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Trevor Sorbie MBE launches free service for cancer patients

Professional stylist Trevor Sorbie MBE has opened a room in his home to offer a free wig customisation service through the charity he founded more than a decade ago.

Trevor Sorbie founded the charity mynewhair in 2006 to provide advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss, including those undergoing chemotherapy. The pioneering charity supports and trains a network of 835 independent salons and 960 trained hair professionals across the UK and Ireland, all providing a wig-customisation service for their clients.

Now Trevor, who received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in 2017 for his work with this incredible charity, has converted a room in his home at Gosport, Hampshire, so he can offer the free service primarily to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in his local area.

Trevor is passionate about providing a free wig customisation service in the Gosport and surrounding areas, as a way of giving back to his local community. mynewhair has linked up with the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, which has a large oncology department, and will also be listed on the charity’s website.Trevor Sorbie founded mynewhair to create the UK’s first national hairdressers training programme. The charity’s programme is nurse-led, providing specialist expertise across all areas of advice, wig cutting and aftercare.

He said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer this free service primarily to cancer sufferers in the Gosport area so they don’t have to travel to London to see me.

“We really want to make our clients feel welcome, to show them that we do really care and that we can make a difference. For many patients, it will mean a lot for them to be able to access this service close to home.

“I’ve been offering this service in all my five salons throughout the UK for over 11 years and now I have a little bit more time, it’s wonderful to be able to convert a room in my home to be able to offer this service locally.

“The room is really beautiful and we’ve tried to make it as comfortable as it can be – it really is a lovely environment. All my awards and photos of me receiving my MBE are displayed there, alongside lots of thank you cards I’ve received over the years, to reassure patients that I know what I’m doing!

“This charity and the difference it makes to people’s lives is something I am very passionate about and now I am spending more time at home, it’s rewarding to be able to offer the wig customisation service to people in my local area. I will make myself available for anyone who needs my help.

“This is not a gimmick and I don’t make one penny from this – I give my time for free and willingly. Everybody knows someone who has been affected by cancer and if I can touch a lot of hearts, especially in this day and age by helping others, I think that is something very special.

“When I started the charity over 11 years ago, we had no idea that we would grow to an over 800-strong network of salons. It’s an exciting time for mynewhair.”

People suffering from cancer and medical hair loss can book an appointment with Trevor by emailing Trevor’s wife at

mynewhair has produced a booklet of advice and information in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Institute of Trichologists, and is available in many NHS hospitals. The Patient Information Resource booklet provides advice and support for patients if they lose their hair, advice on choosing a wig, having it styled to suit, as well as information with regards to aftercare/hair re-growth.

To find out more about mynewhair visit or via Twitter @mynewhairorg, or follow the charity on Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can also donate to the charity by texting MYNH00 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.

Fellowship Teams Announced for 2019

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing has announced the teams who will be benefiting from its unique education offering in 2019.

Each year, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing provides unparalleled access to expert education for members of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Through their diverse approach to mentoring, the Fellowship provides emerging talent with the opportunity for education, inspiration, exposure and experiences including stage work, photoshoots and networking.

The F.A.M.E. Team is the Fellowship’s most renowned education program, with a host of hairdressing icons having passed through the program since its launch in 1993. This year, Nick Irwin resumes his role as team leader and promises to provide even more exciting opportunities for the four members.

The Barber Project is the Fellowship’s newest launch, and will help a talented team of new barbers and men’s hairdressers hone their skills in this profitable and growing market. Edward Hemmings is the team leader for this debut team, who have an exciting year ahead of inspiring mentor classes.

The ClubStar Art Team provides the opportunity for education and exposure to a team of ClubStar Fellowship members; that is, members aged 25 and under. Simon Tuckwell – a former F.A.M.E. Team member himself, will once again be mentoring this team in 2019.

Project X has been described as "the ultimate hairdressing finishing school" and aims to attract a broad and experienced calibre of participants from Fellowship member salons.

