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London Fashion Week

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BACKSTAGE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK WITH LORNA

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On Friday at the Central Saint Martins show the aim was to create two specific looks. On short haired models a scrunched natural textured blow-dry and on long haired models a Moroccan inspired messy, matt wave. When I arrived backstage the lead stylist Adam Reed demonstrated how to achieve the long haired look by winding a models hair around a medium barrel tong and moving the hair back and forth to create the textured wave. There were 75 models at the show, both male and female, so it wasn’t long before the room was full and everyone on the styling team was busy working.


At the start of the evening I worked with another stylist on two long haired models. We used L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Beach Waves Styling Spray, Depolish Styling Paste and Scruff Me Styling Gel to create the Moroccan inspired messy, matt wave look. As the run through approached we began working individually. I worked on another three models, each time showing the lead stylist who approved every model and also complimented my work. The styling team were given the opportunity to watch the run through which was a particular highlight for me. I loved seeing the room set up for the catwalk as it made it all feel real.


After the run through, final adjustments were made to the models hair and then they got dressed in their outfits. I assisted anyone I could to help with the tight time schedule. Seeing the models dressed with their hair finished and ready in the line up was great as I could see the final look all come together.

SHOW 2: JW ANDERSON


On Saturday at the JW Anderson show there was only one look. A sleek, low side pony with an exposed ear that was demonstrated by Anthony Turner, the lead stylist. I overheard Anthony further explaining to a reporter that the look was of a poor little rich girl who was trying to fit in with the cool girls and that the exposed ear was a representation of the immaturity she still had.


The backstage at this show was a lot bigger but access was very limited so I didn’t get to see as much as I did at the Friday show. There was also a calmer atmosphere at this show as there were fewer models. Whilst working with another stylist I used L’Oréal Professionnel PLI Styling Spray at the roots of the models hair and Full Volume Extra Mousse through the ends as we blow-dried the hair into the desired shape. We had to glue in extensions (something I’ve never done before) and then we secured the hair with elastic and smoothed over the hair with Mythic Oil to give a glossy finish.


For the remainder of the show I assisted other stylists who were part of Anthony Turners team. Again, it was great to see all of the models dressed and ready to go on stage. After the show was finished I stayed behind to remove the extensions from the models hair.


I loved the experience of being backstage at London Fashion Week, it was so inspiring! Not only was it a great opportunity to increase and improve my skill set but it also gave me valuable experience working in a high-pressure environment. I got to appreciate first hand just how important team work is backstage, which is another aspect of the show that I really enjoyed. The shows have made me much more aware of the looks for next season which I will be able to bring back and showcase in the salon.

Lorna recently scooped the ‘One to Watch’ title at our annual awards

Lorna is a Senior Stylist at The Old Hall. To make an appointment, please book online or call 01332 331133

THE SLEEK OVERSIDE PEEK PONY

1. Sweep the top section of hair from one side to the other

2. Saturate section by section with a combination of Tecni.ART Pli and Tecni.ART Full Volume Extra, making sure to keep the side-swept front section separate

3. Directional blow dry, then apply Mythic Oil through the mid-lengths to ends for a smooth finish

4. To create the pony, sweep the hair around to the opposite side to the parting, making sure the ear peeks out before fastening with an elastic

5. Finish with Mythic Oil and Infinium Extra Strong 

 

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THE YOUNG IDEAS AUTUMN WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

Earlier this month our team once again styled the hair backstage at the Young Ideas AW Fashion Show. Sally Montague, Lizzie, Imogen, Serafina, Lorna, Millie and Danielle were all on hand to change the hair between scenes to reflect the day to night show journey.

Showcasing a host of designer brands including Belstaff, Paul Smith, Moschino, DVF and many more, the show was presented to more than ninety guests at the Ashbourne store.

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Take a closer look at the scenes from the show here…

YOUNG IDEAS AW16 SHOW SCENES

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VOGUE SALON SEASON

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WELCOME TO THE VOGUE SALON SEASON…

We are incredibly excited to be the only salon in Derbyshire taking part in Vogue’s Salon Season, a month-long celebration of modern, professional hair treatments and styling in association with Kérastase.

Here’s how it works:

  • Vogue’s beauty director, Nicola Moulton, has presented an edit of four modern hair looks that can be tailor-made to suit the condition of your hair.
  • Simply book a Vogue blow-dry at any of our salons from now until the end of October and you will receive a complimentary Fusio Dose reconditioning ritual, usually priced £15.
  • Appointments are with selected stylists across the salon group and are available Monday to Saturday, subject to availability.
  • If you are booking online, please select ‘extension blow-dry’. If you are booking by phone just book a Vogue blow dry and your stylist will help choose the right ritual and style for you.
  • More details can be found in the October edition of Vogue.

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LOOK #1 SHOW OF STRENGTH

A sleek, glossy blow-dry with dazzling, mirror-like shine, the secret to this look is that the healthier your hair is, the more light it can reflect. The gently curled-under ends keep things modern and not too poker-straight.

