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The Herald Look Awards 2016

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Defacto Salons Table

Defacto Salons Table – Photo by Kirsty Anderson

For the second year The Herald’s Look Awards have come and gone.

It was a night full of fun, food and deserving winners! From all the wonderful nominees, successful business were chosen and even some commendations were awarded and we’re going to tell you all about it.

The night was hosted once again at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow City Centre. It began with a champagne reception, a photo op, and a chance to grab some freebies from Fake Bake and OSMO, before everyone was ushered into the event hall. The room was lit in pinks and purples with towering table decoration and a fantastic lit up LOOK sign on the stage.

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

‘The One Show’ reporter Jean Johansson hosted the night, and everyone got up for a dance during the Soul Kings entertainment. The awards began with Expert Make up Artist of the Year, which was won by Lynsey C Reilly. Then Bon Vivant and Sleeping Beauty Salon won Small and Large Beauty Salon of the Year –Sponsored by Beautiful Brows and Lashes Professional. Sleeping Beauty Salon is one of our listed salons, and is a small privately owned chain of 4 salons in Scotland offering a wide range of beauty, holistic and nail services. They are based in Inverness and offer evening appointments.

photo by Kirsty Anderson

photo by Kirsty Anderson

Polish Nail and Beauty won Nail Technician of the Year and Spa at Blysthwood Square lifted the trophy for Spa of the Year. ReNu Skin Clinic won medical Aesthetician of the Year – Sponsored by The Edinburgh Clinic and Best Independent Nurse Prescriber was awarded to Jackie Partridge BSc (DERM) RGN NIP of dermalclinic. Another category sponsored by Beautiful Brows & Lashes Professional was Cosmetic Clinic of the Year, won by Face and Body Medical Cosmetics.

The first commendation went to Laura Courtie Hair for Wedding Stylist of the Year, which was won by Pin Up Hair Glasgow. Charlie Taylor won two categories on the night, Hair Stylist of the Year and Defacto’s Large Salon of the Year. Charlie Taylor is one of the UK’s foremost hairdressers and a lifetime member of the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame and has won Scottish Hairdresser of the Year three times. Another envirofriendly salon nominated for Defacto Large Salon of the Year was Andersons Hair, this award winning salon is the premier location to experience the Davines brand. They are proud to be the only Davines exclusive hair salon in Glasgow and use natural ingrediants to help you achieve your dream do.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Macs Glasgow is an envirofriendly salon, located in the heart of Glasgow West End, and has been implementing the use of Easilocks to win Hair Extension Specialist, with a commendation going to Natalie McIlroy Hair. Our other sponsored category Defacto Small Salon of the Year went to Westend Hair. Found on Great Western Road, Westend Hair is Scotland’s prime destination for professional Aveda Hair care and colour.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Best Barbers – Sponsored by Men’s Hairdressing Federation went to House Martin Barbers with a commendation awarded to Davie The Barbers. House Martin Barbers is a place for the modern gentleman, boasting a complimentary coffee shop and bar, this place is somewhere for a man looking for a very luxurious environment.

Best Use of Social Media – Sponsored by Fake Bake went to BLOW and Best Start Up – Sponsored by City of Glasgow College went to The Singing Barber: Gentleman’s Club. With a commendation going to ONYX Salon. Ash Hairdressing won Marketing Campaign of the Year and we handed our Innovation in Technology Award over to Barclay Wolf Hair Extensions (you can read more about Barclay Wolf HERE).

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

City of Glasgow College accepted the award for Training Institution of the Year, Linton & Mac became the Ones to Watch and rounding the ceremony off Annmarie Fraser of the NHS Hospital Salon was awarded Outstanding Contribution of the Year – Sponsored by Phorest.

After the awards everyone was free to let their hair down and have dance the night away! Our director Marcus Macleod said:

“It’s been a fantastic night, truly amazing to see all these people and businesses being honoured for their contributions to the industry and who doesn’t love to get dressed up and to have a good time.”

Here’s to another wonderful year at the Look Awards, we’re counting down to next year already!

