A couple of weeks ago we visited the biggest trade show in the hairdressing calendar, Salon International. Essentially the Excel Docklands filled to the brim with everything hair! Each year we go in search for a little inspiration and innovation. We have our favourite products for the salon but it’s always good to see what’s out there and check that we’re not missing out on something!
All of the brands were out in force with straighteners, wands, tongs and curlers all heated to Mars strength for us to test. GHD dominated on space and had two sections. A blow dry van and studio. Proof if there was any needed that we all lead busy lives and looking for that quick fix to take us from office to party and have it all. We love our GHD’s but this is what we walked out with this.
The Bubble wand, yep Vicky couldn’t resist it! At the salon we create any number of different curled looks. We use barrel brushes to create big curls and volume, conical wands for spirals and the more “tricky” curls with our straighteners. This has been designed with the latest random curled looked in mind, the beach wave. It gives that effortless sexy deconstructed wave. More on this soon…
Bright colours show no signs of fading (see what I did there..) But as the look evolves it will be more about colour placement. How mainstream will bright dyes get? If you have an office job do you feel comfortable with pink hair? Versatility is key surely and Beverly Cobella showed that you can create an angular short cut some extra oomph with a flash of colour. For those of you who aren’t sold on this but wouldn’t mind dipping your toe in there were a host of coloured chalks and wash in and out options which are a bit of fun for Saturday night out.
Dip-dye verses Tie –dye?
Dip-Dye remains popular but hairdressers are always looking for a new twist on a theme….So what is the new Dip-Dye. Kudos to Beverly Cobella who ruled the roost with the catwalk show and again showed a deftly technical multi-tonal look. She announced this technique as Tie-Dye. When the hair moves you can see different shades of the same tone.
Just as the fashion remains for lady like glamour and it’s still all about the dress. Vintage waves and up-dos are still very much in vogue. 1940’s and 50’s elegance. We are seeing more and more of this inspiring the Brides that come into the salon.
Jamie Stevens responsible for all of the hairstyles on the Xfactor showed us some of his trend predictions and three main look for the lads. I have to say the boys on this year’s Xfactor probably have some of the best cuts and it’s clear to see why. Styles were clippered Military precision, rockabilly and textured quiffs. We look forward to some of our fashionable guys asking for these in the Salon.
And finally gone but definitely not forgotten, the memory wall set up for Vidal Sassoon.