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Hairdressing and barbering news April 2020

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This page will be updated throughout the month with the latest hairdressing and barbering news, updates for lecturers, students and apprentices, plus the best of social media.


Thursday 30 April


Happy Hairstylist Appreciation Day!

Wednesday 29 April


Captain Fawcett shifts production to fill hand sanitiser


Captain Fawcett is also raising funds for the NHS – 10% of all proceeds from each Handy Sanitiser bottle and Zam-Buk Soap bar will be going directly to NHS Charities – the products are available to order exclusively from Captain Fawcett’s online Emporium.

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Tuesday 28 April


Monday 27 April


Joe Mills shares top tips for looking after lockdown beards


Growing a beard is just the first step – caring for it will make it look luscious during lockdown. Here are Joe’s tips for first-time beard wearers.

  1. Condition the beard. Treat the hair on your face like the hair on your head and keep it clean and conditioned.
  2. Brush your beard. A boar bristle brush is ideal to brush the bush – once a day will remove any dirt or dead skin cells. Use it gently so not to irritate the skin.
  3. Use a beard oil. Like a leave-in conditioner, a beard oil will rebalance the natural oils in your beard and on your skin.
  4. Keep it in shape. The first cut is the scariest but once you’ve decided on the shape and length you can trim it regularly.
  5. Invest in a beard trimmer. Investing in the proper equipment will make looking after your beard simpler and easier.

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Schwarzkopf Professional – This Week on Instagram Live


  • Tuesday 28 April 3pm – Q&A with Tim Scott Wright
  • Tuesday 28 April 5pm – Hot Tools: How to coach your customers from home by Christos Michailidis
  • Thursday 30 April 5pm – Punk Spirit – Variation with Chroma ID by Rossa Jurenas
  • Friday 1 May 3pm – Q&A with Debbie G

Friday 24 April


JOICO Europe launches COVID-19 Help Pack


JOICO has unveiled its COVID-19 Help Pack, created to support and guide salons through the current pandemic.


It contains vital information to ensure salons remain successful and survive through these difficult times. Information such as online education, business advice and personalised assets are available to all salons and can be easily downloaded from the online help pack.


Thursday 23 April


Fellowship Teams to be Extended until 2021


The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s internationally-renowned teams have been put on pause for the year, in light of the COVID-19 crisis.


The F.A.M.E. Team, ClubStar Art Team and PROJECT: X, Men and Colour are all temporarily suspended, owing to the nationwide lockdown.


All five teams will be extended until 2021, with members of all Projects (with the exception of the F.A.M.E. Team) given the opportunity to maintain their place or leave if preferred.

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With the country facing an uncertain period of lockdown, the Fellowship deemed it was unfair for teams to miss out on their opportunities – which generally include a monthly mentoring session with an industry expert as well as appearances on stage at industry events and the Fellowship stage at other shows.


Schwarzkopf Professional set up home delivery service


The new Schwarzkopf Professional Home Delivery will enable salons to send products directly to their clients.


Products from the Mad About, BC, Oil Ultime, OSiS and Silhouette, Blondme, Chroma ID and Igora Expert Mousse ranges are available to order.

schwarzkopf professional home delivery service

All you have to do is take your clients orders (via social media, website, email etc) and then place your orders with your Schwarzkopf Professional sales advisor, and they will pick and dispatch your orders for free (minimum £30 order applies).


To get started email


Indola shares tips for freelancers to stay connected


Create content that your followers will love

Just because you can’t see your clients, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help them. Think about the expertise and advice you can provide: Product advice, online consultations, live Q&As for topics like disguising roots or blow-drying at home.


Share your plans for when you re-open

You may not be able to give your clients a date for when you reopen but your clients will be wondering if you’ll be creating a waiting list or booking in missed appointments first. There may be a lot of uncertainty but making your plans clear will get you one step ahead and shows your clients that you’re organised and ready to get going again.


Share your inspiration

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you have a Pinterest board? Launch one and save ideas to share with your clients. Or even ask your clients to share their own hair inspiration with you and strike up a conversation about what you’re going to do at their next appointment.


Engage with your followers in a personal way

To many of your clients you won’t just be their hairdresser, so let them know what you’re up to. Have you learnt a new skill? Re-decorated? Tried a new recipe? Don’t be afraid to bring in the kids or pets as staying connected with your community can really help them to feel close to you.


