Category Archives: BELPER


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We are delighted to introduce Vita Liberata, the brand who created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals of concern in 2011. Vita Liberate are the self tanner of choice for the world’s top spas including George V Paris, St Regis, Viceroy, Ritz-Carlton and Burj Al Arab.

Vita Liberata is Hollywood’s best kept skin secret. Offering odour-free, natural looking tanning and lasting skin enhancing results that keep people thinking ‘has she or hasn’t she?’, it’s no wonder Vita Liberata has a host of celebrity and A-List makeup artist fans! Some of the most high profile clients include actress Sofia Vergara, Sienna Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio and Emma Watson.

From the natural looking, fast-drying spray tan solution to the at-home products, the Vita Liberata profesisonal collection has been created to give the most natural tanning results as well as providing anti-ageing skincare benefits. Organic extracts hydrate and nourish skin, Flash Dry™ gives an instantly dry result so skin is not sticky, and our odour-free solutions mean you will only smell of your favourite perfume!

VITA LIBERTA tanning and products are available at the Ashbourne and Belper salons. As an introductory promotion all tanning services are priced £20 until 1st October.

Please book online or call Ashbourne 01335343893 or Belper 01773822520 to make an appointment.



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022


Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




Members of Art Team and stylists from across the salon group took part in our latest shoot at The Old Hall which was photographed by Paul Gill. You may recognise our models who are all clients and friends of the salon and in Lydia’s case, have modelled in each of our photographic collections over the past five years! We always use models who we feel reflect our clients and produce looks which inspire you to try something new, from a peachy or pink tone to a shorter and more textured cut or bolder colour.

The make up for all models is by Chloe, Spa Therapist at our Ashbourne salon using High Definition.

This 70’s inspired copper is by Laura Robertson, Colour Specialist & Art Team member from the Belper salon. This shorter fringe looks fantastic on Rochelle and the styling compliments her colour perfectly.

This grunge-inspired look is modelled by Lydia who is currently on the cover of our Hair Guide in a much more polished looking image. Hair by Art Team Members Lizzie (Colour Specialist at Sadler Gate) and Deesh from the Duffield Salon.

Another look by Lizzie and Deesh. Ellie’s colour was transformed into a multi tonal but clean blonde and styled into a ‘faux bob’ for the shoot but it is actually shoulder length!

Alice and Imogen from Ashbourne enhanced Amy’s natural colour for maximum shine.

Katherine and Lorna from The Old Hall worked on this fantastic colour blend on Kirsty. They kept it smooth and straight on the final image so the colour technique can be clearly seen.

Last but not least is this fantastic work by Millie at Sadler Gate. We love the pink and peach tones which compliment Mabel’s skin tone and colouring.


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YEAR 2022




Our award-winning team enjoy the best opportunities the hair industry has to offer, from inspiring education to excellent rates of pay and creative opportunities. We strive to create a dynamic and friendly working environment across the salon group and are proud to have such a diverse and talented team.

We are looking for both graduate stylists and senior hairdressers and managers for positions across the salon group. Our stylists are continually educated through internal and external courses with L’Oreal Professional and are paid between 35 and 40% commission for excellent customer care and technical ability.

We are looking for all types of personality from every age group – if you are a passionate, committed hairstylist or manager looking to work with an award winning company then apply now.

We are recruiting for 12 stylist positions at the following salons…

The Old Hall, St Peters Churchyard, Derby
Sadler Gate, Cathedral Quarter, Derby
Montague Creative, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road


We run our own in-house apprenticeship and are recruiting Year 11 School Leavers who wish to pursue an exciting career in Hairdressing. To apply we need you to have achieved GCSE grades A*-C in English and Maths.

We believe in learning ‘the right way’ and not ‘the quick way’, as an apprentice technician you can expect to be training for at least a two year period involving practical and theoretical training in your salon and at the L’Oréal academies around the UK.

Apprentice places are in high demand, with a reputation for the training being second to none. We have full support from L’Oréal and the experience of the highly esteemed senior staff members.

Once onboard as an apprentice you will train towards your NVQ levels 1 and 2. Once successfully completed, you will then be ready to work on the salon floor as a Stylist. However, training will not stop there; you will then go on to work towards your NVQ Level 3 to advance your skills further.

To apply for any of the above positions, please send your CV and covering letter to:

Emmanuelle Sayers
Sally Montague Hair Group,
3 Tamworth Street
Duffield, DE56 4ER

or email [email protected]


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YEAR 2022





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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On Tuesday 17th May 2016 an afternoon and evening of celebration ensued as staff from the Sally Montague Hair Group’s six salons in Derbyshire gathered at the historic Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby for its annual awards ceremony.

Ewan Mathers,

Held to coincide with the 33rd anniversary of Sally Montague Hair Group, the highly anticipated awards aims to identify the salon stars that have excelled in their roles over the last 12 months. The 13 categories including The L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Genius and Best Salon Team, ensured members of staff were recognised and rewarded on the night.

