Hooker & Young present BLONDME

The stunning Waldorf Hilton played host to a blonde extravaganza as hairdressing legends Gary Hooker and Michael Young presented Schwarzkopf Professional’s brand new BLONDME range.

It was standing room only in the Palm Court as the new look BLONDME range was revealed. National education manager Kay Brady provided the technical details, from the extraordinary nine levels of lift that the BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+ can achieve through to the patented Advanced Bonding System that is now built in to the entire BLONDME range. The colours and toners cater for all blonde clients while the BLONDME Bonding Care range has been expertly developed to work with the BLONDME Bond Enforcing Colours. The gentle care range creates bonds and helps to maintain the phenomenal blonde results.

Hooker & Young’s artistry and showmanship was evident for all as they took to the stage with their stunning BLONDME looks. Inspired by the iconic new BLONDME collection the boys presented six beautiful models covering the entire blonde spectrum. From champagne blend and cool fusion to rose blush, honey marble, platinum purity and caramel glow the Hooker & Young take on the BLONDME trends were as chic as they were sublime. Exuding beauty and glamour it was a presentation perfectly demonstrating how wearable and aspirational these looks are, leaving the audience with no doubt that clients across the country will be clamouring to achieve the BLONDME finish. Together Hooker & Young along with Schwarzkopf Professional are entertaining, education and inspiring audiences across the UK with this four date show tour in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and London.

"Gary and Michael are the consummate professionals, their knowledge of the Schwarzkopf Professional collection, particularly BLONDME is outstanding and they share their passion for the brand, and the success it has in their own salons with their teams and clients. The way they bring their personal message to audiences is incredibly inspiring." Commented Stuart Hamid, general manager for Schwarzkopf Professional UK and Ireland.

Professional Beauty London just gets better and better!

Over 800 brands and more than 30,000 visitors: Professional Beauty London just gets better and better!

Professional Beauty London welcomed over 30,000 visitors for their annual show where over 800 brands came together as beauty professionals from across the country and descended on ExCel London.

The market leaders of the beauty industry joined together to deliver an unforgettable show. From teaching live on stage to in depth seminars, nail and body paint championships alongside brand showcases and demonstrations. HJ Live, HJ Men and Fellowship stages welcomed hairdressers from across the UK to showcase their skills and inspirations to a packed-out and eager crowd. The four live stages within Professional Beauty were a big hit this year, with inspired audiences attending shows at Warpaint, Advanced Therapists, Organic stage and their very own Professional Beauty stage. The annual two-day event was dedicated to the world of beauty, with global players from beauty, spa and wellness industries together with hairdressing’s finest talents and brands and the expertise of leading aesthetics experts colliding to educate and inspire.

Professional Beauty’s managing director Mark Moloney comments "It’s been wonderful to see so many brands and professionals come together to share their knowledge, network, learn, shop and be inspired by our common dedication to the beauty industry. Our two new areas Launchpad and the College Zone were great successes offering educational opportunities for our varying audiences. This show is so special as it brings together live demonstrations, innovative techniques and product developments within the beauty industry as well as incredible hair work from hairdressers across the UK on our very own HJ and HJ Men’s stage. It was an unfaltering success and role on PB London 2018!"

The highlights

New for 2017 was Launchpad where audience members witnessed first-hand demonstrations of the latest launches and innovations. A truly personal and intimate offering! Also new for 2017 was the College Zone in which leading employers and key brands revealed internship and career opportunities for students.

Top beauty pros competed in the International Nail Championships, Warpaint’s make-up championships and the College Cup which provided inspiration for aspiring and established professionals.

The winners for the Warpaint Make-up championships are:
Theme: Love is All Around
Judges: Jennie Roberts, Catriona Finlayson and Brierley Thorpe
Professional category winner: Jenny Marquis
Student category winner: Stephanie Harrison

Theme: 20th Century British Fashion Designers

Judges: Tiffany Kissler and Terri Pace
Professional category winner: First: Erika Toth
Student category winner: Jessica Curtis

Film & TV
Theme: The French Revolution

Judges: Mike Peel and Catriona Finlayson
Professional category winner: Angela Youngs
Student category winner: Claire Golby

Real Beauty
Theme: Spring Bride

Judges: Shana Josephs, Jennie Roberts and Jo Peters
Professional category winner: Vanisha Solanki
Student category winner: Leanna Keating

#Instawarpaint Photographic
Theme: Mesmerising Eyes

Judge: Maria Malone-Guerbaa
Winner: Robyn Starks

Rising Star: Rhianne Gallagher
Pro Artist: Jenny Marquis
College Cup: City College, Norwich

