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Blue Tits Pop-Up Salon At Last Ever Secret Garden Party is a Hit With Festival-Goers

Award-winning salon group, Blue Tit, hosted a pop-up salon for the third year running at last month’s Secret Garden Party, (SGP).

Following the success of the last two year’s pop-up boutiques at the event, the London-based hairdressing group, renowned for its trend-led styling, hosted another temporary salon at SGP – the last event of its kind – resulting in the perfect pamper pit-stop for partiers looking to try out one of the looks on the brand’s festival style menu.

An award-winning team of four stylists from its seven salons were on hand over the four-day event to preen more than 100 partiers to perfection, with scalp braiding and 90s glitter buns proving the most popular with the crowds.

Perry Patraszewski, Director, Blue Tit, said: "This year’s Secret Garden Party was a huge success for Blue Tit; there was a super-cool vibe and our stylists looked after more than 100 visitors to our pop-up salon, which was amazing. We often get approached to work on festivals and choose a selection each year, which allows us to offer creative opportunities to those stylists we know will excel in this arena."

Havana Good Time - Westrow Celebrates 30 Years In Business With A Party For Staff And Loyal Clientele

Revolucion de Cuba in Leeds, Yorkshire, played host to more than 150 guests as Westrow celebrated its three decades in business in style.

Just a stone’s throw from the brand’s multi award-winning educational academy, the Cuban cocktail and rum bar was the perfect backdrop to an evening of celebration, marking the brand’s most memorable milestones and recognising those instrumental to the success of the business.

The night was a true celebration of the brand’s longevity and evolution into the leading salon group in the North of England. Surviving two recessions during their tenure in business, the directors took guests on a journey with a visual retrospective of highlights from the last 30 years that has seen them develop into an 11-stong salon group across Yorkshire and educational academy in the heart of Leeds,

Guests were treated to a champagne reception, with a selection of Cuban-inspired food on offer throughout the evening. Cocktails were aptly named in honour of each of its salons, with Cuban dancing girls providing the entertainment as guests partied into the early hours.

Said co-director Marc Westerman: "The last 30 years wouldn’t have been possible without our loyal staff, franchisees and clients – they have been with us every step of the way and we’re grateful for their enduring support. 30 years is a huge milestone for us, we’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to what’s in store for Westrow in the future."

Low Sensory Salon

Lisa Shepherd’s own battle with an invisible illness caused her to drastically change her life – and launch the first low sensory salon.

Lisa Shepherd is one of the country’s best-loved hairdressers, acclaimed for her colour know-how, savvy business skills and an ability to make women feel fantastic about themselves.

However, Lisa’s career was almost cut short, when a terrifying incident left her physically unable to work in the one place she’d always felt most at home: the salon.

In December 2016, Lisa suffered a Tonic-Clonic seizure (once known as a grand mal). This frightening event is what most people think of when they think of a seizure; causing convulsions and a loss of consciousness. Lisa suffered impact to her head which led to concussion, but beyond that also caused lasting damage to her vestibular system – the sensory system which helps with balance and spatial orientation. In fact, it was impaired by almost 50%, causing a major disconnect between the brain, eyes and limbs. On top of this, she now also suffers from light-sensitive epilepsy.

This tragic incident meant that salon life no longer felt like an option for Lisa, despite it being the place she most wanted to be. Visual stimulants like colours, light and motion caused intense physical pain, while anxiety and panic attacks also flared up in the now-hostile surroundings.

With a lifelong love of hairdressing and a problemsolving business brain which had already seen her launch smart initiatives like the Color Bar, Lisa decided to take matters into her own hands and radically alter her salon to make it a place where she – and others living with similar illnesses – would feel safe and welcome.

Lisa’s game-changing low sensory salon includes a series of smart initiatives, all designed to provide alternatives to standard facilities.

Lighting is one of the biggest triggers for those with chronic illness, but is also one of the most important factors for a salon. In Lisa’s Kidderminster space, more than 100 spotlights were removed and the remaining ones were fitted with low-voltage bulbs and filters to create a lower level of brightness. Stylists have softened, but carefully positioned, lighting around their mirrors and use head lamps for close-up colour work. Instead of stark white walls, the salon is now painted a muted grey to further soften the space.

Music can also be an issue, which is why the salon now only plays quiet, meditative options. Clients are encouraged to focus on breathing methods and meditation, particularly while their colour is developing.

At the backwash, there’s no lighting at all at eyeline. Clients are provided with eye masks and earplugs, so that they can focus fully on enjoying a massage and relaxing. Lisa’s physio therapist has also visited the salon to train staff in Ayuvedic vestibular and cranial massage, for a truly blissful and therapeutic backwash experience.

Even refreshments are considered, with no caffeinated drinks on offer – only decaf options, herbal teas and water. Peppermint – which is great for mind stability – also features in the salon, with candles burning to create a more relaxed and stable environment. The salon now opens specifically on a Monday for clients who require a low-sensory salon experience, but demand was so great that there are now designated times throughout the week to help fit everyone in. This previously unknown and unprovided gap in the market means that anyone living with chronic illness can feel safe and enjoy great hair without triggering fits and causing undue stress. While vestibular disorders are rare, there are plenty of people living with anxiety and illnesses which make the salon a hostile place to be.

