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First ever Government Committee dedicated to the Hair Industry

Supporters include (from L to R) MK, Sophia Hilton, Jack Howard, Yesmin O'Brien, Lino Carbosiero MBE, Karine Jackson, Ken Picton, Daniel Galvin OBE and Chris Foster.

The Hair Council are thrilled to announce that the first ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hair has taken place in the House of Commons. This first meeting saw MPs from across all the main parties meeting together under the chairmanship of Shadow Minister Nia Griffiths MP. Barber John McNally MP from the SNP was elected Vice Chair and has very strong opinions on the need for professionalism throughout the hair industry. Registrar of the Hair Council, Sally Styles, said she was "really happy that this major step towards the UK Government taking the Hair industry seriously was finally a reality".

Sally, along with Hair Council Political Director Shirley Davis-Fox MBE and Parliamentary lobbying specialists Connect Communications, have set up the new APPG to enable important subjects close to the heart of the UK hairdresser or barber to be discussed. Such subjects as minimum wage, apprentices and VAT will be looked at as well as the need to professionalise the whole industry through registration.

For all those hairdressers and barbers in the UK who are already registered and supporting the Hair Council, this is a major step forward and they can be proud that it was their support that helped create this new initiative. For everyone else, if you've ever thought about becoming registered - surely now is the time to do so.

ghd UK family gets State Registered

Styling brand ghd has led the way in pro-actively supporting the campaign for UK state registration, by registering 18 of its partner hairdressers across the creative, education and style squad teams. Jo Robertson, ghd head of UK & ROI education, says: "At ghd we believe passionately that it's in the interests of the industry as a whole - and in raising professional standards for clients - that we should have state registration. We support the Hair Council in its mission to lobby MPs and as well as ensuring all our teams are professionally qualified SRH hairdressers and we will also aim to support the cause by raising awareness throughout the year during our academy seminars."

Sally Styles, CEO/Registrar Hair Council says: "I am absolutely delighted that ghd are backing the campaign and have registered all their educators. ghd is a successful and professional global company which understands that the hair industry needs registration to bring up standards and professionalism. The political lobbying campaign for registration has never been more active and the Hair Council is making huge strides towards the ultimate goal of all hairdressers and barbers having to be registered and be licensed. ghd backing the campaign is yet another indication of how the industry is getting behind the Hair Council and helping to drive forward this important change."

Hair Council attends meetings at 10 Downing Street

From left: Lynda Whitehorn, Sally Styles,
Lino Carbosiero MBE, Shirley Davis-Fox MBE

As part of their ongoing campaign for mandatory state registration, the Hair Council were honoured to visit 10 Downing Street and meet with Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, and his special adviser.

This is the first time in 50 years that a Prime Minister has met with representatives from the Hair Council.

Sally Styles, CEO and Registrar said:
"The Prime Minister was extremely interested to hear about our work, and progress towards mandatory registration. He clearly has a great deal of respect and admiration for the hair industry and we were honoured to meet him."

The delegation from the Hair Council included Shirley Davis-Fox MBE - Political Lobbyist and Political Ambassador Lino Carbosiero MBE, who is Mr Cameron's hairdresser. The delegation met with Daniel Korski, Special Adviser to David Cameron on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

The Hair Council explained the logic behind state registration and outlined the significant achievements of the Council over the last year, which have included full costings and plans as to how registration will work in practice, and regular communications to members.

Lynda Whitehorn SRH, Chair of the Hair Council said:
"Over the last year, we have made significant strides in the drive towards state registration. Our meetings in Downing Street show just how far we have come.
However, we know that there is a long journey ahead and we will continue to work hard to achieve the professional status that the UK's hairdressers deserve through mandatory state registration."

MP calls for state registration of hairdressers in Parliamentary debate

On Wednesday, 7 January, Llanelli MP and Shadow Wales Minister Nia Griffith led a Parliamentary debate which called on the Government to 'change with the times' and put in place compulsory state registration of hairdressers or barbers.

