The TONI&GUY Academy in Central London played host to the latest Fellowship for British Hairdressing Colour Night, which provided a rainbow of looks to inspire and educate the sell-out audience.
Eight masters took to the stage to demonstrate their colour work, showcasing looks that ranged from the bold and experimental to subtle, salon-friendly styles.
First on stage were Grace Dalgliesh from Brooks & Brooks, Dan Spiller from Marc Antoni, JC Aucamp from Guy Kremer and Charley Henery from TONI&GUY.
The four looks represented the limitless potential of colour techniques and current trends in the industry, with a diverse array of looks. For Grace, the trend for all things natural inspired her colour choices – pistachio, rose and sunlight yellow. Working on wet hair, her watercolour blend of pastels provided a beautiful, bespoke look for her model.
Dan Spiller worked with dynamic shades of lilac and creamy blonde, in a further nod to the ongoing pastel craze. His creative placement was designed to bring to life the dynamic, directional crop on his model.
For JC Aucamp, it was an update on the perennial client favourite; balayage. His beautiful brunette blend provided an on-trend update on the technique, with bold panels of glossed caramel colour.
Charley brought to life one of TONI&GUY’s latest looks, using tied-off ponytails to create bold sections. She revealed how this technique created a seamless blend, as well as providing selfie-worthy sectioning for clients.
With the first round of models complete, the evening’s compère, and Fellowship Ambassador, Bruno Marc grilled the hairdressers about how much they’d charge for each look, and how to justify those prices to clients through careful, honest, consultation.
The second set of artists on stage were Mario Failla from The Gallery, Tara Hunter from Mahogany, Carla Salceda-Vasquez from Sassoon Academy and Thomas Hills from TH1.
Mario presented a dramatic colour transformation, with a beautiful soft copper featuring pastel detailing, on a model who had previously been a deep mahogany shade. For Tara, it was all about tonal blondes with a splash of pastel yellow, worked throughout curving sections of a bold, layered crop.
Carla was inspired by the metals and plastics used by iconic 60s designer, Paco Rabanne. Her finished look was a clean, powerful, timeless blonde.
Thomas talked about his love for strong, powerful women – perfect for his bold, blue, inky shade, worn on a choppy, layered, punkish crop. As well as sharing his colour expertise, Thomas also revealed how the Fellowship had benefited his career – providing him an early platform which has since led to a win at the British Hairdressing Awards, a London Fashion Week show and opportunities for his salon team.
The final stage appearance of the night was from Guest of Honour, Chris Williams from RUSH Hair & Beauty. An acclaimed colourist, Chris is responsible for the award-winning colour work which has seen RUSH awarded Artistic Team of the Year on three separate occasions.
He shared his own colour journey, his diverse inspirations and how the Fellowship has supported his own career. As leader of the Colour Project, he sees first hand the benefits the Fellowship’s mentoring schemes can do – and encouraged anyone thinking of joining to do so.
Fellowship President and host for the evening, Karine Jackson, concluded the show saying, “Colour is a multi-million pound industry and one that we’re all proud to be a part of. Seeing the diverse range of finished looks, techniques and trends tonight demonstrates how huge the opportunity is for this industry, and how there really is a result for every client.”