The winners for the International Nail Championships are:

Day 1
Spa Manicure: Stephanie Mendiola
Salon Nail: Nichola Fraser
Pink & White Competition Style: Virag Timar
Permanent Polish: Stephanie Mendiola
Photographic Classic: Stephanie Mendiola
Voter’s choice: Anett Bunkoczi
Nail Masters: Virag Timar
International Manicurist of the Year: Stephanie Mendiola
International Nail Master: Virag Timar

Day 2
Nail Starters Manicure: Kelly Svensen
Nail Starters Permanent Polish: Chloe Gleed
One Stroke Nail Art: Joanna Lenarczyk
Showcase Nail Art: Natsuko Takanishi
Photographic Nail Art: Danielle Cragg
Nail Art Masters: Virag Timar
International Nail Art Master: Virag Timar

Professional Beauty are proud to host the IMF conference which bought together key manufactures, brand owners and distributors from across the globe to discuss the challenges facing their businesses. This year also saw the return of the World Spa & Wellness Convention; A leading networking event for CEO’s and owners of spas, hotels and wellness centres. The convention focused on growing skills and talents as manager and leaders to expand businesses as well as personal careers.

Those looking for the latest in beauty trends, products and education weren’t disappointed as Professional Beauty London delivered what can only be described as a phenomenal show!

Ashleigh Hodges Joins Jamie Stevens Hair Team

Award-winning hairdresser, salon owner, global ambassador for Matrix, media & celebrity favourite and British Hairdresser of the Year nominee Jamie Stevens has announced that fellow Matrix Artistic Team member Ashleigh Hodges is joining the Jamie Stevens Hair brand, where she will work in the Kensington salon.

Ashleigh Hodges is sought after the world over, from photo shoots in New York, to creating chic styles for TV (she’s currently part of the hair team on The Voice), to presenting to packed arenas in Europe, to making her clients look and feel amazing.

Jamie says, "Ashleigh brings creativity and inspiration to everything she does and has already won multiple awards, including IT GIRL 2014 and, like me she’s been on the F.A.M.E Team and a British Hairdressing Award finalist. Ashleigh’s a great educator as well, having mentored the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s finishing school Project X, and through her work with the Matrix team. I’m really happy to welcome Ashleigh to the Jamie Stevens brand at such an exciting time of growth and expansion."

Ashleigh says, "I’m extremely excited to be going to work for Jamie Stevens and his award-winning team. Having known Jamie for most of my career it feels right to be progressing as part of his team. I’m really looking forward to working and learning from like-minded creatives."

Jamie Stevens London Salon is at 9 Russell Gardens, Kensington, London W14 8EZ appts: / 020 7371 1944

Triple celebrations at Q

The team at Q Hair and Beauty are celebrating their success in being named finalists of this year’s prestigious Observer Business Awards in an impressive three categories.

Chichester’s premier salon has been named finalist in the Medium Business, Green Business categories in addition to managing director Dawn Lawrence for Business Personality, for 2017.

This trio of latest recognitions for the multi-award-winning salon on North Street reflects the dedication and professionalism of all at Team Q who are enormously proud of the superb standards they strive to achieve at all times.

"I’m absolutely delighted for all our team who deserve every accolade they receive – they are already winners in my eyes and I am so proud of them" said Q managing director Dawn Lawrence-Grant.

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Vladimro Gioia - Fall Winter 2017 2018

Sophisticated and mysterious, for the Fall Winter 17/18 the Woman Vladimro Gioia’ is an hymn to the modern feminility, who stands out for her strong and determined personality: for being always remembered.

The woods with its life and colors takes shape on dresses and outwears and leads you into a magical world: the "Winged Horse", freedom’s emblem, is protagonist of an enchanted forest and prints that adorn dressed, skirts, bluse and outwears. Freedom is also coming through lightweight fabrics: silk, georgette, satin, tulle, organza file coupé which gives sensuality every movement exalting the large volumes of skirts and dresses.

Flowers are an important element of the collection, reflecting the romantic side of the woman which meanders through its most wild and untume: here so the floral prints, wanting to emphasize this feminine ambivalence, a steady traits for the woman Vladimiro Gioia.

Brocade, wool and leather complement with a touch of aggressiveness a collection in autumn colors: black, blue, powder pink and burgundy.

Tones that you can find also in the inlays and geometric games on mink and fox furs, even made precious thanks to embroidery, fabric details and studs, emphasizing the rock soul.

