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 email@example.com:
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.“
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News added 26/05/16: Bill Shaw MBE is announced as the new Chair at the Hair Council. He’s been a strong force for change at the HC for years, supporting the campaign for state registration. A salon owner himself, Bill is known widely in the hairdressing industry for his role as founder of Dimensions, the largest independent hairdressing company in Yorkshire with 14 hair and beauty academies. He has been involved with many organisations and has a broad understanding of issues facing hairdressing. He will now work alongside newly elected Vice Chairman, Ben Dellicompagni of Francesco Group.
News added 05/04/16: A farewell drink for Sally Styles who is due to leave Hair Council for a well-earned rest and then a brand new start. She’s a brave lady who has worked tirelessly (and we don’t use that word lightly) for the fight to gain professional status for hairdressing these past 27 years. Our best tribute is to urge you all to consider registration. It’s voluntary and for a small annual fee, gives you the right to use State Registered Hairdresser after your name (SRH), and a certificate to display which your clients will love as reassurance you really are qualified. There is a fantastic quarterly magazine issued to all members and access to lower cost insurance and a helpline. To find out more about registration of qualified hairdressers, visit haircouncil.org.uk, call 020 8760 7010 or search for Haircouncil on facebook /twitter.
News added 03/03/16: An opportunity has arisen for position of CEO/Registrar of the Hair Council. After 27 years in the position, Sally Styles is stepping down. Applicants should have knowledge of the hair industry and a passion for introducing registration, be confident in public speaking and computer literate. Experience of political lobbying, company accounting, writing for publications and running committees would be advantageous.
The position includes responsibility for the office and staff in Croydon and applicants should be prepared to spend a minimum of two days a week at the office. Some exhibition weekend work is also required. Salary negotiable. If you are interested in the position please e-mail your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before 11th March 2016 – successful applicants will be interviewed on 16th March 2016.
News added 09/09/15: The Hair Council has made huge gains in the struggle to be taken seriously by the UK Government. The first-ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on the question of registration for the hairdressing industry has taken place at the House of Commons, under the chairmanship of Shadow Minister Nia Griffiths MP. Barber John McNally MP from the SNP was elected Vice Chair and has very strong opinions on the need for professionalism throughout the hair industry. Registrar of the Hair Council, Sally Styles, with Hair Council Political Director Shirley Davis-Fox MBE and Parliamentary Lobbying specialists Connect Communications, have set up the new APPG to enable important subjects to be discussed, such as minimum wage, apprentices and VAT, as well as the question of state registration. We add our voice to high-profile support from many hairdressers (pictured below; from L to R, MK, Sophia Hilton, Jack Howard, Yesmin O’Brien, Lino Carbosiero MBE, Karine Jackson, Ken Picton, Daniel Galvin OBE and Chris Foster). So,how about you – where do you sit? To find out more information about the Hair Council visit www.haircouncil.org.uk or call 020 8760 7010
News added 11/06/15: Good to see Daniel Galvin OBE speaking in support of the campaign for State Registration at a tea party in the House of Commons last week. Supporting Rt Hon David Hanson MP who welcomed guests including ambassadors and supporters of the Hair Council, Daniel said let’s make registration a reality. Hear hear!
News added 29/05/2015: More than 200 learners entered the Hair Council’s Student of the Year 2015 awards – inviting photographic entries from Level 2 students (with a red-carpet look), and Level 3 students (an innovative cut and blow dry). Hair Council supporters Patrick Cameron, Jamie Stevens and Andrew Barton judged the first round, selecting 16 finalists to move onto the live presentation and interview stage. Rebecca Mardon at JET Hairdressing (pictured above left) took the Level 3 prize, and Demi Stainton at the Grimsby Institute (pictured above right) the Level 2. They both now spend a day with Andrew Barton at his Harrod’s Urban Retreat salon, an attend the Hair Council’s annual House of Commons tea party next week.
“The Hair Council is proud to run these student awards to promote the high standards learners can reach in level 2 and level 3. The Hair Council campaigns for registration following qualification because training is paramount to a successful business and to raise standards throughout the industry. For there to be anyone practising hairdressing and barbering on the public without any training cannot be good or right for our sector. The standard for the 2015 competition was extremely high giving the judges an extremely difficult task. Many congratulations to all those who made the final.” Hair Council CEO Sally Styles.
