use pieces to plug in, cut into shape and change the look. We can really blur line between creativity and imagination, these 3 cuts can augment to many different shapes so anything is possible. These can be at the extreme edge of artistic, but as artists we need to be able to translate these into the salon for commercial use as well, for example, I’m using the Great Lengths extension pieces to make fringes in salon which are toned to match the clients’ hair, applied using sticky double sided tape and cut into shape, and the client can re-use them afterwards. We’re charging £20-£30 for this as an add-on service to give people fringes or weekend hair that’s then easy for them to do themselves. Once we’ve made them, they can put them in and out as desired."

The intimate workshops saw a demo from Angelo and 2 other educators in the first hour, then delegates had the opportunity to be mentored in creating a look on their model in the second hour, after which their model was photographed in the final section of the session.

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