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Charlie Taylor takes prize for 30 years of success

Perth and Dundee’s favourite hairdresser and leading business light Charlie Taylor has celebrated her 30th year in business by winning a top award for her spectacular professional achievements. Charlie, owner of the two hair and beauty salons that bear her name in Dundee and Perth, last night (Sunday 14 May) scooped the Herald Look award for Outstanding Contribution, in recognition of her efforts in building a successful business and sharing the fruits of her endeavour over the past three decades.

Charlie, who made the leap from salon stylist to salon owner when she opened the doors on the first Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty, in Perth, in September 1987, is no stranger to awards. Among her previous accolades, she has won the coveted Scottish Hairdresser of the Year title three times, and been initiated into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame. The Herald Look award also took into account her commitment to education. Charlie travels the world sharing her knowledge and takes the time to nurture young talent at home, ensuring every member of her 35-strong team can access the training they need to develop their careers to the full.

She also has long history of giving back. A long-standing association with Marie Curie has seen Charlie raise thousands of pounds for the terminal care charity. This year she is also personally mentoring a young Scots entrepreneur. And she is still heavily involved with the Better Perth campaign, a project she spearheaded in 2015 aiming to revitalise the Fair City’s town centre and counter the devastating effects of out-of-town and online shopping.

After accepting her award at a glitzy ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, Charlie pointed out that hair and beauty salons are often the unsung heroes of the high street. She said: "I’ve always worked hard to be the best I can be, as a hairdresser and as a salon owner, and it’s great to gain the recognition for that, but it’s also important to acknowledge the contribution successful salons make to the economic and community life of the areas they serve."


Hooker & Young launch in-salon magazine

Gary Hooker and Michael Young have launched their debut magazine, compiling high-fashion stories, lifestyle features and stunning hair shoots in one glossy publication.

For years, their work has graced the pages of the leading hair and beauty titles of the world – but now the tables have turned, as Gary Hooker and Michael Young take their turn in the editor’s chair and launch their own magazine.

The North East’s leading salon group can now add publishing to their already-impressive list of accolades, alongside armfuls of award wins, brand ambassadorships, mentoring and, of course, thousands of happy clients in their five salons.

Their debut glossy magazine is hot off the press, containing a host of inspiring features and photoshoots. As well as the talented duo’s own hair collections, the magazine also includes trends and product tips, fashion pages, regional area guides for visitors to their salons – best bars, shops and scran in the North East! – and interviews with local personalities, including Jules B founders, Julian and Rhona Blades – as well as a feature on Gary and Michael’s 15 beloved dogs.

"An exciting project and a great marketing tool"

"We had the idea to create our own publication around October at the end of last year," says Gary. "It’s always good to have a new project and great to start the new year with something fresh and exciting. We feel that as a company and a brand we have a lot to talk about now and an annual magazine is a great way of communicating with our existing clients, as well as being a great marketing tool to drive new business into the salons."

"Although social media is a great way of communicating with your clients there’s nothing quite like something tangible in your hands to flick through, especially when it’s of high quality," adds Michael. "It says a lot about you as a company but of course that means you’ve got to get it right and potentially run the risk of having the opposite effect if you produce something that isn’t of great quality." It was a risk that paid off for this dynamic duo and, much like their trademark high-end hair and luxurious salons, the magazine has that same glossy, high-fashion feel. Quality paper stock, beautiful full-bleed editorial imagery and smart art direction mean that the Hooker & Young mag fits right in on a coffee table full of fashion publications.

"It made us reflect on how our brand was perceived"

When it came to the process of designing and producing the magazine, it was a team effort with a local publisher – but the biggest challenge was producing something that brought to life the Hooker & Young brand. "It’s such an interesting process," says Gary. "The magazine had to be reflective of the brand. It makes you analyse your company and consider how other people see you. It’s a great opportunity to get other people’s perception of your brand."

