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You say Goodbye and I say Hello!

There is a sad goodbye and an exuberant hello going on at Schwarzkopf Professional this September. Stephen McDowell, who headed up education and events in the UK and Ireland since 2001 is changing career direction and taking up full-time academic studies. Kay Brady, who has been with the company working as National Education Manager for Schwarzkopf Professional since 2002, is being promoted to position of Head of Professional Partnership Services (PPS) UK and Ireland. Kay will be leading a strong team of educators and technicians and developing a dynamic educational response to the changing needs of British Hairdressing in terms of Schwarzkopf Professional’s vast portfolio of onsite and digital trainings, inspiring events with our iconic Essential Looks shows, Inspire shoots and the annual ‘Young Artistic Team’ mentoring programme. The final words go to the two people of the moment:

"To say this has been a hard decision to leave hairdressing and this incredible role at Schwarzkopf at such an exciting time for the company is an understatement. I have had the honour of working with Kay and seeing her develop and flourish into an outstanding educator, manager, motivator and knowledge base. This lady knows everything there is to know about the amazing Schwarzkopf Professional colour portfolio and I know she will be an invaluable asset in this role." Stephen McDowell.

"I could not be more excited about this opportunity to partner salons in their quest for education that both supports and impacts businesses at a very real level. Through tours, events and teaching I will be working with our fantastic ambassadors to support, educate and carry the Schwarzkopf Professional message to our salons, partners and wider industry. My main goal is to create an environment where salons are able to be inspired, up their skills and profitably grow their business." Kay Brady.

A brand new hair salon with an experience to open in Leicester

Launching this summer, London Rd Hair is the latest hairdressing salon to hit the city, with a difference. The team behind ’George’s Hairdressing’, situated at three locations throughout Leicester, are now launching a new brand which will change the way you think about hair salons.

Rather than simply offering your typical haircut, London Rd Hair aims to deliver a new hair ’experience’ to their clients. Each journey is different, and products will be ’prescribed’ to each individual, finding the right hair care to suit them. The unique salon will cater for all, from those looking for a simple cut and blow dry, to the more adventurous seeking a complete restyle.

Specialists in colour, the salon situated at 157 London Road, will feature an ’honesty bar’ serving a range of beverages. At the front of the salon will be a comfortable lounge area where professionals can bring their laptops, take a read of a book from the ’London Rd Library’, or simply relax and have a drink. Katie Katon is the Managing Director of the salon.

"We’re bringing a whole new dimension to the hairdressing scene and London Rd Hair aims to create an exciting experience for our visitors. We anticipate that our customers will leave feeling that at the end of their journey with us, they are left with fantastic results."

Refurbishment of the old Hemingway Design store is aiming to be complete by 1st August. As part of the launch campaign, the London Rd Hair stylists will be out on the streets of Leicester, handing out tempting treats and salon offers. The team will also be holding an exclusive launch party in September.

Alongside George’s, London Rd Hair is part of the L’Oréal Professional portfolio. This is the exclusive group of top British hairdressers who have been recognised for their creativity and expertise in the field of professional hairdressing.

London Rd Hair is for those who wish to receive a unique experience with a difference, at a competitive price.

Blanket pay rise announced at annual Medusa Hair Awards

Medusa Hairdressing owner Colin McAndrew celebrated 10 years in business on Sunday 11 June by giving an across-the-board pay rise to every single member of his team, worth £46,000.

The popular salon owner announced the new pay deal to rapturous applause from his 70-plus staff during the 10th annual Medusa Awards, held at the Ghillie Dhu at Edinburgh’s West End.

"We’ve faced some tricky times in the past decade when I wasn’t sure if we could pay the wages," he told the teams from the four Medusa salons. "It’s been a tough ten years, slowly building the company, but we are doing well now, clear of any debt, and that is down to you guys, so you are all going to benefit."

Colin bought Medusa from its previous owners after working his way from junior to creative director. Since then he has built it from one to four salons, and opened a training school that attracts hopeful hairdressers from all over the world keen to improve their skills. He has also built the Medusa Hair brand so it is internationally recognised within the beauty industry.

Every year Colin holds the Medusa Hair Awards with his business partner, Kym Wyser, owner of Medusa Grassmarket, to honour the best on his team from Assistant to Hairdresser of the Year, which this year went to Peter Mellon, based out of the Teviot salon. But this year it was the announcement that as of Tuesday 13 June, the team would see their salary increased that drew the biggest cheer.