"As an industry, we could be more aware of mental health and chronic illness," says Lisa. "We could be a lot more helpful. My aim to raise awareness of just how many people are alienated from a salon experience and we have it in our hands to change this and make the salon a positive experience and a safe place for them."

She continues: "The salon still runs at the same pace and our ethos hasn’t changed; we still deliver the best colour around but now it’s in a zero-stress environment which feels more like a spa. Not only is it better for our clients, but it’s better for my team too. I feel that by making these changes, it will hopefully lead them to a better future and make the workplace a much nicer place to be day-to-day."

Lisa’s passion and love for colour endures today and it is this that ensures that your love affair with colour is at the heart of this destination salon. If you too find the environment of an everyday hair salon an overwhelming and daunting experience then this specialised salon could be the hair haven you’ve been searching for.

BaByliss PRO support F.A.M.E Team on Tour

The Fellowship’s F.A.M.E Team have just completed a whirlwind tour of Sydney, thanks to the support of BaByliss PRO.

This talented team presented at the internationally renowned Hair Expo Australia, one of the largest trade events in the world; the GenNext show, supporting up and coming talent; and even slotted in time for a BaByliss PRO campaign shoot with David Mannah. Not a bad experience for anyone!

This intense experience began as soon as they stepped off the plane and straight into a casting session with Mannah, quickly followed by an evening with leading Australian hairdressers, Jayne Wild and Gary Latham from Wildlife Salons. The team learned about their business and the progress of the Poppets team, who headlined Hair Expo, and the Masters of Hair Gala, which also took place during the visit.

In between prepping endless wefts, the team, Jordanna Cobella from Cobella, James Earnshaw from Francesco Group, Gavin McIntyre from G&E McIntyres and Ria Kulik from the Hairbank also managed to attend an Australian Hair Council party, held at the city’s Madame Tussauds museum. It was here that they met their antipodean cousins, the Australian F.A.M.E Team.

The trip culminated in an appearance at the muchanticipated GenNext Show, where the team used their BaByliss PRO kit bags to demonstrate the creativity and talent that will secure their places as the industry’s rising stars.

Nick Irwin, F.A.M.E Team leader said, "This trip really was the experience of a lifetime for the team. From intense show work and a collection shoot the lessons learned are invaluable for their future careers, in all aspects of hairdressing. They were great ambassadors for the British Hairdressing industry and BaByliss Pro. I’ve personally been a long-time supporter of BaByliss PRO products - for their innovation, ease of use and reliability - and without their support this trip could not have happened so a big thank you to them."

Jack Howard Takes Balayage Education To India

International Colourist and the UK’s leading Balayage expert Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds has taken his worldwide Balayage course to India with L’Oreal Professionnel.

Jack, who’s based at Paul Edmonds in London, is also UK Colour Spokesperson for L’Oreal Professionnel and is world-renowned for his beautiful, natural colour techniques – he’s widely credited with bringing Balayage to the UK and has taught freehand colouring to thousands of other colourists internationally.

The bespoke course started with Jack presenting the facts and figures for colour in the Indian market before explaining how his Balayage technique can be learnt and taken instantly into the salon, and is an incredibly profitable addition to the colour menu. The second part of the day gave Jack the chance to demonstrate the technique, teaching the delegates perfect application.

Of his time in India Jack says, "It was a totally fascinating experience for me. I was lucky to work with such an enthralled group of people who wanted to learn. The market is technically similar to my time working in Dubai where I was working alongside hairdressers whose clients included Bollywood stars. I really enjoy working with salons overseas to show them what we’re doing in the UK and how it will work for their own salon audience."

Jack Howard is available to book for private courses in the UK and abroad, see:


British Hairdressing Awards 2017 – Finalists Revealed

The UK’s happiest industry reveals its brightest stars

Today 98 British hairdressers from all corners of the United Kingdom wake up to the happy news of their finalist status in HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards. This is no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting a higher level of entries. The 75 first-round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressers, session stylists and creative leaders witnessed what must be the biggest photographic award exhibition as they spent the day marking the thousands of individual images.

Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative of talents in hairdressing. With nine regional and seven specialist categories, the awards honour all aspects of the art of hairdressing, from colour specialists and men’s hairdressers to those newcomers who are taking their first steps in creating the future of our industry.

Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective - to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry, but also upon partnership industries of model agencies, photographers, clothes stylists and make-up artists and its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!

The winners of the 16 categories including the prized British Hairdresser of the Year title are all to be announced at The British Hairdressing Awards which takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a J W Marriott Hotel, in London on Monday, 27 November.

