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AIPP Award Jason Hall Best Mens Collection

Edinburgh hairdressing salon owner and global session stylist Jason Hall was presented with the AIPP Presse Coiffure Award for Best Mens Collection for his 2016/7 Strange Times collection on the evening of Sunday 15th October.

Jason was presented the award at the sold out 35th anniversary Alternative Hair Show UTOPIA which took place at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in central London.Legendary hairdresser Patrick Cameron, award organiser and publisher of Estetica, Robert Pissimiglia joined Jason on stage during the award presentation.

This year the AIPP awards attracted 732 hair collections from 42 countries which were judged independently by member publications of the long standing accolades.

Speaking of his award Jason said "It’s a great honour to have both achieved this and accept the award in such an incredible venue. I’m also thankful to our team, that made the collection come to life"

’Strange Times’ was also noted for the British Hairdressing Awards Mens Hairdresser Of The Year finalist in the same year. For more information visit

New academy launched by celebrity hairdresser at Bournemouth & Poole College

Celebrity hairdresser, Lee Stafford, has officially opened a new training academy at Bournemouth & Poole College.

He cut the ribbon on the first Lee Stafford Hair Academy in the south west, which is based at the Lansdowne site of the College, with the help of Diane Grannell, principal, and Suzy Parkinson, learning manager for hair and beauty.

Lee Stafford has gained national recognition for winning numerous awards and for his work on TV.His bright pink haircare product range is sold exclusively through Boots in the UK and in another 40 countries worldwide.

Speaking at the launch of the first Lee Stafford Hair Academy in the region, Lee said: "We have 22 ‘recipes’ that we coach at the academy in Bournemouth, which have been designed by some of the best hairdressers in the world.

These are all classic, commercial techniques that a young person can literally take into the real world to get a job, build a rapport with people, and then adapt to suit the latest trends."

He added: "Bournemouth & Poole College is a great place with fantastic staff and all my team are raving about the trainers here. The students are very positive and they have a great attitude. I have very high hopes for the academy in Bournemouth."

In the evening, Lee hosted an event at the College which was attended by around 180 hairdressing professionals from Dorset to showcase some of his techniques. Steve Harris, BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast in Dorset presenter, acted as the compere for the event which featured three members of staff from the College. Lee aimed to showcase what the new academy has to offer to those aspiring to start a career in hairdressing and to employers seeking a training provider that offers the highest quality training around.

Diane Grannell, principal of the College, said: "We are really excited about the venture that we have entered into with Lee. Hairdressing is a growing industry locally and we are producing hairdressers with the right level of skill. Our association with Lee will ensure that everybody who leaves the College’s salon has the right level of skills to be effective and creative in today’s industry.

She added: "I think that it will give a level of accreditation to our College which we will be really proud of in the future."

Suzy Parkinson, learning manager for hair and beauty, said: "This will raise the profile of the College and improve the students’ experience. Our staff will benefit from collaborating with the Lee Stafford franchise training programme. Lee brings with him on trend creative looks, so our students will be learning the latest techniques, which will in turn meet the demands of employers and industry."

For more information about the hairdressing and barbering courses at Bournemouth & Poole College, go to


The Only Way Is Ethics: How Salons Can Tap In To The Growing Consumer Demand For Ethical Beauty

Quotes From Simone Sighinolfi, Oway International Commercial Director

Ethical beauty is on the rise. For the last few years, there has been a vast increase in consumer demand for ethically-minded brands and products that have been responsibly produced and ethically sourced from natural, biodynamic and organic ingredients. According to studies, 78 per cent of people surveyed think all companies, not just beauty brands, should act ethically. However ethical production is only half of the story: 73 per cent of people surveyed find it hard to tell how ethical a brand really is and 59 per cent want to see more information on packs and in-store. This means that transparency is key.

