Vogue Festival 2016

Hi I’m Zara, one of the team of dedicated stylists at Helen Gee Hairdressing and this is my first blog . I hope you enjoy it.

This was such an amazing event to attend, I am glad that I made the effort to go. 
Through the powers of social media, I saw that there were different tutorials going on throughout the weekend. And one just for hair! SUPER-TUTORIAL: HAIR HEROES: LEARN FROM THE BEST

Reading the description for this, confirmed my enthusiasm to attend the event, Sam McKnight, Josh Wood and George Northwood all talking in the tutorial. In the hairdressing world these are three big names in the business.
Sam McKnight, described as the original session stylist with a career spanning over almost 40 years.

Josh Wood, global creative director of colour for Wella Professionals.

George Northwood, is a name in high demand from celebrities and beauty editors. The man behind the Alexa Chung ‘it’ bob cut.

It was a bright and early start on Sunday 22nd May and the Hair Heroes Super-Tutorial was the first of the day at 10am. The sun was shinning and London was looking beautiful. When I made it into the Vogue World marquee, to the tutorial room, I was unsure of what scale it would be on. It turned out to be a small, intimate space, with everyone taking their seats. I suddenly realised how few of us there would be, probably less than a hundred people. 

First to take his seat was Sam McKnight, well know for session styling, he told us “I’ve probably done over 80 covers for British Vogue”. His time was spent going through photographs/covers from vogue issues and telling us the story behind them. It was lovely listening to his knowledge in dressing hair and the experience you gain by having to ‘wing it’ when the kit bags don’t make it to the shoot. That today the industry moves at a much faster pace. How its gone from supermodels to celebrities on the covers of magazines.

Then came George Northwood. When entering tickets were given to anyone interested in having their hair cut live on stage. The ticket was drawn and the girl made her way to the stage. George talked about the looks he likes to create being effortless and to look slightly underdone. Textured but with a blunt edge which is very of the moment and the art of tonging to achieve this look. The model was given the ‘Alexa Cut’ in which he used his unique invisible layering technique. It was very inspiring watching him work quickly to achieve a strong look on the girl.

And finally Josh Wood came to the stage, with us being a Wella salon I was keen to hear him talk. Plus knowing that Helen had previously worked with him whilst she was in London. They began with him looking through colour that he had created for the catwalks and how he works with the fashion designers, from the past to the present. 

He was a brilliant story teller which made it really easy to listen, talking about how colour in the hair industry has changed massively from when he first set out. Going from the main focus being purely about the cut, to now colour being on the same level of importance as the cut. 

Overall, the whole trip to the Vogue Festival was a fabulous experience, listening to where they take their inspiration from for the work they do. Then after being able to browse around the World Vogue Marquee for the afternoon, having my nails done to having a complimentary hand and arm massage from the Jo Malone stall. All afternoon there were free mini talks on make up/fashion trends coming up for next season. It was wonderful spending the day basically ‘people watching’, their clothes, how they had their hair to the shoes they were wearing. It only fuelled my enthusiasm, for thinking outside the box and keeping everything current, not being scared to encourage clients to try something new.
Until next time, Zara

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The Wonderful World of Color:id

It is two years now since the color:id range from Wella Professionals was launched; it really has taken its hold, and is changing the way many hairdressers colour hair. Originally conceived along side Wella by Helen’s former colleague and colour supremo Josh Wood – the reason the product is so special, is because it stops two colours running into each other, which means that two contrasting shades can be placed side-by-side.

‘So what?’, I hear you ask.

Well, the benefits of this, from a colourists point of view, are amazing.

Each client needs a point of difference and with color:id this allows us the freedom to bespoke the colour choice and placement, so that your colour is tailor made for you.

This is couture colour at its finest, being made up from creativity, skill and craft. Three essential ingredients for your ultimate colour experience.