News added 01/05/2015: The Hair Council unveils a new style magazine this week. Upgraded in size, quality and with more imagery as well as comment on the campaign for state registration, we’re keen to hear what the thousands of signed up members think of this seriously good-looking mag? Editor and CEO of the Hair Council, Sally Styles says she’s really proud of the refreshed look. Clutter-free and clear voiced, we’re liking this new publication… To get your copy, call 020 8760 7010 and enquire about joining Hair Council.
News added 25/01/2015: The campaign for mandatory state registration of hairdressers took a giant leap forward this week as The Hair Council made it through the front door of 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP and his special advisor. This doesn’t happen often, in fact such a meeting hasn’t taken place for 50 years. Sally Styles, CEO and Registrar was knocked out: “The Prime Minister was extremely interested to hear about our work, and progress towards mandatory registration. He clearly has a great deal of respect and admiration for the hair industry and we were honoured to meet him.”
Joining Sally at the meeting was Shirley Davis-Fox MBE (Political Lobbyist) and Political Ambassador to the Hair Council hairdresser Lino Carbosiero MBE, who is Mr Cameron’s hairdresser. The delegation also met with Daniel Korski, Special Adviser to David Cameron on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
The Hair Council took the opportunity to explain the logic behind state registration and outline the significant achievements of the Council over the last year, which have included full costings and plans as to how registration will work in practice, and regular communications to members. Following this meeting the Hair Council went to see Richard Fuller MP in Westminster. He is the MP who spoke against registration in the Westminster Debate.
There’s a long road ahead, but this meeting at Downing St is surely a great stride forward.
News added 08/01/2015: Great excitement in the campaign for State Registration as yesterday Llanelli MP and Shadow Wales Minister Nia Griffith led a Parliamentary debate which called on the Government to ‘change with the times’ and put in place compulsory state registration of hairdressers or barbers. (PICTURED LEFT: Lynda Whitehorn, Nia Griffith, Sally Styles, and Shirley Davis Fox) This visibility for the Hair Council campaign marks a fantastic step forward. With 38.8 million clients who are currently unprotected by unqualified practitioners (incredible!) state registration could provide assurance to the customer that their hairdresser or barber is appropriately qualified. At present under the 1964 Hairdressing (Registration) Act, such registration is possible but entirely voluntary.
Nia Griffiths MP says; “The world has changed since this law was put in place over 50 years ago when most hairdressers or barbers offered a short back and sides, a perm or a shampoo and set at the most.
“Hairdressing and barbering has been transformed with a huge range of services available, from; a cut throat razor shave, hair extensions, colour correction to straightening treatments. This involves the use of sharp instruments and a range of potentially harmful chemicals, meaning the public can be put at significant risk by unqualified practitioners.
“The Government needs to move with the times and put in place up to date legislation which protects the consumer, as well as the hair professional.”
Shirley Davis-Fox MBE, the only Welsh member of the Hair Council said: “We are delighted that this debate has raised the profile of the hair industry in the UK. Qualified, professional hairdressers and barbers are key drivers of growth on our high streets. They support local employment, train apprentices, serve their communities and contribute significantly to our economy.
CEO of the Hair Council, Sally Styles adds: This debate is just the start of our work, and we will continue to work with MPs and peers to fight for mandatory state registration, which will help improve the status of hairdressers and barbers, protect the consumer and maintain public trust and confidence in our industry.”
Lynda Whitehorn Specialist Lead for Hairdressing and Barbering for VTCT, a very proud ‘State Registered Hairdresser’ (SRH) and Chair of the Hair Council said;
“The hair industry provides such diverse opportunities for work here in the UK and contributes nearly six billion pounds to the UK economy. We as an industry provide such a valued service to our clientel, apart from the obvious of making them look and feel great.
“The technical skill set that we employ daily, takes years of study and practice to achieve. Every client presents a different set of issues for us to work with and this vast knowledge that we gain and draw upon, ensures we create their perfect look.
“Compulsary registration for the hair industry will ensure that every practicing technician will have a minimum set of skills achieved through regulated qualifications.
“I personally look forward to continuing and achieving our pursuit for registration.”