Free makeover to a key worker

Give back to your community and ask your clients to nominate a key worker to be in with the chance of winning a free makeover. Not only are you giving back but you’re helping to bring people to your social channel, therefore promoting your business.


Be yourself, be relatable and be realistic

It’s a difficult time for everyone right now, so be personal, present and honest. Don’t forget to keep checking in with your community; We’re stronger together.


Stay connected with us

We want to continue to celebrate our community and share your work during these challenging times – we hope they inspire you and we urge you to continue to share your work with us; old or new. We’re keen to shine a light on your skills, and let the world see how brilliant our industry is. ⁠Don’t forget to follow us @IndolaUK on Instagram and share your looks with the community by using the #SimplySmarter hashtag!


Tuesday 21 April


New salt spray from Authentic Beauty Concept


Authentic Beauty Concept has launched its latest styling spray, the new Nymph Salt Spray.


The spray has been formulated to provide effortless beach waves without drying out the hair. The salt spray has been infused with sea salt minerals to create beautiful, tousled mermaid texture, without unpleasant stiffness.


The product at a glance:

  • It’s a non-overburdening salt spray
  • Free from silicones and artificial colourants
  • Creates effortless beach waves
  • Provides beautifully tousled mermaid texture
  • Can be used on damp or dry hair
  • With heat protection up to 230°C
  • With a pure, fresh and elegant powdery scent
  • Vegan* formula, registered by the Vegan Society™
  • 250ml £25.20

Join Schwarzkopf Professional UK on Instagram Live


After the success of the first interview with Jack Howard, Schwarzkopf Professional UK has scheduled ‘Live with Jenna’ Q&A sessions for the next three weeks.


Join Jenna as she dives into the lives and careers of some of the industry’s finest hairdressers. Head over to @schwarzkopfprouk on Instagram Live to tune in.

  • Tuesday 21 April at 3pm – Rick Roberts
  • Friday 24 April at 3pm – Daniel Granger
  • Tuesday 28 April at 3pm – Tim Scott Wright
  • Friday 1 May at 3pm – Debbie G
  • Tuesday 5 May at 3pm – Gary Taylor
  • Friday 8 May at 3pm – Dylan Brittan

Monday 20 April


The International Hair Alliance Launches COVID-19 Support Campaign


OSMO Ambassadors Heffy Wheeler, Jeseca McMahon, Adele Clarke, Becky Sutherland, Myles Lewis and Tom Baxter have joined together to create social media campaign group – the International Hair Alliance (IHA) to support fellow hairdressers and barbers during the COVID-19 lockdown.


The team are proactively communicating within a new Facebook group, which already has almost 500 followers, and launched two social media campaigns: #backyourbarber and #supportyourstylist, focusing on encouraging the general public to avoid at-home hairdressing and barbering.


The team are producing Tik Tok videos and inviting fellow hair experts to produce their own videos in a nominations chain across Facebook, Tik Tok and Instagram.


“We want our customers to know that it’s okay to leave your hair and just wait for us all to get back behind the chair. There are also alternatives to helping clients with colour fade and re-growth that don’t involve reaching for the box dyes. Our viral videos and challenges are a way of getting the message out to the public and fellow hair experts, so that the campaign gathers momentum. Let’s all get involved and get these hashtags trending,” says Heffy.


Tips to become a better hairdresser with Sally Brooks


“Working in a salon is busy, with constant client demands, a booming column and training eating into your free time,” says Sally Brooks, co-owner, Brooks & Brooks, London. “Now, you have as much free time as you want, so use it wisely. Take some time to reflect on the type of hairdresser you are – and who you want to be. Utilise what’s available to you so when you return to work, you are stronger than ever!”


Sally’s tips for using your free time to become the hairdresser you want to be.

  1. Online classes – thanks to social media there is an abundance of free online classes. Whether it be balayage or bridal wear, haircuts or hairstyling, some of the industry’s most talented educators are offering their advice and expertise in regular online sessions.
  2. Keep in touch – as well as staying in touch with your colleagues and your team, make sure you stay in touch with other business owners, stylists and the industry as a whole. Everyone feels like they are alone, but this is such an amazing industry and we are all going through this together.
  3. Stay updated – check out digital magazines and websites to find out what is happening in the industry. As well as Coronavirus, people are talking about rebuilding businesses, offering their expertise and reassuring messages.
  4. Podcasts – there are some great podcasts to listen to, from hairdressing to wellbeing, to fashion and music and life in general. Build up a list to regularly listen to, so you stay motivated and excited about what the future could bring.
  5. Turn down the negativity – if you belong to a social page or group, and the negativity is getting you down, then turn it off and step away. Life is a challenge for everyone right now, and while we have to be realistic, we also need to be positive.


