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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




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.




Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




It’s the hair colour trend that’s taking 2015 by storm; it’s not blonde, it’s not brunette but it can be tailored exactly to your skin tone which is why we set our young Stylists a ‘Bronde Project’ earlier this month.

Each Stylist presented their own Bronde technique, model and mood board to a panel of judges at The Old Hall. Serafina (Stylist at Ashbourne) wowed everyone with her Dior inspired A-Line technique and technically perfect application to be named the winner of this seasons competition – Congratulations Serafina!

Winner: Serafina (Stylist at Ashbourne)

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Level 3 entrants: Beth (Stylist at Duffield), Hannah (Stylist at The Old Hall), Natalie (Stylist at The Old Hall)





Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022


Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




This summer holiday season we are offering a free travel sized Soleil shampoo with a purchase of any one Soleil product absolutely free. This is ideal to take away on holiday or use at home when your hair could use some extra protection from the sun!


The sun has been glorious this past week, however you may have noticed your hair becoming more dry and brittle, this is due to the sun damage to your hair. It’s incredibly important to keep your hair protected in the summer months – the more damaged and sensitive the hair is, the less protected it will be against the sun, which is why you need to be treating your hair with hair care products that target the issue. Kerastase ‘Soleil’ caters for all levels of sun damaged hair, whether it be slightly dry or dramatically weak and damaged.  The products in the ‘Soleil’ collection are all enriched with a UV filter which will help keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and protected.



Bain Après Soleil

A daily nourishing shampoo with UV filters for colour-treated hair to protect, repair and beautify hair exposed to the sun.

•Hair feels nourished and protected against sun damage

•Hair feels more resistant

•Hair feels detangled and softened


Lait Richesse

A Daily nourishing conditioner for sun exposed hair.

•Hair feels nourished and protected under the sun

•Hair feels lightweight & soft to the touch


Masque UV Défense Active

An Anti-damage masque with UV filters for colour-treated, sun exposed hair.

•Hair feels intensely nourished

•Hair feels protected

•Hair feels more resistant


Aqua Seal

Perfect for people who swim regularly, Aqua-Seal is the 1st fluid-cream with waterproofing effect to protect sensitised hair from sun and water aggressions.

▪ Waterproofing effect.

▪ Improves water retention.

▪ Solar protection.

▪ Smooths the hair with a shiny finish


Micro-Voile Protecteur Spray

Fine, dry and light mist to protect against sun, salt and chlorinated water.

•Ultrafine diffusion

•Non greasy residue

•Hair feels protected and looks beautified

•Natural touch


CC Crème

Leave-in Complete Correction cream with UV filters, ceramides and Linseed Oil suitable for all hair types.

Complete care for sun exposed hair to provide sublime protection and radiance.

•Hair looks instantly nourished, illuminated and smoothed

•Hair feels protected under the sun

•Hair feels detangled and soft to the touch

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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




Via Great Lengths


This week at Great Lengths HQ we caught up with Lou Lomax and Ferne Baker, two award-winning stylists from the Sally Montague Hair Group. Lou and Ferne have both won the ‘Best Extensionist Award’, an annual award which is sponsored by Great Lengths, and both stylists were eager to tell us why they love working with Great Lengths hair extensions…

Tell us about you and your experience in the industry

Lou: I’m a Master Stylist at Sally Montague Hair Group and I work at the flagship salon, The Old Hall, in Derby. I have been a stylist for nine years and have been trained with Great Lengths for the past seven years. In that time I’ve seen the demand for hair extensions increase massively. Now the majority of my clients request Great Lengths hair extensions to increase length or add volume.

Ferne: I have been a stylist for six years and qualified as a Great Lengths extensionist three years ago, I also work at The Old Hall which is a Great Lengths Gold status salon. As a Colour Specialist, and a member of the salon’s Art Team, I love using Great Lengths for creative work and our photographic collections.


What made you get into working with pre-bonded hair extensions?

Lou: I am constantly looking for new hair trends and products to provide our clients with and I was very impressed by pre-bonded extensions. As someone with naturally fine hair who has always struggled to grow it, pre-bonded hair extensions were the solution, not just to my hair woes but my clients’ problems too!

Ferne: I started working with pre-bonded hair extensions when I saw the amazing transformations that were taking place in the salon. I was desperate to get involved and completed my Great Lengths training as soon as possible.

Why do you think so many people are now choosing hair extensions to enhance their hair?

Lou: I think many people are now opting for hair extensions because it means they can have the hair they have always craved. Great Lengths range of hair extensions are affordable and effective, this is why I think they’ve grown in popularity.

Ferne: The hair and beauty industry are increasingly searching for dramatic and instant results. Clients don’t want to (or can’t) wait for their hair to grow, but they still want thick, fantastic quality hair.

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(Hair by Lou Lomax)

For those readers who are yet to try Great Lengths but have always wanted to make more of their hair, what would your advice be?

Lou: People are often afraid of getting extensions because they believe it is complicated to maintain them. We recommend regular check-ups and using the Great Lengths After Care range. Everyone will handle their hair differently and they will find their own way of styling and looking after their extensions. Anybody can benefit from Great Lengths, whether it’s for volume, length or colour – the possibilities are endless!

Ferne: I would recommend to book a consultation with a certified Great Lengths specialist in your area. It’s better to have a one-on-one conversation to discuss your hair wish-list and see how hair extensions can work for you.

What’s the most common question you get asked about extensions?

Lou: I’m often asked about where the hair is sourced from. I explain that Great Lengths use ethical sourcing methods. I tell them that the hair is voluntarily donated to Hindu temples in India and is bought at a fair price. Clients always seem pleased that the payment for the hair is then used to help the local community by developing medical services and providing education.