As the magazine is an annual publication, another challenge was ensuring the content would be relevant for 12 months. "We kept the magazine non-seasonal," explains Michael. "So it will look as great at Christmas time as it does in the summer, which is key when producing an annual publication. It very much reads like hair/lifestyle magazine and speaks to all age groups which was super-important to us, as that’s who we are. The content – although mostly hair related – is pretty varied and has a great flow, making it a really good read."

"It was overwhelming to see how much people believed in us"

For other salons thinking of doing something similar, Gary and Michael recommend finding local advertisers to support your creative endeavours – and strengthen your regional relationships, too. "We had amazing support from advertising partners both locally and nationally. It was quite overwhelming to see how much people believed in us," says Gary. "Advertising was key in allowing us to create something really special and of such high quality. The cost of the magazine was worked out on a 100-page publication and 8,000 copies, which is pretty huge. We then looked at advertising space and what we would need to achieve in revenue in order to make it work for us. We were thrilled to hit our target."

With the content perfect, the revenue in place and the issues hot off the press, the final stage in the magazine launch was – of course! – a party. As well as being cause for a well-deserved celebration, the event also proved to be a great networking event to find even more support for the title.

"We unveiled the magazine at a launch in the heart of Newcastle to an invited guest list of advertising partners, contributors and top clients who joined us for a night of canapés and cocktails to celebrate our first issue," says Michael. "The media buzz around the event was electric and was all over social media which was fantastic. The magazine is now to be distributed to high end car showrooms, exclusive retail outlets and boutique hotels as well as the five salons, so the reach will be incredibly wide across the region. The response from the magazine has been unbelievable! Although everyone was expecting something great we feel it’s surpassed everyone’s expectations."

Business As Usual For Local Hairstylists Visiting Brussels

Salon manager, Hayley Quinlin and Style Director Lana Lewington travelled to Brussels as guests of professional salon partner Revlon Professional on May 7th for two day trip for the brands Style Masters show.

The duo that cover both TIKADI Theydon Bois and Ongar, enjoyed an itinerary of activities including a tour of the Belgium capital that took in all of the sights, a welcome party and the big event, StyleMasters show itself!

Hayley said "Both of us had an exceptional time, and learned a lot from our time away, as well as enjoying being in a new city, we’re very thankful to the team for supporting the trip."

Tikadi have recently partnered with Revlon Professional across all brands. Tikadi’s team of expert stylists and technicians conduct in-depth consultations, tailoring each colour, cut, blow-dry individually for every client, while offering impeccable customer service and expert advice on how to style and maintain their look at home and ideal matched with the Revlon brand.

Westrow Street Lane Expands Premises For The Second Time In Four Years

Yorkshire salon group, Westrow – which celebrates 30 years in business this month – has expanded the premises at its award-winning Street Lane salon, to help cope with increasing demand for its colour specialist services.

Since its launch in December 2013, Westrow Street Lane has already scooped up a plethora of industry and business awards, including Best Design Salon at the Salon Business Awards in the first 12 months of trading. The recognition that the salon has received is thanks to the amazing work undertaken by the twelve strong team of stylists.

The salon is led by franchisees Jenny Pelter and Amy Lopez, who have nearly thirty years experience between them. The entrepreneurial duo has worked hard to gain a reputation for delivering fashion-forward, trend-led colour and styling options in an exceptionally luxurious establishment.

The recent expansion has taken the Street Lane salon to just under 2000 sq ft, making it one of the largest salons in the Westrow portfolio of properties. Now set over three floors of a beautifully Georgian-style building, the salon can tend to the hair needs of 16 guests customers at one time.

Jenny Pelter and Amy Lopez, Franchisees, Westrow Street Lane, said: "When we started out, our vision for the venture was to create a salon that would be famed for its stunning colour work, as well as high standards of cutting and styling. It’s safe to say that we have achieved this goal and exceeded all of our initial business targets."

