The Hair and Barber Council (THBC) and the Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (FHA) have announced that they will be joining forces in 2018.
With so many shared philosophies and a mutual dedication to raising industry standards, the two organisations are now aiming to strengthen both of their brands with a collaborative approach.
In an industry built on education, mentoring and collaboration, this new partnership is a prime example of how sharing resources, knowledge and expertise can serve to benefit all parties – and hairdressing as a whole.
The Hair and Barber Council was launched in 1964 by an Act of Parliament with the aim of raising standards and improving professionalism within the hairdressing industry. One of their key goals is to encourage hairdressers to join the UK Register of Qualified Hairdressers and become State Registered.
The Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (previously The Freelance Hair & Beauty Federation) launched in 1993 to support individual hairdressers and provide advice, a voice and networking opportunities. Their focus is on recognising freelancers as running professional businesses with appropriate training, insurance and standards.
Keith Conniford, CEO/Registrar of the Hair and Barber Council commented,
Sheila Abrahams has totally upped the status of freelancing hairdressers, particularly with her promotion of state registration to members of the FHA. Working together can only help to further strengthen the professionalism of this growing sector of the industry.
Sheila Abrahams, Founder and Director of the Freelance Hairdressers’ Association added,
We are delighted to be working with the Hair and Barber Council. For too long, freelancers have been seen as a negative in the industry, however, with our exacting standards and criteria they are now increasingly accepted. Without evidence of qualification and running a properly registered business, we will not allow membership of the association. Therefore state registration and our commitment to mandatory registration underpin this philosophy.