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Annabelle Taylor from Edward & Co joins Schwarzkopf charity initiative.

Annabelle Taylor, 23, has been interviewed by the BBC about her participation in Schwarzkopf Professional’s Shaping Futures scheme.

She will join five other UK hairdressers as they travel to the Philippines in August as part of the Shaping Futures team, headed by UK Shaping Futures Ambassador, Janet Maitland.

Annabelle, who works at Edward & Co in Brighouse, has been chosen by global haircare brand, Schwarzkopf Professional to join their charity initiative, Shaping Futures.

While there, the volunteers will deliver training for up to 25 young people and adults who are currently living in an SOS Children’s Village. They will be taught how to cut, colour and style hair, after which they will be offered further training or employment opportunities with local salons.

Shaping Futures has been running since 2009, and this is the first year the UK team will be visiting the Philippines, following many successful years partnering with SOS Children’s Villages in India. Every young person who takes part in Shaping Futures has experienced trauma and poverty; but thanks to this initiative they are given the skills to build a new, safe life for themselves.,

Each volunteer has been asked to fundraise £1500 for the SOS Children’s Villages charity and the additional money needed to cover their expenses.

Annabelle has set up a fundraising page to help with her endeavours –

Issued by LWPR on behalf of Edward & Co. For more information, contact or call 01858 41966Ω

Entries open for the International Hairdressing Awards

Entries are open from 15th of June to 3rd of September in all categories

The International Hairdressing Awards first edition will take place on 3rd February 2019 in Madrid.

After the pre-nominees announcement, International Hairdressing Awards now announce the opening of the participation for their first edition. Entries are open from 15th of Junte to 3rd of September, and every hairdresser from all over the world can take part in the contest by signing up at and uploading their photographic collections (4 pictures of 4 different hairdressing styles, professional shooting, hi-res), without participation fees.
Two categories, International Haidresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year, need a pre-selection to take part. The remaining categories (Best International Men’s Collection, Best International Women’s Collection and Best International Avant-Garde Collection) are open to every hairdresser.

The competition
Once the entry period closes, on 3rd September, the judges will vote the participating collections and on 28th September 2018, the finalists and the Honorary Award will be announced at Salon Look Madrid, where a gallery with the finalists’ collections will be presented. The International Hairdressing Awards first edition will take place on 3rd February 2019 in Madrid with a glittering show and awards ceremony.

The International Hairdressing Awards are an independent beauty organization, powered by hairdressers, that has been supported since its inception by sponsors of international relevance who believe in the message and mission of these awards including Revlon, Revlon Professional® and Salon Look Madrid-Ifema. The three highly regarded firms have bet high and combined forces to make this contest an international success as well as, Estetica Magazine as global media partner, with 24 editions worldwide, which will cover and aid in the efforts of this amazing event.

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HJ’s British Hairdresser of Year Nominees Announced

Following months of speculation and hundreds of nominations, the nominees for HJ’s coveted British Hairdresser of the Year award, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional have been announced.

Darren Ambrose, Sally Brooks, Errol Douglas, Gary Hooker & Michael Young, Cos Sakkas, Angelo Seminara, Eugene Souleiman and Jamie Stevens have wowed the British hairdressing industry, resulting in their nomination for the title.

Nominated by their peers on their professional reputation, vision and trend setting ability and their ability to promote and be an ambassador for British hairdressing, Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis Orr, said, “For more than 30 years, the British Hairdresser of the Year title has been the most coveted and sought-after in the hairdressing industry, resulting in global recognition. It has not only cemented the careers of exceptional stylists, but has helped to raise standards across our industry while pushing creative boundaries for over three decades.”

The hair and beauty industry is worth an estimated £7.1 billion to the UK economy, with 82% of the female population across the country using a salon to have their hair cut and/or coloured each year*. Since its inception, the title of HJ British Hairdresser of the Year has transformed exceptional stylists into household names with previous winners including Trevor Sorbie, John Frieda, Andrew Collinge, Umberto Giannini, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington, Mark Hill and Andrew Barton.