"We are very proud of the work that we produce, and the way our beautiful salon is developing and growing. Our achievements are carried forward by our incredible team that strives to provide the best results for our wonderful clients."

Trevor Sorbie returns to the Salon International stage

Hairdressing legend Trevor Sorbie confirms return to the Salon International Live stage for the first time in 15 years.

He’s quite simply a legend. And this year, Trevor Sorbie will return to the Live stage at Salon International to inspire, educate and demonstrate precisely why he’s been at the top his game since he started in the industry in 1964.

In what promises to be a spectacular show, Trevor will present alongside his art team in his first full Salon International live show in 15 years. Salon International is the show to be at to see iconic hairdressing names and experience the big show experience, whilst immersing yourself in all things industry for a whole weekend. Trevor will be bringing his models to the Salon International Press Office too for an up-close presentation environment.

"This show will be a sell out and the Salon International team are so excited to welcome Trevor back to his hairdressing home from where he has inspired thousands of hairdressers. This is a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend over an hour watching this true hairdressing icon at work," says Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of Salon International.

"My core philosophy has always been to push the limits of what’s possible with hair," says Trevor. "Along with my Artistic Director Tom Connell, I aim to bring the audience into our world, show them our creative process and make them excited to go to work the next day. I will be on stage cutting hair alongside my artistic team, who will be demonstrating avant-garde dressing, a completely new approach to colour and forward-thinking haircuts."

The Trevor Sorbie show will take place at 10:30am on Sunday 15 October at Salon International, with tickets starting at £81+VAT (including show entry). Salon International takes places at ExCeL London from Saturday 14 - Monday 16 October. To register for your press pass to this year’s Salon International please visit:

Ken Picton Is Global Launch Ambassador For Kerastase Launch

Ken Picton has a reputation as the busiest stylist in Wales, and the last two months have been no different: working in Melbourne; judging the London Finals of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy; seminars at L’Oreal Professionnel; rubbing shoulders with ice hockey team the Cardiff Devils who won the Challenge Cup (in their Ken Picton sponsored jerseys – his awards charm may have rubbed off!); speaking at Salon Smart, and in 2 weeks he packs his bags again for a requested return visit to India, hosting cut and colour seminars across 4 cities following the success of his last visit.

The salon is now launching the new Kerastase Reflection colour care line for which Ken is global launch ambassador; Ken and colourist Paul Dennison worked extensively to test the range and Kerastase shot the accompanying video for the global launch at the recently re-vamped salon. More info to be announced in May...

Barcelona Reward For Top Team Players

Top team players at Hertfordshire’s Atelier Hairdressing & Beauty Rooms enjoyed an all expenses paid May Day Bank Holiday weekend away in Barcelona, Spain, following an extremely successful year for the salon.

Every year salon co-woners Karen Hyam and Lorraine Fletcher reward the top team players in the salon across both departments, who show business building attributes or have shown dedication to succeed in their role by hitting their targets for the year!

Past years has seen special rewards including a trip to local five star The Grove Hotel & Spa, however this year the team set off to enjoy time sightseeing, on the beach, and of course, in the lively bars!

Salon co-owner Lorraine said "It’s really important to recognise the hard work that the team display in servicing our growing clientele in Redbourn, St Albans. Everyone had a great time, with lots of memories made. Now we need to look forward to setting our next targets and jetting off somewhere equally fantastic next year!"

Atelier Hairdressing and Beauty Rooms celebrates its’ 10th anniversary in 2017, providing luxury hairdressing in the Hertfordshire area.

Award-Winning Celebrity Hairdresser Jamie Stevens Gives 3 Lorraine Viewers Drop-A-Decade Makeovers

Award-winning hairdresser, salon owner, global ambassador for Matrix, media & celebrity favourite and British Hairdresser of the Year nominee Jamie Stevens returned to Lorraine this week to test his theory that a simple hair restyle can help drop a decade. Three viewers, who were stuck in a hair rut, including one lady who’d had the same hairstyle for 30 years, were delighted with the results, prompting Lorraine to exclaim they’d dropped more than a decade! Jamie said, "People make the mistake of sticking with one style, such as our lady who’d had the same cut for 30 years - you wouldn’t dream of wearing the same clothes for 30 years and your hair should be the same - it’s the accessory you wear 24/7 and you never take it off, so it should be something you love."