What has caused consumers to become so ethically conscious? Social media has been a big driving force in increasing awareness, which has driven consumers to feel more responsible about the products they are purchasing. The popularity of mindfulness and being aware of what goes in to our beauty products has also driven the demand for ethical beauty. Natural ingredients have been shown to impact more on a beauty product’s selling power than its brand name and price. It is no longer enough just to include organic ingredients or to condemn animal-testing on the label in order to be perceived as ethical. Buyers are increasingly savvy and are looking at the provenance of ingredients – in terms of what they are and where they come from – and are noticing the inclusion of ingredients that are potentially toxic, damaging to the environment or not responsibly sourced. Brands that are ethical – and wholly transparent in being so (Oway lists the provenance of every ingredient on its labels) – resonate with today’s ethically-minded consumer.

So, with all the evidence pointing towards the rise in ethical beauty, how can salons effectively tap in to this growing market? Affiliating with ethically-minded brands that have a social conscience is a good starting point. Certain brands have a faultless reputation in this arena. Oway, for example, is renowned for its organically-certified products. Biodiversity protection is another brand activity to look out for. Oway’s products are made from many ingredients sourced from its biodynamic farm in Bologna, Italy. Only stocking brands known for their ethical conscience is a good starting point for salons looking to become more ethically aware.

‘Greenwashing’ has also become rife in the beauty industry. This is a deceptive marketing practice whereby products are claimed to be more environmentally friendly than is actually the case. So, how can salons ensure their offerings truly are as ethically pure as they believe? Looking for certifications is a good way to guarantee that products are as they are labelled. Brands are bound by legislation to label ingredients and ensure formulas are safe, yet with no legal definition of ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ in labelling beauty products, consumers can become confused and – worse – misled. Choosing a brand that is known to meet strict guidelines set out by international authoritative bodies helps to alleviate this. Oway’s beauty line is certified by ‘Natrue’, a strict and authoritative international body that guarantees the naturalness of its ingredients. Oway also has organic, biodynamic and ethical certifications for each one of its ingredients declared as such. As a result, salons will benefit from being associated with a brand that consumers can put their faith and trust in when it comes to labels.

Salons should not only consider the ingredients within the products they stock, they should also consider the packaging. An easy way to decide whether packaging is meeting ethical standards is to make sure it’s not oversized. At Oway, only essential packaging is used, in order to reduce the environmental impact. Don’t choose weighted product packaging for its impression of quality, as the materials used to create this effect contribute to landfill. Salons should also consider the use of materials in packaging – are they recyclable? Are they sustainable? Oway only uses recyclable, sustainable and natural materials and is the first professional trichology company in the world to use amber glass and aluminium to guarantee naturalness, hygiene, high-quality and transparency.

Keeping up with increased consumer demand for ethical beauty can be daunting, however with some mindful action and by affiliating with brands – such as Oway – that have a true ethical conscience, salons can quite easily meet consumers’ growing social conscience, proving that provenance really does pay.

Bringing Personality To Business

It was time to break out the champagne on Friday evening (October 6) for Dawn Lawrence, managing director of Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester, who was named as Business Personality in the JP South Business Awards.

The awards celebrate business excellence within the South Coast and are judged by a group of independent business people from across the area. The multi-award-winning Q salon in North Street was also recognised as one of the finalists in the Medium Business category so the team at Q were delighted to join in celebrating Dawn’s success.

Dawn received her award at a glittering black-tie ceremony at the Grand Hotel, Brighton and her achievement reflects her passion and commitment to the salon and the hair and beauty industry as well as her down-to-earth attitude towards running a successful and forward-looking business.

She was quick to pay tribute to the talented and enthusiastic team she devotes so much effort into developing.

"What makes me get up and go? The young people," she said.

"Watching them with all the excitement, the passion and just wanting to be the best they can be. They inspire me but they don’t know it and that is why I love my job."

