News and Features

Barbers are back!

FE Colleges are reporting a significant trend. The percentage of male students applying is on the increase. Why? It seems the popular unshaven look means that barbering skills like beard and moustache trimming are in demand. The fashion for stencilling and patterns shaved into the hair is helping too. Colleges that offer these skills are […]

Case Study: Charmaine Haughton – London

Charmaine Haughton is a highly experienced salon owner from South London. Not only is she a fully trained hairdresser, but Charmaine also has a PGCE teaching qualification and a Masters in Education. She divides her time between her salon and working part-time as a technical trainer for L’Oréal. Charmaine’s hair and beauty salon is called […]

Case Study: Vanessa Cuda – Italy

Vanessa Cuda lives in Calabria, Italy’s most southern region. Right at the tip of the country, Calabria is dominated by sun, sea and mountains, and by miles and miles of sandy beaches. The capital of Calabria is the city of Catanzaro, and that‘s where you’ll find Vanessa’s beauty and wellness salon ‘Butterfly’. Vanessa is an […]

Case Study: Sharon Sawyer – Cheshire

After previous experience working in salon and as a college tutor, Sharon Sawyer chose to run her own freelance business, which she has now done successfully for over 10 years. During her professional career Sharon has earned many qualifications and creative awards including Wella’s Master Colour Expert, but she always felt there was a gap […]

BBC reports again on the dangers of ‘black henna’

The BBC’s ‘Fake Britain’ reporter Matt Allwright has been investigating two aspects of the ongoing story of the illegal and dangerous use of ‘black henna’ products. The first involved the Loxham family who were on holiday in Spain. Walking along the beach at Malaga they spotted a tattoo bar and thought it would be a […]

Do hair care professionals need to be ventilation engineers, chemists and lawyers as well?

New products, new research and new legislation all mean new headaches for professionals trying to run their businesses and offer creative services to clients. Two recent stories reinforce the challenges for the professional. The first concerns the increasing popularity of hair straightening and smoothing processes, for example the much-publicised Brazilian Blowout products. First an American […]

Beware selling hydrogen peroxide!

The Hairdressing and Beauty Suppliers Association (HBSA) has been reminding its members that the law on sales of certain chemicals has recently changed. As of 1st September 2014, products containing high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, nitromethane, nitric acid, sodium or potassium perchlorate and sodium or potassium chlorate are now restricted from sale to the general […]

Don’t get caught out by the new NMW

If you’re paying your staff less than the minimum wage, watch out. Keep up to date with changes in the NMW – and how SOME politicians want to make it even higher for everyone! The National Minimum Wage (NMW) went up on 1st October 2014 (see table below). Salons need to be sure they’re paying […]