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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

Trevor Sorbie M.B.E. to receive Honorary Doctorate from The University of the West of Scotland

On 11th July at the Paisley Campus graduation ceremony, Trevor Sorbie will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate. This Doctorate is to recognise his outstanding contribution in the field of business and entrepreneurship, and social awareness of suffering and crisis in cancer patients. What makes this so special is Trevor’s incredible hairdressing journey began over 50 years ago in Paisley, Scotland, where he recently revisited to create his latest documentary.

The pioneering, non-profit charity, mynewhair, that offers a wig customising service for people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss, celebrated its tenth year in business last year. Now working with lead cancer centers it enables more patients to access the wig styling service and so the charity is experiencing increasing demand and an increase in referrals. Trevor continues to run monthly workshops to train other hairdressers in the art of wig customisation, and works closely with the NHS to ensure that this service can become widely available to all those who need it. As the charity continues to grow, with the support of L’Oréal, Trevor will be rolling the mynewhair concept worldwide in the coming years.

Blue Tit Reveals Prisma, The Latest Innovative Colouring Technique From Its Award-Winning Colour Team

Blue Tit, the award-winning London salon group known for its trailblazing techniques and inventive use of colour, has unveiled the latest colouring technique developed by its talented colour team. Prisma is a technique that combines fluidity with effortlessly-blended colour, to create an end result that is full of vivid deconstructed colours and distorted patterns.

Prisma was developed by a pool of talent from three of Blue Tit’s seven award-winning salons. Blending together their expertise, Lidia Patrizia, Head Colourist at Blue Tit Brixton and Harriet Franks, Head Colourist at Blue Tit Peckham, together with Declan Haworth, Head Colourist at Blue Tit Dalston, took inspiration from 1960s psychedelia in creating this new technique.

Blue Tit showcased Prisma in its most recent collection, Delysid (pictured) – inspired by the psychedelic idea of unlocking the mind and altering perception. By creating styles that have a hallucinogenic quality, the Prisma technique was the best way to achieve this.

As described by Perry Patraszewski, Director of Blue Tit London: "This is a real representation of our colour creativity unleashed. Taking inspiration from psychedelia, Prisma is exactly how we imagine colour to look if we were to unlock the mind and alter our perception of reality. The results are vibrant, individual and thoroughly intoxicating."


Westrow Adds Stunning State-Of-The-Art Lifestyle Salon To Its Portfolio Of Yorkshire Salons

Westrow has unveiled its highly anticipated tenth salon: a stunning hair, beauty and lifestyle salon set in the Yorkshire town of Skipton. Launched to coincide with the hairdressing group’s thirtieth birthday, this new, state-of-the art salon is a fully integrated concept salon – the first of its kind in Westrow’s award-winning portfolio.

Headed up by Jeremy Bridgeman, the franchisee behind the hugely successful Westrow Harrogate salon, it is no surprise that since opening its doors in March 2017, Westrow Skipton has made a significant mark on the West Yorkshire market town. The largest of all the Westrow salons, this hair, beauty and lifestyle salon is set over two floors, with a vast total of more than 2,500 sq ft of salon space. As the first Westrow salon to offer express beauty treatments, as well as a luxurious lifestyle area for clients to experience the products and services on offer, Westrow Skipton is unique to both the Westrow group and the locality.

Every element of the salon’s interior has been sourced from far and wide, with a bespoke salon fit and finishing touches inspired by the sleek, high-end destination salons of Knightsbridge. Divided in to separate zones, Westrow Skipton has been designed to take every client on a journey, with the entire client experience being one of relaxation and luxury surroundings, in line with the brand’s ethos. Every zone has been imaginatively designed to differ from the last; American walnut flooring fitted throughout lays in different directions in each zone, for example. Meanwhile, the clever addition of co-ordinating design details, such as the Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone shade painted on walls throughout, pulls the four zones together in perfect harmony.

Clients are wowed as soon as they enter the salon. The entrance boasts a white marbled bordered floor and Georgian-inspired cornicing and raised panelling, which together give an uber-luxurious feel. While the design may have period elements, there is nothing old-fashioned about the salon’s technology, with state-of-the-art skirting vacuum hair disposal systems featuring throughout.