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LOOK #2 LIGHT FANTASTIC

Gentle, luxe-looking waves combined with glossy, freshly rejuvenated colour are the key to ensuring natural movement stays sophisticated. Note the gleam in every undulating wave.

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LOOK #3 SHINE-A-PORTER

Your stylist will personalise a modern updo especially for you. Choose a sleek, structural chignon, plait or a ponytail. The radiant elixir shine will make this style stand out.

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LOOK #4 SALON SECRET

The “no blow-dry” blow-dry: so subtle and understated, it just looks like you’ve woken up like that. Minimal root lift, sleek through the middle with naturally tumbling ends.

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When you book a Vogue blow dry you will receive a bespoke Fusio Dose ritual, usually priced £15.

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THE COLOUR TROPHY

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THE L’OREAL COLOUR TROPHY 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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CATWALK VIDEO

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

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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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GRADUATE FASHION WEEK 2016

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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GET THE LOOK

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.

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

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‘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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HAIR FASHION NIGHT

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HAIR FASHION NIGHT 2016

 

We had a busy time at the L’Oreal Professionnel HAIR FASHION NIGHT earlier this month. Our stylists were on hand at Duffield to help guests choose from six looks to try at the event which took place at selected salons all over the world. We had visits from beauty bloggers who tried several different looks including the ‘Flave’ and ‘French Hair’ with the emphasis on learning tips and tricks on how to style hair differently at home.

 

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YOUNG IDEAS

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THE SPRING SUMMER FASHION SHOW

Earlier this month, Stylist from our Sadler Gate, Ashbourne, Duffield and Belper salons styled the hair backstage for the biannual Young Ideas catwalk event. Featuring collections from a host of heavyweight labels, the show was split into scenes to showcase items for trend stories such as ‘Suede Story’ and ‘Monochrome Magic’.

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IMOGEN WINS THE STAR AWARD

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We were delighted to have a record breaking five teams in the regional heat of this years L’Oreal Colour Trophy. Stylists from our Ashbourne, Duffield, Sadler Gate and Belper salons all competed at the event in Manchester to win a place in the Grand Final against other salons from across the region. Our teams from across the group went to watch and be a part of the event and were delighted when Imogen Coates from the Duffield salon won her category in the Rising Star Award.

Imogen fought off strong competition and wowed a panel of high-profile judges with her hair colouring talent, she will now join the L’Oréal Professionel Colour Academy 2016 for a year of ‘money can’t buy’ education and training with L’Oréal Professionnel and some of the UK’s top hair colourists

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With her place in the team firmly secured, Imogen will now compete at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final which takes place on Monday 13th June, 2016 against the other ‘STAR’ award winners to win ‘judges favourite’ and the amazing prize of an exclusive European photo-shoot. The Grand Final show promises 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. To make an appointment with Imogen please call 01332 843 000.

 

 

 

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MASTERED

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MASTERED WITH SAM MCKNIGHT

Sam McKnight is one of the most accomplished and well-respected hair stylists of his generation. His name is synonymous with modern hair – whether it’s in magazines, on the runway or the red carpet and he has created some of the most iconic hair in modern history –  – Princess Diana’s short, slicked back style, Agyness Deyn’s bleached blonde crop, Madonna’s Bedtime Stories cover, Cate Blanchett getting her Oscar, Tilda Swinton channelling Bowie, Lady Gaga plus countless covers and editorial stories of Kate Moss and all the supermodels.

Our Belper Salon Manager, Colour Specialist and Art Team member Laura Robertson, applied and was accepted onto a four month ‘Mastered’ programme with Sam Mcknight in Autumn 2015. Here’s her account of what’s happened so far…

To be accepted into the Sam McKnight course is a huge honour that I am extremely excited to be a part of. I get asked on a daily basis what I do in my free time; the courses and opportunities that I often take part in inside and outside of the salon, so I thought it would be fun for both me and my clients if I shared this experience with anyone who wants to read about it. I want to take you along with me on my journey – after all, my clients are the ones who inspire me each and every day. I hope you enjoy reading about Mastered as much as I enjoy being part of it!

The Mastered programme is four-months long and led by hair icon Sam McKnight. Sam and his closest collaborators have set out to find and develop the most passionate and fearless hair professionals working today.  I wanted to join this industry of insiders on a unique journey to success, taking in the world of campaigns, clients, shows and fashion and beauty editorials.

During this process I will be given a series of different breifs to guide and inspire me to create individual and unique styles. My first brief that I have been given is to draw upon inspiration from Emanuel Ungaro.

For those who do not know, Emanuel Ungaro is an esteemed fashion designer. Widely accepted to be the last grand couturier, he retired from fashion in 2005 – but his company continues to dominate fashion headlines today.

To begin my process into the research of this great designer  I put together a mood board and research topics which would sculpt my journey to my final outcome.

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MY EMANUEL UNGARO MOOD BOARD

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Emanuel Ungaro was extremely audacious. The first period of his career at the end of the 60’s is one of the most interesting. I took my inspiration from this moment of fashion revolution, mixing the stiff and sexy shapes from the 60’s with the extrodinary dramatic peices of the designer.

