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THE COLOUR TROPHY

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THE L’OREAL COLOUR TROPHY 2018

Three teams from our salons have made it through the first round and into the semi-finals of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award 2018. This means that they will now go head to head with salons at the North West Regional Semi-Final event on Monday 16th of April in Liverpool. The teams include stylists from the salons in Belper, The Old Hall (St Peters Churchyard) and Ashbourne who all took part in a photoshoot to create their entry images.

During the first round, hundreds of photographic images from across the country were judged by the most influential names in hairdressing, including Angel Montague-Sayers who is also judging the South West and Northern Irish heats. The salon group fought off stiff competition and were successfully chosen to go through to the next round of the competition – the Regional Semi- Finals.

Stylist: Drew Colourist: Millie

The next stage of the competition will put the team through their paces as they now look to create a truly inspirational, contemporary colour, complemented by trend-driven styling and finish. The team of judges will be looking for work that is exceptionally executed and technically precise.

Stylist: Emily

“We were delighted to have all three of our entries selected by the judges and we now have a team competing in each of the categories at the regional final. We enter the L’Oreal Colour Trophy every year to ensure that the techniques we use in salon are at the forefront of British hairdressing and it’s great fun for all the team involved. We’re looking forward to the next stage and are taking a bus full of our apprentices and younger stylists with us to cheer on the teams taking part.” Sally Montague

Stylist: Lorna

At each Regional Semi-Final six successful teams will be announced and they will go forward to compete at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final in London this June.

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LORNA IN BARCELONA

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ID ARTISTS IN BARCELONA

Sun, sea and a sensational line-up of guest artists were the order of the day when the L’Oréal Professionnel ID Artists enjoyed a three-day education trip. The L’Oréal Academia, Barcelona was the stunning venue for 63 ID Artists who were all there to prepare for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Backstage Live Tour, which kicks off this today visiting 10 cities in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

LORNA’S DIARY

On day one I had some free time before the first meet up so I went for a paella lunch with some of the ID Artists before exploring Barcelona. During the welcome meeting there was inspirational talks from the L’Oréal team and the Rush Art team and then a briefing on the colour trophy hair show. We were shown demonstrations on each look that we have to create on the colour trophy tour which I will be taking part in and competing in. After the meeting there was a drinks reception dinner followed by a night out in Barcelona.
On the second day, the morning started with an in depth demonstration of the two main styling looks for the colour trophy tour. This was then followed by the ID artist team practicing the two looks on dolls heads in pairs. In the afternoon we took it in turns to make pom poms out of hair and make wigs, using extensions the colourists had coloured in the morning. That evening we had a tapas dinner and drinks with all of the ID artists and L’Oréal team.

Stuart Chapman, ID Artist project manager, said: “Talented guest artists , our beautiful Barcelona Academia and 63 passionate ID Artists all combined to make this a very memorable trip as we fully prepare the ID Artists for their presentations at the L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Backstage Live Tour.”

The ID Artist programme from L’Oréal Professionnel has one goal – to find talented individuals who could be the future stars of the hairdressing industry and work with them to further develop their talent and discover their full potential. We encourage out team to audition and our current or former ID Artists include Lizzie (Sadler Gate), Deesh (Duffield), Laura (Belper), Alice and Imogen (Ashbourne) and Lorna (The Old Hall).

 

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FUTURE STARS

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES ATHLETES AT THE OLD HALL

Last week we were delighted to welcome the young Derbyshire athletes who have been selected to compete at the Commonwealth Games next month on the Gold Coast.

The athletes, their mums and team members from the Derbyshire Institute of Sport all enjoyed hair and make up appointments in preparation of their celebratory dinner at Seven restaurant on Pride Park.

Our stylists were on hand for blow dries while Leanne (Spa Therapist at Ashbourne) used Airbase make up to give the athletes a flawless make up application.

