News added 16/11/17: The latest pop-up event hosted by the Hair & Barber Council took place at Karine Jackson’s Covent Garden salon in London earlier this month, and was a riotous success. The Keep Up evening both celebrated the importance of becoming State-registered as a mark of professionalism, and promoted a sense of community among SRH hairdressers. Five salon and session stylists took up a chair each after hours, to work their magic on one model and answer questions, sharing advice and ideas with guests at the event. Some 55 hairdressers bought tickets to attend (a bargain at only £5 for Hair Council members), with a bar, a prize draw and a speech from Karine herself to ramp up the excitement factor.
News added 12/10/17: Motivated by the huge success of their inaugural pop-up event earlier this year, the Hair Council shares news of their next hot date: 6th November at Karine Jackson’s Covent Garden salon. Hair Council members should hurry to nab a fabulous value £5 ticket to an evening hosted by Karine herself, where they can watch hotshot HC stylists at work including Ross Cosgrove @NotAnotherSalon, Sophia Osbourn @Karine Jackson, Anne Veck, Kim Rance, with Ben Madle and Karoliina Saunders from HairClubLive. Drinks, a prize draw and plenty of time to network seal the deal. Not an HC member? Then sign up quick!
News added 26/07/17: On 19 July, CEO/Registrar of the Hair and Barber Council, Keith Conniford, managed to further the case for mandatory state registration of our industry in a really positive leap forward. By publishing independently collected data from both within and outside the hairdressing industry, he intends to progress the argument in Government for introducing registration. We are fully in favour of this move, and hope you will take the time to read how the Hair Council can help you in your salon business, or personal career. To be regarded as a professional, you must demand to treated as a professional with qualifications and reputation to match. Here’s what Keith wrote to introduce his new report. For information on how to join the Hair Council, scroll below or email firstname.lastname@example.org:
“As a hairdresser all of my life, I have always been immensely proud of my profession and have never been able to understand why the industry has not had the recognition it deserves. Perception of our industry amongst the public, other industries, educational establishments and indeed successive careers advisors, has never really fully appreciated the many skills it takes to be a great hairdresser or barber, nor the amount of training and continual development needed to compete in the industry as a whole and in today’s ever changing marketplace.
“Governments historically have not felt the need to have our industry regulated, but for us to achieve the status that the industry, individuals and the public need, to change these outdated perceptions, we have to become far more professional in our approach and indeed the whole business of the ‘UK Hairdressing Industry’
“Therefore, this report was commissioned, to find out just how important it was to both industry and the public, to have hairdressing and barbering properly and professionally regulated.
“My thanks to all those from both industry, and the consumers that contributed and responded to this survey, and to the organisations that continue to support our journey to finally gain the professional status the UK hairdressing and barbering industry so richly deserves.” Keith Conniford CEO/Registrar – The Hair and Barber Council
DOWNLOAD the report in full here >> Hair Council – Final Report
News added 13/07/2017: We threw a high-5 when hearing Andrew Barton (creative director at Urban Retreat in Harrods) was collecting an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Southampton Solent University this week. Andrew is a vocal champion for standards in hairdressing (ambassador for the Hair Council among other roles), and says, “It’s wonderful that this amazing industry has received the recognition it deserves as an Art.” We’re as delighted as he is, and love that a public body recognizes the skills and professionalism required to become a successful hairdresser. It’s vital to be proud of what you do, accept due praise and celebrate each other.
News added 10/06/17: Way to go! The inaugural Sign Up! pop-up event thrown by the Hair Council has proved a resounding success! All credit to Ross Cosgrove at Not Another Salon, and Penny Etheridge, at Radiant Hair Consultancy and chair of the English HC think tank, who headed up the project and persuaded some 45 newbies to sign up to the Hair Council and support the #GetRegistered campaign. It’s an important cause with the intention of professionalising hairdressing through state registration. The evening involved established and up-an-coming session stylists working up-close-and-personal with the guests, encouraging visitors to get involved whether by asking questions, helping assist or take photos for social media engagement. The Hair Council Sign Up pop-up included host presenter Ross Cosgrove, with guest presenters including established session hairdresser Leigh Keates, FAME Team members James Earnshaw, Ria Kulik, Jordanna Cobella, and Gavin McIntyre, award-winning hairdresser Ky Wilson, and recent recruit to the session world, Kirsten Bassett. A prize draw ramped up the excitement factor, with gifts from brands supporting the #getregistered campaign, including Hot Tools, Viviscal, Balmain Paris, Wella Professionals, Affinage and Radiant Hair Consultancy. More Sign Up events are planned for the forthcoming months, so watch for news on social media @haircouncil and support our #getregistered campaign. For more information on how to join The Hair Council and the benefits this brings, email: email@example.com
News added 04/05/17: It’s very confusing to hear hairdressers and salon owners complain about lowering standards and difficulty attracting youngster into our industry, and then find they ignore the campaign for state registration! C’mon, seriously? The Hair Council is single-minded in fighting for recognition of hairdressing as a profession, requiring mandatory registration. Simples. Cheap to join – with immediate benefits including a magazine sub and free advice – The Hair Council could mean a lot for safeguarding our future. A new genre of Sign Up event aims to push the message. Get with it.