Newsadded 25/06/2014: You can’tavoid it forever! The Hairdressing Council is making quite some noise this year about its campaign for mandatory state registration, and so it should say us. Thanks to big-hitters including HC ambassadors Andrew Barton, Jamie Stevens and Lino Carbosiero, along with many other high-profile hairdressers, the lobby for recognition of the campaign looks to be making progress. On a visit to the House of Commons this month, some 200 Hairdressing Council members and their guests were addressed by David Morris MP (pictured above here, second from right) who confirmed he is talking to all political parties before the long-awaited Westminster Debate on the subject. Stephen Nurse – Operations Director at Daniel Galvin’s Salon, then called upon the whole industry to push harder for registration which was closer than ever to becoming a reality.
News added 01/05/2014: Applause please for Simon Cox, owner of Clipso St Albans as it becomes the first salon in the town to ensure everyone in the team is a State Registered Hairdressers. This means plenty of benefits for the gang, including individual certificates, adding SRH after each person’s name, and free advice and access to cheapest insurance available. Why not follow their lead and encourage your team to register, or add SRH registration to your incentive and rewards scheme? Some salon owners register staff and retrieve the cost from salaries in small amounts over a year. And don’t forget, as a business you can claim the tax back (ie on costs of joining your industry registered body). Big up to Cutting Crew in northwest London who will only hire people who are SRH. We like their style.
News added 17/04/2014: … so you do know what those initials SRH after a name mean, don’t you? They stand for the words State Registered Hairdresser, and in our view, a lot more besides. Chosing to become registered is a symbol of pride in our industry, a desire to protect standards and demand recognition for the skills and accountability of salons and hair professionals. Increasingly the big hairdressing voices, including Jack Howard (pictured), Anthony Mascolo, Daniel Galvin, Angelo Seminara and many more are shouting louder for a better understanding of what registration means and urging everyone to sign up. It’s not difficult, it’s not expensive… To find out more about registration of qualified hairdressers, visit haircouncil.org.uk, call 020 8760 7010 or search for Haircouncil on facebook /twitter.
News added 13/11/2013: The Hairdressing Council is proving its sociability with an invitation to a party on Twitter. @haircouncil want you to join in the banter and get the debate on UK hairdressing, including the question of state registration, fully addressed. It’s an Autumn date for Monday 21st October, 7pm. The dress code is open – the only direction you need is to whip out your phones and twitter on the subject of your choice to a list of hair celebrities – post a question, make a remark… be in the conversation and make speedy with your twitter fingers. With the likes of Jamie Stevens, Errol Douglas and Andrew Barton on line.. it’s gonna be a big chat! Find out more on Hairdressing Council:
• Knocking on the door of no 10 Downing Street on 8 July was a delegation from the Hairdressing Council, called to meet with one of the Prime Minister’s senior personal advisors to discuss regulating the hairdressing industry. Lino Carbosiero (stylist to David Cameron), Alan Richardson and David Drew from the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, and Sally Styles, registrar of the Hairdressing Council made up the posse.
• The irrepressible and talented Jamie Stevens (pictured left) is fast becoming a TV personality in his own right – to be spotted on most Gok Wan-fronted shows, as well as backstage at the X Factor. But we salute his genuine commitment to the industry, too. At a House of Commons luncheon this summer, we were delighted to see Jamie announced as the latest ambassador to the Hairdressing Council (alongside Andrew Barton) working in support of the call for state registration. He vows to bring a consumer edge to the campaign and, along with another newbie fellow ambassador Paul Falltrick, raise customer awareness of the importance of standards in hairdressing.
• Earlier this year, the call for registration in hairdressing was boosted by the support of Daniel Galvin, who now pledges to promote the national campaign run by the Hairdressing Council. He joins many other top industry names including Trevor Sorbie, Andrew Collinge and Andrew Barton who have long -championed the cause. Becoming State-registered means you’ll gain official recognition under the law: the Hairdressers Registration Act, and the right to use the initials SRH after your name, among other benefits (including advice and insurance discounts). Daniel reminds us that all qualified hairdressers in the premier, London-based Daniel Galvin Salon are already registered, and in a joint statement, Daniel and the Hairdressing Council note that British hairdressing already recognised as the best in the world, and with 1% of the total UK workforce and a 5 billion turnover – it’s wrong that hairdressing in the UK is still completely unregulated!
“It is wholly unacceptable that British hairdressing is globally recognised as being the very best yet we remain one of the few countries where we are not recognised by the government as a licensed trade,” says Daniel. “Any salon owner, manager or hairdresser who remotely considers themselves a professional must act and register with the council now.”
• To find out more about registration of qualified hairdressers, visit haircouncil.org.uk, call 020 8760 7010 or search for Haircouncil on facebook /twitter.
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