In the UK you do not need to have any qualifications to practice as a hairdresser or barber. The hair industry has 38.8 million clients who are currently unprotected from unqualified practitioners, with 351 injuries caused by hairdressers or barbers reported in one year alone.

State registration provides assurance to the customer that the hairdresser or barber is appropriately qualified or has worked as a hairdresser or barber for more than six years. The current legislation governing the practices of hairdressers and barbers dates from the 1964 Hairdressing (Registration) Act. This act enabled the state registration of hairdressing but the system remains entirely voluntary.

From Left: Lynda Whitehorn of VTCT, Nia Griffith MP, Sally Styles Registrar, Shirley Davis-Fox MBE

Nia Griffith MP said:
"The world has changed since this law was put in place over 50 years ago when most hairdressers or barbers offered a short back and sides, a perm or a shampoo and set at the most.
Hairdressing and barbering has been transformed with a huge range of services available, from a cut-throat razor shave, hair extensions, colour correction to straightening treatments. This involves the use of sharp instruments and a range of potentially harmful chemicals, meaning the public can be put at significant risk by unqualified practitioners.
The Government needs to move with the times and put in place up to date legislation which protects the consumer, as well as the hair professional."

Shirley Davis-Fox MBE, the only Welsh member of the Hair Council said:
"We are delighted that this debate has raised the profile of the hair industry in the UK. Qualified, professional hairdressers and barbers are key drivers of growth on our high streets. They support local employment, train apprentices, serve their communities and contribute significantly to our economy.
This debate is just the start of our work, and we will continue to work with MPs and peers to fight for mandatory state registration, which will help improve the status of hairdressers and barbers, protect the consumer and maintain public trust and confidence in our industry."

Sally Styles, CEO and Registrar of the Hair Council said:
"This debate was extremely important and a key milestone in the campaign for registration. Once again, we have succeeded in raising awareness of the need for the hair industry to be registered within Government. I was extremely pleased with the amount of support we received for the debate from within the Hairdressing and Barbering industries".

Lynda Whitehorn Specialist Lead for Hairdressing and Barbering for VTCT, a very proud State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) and Chair of the Hair Council said:
"The hair industry provides such diverse opportunities for work here in the UK and contributes nearly six billion pounds to the UK economy. We as an industry provide such a valued service to our clientele, apart from the obvious of making them look and feel great.
The technical skill set that we employ daily, takes years of study and practice to achieve. Every client presents a different set of issues for us to work with and this vast knowledge that we gain and draw upon, ensures we create their perfect look.
Compulsory registration for the hair industry will ensure that every practicing technician will have a minimum set of skills achieved through regulated qualifications.
I personally look forward to continuing and achieving our pursuit for registration."

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Hair Council Ambassadors: the trophy presentation

Photo - from Left: Jack Howard - Social Media Ambassador, Sophia Hilton - Face of Council, Chris Foster - Barbering Ambassador, Anne Veck - Ambassador, Lino Carbosiero MBE- Political Ambassador, Andrew Barton - Honorary Ambassador, Errol Douglas MBE - Honorary Ambassador, Daniel Galvin OBE - Patron of Honour

The Hair Council were delighted to present the 2015 ambassadors with trophies at a small gathering in central London recently.

Sally Styles, Registrar and Lynda Whitehorn, Chair of Council spoke about how far the Hair Council had come in the last year and that so many iconic hairdressers and barbers supported the Council with testaments to this.
As well as ambassador Anne Veck, Jack Howard was awarded the media ambassadorship, Sophia Hilton as the 2015 Face of Council, Lino Carbosiero MBE (hairdresser to the PM) as political ambassador, Errol Douglas MBE and Andrew Barton as honorary ambassadors and Daniel Galvin OBE as Council's Patron of Honour.

We are also looking forward to working with ambassadors Jamie Stevens, Mark Wooley, Beverley C, Mark Leeson and Hooker & Young during 2015.

Mark Leeson wins British Hairdresser of the Year 2014

Multi award winning hairdresser Mark Leeson has won the ultimate hairdressing accolade by winning British Hairdresser of the Year.