The magnificent reception area was inspired by the Givenchy store in Paris, most notably its gold accents of furniture. A bespoke reception desk – shaped like a piece of cheese – makes a seriously fashionable statement. Using interesting angles, the desk plays tricks on the eye, appearing to float in mid-air, while its metallic gold-mirrored design brings a dose of that desired Parisian glamour to the reception area. Styling stations are custom-made, featuring designer wall lights and premium, Italian-inspired chairs. Lighting has been modified to mimic natural daylight and the addition of brightly coloured occasional chairs adds a burst of colour to the muted tones of the interior.

The Hair and Beauty Zone, distinguishable thanks to a full copper mirrored wall, is home to six further styling stations and two luxurious beauty stations, as well as a bespoke retail area dedicated to brows, nails and make-up, with all express beauty services headed up by Jeremy’s wife, Kirsty Bridgeman. Further retail displays can be found in the Lifestyle Zone, which, with its old-school glamour, bespoke lounge chairs and private consultation station, has been designed to mimic a luxury beauty hall, where clients are free to browse, feel and try out products. In contrast, the backwash zone, which is housed behind a dark satin-grey divide, is evocative of a spa, with fuschia lighting, black granite units, ebony flooring, and four state-of-the-art, shiatsu massage, fully-reclining backwash chairs.

True to the Westrow brand, the entire salon has been constructed with acute attention to design detail, with an interior design process led by franchisee Jeremy Bridgeman and Westrow co-director, Steve Rowbottom. Says Jeremy: "While retaining true aspects of the brand’s identity in terms of pantone colours and branding, I wanted to really push the design boundaries to give it a look of pure luxe in line with my own individual interior style."

The resulting impression of Westrow’s first lifestyle salon is undeniably one of individuality and remarkable luxury; a unique, one-stop shop for hair and beauty, where clients can sit back and relax in their new hairdressing home.

Name: Westrow Skipton
Address: 3, 3a, 3b Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2HX
Telephone: 01756 794555
Opened: March 2017
Size: 2,500 sq ft
Salon vibe: premium, Knightsbridge-inspired salon with a luxurious, comfortable feel
Salon dimensions: spanning two floors
Styling stations: 12
Backwashes: 4
Special features: A gold bespoke reception desk – inspired by the Givenchy store in Paris – makes a seriously fashionable statement; four state-of-the-art, shiatsu massage, fully-reclining backwash chairs; spa-like private backwash zone and an experiential consultation and retail zone inspired by old-fashioned Gentleman’s clubs.
Design: Westrow and ruCREATIVE
Budget: £150,000


Oway Donkeys Spritz And Fulmine Help Cultivate Essential Oils For The Brand’s Product Line

Oway – a principled, family-owned, Italian product manufacturer that’s distributed in more than 57 countries and is guided by its founding principle of green chemistry – has further embraced its biodynamic farming methods by housing two donkeys to help cultivate essential oils for its fair trade, eco-friendly and cruelty-free hair products.

Free-range donkeys, Spritz and Fulmine, roam on Oway’s privately owned, Ortofficina farm, located in the hills in Bologna, Italy, where they graze on farmland that hasn’t seen a drop of chemicals in more than 100 years.

The two beautiful animals mow the vegetation on the farm, and then produce the fertiliser for the brand’s precious herbs. The result is a perfect ecosystem, and the biodynamics ensures animals, humans, and nature work in symbiotic harmony to create the highest quality salon products that are packed with nutritious ingredients.

The Ortofficina farm is the first of its kind for a product manufacturer, and grows 12 plants, including Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Sage, Thyme, Mint and Helichrysum, which are grown, harvested and distilled, before essential oils and hydrolates are utilised as 100% natural active ingredients and fragrances in its formulas.

Distillation of these active ingredients takes places using a process called ‘extraction in a current of steam’, which doesn’t require the use of solvents for synthesis. The extracted essential oils and hydrolates are put to rest in special decanters until the oily and aqueous components separate.

Said Simone Sighinolfi, Oway International Commercial Director: "Biodynamic farming is what puts Oway above the rest. This method focuses not only on potent and pure organic ingredients, but also on unity and ethical growing standards for plants and animals. Spritz and Fulmine help to cultivate the essential oils that we use in our products, ensuring that they are extra nutritious, and as pure and rich as they can possibly be."