"This isn’t a one-off bonus," he said. "This is an increase in your annual pay which you will get every year from now on."

Linton & Mac Works Backstage At Gray’s School Of Art Graduate Fashion Show

Linton & Mac, the multi award-winning, independent hairdressing salon in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, has lent its styling skills to the Gray’s School of Art Graduate Fashion Show.
Held on Friday 12 May, the annual show is an integral part of the school’s dynamic – fuelling innovation in all forms of fashion and textile design – and providing a platform for students to showcase imagination and creativity.
Backstage, highly-talented hairstylists from Linton & Mac worked tirelessly to ensure that all the models were groomed to perfection, inspired by what are set to be next season’s key hair trends.

The relationship between the two creative companies began when Linton & Mac held an event last year, which had the sole purpose to encourage individuals to support local.

The ’Low Down’ event 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.

Jennifer Linton, and Jaye MacDonald, Co-Directors for Linton & Mac said: "Gray’s School of Art was a massive support when we held The Low Down event. Since then, we have forged a strong relationship and a mutual respect for each other’s work. We have always driven collaborations with local businesses, and it was great to work together once again backstage at their fashion show."

Overseas Education For Local Salon

A two-strong team from Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester were among more than 900 hairdressers from around the world who attended the recent Paul Mitchell Global Gathering in the five-star Forte Village resort in Sardinia.

The annual Gathering is held at locations around Europe and members of the multi-award-winning Team Q have previously attended the event in Birmingham, Madrid and Las Vegas.

This year it was the turn of Q stylist Stefano Sbuttoni to benefit from colouring, cutting, styling and tools education with the education team from John Paul Mitchell Systems USA - everything from rainbow hair colour to the ever-popular balayage with the latest clay lightener techiniques.

The business side of the event was equally valuable for Q’s operations director Kain Lawrence who said the Chichester salon regarded it as an amazing education opportunity they simply couldn’t miss.

"To see some of our industry idols not only on a stage but up-close and personal with the ability to learn on a one-to-one 1-2-1 level is something many hairdressers can only dream of," he said.

"The two-day course was all themed on being allergic to average. At Q we know that being an average salon, average hairdresser or having average services just does not cut it. We constantly strive to be different and improve our service and experience and what we took away from the Gathering will help to reinforce all our efforts to be one of the best salons in West Sussex. "

"Attending the Paul Mitchell Global Gathering is something I am extremely lucky to be able to have done, receiving the best education our industry has to offer. My favourite part is hearing the co-founder, John Paul De’Joria, remind the huge crowd that Paul Mitchell is bound to be sold only by professional stylists until the year 2370, originally a 365-year trust."

"I couldn’t be prouder to work for Q Hair and Beauty together with an amazing product brand such as Paul Mitchell. I may be a non-hairdresser but this industry is in my blood, and will be for my entire career."

Q Hair and Beauty now have two locations in West Sussex, Chichester and recently opened Midhurst.

Jody Toner, Artistic Director, Westrow York, Reveals His Top Men’s Hair Trends For Spring/Summer 2017

Jody Toner, Artistic Director, Westrow York and grand finalist in next month’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards, in the L’Oréal Men’s Image Award category, sums up this summer’s trends for Eighties inspired styles.

"We’ve moved on form the Fifties-inspired looks of S/S16 and this summer’s most stylish men will be sporting styles reminiscent of the late Eighties and Nineties. At the S/S17 London Collections we saw a distinct step away from the slick, typically fifties styles of last year, in favour of unkempt styles inspired by the era of grunge and raves.

Henry Holland’s House of Holland collection was influenced by Manchester’s infamous Hacienda days. To complement the race-inspired fashion, hair was styled to look lived-in, gritty and grungy, with centre-parted curtains featuring heavily, and styles saturated with pomade.

Meanwhile backstage at E. Tautz, River Phoenix provided the artistic direction for hair, with a focus on volume, natural movement and flowing locks. Layers are key when adopting this dishevelled look, while a sea salt spray used on damp locks before drying, will add texture and a matt finish.

For an even grungier vibe, use Matthew Miller’s show as your style reference. There, models’ hair was styled with water-resistance wax, to create definition, and pulled forward over the eyes, in highly textured styles that paid homage to the grunge era: think Kurt Cobain circa the very early Nineties. If you’re growing your hair to achieve this look, remember to keep on top of your haircare. A conditioner and serum, as well as a regular trim (reminding your barber that you are growing out your locks) will ensure that your hair stays in good condition as it grows.

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