The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, is dubbed the 'Oscars' of the hairdressing world and is one of the most glitzy events in the hairdressing calendar. Held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, the night was hosted by legendary comedian, James Corden, and Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr.

Mark Leeson receives the award
Mark Leeson receives the award
A total of 16 awards are presented on the night, recognising the finest hairdressing talent in Britain. Top pop sensation Union J entertained guests with some of their best known tracks, and more than 1800 hairdressers tucked into a three course meal before the awards were announced and guests partied the night away into the early hours.

With a bustling salon in Mansfield, and a second salon just opened in Chesterfield, Mark Leeson's latest award win is well and truly flying the flag for British hairdressing. Hairdressers Journal's Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, said "British hairdressers are internationally renowned for their creativity, originality and innovation, and we are proud that the British Hairdressing Awards continue to celebrate this," she said. "It has been inspiring on this special anniversary to see the standard of entries in all categories exceeding high expectations. Congratulations to Mark Leeson and all the 2014 winners who truly are the best of British."

2014 is Mark's 30th anniversary in hairdressing during which time he has finalised for 32 British Hairdressing Awards and won an incredible 14, as well as numerous other high profile titles. A globally recognised name, Mark's iconic work is frequently published in hairdressing titles all over the world, and his presence is often requested at shows and seminars in every continent. "I'm truly honoured to be British Hairdresser of the Year 2014. I've dedicated my life to hairdressing and to be recognised by my peers as the best in the country is incredible. This has been a dream of mine since the day that I started hairdressing and I'm living proof that if you work hard and don't give up, you can achieve anything. I'm so grateful to all the people who have supported me over the years and to my wonderful team - without them none of this would be possible," said Mark.

This is the highest accolade within the hairdressing industry and only a handful of hairdressers have won this hugely prestigious award. Mark first had to be nominated by his peers and panel of leading beauty editors, and then produced a photographic collection of 8 images, which along with a portfolio was judged by an exclusive panel of industry legends.

Mark is famed for his extensive and inventive colour work, and for producing striking photographic collections that have grabbed the attention of beauty journalists across the globe. His work brings contemporary glamour to the hairdressing world via his trademark of exaggerated, sexy and breath-taking hairdressing.

For further information on Mark Leeson visit or Call Chesterfield: 01246 238184 or Mansfield: 01623 622283

UK Student of the Year Awards : The winners

The Final took place at L'Oréal Studios in Hammersmith, judged by celebrity hairdressers Gary Hooker and Michael Young and Jayne Schauenburg.

When the winners were announced it was revealed that for the first time in 40 years there was a tie for Level 2: Tara Walls from Rainbow Rooms International and Marlena Luczak from Stoke on Trent College were joint winners in this category while Lauren Thompson from Reflections Training Academy took the Award for Level 3.

More details here

Introducing the new Chair of the Council - Lynda Whitehorn SRH

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Hairdressing Council, the position of Chair was secured by Mrs Lynda Whitehorn SRH. Lynda has been on the Council for a number of years and works tirelessly to help secure mandatory registration in the UK.

Lynda Whitehorn
Lynda Whitehorn SRH
At present Lynda works for the Awarding Body, VTCT who specialise in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy qualifications. When asked about securing the post Lynda responded:
"I am thrilled to be given the honour of Chair for the Hairdressing Council and plan to support Sally Styles the CEO/Registrar in her quest to make Hairdressing and Barbering recognised as a regulated profession. This will only happen if all areas of the sector pull together to gain support from MPs, practising hairdressers, salon owners and the general public to demonstrate our united belief that we are a profession in need of regulation".

"Where would I like to see the HC in three years? I would like knowledge of the register to be so great, the general public automatically research the HC directory to find their nearest state registered hairdresser when looking for a great hairdresser.

From a very early age, I only ever wanted to do one thing, which was to become a hairdresser! I started working in the industry at the age of 15 as a Saturday girl, for a large prestigious chain of salons called 'Raymonds'. This very quickly turned into an apprenticeship where I trained and stayed for five years to become a very successful senior stylist.

