Who won the 2024 L’Oréal Colour Trophy?

Who won the 2024 L’Oréal Colour Trophy?

Who won the 2024 L’Oréal Colour Trophy?

New venue, new era of the UK’s longest colour competition

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Gee-Kent Ho is celebrating a L’Oréal Colour Trophy win, scooping both the North Eastern region and overall prize at the 2024 grand final at London’s Old Billingsgate.

It was a big night also for Brooks & Brooks, with the salon’s Marlon Hawkins winning the London region and second place. Trevor Sorbie celebrated huge success too, as its Covent Garden salon winning third place, and its Brighton salon winning the Southern region. Its artistic director, Giuseppe Stelitano, also presented one of the event’s two hair shows, introduced by Trevor Sorbie MBE himself, who described the young talent as “a visionary”.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy – first place: Gee-Kent Ho, Newcastle upon Tyne

L’Oréal Colour Trophy – second place: Brooks & Brooks, London

L’Oréal Colour Trophy – third place: Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden

It was also a major night for L’Oréal Colour Trophy itself, celebrating its 68th contest by switching it up a notch with a tech and innovation powered final at a new venue in London’s Old Billingsgate. Around 1,000 attendees enjoyed installations from fashion designer Jack Irving – as seen at On|Off – with hair by Jack Merrick-Thirlway and the Neville’s team during the pre-show reception.

Fashion design by Jack Irvin

The show itself – hosted by Clara Amfo, with help from DJ Lisa Snowdon, Vogue’s Twiggy Jalloh and make-up influencer Hannah Martin – played out on a circular stage with a jaw-dropping video wall. This proved an impressive backdrop particularly during the art team shows, immersing the audience further in the hair artistry presented on stage.

Host Clara Amfo, with Lisa Snowdon, Twiggy Jalloh and Hannah Martin

The first show – MetaBall from Giuseppe Stelitano and the Trevor Sorbie Creative Team – was a breath-taking affair, fitting for a salon brand that’s celebrating its 45th birthday. An amplified display of texture and wig artistry – cherry cola lengths, high pompadours and neon yellow shags – the presentation kicked up into high gear when dancers decked in feathered headpieces, neon green mullets and more took to the stage in a celebration of New York’s ballroom scene, soundtracked of course to a remix of Madonna’s Vogue.

MetaBall from Giuseppe Stelitano and the Trevor Sorbie Creative Team

Robert Eaton and the Russell Eaton Art Team later shared Luminaire, with all models dressed in white bodysuits as the perfect canvas to spotlight the sumptuous hair creations, and for light displays to play across their faces and bodies. This was a fusion of thigh skimming textured lengths kissed with indigo, two-toned precision bobs in lavender and aubergine, and fuchsia and candy pink. With a voluminous cube of textured sunshine yellow and blonde juxtaposed with bleached-out close crops, it was a masterful display of creativity.

And once all the winners had been revealed? It was on to a barn-storming set delivered by TikTok DJ twins ALTÉGO, a properly fitting high-energy climax to the night.

Luminaire from Robert Eaton and the Russell Eaton Art Team

And the winners are…

L’Oréal Colour Trophy – first place: Gee-Kent Ho, Newcastle upon Tyne

Second place: Brooks & Brooks, London

Third place: Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden

North Eastern: Gee-Kent Ho, Newcastle upon Tyne

North Western: Saks Hair, Newark

Scotland: Jason Hall Hairdressing, Edinburgh

Western: Zoe Hodgkiss – Hair Artistry, Holsworthy

Eastern: Strictly Xtended, Bishops Stortford

Northern Ireland: Peter Mark, Lisburn

Southern: Trevor Sorbie, Brighton

London: Brooks & Brooks, London

STAR Award: Peter Mark, Belfast

Colour Specialist Award: Amelia Hall, Frances Marshall, Sunderland

Afro Award: Headmasters, Soho

Moving Image Award: Lauren McNeela, Stripe Colour Studio

Future Talent Award: Alex Doherty, Brandon Marchant, Elsie MacDonald, Francesca Bay, Isla McKelvie


Salon owners and freelancers – are you paying yourself the right wage?

Salon owners and freelancers – are you paying yourself the right wage?

Salon owners and freelancers – are you paying yourself the right wage?

Boss Your Salon conducts huge financial survey to help set proper pricing

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Those running their own business often are the last ones being paid properly. Maddi Cook, founder of hair coaching business Boss Your Salon, is on a mission to help salon owners and freelancers set appropriate prices by helping the industry better understand what’s needed financially to keep a business growing. And she needs YOUR help to pull together the numbers!