Jamie is well known for his amazing hair transformations and has previously worked his magic on Lorraine as well as This Morning, How To Look Good Naked, Gok’s Fashion Fix, The X Factor and many more. He has worked 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.

Jamie has just opened his third salon in Ripley, Surrey.

Linton & Mac Shortlisted For Social Media Award

Linton & Mac, the award-winning hair salon in Aberdeen, has been shortlisted in the 2017 Look Awards for Best Use of Social Media.

The shortlisting is fantastic recognition for the brand, which has worked hard to produce a visually stimulating social media strategy that oozes the brand’s personality, and most importantly, engages with its impressive client base.

The judges were impressed by the fact that many of Linton & Mac’s competitors have also re-invented their social media, trying to mimic the behaviour that Linton & Mac excels with online.

The salon is no stranger to the awards circuit and most recently scooped up Best Aberdeen Business from the Aberdeen Business Awards, the One To Watch at The Look Awards, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Men’s Image Award at the Scottish Regional Final, and most recently, they have been shortlisted for Hair Magazine’s The Cut Awards Regional Salon of the Year and have finalised in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final.

The Look Awards – in association with High Definition – celebrates the achievements and success stories behind Scotland’s health and beauty industries.

The event has created a platform for the hair, beauty and aesthetic sectors to demonstrate how their work, salon, business strategies and services are making an impressive contribution to their industries.

Linton & Mac will go head to head with BLOW, Notorious Nails, and ONYX Labs, at a glittering awards ceremony held in Glasgow on 14 May.

Jennifer Linton and Jaye MacDonald, Co-Directors, Linton & Mac said: "We are super excited to have been shortlisted for this award. Since we launched our salon in 2015, we have worked really hard to create social media platforms that showcase the Linton & Mac personality. The posts aren’t all about business and gaining new clients, but instead about our brand, as friends, as real people, and that authenticity has been really important to the whole team from the start."

Blue Tit Creative Team Reveals Top Festival Styles For 2017


Rainbow Bright

"Summer is coming and the S/S17 shows inspired sticking to a super-bright summer colour scheme when it comes to hair. Rainbow coloured dreadlocks were spotted at Marc Jacobs, and shades of lavender, lilac, and violet dominated the runway at Gypsy Sport. These Rainbow Bright colours are a must have for festival season and will ensure you stand out from the crowd. For those not ready to brave an all-over colour permanently, wash-in, wash-out shades are a good go-to for a non-permanent, creative colour solution".
Harriet Franks and Robbie McPhilomey, Blue Tit Peckham



"The perfect way to disguise dirty, greasy, festival hair, braids have been a huge trend, both on and off the catwalk, and their versatility and ability to transform a look means their popularity shows no sign of disappearing. Braids are so easy to recreate and work better in hair that hasn’t been washed, making them this summer’s number-one festival style. A double scalp braid is a key trend this season, but requires a comb, mirror and steady hand – not easy at festivals! My advice? Pull hair in to a side pony and weave in to a fishtail braid. To finish, lightly pull random strands from the finished braid, to roughen up the look, as this is a plait that looks much better when it’s slightly dishevelled".
Chloe Herve, Blue Tit Clapton



"Whether it is stonewash, indigo or inky blue, denim hair is the tone of the moment. You can either make a statement with a blue-black shade for a touch of drama, or go for a softer look with silvery, icy tones that is both edgy and beautiful – jean genius! Once your hair is the perfect shade of blue, braid it into small sections, and go over with straighteners. This will result in a fluffy, textured finish once you open up the braids".
Christoph Haider, Blue Tit Dalston


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