Kai Wan will once again be mentoring this year’s team, which is made up of a diverse lineup of hairdressing talent.

The Colour Project is the hairdressing industry’s first colour-specific annual program that allows access to the artistry of some of the finest colourists without the restraints of being allied to any one product manufacturer Paul Dennison takes over the reins as team leader in 2019, for an exciting year of creativity and education.

F.A.M.E. Team 2019
Ashley Cockrell, Percy & Reed
Lora Griffin, Simon Webster, Tania Faenza, TONI&GUY
Alastair Jubbs, VAE Hair

Barber Project
Ainsley Brown, F&M Hairdressing
Luke Hawkins, The Marvellous Hair Co
Portia McVinnie, KJM Salons
Sarah Morrissey, Sarai Hair & Beauty
Jack Robin-Williams, Cherise Amore Hair & Beauty
Blayre Turnbull, Urban Hair & Beauty Highhouse
Rob White, Nashwhite

ClubStar Art Team
Jemma Clemas, Seckingtons Hair Salon
Ciara Darcy, Bad Apple Hair
Eloise Dudley, RUSH Kensington
Georgina Kemnitz-Pryor, Karoliina Saunders Hair Design
Stuart Kimber, Spargo Hairdressing
April Mash,Strangeways
India Sparacia, Sculpture Salon
Sophia Tsilidis, Headmasters Soho

Project X
Dani Ball, Headquarters
Zara Clelland, Marc Antoni
Krysia Eddery, Perfectly Posh Hair
Harlee Gresty, Lewis Moore Salons
Janene Hawkins, Heavenly Hairstyling
Clare Heatherill, The Chapel
Charlotte Johnson, The Annexx
Dan Law, Lara Johnson Lifestyle
Phillipa Lee, Yaxley Hair & Beauty
Emma Male, Em2
Rory Mason, Ashley Gamble
Scott Musgrove, The Cutting Company
Jack Robin-Williams, Cherise Amore Hair & Beauty

Colour Project

Georgia Bell, Twisted Scissors
Poppy Devine-Smith, Zoology
Kelsey Franklin, Sarai Hair & Beauty
Hannah Godden, RUSH Kensington
Harriet Greenwood, Bad Apple Hair
Rebecca Hill, The Strand Ltd
Marlene Lamont, Urban Hair & Beauty Highhouse
Ciara McNamee, Andrew Smith Salons
Ivan Montoya, Hair Focus UK
Joanne Roe, KH Hair Leicester
Maarja Roots, Melissa Timperley
Lea Shaw, Rural Fringe Hair

Issued by LWPR on behalf of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. For more information, contact or call 01858 419668

Christmas Has Arrived: The Q Christmas Event.

The annual Christmas event at Q Hair and Beauty has become a greatly-anticipated occasion on the social calendar in Chichester and on December 5, 80 guests flocked to the salon for a lively and enjoyable evening.

Glasses of bubbly and plenty of mouth-watering canapes were served up with a smile by the Q team and they also offered a wide range of mini hair and beauty therapies of all kinds as well as expert advice on products.

Guests were greeted with a shower of realistic artificial snow as they walked up the steps to the beautiful historic and festively decorated townhouse which is the home of Q on North Street.

The evening was a great opportunity to meet up with friends and guests old and new and a well-supported raffle raised funds for the salon’s charity of the year, Canine Partners.

The Q Christmas festivities are continuing in the next couple of weeks, with special open evenings at the Midhurst salon and at the newly-opened salon in Donnington.

“Events like these are a heartfelt thank you to our loyal guests and we love to have them in the salon to relax and enjoy themselves with us,” said Q managing director Dawn Lawrence Grant. “It’s something we all look forward to every year.”

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This year’s ACT HAIR EVENT was in support of mynewhair, the charity founded by Trevor Sorbie MBE. Held in the Hellenic centre in London, Trevor Sorbie MBE featured on stage alongside Zgat, Gianni Scumaci and SLATE to celebrate the world premiere his life documentary – which reflects his truly amazing career that has inspired generations.