She is conducting an industry-wide survey to highlight a common mistake made by many business owners, including freelancers. Non-client-facing work – such as admin tasks, stock control and content creation – is often overlooked when calculating the cost of running a business and can significantly impact overall turnover. Maddi believes that this error can result in sole traders and freelancers paying themselves less than the minimum wage.

“We want to gather solid evidence that clearly illustrates the difference between Actual Salary and Required Salary,” explained Maddie. “By understanding these core figures, we can collectively grow as an industry, set appropriate pricing and create sustainably successful businesses.”

Want to take part in the research? This is what you need to do:

Step One: access the Actual Salary Calculator, which helps you determine your current actual earnings.

Step Two: access the Required Salary Calculator, which focuses on calculating the necessary earnings to cover overhead costs and the cost of living.

The deadline for completing the research, and free access to the calculators, is 31 July.

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Tickets On Sale For The Most Wanted And It List Grand Final

Tickets On Sale For The Most Wanted And It List Grand Final

Tickets On Sale For The Most Wanted And It List Grand Final

Join us for a night of celebrations when we crown Creative HEAD’s stars of 2024

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Creative HEAD is thrilled to announce tickets are on sale now for the 2024 Most Wanted and It list Grand Final, where 22 trophies will be bestowed.

Taking place on Monday 2 September, hairdressing’s ‘hot ticket’ event moves this year to Beams – a brand new lofty East London location by the River Thames, which has already played host to big brands like Bentley and Converse, and globally acclaimed DJs including  Skepta and The Martinez Brothers. Launched as a centre for new culture, the authentically preserved former warehouse is now getting set for our gathering of the industry’s greatest – to witness the spectacle of 700 A-listers from the worlds of hair, fashion, the media and beyond dressed up to the max – coming together to celebrate the crowning of 16 Most Wanted and six It List winners.

Over the years, as well as platforming the most accomplished and exciting talents in British and Irish hairdressing, the Most Wanted and It List Grand Final has welcomed to the stage comedians like Katherine Ryan and Jack Whitehall, beatboxer Mr Fox and drag act, Sync The Pink. Working with the most stylish caterers in town, the event is always fully loaded with sensational food and drink – only the coolest offerings make it onto our Grand Final menus. Our photography and video teams are everywhere on the night, capturing every minute of every magic moment – including exclusive content for our souvenir supplement (featuring imagery from our specially commissioned and now famous Grand Final photo shoot).

From doors open to guest departure, we work hard to make sure every single Grand Final attendee is having the most wonderful time. The icing on the cake? Everything is included in the ticket price (including the after-party bar) – the only reason to bring your wallet is for the taxi ride home.

MWIT’s about to go down – ready to secure your tickets? Email your booking request to laura@alfol.co.uk. For ticket enquires call +44 (0)20 7324 7540.

Most Wanted and It List Grand Final 2024

Monday 2 September

7pm until 1.30am 

Beams, London E16 2HB

Ceremonies are scheduled to conclude at midnight.


Single ticket: £285 + plus VAT

Table of 10: £2,750 + VAT

Limited number of VIP tables available, please ask for details. Prices include all food and drink – all night long. Ticket terms and conditions apply. 


Rosser Hairdressing Wins Big at Great Lengths GLammies

Rosser Hairdressing Wins Big at Great Lengths GLammies

Rosser Hairdressing Wins Big at Great Lengths GLammies

Salon scoops three trophies at extensions brand’s 12th annual competition

Which salon is knocking it out of the park when it comes to extensions? The answer would seem to be Rosser Hairdressing, which won three awards at this year’s Great Lengths GLammies.

Roseer Hairdressing nabbed the UK Hair Extension Salon trophy, while Beverley Rosser grabbed the Body & Bounce award, with the salon’s Lydia Henderson winning Best Newcomer.

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Also celebrated for its extension excellence was Melanie Richards Hair and Beauty, which won the Great Lengths Trophy, given to an extensionist who has “demonstrated outstanding work”. Katie Hemming enjoyed a successful night too, winning two awards for Captivating Colour and Longer Length.

All the category winners have also scooped a trip to Rome, which includes a tour of the Great Lengths production factory there.

And the winners are…

Longer Length – Katie Hemming, Love Hair

Avant Garde – Jack Trafene-Little, The Little Salon

Bridal Creation – Kirby Blythe, Hair by Kirby Blythe

Captivating Colour – Katie Hemming, Love Hair

Body & Bounce – Beverley Rosser, Rosser Hairdressing

Best Newcomer – Lydia Henderson, Rosser Hairdressing

Customer Service Award – Green & Co

Sustainable Salon of the Year – Butchers Hair Salon

Most Charitable Salon of the Year – Jade Searcy

UK Hair Extension Salon – Rosser Hairdressing

Great Lengths Trophy – Extension Excellence – Melanie Richards Hair and Beauty


Believe in Authentic Beauty

Believe in Authentic Beauty


Believe in Authentic Beauty

AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT was inspired by hairdressers, artisans and people who share the same values. Will you join the movement?