Hair Council Sign Up Event

Meet: Ross Cosgrove @ Not Another Salon,
Sophia Osbourn @ Karine Jackson,
Kim Rance, Anne Veck, and HairClubLive

A fantastic new pop-up Hair Council evening recognises the passion and creativity of Hair Council members with a brilliant evening in central London. Join us to watch salon stylists at work, and talk with them about their ideas and vision.
Hosted at Karine Jackson’s award winning salon, the informal vibe makes this a pleasant opportunity to network. Creativity guaranteed!

on 6 November from 6.30pm
Karine Jackson,
24 Litchfield St,
London WC2H 9NJ
[Covent Garden/Leicester Sq tubes]

Win prizes worth £100+ each including goodie bags from:
• Affinage Professional and Wella Professionals goodie bags and Balmain Paris Hair Couture gift box
• Hot Tools 25mm Curl Bar
• The chance to assist Anne Veck on a shoot or show in 2018
• 3 months supply of Viviscal Professional
• Radiant Hair Consultancy value £500

Keep Up! Hair Council

Priority tickets are £5 to members of the Hair Council, supporting the campaign to #GetRegistered.
Call 020 8760 7014
or email to book, quoting KU1

Limited tickets available at the door – to non-members @ £35 each

Special Education for Star Stylists

An absolutely fantastic experience was the verdict of Ella Silvester, senior designer at Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester, when she returned from a three-day trip to Barcelona with Moroccan Oil.

Ella and Q’s senior artistic director Rebecca Strange won a hotly-contested competition to join 20 talented stylists from all over the UK for intensive training with one of Spain’s top hairdressers, Antonio Calero.

Sessions were held at his salon, using all Moroccan Oil products including the new texturizing range and focusing on hair-ups and red carpet styles that can be adapted to everyday wear.

At the end of the two days of training, Ella and Rebecca both received diplomas.

"Moroccan Oil is my favourite product and thanks to Antonio and his staff, one of whom cuts the hair for Barcelona footballers, we learnt more and different ways in which we can use it," said Ella.

"The training was absolutely invaluable – I haven’t stopped talking about it since I got back. I’ve already used some of the techniques on my guests here at Q and also been passing on some of the things we learnt to my colleagues."

Recyclable Oway Products Used To Style Hair For Wave Of Waste Shoot To Raise Awareness Of Beach Waste

Oway was delighted for its recyclable products to be chosen exclusively to style a photoshoot last week, which was part of a national campaign to raise awareness of beach waste. The ‘#WaveOfWaste’ campaign is a collaboration between environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, and clothing designer Linda Thomas Eco Design, to highlight the problems caused by the use of cheap polystyrene bodyboards.

As part of the campaign, eco designer Dr Linda Thomas crafted a dress, complete with a 72ft train, using material from broken bodyboards found on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. The unique dress was showcased in a photo shoot last week that caught the attention of the national press, with hair styled on set by Clair Swinscoe Studio Couture, Clifton, Bristol, who styled the model’s hair using products from Oway’s organic, natural, biodynamic and 100% recyclable product range.

It is hoped that the #WaveOfWaste campaign will draw attention to the negative environmental impact of cheap plastic bodyboards that have become prevalent on British coasts. This summer alone, the Beach Care programme, initiated by Keep Britain Tidy, collected 560 of these bodyboards from just three beaches. Made from nylon and polystyrene, boards are not biodegradable and are harmful to wildlife and marine life. Dr Thomas created a colourful eye-catching dress, from 100 boards, which took two months to create.

Modelled by ex pro surfer Emma Adams, the shoot had a boho feel, which provided the inspiration for hairstylist Clair. Using only Oway products, Clair gave model Emma an attention-grabbing crimped and backcombed style full of volume and colourful scalp braids. The overall look was completed with Ecostardust biodegradable glitter, made from eucalyptus leaves.

Said Clair: "We wanted this look to be a high fashion style to really catch people’s attention. To create the look I crimped the hair to give the effect of the ripples of the top of the ocean, using frayed strips of the dress material intertwined into the plait for the illusion of rubbish from the ocean caught up in her hair. "

"Oway was perfect for this collaboration; no plastic bottles are used in its packaging – only amber glass, which is biodegradable. No products pollute the earth or are tested on animals, and they are all biodynamic and organic, so this worked in perfect synergy with Linda’s message. To achieve the look I used Oway’s Sculpting Mist – a strong hold ecological fixing spray that adds structure to hair without weighing it down or leaving any residue. It had outstanding holding power, especially given the weather conditions on the day. I also used Sea Salt Spray for definition on the crimped hair and a little bit of Precious Wax for the make-up artist to add some of the glitter from her skin onto the hair. We were all thrilled with the results and although I have only contributed a small part to the bigger picture to what is happening out there, I feel very proud to be part of such an amazing cause."

