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The 1st Welsh Women's Awards 2019

Mark Leeson receives the award
Shirley Davis-Fox MBE

Nominated and a finalist in the 'Women of Influence' category in the above awards, I am delighted to be able to tell you that Shirley Davis-Fox MBE won this award at a black tie event at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff on Wednesday April 3rd. Up against some fierce competition, much of Shirley's triumph was based upon the excellent work she has carried out on behalf of the Hair and Barber Council over the past few years. I am sure you will join with me in sending our congratulations to Shirley, a brilliant accolade and a fitting tribute to her hard work and tenacity.


Goldwell Take The Hair & Barber Council to Dubrovnik

Goldwell recently invited us to their annual Hub network event in Croatia. Held at The Sun Gardens Hotel, a stunning 5* resort and spa on the glistering blue Adriatic coast, with its own private beach and panoramic sunset views of the Elaphiti Islands. We were lucky enough to have enjoyed two days of inspirational presentations, expert speakers, business insight and networking.

In the evening, Goldwell put on an exceptional drinks reception on board a traditional Karaka sailing ship to watch the sunset. The following day, we managed to squeeze some down time in Dubrovnik's picturesque Old Town before heading home.

CEO/Registrar, Keith Conniford was one of the guest speakers, and was able to present the many benefits of getting our industry regulated, which was met with 100% positivity from the highly professional Hub members.

During his presentation, Keith was able to announce that Goldwell will be registering their HUB members, with the Hair and Barber Council under our new corporate membership. This will ultimately give us up to 250 new Corporate members!

A big thank you to General Manager, Mark Giannandrea, for both his and the Company's commitment to our cause, and for inviting us to attend this inspirational event!

Young hairdressers & barbers working towards industry regulation

On Monday 12th March, the Hair & Barber Council (HBC) held their first Junior Council meeting. The Junior Council is made up of a group of 18-26 year olds who firmly believe that the hair and barber world needs to be regulated. This is the first time the HBC has got involved with the younger generation of hairdressers and barbers, and now they know what they've been missing.

L - R : Tegan Robertson, Lauren McComish, Ellie Agius, Ellie Holehouse,
Natalia Antypa, Jessica Hill, Niall McNulty, Jamie Williams

The Junior Council, headed by HBC's very own Ellie Agius kicked off with a bang. Ellie said "There was such a positive vibe in the room, and so much enthusiasm. I'm really excited to see where the Junior Council will take us, and to watch it grow."

Thanks to the Junior Council, The HBC will be running a monthly competition on their instagram page @hairandbarbercouncil, where they will ask fellow hairdressers/barbers to use the hashtag #HBCouncil when posting their work and who knows.. Your work might even be reposted to their thousands of followers (how cool is that?) One winner will be pulled out each month and they will receive one year's free membership.

The other Junior Council ideas are still being discussed. Don't worry, you will be hearing more from them very soon!

The winners of the 2017 Hair Council Student of the Year are announced

A nne Veck, Yesmin O'Brien and Jayne Schauenburg were the judges at the Final of this year's competition, where Liberty Clark and Jurgita Allen come through to win the coveted awards in Level 2 and Level 3 respectively.   Get the story here

House of Commons Tea Party

On a beautiful day to gather on the Terrace at the House of Commons, 200 people from the hairdressing industry were invited to attend the Hair Council's annual tea party to help lobby for mandatory registration. Alongside registered hairdressers and barbers were industry celebrities, manufacturers, press and other industry organizations. Celebrity Hair Council Ambassadors Errol Douglas MBE, Andrew Barton and Lino Carbosiero MBE were happy to promote registration with their colleagues.

Andrew Barton and Keith Conniford

Andrew Barton, who received his Honorary Ambassador award on the day said "I believe strongly that registration in the UK hairdressing would help promote higher standards and unite the industry in its campaign for regulation".

During the speeches, Rt Hon David Hanson MP said "Everyone needs a haircut, even me." and asked everyone to write to their local MP making them aware of the lack of regulation within this industry.

Bill Shaw MBE, Chair of the Hair Council introduced everyone to the new CEO/Registrar of the Hair Council, Keith Conniford. Keith spoke about his passion for the industry and how determined he is to achieve mandatory registration.

Student of the Year 2016 Winners Announced

The finalists with their models     [photo by Alphonso Grose]

The winners of the Hair Council Student of the Year, in association with L'Oréal Professionnel and VTCT, have been announced.

Following a photographic competition, judged by Patrick Cameron, Andrew Barton and Jamie Stevens, eight Level 2 and eight Level 3 students contested the final. The practical took place at L'Oréal Studios in Hammersmith where the finalists had to recreate their original photographic look. The competition was judged by balayage specialist and previous winner Sophia Hilton and her top stylist, Ross Cosgrove as well as Jayne Schauenburg, a previous winner herself and hairdressing educator.

They then went on to be interviewed by Jayne Schauenburg, VTCT's Lynda Whitehorn and City & Guilds' Diane Mitchell about not just their work, but the work of the Hair Council . All 16 finalists received a goody bag packed to the brim with products and brushes from 11 different companies including: Denman, L'Oréal Professionel, Goldwell, KMS, GHD, Wella, Fudge, Affinage, Kerastase, Matrix and Redken.

Many congratulations to Jurgita Allen from Coleg Cambria and Soraya Hadjali from Cardiff and Vale College who won the Level 2 competition; and to Louisa Jones from The Salon for Level 3.

The winners receive a day shadowing celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton and a career guided lunch with Sophia Hilton as well as afternoon tea at the House of Commons.