The annual non-profit hair event, ACT helps to raise awareness of a different charity every year. ACT HAIR EVENT was created by the SLATE team, Gregory Charalambides and Michael Pitsillides with the concept to share knowledge and inspiration in order to help others.

Co-Founder Michael Pitsillides says, “We invite hair icons and dynamic educators to come together, and to share a vision of how the industry can improve. By showcasing innovative hair and telling inspiring stories, we hope to make us all build a better future.

This year’s event was a truly a magical night with inspiring hair and a star cast, however it was not just a show but an expression of feelings on how we all have a responsibility to help others. Every person has been helped along the way in life and we believe in a culture of passing that on. The message was simple - in a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

During the event Trevor Sorbie MBE held an exclusive Q&A with the 200 attendees reflecting on his career and his passion for helping those affected by medical hair loss through the charity.

Commenting on the event, Trevor Sorbie MBE said: “I’d like to thank ACT HAIR EVENT for choosing to hold this year’s event to raise awareness of mynewhair. The wonderful celebration of talent and innovation within the hair industry has helped to raise awareness of the charity and the real difference hair professionals can make to the lives of those affected by medical hair loss.

Everyone who attend the event and reading this will know of someone who has been affected by medical hair loss whether it’s someone living with alopecia or undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Losing your hair due to ill health is an emotional subject. During the charity’s nurse-led training programme, the most important thing we teach hair professionals is sensitive communication skills, as cutting a wig isn’t the hardest part, it is how you support the client. While this might not be for everyone, if you feel in your body that you’d like to use your skills to help support someone in that situation then I’d encourage you to join the charity’s training programme. When I started the charity over 11 years ago, we had no idea that we would grow to an over 800-strong network of salons. It’s an exciting time for mynewhair as we recently launched the service overseas in Dubai and in 2019 we are hoping to launch in Canada.”

The audience also saw Zgat, Gianni Scumaci and SLATE present on stage telling their personal stories and showcasing different hair looks for a truly unique hair show.

With an inspiring collection on display the Zgat team demonstrated the technical genius they are known for while reciting the story of their best friends’ journey with cancer, from diagnosis to hair loss and finding a wig, to a full recovery.

Gianni Scumaci told a story of his journey with his mother who was diagnosed with cancer, he touched on the intelligence of a hairdresser and our journey we can take to enlightenment, all while creating a unique wig for his model with individual pieces of wefts to create a whole new set of hair for his model.

The journey of SLATE followed by the creation of the ACT HAIR EVENT was a journey of transformation through education and so this was the theme the founders Gregory and Michael’s show. As hairdressers they were both aware of how they transformed people’s hair, but they wanted to explore the deeper meaning of how this changes the way you feel, but much more it can change your life, such as the work of mynewhair charity does every day for those who suffer from cancer.

To find out more about mynewhair visit or via Twitter @mynewhairorg, Facebook @mynewhair by Trevor Sorbie or LinkedIn mynewhair.
You can also donate to the charity by texting MYNH00 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.

Trevor Sorbie founded mynewhair in 2006 to create the UK’s first national hairdressers training programme. The charity’s
programme is nurse-led, providing specialist expertise across all areas of advice, wig cutting and aftercare.
The pioneering charity supports and trains a network of 835 independent salons and 900 trained hair professionals across the UK
and Ireland, who all provide a caring and sensitive wig-customisation service for their clients.

ACT HAIR EVENT was held this year to raise awareness of mynewhair, the charity founded by Trevor Sorbie MBE, to provide advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss, including those undergoing chemotherapy and living with alopecia.

For more information on Trevor Sorbie, please contact Emilie at LWPR on and for more information on ACT, please contact Michael Pitsillides on


There is a bond that exists between a client and their hairdresser that sometimes cannot be fulfilled by anyone else. There is a trust that covers many different things.