Airbase is applied using a spray gun and offers a light application with a long lasting and full coverage. It’s ideal for special occasions and so we knew it would be ideal to use for the athletes who were being interviewed on TV that evening.

 

The Derbyshire Institute of Sport was inspired by the London Olympic Games and was launched in 2012 as Derbyshire’s legacy programme. Although Derbyshire had produced champions in the past, their aim is to create a systematic model, leaving less to chance, and giving athletes the best possible chance of achieving their Olympic dream. You can find out more about the Derbyshire Institute of Sport here.

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INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS

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INSTANT HIGHLIGHTS

Angel and Zea were the first to see Instant Highlights when they took part in the L’Oreal Professionnel UK launch shoot in January and last week our stylists were all trained on the new  techniques at The Old Hall. This entirely new service is designed for the time poor who need a lightening appointment in just 30 minutes. Find out more below…

What are Instant Highlights?

A game-changing in-salon lightening technique that gives you  face framing highlights in half an hour thanks to a specific lightening cream and heated hair iron that cut out the usual development time.

Why Instant Highlights instead of my usual highlights or balayage?

Here’s the deal – it won’t replace your full head of highlights (because the whole point is not to take so much time), but if natural looking balayage is your thing then instant highlights could easily be added to your Cut and Blow-dry.

Why? Because it has the same lightening effect (up to 6 levels on un-dyed virgin hair) as regular highlights, but in an express time limit.

How does it work?

First step, choose your look from the options below with your stylist:

1. InstaContouring – 5-10 face framing pieces.

2. Instalights – 10-15 woven highlights all over your head.

3. Instarevive – up to 15 pieces give a grown out balayage a good old refresh.

4. Instapop – add block sections of pastel colour.

How much does it cost?

Short hair £32

Medium length hair £35

Long hair £38

Our pricing includes Smartbond but any toners or colourful hair will be added to the prices above.

 

 

Please ask your stylist if you have any questions about Instant Highlights which is now available in all salons.

The Old Hall 01332 331133

Sadler Gate 01332 203 302

Duffield 01332 843 000

Belper 01773 822520

Ashbourne 01335 343 893

University 01332 622 713

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ID ARTIST

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ID ARTIST

Earlier this summer Lorna, senior stylist at the Old Hall, successfully auditioned to become a L’Oreal ID Artist. Led by some of the hairdressing industry’s biggest names, ID ARTISTS are coached in the latest catwalk looks, cut and styling techniques, session hairdressing, product innovation and the latest L’Oréal Professionnel seasonal trends. The two-year mentoring programme covers both colour and cutting and styling and has become one of the most sought-after educational opportunities for young hairdressers, inspiring those with an eye for fashion and unique creative expression

LORNA’S DIARY

As I attended the introduction to ID Artist in Leeds I was feeling super excited about the two year journey that I am about to start with L’Oréal. The first day’s session involved learning the importance of social media in the hair styling industry, getting colour trend savvy for AW/17 and a preview of L’Oréal’s new metallic colour range. In addition to this I got to see a demo of two different hair cuts from Saks art team members.
The session ended with Andrew Barton giving us all an insight into the world of being a celebrity hairdresser. Listening to Andrew’s career was very inspiring and left me feeling more motivated than ever to improve and develop my skills as a hair stylist. At the end of the day all of the member’s of the ID artist team’s were invited to a night of bowling, food and drinks. This was a really nice opportunity to meet more of the great people who I will be working and training alongside in the coming years.
During the second day at ID Artist I learned the importance of presenting yourself properly on stage and how to engage with an audience and keep them interested. There was a hands-on styling session with Luke Pluckrose (a session stylist with Saks) and a cutting session with Sarah Clarke-Lees (a member of the Saks art team). These sessions were great as I learned new sectioning techniques and how to use them to create a choppy, layered haircut. We then finished the day with a team building exercise which involved all of the groups acting out a Disney film of their choice.
My first two day’s at ID Artist were amazing and I cannot wait for the next event!