A desire for truth and authenticity – that’s what today’s modern consumers are searching for. They’re eschewing over-engineered formulas, over-glamourised and filtered hair looks, craving real and honest discussions instead of corporate speak. Shared beliefs, an eye on sustainability, community – this is life in the new now.

This is AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT, a holistic, premium brand inspired by hairdressers, artisans and people who share the same values. Something honest, simple and made with carefully selected ingredients, AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT has curated a range of hair and body products that fit with today’s beliefs. This is a brand that people can relate to, nourishing their salon experience and home beauty rituals to a new level, powered by beliefs that chime with your clients today…


We believe in… pure formulas

What is left out is as important as what’s put in. Its care and styling formulas are created with a free-from philosophy; they are free from sulphates,* parabens, silicones, mineral oils and artificial colourants. Natural ingredients are extracted gently while preserving their benefits. This is nature meeting science…

We believe in… a no-filter attitude

AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT was created as a movement with hairdressers and artisans sharing the same values, that build on today’s beliefs and individual experiences – this is a unique community embracing a new attitude towards beauty. The mindset behind the #authenticbeautymovement? ‘Be yourself’.

We believe in… authentic hair

The hair of today follows a new language, celebrating the free and unique textures of true beauty. It’s what you don’t see that makes the difference; care products create the canvas, styling products invisibly enhance authentic hair with a ‘no styling’ approach. It’s about building on the natural beauty that is already there. Effortless, crafted quality – a reduced luxury.

We believe in… a mindful experience

A mindful moment is about connecting inner and outer beauty through real experiences, reconnecting with yourself. AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT empowers the hairdresser to create a different, premium in-salon environment that blocks out the busy, crafting a moment to remember – a memento. The in-salon Momento Menu delivers a unique sensory journey with premium ingredients, blissful products and a relaxing, spa-like experience… with take-home treats allowing guests to follow their bliss back in their own bathrooms.

Carefully selected, pure ingredients. Real hair styles. Honest discussion. Artisan skills. Unique experiences. Shared beliefs. This is the new now – the authentic beauty movement. It just needs you to be part of it, too…

Recycle and Reuse – the AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT way

Sustainability runs through the core of AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT, enabling your salon to do more to protect the planet’s future:
• A partnership with Green Salon Collective aims to raise the standards of sustainability across the industry. From events to share and inspire sustainable salon practices to discounted services for AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT salons to recycle the traditionally impossible (hair, foil, colour tubes, towels) alongside plastic, paper, PPE, chemicals and general waste.
• There’s also access to GSC education on waste, energy, water, and food, as well as staff policies and social responsibilities.
• But it’s not just about recycling; salons can introduce an AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT refills bar to encourage clients to reuse their mindfully packaged bottles and tubs, often at a reduced retail price. Clear action, clear impact – beauty has. never behaved better

Join the #AUTHENTICBEAUTYMOVEMENT via authenticbeautyconcept.com and @authenticbeautyconceptuk on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube


Anxious? L’Oréal Professionnel Paris is offering free access to the Calm app

Anxious? L’Oréal Professionnel Paris is offering free access to the Calm app

Anxious? L’Oréal Professionnel Paris is offering free access to the Calm app

New partnership aims to help stressed stylists in tandem with Head Up initiative.

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About 2,000 hours a year – that’s how long stylists listen to their clients, according to a study by Samaritans. It’s well known that hairdressers and barbers hear some intensely personal and potentially traumatic tales from their clients, offering advice and support alongside colour and styling. Is it any wonder that 65 per cent of stylists have told a L’Oréal study that they’ve experienced anxiety, burnout or depression at some point during their career? 

 In a move to offer extra practical help to those feeling stressed, L’Oréal Professionnel Paris is partnering with the app Calm to offer three months of free access, with 50 per cent off Calm’s annual subscription price following that free period. This follows the launch last year of the Head Up initiative from L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, which offers free online training to stylists on its Access platform, with its tools including meditation, breathing and movement exercises. Since its launch, more than 92,000 hairstylists from 25 countries have completed the first training module. 

 Via the Calm partnership, stylists can access masterclasses and relaxing stories to enhance sleep quality. The meditation, sleep and relaxation app – which usually offers a one-week free trial – has seen more than 120 million downloads, with easy access to resources available 24/7 in seven languages. 

 The Head Up X Calm subscription is available via L’Oréal Access or lorealprofessionnel.co.uk/headup.