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To our amazing #HairdressingCommunity. We care about you! Our whole industry is effected by COVID 19, which means we are all in this together. DCI wish to help keep hairdressers connected and engaged in what we love doing, so from today onwards (for the next 6 months) we are opening our entire online video (streaming) library for free, no charge! We hope this will keep you inspired and continue learning in this time of isolation and disruption. We believe the universe is giving us this time to stop and reset, so when we all come out of this pandemic we are stronger mentally and up skilled. Ready to inspire all our clients globally. We hope you enjoy our online library for the next 6 months at no charge. To register please email and please clearly state who you are and what salon you work in + what state your work in + what country your from and we will send you your login details for access very soon. Big Love from all the team at #DCIeducation ❤️

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Banbury Postiche launches #saynotoboxdye scheme


Are your clients on the verge of taking their hair colour into their own hands?


Wigs experts at Banbury Postiche have created the Friends of Banbury Postiche scheme to encourage clients stuck at home to ditch the box dye and experiment with wigs instead.


To take part, salons simply need to sign up here and share their unique code. When clients use their salon’s code to buy a wig, they’ll get 10% and the salon will receive 10% cashback.

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All salons are eligible to take part and all wigs are included in the scheme, so there is something to suit every client taste and budget.


Friday 17 April


L’Oréal donates more than half a million hygiene products to healthcare workers


L’Oréal UK and Ireland will donate more than half a million hygiene products and hand sanitisers to frontline healthcare workers in UK and Ireland serving the most vulnerable people and striving to curb the coronavirus pandemic.


The group will donate a further 300,000 hand sanitisers to frontline retail staff that is ensuring availability of essential goods and services to communities across UK and Ireland. These products will be provided completely free of charge.


The donation will include:

  • 400,000 hygiene & care products to frontline healthcare workers in partnership with In Kind Direct and Blue Light Card
  • 100,000 Hand Sanitisers to support NHS and HSE
  • 10,000 Examination Gloves to the London Ambulance Service
  • L’Oréal UK and Ireland has frozen the payments of their ‘most vulnerable’ very small and small-sized customers, including hair salons, until their businesses resume. Additionally, L’Oréal UK and Ireland has shortened its payment times for small suppliers who have been most exposed to this economic crisis
  • Garnier will give 300,000 free bottles of the new Garnier Pure Active Hand Sanitiser Gel to essential retail staff working at Boots, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Irish retailer Dunnes Stores

loreal nhs donations

Vismay Sharma, L’Oréal UK and Ireland Country Managing Director, said: “The frontline healthcare workers and retail staff are doing an incredible job looking after the sick and providing essential products and services to communities. We feel honoured to be able to provide them with hand sanitisers and key hygiene products.


“We believe in the beauty of community and are proud to contribute to the needs of our heroic NHS and HSE staff, and those on the retail frontlines across the UK & Ireland.”


JOICO Europe launch virtual classroom

Receive exciting, accessible learning in the comfort of your home with JOICO Education Online Classes.


The easy-to-follow Zoom classes will cover everything from volume inspiration and grey coverage to corrective colour sessions – and even a pub quiz or two.

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Create the latest trends with Indola Ed(you)cation


Head over to the Indola website for their Ed(you)cation content – designed by hairdressers for hairdressers.

indola ed(you)cation

You’ll find training in techniques, online education, seminars and the latest Street Style collections designed to inspire and motivate you.


Salons and barbershops to stay closed for another three weeks


The Government has announced that the current lockdown will continue for at least three more weeks.


Before restrictions can be lifted, the Government wants to see a clear and steady drop in death rates and the rate of new infections slowing down. Right now, there little evidence to show that the spread of the virus is well and truly under control, and lifting lockdown too early runs the risk of the virus continuing to spread, and would cause more long term damage to both public health and the economy.


Hilary Hall, NHBF chief executive said: “We believe that extending the current lockdown is the right thing to do until the coronavirus is under control. In the meantime, we’re urging the Government to work with us on a plan to lift restrictions.


