Valentines Date Prep with Ted’s Master Barber

Preparation is everything on Valentine’s Day – and we don’t just mean making sure her favourite flowers are waiting on the restaurant table. On this most romantic of nights, you need to be pristine from head to toe - starting with a dashing haircut.

We recommend a visit to Ted’s Grooming Room within twenty-four hours of date night, so you can turn up with a professionally styled haircut still intact.

If this isn’t possible, have a trim four days before which will allow for the little bit of growth that makes it easier for clients to style their own hair. It is paramount to choose a look that you feel comfortable wearing; confidence is the key to a successful date and if you look sharp, you’ll feel good – and so will she. If you prefer to stick with the tried and trusted, ask your barber for “the usual.” If on the other hand you’re the adventurous type, you can discuss a few options once you’re in the barber’s chair.

If you do leave yourself short on hair styling time on the day, eschew a wash and blow dry in favour of brushing your hair into the desired shape before applying product throughout for hold and then applying definition with the fingertips. Remember to groom yourself before dressing – nobody likes a gel-crusted lapel!

Of course, your hair needs to retain its panache throughout the date. The best way of safeguarding your style is to blow dry into shape before applying any product. Alternatively, finish your regime with a touch of hairspray.

Get your hair right on Valentine’s Day, and the rest will follow.

Paul Stafford named ALFAPARF Milano Global Ambassador

Italy’s premier luxury haircare brand, ALFAPARF Milano, is bolstering its global reputation as a leading creative and educational heavyweight with the appointment of Paul Stafford as Global Ambassador. The coup, with multi award-winner Paul providing education and creative direction worldwide, marks a new phase for the company as it builds on its prestigious education department and expands its international network of luxury partner salons.

Already a popular face on the international hairdressing scene, Paul is a perfect match for the Milan-based colour and styling house, bringing his purist approach to styling together with ALFAPARF’s passionate approach to fashion-led hairdressing. Last year Paul produced a jaw-dropping show for the ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Awards, Ireland’s biggest hair show, and collaborated with the colour house on his internationally acclaimed creative collection – The Others.

‘We chose Paul for his long-term experience in salon education and show work, along with his enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of creativity in the modern world of hair styling,’ said ALFAPARF spokesman Denis Pianetti.

The official announcement will take place at ALFAPARF’s 2016 international conference on the island of Sicily, where the brand will host a live hair show in a 2,000-year-old Greek amphitheatre. Meanwhile, Paul is already at work producing a new collection for the brand that is full of hushed tones of glorious colour and directional cuts.

‘Paul has an unbelievable reputation for producing beautiful collections and seriously high-end training,’ said David Donnellan, ALFAPARF’s General Manager in Ireland. ‘Our customers are going to love working with him here and abroad.’

He added: ‘ALFAPARF is an ambitious brand committed to a continuing programme of education to support its growth. With the skills of Paul, Leisa and the Stafford team, we’ll be providing amazing education and strong imagery to our clients.’

Paul is delighted with his new role. He said: ‘ALFAPARF has been an amazing support for me in my salon over the past three years as I’ve grown and reclaimed control of my brand. As number one in Ireland, I’m delighted to take up this fantastic opportunity to share my love of education, and I’m looking forward on building on that in Ireland and on the international hair scene.’


The Rush Oscars - Celebrating Success

Last year, looks set to go down in Rush history as the company celebrated what has been its most successful year to date at the glittering annual awards ceremony, The Rush Oscars, last night at the Phoenix Theatre, in London’s West End, hosted by International Creative Director, Andy Heasman and International Colour Director, Chris Williams.

The evening was a retrospective of a stellar year - which saw the brand branch out from its London and South East roots to open 14 new salons as far afield as Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol as well as launch a stunning second flagship salon in Westfield Stratford.

It was a big year for awards too, with Chairman Andy Phouli scooping the industry’s biggest business accolade by winning Business Director of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards. While Rush creative supremo, Andy Heasman, was named Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year and Artistic Team member, Jamie Benny, secured a coveted place on the Fame Team.

Last year also marked another wonderful milestone for Rush as it hit the £120,000 donation mark for Great Ormond Street Hospital. To celebrate this fantastic achievement, Andy Phouli was delighted to welcome GOSH Fundraising Executive, Lauren Ellis on stage to explain how much the longstanding relationship means to the hospital.

As well as looking back at 2015, 2016 was high on the evening’s agenda with continued growth and expansion the mantra for the next twelve months. With news of a further 20 new salons in the pipeline and a new state-of-the-art academy in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, the audience was captivated by the progression plans. Andy Phouli presented a video projecting the management team’s vision for the year ahead which heavily promoted training and career development for all.

Then it was the turn of International Colour Director, Chris Williams, to introduce the new Rush Colour Team for 2016, creating much excitement within the audience.

Next, the ever-glamorous, Editorial Director, Tina Farey took centre stage to give a touching tribute to co-founder Stell Andrew. Stell then brought the house down when he came on to the stage to hand over the title of International Creative Director to Andy Heasman, which was followed by a Bowie inspired presentation.

The Special Award went to Michelle J Farmer who was inducted into the Rush Artistic Team and Andy Phouli and Stell Andrew presented two Special Achievement Awards to Ruth Brown and Ruby Stone – who started as the company’s first assistants back in 1994 and are still enjoying their #RushforLife experience 22 years later.

Then it was time for the company’s leading Stylists, Front of House and Beauty Therapists from Rush salons across the UK, along with the Head Office team to be rewarded for their continuous support and dedication to the brand.
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