The Defacto team and guests (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

The Defacto team and guests
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

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Barclay Wolf Tape In Hair Extensions

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Barclay Wolf's branding and extensions

Barclay Wolf’s branding and extensions

Barclay Wolf triumphed on Sunday night at The Herald’s Look Awards 2016.

The relatively new business lifted the award for Innovation in Technology, previously held by us, for their revolutionary tape in hair extensions.

The creators of Barclay Wolf have over 40 years experience in the hair and beauty industry and to quote their website they “understand the needs of salon owners, stylists and extension technicians, as well as the demands of their discerning clientele”. It’s understandable how they would be able to create a product that would win such an important award.

As well as the tape in extensions they also have double and triple drawn pre-bonded extensions, in both 18” and 22”, they have a variety of colours and even have the option of ombre shades in all of their extensions. For their new tape in range they have both the regular tape in and the invisible tape in.

Regular Tape in extension

Regular Tape in extension

The regular tape in also comes in 18” and 22”, as well as 32 colours, including ombre and works by ‘sandwiching’ the strips of hair between two extensions topped with a layer of adhesive. (A video of Chris Christoforou demonstrating the application at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show 2016 will be at the bottom of the article). Their invisible extensions work in the same manner, but there is a layer of hair on the top extension to disguise the tape. Barclay Wolf says this is best suited for those with thin hair or those looking for a perfected look. There are a limited number of colours in this range at the moment but they will be adding more in 2016!

Invisible tape in extension

Invisible tape in extension

We are sure that many people will be excited by this range of extensions particularly professionals in the industry. If you are keen to train up in this you can attend training course in Glasgow, London and Liverpool (contact Barclay Wolf about this HERE).

The aim for these extensions is to cut the time of application by over half and to remove the element of damage that other extensions bring to your natural hair. However, of course they have upkeep requirements, with the main point being to avoid applying oils to your hair. You can read the upkeep requirements HERE

Full head of tape in extensions

Full head of tape in extensions

We hope we have encouraged you to get involved with Barclay Wolf’s latest venture and we wish them all the best. Congratulations to the new Innovators in Technology!

Watch a full head application of Barclay Wolf tape in hair extensions below!

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The Herald Look Awards 2016 Build Up

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

We at Defacto are eagerly awaiting the night of May 15th.

As you may well know that is the night of The Herald Look Awards 2016!

We’re looking for the right dresses and bowties as we type! We bet the nominees of the 20 award categories are too. The Look Awards aims to award hair, beauty and aesthetic professionals and businesses in Scotland.

This year Defacto are sponsoring two award categories:

Defacto Small Salon of the Year

  • Ash Hairdressing
  • BLOW
  • Hair by Rutherfords
  • Milk Hairdressing
  • Westend Hair

Defacto Large Salon of the Year

  • Alison Stewart Hairdressing
  • Andersons Hair
  • Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty

We decided to have a talk with our nominees about their businesses and how theyre feeling on the lead up to the big night!

 

ASH Hairdressing is an award winning Oban Salon. With simple and classy surroundings, anyones visit here will be an enjoyable experience.

“We have been open 18 months now and in July 2016 we are opening another brand new salon in Glasgows South side with our very own training academy.”

ASH Hairdressing

ASH Hairdressing

BLOW in Finnieston, Glasgow, have the tagline “A Manic Panic colour asylum”. It appears they are aimed a younger market with quirkier styles and colours.

“We are different, professional and edgy. Our staff are all ages, very diverse range. We are Scotlands ambassador for OLAPLEX and one of few salons stocking “Manic Panic”

#BLOW

#BLOW

Hair by Rutherfords, also based in Oban, describes itself as a friendly salon which is suitable for all tastes and budgets.

“We also entered last year,its good to get our name out there. We are passionate individuals who love what we do.We have been going two and a half years now and it would be great to win this award.”

Hair by Rutherfords

Hair by Rutherfords

Milk Hairdressing in West Calder is an award winning salon, with a laid back and relaxed vibe. Their menu of options are all delightfully cow themed! With an up-do called ‘Stuck up Cow’ and a cut and blow dry being called ‘Snippy Cow”. You won’t miss them, due to their life size model cow outside!