“It must be clear which businesses can re-open, when they can re-open and what restrictions will apply. Many salons and barbershops will be worried about staff and client safety so it’s vital that they get clear guidance on issues like how social distancing will work in practice for salons and barbershops, what personal protective equipment must be worn – not only by the people working in salons and barbershops, but also by clients.”


Thursday 16 April


What’s on at Wonderful Brands?


For hairdressers twiddling their thumbs during this period of downtime, Wonderful Brands is offering a comprehensive schedule of free, online tutorials and sessions from its distribution brands.


Rake and Shake with Ouidad – @ouidaduk Instagram Live: Tomorrow 12pm

‘Curl Goddess’ Jo Robertson will be talking all things curls, giving you the inside knowledge about drying curly hair.


Hair Hacks from ELEVEN Australia – @elevenaustralia_edu: Daily Instagram Lives

The global team at ELEVEN Australia are taking to Instagram every day to share hair hacks for salons, this includes styling and cutting classes.


Why Yellow? With Amy Lopez – @yellowUK Instagram Live: Wednesday 22 April 10am

Yellow UK Creative Director Amy Lopez joins Jo Robertson to discuss the benefits of Yellow and what makes the colour brand stand out from the crowd.


Liss Keratin Treatment with Emma Bedford – Yellow Professional UK Facebook Group: Thursday 23 April  7.30pm

Yellow’s Regional Educator Emma Bedford will take you through how to perform the Yellow Liss Keratin treatment. Join the closed Facebook Group to get involved.


Get started with Yellow – Yellow Professional UK Facebook Group: Weekly Live

Learn the fundamentals you need to get started with Yellow, ask questions and get inspired!

The Big Hairy Quiz – Wonderful Brands Facebook Page: Every Tuesday at 8pm for as long as people want to take part!

Keeping the hairdressing community connected with an evening of fun and healthy ‘hairy’ competition! Put your hair knowledge to the test and aim for ultimate glory on The Big Hairy Quiz leaderboard.


A tribute to our NHS Heroes


To wave a flag of support to NHS workers across Leicestershire, Barrie Stephen Hair has commissioned the installation of vibrant rainbows on both his Leicester city centre and Anstey salon windows.

As well as the rainbow window displays, which publicly share the businesses’ appreciation for frontline healthcare workers, the salon group is also offering £20 vouchers for NHS staff to use when it reopens.


KAM Hair launches Isolation Hub on website for clients


The team at KAM Hair and Body Spa in Lossiemouth have launched their new Isolation Hub.


The hub provides clients with advice and tips from the team at the salon, allowing them to be able to look after their hair, nails and skin care at home until their next appointment.

kam hair and body spa

Users can also purchase hair and beauty products easily and have these delivered straight to their door or order gift vouchers for future appointments or as gifts to help support the salon through this uncertain time.


Support and guidance available for freelance hairdressers


The Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (FHA) is providing its members with increased support and guidance to help the self-employed hairdressing community during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.


Over the past couple of weeks the FHA has been delivering a series of virtual events from online steering committee meetings to Zoom coffee mornings.


The freelance industry’s trade association continues to keep its members informed of sponsored educational opportunities and is launching the FHA Q&A Surgery, which will cover a host of topics from business training to industry advice and anything else members would like to be advised upon as a collective.


The first FHA Surgery will discuss topics including a fresh look at colour correction, how to prioritise clients when returning to work and client communications regarding hair care advice during the lockdown.


Up to 60% of the hairdressing industry is said to currently be freelance.


Wednesday 15 April


Schwarzkopf Professional share Essential Looks educational content


Schwarzkopf Professional has now made its online content for the latest Essential Looks collection completely free and accessible to everyone.


International Creative Director at Schwarzkopf Professional, Simon Ellis said: “During these challenging times it’s more important than ever to remain strong and focused on your creative future. We want to make a difference and keep you inspired, to keep your dreams alive, to help you continue doing what you love – creating beautiful hair.

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“We have decided to release our Essential Looks education content for you with free access. Discover our latest, exciting hair and colour ideas, engage, comment and most importantly, share!”


Essential Looks celebrates the hairdressers’ passion ‘for hair, for fashion and for the future’.


Tuesday 14 April


Passion4Hair distributes care packages for NHS heroes


More than one hundred care packages containing Eufora products have been delivered to NHS workers across the country.