Ferne:  The most common question I get asked is whether pre-bonded extensions will damage your hair. All Great Lengths Stylists are highly-trained to apply and remove. It’s important that clients use the correct brushes and hair care to look after their extensions. We discuss aftercare in the initial consultation so all clients are aware, right from the start, of how to look after their extensions.

(Hair by Ferne Baker)

What do you think the next trend in hair extensions will be?

Lou: I think we’ll see a move towards dual colour bonds to create a softer colour palette. With holiday season nearing I think a lot of clients will be requesting lighter shades.

Ferne: I predict we’ll see a rise in using hair extensions for thickness rather than length and to add depth to damaged hair. We used extensions in our last Art Team photoshoot (image below) for this effect, and it worked really well.

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What has been your favourite Great Lengths transformation?

Lou: One of my clients went from a short crop into a long bob. We did a full head application and it gave her an insight into what it would be like to have long hair. Every application is a transformation, and watching people’s self-confidence grow is incredibly rewarding.

Ferne: My favourite transformation was with a client who had hair just below her chin. She had struggled for years to grow her hair any longer. I added 30cm length extensions and she was absolutely blown away. Not just by the length but by the quality and thickness of the hair.



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




We’re very proud to announce the graduation of a third L’Oreal Colour Specialist within the salon group. Laura Robertson, L’Oreal ID Artist and Manager of our Belper salon has recently graduated from the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Specialist class of 2014, putting her in the top 1% of L’Oreal colourists in the UK.


Laura graduated in a prestigious ceremony at Central Saint Martins school of design in London and now joins graduates Lizzie Fox (Sadler Gate) and Alice Cronin (Ashbourne) as a certified Colour Specialist.  Ferne Baker (The Old Hall) and Zoe Stevenson (Duffield) have also just completed the course and will graduate in May 2016.


The technically-savvy group are well placed to offer expert advice on colour correction and the latest colouring techniques after each successfully completing the course, which sets the standard for colourists dedicated to technical excellence. The Colourists were chosen to complete the degree because of their existing level of expertise and gained more than 90% in their final examinations. They now share an understanding of creative and on-trend colouring techniques that is second to none.


Says Director Sally Montague, “We are delighted to have another L’Oreal Colour Specialist within the Sally Montague Hair Group. Gaining a distinction is a fantastic accolade for Laura and the group as a whole.”


Laura Robertson is a L’Oreal ID Artist, Colour Specialist and a member of the Sally Montague Hair Group Art Team. To make an appointment with Laura at our Belper salon, please call 01773 822 520.



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




The sixth form leavers ball or prom is a huge event for many of our clients, marking the end of their school days and offering a great opportunity to celebrate before the start of exams. We offer ‘Prom Hair’ services at each of our six salons but this year we thought we’d share a few moments from the Ecclesbourne School Leavers Ball preparations at our Duffield salon.

From the moment they arrived we wanted the girls to feel excited about their evening ahead so our Front of House, Bonnie, greeted each client with a slide show of looks they might want to try, from red carpet ideas to celebrity styles.

Georgi, our very own model,  knew exactly what she wanted – a modern twist on the classic style that Veronica Lake fashioned in the 1940’s. Angel perfected this for her, using a Cloud Nine wand and pin curls finishing by brushing the curls out to create a more modern, tousled look.


Georgi also visited Katie at our Belper salon and opted for the smoky eyed, natural lip look that is completely on trend this season using Make Up by HD Brows.

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Deesh, a Master Stylist at Duffield, is an expert at creating the most beautiful up-dos. This fish-plait chignon was created using the Kerastase Couture Styling ‘Mousse Bouffant’ to ensure a firm hold.

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Prom hair advice…

1. It’s really important that your hair compliments your overall look so we always advise clients to describe what they are wearing in the evening, a photograph is event better!

2. Look for images of styles you might want to try. Even if the person in the photograph looks nothing like you, our Stylists will personalise the look to suit.

3. Wear a hooded top or something that you don’t have to pull over your head, you don’t want the style to drop before the ball.

4. Occasion hair should complement your unique style and personality, nobody one wants to arrive looking the same as someone else. Why not try something different to your everyday style – we have an album of inspirational prom hair looks on each of the salon iPads, please feel free to have a browse.


After an exceptionally busy day at Duffield everyone left with a goody bag full of glorious Kerastase, L’Oréal and Shu Uemura samples to take away and try, we hope you all had a great night!


Georgi modelled for us in the Grand Final of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy in London, having successfully passed through the photographic entry and regional final in Manchester. Georgi looked stunning on a the catwalk in front of over 2000 VIP guests, a bit of a change to being in the salon just a week before!


A snapshot of Georgi whilst having her make-up perfected at the Grand Final.

A snapshot of Georgi whilst having her make-up perfected at the Grand Final.









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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




Have you ever dreamt of finding the ultimate hairdresser, who understands your wants and needs? I know the relationship you build with a stylist is incredibly important however sometimes I see clients visiting a hairdresser who simply isn’t right for them.

With over fifty stylists in six salons across the group I know how difficult it can be to find your ‘hair match’, however I’ve always maintained that with just a short conversation I’d be able to pair everyone with their ideal stylist, whether it be a L’Oreal Colour Specialist, a curly hair expert or someone who excels in cutting short hair.

Having partnered stylists and clients unofficially for years, I am now offering a complimentary ‘hair match’ service for one day at both the Ashbourne and Sadler Gate salons this April. Each appointment is a no strings attached consultation, lasting around fifteen minutes, where I can discuss your hair wish-list to identify your ideal stylist.


Sadler Gate Friday 17th April

Ashbourne, Wednesday 22nd April


Appointments are available throughout the day but spaces are limited, please call your chosen salon or email [email protected] to book.

Sally Montague

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