All eight nominees must now submit an exclusive collection to be judged by a panel of industry professionals in September before the winner is announced at a black tie ceremony in London’s Park Lane on Monday, 26th November.

For further details on HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional visit




Westrow is using its high online profile, as well as its reputation within the hair industry, to help raise money for a cancer sufferer. The Yorkshire-based salon group – and in particular the Westrow Wetherby salon – has launched a national social media campaign and competition, to help raise funds for Bob Paxton-Yeo (56), a close family friend of the Westrow Wetherby team, who suffers from Myeloma Cancer.

Westrow has used its popular social media presence to establish an online charity campaign, in the hopes of raising enough funds to make Bob’s home-life more comfortable. Initiated by Westrow Wetherby Franchisee, Sally Plain, a close family friend of Bob’s, the charity campaign was dreamt up in the hopes of advancing on the £3,000 already successfully raised by Westrow Wetherby on Just Giving.

The competition, which has just been launched on Westrow’s Facebook page, invites donors to donate to Bob’s fund through Just Giving. All donors who give a donation of £10 or more, and who then ‘share’ and ‘like’ the Facebook page will be entered into a prize draw. The winning donors, who will be announced on Monday 4 June, will win prizes ranging from a year’s hair colour and cut appointments at Westrow Wetherby, alongside professional styling tools and pamper products from luxury haircare brands, including L’Oreal Professionnel and Oway.

Says Sally Plain: “We have already reached our target on Just Giving to raise enough money to buy a special chair, which will hopefully make Bob more comfortable at home, but we would also like to build a downstairs shower for Bob at home – at the moment he has to go up two flights of stairs to use the bathroom, which leaves him crying with pain.”

“At Westrow Wetherby we are always conscious of ways we can invest in others, and so we didn’t hesitate to launch a campaign to raise both awareness and funds to help Bob. We hope we are able to add to the amazing work that has already been done, and in doing so, hopefully give him a little respite and comfort.”

If you would like the chance to win a year’s supply of haircuts and colour at Westrow Wetherby, as well as other fantastic prizes then please visit

Westrow welcomes and encourages donations of all sizes to Bob’s fund and appreciates the kindness and generosity already shown so far.



Marc Westerman, Director of award-winning Yorkshire-based hairdressing group Westrow, which boasts nine salons across the county and an educational academy in the heart of Leeds, completed last month’s London Marathon 2018, and in the process, has raised more than £5,000 for national charity Diabetes UK.

Following his charitable success at the Great North Run, which he completed every year from 2014-2016, Marc committed to pounding the pavements of the capital in order to raise money for pioneering charity Diabetes UK, a charity close to his heart. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK – more than dementia and cancer combined. Sadly, Marc lost his beloved brother Jamie in December 2013 as a direct result of Type 1 diabetes. Two family members have since been diagnosed with the lifelong condition, and Marc has also lost a close friend to the disease, so he truly understands the devastating impact that Diabetes can have on lives.

On Sunday 22nd April, Marc took part in the London Marathon, battling the record-breaking hot weather on the day, to complete the world-renowned run in an incredible 4 Hours 39 Minutes and 34 Seconds. With his efforts, Marc has so far managed to raise a remarkable £5,143.00 for Diabetes UK, making him the highest single fundraiser for Diabetes UK’s London Marathon 2018 campaign.

Marc said: “I am so proud to have taken part in this year’s London Marathon – one of the greatest sporting events in the world. While I’m delighted with my finish time, I’m even more thrilled to have raised so much money for such an amazing charity, and to be the highest fundraiser for my chosen charity at this year’s event really is the icing on the cake.”

Marc continues to welcome donations and is grateful to everyone that has helped in his quest to support this charitable cause. Donations can be made at:

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