Debbie Digby, Founder of Passion4hair, reached out to salons across the country for help. “Like most people, I know a couple of nurses and hearing the work they are doing and under the conditions they are in, I wanted to do something to make a difference,” she said.


“Passion4hair has the products to make a perfect little care package of hand cream, lip balm, dry shampoo and a pocket-size brush.”


Paddy McDougall goes live with Indola


Indola Global Ambassador Paddy McDougall will be live at 5pm on @Indola’s Instagram tomorrow, covering all things hair colour-related.

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This week he’s focusing on Blondes: how to achieve the perfect lift, why balayage is the trend that will never go away and what makes a colour expert.


He will also offer insight into the world of hair and fashion, and what it’s like to work on international hair campaigns and under the tutelage of hair colossus Duffy, creating looks for some of the biggest fashion houses on the planet.


TONI&GUY’s Cos Sakkas shares five ways to stay inspired


International Artistic Director and Head of Education Cos said: “There are only so many days you can watch Netflix, or binge-watch boxsets before your brain starts to stagnate! Before you know it, you will be back in the salon, with clients demanding much-needed haircuts and colour, so you need to be ready.


“Social media is still going to be talking about trends, celebrities and how to create the look, so clients will be wanting to look better than ever when they come back so you need to be on top of your game.”


Here are Cos’s five tips:


  1. Social media is full of style advice with stylists from around the world hosting their own live tutorials, with everything from haircuts to balayage to bridal hair and extensions. We’re doing regular sessions for hairdressers on colour, cuts, styling and Q&As on our social media platforms, so follow those that you admire and continue learning from your sofa!
  2. Use your team Whatsapp group to set a question of the week and start a conversation about customer care, retail services, trends and techniques. When you’re away from the pressures of work it can be amazing what you come up with!
  3. Start a project and research the history of hair and the hairdressing industry. Find out who trained with who, see signature styles and be inspired by your hair hero’s career journey.
  4. Head to for inspirational talks and soundbites from all industries that will keep you motivated. Just because we are on lockdown doesn’t mean you have to put a stop to your business and creative knowledge.
  5. Try something you’ve not done before. Read a book, listen to a podcast, practise a new technique. But above all don’t worry, don’t panic, your hair family will be there for you when we get through this.


Wella shares advice for freelancers


You can download the PDF here or read Wella’s advice for all within the hair industry in this guide.


Meanwhile, the Wella Instagram page is full of daily educational content to keep you busy!


Support for local businesses


A new scheme could help salons struggling to get through the COVID-19 lockdown. Saving Local allows people to buy vouchers for their favourite local businesses for use when the lockdown ends.


Businesses can sign up at


Shift that Easter chocolate with ghd’s dance class


ghd is hosting its very first upbeat dance class in collaboration with FRAME, to celebrate the launch of the SS20 upbeat collection.


The class is open for anyone to attend and will be available all day on @ghdhair IGTV on tomorrow (Wednesday) and promises to be an energetic, fun and dynamic class with easy choreography and an uplifting playlist.

ghd upbeat dance class

There’s also the chance win the upbeat tool of your choice with the Queen of the Beat competition. Simply upload a photo or video of you taking part in the class at home, tagging in @ghdhair and @moveyourframe and using the hashtag #ghdxFRAME. Entries will remain open a week after the class goes live.


Thursday 9 April


Wahl launches #StrongerTogether


Wahl wants you to join its #StrongerTogether campaign and share your lockdown story.


You could win 1 of 100 clippers at random, just for entering – plus £1 goes to the Hair & Beauty Charity for each story submitted!

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Share your stories from behind the front lines of barbering and hairdressing to participate in our new project and receive rewards – HOW TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY – Wahl knows you are ALL heroes. You put a smile on the face of the nation, making your customers feel amazing, your High Street’s buoyant and your salons a safe haven for your communities. Barbers and Hairdressers are a vibrant slice of Britain’s small businesses and Wahl wants to celebrate YOU. – The sense of community shown in our industry during this crisis has been extraordinary and we know that same sense of purpose will help you come back stronger. – Together Stronger is a new initiative to collect your stories during the lock down and an opportunity for you to share your advice for how the industry can come back stronger. – Wahl wants to help you get back on your feet, so we have a number of rewards available to everyone that participates: – – Wahl will pick 100 entries at random to receive a new clipper** – £20 off your next order at* – Wahl will donate £1 to the Hair & Beauty Charity for every entry we receive – So tell us what you have planned to come back stronger and we will feature as many stories as we can on Wahl’s social media. – LINK IN BIO – T’s & C’s at – #wahl #wahlpro #barber #hairdresser

