ClubStar evening with Martyn Holmes and The Strangeways Artist team.

This image sums up the ethos of last nights ClubStar seminar.. FUN.

Martyn stands at the glass door before his entrance pulling faces to the audience. This playful mentality is shown the whole way through the evening. The seminar was broken into three sections – Cutting, creative colour and avant-garde. He is presenting with six other members of his team, they differ in age and style of work. We see 3 models on stage, each with something different going on. He works on a model with lovely warm, deep hair. With her hair just sitting on her shoulders he tries to teach up this new idea he has. It’s about sectioning it all in quarters. It has no name, but he asks people to give him ideas. Someone shout something out and it is instantly dismissed. Some would pretend they liked the idea and fake interest. Not Martyn. I admire that. He is straight talking and that is a great characteristic to have, especially in this industry.20130611-131010.jpg
Martyn tells us how he is a normal hairdresser, just like us. He has his column every day with the same old Mrs Brown and Mrs White. This is his chance to do something fun (see that word coming back again?) The next three models all have lovely blonde hair. Throughout the evening his ‘Colour Queen’ talks us through exactly what colours are used with each model – going into wonderful detail. He uses a mixture of colour hairspray, stencils and ‘art shop’ pastels. He breaks each model down as this. Cutting out shapes, making wool pompoms and colouring with crayons. All fun from his childhood. Using the colour hairspray to make real life hair pompoms colourful, he asks us to help him out choosing what colour to use first. He decides what he is doing when he is doing it. There wasn’t much structure to the colour placing. It was all how he felt at the time. It was free and playful. Something is mentioned that I can’t get out of my head. “Mistakes are the journey of learning.” They talk about thinking outside of the box. When you are learning you are always told this is the way to do something, and this is the only way. The Strangeways group walk all over this. To them it is all about crossing the line, breaking the mould. There is no right or wrong way.

They bring out the final models and two young girls. This is the avant-garde. And the girls who are demonstrating are some of the youngest in their group. They are bubbling and shy, but when asked to explain what they are doing they shine. Their talent is really shown when they are talking about what they know. This is something they excel at. When they talk us through it, you can see how naturally it comes to them to explain. We are told how everyone gets a chance to be on The Strangeways artist team. If you want to be there, you are there. It’s always something that lingers around art teams. You feel you need 10 years experience behind you before you even ask to be a part of it. With The Strangeways it isn’t like that. I admire this. I felt these girls represented something in all young hairdressers. It is not often enough that we as young stylists are appreciated for the work we are capable of.


When the evening was over and after I snuck a few photos I left with a spring in my step. I had absorbed so much knowledge from the team and felt truly confident in myself. I admire and respect Martyn Holmes and The Strangeways team. I hope to get the chance to have another evening of fun with them.

This was the second ClubStar evening I have attended. Again, I urge anyone to get involved in either ClubStar or The Fellowship. Im really looking forward for to the next event.


Wanna see something creative?

I have been ultra lucky this past week. Sometimes it is easy to get stuck in the “I’ll have the same as last time” routine, but this week I have had a few clients who wanted a complete colour over-haul. I like nothing more than changing a clients over all look. My client, Helena, took inspiration from Karen O (Yeah yeah yeahs lead vocalist) by wanting half a head of bleach tint, with a deep brown section at the nape of the neck. The cut Karen has accentuates the colour, so we took vibes from that and created a style which also suited Helena’s needs.

Helena’s before.


Helena’s after.


On the flip to that, another client Simone always had a short crop with a bleach tint. This week, we went all out copper on her. When you darker over bleach, you need to pre-pig the hair. The pre-pig i had known has been discontinued, so i used a true semi permanent (7.6) from the Clynol range. This was let to process for 15 minutes and wash and dried ready for further application. I used a mixture of 6.0 and 6.6 (from the Clynol Viton S range). The colour was perfect!

Simone’s before and after.


I was lucky enough to catch-up with a good friend from school today. I have started my NVQ level 3 training recently, so have been screaming out for models! Kerry nominated herself, and I sure am glad! She had completely natural hair colour, which is like a blank canvas! I was also given free reign to do whatever I wanted (except bright purple). We decided to keep it natural, but to add a few different depths and learnt towards a few weaves of light ash blonde. I loved this colour, and quite fancy it for myself!

Kerry’s before and after.


I love a good before and after 🙂