Said Dr Linda Thomas: "I met Clair a year ago, and prior to that hadn’t found a complete haircare range that worked in synergy with my eco lifestyle. For me Oway is the best in the world and unrivalled in terms of its products, efficacy and standards. The whole essence of the dress and the shoot was to raise awareness of plastic pollutions and what goes into the water supply and endangers marine life, and with this in mind it was really important to me that everything used to create the shoot on the day was going to leave the planet better off, or the same as it was before. The Oway products are fantastic – you only need to look at the image of the model with her dress blowing in the wind to see the job the products did of keeping her hair in amazing condition in wild weather conditions."

Charity Chop For Caitlin

Young Caitlin Colban was happy to say goodbye to her lovely long hair in a very good cause when she made an appointment at Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester.

Caitlin had heard about the wonderful work of the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs or hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.

The charity relies heavily on donated hair and nine-year-old Caitlin decided she wanted to help.

And when Q’s graduate stylist Jess Bailey cut off 14 inches of Caitlin’s shiny tresses at the salon in North Street on Saturday, September 30, to donate to the charity, she made sure the youngster was equally happy with her stylish new bob.

Fudge Professional Mixology Master Competition Winner Announced

Following a huge amount of entries this year from across the globe, Fudge Professional is pleased to announce the winner of its Mixology Master™ 2017 competition as Maria Rågberg from Uniklipp AS salon in Norway.

This year’s entries were of incredibly high standards, but the judges all commented on Maria’s bold and vivacious look, creative use of formula, and commitment to the Anti-Ordinary. As the Fudge Professional Mixology Master™ 2017, Maria will be flown to Milan to assist on the photoshoot for Fudge Professional’s 2018 colour collection, with global hairdressing legends X-presion creative team and Fudge Professional Global Head of Technical Education, Tracy Hayes.

Judges for the Mixology Master™ competition included the X-presion creative team, PR guru Samantha Grocutt from Essence PR, worldwide hairdressing legends Mazella&Palmer, award-winning stylist Lisa Farrall, Head of Education of Fudge Professional Italy Marco Cenedese, and Mixology Master™ 2016 Janica Ström.

“Wow, this is crazy. Thank you so much for selecting my image. I feel so honoured to win something big like this, by just doing what sets my heart and soul on fire. I want to say a huge thank you to Fudge Professional for making it possible for colourists to play and share their work worldwide like this. I can’t wait for Milan!” says winner Maria Rågberg.

Tracy Hayes, Global Head of Technical Education, adds, “Here at Fudge Professional we love risk-takers and colourists who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. This entry really stood out as being a fresh new colour to add to the Fudge Professional colour palette: vibrant, young and unexpected. The judges commented how they loved that the technique wasn’t obvious but featured gentle, hidden tonal colours appearing in the movement of the hair. It’s very Fudge!”

Winning Formula How To:
Formula 1: 200ml Paintbox Coral Blush + 10ml Paintbox Red Corvette + 10ml Paintbox Gold Coast
Formula 2: 10ml Paintbox Gold Coast + 10ml Paintbox Pink Riot
Formula 3: 15ml Paintbox Gold Coast + 5ml Paintbox Coral Blush
Formula 4: 15ml Paintbox Coral Blush + 5ml Paintbox Pink Riot

To create: Apply Formula 1 all over. Then apply Formulas 2, 3 and 4 in the front, in 7cm long panels with foils, two of each colour, in diagonal sections, to give the beautiful colour a little sparkly twist!


Award-winning Goldsworthy’s Hairdressing to open newly-refurbished salon

Award-winning hairdressers, Goldsworthy’s, is holding an open evening to celebrate the opening of its newly refurbished salon in Marlborough.

Guests are invited to attend Goldsworthy’s recently renovated Marlborough salon – located at 12 Hughenden Yard, High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1LT – between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday the 27th of September.

The launch night coincides with the biggest hairdressing party to ever take place – Creative Head’s ‘The Big Hair Do’. Guests are invited to turn up on the night, and are more than welcome to bring along family and friends to experience fun, education, product testing, hair DIYs and stylist expertise.