To book an appointment with Lorna please call 01332 331133 or book online.

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BRONZED BLONDE

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THE BLONDE EDIT

Last month Lizzie and Millie headed to London to take part in the L’Oreal Professionnel Blonde Edit alongside a group of other L’Oreal Portfolio salon teams.  They were given a brief to create one of three blonde colour trends and the pair chose Bronzed Blonde.

TREND ALERT: BRONZED BLONDE

Bronzed blonde is ideal for those taking the first steps towards more natural blonder tones and is a glossy, post holiday look. This ultra soft freehand service uses honey caramel tones for a bronzed glow and is ideal for clients who want to add more definition and contrast to overprocessed hair.

‘The day was a fabulous experience and it was great to explore more ideas with Mabel’s hair. I can’t wait to start using the new bronzed blonde techniques at Sadler Gate!’ Millie King

‘We spent the day at L’Oréal headquarters for the blonde edit which was a great experience from start to finish. We wanted to create a natural bronzed look to shy away from the ombré look and inspire clients with a greater variety of tones.’ Lizzie Fox

We always tailor blonde tones to suit your colouring and taste, ask to your stylist about which blonde tones will work for you.To make an appointment with Lizzie (Salon Manager and Colour Specialist) or Millie (Stylist) please call the Sadler Gate salon on 01332 203 302 or book online via our website.

Below: The final Blonde Edit looks are blushed blonde, bronzed blonde and plati-nude.

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YEAR 2018

#MYCOLORFULHAIR

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#MYCOLORFULHAIR HAS ARRIVED!

Last Monday our stylists were trained on the brand new launch of ColourfulHair. This brand new in-salon, direct dye colour palette offers thousands of bespoke colourful results and is available in eight bright and brilliant intermixable shades. Whether it is soft Pink Sorbet or Hypnotic Magenta, the possibilities are endless!


The Crystal Clear allows stylists to reduce the intensity of the tone for more pastel tones and the colour can last for up to 15 shampoos, depending on the type of shade chosen, colour depth and porosity of the hair fiber. Colorful Hair is ammonia free and is available in all salons. The processing time is just 20 minutes and is priced from £20, depending on the desired effect. Please ask your stylist for a consultation and skin test for ColorfulHair and share your transformations with us on Instagram using #mycolourfulhair.

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OUR LATEST SHOOT

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OUR LATEST PHOTOSHOOT

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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SPOOKY STYLING

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HALLOWEEN STYLING COMPETITION

On Monday we held a Halloween styling competition for apprentices and young stylists at The Old Hall. Each entrant had just 90 minuted to prepare their look before presenting a mood board and Halloween inspired model to the training team in just 3 minutes. The results were fantastic with Jessica from Ashbourne scooping the winning prize, Charlotte took second place with her Forbidden Forest inspired look and Millie came third with her black swan look modelled by her twin sister.  There were some very impiressive techniques shown across the board and we would especially like to thank all the models who were tranformed into a great of ghosts, cobwebs, a medusa and even a pumpkin!

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Jessica with her winning look.

Jessica with her winning look.

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Eve and her Medusa inspired model.

Eve and her Medusa inspired model.

Millie (Stylist at Sadler Gate) with black swan themed model.

Millie (Stylist at Sadler Gate) with black swan themed model.

Three of our judges, Laura Robertson, Lizzie Fox and Deesh Dhindsa.

Three of our judges, Laura Robertson, Lizzie Fox and Deesh Dhindsa.

Zea's 'cobweb' model with waterfall braids. Zea is a new stylist at the Duffield salon.

Zea’s ‘cobweb’ model with waterfall braids. Zea is a new stylist at the Duffield salon.

Rachel putting the final touches on her ghostly look.

Rachel putting the final touches on her ghostly look.

Charlotte came second with her Forbidden Forest theme.

Charlotte came second with her Forbidden Forest theme.