#CHTurns20: Love from Wella Professionals

Twenty years in business is a big deal. So you kinda want to celebrate it in a big way. A 52-page photo-shoot in our September 2020 issue was the epic undertaking we chose to mark two decades of Creative HEAD and the brilliant collaborators who helped us along the way. Take a look at this fabulous work from Wella Professionals – now that’s what we call a birthday present!

Wella Professionals UK and Ireland technical director and creative director at Russell Eaton

Robert Eaton is truly an iconic hair artist. He is a visionary who creates beautiful, wearable and utterly stunning hair; he colours in a way that pushes creative boundaries while still looking commercial, feminine and beautiful. Robert’s technical ability and understanding of colour, light and hair texture, combined with his willingness to always share and educate others, make him a pleasure to work with. Robert is unique and inspiring – a combination that Wella Professionals is honoured to showcase.

I wanted this look to have a feminine and romantic feel – something with strong client appeal, but which also talked about colour and texture. The colour is a cherry wood- inspired pink-brunette – a lived-in, soft tone. The styling was all about curl, texture, movement – something that really showcases the beauty of multi-texture. Robert Eaton

Wella guest artist and co-owner of D&J Ambrose

Darren Ambrose is a genius when it comes to hairdressing as an art form, creating 360-degree looks that are visually mesmerising. Every image has a story like no other, and the journey that Darren takes us on to understand his creations is both unique and wonderful. Darren’s work is not just about amazing hair; he takes us to a place that fuses fashion, trends and history. This, combined with his impeccable technical knowledge, is why Wella Professionals loves to partner with him.

I see my model as a New York socialite – she’s done well in life, she’s travelled a lot, and she’s picked up loads of cool junk and styling influences along the way. I really like that mixed vibe – old-school retro with modern details, and a bit of grunge. Even though the colour is pumped to create a more luxurious and editorial finish, the stacking and the movement in the hair is about playing with bounce and texture, making it more real and touchable. Darren Ambrose

Wella guest artist and creative director at HOB Salons

Akin Konizi has a 20:20 vision like no other. Widely recognised for his precision cutting and the ability to turn ‘ordinary’ into ‘extraordinary’, when Akin develops a concept, the quality of his work and craftsmanship is exemplary. He is a true mentor and icon, his beautiful style is wearable yet progressive, and his ability to take trends and incorporate them into stunning, show-stopping hair makes him one of the most highly decorated hairdressers of recent times.

I decided on an edgy look, with a strong cut but still wearable on the street. It’s based on the geometry and precision of all hob techniques, but at the same time messy, tribal. The colours were used to enhance the cut – although very strong, they work with the model’s skin tone and natural hair colour. It’s all about the girl and not purely about what she wears on her head.Akin Konizi

Wella Professionals is proud to support Creative HEAD; from the beginning we have worked on some incredible projects together and shared some great moments. To have a brand like Creative HEAD, that constantly delivers innovation in its print magazine, online platforms and industry events, is tremendous. It’s a pleasure to be part of the journey and to celebrate 20 amazing years.Nick Van Holstein, Wella Professionals general manager, UK & Ireland

Main portrait: Jon Baker
Fashion: Isseie Gibbons at Stella Creative Artists
Make-up: Eli Wakamatsu at Stella Creative Artists using Glossier
Models (in order shown): Thea at The Hair Desk, Nathalie S at The Hair Desk, Caroline Ortoli
BTS imagery: Jon Baker and the Creative HEAD team

The photoshoot with Wella Professionals took place before the latest guidelines regarding PPE for hairdressers were released.