Call Ellie on 0208 760 7014 for more information about how to join us on 22 May 2017 @ Not Another Salon.
News added 08/06/16: Contentious comments at this week’s Hair Council tea party, hosted in the House of Commons by David Hanson MP. Addressing the gathering, Johnathan King Marketing Manager at Denman first praised hairdressers and barbers for their reputation and skill saying mandatory registration would ensure this is better recognised. But then went on to call out UK based manufacturers for not property supporting the campaign for such registration. He described the Hair Council as encumbered by members preoccupied with their own vest interests.
“I would like to thank Keith Conniford for the opportunity to talk about why Denman supports the Hair Council and its aims to professionalise British hairdressing and barbering. I have been fortunate enough to work in this fantastic industry for 24 years during which time I have met many inspiring people and made many lasting friendships.
Denman is passionate about British hairdressing. We take great pride in being a British company making our products in Bangor, Northern Ireland and exporting them to 60 countries worldwide. We benefit greatly from the UK’s global reputation as being the centre of creative hairdressing. When we travel the world with various artistic platform teams from the UK it is clear that there is an insatiable appetite for British educators.
The NHF estimates that the UK hairdressing industry contributes £7 billion annually to the UK economy. 1% of the working population of the UK is employed either directly or indirectly in hairdressing and barbering. This is a significant industry. It not only contributes substantially to the economy, it has a positive impact on the social fabric of the country. Questionable planning policies in the 1990s created a raft of out-of-town shopping centres. These contributed to the demise of hundreds of independent businesses and decimated many of Britain’s high streets. Hairdressing salons and barbershops are the glue that hold many local communities together. Everyone goes to a salon or barbershop to get their hair cut and enjoy a bit of craic. The importance of this societal element cannot be underestimated.
Denman is committed to the Hair Council’s campaign for the introduction of mandatory state registration of hairdressers and barbers. Ours is one of the few professional trades where a licence to practice is not required. This has serious implications for health and safety and ultimately the protection of the consumer. Mike Taylor, founder of the BBA, took a call recently from the Dorset Constabulary who were after a register of barbers who were licenced to perform cut-throat shaves. Disbelief was expressed when the police were informed that no such register exists nor is there a legal requirement to have the necessary training and qualifications to shave someone’s face with an open blade. From time to time newspapers feature consumer horror stories where peroxides and other chemicals have been used incorrectly with devastating consequences.
The UK is also out of step with other EU member states where a licence to practice is a mandatory requirement. Since the 1964 Hairdressing Act was introduced, successive Governments have resisted calls for the industry to be regulated presumably seeing this as unnecessary red tape which will adversely affect small businesses. I disagree. Bone fide hairdressers and barbers with the requisite qualifications, training and experience will gain the recognition and respect they deserve. Regulation will further professionalise hairdressing and barbering and improve the public’s perception of the craft as being a worthwhile vocation and it WILL attract more young talent into the industry.
In 2014 I was invited to be part of the Barber Council. A great honour. In the past two years we have generated great traction within the often-overlooked barbering sector. Such has been the effectiveness of the Barber Council’s activities that, for the first time ever, more barbers than hairdressers are becoming state registered. How do we explain this? What are we doing that the Hair Council is not? The honest – and potentially contentious – answer is that the Barber Council is not encumbered by members who are preoccupied by their own vested interests. All of us who sit on the Barber Council are on the same page and our results speak for themselves.
Going forward the Hair Council faces three challenges if the introduction of registration is to become a reality:
- First, it is incumbent upon all State Registered Hairdressers and Barbers – everyone in this room – to educate consumers and raise awareness of the importance of state registration. Clients deserve the reassurance that their stylist or barber has the qualifications and skill to provide their services professionally and in accordance with health and safety best practice.
- Secondly we need the large manufacturers who already contribute so much to this industry to fully support this campaign – not just pay it lip service. Why not incentivise their salon clients to become registered possibly through preferential product pricing? It would be a strong marketing statement to be able to say that your products are used and retailed only by state registered hairdressers.
- Finally, whilst the establishment of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the hair industry is a welcome step forward, the focus of the Hair Council must be on radically increasing the number of registered hairdressers and barbers in the UK. As an industry we must project ourselves as strong and unified.
In Keith Conniford, Bill Shaw and Ben Dellicompagni, there is a new team in place determined to achieve the Hair Council’s goals. I wish them well and offer them Denman’s full support. I trust that other stakeholders in this fantastic industry will do likewise.“
If you agree with Jonthan or would like to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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