The fur, solid in the designer’s DNA, is complemented by a collection that sees the presence for the first time of accessories: shoes, boots and bags.

Close to the woman appears for the first time the man; as for accessories, the debut is a capsule collection of 7 coats of fur and leather, with skinny and sharp lines. Woman and man, two distinct personality but which complement each other, creating a perfect synergy.

Seven Publicity Announces New Client Win – Hairtribe

Seven Publicity, anindependent, bespoke PR and brand consultancy specialising in the hairdressing, beauty and lifestyle sectors, has been appointed by Hairtribe – an e-learning platform featuring creatively shot tutorials from pioneering hairstylists and colourists from across the globe– to handle all aspects of publicity related to the brand.

Launching in April 2017 by co-founders Perry Patraszewski and Hektor Kowalski, Hairtribe will be the first channel to offer subscription-based membership to fresh content delivered weekly and translated into five languages – English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Tutorials will be sold internationally, reaching 32 countries, from a multilingual website aimed at offering an engaging and collaborative way of uniting people in the hairdressing industry.

Directors, Perry Patraszewski and Hektor Kowalskisaid: "Hairtribe has been established to create a fresh way of looking at education. Alongside learning, our key principle lies in sustainability; through Hairtribe’s content those in underdeveloped communities will be encouraged to engage, listen and learn, giving them the tools required to inspire the next generation of hairdressing talent found in the most unexpected places. Appointing Seven Publicity will help hugely with developing our offering; the brand has an outstanding reputation in the industry, and most importantly shares our ethos and passion for all things hair."

Emma Rowbottom said of the appointment: "Seven Publicity was launched to respond to the publicity needs of clients in the hairdressing, beauty and lifestyle sectors and we look forward to working with the Hairtribe brand to help develop its media strategy with immediate effect."

Trevor Sorbie brand poised to go global

Trevor Sorbie International Plc has partnered with the Dubai-based The Grooming Company group to roll out the Trevor Sorbie brand internationally and strengthen its presence locally in the UK. With full and continued support of Trevor Sorbie and the current management team, the Trevor Sorbie brand will expand its presence firstly in Dubai and later in other global hubs. Trevor Sorbie confirmed his commitment to the new partnership and will play a pivotal role as Chief Creative Ambassador. The ambition of this collaboration is to market and develop this five-star salon brand nationally and internationally.

Trevor Sorbie commented "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Trevor Sorbie brand and its team. The combined expertise and capabilities of Trevor Sorbie team and (name) will be a powerful force of innovation and growth in the hair business. Together, we will further excite and delight our existing salon partners, clients and consumers, and attract many new ones across the world."

Sue Haydon, managing director Trevor Sorbie International commented: "it is over 40 years since Trevor opened the doors to the first Covent Garden salon and in those years Trevor and his team established not only a five star, five salon group in Covent Garden, Manchester, Richmond, Hampstead and Brighton plus China but a range of successful products and of course myriad of some of the world’s most famous hairdressers. It is the integrity in training, skill, knowledge, service and brand excellence that has underpinned this beautiful brand for many years and will serve us in this next dynamic phase Trevor and all the team are super excited for the future of the brand."

Award-Winning Celebrity Hairdresser Jamie Stevens Announces Ripley, Surrey Salon Opening

Award-winning hairdresser, salon owner, global ambassador for Matrix, media & celebrity favourite and British Hairdresser of the Year nominee Jamie Stevens has announced the launch of a new salon in Ripley, Surrey, which will be opening at the end of April. The salon will be managed by fellow styling superstar Megan Stevens whose TV credits include the likes of The X Factor, and offers top employment opportunities for local talent with world class training from Jamie himself, who is currently recruiting – CVs can be sent to Jamie and team members from his award-winning Kensington salon will also be available to see clients at the Surrey salon.

Jamie Stevens Hair will be opening at 7 High Street, Ripley, currently home to Seven Beauty, which will move upstairs. Jamie is taking over the whole ground floor where the salon will feature 8 chairs, separate private backwash areas with fully reclining massage basins, a designated colour rest area and retail space. Clients are made to feel totally at home with services such as iPads at their disposal. Jamie says, "I’m looking forward to working alongside Seven Beauty; it’ll be fantastic for both businesses to offer each other’s clients additional services under the same roof. I have family connections to Surrey as well so I’m excited to be opening up in the area."

