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WE’RE EXPANDING…

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…

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

HAIRDRESSING APPRENTICESHIPS

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 emmanuelle@sallymontague.co.uk

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London Fashion Week

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BACKSTAGE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK WITH LORNA

SHOW 1

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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LONDON FASHION WEEK

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LONDON FASHION WEEK

For LFW SS17 we were thrilled to send Lorna (Stylist at The Old Hall) and Serafina (Senior Stylist at Ashbourne) to be part of the team styling the hair backstage with L’Oreal Professionnel. Assisting Darren Fowler, the pair worked on the ONOFF presents stage on the Friday of London Fashion Week, here’s what they got up to….

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I had an amazing experience at London fashion week, it was so inspiring! Working backstage was eye-opening, hectic and amazing all at the same time.

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Whilst there I worked with two models. First, I was shown what look to create by a leading stylist and then I recreated this low slicked back pony tail on the first model.

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For the second model, I collaborated with other stylists to recreate the same look that was used on the first model. Although this involved creating the same style, this time around presented new challenges due to the tighter time constraints as we rapidly approached the dress rehearsal.

Once my work with the two models was complete I was then asked to assist backstage to help prepare the models for the final show.

After a successful run-through I was given the very exciting opportunity to watch the final show. I loved watching the models walking down the runway knowing that I had contributed to their overall appearance. Working at London Fashion Week was such a gratifying experience and I cannot wait to get involved again.

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SERAFINA

The atmosphere backstage at London fashion week was electric. It was such good fun to work with Lead Stylist Darren Fowler and the team of twenty stylists for L’Oreal Professionnel. We were quickly shown how to style three different looks which were all sleek and strong.

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Two of the styles incorporated different types of braids, whilst the third was a very sleek and low ponytail. The looks were simple but had great impact on the catwalk and could definitely be translated into the salon for our clients.

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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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HAIR FASHION NIGHT

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THE FIRST WORLDWIDE HAIR FASHION NIGHT IS HERE!

Following the success of La Nuit de la Coiffure in France, L’Oréal Professionnel is delighted to announce that its beauty connected event is going global and acting local in 2016!

Hair fashion night

For one night only thousands of L’Oréal Professionnel hair stylists and salons in UK, France, Germany, USA, Brazil & China will host complimentary hair styling appointments for clients to try new looks and the latest hair products and we’ll be hosting our version of the event at the Duffield salon.

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HAIR FASHION NIGHT will be THE place to be to discover and test the latest hair trends with your friends, once inside you will have access to the our top hairdressers who will be offering free styling appointments plus goody bags and exclusive promotions which are available for one night only.

Across the world women will be able to choose from key styling looks which will free to try with some of the most in demand stylists. This event aims to bring plenty of styling and colour inspiration for all guests as we showcase the most in demand hair options for this season. If you’re looking to update your styling regime and refresh your look for summer then simply RSVP to reserve your free styling space.

VENUE: SALLY MONTAGUE HAIR GROUP
3 TAMWORTH STREET, DUFFIELD
DERBYSHIRE, DE56 4ER
FREE PARKING AVAILABLE ON TAMWORTH STREET AND SURROUNDING AREAS
DATE: THURSDAY 12TH MAY
TIME: 4-8PM
RSVP duffield@sallymontague.co.uk

 

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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.

THE EMANUEL UNGARO BRIEF

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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.

LOOK 2

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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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LONDON FASHION WEEK

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BACKSTAGE WITH L’OREAL PROFESSIONNEL AT LONDON FASHION WEEK

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.

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

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“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 “

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YII: THE SEWHAWK

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.

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VINTI ANDREWS: THE RUN WAVE

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.

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GYUNEL: BAND OF OUTSIDERS

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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SPRING COLOUR

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ART TEAM COLOUR SPECIALIST LIZZIE FOX SHARES THE KEY COLOUR TRENDS …

RETRO SEVENTIES

Spotted on many of the S/S15 runways, patchwork, psychedelic prints and abstract art look set to make a comeback. Abstract prints among a bold colour palette of electric blue, blood orange and black in contrasting shapes were key at Preen, while Derek Lam introduced a patchwork effect by creating panels of colour using teal, burgundy and purple. Burgundy was also seen in Gucci’s retro show, along with toffee, cream and brown tones applied globally and within a blending pattern. This season, I will enjoy mixing a variation of brown hues with contrasting copper and mahogany tones, with patchwork prints as my inspiration.