I then worked self employed whilst my children were young and remained in the industry in various roles for 10 years until in 1998 when I went back to school myself and trained to be an assessor and a teacher, and then entered the world of Further Education.

I loved my time in the hairdressing department at Southampton City College, where I stayed for 12 years teaching and nurturing young learners into a hairdressing career. I did think I would stay in FE but eventually my love for development work lead to my current position at VTCT.

Now I look after the hairdressing and barbering industries for VTCT from every angle. Every day I do something different; from comparing CPD road shows to writing hairdressing units for qualifications, to visiting colleges and centres to help them deliver our qualifications. That was four hectic years ago but the best of my working career!

So 35 years later, and I am as passionate about our industry today as I was as a young apprentice. The only difference now is I can implement change. It is a very exciting time for hairdressing and barbering with a new National Occupational Standards ready to be launched, a new style apprenticeship designed by the Trailblazer steering groups out for consultation, and we are the closest we have ever been for our industries to be recognised by the Government that all practicing hairdressers and barbers should be both qualified and state registered.

The Hairdressing Council are actively lobbying government for cross party support for registration. This will improve the standard of the industry for all involved - clients, trainees, hairdressers and salon owners alike.

I would like to thank Sally and the other members of the Hairdressing Council Committee for putting their faith in me to help steer the Hairdressing Council, especially Mr Arthur Ehoff the outgoing chairman from the last three years".

Lobbying reception a resounding success

On a beautifully sunny day 200 from the hairdressing industry gathered on the Terrace at the House of Commons to celebrate the Hairdressing Council's 50th year and to help lobby for mandatory registration. Alongside registered hairdressers and barbers were industry celebrities, manufacturers, press and other industry organizations. Celebrity Hairdressing Council Ambassadors Jamie Stevens, Andrew Barton and Lino Carbosiero were happy to promote registration with their colleagues.

Andrew Barton, Jamie Stevens, David Morris MP, Lino Carbosiero MBE

Andrew Barton said "As an Honorary Ambassador of the Hairdressing Council, I believe strongly that registration in the UK hairdressing would help promote higher standards and unite the industry in its campaign for regulation"

Jamie Stevens said "the enthusiasm for mandatory registration is at an all-time high and I was glad to be supporting the Hairdressing Council at this event. I urge all professional hairdressers to register now".

During the speeches, David Morris MP said he is firmly backing mandatory registration and was talking to all parties before the long awaited Westminster Debate. Stephen Nurse - Operations Director at Daniel Galvin's Salon called upon the whole industry to push harder for registration which was closer than ever to becoming a reality.

See photos from the event here

Sian Arnold SRH shadows Lino Carbosiero MBE

Each month a registered hairdresser is selected randomly to spend a day with a celebrity hairdresser. For February, Sian Arnold from Inspirations, Brentwood in Essex was the lucky winner and spent a day with Lino Carbosiero, hairdresser to the celebrities as well as the PM. Here Sian talks about her win.

"I was so excited to be selected by the Hairdressing Council to spend the day shadowing Lino Carbosiero at the Daniel Galvin Salon in London. I arrived at the Salon in the pouring rain, feeling extremely nervous about the day ahead. I was met by Sally Styles - Registrar and CEO of the Hairdressing Council - she introduced to me Lino who immediately put me at ease and made me feel very welcome.
"Having been a state registered Hairdresser for the last 20 years, I immediately recognised the importance of the registration campaign to Lino. He is an ambassador for the state registration and is keen to see every hairdresser registered. We then took a few minutes out, before the start of his busy work schedule, to take some photos.

""Watching Lino cutting and styling one of his female clients, I was immediately struck by the way he made his clients feel totally relaxed and at ease. I watched his technique closely, to see if I could pick any tips to improve my own style and I was particularly impressed with the way he put body and curl into the hair with so little effort.

"The Trainees at the Salon appeared to be efficient, happy in their work and eager to learn. The Salon remained busy throughout the day with lots of chatter and excitement amongst the clients about the fact that Lino will be off to Buckingham Palace the next day to pick up his MBE awarded. It was clear to see the special relationship he has with his clients.

