Great vibes in the salon for training last Wednesday as we all enjoyed a demonstration by Paul followed by our apprentices’ first professional blow dries on each other. Great results and exciting times!
The Pamper Parlour at SoHostel on Dean Street Home from home for Tania while in London on a colouring course at the Wella Academy. A room full of Hollywood mirrors, hairdryers and straighteners has gotta make this every hairdresser’s hostel of choice!
With Vidal Sassoon at Davies Mews, 2005. A throwback from my days teaching Diploma at Sassoon Academy. Teaching is a great love of mine so I free up my column on Wednesdays to train our staff. Apprentices combine a day at college with a weekly session with me and all stylists who join Material are introduced [...]
Standing on steps to cut Holly’s seriously long flowing locks, I cut 3 inches off the bottom but still had to use the steps to layer her hair through! A definite first for me!
Tania training with Viv: ‘balayage’ freehand highlighting techniques from the master! Apparently L’oreal invented the word balayage and the English dictionary cites its origins are from the 1970s and the French word ‘balayer’, literally ‘to sweep’.
From bare bones and barely settled dust when Isobel arrived for the first appointment, my ‘top 6 new independent salon’ now feels like home. I got the name I’d carried around in my head for years: ‘Material’ is a nod to the principles I taught at Sassoon and a brand we can grow into. The calm [...]
Vivica Davies is coming back to Material for the third time this year. Between flying in from Brazil and jetting off again to Vietnam, the international colour trainer for Alfaparf will be taking us through the latest balayage, ombre and creative colour techniques she picked up at Fox & Jane in NYC
Moving from college to a salon, you think would be easy. You’ve been shown and taught everything you need to make it as a Stylist… or at least that’s what Tania thought… Paul offered me a job at the Salon in September 2013 as the Salon was opening. We had spoken about further training and I [...]