On Monday 4th July the Toni & Guy London Academy welcomed The Fellowship’s annual Colour Night with a line-up of incredible talent who specialise in colour.
Two groups took to the stage to showcase their techniques with Sean Nolan from HOB; Karine Jackson from Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty; Siobhan Golden from Toni & Guy and Chris Williams from Rush being introduced first.
Sean Nolan showcased just why he is a technical Art Team member for HOB with his look inspired by brands like Tom Ford and The Kooples. A veil of blue was created that was similar to that of ‘split fur’ and worked with the geometric shapes that HOB is renowned for. Karine Jackson demonstrated a ‘colour swirl’ technique with beautiful pink and blonde tones that when styled out would create a really soft finish.
It was a familiar stage for Siobhan Golden from Toni & Guy who used a shadow root technique working with the current grey trend, while using a triangular section to enhance the fringe for a real focal point. Next year’s Colour Project leader and Rush colour extraordinaire Chris Williams worked an apricot base throughout the haircut before drifting it into a yellow through the extended haircut lengths. He described his favourite colour at the moment as green and this was prominent through the front sections of his look and gave an almost moss effect.
While on stage, Compere and past President Mark Creed was able to capture exactly what makes these four industry experts tick, whilst also finding out about their future colour predictions which include ‘golden rose’ and ‘metallic’ shades.
As all the colours were being demonstrated live to the audience it was then an opportunity to prepare their models backstage with the next four experts introduced by Mark - Ceri Cushen from Metropolis; Sam Millard from Peter Prosser; JC from Guy Kremer and Gareth Williams from Headmasters.
First up was Ceri Cushen with her beautiful pink tone that was applied to wet hair with a similarity to that of a tinted moisturiser. She gave the look a slight twist with a triangular section of blue that could be enhanced by a choice of styling. Sam Millard chose a cool colour palette using a root drag technique to apply the colour. The overall look had a seamless blend with a beautiful smoky blue through the ends. There was a juxtaposition of warm and cool tones from Gareth Williams as he used a mixture of colour palettes to infuse the overall textures and create a stunning finish.
JC created a salon friendly look that he described as “punchy” with coppers and gold intensifying the overall look. Mark was able to establish from the four how they stay inspired, while again establishing their future colour predictions including strawberry and sunflower blondes.
While the groups were backstage styling their models ready for their finale, Colour Project Leader Michelle Griffin was joined by Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year Andy Heasman from Rush for the special guest interview. Andy gave an insight into how his career started and how it led him to become involved in the Rush Salon Group who now boasts 76 salons. This year has been a particular highlight for him and that included being announced as Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year at our prestigious Luncheon and Awards. He was then joined on stage by Chris Williams who reinstated how well they all work together as a team before describing Andy as, “one of my hair heroes”.
The evening ended with Mark welcoming all the fantastic colour experts back to the stage with their finished looks. There was a real buzz within the room as everyone was able to see how the techniques and colour placements created such beautiful and show stopping styles.
It was a wonderful evening and those on stage demonstrated their comprehensive skills in both technical ability and their confidence in presenting.
Evangeline Barrett from BLONDZ Hair said,
Last night was my first time attending Colour Night and it was amazing! I feel so lucky to have been able to get a ticket for the sold out event and I wasn’t disappointed what I saw on stage. The line-up was incredible and everyone had such different techniques and ideas. I cannot wait to take it back to the salon I work in!