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Salon international 2017 VIP

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So as we’ve now reached Autumn once again, it also brings one of the biggest and exciting events in the UK amongst the hairdressing industry, Salon International. The exhibition sees some of the biggest names in hairdressing, including live shows, seminars and demonstrations, plus the most innovative products and ideas that can be used to take back to the salon!

For me, this is an event that every hairdresser should attend, whether you’re new to the business or well established like myself, it is the ideal opportunity to find inspiration, motivation and learn about the latest trends and products, so I was super excited to be attending this year, especially as I had VIP tickets, courtesy of Wahl!0E4AB638-2A5B-408F-ADBC-97437AD75E36

As a professional myself, I do take the show quite seriously and planned exactly who I wanted to see live on stage. This was the perfect opportunity for me to see some of the most inspirational hairdressers in the industry, which included the ‘Legend Lounge’, a special undercover area in which some of the biggest names talk about their career highlights and their personal journeys in the business! Lee Stafford, Errol Douglas and Andrew Collinge were some of my favourites to name a few!

I was also really keen to go and see another favourite of mine and a headlining act, Patrick Cameron! He presented live on stage his ‘Easy Classics Collection’ where he shared his concepts and ideas of creating simple and classic updos, by using different techniques, which can all be bought back to the salon! This gave me so much inspiration to continue my own journey in learning how to do updos! To top this off, Patrick kindly styled my hair for me whilst I was there because he over heard my ‘loud mouth’ asking for somebody to do it and he said because I was so f@@king cheeky he would personally do it……which really was a VIP moment for me!! (and one occasion I was actually grateful of my ‘loud mouth’!)B737B5C0-A9C2-48BB-8972-7FFC7C0D2BE3

The whole experience was truly amazing with many highlights over the weekend which I’ve mentioned above, but I’d just like to finish on my best moments of the weekend and that’s pretty much everything WAHL!!

Wahls ‘Barber Of The Year’ competition was nothing short of inspiring and something I am really passionate about after being nominated myself last year! The completion was at an all time high and the talent and skills shown by all this years nominees was outstanding, but it was Jarred Liddington who won the well deserved title of barber of the year 2017! 864C11CB-E734-40AA-89F9-B05AC59FBF4DFinally my favourite moments and one of the reasons I attend every year is down to my biggest icon and inspiration Simon Shaw, Wahls Global Artistic Director! Simon and the Wahl team were back this year with their usual high profile presence! Bigger and better than ever, they hosted a stage packed full of competitions, education and all around entertainment! Wahl have also collaborated with the award winning and famous hairdressing duo Hooker & Young, in launching their amazing new line of sleek styling tools, ‘The Style Collection’! Before introducing the new products on stage, the audience was wowed by an electric performance by famous YouTube singing twins, Max and Harvey! They really got the audience going and it was the perfect end to a fantastic weekend! Overall I find the whole concept, skills and ideas of Wahl to be the very best in the industry, which has ultimately given me new inspiration and drive to better and enrich my own career!

After such a valuable experience I’m now ready and raring to get back in my salon, and excited to see what my hairdressing future has in store for me next! Keep a look out for my next blog where I’ll be talking in more depth about Wahls ‘The Style Collection’, which I’m sure will also be my next ‘must have’ products!!

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