Fifteen F.A.M.E. Team hopefuls made their way to the L’Oréal International Academy in London recently. Their mission? To make the cut as 15 hopefuls became whittled down to 8 F.A.M.E Team finalists.
The event was hosted by President Karine Jackson and Chancellor Ken Picton and on the judging panel were some very familiar Fellowship faces; Errol Douglas MBE, Luke Benson, Ashleigh Hodges, Michelle Griffin, Simon Shaw and Andreas Stavrou.
To inspire the finalists, the current F.A.M.E. Team, Gavin McIntyre, James Earnshaw, Jordanna Cobella and Ria Kulik, took to the stage to share their experiences and highlights so far and to pass on their most valuable pieces of advice for this stage of the competition. Host Ken Picton also brought former F.A.M.E. Team member Jamie Stevens out onto the stage for an interview, highlighting just how much this initiative can propel your career to dizzy heights.
The hair work created by each of these talented finalists was astounding, with quirky colours, eccentric shapes and edgy editorial styles, all pulled together with faultless fashion styling to create the overall image.
Karine says, “What a fantastic day at the L’Oréal Academy! All 15 finalists did so well and united as a team throughout the day. I’m excited that we have such a great final 8; the standard of hair work was so high and the 7 that didn’t make it through should be really proud of themselves. I hope to see them all next year!”
The 8 finalists who will be on stage at Salon International hoping to become the chosen 4 are:
Ellie Bond – Spargo Hairdressing, Basildon
Nicola Clifford – NJUK Hair & Beauty Clowne, Chesterfield
Ashley Cockrell – Percy & Reed, London
Patrick McDougall – Rainbow Room International, Glasgow
Peter Mellon – Medusa Hair, Edinburgh
Jessica Neil – KH Hair Group, Midlands
James Nicklin – Tim Scott-Wright at The Hair Surgery, Midlands
Katie Prescott – Toni&Guy, Canary Wharf
“I think we’re in for a real treat at Salon International,” says Karine, “Good luck to the final 8 and I hope to see everybody there supporting our future stars.”
Photography by Alphonse Grose