Charlie Miller, one of Edinburgh’s top hairdressing companies, has launched its ‘My Stylist & Me’ photo exhibition in The Image Collective Gallery at the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, Edinburgh. The vision to explore the salons’ diversity in clientele and highlight the rock-solid bonds and personal relationships that have evolved, was celebrated in the gallery at a drink’s reception sponsored by Arbikie Gin and attended by some of the 26 participating stylists, their clients and other invited guests.

“We are delighted to showcase some real-life client hairdressing and to collaborate with Ocean Terminal shopping centre on this exhibition," comments Jason Miller, Joint Managing Director. "Working in the hair industry, you get to meet a lot of clients with their own styles, personalities, quirks and habits. As a hairdresser it is our job to correctly interpret their needs and make sure we give them exactly what they are looking for. This exhibition is a reflection of our ways of seeing, being and doing and the end experience”.

The exhibition of 26 individual images runs throughout December 2018 and January 2019.

‘My Stylist & Me’ Exhibition
The Image Collective Gallery

Management Suite, 2nd Floor Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre

Fellowship Finales

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Colour Project and Project X teams hosted a joint finale event at the L’Oréal Academy in London.

Each year, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing provides unrivalled opportunities for education, inspiration and exposure through its mentoring programs. As such remarkable schemes, it’s fitting that they go out with a bang – and that’s precisely what happened when the 2018 Colour Project and Project X teams came together for one big farewell grand finale.

The evening, which was hosted at the L’Oréal Academy in London saw friends, family, colleagues and industry supporters come together, to see a snippet of what the teams had learnt over the last twelve months.

Team leaders Kai Wan (Project X) and Chris Williams (Colour Project) hosted the evening, which saw each member of both teams come together on stage to present models representing their highlights of the year.

“The last year has helped the teams in both their salon and creative work,” said Kai. “And what you’re going to see on stage represents that. Each team member has taken something different from each mentor, to use in their own unique way.”

“This mentoring is incredible,” added Chris. “You just don’t get access to these types of people anywhere except in the Fellowship.”

Issued by LWPR on behalf of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
For more information, contact or call 01858 419668

The Trevor Sorbie Manchester salon celebrates 10 years!

Manchester is a cosmopolitan beacon illuminating the northwest of England. Rich in industrial heritage and history and home to an eclectic mix of cultural influences, this thriving city has fuelled the birth and evolution of British popular culture for decades. From fashion to the music industry, sporting heritage to politics and social developments, Manchester has borne witness to cultural developments that have impacted the rest of the country and beyond.

This inspiring heritage and thriving culture is what attracted the Trevor Sorbie team to open in Manchester – and their chic urban salon is now celebrating 10 years in the city.

In the last decade, the salon has won and finalised for 17 different awards, and its team has grown to an impressive 26 staff members. Leading the team as Director of the salon is acclaimed industry superstar, current L’Oréal Colour Trophy winner and British Hairdressing Awards finalist, Mai Ha.

Crunching the numbers reveals that the last decade has seen the salon create approximately 49,400 colours and a whopping 93,600 cuts – representing the eclectic last ten years of hair trends; from Rihanna red and the rise of balayage to pixie crops, bobs and curls.

As well as expansion within the UK, the last ten years has seen the Trevor Sorbie brand expand globally, with a Dubai opening last year and a salon in China opening imminently. Throughout all of the salons, the Trevor Sorbie message of personalised artistry is key, with staff combining fearless creativity with precise technique to create bespoke hairdressing.

Salon Manager Nicola Bond comments on the Manchester salon:

“It’s amazing to think we’ve been here for 10 years already. The team has such a special connection in Manchester, and I’m proud of how the salon has developed. We have such a fantastic clientele and I look forward to seeing what the next 10 years brings!”

Manchester continues to offer it all; a team of passionate stylists, offering the very best in personalised artistry!

For more information, please contact Emilie Scott at LWPR on or call 01858 419668.

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