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THE COLOUR TROPHY

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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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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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YEAR 2021

ID ARTIST

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ART TEAM MEMBERS ALICE, LAURA AND IMOGEN TAKE PART IN THE ID ARTIST LIVE TOUR

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Last month our three ID Artists; Alice Cronin, Laura Robertson and Imogen Godwin all showcased their talent at The Queens Hotel in Leeds where L’Oreal Professionnel had organised a live event to showcase the latest colour, cutting and styling trends for Autumn/Winter. The talented trio each presented styling and colour techniques on stage during the two hour presentation after attending ID Artist workshops in London earlier this year.

The tour visited Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and London, with live education from ID Artists, sneak peeks at some of the newest product launches and a preview of the newest clothing collection from Reiss, the 2015 tour was one of the most widely attended L’Oreal Professionnel education events yet!

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GRAND FINAL

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THE 60TH L’OREAL COLOUR TROPHY GRAND FINAL…

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ID ARTIST

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IMOGEN GAINS A PLACE ON THE ID ARTIST TEAM

Imogen Godwin, Master Stylist at Ashbourne, has been celebrating after winning a sought after place on the prestigious L’Oreal Professionnel ID Artist team.

The team is a highly sought-after educational opportunity for talented, inspired hairdressers with an eye for fashion and unique creative expression. Lizzie Fox, Deesh Dhindsa, Alice Cronin and Laura Robertson have been or are currently part of the ID Artist programme.

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Led by some of the hairdressing industry’s biggest names, students are coached in the latest catwalk looks, cut and colour techniques alongside L’Oreal Professionnel’s seasonal trends over the course of the two year initiative – equipping them with the perfect tools to take back to the salon and clients.

National auditions were held in the UK and Ireland last week where Imogen had to present a mood board of inspirational catwalk looks and trends, before presenting her stunning model and talking through her inspirations with the esteemed judging panel. From hundreds of entrants only a maximum of three stylists from each region go through to become members of the team, and Imogen is now preparing for some exciting creative opportunities ahead.

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ASK THE EXPERT

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ASK THE EXPERT FEATURE

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This week at Great Lengths HQ we caught up with Lou Lomax and Ferne Baker, two award-winning stylists from the Sally Montague Hair Group. Lou and Ferne have both won the ‘Best Extensionist Award’, an annual award which is sponsored by Great Lengths, and both stylists were eager to tell us why they love working with Great Lengths hair extensions…

Tell us about you and your experience in the industry

Lou: I’m a Master Stylist at Sally Montague Hair Group and I work at the flagship salon, The Old Hall, in Derby. I have been a stylist for nine years and have been trained with Great Lengths for the past seven years. In that time I’ve seen the demand for hair extensions increase massively. Now the majority of my clients request Great Lengths hair extensions to increase length or add volume.

Ferne: I have been a stylist for six years and qualified as a Great Lengths extensionist three years ago, I also work at The Old Hall which is a Great Lengths Gold status salon. As a Colour Specialist, and a member of the salon’s Art Team, I love using Great Lengths for creative work and our photographic collections.

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What made you get into working with pre-bonded hair extensions?

Lou: I am constantly looking for new hair trends and products to provide our clients with and I was very impressed by pre-bonded extensions. As someone with naturally fine hair who has always struggled to grow it, pre-bonded hair extensions were the solution, not just to my hair woes but my clients’ problems too!

Ferne: I started working with pre-bonded hair extensions when I saw the amazing transformations that were taking place in the salon. I was desperate to get involved and completed my Great Lengths training as soon as possible.

Why do you think so many people are now choosing hair extensions to enhance their hair?

Lou: I think many people are now opting for hair extensions because it means they can have the hair they have always craved. Great Lengths range of hair extensions are affordable and effective, this is why I think they’ve grown in popularity.

Ferne: The hair and beauty industry are increasingly searching for dramatic and instant results. Clients don’t want to (or can’t) wait for their hair to grow, but they still want thick, fantastic quality hair.

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For those readers who are yet to try Great Lengths but have always wanted to make more of their hair, what would your advice be?

Lou: People are often afraid of getting extensions because they believe it is complicated to maintain them. We recommend regular check-ups and using the Great Lengths After Care range. Everyone will handle their hair differently and they will find their own way of styling and looking after their extensions. Anybody can benefit from Great Lengths, whether it’s for volume, length or colour – the possibilities are endless!

Ferne: I would recommend to book a consultation with a certified Great Lengths specialist in your area. It’s better to have a one-on-one conversation to discuss your hair wish-list and see how hair extensions can work for you.

What’s the most common question you get asked about extensions?

Lou: I’m often asked about where the hair is sourced from. I explain that Great Lengths use ethical sourcing methods. I tell them that the hair is voluntarily donated to Hindu temples in India and is bought at a fair price. Clients always seem pleased that the payment for the hair is then used to help the local community by developing medical services and providing education.

Ferne:  The most common question I get asked is whether pre-bonded extensions will damage your hair. All Great Lengths Stylists are highly-trained to apply and remove. It’s important that clients use the correct brushes and hair care to look after their extensions. We discuss aftercare in the initial consultation so all clients are aware, right from the start, of how to look after their extensions.

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What do you think the next trend in hair extensions will be?

Lou: I think we’ll see a move towards dual colour bonds to create a softer colour palette. With holiday season nearing I think a lot of clients will be requesting lighter shades.