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Barber Connect postponed until 2021

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To our valued visitors, First of all we hope you are all keeping well and safe at this uncertain time. After monitoring the situation due to Covid-19 over the last few weeks we wanted to give you an update on our plans for Barber Connect which was meant to take place in only two months time on 14th and 15th June as you already know. We have come to the difficult decision to postpone Barber Connect until next year. The new dates will be Sunday 6th and Monday 7th June 2021. We don’t take this decision lightly but due to government guidelines and safety we have to do what’s best for the event, our exhibitors, staff and visitors. Also for any that are travelling from abroad. We really hope that you can still join us for these dates for next year. If you have already registered a ticket – you don't need to re-register. Make sure you cancel any hotel bookings. If you booked a non-refundable room the hotel will most likely give you a full refund due to the current situation. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. We are determined to come back in June 2021 to deliver the show of the year! The Barber Connect Team

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Trevor Sorbie MBE spearheads L’Oréal Professionnel’s #PROPOSITIVITY campaign


L’Oréal Professionnel has launched the #PROPOSITIVITY campaign in support of all hairdressers and the professional hairdressing industry.


Spearheaded by Trevor Sorbie MBE, Trevor and other big industry names will be sharing their stories, advice and ideas on how to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and offer messages of inspiration to support and promote wellbeing amongst both the hairdressing and client community.


Hairdressers play an important role in society with a surge in social media conversations and 73% of women who usually get their hair coloured in-salon are bothered that they can’t get their hair done professionally and profess a willingness to wait until they can return to the salon to get their hair professionally coloured.


Trevor Sorbie MBE will lead the campaign with a series of Instagram TV videos – the first will be released today and shared across L’Oréal Professionnel social channels.


MONAT shows ‘Gratitude’ to the NHS


Premium vegan beauty brand MONAT continue to support and make a difference in their local communities through their Gratitude programme by supporting the NHS locations around the country.


Following the COVID-19 pandemic, MONAT will be supporting the NHS through its Gratitude programme by donating thousands of the MONAT Colour Enhance shampoo and conditioners to new beauty support initiative We C U 2020.

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We C U 2020 founder Lauren Ezekiel said: “MONAT has been very generous in their donation to help our NHS workers gain the essentials they’re finding hard to get either through lack of time to shop for these items. It’s great to see the beauty industry pulling together and sharing their products – the MONAT Gratitude Programme is such a great idea and it’s wonderful to have their support.”


Brands go live


JOICO, Schwarzkopf Professional and Wonderful Brands have shared schedules for live education being hosted live on their Instagram.


The JOICO European Design Team and JOICO European Color Design Team will be running a live streams every four days beginning tomorrow, with the team demonstrating everything from cuts to colouring, styling to product recommendations – there is something for everyone.

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Schwarzkopf Professional have scheduled Instagram Live sessions for professionals to learn all the tips and tricks from their team of Ambassadors – head to @schwarzkopfpro on Instagram to tune in.


Thursday 9 April 5pm – Refined Traditions – Commercial Foiling Techniques by Lesley Jennison

Tuesday 14 April 5pm – Customise and upgrade colour services by Arjan Bevers

Thursday 16 April 5pm – Punk Spirit Braiding Techniques by Joana Neves

Tuesday 21 April 5pm – BC ph4.5 Colour Freeze Silver Shampoo by Gary Taylor

Thursday 23 April 5pm – Let it Bloom – Balayage 14 pieces by Jack Howard

Tuesday 28 April 5pm – Hot Tools: How to coach your customers from home by Christos Michailidis

Thursday 30 April 5pm – Punk Spirit – Variation with Chroma ID by Rossa Jurenas


Meanwhile, Wonderful Brands has shared its live schedule for the next week:


Today at 2.30pm – @OuidadUK Instagram Live – Jo Robertson and Viv Johns

Wednesday 15 April 10am – @Yellow_uk Instagram Live – Jo Robertson and Amy Lopez

Thursday 16 April 7.30pm – Yellow Professional UK Facebook page – Liss Keratin essential knowledge with Emma Bedford (this is a closed FB group that people can join)


ghd launches Upbeat collection


ghd has launched Upbeat, a mood-boosting collection of hairstyling essentials inspired by the feel-good power of music.