""If you are lucky to be selected as the monthly SRH winner to spend a day with a celebrity hairdresser then I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity - I had a fabulous day"

Lino said "I am so honoured to be part of the Hairdressing Council and to be able to work for a day with such a wonderful person as Sian, who after 45 years still has the passion and drive to push the boundaries in our profession. I had a great day with Sian and I will definitely keep in touch. I look forward to meeting her trainees."

Assembly Members support campaign to regulate hairdressing industry

A national campaign to encourage all qualified hairdressers and barbers to become state registered to professionalise and regulate the industry was boosted by cross party support at the heart of government in Wales this week. Among those pledging their support at a reception, held at the National Assembly for Wales' Senedd in Cardiff, was Wales' Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates. Mr Skates said: "This campaign has been invaluable in drawing attention to the crucially important area of better recognising the skills and qualifications in the hair and beauty sector. Although not a devolved matter, I am determined to do what I can to assist in driving up skills standards in this sector and have this recognised formally. I hope the UK Government will listen with great sympathy to those leading the campaign."

Nick Ramsay addressing the crowd
Support for the campaign was demonstrated by salon owners, hairdressers and barbers who attended the reception, which was sponsored by Conservative Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay. Mr Ramsay described the reception as an important way of raising awareness of the issue with AMs and the general public. "Most people would assume that there was statutory regulation in the industry," he added. "We are not talking about big bucks to introduce this, so there is no financial reason to oppose it and we shall be pressing the UK Government to review the case." Assembly Members were encouraged to sign a Statement of Opinion to support the campaign. Top registered hairdressers Ken Picton, Christian Guy, Mark Coray and Lloyd Griffiths were all present to support the campaign.

Shirley Davis-Fox speaking
at the Senedd
The person spearheading the campaign in Wales is Hairdressing Council member Shirley Davis-Fox, chair of Bridgend-based ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales spoke at the reception and said she was overwhelmed with the response and support she had received to date. "By bringing in compulsory registration we will change the perception of hairdressing and barbering as a career choice," she told the reception. "We must all recognise, like the USA, Australia and Japan, that this industry is a highly respected profession. This is essential to our campaign"

Warren Holmes SRH -
passionate about registration
Celebrity hairdresser Warren Holmes also spoke at the reception and said he was a passionate supporter of state registration. He said he was speechless when he discovered that the hair industry was unregulated. "British hairdressers are regarded worldwide as the best, yet our laws would suggest anything but," he added. "The industry is speaking with one voice on this subject and introducing state registration will create no additional costs to hairdressers, salons nor the government."

Sally Styles, Registrar of the Hairdressing council attended the reception and said she was "thrilled with the progress Shirley had made throughout Wales, increasing awareness and moving the political campaign forward in great strides". She had replicated the campaign in Westminster and was meeting MPs from all political parties lobbying for their support.

Shirley Davis-Fox with
Ken Skates, Labour Minister for Skills & Technology
Keith Davies, AM for Llanelli, led a 30-minute debate in the Senedd in November supporting compulsory state registration and Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, has written to Mr Skates calling for trainers, tutors and educators in schools, colleges and training providers to be state registered to raise standards. Aled Roberts, Liberal Democrat regional AM for North Wales, said he was surprised to discover that the industry was unregulated and pledged his support for the campaign to recognise qualified hairdressers, which would reassure customers.

Shirley Davies-Fox, Warren Holmes
and Sally Styles, Hairdressing Council registrar
The campaign now heads to the Houses of Parliament in London, where Nia Griffiths, MP for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire, has agreed to lead a Westminster Hall debate on state registration before Easter. She will call on Minister Matthew Hancock to review the current regulation of the industry.

Salons, hairdressers, colleges and politicians
interested in joining the state registration campaign
are asked to contact
Mrs Davis-Fox on 0845 301 8660 or Sally Styles on 020 8760 7011

Matrix Education and Artistic Teams are all State Registered

The campaign for registration is something that Matrix fully supports in partnership with The Hairdressing Council. All of the Matrix Educators and Artists are proud to be registered and the 100 strong Matrix team will be promoting this at all Matrix education throughout the year making sure that everyone in the industry understands the importance of the campaign.

