Clynol Profile Weekend 2013.

So as most of you know, Clynol Profile Weekend 2013 took place on 16th and 17th June at Alton Towers. Firstly – What an awesome venue. Even without going into the park, the hotel its self is so cool. So many little qwerks to look at and explore! Good choice Clynol. And we were greeted by this in the hotel room, such a nice touch!

20130618-144534.jpg So, after getting up at 5.30am (ergh) and setting off at 7.30am, we finally arrive at about 10. This is the first time I get to have a real look at all the backstage antics. Models all having hair and makeup done, people rushing about the place.

20130618-144113.jpgI got to see some great people at work, including an ex-protégé team member. It was fascinating watching everyone doing their thing. I really enjoyed seeing them create something captivating and special. We got to watch the presentation and see all the hard work put together. The models all represented hair icons. There was a Florence (copper), Madonna (Blonde), Rhianna (red) and a Katy (violet). Two models for each icon. Each model showed off what the new Viton S range is capable off. From raspberry reds, orange coppers, blue violets and clean-cut blondes. We are taught about the new colours and how to use them to their full potential. I think they have really hit the nail with this one. It was a brilliant introduction to the new range and I’m really excited to get using it!

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Me and the other prots (protégé team members) are going onto stage in the evening to be introduced as the 2013 team. Everyone’s a little nervous so we gulped a bit of vodka and redbull in the hotel room to settle the nerves. It. Was. Amazing! I felt so good, being cheered and clapped on stage. I tried not to look out at the many faces and got distracted by Troy’s impromptu rose petal shower.

20130618-144830.jpg Onto the food and the drinks, everyone got quite squiffy and had a great time. So many dance moves in such little time. It was really fun to mingle and meet people who are all linked by the Clynol brand. There are some really lovely people out there. I finally met Luisa who used to be on the Protégé team (2 years running.) I had read and heard a bit about her and she is so great! Its really cool to meet someone who has really benefited from the team. She now has her own salon in Kidderminster, and I hope it all goes well for her!

After catching some sleep, it was on with the roller coasters! I used to be terrified of them, but I know once its going I love them. It was so much fun!! Tiring though. I have an app on my phone that tracks your step and we did nearly 15,000. About 5 miles in total! But it was really worth it. I wish we can go every weekend.

Overall, an amazing weekend. I loved every second and I’m really looking forward to next year! ❤

ClubStar evening with Martyn Holmes and The Strangeways Artist team.

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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
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

An evening with Bruno Marc.

On Monday evening I went to the Wella academy in London. I am a Clubstar member which is part of The Fellowship of Hairdressing. They put on many evenings & workshops through out the year. Clubstar evenings are free for members and Fellowship evenings come at a small fee. I would push anyone to get involved in this. There are a lot of opportunities at these events, to meet people and learn about them and their techniques. This event was an evening with Bruno Marc. He is a big part of the Marc Antoni salons, as well as being BHA Southern Hairdresser of the year TWICE, Fellowship Hairdresser of the year AND the Fame Team manager (which is something I aspire to do). An inspirational man. His creative eye is outstanding. Bruno’s cutting and dressing of hair is one of a kind. He demonstrated to us 10 different styles and I was blown away. Working on three of the models I am lucky enough to see first hand how talented he is. His demeanour is friendly, humble and confident. And he has true confidence in his work, team and models. He introduces the models (sometimes not remembering their names) but remembering their looks and hair. Thats the important bit right? He prides himself on trying to find your everyday girl and giving them opportunities. He told us how most of his models are not professional models. At least they weren’t before they encountered him. One told how she was spotted at a petrol station. I love it. I love the whole idea. I have a young client in the salon and she is so fresh faced. I tell her every time she comes in she should get into modelling. It helps that she is always on trend and doesn’t mind me chopping it all off every now and then! I wish I had stuck around to talk to him and bundle him with questions, but I had to catch a train home. Boo. If anyone is interested, look him up. His work is something to spend your time over.

Thanks for reading ✌

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OOTD

My OOTD. Going to go and walk in the sunshine ☀

Sunglasses & skirt – New Look
Crop top & sandals – Primark

I used my GHD’s to create the wave look. Teamed with Clynol Grip hairspray – hold level 5. So quick and easy! Forget pristine sections, I did it in 9. I like keeping this curl messy. But you can brush it out for that S-wave look.