Open to members of the public, guests will receive a glass of champagne on arrival, and enjoy hair demonstrations from award-winning hair stylist and hair loss expert, Steven Goldsworthy. Steven will also be on hand to answer any questions. Each guest will also receive entry into a live draw, with the winner taking home a fantastic GHD hamper.

Goldsworthy’s takes immense pride in being the market leader in the styling and maintenance of beautiful hair. It has earned its reputation amongst clients by tailoring its unique service to each and every customer, offering an array of styling options, executed using the industry’s latest techniques while remaining true to the fine hairdressing ethos it was founded on over five decades ago.

"This is extremely exciting news, not just for us, but for our loyal base of customers," said the salon’s top stylist, Steven Goldsworthy. "We are constantly changing and diversifying to keep on top of the times, but our dedication to the finest hairdressing remains as steadfast as it was when we opened in 1961."

There are no off-the-shelf options at Goldsworthy’s – hairstyles are tailored to the client’s individual requirements and personality.

A five-time winner of the prestigious Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year Award, clients of Goldsworthy’s can enjoy a wide range of award-winning treatments, including colouring, perming, hair extensions and bridal services.

Goldsworthy’s also specialises in hair fixes, where people who are unhappy with any aspect of their current hair can come into the salon to have their style rectified. Goldsworthy’s experienced and professional stylists will sit with the client, discuss their needs, and suggest the best solution.

As well as their Marlborough salon, Goldsworthy’s also boasts salons in Swindon and Cirencester. With state-of-the art equipment throughout, as well as coffee bars, televisions and a retail therapy area, each salon is the perfect blend of luxury and style, offering a true salon experience to each customer.

Ginas Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon Raising Vital Funds For Mynewhair

A Flintshire – based salon is holding a ‘Sunday Funday’ in support of a pioneering charity who support those affected by medical hair loss.

Gina’s Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon, which is based in Flintshire, North East Wales, is holding a charity event on Sunday 1 October, from 11am until 5pm, outside of the salon on The Square, Mercia Drive Mynydd Isa Nr Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6UY.

The charity, mynewhair, was founded and inspired by professional stylist Trevor Sorbie MBE, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016/17. mynewhair provides advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss, and has a national support network of independent salons and trained hair professionals who provide a wig-customisation service for their clients.

Gina’s Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon, a member of mynewhair’s 800-strong network of Salons That Care across the UK and Ireland, is welcoming the local community to enjoy a day of family fun in support of mynewhair.
Visitors can enjoy browsing a variety of stalls selling handmade gifts, beauty products and sweet treats – plus lots more. There will also be plenty to entertain little ones including a bouncy castle supplied by Twizz Kidz Inflatables as well as glitter tattoos, hair, braids and face paint by the Glitterbugz and games. Plus, there will be a variety of fun characters for children to interact with supplied by Princess & Pirates.

Savoury and sweet snacks will be available from the Café Isa and Yiannos and visitors can be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes including a pair of ghd straighteners from the Pink Blush range in support of Breast Cancer Now.

Georgina Economides, manager of Gina’s Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon, said: "I want to help raise awareness of medical hair loss and the help available to those affected by the condition.

Our Sunday Funday event is open to everyone to enjoy and we hope all who come along have some fantastic fun while helping to raise funds for mynewhair.

I feel very passionately about helping people feel like they have hair and not just a wig. After witnessing the appalling service my Mother in Law received when battling cancer I was driven to research into course on how to cut hair. Thanks to mynewhair I have completed several training courses allowing me to provide a wig-customisation service at my salon.

Whether you’re up for a great day of fun activities, raffles and games or would like to find out more about mynewhair please come along and take part in our fundraising event.

Trevor Sorbie MBE, founder of mynewhair, said: "We are truly grateful for Gina’s Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon’s support. We greatly value the work and fundraising that our hair professionals do to support people who suffer from medical hair loss – and we wouldn’t be able to do it without salons like Gina’s!

We wish Gina’s salon’s Sunday Funday all the best and hope everyone goes along to help raise awareness and have a great day."

To find out more about Gina’s Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon please visit or ring 01352752704.
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.

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