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1. URSULA ANDRESS

It takes a lot of time, patience and an awful lot of research hitting dead ends until you find an image that inspires you. After looking at various sex symbols of the 60’s I came across the glamorous 60’s icon, bond girl and former sex symbol Ursula Andress.  This is a perfect muse for me. Since Ursula Andress was the blueprint for all future ‘Bond girls’ she is both 60’s and modern day inspired. James Bond and his girls have evolved but never gone out of style and the films continue to be made, and this image from the famous scene of her coming out of the water with her hair wet was incredibly famous and has become an iconic look.

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‘THE WET LOOK IS A CONTINUOUS ONGOING TREND AND IS A CATWALK FAVOURITE.

2. THE ROYAL WEDDING

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Royal weddings are both traditional and glamourous and I am particulary interested in the 1960’s Royal Weddings because of the strong structured, silohetted fabrics which coinside with the lace and embellishment. This contrast of firm sculpted shapes and soft, textured fabrics has inspired by hair greatly in my final images. You will notice when looking at my final images that the hair has a bold shape to it but a soft texture to contrast.

3. FETISH ORCHID, SOFT AND BOLD.

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Emanuel Ungaro discovered hardware and was thoroughly metal minded. He put his models into metal bras and was the leading metal merchant with body sculptures and body jewellery. At the time he was pushing the boundaries and making a statement. It gave women a strong image and always left you wanting to see more.

4.LEATHER VS METAL

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Emanuel ungaro was always pushing the boundaries…contrasting different materials to create both a shiny and a matt effect. In this photo above, it makes the shoulder piece appear quite masculine and must be carried off by a strong confident woman. This is something I want to also bring into my final image, which I am going to try and re-create with black, sharp headband on blonde soft hair.

Appearing through his work is a strong and stiff structure which is something that I have taken inspiration from.

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Emanuel’s metal ware collections have drawn me in and I am fascinated by these moulding garments that he used because it uses a variety of different materials and shows a diversity in sex appeal.

5. ART WORKS

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This is one of my favourite peices. It is named ”The Secret Garden’ by Citco designed with Zaha Hadid architects in Milan, Italy. I love the smooth metal shapes contrasting along side the structure and dominance of the piece and how it changes shape from one side to the other and yet still flows.

6. VERSAILLES LACE MEETS REVOLUTION

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I am really interested in all the textures and details in clothing and how stiff these images appear but also have that element of romance. this is something I would like to portray in my work.

7. 60’s OBSESSION

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I love the 60’s and 60’s hair is beautifully technical and has come back around into fashion, therefore we are seeing more and more volume and lift within hair appearing in magazines and on the catwalk. I am really interested in the 60’s inspired hair of today and how is has evolved since the first time around. We are seeing more texture and techniques being used such as the use of bobby pins on show, textured unset waves and the different placement of headbands.  This has really inspired by final peice, expecially in my Look 1 where I have created a contrast between an acordian headband which has scraped the front section back and a light and textured wave flowing down her back.

LOOK 1

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In this look I have combined all my research together for a final image. I took the Ursula Andress wet look and contrasted it with some tousled dry waves. I created the ‘wet look’ with gel along with a comb headband which defined each small section off of the face as if you have combed your hair wet and it separates. I wanted to keep the rest of the hair matt dry so mimic the textured lace photos that I found with the shape and spirit of the 60’s with a dash of romanticism of the Royal wedding.

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This look I drew inspiration from today’s version of the 60’s.  I wanted to execute a beehive with a twist on the shape to bring it back up to date. It is fresh and the simplicity of the front makes it a great look for catwalk. I used an acordian headband too execute the wet look and wanted to bring back that 60’s inspired volume into the back.

 

 

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THE MUSE COLLECTION

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THE MUSE COLLECTION

The Art Team have unveiled their latest collection: Muse. The collection aims to inspire and showcase the luxurious hair services we offer, from Great Length hair extensions to technically perfect colour and polished, editorially inspired styling. The combination of pearlescent blondes with honeycomb, toasted terracotta and spiced aubergine make a sumptuous colour palette which was applied using freehand techniques by our Art Team Colour Specialists. Photographed by Paul Gill at The Old Hall, the collection will feature throughout our new ‘hair guide’ which will be available in January 2016. As ever the models in the collection are all clients, friends and staff, which we think makes the photographic collections we produce each year extra special – Thank you!

HAIR: The Sally Montague Hair Group Art Team using Shu Uemura Art Of Hair

Sally Montague, Ferne Baker, Angel Montague-Sayers, Deesh Dhindsa, Emmanuelle Montague-Sayers, Lizzie Fox, Laura Robertson, Alice Cronin, Imogen Godwin

Assisted by Bonnie, Serafina, Jessica, Grace, Charlotte, Eve

Make Up by Stephanie from the Belper salon using Make Up by HD Brows

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‘We wanted to ensure our clients could fall in love with the imagery of our new collection, so it was important to us to produce commercial images with a luxe, contemporary twist.’ – Angel Montague- Sayers.

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