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How to Find a Great Stylist

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Finding a good hairdresser is a key part of getting a good haircut.

I’m sure we’ve all had a dodgy haircut, whether that is a home do or a not so great stylist. However, there are ways of ensuring you’re heading to a good place and Defacto have done their best to think up some good tips for getting a good stylist.


Avoid Budget Places!

Unfortunately a lot of the time what you see is what you get and if you’re heading out looking for a budget salon you’re going to get a budget haircut. Of course not all places are the same so this might not be the case but it is likely. We love a deal for sure but should we really play with something as important as our hair?

Get Referrals!

If you know someone whose hair you like, ask him or her where he or she got it done! It’s likely they have a great stylist who can do great work on you. Ask around; find out who’s going where and why.

Look Around!

Don’t just look in one place and go for it, shop around. If you get a bunch of recommendations, have a look at all of them and see what one will suit your needs best. Compare their prices, check their social media, do whatever you can to have a look at what kind of work they’re doing.

Try Consultations!

So you’ve narrowed it down to a few salons you like, try going in for a consultation. See what they would recommend for your hair, how much it would cost, what techniques they would use and it will give you a good guess at their personality. A lot of places offer free consultations and you can go when it suits you.


Make Sure You Get Along!

Having a good friendship with your stylist is important, you’ll be seeing them a lot! You will want someone you can have a good chat with and someone you feel comfortable with.

Don’t Feel Like You Owe Them!

Don’t put yourself in the position where you feel obligated when visiting your stylist. If you don’t like the cut or that salon is no longer working for you don’t say you love it or stay because you feel like you have to. Politely ask them to fix what you don’t like or move on to another place to start over.

Don’t Cheat!

Do not cheat on your stylist. Don’t go to other salons on the side, your stylist might not be able to know what products or dye they’ve used on you and it might not be compatible with what they work with. They will know if you’ve went elsewhere and this includes cutting your hair at home, don’t attempt that unless you’ve had beauty school training or else you both might have a big mess to clear up!


We hope these tips help you in the search for a new stylist, you can use our listing website HERE to aid you in your search. We have thousands of salons across the UK on our database.

Good luck!

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Most stressful jobs…Hairdressers? Beauticians?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

national blow dry day

Most stressful jobs…Hairdressers? Beauticians?

We all feel that we have stressful jobs sometimes, but how do we to other careers? Is our job as difficult as we think? It is an almost impossible task, but an attempt at producing the world’s most stressful and least stressful jobs. However, the clever people at CareerCast have come up with their view on which job roles are more stressful than others…their opinion, not our’s.

To determine the rankings, CareerCast rated the demands of each career — including risk of death and environmental conditions — resulting in a list of which jobs are more anxiety-producing and which are, comparatively, days at the beach.

Keep in mind that this is merely one measurement system, and there are plenty of stressful jobs out there.

10 Most Stressful Jobs

1. Firefighter

2. Enlisted military personnel

3. Military general

4. Airline pilot

5. Police officer

6. Actor

7. Broadcaster

8. Event coordinator

9. Photojournalist

10. Newspaper reporter


The 10 least stressful jobs, according to CareerCast are as follows:

1. Hair stylist

2. Audiologist

3. University professor

4. Medical/Dental Administration

5. Jeweller

6. Medical/Dental laboratory technician

7. Seamstress/tailor

8. Beautician/Dietician

9. Librarian

10. Forklift operator and are both currently recruiting key personnel for their expanding operations. We are mindful of creating a professional, fun and creative environment to work in, thus ensuring that we maintain a competitive edge for our clients.

Dental practices and hair and beauty salons can also post their job vacancies on our websites. This effective means of advertising is free of charge to our Featured Salons.  Please contact us for more information. We are here to help.

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British Hairdressing Awards 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

British-Hairdressing-Awards-2014So glad to see so many of our client salons being recognised at the British Hairdressing Awards 2014!

Thirty years ago, one hundred hairdressers attended the very first British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. This week saw more than 1,700 hairdressers come together at the glamorous Grosvenor House hotel to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the hairdressing Oscars, and to celebrate the winners in the nine regional and six specialist categories, as well as the ultimate award, HJ’s 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year.

The evening started with a trip down memory lane with a beautiful retrospective film that highlighted the achievements from the past 30 years.

While HJ’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr welcomed everyone to the Great Room, host for the night comedian and TV personality James Corden wowed the crowd with his insider jokes and impressions of the industry.

The night promised to be the most glittering event of the year – and it didn’t disappoint. Following a delicious three-course meal of smoked cheese arancini, fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef and lemon crème brulee the awards were underway. Jamie Stevens, Philip Bell, Bruno Marc Giamettei and Cos Sakkas were both inducted in to the Hall of Fame, for three wins each in the Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Scottish Hairdresser of the Year, Southern Hairdresser of the Year and London Hairdresser of the Year categories, respectively.

The X Factor’s Union J were mobbed as they sang a medley of their hits including new single, You Got It All and a festive rendition of new track, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

Before the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year was presented, the nominees – Akin Konizi, Angelo Seminara, Darren Ambrose, Errol Douglas, Gary Hooker and Michael Young, Jamie Stevens, Mark Hayes and Mark Leeson – showcased a spectacular show of beautiful and creative styling.

Finally it was time to announce the 30th British Hairdresser of the Year – with Mark Leeson taking home the title. Mark, with his fourth British nomination, won with his feminine, eye-catching collection in what is his 30th year in hairdressing.

Mark said: “I’m truly honoured to be British Hairdresser of the Year 2014. I’ve dedicated my life to hairdressing and to be recognised by my peers as the best in the country is incredible. This has been a dream of mine since the day that I started hairdressing and I’m living proof that if you work hard and don’t give up, you can achieve anything. I’m so grateful to all the people who have supported me over the years and to my wonderful team – without them none of this would be possible,” said Mark. Read mre about his salon on

HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2014

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Compton, Wolverhampton

North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Brent Barlow and Rosie Binns, Ethos Hairdressing, Manchester

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Newtonards, Co Down

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Philip Bell, Ishoka, Aberdeen

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Toni Stephenson, Hooker & Young, Darlington

Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Bruno Marc Giamattei, Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Martin Crean, Mode, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Angelo Vallillo, Zullo & Holland, Nottingham

London Hairdresser of the Year
Cos Sakkas, Toni & Guy Sloane Square

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Chie Sato, Toni & Guy Covent Garden, London

Newcomer of the Year
Jamie Benny, Rush Hair, London

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Jamie Stevens, Jamie Stevens Hair, London

Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Charlotte Mensah, The Hair Lounge, London

Artistic Team of the Year
Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex

British Hairdresser of the Year
Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson Hair, Body & Mind, Mansfield

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