Have a sunny funny day!

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Famous for a day..

On Thursday we had our team mentor Jamie come into the salon with his posse. His posse being three lovely people who donned a camera, microphone and other equipment. When we were told about them coming into film us, we were also given a few questions that would be asked. So I made sure I thought of a few answers before hand incase being in front of a camera freaked me out. So me and Nicole went through our answers first thing and decided we sounded so cheesy! I was under the impression we were being interviewed whilst with a client because I was fully booked all day. All I could think about was the cheese. I like being daft, but not in front of clients. Turn out I was worrying about nothing. The interview was really cool and didn’t make me feel silly. And it didn’t happen in front of clients, it was in one sole corner of the salon. Also, I was asked a few questions I hadn’t prepped for. And I surprised myself by answering them without a second thought. I guess deep down I know everything is up in my head. I was super proud of me and Nicole. And afterwards I realised I had a lot of fun and now I want to do it all the time.

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This interview is part of our Protege team fun, and will be shown at The Profile Weekend in the middle June. We get to go to the weekend, which is held at Alton Towers (we also get tickets for the park. Woop!) It is the launch of the new Viton-S range and also an awards show. Were going to be getting on stage to be announced as the Clynol Protege Team 2013. How crazy!

This means..I need to get buying! I need a dress to wear in the evening. Its super super super smart, black tie, all that jazz. I have been browsing ASOS and the like but I think I need to see the clothes in person. Massive shopping trip on my day off to plan. Any suggestions on what I could wear? Im thinking peplum to hide my mid tyre..

Hope your enjoying this read ❤

Clynol treatment for dry hair.

Hello there. Pretty much every client that I have ever met has moaned about dry hair. Admit it, even if it was just an inkling in the back of your mind – you’ve thought about it. I bleach my hair on a regular basis and use toners at least once every three weeks. (Keeps my colour looking fresh.) Add that to my already fine and brittle hair and its a catastrophe!

So every once in a while I whack on a bit of my best friend – Clynol Rescue Repair treatment. Today I decided to leave it on after my shower and I will wash it out tomorrow morning. I had nothing to do today so decided to look greasy and gross in exchange for a good hair day tomorrow! You wanna apply it to the ends and mid-length. Usually a 50p size (but I am very generous with it.) And if your hair is super long use more. I used my tangle teezer to brush it through as well. Bunged it up into a top knot and then away with the day. What do you use to keep your condition conditioned?

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Mixture of this and that.

This is how my morning started… 6am gym wake up call, in there for 6.30am and finished by 8am. (If you can believe it, this is my favourite part of today.) Then off I pop to work for about 8.30am. We have to be in the salon 15 minutes before we start, which for me means 8.45. I like to get in a little earlier so I can have breakfast and tweak my hair/make-up/everything. My 9 o’clock client strolls in about 8.40 – thats cool yo, enjoy a coffee whilst I finish my breakie. But instead we get a “Its lucky for some” as she is told Im just finishing my breakfast. My lady is very nice and usually chilled out. Obviously she is stressed about something, and its always us hairdressers who hear the problems. I have to admit, I am nosey as hell so I love getting all the goss about everything..ever. But there does come a point in which I feel like screaming “Its not my fault!!!!!” She tells me about trying to get some funding for a charity she is working with (as I said earlier, lovely lady) but a stressed lovely lady. Once that had been spoken about she falls back into her normal self. This is one of those great things about hairdressing. Im not a therapist, I don’t feel what I say can make a difference, but at times like these we help people get stuff off their chest. Another happy client, hopefully 😉

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Later on I got to what I love the most, dressing hair! A client was going to a wedding later in the day and gave me the reigns. My brief was •loose curls •over the top of the ears •styled to the side. But everything else was up to me! So this is what I came up with…

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No picture from the front 😔 I always feel it makes the client uncomfortable.

I found out yesterday that me and Nicole will be getting filmed working next week. I believe it is for The Profile weekend, held by Clynol. Super excited! So I have been hitting up pintrest for clothing ideas. I love pinterest. Check out my boards, username – laurenbritton75

Thanks for the read. 💛