At the Matrix annual conference in Iceland, it was announced to the 14 Matrix Distributors and their teams that the Education and Artistic teams are registered which reinforced the great work the Hairdressing Council do in raising awareness for the registration campaign. To highlight Matrix support the entire education and Artistic team were brought together with their certificates for a photograph to publicise their support.

Matrix is an inspirational brand born in 1980 by a husband and wife team called Arnie and Sydell Miller. The Millers provided hairdressers with a comprehensive range of products to grow their businesses and provided the means to take full advantage of their talent and creativity. Matrix is now part of the L'Oreal Professional Products Division, but those original philosophies are still engrained within the Matrix brand with sound education and supporting and encouraging all hairdressers to 'Imagine all they can be...'

Lino Carbosiero awarded MBE

Lino Carbosiero SRH has been in just about every national newspaper and on TV and radio station since receiving news of his MBE Award. Why? Because he's the PM's hairdresser and it has been questioned again and again if a 'hairdresser' really deserves such an award. Lino is not the only hairdresser to receive this award, indeed he is one of 3 this year, it's his link to David Cameron which has sparked such intense publicity - despite Downing Street making a statement that they did not nominate him.

Lino Carbosiero has earned this award on his own merit - just a quick look at his website shows the number of celebrity clients he has and the money he has raised for charities is incredible. Why then the negative publicity - simple - he is a hairdresser. On radio 2 yesterday a caller said if these awards are being given to hairdressers they are no better than 'Blue Peter' badges.

When asked if some of the shine had been taken off receiving the honour, Lino said people 'knock hairdressers' but the award showed their importance in communities - why shouldn't they be rewarded for the service they perform? He said "the negativity saddens me because it's all about why should a hairdresser get it. In the last ten years more and more hairdressers are recognised. It shows people are recognising that hairdressers aren't just fluffy and stand behind the chair and talk nonsense all day. We do a lot behind the scenes as well".

The negativity is so frustrating and just goes to underpin the argument that until our fabulous industry has professional recognition through regulation, the perception of it will remain unjust and disrespectful by the press, government, parents and school teachers. The situation has to change - if you feel the same, please become a registered hairdresser today and add your name to the campaign.

Akin Konizi wins British Hairdresser of the Year

Congratulations to Akin Konizi SRH who has won the 2013 British Hairdresser of the Year at the glittering Awards ceremony.

The British Hairdressing Awards are based on photographic entries that demonstrate the skills and talents of the entrant. As winner, Akin becomes an ambassador for British hairdressing, appearing on television, radio and in the national and consumer press.

Akin's winning style
The event was compered by leading media personality David Walliams with entertainment provided by chart topping Stooshe.

Other award winners included Ken Picton SRH from Cardiff who was recognized for winning his category three times and Sophia Hilton SRH who won Newcomer of the Year (a collection by Sophia will be our featured collection for December). Mark Leeson SRH's salon won Artistic Team of the Year. Congratulations to all.

Political Update

Shirley Davis-Fox with Keith Davies AM

Hairdressing Council member Shirley Davis-Fox has been lobbying Welsh MPs and AMs to help persuade Westminster of the importance of regulation for hairdressers in the UK.

Her campaign has been extremely successful and has resulted in almost 30 meetings and a short debate in the Welsh Assembly Senedd in Cardiff where Keith Davies AM spoke of the need for regulation.
Shirley, who is the Managing Director of ISA Training, the largest training provider in Wales, also met with a number of MPs in Westminster along with the Hairdressing Council's Registrar Sally Styles.

Shirley with Nia Griffith MP and Sally Styles
It was during one of these meetings that Dr Hywel Francis MP agreed to hold an early day motion and Nia Griffith MP will lead a Westminster Hall Debate. Sally is currently writing to the remainder of MPs across the UK to support the campaign for regulation. "Registered hairdressers should be proud that they are part of this campaign to raise professionalism and perception towards our industry" she said. "I'm very excited to see the beginning of change in attitude towards the hairdressing and barbering sector by Government".

