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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

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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