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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2018





We’ve been working on the Duffield salon since Spring and we’re almost ready to reveal the new and improved salon space.

At 5pm on Saturday 26th September (three years to the day that we opened) our Duffield salon will close for ten days so we can complete the renovations.

The salon will reopen on Friday 9th October but in the mean time the Duffield stylists will relocate;

  • Angel will be at The Old Hall (01332 331133)
  • Zoe will be at Belper (01773 822520)
  • Deesh will work at Sadler Gate, apart from on Tuesday 29th September and Tuesday 6th of October when he will be at Ashbourne. (Sadler Gate 01332 203 302, Ashbourne 01335 343 893)
  • Lilly is away while the work is taking place
  • Beth will be at Ashbourne (01335 343 893)

If you have any questions or difficulty booking an appointment during this time please email [email protected].  The phone massages will be checked daily at Duffield, however it will not be manned for the entire time that we are closed. If you have any urgent queries, please call The Old Hall, 01332 331133.

Save the date…

Join us for the launch of our new salon space on Thursday 8th October from 6pm. There will be drinks, canapés, luxury goody bags and our Colour Specialist team on hand to share new season colour updates. All are welcome but it would be great if you could email [email protected] if you are coming so we can work out numbers to cater for, see you at the launch!




Behind the scenes

YEAR 2018




Two of our Sadler Gate Stylists, Imogen and Ellen, proved their crafting credentials when they were invited to assist L’Oréal Professionnel backstage at the highly anticipated On/Off show at London Fashion Week.


The lucky pair assited Adam Reed from Percy and Reed backstage for Yii, Vinti Andrews and Gynel at the Vinyl Factory in London.


“We had an incredible time at London Fashion Week, we learnt so much from Adam and we were extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to work along side such an amazing team and fantastic designers “



The hair was left untamed to add softness to this ‘triple looped pony’. After washing, apply ‘PLI’ by L’Oréal TecniArt by spraying on towel dried hair liberally before blow-drying. Finish this look using L’Oreal Professionnel ‘Infinium’ hair spray to hold the look into place.





A 60’s inspired look with soft curls, brushed out to look slightly dishevelled. Use only ‘PLI’ by TecniArt and create a loose waves with the Cloud Nine Waving Wand. The hair will appear texturised and natural.




Use ‘Wet look’ gel by L’Oréal on freshly washed hair to give hair a sleek and slender look, experiment with different size braids and finish with TecniArt’s ‘Metallic Gloss’ for an added shine.

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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2018




Earlier this week we were asked by L’Oreal Professionnel to send two stylists to assist at an extra special event at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Emily Short (Belper Stylist) and Bethany Williamson (Duffield Stylist) were chosen to head to London and be part of the backstage team styling the hair for a Mexican Independence day celebration.  As part of the event, the London Ambassador for Mexico invited six Mexican Designers to preview their Autumn / Winter 2016 Collections in front of a VIP audience of 600 guests.


After arriving at the prestigious venue, Emily and Beth were met by the Lead Stylists and Electric Hairdressing Art Directors, William Ackerley and Steven Robinson who prepared them for the evening ahead. They were taken to Remembrance Hotel to set up their workstations and it was then that they were told they were shown the three different ways to style each model.


Once all the models had been coiffed and clothed, Emily and Beth made their way to the V&A to watch the show alongside the guests.  Emily commented on the experience ‘I have never been involved in such a calm catwalk event, I was ready for mayhem but the whole evening was calm, relaxed and so well organised. It was a surreal experience and I am so lucky to have taken part.’



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2018




Inspired by the make-up trend of the moment, hair contouring is a custom-made colour application technique that has revolutionised the use of hair colour and what it can achieve. This innovative technique uses the careful placement of colours around the face and, thanks to a play of light and shadow, can alter the appearance of your face shape by accentuating your best features and enhancing your natural skin tone without the application of make-up.


Hair contouring is a colouring technique that uses a combination of free hand application and highlighting paired with the careful positioning of different tones and depths around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas. The clever placement of colour and the careful selection of complimentary tones perform an optical illusion and make your face appear more defined and features more accentuated. Hair contouring is a 100% bespoke colouring service that is literally designed to suit your unique structure, features and skin tone.


Round/Square face

To elongate a round or square face, your colourist will lighten the top of the hair and the ends using a free hand technique. Shadow and depth is created at the sides of the face use a darker shade. The lightness at the top of the head and shading around the sides will make the face shape appear slimmer and more contoured.

 Diamond/Oblong/Rectangular face

To widen the facial features of these face shape your colourist will keep the roots and the underneath of the hair dark to create shadow at the top of the head and around the jawline. A single highlight around the face is used to frame it and lighter pieces are weaved in front of the ears with an ombre effect to make an elongated face shape appear more oval.

Heart/Triangular face

In order to soften the shape of the chin without widening the forehead your colourist will apply a darker colour to the top of the head and crown areas and will apply lighter pieces freehand through the mid lengths and ends to lighten under the jawline. The section around the hairline is also lightened to highlight the face. Ombre & Sombré techniques are well suited to this face shape

hair contour

Truly bespoke colour…

Contouring requires the eye of our expert Colour Specialists, we have a certified Colour Specialist in each salon (Ferne at The Old Hall, Lizzie at Sadler Gate, Zoe at Duffield, Laura at Belper and Alice at Ashbourne). Firstly they will identify your unique face shape and bone structure by brushing hair backwards and behind the ears to expose the full outline of your face.

Colour Specialist

The benchmark that is most commonly used is the “oval” shape due to its well-balanced and symmetrical proportions. The next step is for your colourist to decode where the darker and lighter shades need to be positioned around your face in order to re-sculpt the appearance and achieve a more ‘oval’ shape. Different colour shades and tones are then applied either free hand for a more subtle finish, or highlighted separately for more defined pieces. This combination allows the colourist to tailor the application to suit you.

The complexity of this technical consultation and application requires a professional to ensure colours are perfectly blended into the hair and suit your skin tone. The subtle shades, the ability of the colourist to use careful positioning beneath the parting and tailor the application method to your needs means that this colouring technique can look extremely natural…no one will ever know!