Shirley said she would continue to work tirelessly towards the goal of registration for hairdressers and barbers in Wales and would visit salons and colleges across the country in her quest for support.

with Jessica Morden MP (centre)

with the Right Hon David Hanson MP

Daniel Galvin OBE Honoured by Hairdressing Council

The King of Colour, Daniel Galvin OBE, was presented with the Hairdressing Council's highest honour recently during an intimate party at his salon in London.

Daniel Galvin with Arthur Ehoff and Sally Styles

To celebrate the hairdresser's new title as the Hairdressing Council's Patron of Honour, leading industry figureheads and long-standing colleagues gathered for the celebration. Amongst the crowd was son and fellow stylist, James Galvin, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing's Ann Herman and David Drew, and L'Oréal Professionnel's Alan Richardson.

This award comes at the end of a productive and progressive year for the Hairdressing Council. The House of Commons Luncheon and Tea Party in July was a huge success and followed with a meeting at Downing Street with the Prime Minister's Advisor.

Daniel's unwavering support to the Hairdressing Council was further cemented when he registered all of his hairdressers in the salon. As only the second hairdresser ever to receive the prestigious accolade - the first being Vidal Sassoon - Daniel's involvement in the campaign has been instrumental.

Leading the speeches was Stephen Nurse, Operations Director at Daniel Galvin. Commenting on his passion for regulation and how this was reflected in the salon, he spoke about the Council's commitment to ensuring the progression of hairdressing as a registered profession.

Lino Carbosiero SRH, hairdresser to the Prime Minister and long time friend to Daniel Galvin, addressed the crowd and talked about his own journey with the Hairdressing Council and how he had been amazed that the profession didn't yet have the status it deserves.

The Hairdressing Council's Chairman, Arthur Ehoff and Registrar Sally Styles (in picture) presented Daniel with his plaque. "Daniel is being honoured because of his lifelong belief in our in-dustry, but also because of his lifelong belief in our organisation. The Hairdressing Council does not give this award lightly and it is because of Daniel's dedication to hairdressing that we feel he truly deserves it" said Arthur.

Daniel shared in his thank you speech that hairdressing has always been an incredible passion and after three operations this year he couldn't wait to get back on the salon floor. "The Hairdressing Council is so important. We must have well educated, regulated staff to attract clients and keep hold of them," said Daniel. "When I first opened my salon, it was the quality and talent of the staff that kept people coming back."

2013 Student of the Year: the Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 UK Student of the Year Awards.
The Level 2 winner was Danielle Cooper from JET Hairdressing and the Level 3 winner was Josh Parr from Reflections Training.

See the main story here - and more images from the event.

A Warning

A few of our members have alerted us to the fact that they have received calls recently SUPPOSEDLY on behalf of the Hair Council. The callers said they were from the "Parliamentary Office" and talked to them briefly about the campaign for State Registration - then tried to sell them advertising space in a publication. The number given to call back on was an 0208 956 number..

These calls are NOT being made on behalf of the Hairdressing Council and we would ask members to let us know if they have had any similar calls. We are currently investigating this, but please if you are unsure about a call from the Hairdressing Council, just ask the caller to confirm your registration number as only we would be able to confirm it.

First FE College in Wales to register all hairdressing lecturers and assessors
Hairdressing lecturers and assessors from Coleg Ystrad Mynach with their state registration certificates

Congratulations to Coleg Ystrad Mynach - the first FE College in Wales to respond to the call to register all hairdressing lecturers and assessors by Hairdressing Council member Shirley Davis-Fox. Shirley, Managing Director of ISA Training ( the largest hairdressing training provider in Wales), works tirelessly to promote registration, visiting salons and colleges across Wales.

Elizabeth Jones, Head of Hairdressing in Coleg Ystrad Mynach said:
"Hairdressing staff were very impressed and motivated by Shirley's presentation and wish to be recognised for their skills and quality. Being state registered gives them kudos and raises awareness and standards".