Ewan Mathers,

Director Sally Montague presented the trophies and prizes, which ranged from an vouchers to luxury hair and skin care. The afternoon began with a presentation outlining the group’s achievements throughout 2015 and this year’s plans for the business including the new salon and spa being built in Ashbourne. Sally then presented the prizes in the awards ceremony to the evening’s winners and the night culminated with a celebratory dinner, where staff toasted their collective successes and awards.

Ewan Mathers,

Says director Sally Montague: “Our in-salon awards allows us to praise and commend each member of the team for their dedication and loyalty to the Sally Montague Hair Group. It’s one of the few times in the year where all our six salon teams are together – we’re already looking forward to next year!”

Ewan Mathers,

All salon teams clubbed together to present Sally Montague with flowers and a present to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the business.


The Apprentice Potential Award 2016: Danielle Shelley

The Style Award: Lou Lomax, The Old Hall

Art Team presentation and prizes: Lizzie, Deesh, Laura, Alice, Imogen, Ferne, Emmanuelle

Customer Excellence Award: Jo Allen

The Rising Star Award: Imogen Godwin, Ashbourne

Most Inspirational Team Member as voted for by the team: Deesh Dhindsa, Duffield

The L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Genius Award: Laura Robertson, Colour Specialist, Belper

Best Salon Team: Ashbourne

Manager of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership: Charmian Ransby, Ashbourne

The Stylist Award for Professional Growth: Katherine Vanderplank, The Old Hall

The Spa Award for Professional Growth: Holly Leeming, Ashbourne

The Hall Of Fame Award, Best Stylist: Lizzie Fox, Sadler Gate

Salon of the Year: Belper


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YEAR 2022


Behind the scenes

YEAR 2022




Angel , Katie Humphries (Therapist at the Belper salon) and Bonnie-Belle Showers, our newest member at the Sally Montague Hair Group had a very interesting adventure this month when they got asked to do the hair and makeup for Atomic Kitten’s, Natasha Hamilton for a trailer being shot at the Guild Hall, for Derby Live’s Christmas Pantomime ‘Aladdin’.


This last minute opportunity was too good to resist and the girls were thrilled to have been chosen to take part. The day started in a hotel room where Angel and Katie beautified the already stunning Natasha Hamilton for her day of press interviews and filming. Angel’s bouncy blow dry was perfected using the TecniArt range of styling products to ensure the style lasted for the busy day ahead.



The Director of Derby Live’s version of ‘Aladdin’ was insistent that Natasha’s makeup had to be sexy and what is more sexy than a smoky eyed look? Katie complimented Natasha’s smoky eyes with a nude lip which is ideal for all types of occasions. This look is always effective and could always be vamped up with a deep red lipstick for an evening out. Due to prior appointments at the salons, Angel and Katie could not stay the entire day therefore Bonnie was on hand to help ensure the day went on without a hitch.


At Sally Montague Hair Group we used Make Up by HD Brows which has a great long lasting coverage, feels light on your skin and creates fantastic results. The trailer was filmed at the guild hall theatre and touch-up’s were necessary throughout the day due to the hot lighting and long hours for the actors. Not only did we do the touch ups for Natasha but it was also important to make sure that the men had no shine on their faces whilst filming, therefore Bonnie was on stage with the cameraman making sure that the other well known faces such as Dan Osbourne and Richard Nevil and the rest of the cast were camera ready.


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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.



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Create a bronzed and even glow with this nourishing gradual tan . This nourishing and smoothing body cream intuitively works with your skin’s chemistry to develop a natural and healthy looking tan. With plant actives to create a colour that gradually develops over 4 hours your skin will be left bronzed and radiant. With a combination of Shea Butter, Coconut and Sweet Almond Oil the skin is left feeling deeply hydrated and soft whilst Jasmine, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang essential oils leave your skin subtlety scented. Available at Belper and Ashbourne salons, priced £34.


HOW TO USE: For best results, lightly exfoliate skin using Exfoliating Body Polish to enhance the effect of your tan. Smooth Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan evenly on to your body ensuring skin is dry. Take extra care around dry areas such as elbows, knees and ankles. Wash hands after use and wait a few moments before dressing. Apply each day to achieve your preferred depth of colour.


Beautifully sheer tinted hydration with SPF 15. Fragrance free and suitable for all skin types, Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 is the perfect alternative to foundation for a natural-looking complexion. Matte mineral pigments are fused with jojoba to create four blendable shades that can be layered to enjoy a sheer and beautifully lightweight finish while subtly concealing imperfections. Please ask in salon at Belper or Ashbourne to find your perfect shade, priced £32.



Soothe and refresh tired, stressed and dry skin with this revitalising gel. With cooling Menthol, nourishing Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Lavender this refreshing cream gel moisturiser will nourish dry and stressed out skin leaving it beautifully scented with Bergamot. Perfect for sun-burnt skin or areas of the body which feel achy or tired, this cooling formula helps to calm, soothe and strengthen the skins barrier against moisture loss and environmental damage. Available at Belper and Ashbourne salons, priced £34.



Purchase two ESPA products and receive a skincare collection worth £40, available while stocks last at Belper and Ashbourne. Please ask for more details or an ESPA skincare prescription.