Ferne: I predict we’ll see a rise in using hair extensions for thickness rather than length and to add depth to damaged hair. We used extensions in our last Art Team photoshoot (image below) for this effect, and it worked really well.

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What has been your favourite Great Lengths transformation?

Lou: One of my clients went from a short crop into a long bob. We did a full head application and it gave her an insight into what it would be like to have long hair. Every application is a transformation, and watching people’s self-confidence grow is incredibly rewarding.

Ferne: My favourite transformation was with a client who had hair just below her chin. She had struggled for years to grow her hair any longer. I added 30cm length extensions and she was absolutely blown away. Not just by the length but by the quality and thickness of the hair.

 

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SETTING THE TONE

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LAURA ROBERTSON GRADUATES IN PRESTIGIOUS CEREMONY AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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YEAR 2021

THE HAIR AWARDS

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ANGEL IS NAMED ‘BEST BACKSTAGE STYLIST’

Angel Montague-Sayers, Sally Montague Hair Group Art Team Director, UK Creative Ambassador for styling brand Cloud Nine and Educator for L’Oreal Professionnel, is celebrating after being named ‘Best Backstage Stylist’ in the at the 2015 The Cut awards by HAIR Magazine.

Angel has been shortlisted for the award for the past two years and is absolutely delighted to have won. Working between London and Derby (Angel works at Duffield salon each Friday and The Old Hall every Saturday) , Angel has proved her styling credentials with a string of award wins and has just finalised in the L’Oreal Colour Trophy and Shu Uemura Muse Awards.

The winners were announced in the June issue of HAIR magazine, pictured below.

 

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COLOUR TROPHY

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THE 2015 REGIONAL FINAL

We’ve been celebrating after winning one of only 4 coveted places in the North Western Heat of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award 2015. The team, lead by Angel Montague-Sayers fought off strong competition and wowed a panel of high-profile award winning judges with their Autumn/Winter 2015/16 fashion inspired look.   The team will now compete at the Grand Final event which could see them winning one of the coveted L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards.

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THE TEAM:

ANGEL MONTAGUE-SAYERS (THE OLD HALL & DUFFIELD)

COLOUR: ALICE CRONIN (ASHBOURNE)

MAKE UP: KATIE HUMPHRIES USING MAKE UP BY HD BROWS (BELPER)

MODEL: GEORGI GROGAN

Celebrity presenter, the gorgeous Lilah Parsons hosted the event leading competitors through the competition and introducing an inspiring hair show, by Sally & Jamie Brooks of Brooks+Brooks, London and culminating with the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Regional awards ceremony to name the salons progressing to the Grand Final.

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Across 2 weeks in April, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy tour hit 7 UK cities rubbing shoulders with some of the industry’s talented salons. The competitors continue to help to make the L’Oréal Colour Trophy the longest running live hairdressing competition in the world. Now, over 900 entries and 500 regional finalists later, Sally Montague Hair Group have won a place alongside just 47 nationwide salons in the Grand Final.

grand-finalist-colour-trophyDeesh also competed in the Mens Image Award at the Regional Final, coming 3rd and therefore just missing out on a ticket to the Grand Final. Deesh, Laura and Alice also went on the Colour Trohpy tour, styling backstage and presenting at venues across the country as part of the L’Oreal ID Artist programme.

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On Monday 1st June at the stunning London venue Battersea Evolution, Angel and the team will have the chance at winning the famed 60th L’Oréal Colour Trophy. The Grand Final show promises a thrilling and inspirational evening featuring spectacular hair shows by some of the industry’s most illustrious names in hairdressing and an amazing celebration of the last 60 years.

 

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LONDON FASHION WEEK

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OUR TEAM JOINED L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL BACKSTAGE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK..

Laura Roberston (Manager and Colour Specialist, Belper) and Yvette (Master Stylist, Belper) were invited to assist L’Oreal Professionnel backstage at London Fashion Week at the Peter Pilotto and Barbara Casasola shows.

PETER PILOTTO, hair by Anthony Turner

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‘The collection features graphic lines inspired by a kid’s toy racing track and we wanted to bring the idea of the track’s curve into the hair,’ said Anthony Turner. Handsomely boyish at the front, Turner prepped it with a mixture of Tecni.ART PLI and Full Volume Mousse, blow-dried it forwards – then used his fingers to swish a deeply side-parted curve over the forehead, adding a small ‘S’ bend at the temple to replicate that racing car track. Finger raking small, natural ripples into the hair at the back as he dried it, Turner misted in Wild Stylers Crepage de Chignon to give a cool, matte finish and a hint of modern girlishness.

BARBARA CASASOLA, hair by Adam Reed

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At Barbara Casasola, Adam Reed also had texture on his mind. Here he coined a new term for a loosely swept-back style with an ‘un-grunge’ finish. ‘It’s like a grungy texture, but it feels healthier and has a loose, luxuriousness to it that encapsulates the Barbara Casasola woman,’ said Reed.

Blow-drying Tecni.ART PLI straight onto dry hair to seal the cuticle and lend it a home styled quality, he sprayed Infinium Extra Strong spray onto his hands then raked them back through hair, sweeping it away from the temples. Then for a top trick: A strip of crepe paper was misted with more Infinium then clipped over the head – ear to ear – to set the back-swept movement in place. Removing it deftly in the line-up, he finished hair with a misting of Wet Domination Shower Shine spray for a dose of healthy shine.