Category Archives: SM(ART) TEAM


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YEAR 2024





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.


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 2024




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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YEAR 2024




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 2024




On Tuesday 7th March 2017 we held an afternoon of celebration as our six salon teams gathered at The Cosy Club in Derby for the annual awards ceremony and group meeting.

The much anticipated awards aim to identify the salon stars that have excelled in their roles over the last 12 months. The afternoon began with a presentation outlining the group’s achievements throughout 2016 and this year’s plans for the business including the new salon and spa being built in Ashbourne. Next Nichola Scott-Challinor, Area Manager for L’Oreal Professionnel, gave a presentation on the new standards and expectations of 5 star salon service.

Sally Montague presented the trophies and prizes, which ranged from vouchers and team outings to luxury hair and skin care. The night culminated with a celebratory dinner at The Cosy Club, where the team toasted their collective successes and awards.


The Potential Award: Charlotte Hancock, Apprentice

The One to Watch: Lorna Magilton, Senior Stylist, The Old Hall

The Stylist Award for Professional Growth: Katia Mitenin, Master Stylist, Sadler Gate

The Therapist Award for Professional Growth: Chloe Buxton, Spa Therapist, Ashbourne

Best Colour Salon: Sadler Gate

The Excellence Award: Alice Cronin, Colour Specialist, Ashbourne

Best Performed Team Member: Lizzie Fox, Colour Specialist & Salon Manager, Sadler Gate

Best Salon 2016: Duffield


Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024




For LFW SS17 we were thrilled to send Lorna (Stylist at The Old Hall) 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….


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024




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…



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024


Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024






SMARTBOND is L’Oréal Professionnel’s new smart ingredient added to your colour to minimise any potential damage & protect your hair. SMARTBOND is designed to protect the bonds deep within the hair & strengthen them during colouring & lightening processes, resulting in hair that is stronger, softer, and shinier.




SMARTBOND is a two-step process which allows the colourist to protect the hair & prevent damage during a technical service.


  • SMARTBOND Step 1 contains maleic acid which works smartly during the chemical process, it limits the oxidative stress and preserves the strong bonds & captures the ions and allows the reconstruction of the weak bonds.
  • SMARTBOND Step 2 is applied to the hair once the colour or pre-lightener is removed as a pre-shampoo. It also contains maleic acid which continues to capture the ions to allow the weaker bonds to reform. It contains a blend of ceramides & polymers to provide condition & shine to the hair.
  • SMARTBOND customers can re-inforce the in salon service with Step 3, an at home conditioner (RRP £16.49) that continuously strengthens the fibre week after week, allowing you to keep the outstanding salon result simply at home by using once a week for 1-3 minutes.

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  1. Rediscover the shine, evenness & softness of natural hair
  2. Hair fibre will have more bonds resulting in healthy and strong hair
  3. The smart formula leaves hair with a smooth luxurious ceramic feel with a texture that is less swollen & coarse



SMARTBOND is ideal for anyone undergoing a colour or pre-lightening service; from extreme colour transformations, subtle colour changes and first time colourers who are worried about damage.

Afraid to colour your hair? Get rid of your hair anxieties with SMARTBOND, coupled with L’Oréal Professionnel’s luxurious colour & pre-lightening products, your hairdresser can now guarantee that your hair will feel & look stronger after your usual colour service. So you can sit back and enjoy the salon experience!



SMARTBOND is now available at all Sally Montague Hair Group salons, the service is priced £30 and as an introductory promotion this price includes the take home conditioner, usual price £16.49.



Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024





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Hello to all my lovely clients and friends at the Sally Montague Hair Group! As some of you know I moved out to Dubai in January to further my session styling career and here’s a quick update on what i’ve been up to in the Middle East…


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I am not based in a salon at all and so when I first arrived I needed to secure my session staying management for the work I do backstage on shoots and shows. It’s been a jam packed few months and I am now signed to MMG Creative management, Wilhelmina Dubai and BAREFACE artists.

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So far my work has been published in HAYA Magazine, Emirates Woman, HELLO, STYLIST, ELLE, Womens Health, SCHON magazine, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and I most recently shot for a HARPERS BIZZAAR cover!

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work for some amazing brands including Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels and DIOR, which gave me major clothes envy!

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Another passion of mine is writing and my hair advice articles and tutorials have featured in STYLIST, GRAZIA, Emirates Woman and HELLO magazine.

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Many shoots seem to be on location in the Desert either in Oman or Abu Dhabi but hopefully that will start to slow down over the summer as I’m not sure how I can control hair in the 55 degree heat!

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It’s typical, as soon as I move to Dubai, I get asked to work a lot in Europe and have so far visited Parma in Italy, Cyprus and Montenegro with hopefully more trips to come over the summer months.

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I’ve been back in the UK recently for work and it was great to pop back home (and have a much needed Olaplex!) I hope you all have a great Summer and I’ll keep you posted throughout the year, Angel x

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Behind the scenes

YEAR 2024




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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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