SJ Forbes Smashes Six Month Sales Target

S J Forbes, the award-winning, independent hairdressing salon housed in the historic town of Egham, Surrey, has celebrated after successfully hitting its six-month sales target.

The popular salon, which opened in July 2015, is the first of the dynamic directors’, Hayley Gibson-Forbes and Sean J McElhill’s, salon portfolio. Since its launch the team has been working hard to position SJ Forbes as the go-to salon for on-trend, affordable cut and colours with exceptional customer service.

The 12-strong team of stylists have been smashing their sales targets since day one, and as well as receiving monetary bonuses, are also treated to days out to remember.

The sales targets are set for each quarter of the year, and once they are met, the team discusses how they would like to celebrate. To date, they have enjoyed a spa day, an army-style obstacle course at The Nuts Challenge, and, most recently, a day at Ascot Races.

Hayley Gibson-Forbes, Director, S J Forbes said: “Our team has worked incredibly hard this year and we are so proud of the way that they represent our brand. They really believe in teamwork, and know that they will be recognised when they do their job well.

"As well as giving them monetary bonuses, we believe that it is important to celebrate together, away from the salon, so that they can relax, let their hair down, and step away from their professional personalities."

"It is so important that we make each member of our team feel appreciated, after all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without them."


Schwarzkopf Professional’s Young Artistic Team’s colour and PR education

Schwarzkopf Professional’s Young Artistic Team spent two days at the Billi Currie salon in London, improving their colour skills and learning how to become their own PR with the help of some very special guests.

Day one was all about colour with colour genius Carolyn Newman. Covering everything from how to find inspiration, to developing it into something new and exciting, Carolyn gave the team insight into what it takes to be a top colourist. It wasn’t all chat, with the team getting the chance to work on models to create their own colour techniques, letting their inspirations run wild.

Day two was all about PR, profile building and social media. The team enjoyed sessions throughout the day from Laura Glazebrook at LWPR, session stylist Nick Irwin, Fellowship ambassador Errol Douglas MBE and Rachael Gibson, producer at Mastered. Covering everything from trade magazines, to climbing the industry ladder, to utilizing the Fellowship to its full advantage, to turning your Instagram into your hairdressing portfolio, the team learnt everything there is to know about making a name for themselves and being the best that they can be once their year on the Young Artistic Team comes to an end.

Team mentor Jamie Farrar from Schwarzkopf Professional says, "The team were thoroughly inspired by all of their guests! They are even more excited now to continue their hairdressing journey."

"What an eye opener!" says team member Bevan Scott Clark from Hooker & Young, "I never thought I could learn so much in one day. Now it’s time to make it all happen…"

International Barber Awards 2017

On 22nd October 2017, there will be another edition of the Barber Awards. What’s new: From this year on, the Barber Awards will be held on an international level. After an increasing number of barbers from abroad approached the event organizers 1o1BARBERS in the past, it was time to launch the „International Barber Awards“ as part of the Haare trade show in Nuremburg. Over the past two years the men’s event has become a highlight for barbers – and - a media spectacle not only in Germany, but also internationally. This year the barbershop experts, 1o1BARBERS, are looking for the Best Barber of 2017/18 – and this in each of the participating countries as well as on an international level.

The new online application round will start at the end of June, and will be announced via the website as well as on the Facebook page of 1o1BARBERS. The event locations for the second round will be emailed to the participants and will be published on the Internet (web page, Facebook, Instagram). "We would like to make the journey for participants easier, therefore, during the qualifying stage, we will group participants together at event locations according to their postcode", says Micha Birkhofer, CEO of 1o1BARBERS. This makes this fun-filled event even more attractive for barbers. Everyone who has passed the online application stage and made it to the second round, will have the chance to come to the Casting Nights at various different locations, bring their barbershop team and showcase their model as well as their skills to qualify for the final on 22nd October 2017 in Nuremberg.

Whether you are an employee or the owner of a barbershop or classic hairdressing salon –everyone who devotes himself with a passion for detail to male customers and wants to show others why they are the best in their field, are invited to participate.