“We have been open 4 years yesterday. We are a unique and quirky salon- everything on our pricelist is related to a cow for example  A hair up do is  “stuck up cow.” Bridal hair is “silly cow”  We even have a model of a life sized cow outside the shop!”

Milk Hairdressing

Milk Hairdressing

West End Hair is in, you guessed it, the west end of Glasgow. They offer luxurious Aveda Haircare products and a super homely feel!

“In our boutique style salon we have a cool laid back atmosphere with a community feel. We have been going three and a half years now and we are an exclusive Aveda Salon, one of only 3 in Glasgow. The products are 99% Naturally derived, they smell great and the colours are superb”

West End Hair

West End Hair

Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty in both Perth and Dundee, is a totally on trend salon. As well as the three time winner of Scottish Salon of the Year.

We have been around a long time now. We have a couple of large salons, one open for thirty years and the other for twenty years. We are an established brand and we have proved the test of time through the decades. We are celebrating the fact we have a fair amount of heritage and we also move with the times.

Charlie Taylor working on a model

Charlie Taylor working on a model

Another two of our nominees are Alison Stewart Hairdressing and Anderson’s Hair. Alison Stewart Hairdressing has salons in Kircaldy and Glenrothes, they too are an award winning salon, and offer a stylish and modern setting for you to get your trim or colour. Andersons Hair, in Glasgow, pride themselves in being eco friendly! They are the Salon Business Awards winners of Salon Design in 2015. That shows in their rustic, though still very up to date and on current, design.

Alison Stewart

Alison Stewart

Andersons Hair

Andersons Hair

We also spoke to NAF! Salons, Mac’s Glasgow, House Martin Barbers and Slick Barbers. NAF! Salons, on Waterloo Street in Glasgow, is a nail salon. Offering cute and inventive nail art.

NAF Salons

NAF! Salons

Mac’s Glasgow is fun and feminine. We spoke to Mel Currie, Owner of Mac’s Glasgow, and she said:

“We won Extentionist of the Year last year at The Look Awards, so there is great pressure on us on this the second year. 2015 was an amazing year for us, not only because we were recognised as Scotland’s best hair extensionists, but also because we were able to develop our business at such a rate that we are now considering opening further salons in Glasgow. Being the first Easilocks reseller in the UK, we are proud of the way our business has developed over the past 5 years, and look forward to an exciting future within this dynamic industry.”

Extensions done by Macs Glasgow

Extensions done by Macs Glasgow

House Martin Barbers is a classy joint. With a slight speakeasy vibe you will love their rich interior. Stephen Martin, Owner,said:

“This year, we decided to enter only one category and play to our strengths. We are in for Best Barber of 2016 and feel that our business has developed considerably over the past 12 months. As a finalist, we are hoping to show Scotland that we are again champions of our trade. The prestige of winning this award will certainly give us a boost and introduce us to new clients. Looks like we will have to hire more staff to cope with the rush!”

House Martin Barbers

House Martin Barbers

Slicks Barbershop on Duke Street in Glasgow is a modern barbershop. With a cool and comfortable interior, you’re going to get a fantastic haircut and be able to unwind.

“We opened three years ago, myself (Greg) and Eric, just the two of us but now we have 9 full time members of staff,  and 4 college placements so we feel the rate of growth has been massive for us. We are very open to education and recognise the value in that. Our salon is unique with wall and window murals by Designer Craig Black. We have a really cool atmosphere, our customer service and educating our staff is of prime importance. We also dedicate time out of ordinary shop hours for those clients with Autism and we are also taking part in the Summer with Autism Assemble.”

Slicks Barbershop doing a demonstration at The Scottish Hair and Beauty Show 2016

Slicks Barbershop doing a demonstration at The Scottish Hair and Beauty Show 2016

Defacto’s Director Marcus McLeod has said:  “It is important that companies, such as ourselves, give back to the industry by way of supporting awards. Encouraging salons across Scotland to participate creates a view of how the hair and beauty sector is preforming. The competition for places was incredible in 2015 year and it is even greater this year. The judging format is impressive and stands out from other similar awards. We are confident that the awards will again be another huge success this year and we look forward to a great night on the 15th May.”

