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Dinner with five-star friends

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Creative HEAD splashes out on its stars of 2014

The Most Wanted and It List Grand Final may be the biggest and most exciting night in the Creative HEAD calendar, but the Winners’ Soiree is surely the most special – a chance for us to spend quality time with the UK’s most creative, innovative and forward-thinking hairdressers. And that’s official!

For this year’s trophy-holders, it was an opportunity to kick back with friends and colleagues over a laid-back supper in the cosy surrounds of The Apartment in Shoreditch, and to discuss key industry issues in a fantastic Q&A session hosted by Creative HEAD editor Amanda Nottage.

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As you would expect, the conversation positively crackled as our winners covered everything from women in hairdressing to whether Facebook is a dying social media network. The results will help inform future features and content in Creative HEAD and creativeheadmag.com, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on these gems we overheard…

Advice for our Rising Star, Olivia Butt-Freer:
Be available. If you turn down a job, even regular clients will go elsewhere because they have to get the job done. The next thing you know, they’re enjoying working with the other guy…
– Sam McKnight

On the virtues and otherwise of social media…
My Facebook has changed from being a personal thing to something I use to promote myself for my work.
– Richard Phillipart

Our business would not be what it is today without social media. It has raised our profile and it has brought us clients.
– Joe Causier

People can say the most horrible things about you on social media. We’ve learned to turn a blind eye – it’s a necessary evil of social media that you just have to deal with.
– Lisa Shepherd

On why hairdressing is the ‘happiest’ of careers…
I have a client who is just regrowing her hair after chemotherapy. She’s not going to recover from her cancer, but I was able to change her hair colour and it brought her so much joy. I got more pleasure out of that experience than all the global travel I do.
– Ashleigh Hodges

On the difference between a good hairdresser and an award-winning hairdresser…
I work seven days a week for most of the year. One time, I had a young stylist who wanted to assist me on a shoot. I said, ‘Yes, absolutely – you’ll need to be ready first thing on Sunday. She pulled a face and said, ‘Oh, I’ve got a party on Saturday night…’ I can’t tell you how many parties I’ve missed because I wanted to get ahead with work…
– Ashleigh Hodges