Sezer Soylu, the present Best Barber of Germany, will be part of the jury alongside other famous international industry icons. "I am really looking forward to that, because the barber scene will come together and everybody is always having a good time", so Sezer Soylu. To the question to what extend the participation and the title have changed his life, he responds: "Primarily I wanted to prove it to myself and I was tremendously happy about the victory. I received congratulations from all over the world, partly from people I did not know at all. This was crazy in a good way. In addition, I got so so much attention from the media either on television, in newspapers, or on the Internet, and I met so many great people. Of course, it also happened to generate some good opportunities for me. I am very grateful for the support, which I have received from 1o1BARBERS. Today, I am a member of the 1o1BARBERS Academy and this means a lot of fun for me."

On top of the attractive title, the winner will get high-quality prices with a total value of more than 10,000 EUR.

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2017 Spanish Hairdressing Awards finalists announced

After an intense voting period, Club Fígaro finally announces the 15 finalists of 2017 Spanish Hairdressing Awards, launched by Club Fígaro and sponsored by Revlon Professional. These 15 hairdressers will performance all their creativity on stage during Fígaro Catwalk and 2017 Spanish Hairdressing Awards ceremony, which will take place in Madrid on 6th November in Madrid, as part of Salón Look, one of the most important professional events in Europe. In a 8th edition that has recorded an awesome participation (with 140 collections from 72 Spanish firms, the collections have grown in quality, exceeding jury and associates expectations, as the 15 amazing finalists demonstrates.


María Martínez, from Identity
Marcos Siero, from Toni&Guy London
María Collado, from Toni&Guy Valencia

Carlos Valiente, by Carlos Valiente
Pelsynera, by Carles Sánchez
Toni&Guy Valencia, by Rubén Peña

Toni&Guy London, by David Siero
Purificación Caballero, by Purificación Caballero Salon Five, by Manuel Ferreres

Centro Beta, by Ziortza Zarauza
Kumenhair, by José García
Sile Peluqueros, by José Siero

Antonio Calvo, from Antonio Calvo Estilistas Christian Vendrell, from Identity Manuel Mon, from Manuel Mon Estilistas


Charlie Taylor gives young entrepreneur a helping hand

Award-winning hair and beauty salon owner Charlie Taylor is celebrating 30 years in business this year by taking a budding young entrepreneur under her wing for the year. Underlining her commitment to the future of local and national enterprise, Charlie, owner of leading salons in Perth and Dundee, is putting her money where her mouth is by acting as personal business mentor to Jade Beatson, owner of up-and-coming online fashion boutique

Jade, 27 came to Charlie’s attention early in 2017 when she dropped by to see Charlie’s daughter, Sasha, who was on X-Factor, about collaborating on some of Sasha’s prolific and popular social media channels. Her business was starting to really take off just 18 months after she started running the site from the bedroom of her home in Fife. Charlie was so impressed that she immediately offered to do what she could to help her achieve her potential.

"She reminded me of myself 30 years ago. The business model is very different but her enthusiasm and commitment is the same," said Charlie. "I had advice from some amazing people when I started out, but I know with hindsight, I could have done with so much more. I’m hoping my experience and business knowledge will help Jade to be a success."

Since then, the two have met regularly, with Charlie sharing her extensive contacts in the local and wider Scottish world of fashion and beauty, and providing advice on running a business, taking on employees and dealing with finances. Most recently, they collaborated on a video shoot to produce a stylishly cool 60-second promo for Little-lies which will be posted to YouTube and disseminated via Instagram, Facebook and other social media.

Charlie, who two years ago was instrumental in setting up the Better Perth city-wide initiative to revitalise her home town’s city centre, is well-placed to give Jade the kind of advice and help she needs to make Little-lies a leading brand. This year she celebrates 30 years since opening the first Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty salon in Perth, and 20 years in Dundee.

Charlie added: "Jade is a compelling and very cool young woman who is working hard to make her business a success. She is just the kind of energetic and creative person we need to help maintain the Scottish fashion industry’s exciting and vibrant edge. But I know how tough, difficult and exhausting it can be to build a business up by yourself, so I’m trying to give her the benefit of my experience – and my finances – to help her to the next level."

The next step is a showcase event to be held in Charlie’s Dundee salon, bringing together some of the coolest young talent and brands to come along and display their wares.

Jade says: "I’m really thankful that Charlie saw fit to jump in and help me out. Finding your way in the business world and building something worthwhile is tricky on your own, so being able to ask advice and bounce ideas off someone who has already been there is priceless. And I hope the benefits won’t just be one way, that I can share some of what I know and give something back to her."

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.

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