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NUDE BLOSSOMS

The Spring/Summer 2015 season is set to showcase styles with soft and delicate hues. Haider Ackermann’s collection was serene and peaceful, with white, pink and lilac tones creating a ‘lighter than air’ feel. Free flowing and romantic, clean blondes will be influenced by blossom hues this season. Huishan Zhang coloured his models’ hair with a beautiful calming range of pastels, in shades of peach, pink, lemon and lilac and I will be using these hues as toners to give blondes an elegant finish this S/S15.

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HARD EDGED

At the Sally Montague Hair Group we will be embracing dark, structural colours this season, inspired by Givenchy, which showcased an edgy, romantic collection, with monochrome making a bold statement and enhancing the strong lines of the tailored pieces. Strong geometric prints created a sharp show at Ellie Saab, with a colour palette ranging from black, blue and orange. Lanvin displayed sophisticated tailoring with rough edges, strong and A-lined shapes. The colour navy dominated the show, which I think will be gorgeous within hair colour this season, helping to create sharp lines with a dark base.

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This SS15 Colour Forecast has been publishes in numerous magazines including Professional Hairdresser and the Colour Forecast supplement by Creative HEAD.

This SS15 Colour Forecast has been publishes in numerous magazines including Professional Hairdresser and the Colour Forecast supplement by Creative HEAD.

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LIZZIE FOX, ART TEAM COLOUR SPECIALIST AND SADLER GATE SALON MANAGER SHARES HER A/W14 COLOUR TRENDS

ENCHANTMENT

Themes of wildly imaginative fairytales contrasting with a ghostly darkness appeared on the catwalk this season. At Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen, models embodied ethereal elegance. This trend would suit brunettes and darker bases, with palettes ranging from blacks, mauves, burgundy and smoky greys whereas a global hair colour portrayed depth with romantic shine at David Koma.

At Ellie Saab the runways were awash with ombré locks, ranging from burgundy, nude, blueberry and black into raspberry, creating a multitude of tones. At Alberta Ferretti, indigo, ocean blue hues, tarnished copper shades and embellished metallics shone through the darkness highlighting the texture of the hair. I fell in love with the dark ombré technique, which I will recreate using deep raspberry and copper shades, either globally or partially.

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PRINTS CHARMING

Art and print were very popular throughout the A/W14 collections. Styles ranged from Renaissance to Art Deco, incorporating reds, maroons, mustards and browns to create warm, beautiful colour combinations. A similar colour palette was seen at Prada and Louis Vuitton, where edges and panels of colour were placed along chevrons in an Art Deco fashion with a modern twist.

Rainbows were seen in a geo-print at Clover Canyon, giving brightness to this trend, having taken inspiration from stained glass windows. Similarly, a watercolour effect was seen at Burberry Prorsum, fading brush strokes within loose swirling chiffon, gently smudging colours together. I’ll enjoy playing around with different shapes and placement in the salon and trying out the watercolour effect on hair.

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BACK TO EARTH

Soft palettes and earthy animal tones also crossed the catwalk this season. Subdued sage green, dusty pink and duck egg blue were seen at Gucci, while Gareth Pugh combined cream, white and embellished metallic in his sculptural and surreal collection, forecasting fresh and clean blondes with a hint of soft colour.

At Givenchy, a large combination palette was portrayed through python, leopard prints and butterfly wings, using a rich biscuit and toffee base, blended with spearmint, beige and primrose. The collection continued into pale apricot and chocolate hues. I’ll be using very icy and creamy toners on blondes to ensure shine and diluted tones to create the different hues of apricot, mocha and beige.

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This trend forecast has been published in Creative HEAD and The Salon magazine. To make an appointment with Lizzie, please call 01332 203302.