Alongside our lobbying of Westminster MPs, Shirley Davis-Fox is pressing the Welsh Government to make state registration of qualified hairdressers compulsory, describing it as a crucial step on the road to gaining universal recognition and respect for the profession.

I really hope more colleges and training centres follow suit and ensure all their lecturers and assessors are registered - this, in turn, will result in a greater understanding of registration that can be passed onto students.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who promotes registration in any way.

Daniel Galvin pledges support for the Registration Campaign

The call for registration in hairdressing is boosted by the support of Daniel Galvin, who now pledges to promote the national campaign run by the Hairdressing Council. He joins many other top industry names including Trevor Sorbie, Andrew Collinge and Andrew Barton who have long championed the cause. Becoming State-registered means you'll gain official recognition under the law: the Hairdressers Registration Act, and the right to use the initials SRH after your name, among other benefits (including advice and insurance discounts). Daniel reminds us that all qualified hairdressers in the premier, London-based Daniel Galvin Salon are already registered, and in a joint statement, Daniel and the Hairdressing Council note that British hairdressing already recognised as the best in the world, and with 1% of the total UK workforce and a 5 billion turnover - it's wrong that hairdressing in the UK is still completely unregulated!

"It is wholly unacceptable that British hairdressing is globally recognised as being the very best yet we remain one of the few countries where we are not recognised by the government as a licensed trade," says Daniel. "Any salon owner, manager or hairdresser who remotely considers themselves a professional must act and register with the council now."

HC & BBA - Update

The Hairdressing Council and British Barbers Association (BBA) are excited to announce their joint campaign to recognize Barbers has been enthusiastically received within the industry. The new State Registered Barber and State Registered Senior Barber categories had to be agreed by Government before their launch at the recent Pro Hair Exhibition.

Mike Taylor of the BBA with HC registrar
Sally Styles at Pro Hair Live

'Grandfather' rights are accepted by the Council for those who don't have formal qualifications but have been barbering for over six years on the shop floor, as the NVQ in Barbering is a comparatively recent qualification. However, proof of the time service must be submitted and an accredited BBA certificate can be used for this.

Being state registered shows you support the campaign for regulations and the importance of stopping the current situation where anyone can call themselves a barber with no experience or qualifications.

The Hairdressing Council are offering a massive 30% discount for barbers to become state registered in April so don't delay, do it now! If you are already registered with the Council call 020 8760 7010 and your certificate can be changed free of charge.

If you would like to gain a BBA accreditation please email

Two new Hairdressing Council Ambassadors are announced

The Hairdressing Council are delighted to announce two fantastic industry names who will join Andrew Barton as their Ambassadors. Jamie Stevens and Paul Falltrick are both passionate about the hairdressing industry and registration. The Registrar Sally Styles said she was really happy about this and confident that the three ambassadors would help to promote further registration.

Jamie Stevens (right) said "I'm so honoured to become Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council as it's something I strongly believe in. I feel passionately that hairdressing deserves respect as a serious profession; so by making sure you are State Registered and encouraging others to do the same, it will pave the way for change to raise standards and ensure the professionalism of our industry, in turn changing perceptions outside of it"

Paul Falltrick

Paul Falltrick (left) : "I am delighted to be appointed as an Ambassador of The Hairdressing Council. Having been a member for many years, I fully support the movement to make the industry more regulated and feel it's really important for the reputation of British Hairdressing that a constant standard and level of professionalism is maintained throughout the UK. I'm proud to be part of an organisation that gives clients an informed way to find great salons in their local areas and look forward to spreading the word and helping the movement grow"
For further information on registration please visit this page or call 020 8760 7011

Health and Safety in Hairdressing

State Registered Hairdressers might have heard about the new European Framework agreement on Health and Safety in hairdressing. There has been a lot of talk, especially in national magazines such as Marie Claire and newspapers such as The Sun, about some aspects of it in particular. These include the requirement to wear non-slip shoes and no jewellery on the hands or arms during work. Here is the full document being discussed for your information. See the next issue of 'Hairdresser' magazine for Hellen Ward's take on this new European legislation.