Respect to The Fellowship For British Hairdressing for its proud statement this week on dropping a long-standing appointment to use the Dorchester Hotel in London for its annual awards. This follows a call to action from George Clooney requesting a boycott of the entire Dorchester Collection hotels (9 premises across US, UK, France and Italy) which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei through the Brunei Investment Agency. The issue is that from this week, the tiny South East Asian state of Brunei adopts Sharia punishments including the severing of limbs for theft, and death by stoning for adulterers and homosexual activity. We don’t live and work in a bubble – as individuals, as salons, as groups, hairdressing has a voice, and we urge you to use it.
News added: 22/11/18: Jamie Stevens
Jamie Stevens won his peers vote to make him the Fellowship for British Hairdressing ‘Hairdresser of the Year 2018’, and 12 months later, a rapt audience of industry big-hitters were just as appreciative. Rounding off a great year in the spotlight with ‘An Evening with Jamie Stevens’, our man revealed how as a former FAME team member, he “wouldn’t be the hairdresser I am today without the Fellowship!” Quite a strong statement, and his bold hair-work ain’t half bad either. Seriously, Jamie presented seven models showcasing strong skills in cutting (a gent’s skin fade in seven minutes anyone?), styling and avant-garde.
In his interview with Fellowship President Karine Jackson, Jamie covered his life and career, sharing his future plans. He admitted that opening two salons in the space of 12 months was the hardest thing he’d ever done, but still has more to come over the next four years.
Jamie says: “It was such a great pleasure to do this night and a brilliant culmination to my year as Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year. It’s a title I’ve been thrilled to win and means so much coming from the Fellowship, an institution that really has helped shaped my career and life in many way. I’m passionate about promoting our industry and loved this platform to talk about education, inspiration and more.”
News added 19/07/18: New moves
Pin back your lug-holes, The Fellowship for British Hairdressing announces Simon Shaw as the new Chairperson and Kerry Mather as Vice-Chairperson. Both interestingly hairdressers when these roles often go to players from the manufacturing side of our industry. We hear that the likes of Andrew Barton, Rob Eaton and Sean Dawson are in the running for the President spot (to follow the dynamic powerhouse that is Karine Jackson who steps down next April). This would be cool – to have one of the most influential associations back in the hands of grass-roots hairdressers. Seize back the power we tell you, hairdressing run by hairdressers not brands… we love it
Simon Shaw: 40+ years of salon experience means Simon provides business, financial and management advice, liaises with sponsors to ensure their continued support and generally helps the team maintain the smooth running of the Fellowship. Having worked in salons, including a two-year stint at Vidal Sassoon, Simon jointly opened his first salon in Maidenhead in 1984. This company grew to a 13-salon group, employing more than 300 staff. He has coached countless individuals and salons to success – most recently with Simon Shaw Education, where he teaches courses for L’Oréal both in the UK and abroad, as well as privately for individual salons.
Kerry Mather: Particularly keen on developing opportunities for young hairdressers, and maintaining the growth of the industry amongst school leavers, Kerry, owns and manages KJM Salons in Hampshire. She is a former member of the Colour Project team, a Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Master and a three-time nominee for Southern Hairdresser of the Year. Her business recently won Salon Team of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards; something she considers one of her greatest achievements.
News added 21/06/18:Chris Williams, creative director at Rush Academy is our latest colour crush. We love how he’s so upbeat and easy to follow when showcasing and explaining processes, as well as being inventive with the brush work!
We were happy to see Chris last week when he ran a mentor day for members of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing Colour Project team. The amazing opportunity gave CP members a chance to learn some consolation insights from Chris (who does have the gift of the gab). They were also able to discover how he uses theory of colour and the colour wheel to inform both his salon work and his award-winning photography. A workshop on nature, colour, print and pattern gave everyone a chance to show off.
Chris also gave a demonstration on how to bring ideas to life through a demo of colour placement on block. The CP team gave life to their ideas through practical sessions and were able to experiment with blonde wefts to create innovative printing effects – ranging from checks to free-hand lines and swirls.
Colour Project team member Sara Williams says: “The day was a great mix of skills to take back to salon day to day life, and exciting techniques. It will really help when we’re thinking of new ideas for future shoots and creating creative images without having to colour your model’s hair.”
As a former President of the Fellowship himself and the recipient of countless awards, Errol is already one of the most renowned names in hairdressing. This title confirms his position as an influencer, educator and all-round role model for the industry.
The hosts of the presentation where Chancellor Ken Picton, President Karine Jackson and Chairman Jo Martin. Jamie Stevens was announced Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year – congratulations.
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