The finalists
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Christian Wiles, Christian Wiles Hairdressing, Northampton
Paul Falltrick, GFC Hairdressing, Hornchurch
Helen Stilwell and Jessica Neil, KH Hair, Leicester
Joseph I’Anson and Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson, Mansfield
Alastair Jubbs, Vae Hair, Norfolk
Lisa-Marie Seldon and Emma Bedwell, Hoop, Clacton-on-Sea

London Hairdresser of the Year
Desmond Murray, Atherton Cox, New Cavendish Street
Taiki Ogawa, Eton Crop, Museum Street
Jake Unger, HOB Salons, Jamestown Street
Indira Schauwecker, TONI&GUY, Bedford Street
Daniele de Angelis, TONI&GUY, Commercial Street
Darren Webster, Webster Whiteman, Pollen Street

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Stephanie Gamble and Ashley Gamble, Ashley Gamble, Shifnal
Lewis Moore, Lewis Moore Salons, Chesterfield
Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson, Chesterfield
Kieron Fowles, Regis, Birmingham
Royston Blythe and Charles Douek, Royston Blythe, Shrewsbury
Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Wolverhampton

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Sarah Cotton, Bang, York
Alan Simpson and Karen Storr-Simpson, Contemporary, Cleveland
Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Joseph Ferraro, Joseph Ferraro Hair, Harrogate
Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts, Beverley
Isobel Eaton, Russell Eaton, Barnsley

North Western Hairdresser of the Year

Gary Taylor, Edward & Co., Brighouse
Melenie Tudor, En Route Hair and Beauty, Wakefield
Daniel Couch and Ashleigh Maybank, Russell Eaton, Leeds
Laura Kulik and Ria Kulik, The Hairbank, Urmston
Jon Wilson, TONI&GUY, Deansgate
Jess Lyon and Ashley Wallace, Yazz Number One Hair Studio, Leeds

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Andrew Mulvenna, Andrew Mulvenna, Belfast
Kevin Kahan, Kevin Kahan, Bangor
Damien Johnson, Pure Hair, Belfast
Julie Cherry and Colette Fitzpatrick, Shane Bennett Salon, Lisburn
Paul Stafford and Leisa Stafford, Stafford Salon, Belfast
Julian Dalrymple, The Sitting Room Hairdressing, Ballymena

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Caroline Sanderson and Claire McIntyre, Ego Hair Design, Inverness
Paul Paterson, Ishi Salon, Edinburgh
Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing, Edinburgh
Colin McAndrew, Medusa, Edinburgh
Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International, Glasgow
Sophie Laidlaw, Wonderland, Livingston

Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Altin Ismail, Marc Antoni, Reading
Daniel Spiller, Marc Antoni, Fleet
Ceri Cushen, Metropolis Hairdressing, Kingston-upon-Thames
Ryan Humpage, RUSH Hair, Epsom
Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair, Oxted
David Baker and Ben Hendry, The Vault, Claygate

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Craig Chapman, Craig Chapman Hair Design, Launceston
Mia Dellicompagni and Amy Sultan, Francesco Group, Poole
Zoe Williams and Scott Evans, Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff
Lara Johnson and Dom Capel, Lara Johnson Lifestyle, Swansea
Casey Coleman, Ocean Hairdressing, Cardiff
Steven Smart, Smartest 73, Weston-Super-Mare

Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Charlotte Mensah, Hair Lounge, London
Anthony Grant, Jamie Stevens Hair, London
Lathaniel Chambers, Lathaniels Couture Hair and Beauty, London
Aycan Kemal, New York Hair Design, London
Sophie Springett and Hayley Bishop, TONI&GUY Old Brompton Road, London
Harry Casey, Jamie Stevens, London

Artistic Team of the Year

Hooker & Young, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Mark Leeson, Mansfield
RUSH Hair, Croydon
Russell Eaton, Leeds
Shane Bennett Salon, Lisburn
TONI&GUY, London

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Anne Veck, Anne Veck Salons, Oxford
Emmanuel Esteban, Anne Veck Salons, Oxford
Joanne O’Neill, Joanne O’Neill Hairdressing, Dunloy
Seung Ki Baek, RUSH Hair, Epsom
Lucie Monbillard, Seanhanna, Putney
Shelley Pengilly, Shelleys Salon, Bridgend
Sylvestre Finold, TONI&GUY, Wimbledon

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Michael Francos, D&J Ambrose, Pinner
Joanna Jane Surace, Essensuals/ TONI&GUY, London
Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing, Edinburgh
Kevin Luchmun, Kevin Luchmun, Cheshunt
Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson, Mansfield
Ross Charles, Ross Charles, York

Newcomer of the Year
Olivia Nevill, Ashley Gamble, Shifnal
Grace Dalgleish, Brooks & Brooks, London
Sophie Chandler, RUSH Hair, Croydon
Michael Rackett, RUSH Hair, Croydon
Frazer Wallace, Seanhanna, Putney
Brooke Evans, Tim Scott-Wright @ The Hair Surgery, Stourbridge

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year

Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose, Pinner
Paul Dennison, Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff
Richard Darby and Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson, Mansfield
Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International, Glasgow
Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds
Stephanie Gamble and Ashley Gamble, Ashley Gamble

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