At WWW.Comb we have a passion for hairdressing and where is the best place to go if you are excited about the Industry you work in, the biggest trade show in our calendar. Salon International 2013. Celebrity hairdressers at the top of their game, award winning work, new products, trends and big brands. It takes place at the Excel in London and is pretty full on. Here is a short post about my experience at the show.
This year most of our team made it to the show. We have three new apprentices on board and it’s important for them to understand the bigger picture and spark their curiosity and creativity early! There are two main stages. The fellowship stage and the hairdresser’s journal stage. Also the big brands such as Paul Mitchell, Babyliss and GHD put on demonstrations on their own platforms.
Patrick Cameron tied in with Babyliss on their stage. He is a legend of the up do and always brings something fresh to the show. Also a little bit of drama. It was clear that romance and vintage were still popular. Films such as Gatsby and TV shows Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge have surely had an influence.
Colour and Light
For me the biggest theme on colour trend was light play. Whether it be flashes of colour, subtle lights, creating a shadow effect. More on this on a separate blog post. My theory… modern life has influenced colour. We are so used to playing around with photos on editing software. Altering filters on instagram and generally staring at a screen. This has lead to a trend in hyper contrast. we are now trying to get those colours and light effects for real.
Colour me bad
Pastels and shocking colours are still in but I think we’ve seen a lot of full heads of these colours and so the trend is to use a mixture of natural tones with a sophicated flash of colour. i.e honey blond highlighted tones with a flash of pastel pink peeping through a side fringe. I personally love this idea. The crazy colour stand was mobbed as the industry is still keen on vibrancy and difference but I really love the idea of an accent that you can tone up or down on a whim. A slice of pastel pink or peach. I think peach will be the new lilac or pink. With fashions for AW14 punk and grunge inspired I’ve no doubt the more daring of you will be asking for a hint of mint!
Braids were everywhere. Winding through up dos as a readymade accessory and creating structure. Wedding hair is definitely going through a plaiting trend.
The man responsible for your Saturday night hair fix. Go on little junior ask him for a picture. Luckily Savannah doesn’t suffer from shyness!
We’ve got a Babyliss pro-curl and we love it. So does everybody else, it was spotted several times on different stages.
A bit different!
We know you won’t ask for this in the salon but it’s great for us to see some great avant garde creations. This is from Mark Woolley’s team the Electric group. Mark Woolley is the resident hair Stylist on TV show this morning.
Barbering featured strongly at the show as today’s male consumer is searching for style with edge more than ever. As Men become more flamboyant in their style choices hair is mirroring this. Retro barbering was at the forefront. Darryn Pitman won barber of the year with his clipper masterpieces and I’m pleased to say we produce some less extreme versions of this for our gentleman clients. So don’t be afraid to ask for the latest trends!
Non traditional bridal
Less than traditional creations were a big hit at the show. Brides are ever on the look out to make their look individual and memorable. Everything can be adapted and toned down to suit.
We left Salon International inspired and reassured. Inspired to get you all to be a bit braver with your colour choices, we have new techniques to try on you all and also reassured that we are doing and producing work that is on trend and moving in the right direction.