TRENDING: Visit Colour World’s online hub | Check out the Respect channel on

Search Newsletter
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Gianni Scumaci and Sally Brooks at the Barrie Stephen Inspiration Day

Success is achieved with two things, talent and effort – a key message from the line-up of iconic speakers, including Gianni Scumaci and Sally Brooks, at the Barrie Stephen Inspiration Day.

With the goal of showing his team the endless possibilities available in the world of hairdressing, Barrie Stephen, Owner of Barrie Stephen Hair in Leicester, gathered his 50 plus strong team at the city’s New Walk Museum for a day of learning, led by some of the most coveted speakers in the hair business and beyond.

The day began with an introduction from Barrie who demonstrated how hard work and resilience helped him to get where he is today. He reminded his team that they are custodians of the Barrie Stephen brand, and with passion and determination they too can achieve great things.

Barrie Stephen
Gianni Scumaci

The one and only Gianni Scumaci

The infamous Gianni Scumaci then talked to the stylists about his incredible journey to become an internationally recognised name in the hairdressing and fashion world. “If I can do it, anyone can” he said, reminding Barrie’s team of the significant social function of the hairdresser and how their talent can inspire trends and change perceptions.

Debbie Digby-Smith, CEO at Passion4Hair spoke about how young stylists can elevate their career with the right mindset and a deep desire to keep learning. And renowned life strategist, Damien Massias, showcased the impact social media on our self-esteem and mental health – asking the team to focus on making genuine connections with colleagues and clients to build fulfilling relationships.

Let’s hear it for Sally Brooks

Finally, the 2019 Fellowship for British Hairdressing Hairdresser of the Year, Sally Brookes took to the floor to show Barrie’s team how to keep striving for creative greatness in their everyday – creating their own fingerprint and using their talent to enhance the client experience.  

For more of the latest industry news, click HERE.


Respect is a hub for UK hairdressers of all ages and stages to find out what We LoveWe Hearand We See as the best product launches, styling advice, hairtools, education training and seminars and hairshows! Sign up to our newsletter which is sent fortnightly direct to your email, so you stay up-to-date with salon styling information, trends in session work, advice on presenting on stage or progress in educating – whatever your interest, whether you’re a trainee or creative director, an educator or team leader, you’ll find all the opportunities and ideas on

We love hairdressing; we see and we hear how you can become the best hairdresser, colourist and salon owner possible. Contact us if you’d like to know more about us. If it’s worth talking about, you’ll read it here.

Latest News

View all News

Love Island looks with Unite Hair
Love Island looks with Unite Hair
Love Island looks with Unite Hair
Achieve the Scandi Hairline with Fudge Professional
Love Island looks with Unite Hair
Hair Raising 23
Love Island looks with Unite Hair
EP111 Leah Durrant shares business advice to help current and future salon owners
Love Island looks with Unite Hair
Hadley Yates gives Sophia Hadjipanteli a Great Lengths make-over