Training Award – British Hairdressing Awards

We’ve done it again, we are so pleased to have made it to the finals of the British Hairdressing Business Awards, this year we are up for 2 awards, the Training award and the Business Directors of the year award. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

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Setting The Style


Karly Whittaker wins
Translating high-fashion to street style and red carpet creations into wearable looks for every day women, Karly Whittaker of The Salon in Taunton has earned the hotly contended HAIR TREND title at the Creative Head magazine’s 2013 Most Wanted Awards, which celebrate unrivalled star quality and recognise the very best in UK hairdressing.
At the gripping Grand Final, hosted by TV funny-man and stand-up star Russell Kane at the awe-inspiring Natural History Museum in London on Monday 2 September, Karly was presented with her trophy to the cheers of a 600-strong audience including the who’s who of the hairdressing world, beauty industry bigwigs, fashion frontrunners and some of the UK’s leading business minds.
One of the 11 most wanted categories, and judged by a panel of experts including Nicola Moulton, beauty and health director at Vogue, globally revered colourist Josh Wood and Lindsay Cruickshank, director at Premier hair and Makeup, HAIR TREND champion Karly has proved that she can identify a style set to skyrocket and create a look that the UK’s glossiest magazines will fight over to feature. The image was described by the judges as beautiful, modern, yet with a timeless feel.
“The extremes in texture and feel of luxury of this image were a stand out for me” Josh Wood
Karly beat off competition from nationwide salon groups including Trevor Sorbie, HOB Salons and Toni & Guy to scoop the award. Upon winning she said “This is such a surprise! I looked at the other finalist’s images and thought “I won’t be needing a speech tonight then! I can just enjoy myself!” So I am completely speechless but utterly delighted!”
“The look is about combining textures for a beautiful 70’s inspired outcome!” says Karly “Smooth sleek and shiny roots, meet tousled matt textured curl. The look I created is quite an evening look, partly due to the strong make-up look. This could also be accessorised with a beaded headband for a fabulous bridal look, or you can definitely soften this down for a really cool 70’s day look – just think original Charlie’s Angels!”
Photos: Karly Whittaker with her award plus the winning image.
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Creative Careers


Beauty Therapy through both Practical and Theoretical applications.

The Hair Academy South West stresses the commitment of excellence in hairdressing training. It is operated and owned by hairdressers who have been and are still successful in the industry. Our tutors, who are winners of numerous awards, have been helping young people to become hairdressers since 1987 and are at the forefront of this exciting career with high achievement rates.

Coming soon in Sept 2011 Beauty Therapy

From September 2011 we will be offering Beauty Therapy training in the Hair & Beauty Academy. You will be taught by qualified Beauty Therapists who will help you learn the essential art of Beauty Therapy through practical theoretical applications. We offer both government funded apprenticeships and private funded courses all built around your individual needs. For more information please click here.

Focus is key to success

Alfie Booth left a degree course in media studies to train as a hairdresser. Now 24, he is entering the British Hairdresser Awards for the second time, having reached the final six in his category in 2006.
‘I always enjoyed being creative and one day while having my haircut, I realised I’d like to try it,’ he says. Alfie (pictured) admits when he started as an apprentice at the Andrew Collinge salon in Manchester he had never used a blow-dryer. ‘So it was a steep learning curve,’ he says.

But he loved the work immediately and was fast-tracked through training. Two and a half years later, he is a senior stylist at the salon, the kind of job that pays £20,000 to £30,000 a year.
‘As well as seeing clients at the salon, I am entering competitions and have recently worked on the Central St Martin’s and John Moores University fashion degree shows.’ he says. ‘To get to the top, you have to be focused on success, be persistent and keep trying until an idea really works well.’