Monthly Archives: June 2016


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Serafina from the Ashbourne salon is the 2016 North West regional winner of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy STAR award. Serafina fought off strong competition and wowed a panel of high-profile judges with her stunning model and will now join the L’Oréal Professionel Colour Academy 2016 for a year of training with L’Oréal Professionnel and some of the UK’s top hair colourists.


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Serafina’s mood board which she presented during an interview with the judges.


Serafina competed at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final on Monday 13th June at the O2 Intercontinental Hotel in London. Hosted by Nick Grimshaw, the Grand Final show was a thrilling and inspirational black-tie event featuring spectacular hair shows by some of the industry’s most illustrious names in hairdressing followed by a 5 course dinner and the much celebrated awards presentation ceremony.

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Over 3 weeks in April the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Backstage tour has visited nine cities and identified nine exceptional young hairdressers as STAR award winners from across the country who will now form the L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Academy 2016.  They will work together on projects throughout the year to develop their colour knowledge, confidence and help to boost their careers in hair colouring.

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Serafina is a Stylist at our Ashbourne salon, to make an appointment please call 01335 343 893


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We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2016 Most Wanted Awards which aim to shine a spotlight on the best in British hairdressing.

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We were thrilled to beat off stiff nationwide competition to secure a place at the Most Wanted Grand Final on Monday 5 September 2016, taking place at the historic London Guildhall and hosted by comedian Rob Beckett.


Judged by influential names in hair, fashion, business and the media – including Chanel’s catwalk hairdresser Sam McKnight, celebrity stylist Andrew Barton, Vogue beauty editor Lauren Murdoch-Smith and the founders of BeautyMART, Millie Kendall MBE and Anna-Marie Solowij – the Most Wanted Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals, teams and salons that make British hairdressing the best in the world.

Presented by leading industry magazine Creative HEAD, the Most Wanted Awards comprise 12 different categories, each recognising excellence across a multitude of disciplines, from business acumen and customer service to creative skill and technical ability.

Says Catherine Handcock, Publisher of Creative HEAD: “Record entries to this year’s Most Wanted means these will be our most fiercely contested trophies ever. To have made the finals is an amazing achievement – something that marks you out as an exceptional talent.”



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This year was the 25th anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week and Emily Short, our stylist from Belper and University salons, has been busy assisting backstage as part of the young L’Oreal Portfolio Session Team.


Held in East London, the four day event in early June showcased the work of over a thousand of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world. Attracting 30,000 guests, the annual event features 22 catwalk shows and exhibitions from over 40 universities plus an acclaimed Gala Award Show.


Emily was working in a team directed by Lisa Rhead, Andrea Daley and Luke Pluckrose, with this years hair looks ranging from minimalist ponytails to painting the models heads!


No two universities had the same hair, quite a feat when you think that there were 25 shows and 40 colleges involved! This was a huge opportunity for Emily to work in a busy backstage environment and she took away a variety of skills and techniques to bring back to the salon.



Emily created each look using products from the L’Oreal Professional techni art range.

Prepping the hair by spraying throughout with Pli, a light product aimed to hold the hair so once blow-dryed the it stay in place.

Next smooth the hair line down and bring all the hair into the centre of the nape of the neck so the ponytail is lying on the hairline. Smooth with a Denman soft bristle brush and spray Fix Design to control the fly away pieces.

Tie elastic round the ponytail tightly to ensure it doesn’t fall loose, then take a small piece of hair to scoop around the ponytail and cover the band. Wet through with fix design and set with heat from a hairdryer, this will act as a glue to secure the hair without having to use grips or pins.

Straighten the ends of the ponytail to create more of a healthy shine before finishing with a drop of nourishing Mythic Oil.


The ‘Wet look’ was popular throughout the shows, we used the Wet Domination, Shower Shine and Fix Design products in Techniart for extra slickness.


‘I absolutely love the buzz of working backstage and with such creative people! Being taught new looks and knowing how to mix the products is so exciting and I can’t wait to bring these techniques back to my clients in salon. Seeing all your hard work walk down the catwalk is a proud moment and being able to work along side such a talented team is a privilege, I cant wait to get back into the salon and tell everyone about my experience.’ Emily Short, Belper & Montague Creative at University of Derby



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Hello to all my lovely clients and friends at the Sally Montague Hair Group! As some of you know I moved out to Dubai in January to further my session styling career and here’s a quick update on what i’ve been up to in the Middle East…


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I am not based in a salon at all and so when I first arrived I needed to secure my session staying management for the work I do backstage on shoots and shows. It’s been a jam packed few months and I am now signed to MMG Creative management, Wilhelmina Dubai and BAREFACE artists.

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So far my work has been published in HAYA Magazine, Emirates Woman, HELLO, STYLIST, ELLE, Womens Health, SCHON magazine, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and I most recently shot for a HARPERS BIZZAAR cover!

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work for some amazing brands including Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels and DIOR, which gave me major clothes envy!

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Another passion of mine is writing and my hair advice articles and tutorials have featured in STYLIST, GRAZIA, Emirates Woman and HELLO magazine.

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Many shoots seem to be on location in the Desert either in Oman or Abu Dhabi but hopefully that will start to slow down over the summer as I’m not sure how I can control hair in the 55 degree heat!

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It’s typical, as soon as I move to Dubai, I get asked to work a lot in Europe and have so far visited Parma in Italy, Cyprus and Montenegro with hopefully more trips to come over the summer months.

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I’ve been back in the UK recently for work and it was great to pop back home (and have a much needed Olaplex!) I hope you all have a great Summer and I’ll keep you posted throughout the year, Angel x

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We had a fantastic evening at our Curl Class last night. Our guests enjoyed advice and demonstrations before trying out the new Kerastase Curl Ideal collection. Kerastase have also released an incredible ‘Book of Curls’ which is full of inspirational styling techniques and tips on caring for curly hair which can be downloaded using the link below.

CLICK HERE: Kerastase Book of Curls

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