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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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Defacto Salons at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

On Monday we attended this years Scottish Hair and Beauty Show!

The exhibition was held in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh and featured many names in the Scottish and British hair and beauty industry.

Our very own Natalie and Yvonne arrived for the opening of the event, to try out new products and to give you the best information on them they could!

The winding walkway through the different exhibitors was a bright pink carpet, leading us to our first stand, which was Beautiful Brows. Featured heavily in the beauty industry, beautiful brows are a semi permanent solution to thin pale brows. Offering products from brushes to a full eyebrow kit, Beautiful brows is a well established brand and through encouragement from their Scottish distributor Chris Christoforou, Yvonne was eager to give it a try. Using their brow stencil and a dark brown powder they swept back and forth over Yvonne’s brows, they thickened and lengthened her brows.

Beautiful Brow Stand

Beautiful Brow Stand

We also visited Novalash where Natalie tried out their crème eye shadows and eyeliner set, which was used also as a lipstick and lip liner! The eye shadows were pigmented and when used on the lips they had the consistency of a matte lipstick. The product didn’t feel tacky and lasted all day without creasing or causing chapped lips. A definite if you’re looking for a multipurpose product.

Natalie getting made over

Natalie getting made over

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After making a pit stops at some demonstrations by Slick Barbers and the prosecco and cupcake bar, we went on to Max Estrada’s stall. Famous for his cutesy nail art, his skill isn’t to be underestimated. When we arrived he was working on a client, crafting a hand created rosebud.

Max Estrada Stand

Max Estrada Stand

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His talent was evident from his creations and attention to detail. The Max Estrada stall was swamped with customers clamouring to get some of his products. No doubt he had people lined up to get their nails done.

A pleasant surprise at the event was the Ivy Dental stall, there promoting their dental clinic and their new lip filler procedure. They also gave away bags of dental goodies and that’s always a plus!

The girls at Ivy Dental

The girls at Ivy Dental

Dermologica was definitely towering over the rest of the exhibitors with a huge placement near the entrance, selling all their products. Dermologica is a fantastic brand for people looking to improve their skin. With products suitable for all types of skin, if what you’re using isn’t fully working for you then we recommend you give their products a try. Passing by Dermologica and heading to the back of the event hall we ran into a small stall called Golden Curl and they were offering up their new curling and straightening tongs. Natalie happily volunteered to be their guinea pig.

The ringlets

The ringlets

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The curling tong in action

The curling tong in action

The tongs fully curled a section into a loose ringlet of hair in seconds. Very impressive and would probably cut some people hair routine by a considerable amount. The heat stylers also managed to bring out the natural shine in hair and we were pleased with the result.

Barclay Wolf were offering a new option for hair extensions that removes the damage level of bonded ones and the discomfort of clip ins. Tape in hair extensions is the way to go! With Barclay Wolf’s genius idea of having your extensions in a jar instead of a plastic wrapper they remove the annoyance of trying to fir your clip-ins’ back into the bag afterwards. They are removable, reusable and undetectable. They can last up to three months from the first insertion. We have an upcoming video and article on the way explaining how they are applied and showing how they look at the end. With both highlights and a full head of extensions. So keep an eye out for that!

full head of Barclay Wolf Extenstions

full head of Barclay Wolf Extenstions

Barclay Wolf branding

Barclay Wolf branding

Yvonne had a go at getting some highlights and she has assured us that they are weightless and barely even noticeable when she’s sleeping. Thanks Barclay Wolf!

 

Our last stop (as the exhibition was closing) was Nail Gaga. Established down south and trying to break into the market up here. They offer bright and interesting colours for your nails. They also sell professional brushes (with added diamantes in the stems) for whoever would like to try their hand at nail art.

Nail Gaga glitter

Nail Gaga glitter

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Overall, the event was fantastic and offered a good look at what’s available in the hair and beauty industry for both customers and professionals. We’re looking forwards to attending again next year!

You can watch our short video summarising our experience!

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