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Red-carpet radiance   

Rainbow Room International certainly brought the red-carpet radiance to BAFTA Scotland 2023. The salon group styled hair for celebrities attending the red carpet and awards ceremony, creating looks for the likes of Lucy Halliday and Krysty Cairns. You may be interested to know the most requested style was a soft, refined updo with lots of hairspray.   

Rachael at work

The red-carpet looks in detail    

RRI salon director Rachael created a beautiful, soft, loose pinned updo for Krysty Cairns, writer for films 1917 and The Good Nurse. This complimented her incredible suit and corset combo.   

Rachael also styled the hair for the youngest BAFTA nominee, Frankie Corio, who stars in Aftersun. Rachael created Frankie’s first-ever curly updo with volume.  

Jordan at work

RRI stylist Jordan styled hair for Lucy Halliday, Blue Jean actress and winner of the Actress Film category…well done, Lucy! For the look, Jordan enhanced Lucy’s natural waves, giving them a polished and glossy appearance.  

RRI stylists Ellie, Sof and Archie all tended to the hair of Capital Radio host Tallia Storm, who also opted for a curly updo style. 

Ellie at work

Other guests who dropped by to see the Rainbow Room International team included Meryl Williams (The Traitors). Meryl had her hair styled into soft, glossy curls by RRI art director Aimie. Ashley Jensen (Mayflies) had her hair styled into a low, tousled ponytail by Jordan. Ellie MacDowall (Archie) had her hair styled by RRI stylist Anna into a chic, smooth, voluminous updo. 

Archie at work

More details 

BAFTA Scotland 2023 was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central in Glasgow, hosted by presenter Edith Bowman. If you’re unfamiliar with this glamorous event, the BAFTA Scotland Awards honour excellence and celebrate talent across Scotland’s screen industries. We hear the Rainbow Room International team are requested each year for their styling services and to ensure the talent looks and feels their best. Go Rainbow Room! We’re sure this is a fun and exciting opportunity for every stylist involved.  

Rainbow Room International team

This year’s Rainbow Room hair team included:   

Rachael Macdonald, salon director at the Ayr salon; Archie Lam, stylist at the Uddingston salon; Jordan Murdoch, graduate stylist at the George Square salon; Anna Macintyre, stylist from the Bearsden salon; Ellie Addison, graduate stylist from the East Kilbride salon, Sof Kinloch, designer stylist from the George Square salon and Aimie Doak, art director from the Buchanan Street salon.   

Rachael Macdonald, director of Rainbow Room Ayr salon, says, “Working at this year’s BAFTA Scotland event, we had mixed feelings of nerves and excitement; however, when we got to work, each celebrity brought their fun personality to the backstage salon set up, that instantly took our nerves away. We had a fantastic time and were honoured to work on the celebrity’s hair. Archie and I also stayed on well into the night to do touch-ups and ensure everyone looked their best, including for their backstage interviews. The day was a great success with plenty of wonderful memorable moments for us to keep and cherish.”

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