A Self/Styled Sunday that stays with you

Self/Styled Sunday made a welcome return on a very cold January morning. Up and down the UK, freelance artists tuned in for a mixture of educational masterclasses, business-boosting advice and engaging conversation.

Self/Styled Sunday is Creative HEAD’s digital event with content devoted entirely to supporting freelancers. The aim of Self/Styled has always been to build a sense of community amongst freelance hairdressers, and to support them with practical advice and information during these difficult times.

Our second edition was packed with business know-how, brand masterclasses, a panel talk and a star interview, all designed to help embolden and encourage freelancers as we face a seemingly endless lockdown.

The day kicked off with a Self/Made Masterclass from L’Oréal Professionnel. Our Self/Made content all about inspiring and emboldening stylists with fresh skills and updates on the latest trends. Harriet Stokes led a packed hour of French Balayage techniques, with loads of tips and advice on how to elevate basic balayage to have clients shouting ‘OUI!’ Viewers chipped in with all sorts of questions on technique, timing, and advice for common balayage blunders.

We swung to the other end of the colour spectrum for our second Self/Made Masterclass with Manic Panic. We were treated to a  juicy introduction to the magic of Manic Panic products by Vicki Hoskin, using both the gel pro-only shades and a kiss of the 40+ cream formulas. Vicki got to work created a bold reverse money piece look, with magenta roots melting into pastel tones throughout the lengths. With tips on application, maintenance (including dealing with clients who are partial to a seaside swim!)

The importance of community for freelancers was next on the agenda, with a session from the Freelance Hair Association. Our Self/Help content is focused on practical business advice to help freelancers thrive. We were lucky enough to be joined by FHA founder Sheila Abrahams and member/representative Cristina Fazzone, who talked everyone through the core aims of the FHA. From in-person (now digital) meet-ups to discounts and crucial advice, the session was buzzing with opportunity.

We got comfortable with Mark Woolley in his library at Falmer Court for our Star Interview, as he delved into his career in an interview with Creative HEAD publisher Catherine Handcock. They toured past his history at Saks, starting his own business, the inspiration and focus of the Electric product range, and arrived at the exciting news of Electric Space – a brand new creative hub he is launching later in 2021.

Finally, Self/Styled editor Deborah Murtha sat down for a wide-ranging conversation with the talented Hairdotcom Art Team members Ashleigh Hodges, Casey Coleman and Carolyn Newman. The theme of the Panel Talk was ‘The Wall’, the trials and triumphs they have had to overcome thus far in their careers. Mental health struggles, money questions, goals for the future – nothing was off the table. The conversation was so lively and engaging that it ended up spanning a half hour longer than expected!

We have set a date for our next Self/Styled Sunday event, scheduled for the 21 March – we’ll be releasing the line-up very soon, but in the meantime you can sign up HERE to be the first to know about it!

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