 

We are looking forward to seeing all the nominees and guests on the night! Don’t forget to enter our Look Awards competition, for more info go HERE!

 

 

 

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The Herald Look Awards 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Herald Look Awards 2016

Herald Look Awards 2016

The Herald’s Look Awards 2016 are returning for their second year, giving Scottish hair, beauty and aesthetic businesses a chance to showcase and be rewarded for their talent. As well as a chance to get dressed up and let their hair down.

As a company that works within this industry, we at Defacto think the recognition of these businesses and individuals is greatly deserved. So much so, that this year we are sponsoring TWO categories. ‘Defacto Small Hair Salon of the Year’ and ‘Defacto Large Salon of the Year’. The shortlisted nominees have been announced.

Defacto Small Salon of the Year

  • Ash Hairdressing
  • BLOW
  • Hair by Rutherfords
  • Milk Hairdressing
  • Westend Hair

Defacto Large Salon of the Year

  • Alison Stewart Hairdressing
  • Andersons Hair
  • Charlie Taylor Hair & Beauty

The Look Awards 2016 is in association with Phorest Salon Software and will be held in the Radisson Blu, Glasgow on the 15th of May. With a total of 149 entries submitted online on The Herald’s website, it has been narrowed down to just over 70 nominees. All together there are 20 categories honouring hair, beauty and aesthetics industries across Scotland, it’s sure to be a night full of glitz and glamour featuring the best of the best.

Here at Defacto we are running an exciting competition for two lucky people to attend The Look Awards along with us!

To win this coveted prize and sit alongside finalists such as: ONYX Make up, Guerlain Spa and The Dolls House. Be sure to enter our competition! All you have to do is comment at the bottom of this post and tell us who you would like to bring along as your plus one. It can be anyone. From your Gran to Harry Styles! To increase your chances you can enter a total of three times, by also sharing and tagging someone you would take with you on Facebook and retweeting and including the Twitter handle of your chosen partner in crime. Links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts will be posted at the bottom. The competition will close at the end of April so don’t miss your chance.

Defacto would like to wish all the finalists good luck and we are looking forward to a fun night!

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

WeHave a winner

Congratulations to Irene Johnston! We can’t wait to see you on the night!

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Max Estrada Competition Winner

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Max estrada comp

 

This has been a great competition on Facebook, thanks so much to Max Estrada Nail Couture for donating this amazing prize. Please follow them on Facebook…there may be more competitions and offers on there soon!

 

Congratulations to our winner Yvonne McBride! Please contact us through our Facebook page or by email salons@defactosalons.com with your home address so that we can post your prize out to you.

yvonne McBride

We thank everyone for taking the time to enter our competitions. Watch our website and Facebook pages for our next one….. I promise you it will be a cracker!

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The Herald Look Awards 2016

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Herald Look Awards 2016

Herald Look Awards 2016

We can’t believe that a year has passed since the inaugural Herald Look Awards where DefactoSalons.com were thrilled to win the “Innovation in Technology Award”.

So here we are, a year older and a year wiser! We have added considerably to the functionality and performance of our websites and we are now competing directly with the big established players in our market.

This year, Defacto is sponsoring two categories; Hair Salon of the Year and also Cosmetic Dentist of the Year. To celebrate our involvement, we are offering 2 places at our Sponsor’s Table…you and a friend could enjoy an evening of marvellous entertainment and some pretty amazing food and wine! The event will be held in the Radisson Blu in May, in Glasgow, and promises to be a stunning evening.

How can you win this super prize? Very simple….all we ask you to do is continue from this page to our website and leave a review for your favourite salon. We will collect all reviewer’s names at the end of March and announce the winner then.

Defacto are proud to continue their support of Scotland’s hair and beauty industry. Our commitment to support and sponsor awards such as The Herald’s Look Awards 2016 and others is consistent with our support given to salons across the UK on our website. By the end of this year, we want to take our partnering salons to their highest level on the web, by assisting with their marketing, social media, e-commerce, appointment booking and so much more. Please feel free to contact our Enabler Team so that they can help your salon. Our service is free of charge and we never take commission.

Best wishes to all salons entering this competition!

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