The salon will launch with an exciting charity event – from Tuesday to Friday in the opening week, all revenue from cuts and colours will be donated to charity. More details on this will be released nearer the time…


Jamie (pictured above with Harry Styles, Gwen Stefani and Nicole Scherzinger) has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s most successful and talented hairstylists; his natural charisma and flair for hairdressing has seen him work with celebrities from Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova, Caroline Flack and Myleene Klass to Christian Slater, Leonardo Di Caprio, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant and Olly Murs, not to mention the many artists that he’s transformed on The X Factor as the official backstage hairstylist for five years.

In addition to The X Factor, Jamie’s affable nature and down to earth approach has seen him as hairdresser of choice on shows including This Morning, Gok’s Fashion Fix and How to Look Good Naked, cementing his status as one of the UK’s most sought-after stylists.

Accolades include being the Clothes Show Live Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2010, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Ambassador of the Year 2010 and Media Personality of 2012.He has also been recognised for his exceptional men’s hair work, winning the BritishHairdressingAwardsMen’s Hairdresser of the Year Award three times which saw Jamie entered into the BHA’s Hall of Fame, as well as being the English Hair & Beauty Awards Men’s Stylist of the Year 2013 and winning the first ever Best Men’s Hairdresser category at the HAIR Awards 2013 & 2015.

Jamie’s first nomination for HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year Award made him the joint youngest ever contender for the industry’s most esteemed accolade, a title that he was nominated again for last year. He has also been shortlisted several times in categories including London Hairdresser of the Year and Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, universally recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the hairdressing world.

Combining creativity with smart business sense, in 2010 Jamie successfully re-launched the Somerset salon that he opened when he was just 18 years old, beforelaunchinghis first London salonin KensingtoninApril2012,withateamofcarefullychosenexperts.This includes his talented sibling, Tasha Stevens, manager of the London Salon, who was shortlisted in the Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year category at the British Hairdressing Awards in 2013 & 2015, and won the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Regional and Grand Final Awards in 2014 alongside Jamie’s wife and Senior Stylist Megan.

In October 2015 Jamie launched his first haircare range, MR, sold nationwide in Boots - a men’s grooming collection focusing on thicker, fuller, stronger hair.

The Surrey salon will offer a full range of cutting, colouring, keratin treatments, extensions, afro hair and styling services with bespoke treatments for both men and women, making it the ultimate local destination for excellence in trend-led, wearable hair.

Jamie Stevens Hair & Seven Beauty

7 High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6AZ - tel:01483212707

Professional Beauty Awards 2017 names the best in the business at annual ceremony

The very best in the beauty industry were recognised this week, as the Professional Beauty Awards crowned its winners at a glittering ceremony in Tobacco Dock, London.

The ceremony celebrates those who go above and beyond in the beauty, spa, nails and aesthetics markets. Even reaching the finals in one of the prestigious categories marks a business out as one of the finest beauty providers in the country; a win catapults them to the very top, providing unrivalled recognition that they are at the pinnacle of their profession.

This year – the biggest awards yet – saw winners named across 11 categories, recognising all aspects of the beauty industry. Editor of Professional Beauty magazine, Eve Oxberry, welcomed guests, saying: “The Professional Beauty Awards is now in its 20th year. That’s two decades of honouring the absolute best in our diverse and ever-changing market. And 20 years of championing excellence in customer service and treatment delivery.”

The evening’s celebrity host, comedian Rob Beckett, provided a fun and exciting atmosphere that resonated with all finalists in their bid to take home the trophy.

After dinner and the opportunity to network with the best salons, spas and suppliers, it was on to the awards. Big wins on the night included Eden Hall Day Spa, which was named Day Spa of the Year and Jody Adele Taylor, who took home the esteemed title of Therapist of the Year (sponsored by Decléor).

An ecstatic Jody said, “I’m completely lost for words! It’s brilliant, I’m both ecstatic and shocked! All my treatments are bespoke and personalised which, I feel is a very important service to offer. Thank you to Professional Beauty and to the sponsor Decléor for this amazing honour!”

For a full list of winners, see below.