It features the award-winning platinum+ styler, iconic ghd gold styler and professional favourite ghd helios hairdryer, all brushed in a medley of bold cobalt blue, neo-mint and silver hues.

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The collection is available from


Wednesday 8 April


Furlough advice for apprentices


Many salon workers including apprentices have found themselves furloughed as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold.


But what does furlough mean and what about your training? We have the latest, courtesy of the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF).


In the Chair with Jonathan Andrew


Fudge Professional has launched the first episode of a new social media miniseries. In the Chair sees Fudge Global Ambassador Jonathan Andrew putting famous faces in hotseat, starting with Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing.




Create your own salon vouchers



A new website allows hairdressers to create vouchers for clients to buy now and use when the COVID-19 lockdown ends. is free to use and salons do not need an online shop or even a website to get involved.


The website has been created by Henkel Beauty Care Professional, which has also made a big donation to the WHO/UN Foundation COVID-19 fund and in the UK has given 18,000 Schwarzkopf Professional products to four NHS hospitals.


Tuesday 7 April


Danny Robinson mentors Project: Men


Before lockdown measures kicked in, barber Danny Robinson spent a day mentoring the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Project: Men team.



Danny has a growing celebrity clientele including Formula 1 drivers and runs his own salon, Danny & Co. He showed the team various barbering techniques including fading and gave advice on photographing your work.


Monday 6 April


Looking after your beard in isolation


We have some top tips on keeping your facial hair looking good during lockdown, thanks to the good folks at Anthony Laban Barbershop.


Friday 3 April


Bruce Masefield launches B:Spoke Education


Bruce Masefield has launched a new education platform. B:Spoke Education will teach fundamental hairdressing techniques and benefit from Bruce’s three decades of hairdressing experience.



Great Lengths shares stay-at-home do’s and don’ts


Louise Jenkins, Education Manager for Great Lengths UK & Ireland, has put together some hair do’s and don’t’s during isolation.


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Our favourite? Don’t ever try to cut your own hair – even your fringe… It’s never a good idea!


Louise said: “I think the main thing is for everyone to embrace this time at home and give our hair the break it deserves!”


NHS – National Hair Sunday



Salons are being asked to open their doors on the first Sunday after lockdown and offer free services to NHS front line workers.


The initiative has been launched by Nick Malenko and Royston Blythe of the Royston Blythe salon in Wolverhampton. The award-winning duo also star in the Real Housewives of Cheshire.


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Minimum Wage increase


Salons are being warned that the planned increases to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage has still gone ahead. This is despite salons having to close due to the COVID-19 situation.


Hilary Hall, Chief Executive of the National Hair & Beauty Federation, said the timing was “far from ideal”.


“But at least they will give a small increase to support stylists, barbers and beauty therapists at this difficult time,” she added. “Most of them are receiving 80% of their wages so they will be struggling financially.”


• The National Living Wage went up on Wednesday (1 April) from £8.21 to the new rate of £8.72

• The National Minimum Wage for 21 to 24-year-olds is now £8.20. For those aged 18-20 it’s now £6.45 and for 16 and 17-year-olds it’s £4.55.

• The Apprentice Rate has gone up from £3.90 to £4.15.



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Matrix signs up Lisa Farrall


Lisa Farrall has been named as a brand ambassador for Matrix. The celebrity stylist and colour expert said: “When it comes to hair, I create my own rules. You have to dare to be different and push boundaries. Matrix encourages me to ‘do it my way’ whether on a video set or behind the scenes at a shoot.”



Wella supporting the NHS


Wella Professionals is donating 110,000 pairs of gloves to help healthcare workers in the UK and Ireland. In addition, Wella has gathered 7,300 shampoos and conditioners from Wella Care, Nioxin, System Professional, Sebastian Professional, Sassoon and Kadus Professional to support staff working in hospitals.


This is part of a global initiative where Wella Professionals is sharing supplies with hospitals around the world.


“We are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and medical teams out there who are helping fight this awful pandemic. We want to help however we can, and this is a small gesture from Wella Professionals to show our love and support,” said Coty Professional Beauty General Manager, Nick van Holstein.

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