In the here and now of Summer (Summer?) 2016 contemporary hair is of a quality best describes as ‘Glunge’: glam and grunge. Based on an undone texture but with a glamorous quality moving away from the salty dishevelled beach waves into hair that is more premium and lux. Color:id is the perfect compliment for this modern look, with the removal of foils from the application process, the colour is smudged on and merged with bordering colours. With the absence of straight edges our colourists are free to paint with colour and work to accentuate the texture and fall of the haircuts.

If you’re interested to learn more about Color:id then call into our Market St. salon or ring on 586006

The Birth of a Stylist

So, Sally’s gone and done it:
she’s passed, 

is qualified,

has become certified,

proficient, accomplished and knowledgeable. 
Suffice to say, Sally is now a hairdresser. 

Sally’s training ended with a test evening here at the salon, where she gave a presentation of her work. This consisted of, first a funky little routine set to music where the models showed off their cuts and blowdries, then, Sally spoke to us, the audience, a little about each of the haircuts. Telling us, in her own humorous manner, how she’d gone about choosing the style, then executing the cut, and finally creating the blow dry. 

We all then retreated to The Sun while Helen went through Sally’s haircuts with, in her own words, a fine tooth comb. This took a while and we all waited nervously across the road as the models came in one by one after they had been checked off and graded. The suspense built as the time ticked and the drinks flowed until after about three quarters of an hour Sally and Helen burst in laughing and smiling with the good news that Sally had passed. News that we all celebrated with a champagne toast. 

This is great news for us at Helen Gee Hairdressing, as, since our new move we’ve had an influx of new clients, and now with us having five stylists to meet demand we can maintain the exacting standards we’ve set for ourselves, that our clients have come to expect. When asked how to describe her style Sally says she is unsure at this point how to put her style into words. However she works to an eclectic mix influenced by Helen and her many years of working in the hair and fashion industry. 

On joining the team in her new role, Helen believes that Sally will go on to develop her own style whilst maintaining the high standards reflecting the foundations of her training. With her bubbly personality, enthusiasm and work ethics I have no doubt that she will build her own client base within the salon and continue to be a very valued member of our team. 

Sally has asked me to take this opportunity to thank Helen for putting time, effort and patience into her training along with Zara and Kate. Plus, her brother Michael and sister-in-law Amy for being there with encouragement, support . . . and scampi ‘n’ chips. 

Until next time, 


Inaugural Blog

Hello and welcome to this our inaugural blog.

My name is David and over the coming months I’m going to be writing this blog for Helen Gee Hairdressing. Here you’ll find out more about our talented stylists – their hairy projections for the coming seasons – get all of our news and events updates. Plus, I’ll respond to your comments and feedback, so we can cover some subjects that are of real interest to you.

Today however, I can’t decide what to write about. Whether it should be how delighted I am to have just joined a team of such energetic and creative stylists. Each with their own unique and individual style of hairdressing, yet collectively, our work holds a strong family resemblance, a family that is Helen Gee Hairdressing.

Or, possibly to write about our stunning new location in Ulverston’s centre, on the engrossing Market Street, with its beautiful boutique shops, gorgeous restaurants and exciting bars.

So instead I am going to talk a little bit about the decor of our new urban style salon. Taking inspiration from The Bauhaus Movement, our shop is stripped down to the functional and stylish, a look that is also thought of as minimal. The decor is geometric and heavy on right angles, while the fixtures have been commissioned and are bespoke to our specifications, they hold a certain unpretentious charm.

To complete the look, Helen went for industrial fittings, lots of raw metal including light tracks and lighting. More excitingly, the suspended picture frames that we have filling the double fronted window, frames that hold images of Helen’s latest photo shoot (more of this in a later post).
As you can see it’s a very interesting time for us here at Helen Gee Hairdressing and we hope you decide to come along for the ride. Maybe, you would like to call in to see the salon first hand, and enjoy a complementary consultation with one of our stylists.

Until next time,