Beauty Salon of the Year: Four Rooms or More (Sponsored by Caudalie)
City Retreat Salon & Spa, Newcastle

Beauty Salon of the Year: Three Rooms or Fewer (Sponsored by London Lash & Brow by Heaven)
Idyllic Beauty Day Spa, Cranleigh, Surrey

Residential Spa of the Year: 11 Rooms or More (Sponsored by Elemis)
Espa Life at Corinthia, London

Residential Spa of the Year: 10 Rooms or Fewer (Sponsored by Comfort Zone)
The Spa at the Midland, Manchester

Day Spa of the Year (Sponsored by Elemis)
Eden Hall Day Spa, Newark

Nail Salon of the Year (Sponsored by Professional Beauty magazine)
Beauty Lounge, Doncaster

Employer of the Year (Sponsored by BTL Aesthetics)
City Retreat Salon & Spa, Newcastle

Medical Aesthetic Clinic of the Year (Sponsored by 3D-lipo)
Radiance MediSpa, Exeter

Nail Professional of the Year
Rebecca Abernethy, Matrix Nails & Beauty, Stockport

Therapist of the Year (Sponsored by Decléor)
Jody Adele Taylor, Skin Deep, Doncaster

Make-Up Specialist of the Year (Sponsored by Mii Cosmetics)
Stephanie Burns, Lisburn

Q Hair & Beauty Announce Canine Partners Collaboration

The team at Q Hair and Beauty’s new salon in Midhurst will be displaying lots of dogged determination to raise funds for their chosen charity of the year.
Canine Partners, the national charity which provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities all over Britain, is based at Heyshott, just outside Midhurst, where its main training centre is a constant hive of activity, preparing the dogs to help transform lives.

When Anthony Barnes-Smith, owner of the long-established and multi-award-winning Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester, and managing director Dawn Lawrence, discovered that the charity was so close to their new salon which opened in February, they decided it was the perfect match as their charity of the year.

They have set the ambitious target for Team Q at Midhurst to raise enough money to pay for the training of one of the Canine Partners dogs which do so much to help disabled people by giving them invaluable practical help as well as loving companionship.

Dogs are very close to the heart of both Anthony and Dawn whose golden retrievers, Bruce and Alfie, accompany them to work at their multi-award-winning salon in Chichester and have now also already become popular with guests at the new Midhurst salon.

"Anthony has rescued dogs for many years and we both share a close affinity with animal rescue, particularly dogs," said Dawn. "Our philosophy as a company has always been to support local charities and when we found out what a wonderful job Canine Partners does in training dogs for the benefit of disabled people, we couldn’t wait to sign up to support them. "

"As our charity of the year at the Midhurst salon, the team there have really taken this to heart and will be holding all kinds of activities to raise money for them. We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the assistance dogs to the salon. We love the work done by Canine Partners and can’t wait to work with them. It will be fabulous if we can raise enough to cover the cost of the first year of training a puppy - which means we will be able to name the puppy too!"

"We are delighted to be working with Q Hair and Beauty" said Canine Partners Community Fundraiser, Jenny Dwyer-Ward "We rely solely on public donations and legacies to keep creating life-transforming partnerships. Our vision is for a day when every disabled person in the UK has the opportunity to be partnered with one of our amazing assistance dogs."

A Cut Above The Rest - John Frieda

A Cut Above The Rest - John Frieda And The Hairdressing Community Help To Raise £2 Million For Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Hairdressing entrepreneur John Frieda and the hairdressing community have crimped and combed their way to a fantastic fundraising milestone raising £2million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

This marks the end of the HAIRraising appeal which launched in 2010 and which brought together members of the UK hairdressing industry to fundraise for the charity. They took part in events such as the annual Round the Island Ibiza Cycle Challenge.

The appeal was founded by John Frieda and since then they have doubled their initial fundraising target of £1 million to help make a difference to seriously ill children from across the UK.

The money raised by the HAIRraising appeal has supported the much needed redevelopment of the hospital, including helping to fund new operating theatres and a new respiratory unit. The new operating theatres opened in 2012 and have helped surgical teams at the hospital to carry out procedures in state of the art facilities.

The brand new Respiratory Unit will be based in the Premier Inn Clinical Building, part of the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, and will officially open next autumn. This vital new building will see cramped, outdated wards replaced with brand new state of the art facilities providing space for a parent to stay by the child’s bedside overnight.

John Frieda said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have raised an incredible £2 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. From bike rides and challenges to in-salon fundraising, I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved for such a worthy cause and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and donated over the years."

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s said: "An enormous thank you to John Frieda and everyone in the British hairdressing industry involved in the HAIRraising appeal for raising a phenomenal £2 million for the hospital. The new specialist spaces this has helped create in the hospital has, and will, improve the quality of care and increase the number of children we can treat."

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity will still be encouraging the hairdressing community to continue it’s fantastic fundraising to help it to fund the hospitals most urgent needs. For more information please visit or contact our community fundraising team on

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