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Putting yourself out there…

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Today I submitted my entry to a Wella competition, called GenerationNOW. This is something that I have wanted to do for a few years, because it is a competition that is looking for new talent within the hairdressing industry. If you are one of the lucky 6 that get a place at the end, there are amazing training opportunities with some of the most talented stylists in the business.

I have entered Trend Vision a few years running now, which I have written about on here previously. With Trend Vision, although it was always very exciting to enter and a little part of me always hoped that I would get through to the regional heats. My brain was always telling me that really, when I thought about it realistically, I wasnt ready to get through to the later stages of the competition. This is because the talent is so strong and because of this, the judges are looking for pure perfection. This, in a way, took the pressure off a little. Although I was always looking at achieve the best that I could do, a part of me knew that I wouldn’t get through, so it didn’t really matter. I just enjoyed the experience, learnt from it and me expectations of getting through weren’t too high.

With this competition on the other hand, there feels like there is a lot at stake, in terms of my self-confidence, if I don’t get though. I feel like im really ready for this stage in my career and im hungry for the challenge. I procrastinated so much, about every part of my entry. Going over everything, even shooting another model, (just to choose the first one). I so nearly just handed in the towel and said, “I’ll just enter next year”. All because I was so scared for be rejected by something that I really want.

I am a firm believer in ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’, and that is why I enter all these competitions. Plus you do learn so much along the way.

I am glad that I have submitted my entry now because I would have kicked myself if I didn’t. It just got me thinking, is it always worth putting yourself out there, when you know there is a good chance of rejection, and is there only so much one person can take?

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Pintrest Inspo…

After meeting with my Generation NOW model, it got me feeling really inspired and prompted me to look back through some of the general research I have already done. After going up to London for the Trend Vision show, I have been a little bit obsessed with the new Spring/ Summer trend for 2016 Molten Eclaille. Feel like I’m constantly looking through magazines and looking out for traces of it in the media. This is why I am going to use this as my inspiration for my Generation NOW entry.

I thought I would share some of the Molten Eclaille inspiration I have taken from Pinterest (one of my favourite pass times).

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So there it is, just a very quick post. Its more for me really to, gather my thoughts and calm my excitement. Thank you for indulging in my ramblings.

 

Beginnings of Generation Now Mood Board…

Leafing through magazines this morning, collecting images that inspire me for my up and coming competition. I have my model now I can start putting ideas to a face. Hopefully will be doing creative colour and cut next week, along with taking the photos. So that means that I have a busy week ahead, putting together ideas and coming up with a final look. All exciting stuff, so lets see how it goes!

These are some images that I have found in correct magazines. Not put together on a mood board yet, cause I’m still in the thinking process’s of it at the moment.

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Hope you enjoyed looking and the beginnings of my mood board. Still a long way to but have some exciting ideas flowing already.

Feeling excited. In general.

Today Im feeling partially excited about life, in general, because I passed my driving theory test. I am hoping that this will give me a lot more freedom to do the simple things in life, along with the more challenging things. Hopefully I can pass my practical in the summer which will mean that I can sign up in September, to do my ‘assessors award’. Which would mean that I would be one step closer to one of my ambitions of being a trainer within hairdressing. I love learning all new techniques in hairdressing and passing on that information. I started passing the on information, that I had learnt at college and training course’s up in London, onto my clients in that salon. I realised that I could create much better work by passing on my knowledge of styling and aftercare, and all round, give my clients a better service.

This carried on when my boss asked me to do some styling training with our current apprentice. I really enjoyed the couple hours that we spent doing training and realised that by training someone else, it made me stop and think, about everything I do in the salon, whiteout even thinking about it. I realised that by training someone else, you can learn so much.

I believe that if you are passionate about something then you should never stop learning within that field. That is one of the things that I love about hairdressing and fashion, it is constantly changing, keeping us on our toes and keeping us learning.

In January, we had one of the Wella professionals, come into the salon and do some training with us. I found it so inspiring, not only because of the new techniques that we learnt, but also finding out that there was another avenue of my career could go down. I was so impressed by how much the trainer knew about Wella and colouring in general. There was no question that we could ask that she didn’t know the answer to.

We finished the training morning and went on with our normal working day. I couldn’t shake the thought that there might be something different in my future then what I had already imagined. Of course I have always had the dream of being a session stylist. Which I will always keep in mind and keep trying to get fashion work were I can, to build up my portfolio. At this stage in my career though, wanting to be a session stylist feels a lot like aspiring to be a pop star. Completely beyond my wildest dreams.

It would be wonderful to, one day have a job where, I could constantly train about new techniques and trends, pass on that knowledge and get paid for it. Im used to only being able to do that once, maybe twice a year, and paying for the privileged.

Maybe I will get there some day, but for now, I’m happy not to wish my life away and enjoy the moment. I work in a wonderful salon with a great team, that encourage me to dream big.

Sunday look back to the 60’s

 

Spending my Sunday, half nursing a hangover, half trying to be productive with something inspirational. Sitting on the bed, with ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ on the TV, large water and diet coke to one side of me and an old favourite book to the other. I love to look back over the era’s to get inspiration for my work in the salon and inspiration for whats in my wardrobe. Although I do love collecting clothes from high street chains, there is nothing better then leafing through vintage clothes rails. I must admit that I have my favourite and a lot of the clothes that I pick up from vintage clothes shops and charity shops are from the 60’s. Although I can not resist a bit of swede ATM.

The 60’s is also my all time favourite era for hair inspiration. With it being such an iconic era for fashion and hair, thanks to idols like Vidal Sasson and Mary Quant, there is so much to get excited about, when looking back over the 60’s.

‘London In The Sixties’ by Rainer Metzger, is a book that I have had for a long time, but somehow I dont tire of flicking through it.

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Over the years it has not only been through vintage clothing, that I have shown my love for the 60’s. Throughout my hair dressing apprentaship I quite dramatically changed my hair. Gradually loosing more and more hair, as I became more and more enthusiastic about different hairstyles. I think it was because I couldnt experiment on clients yet, I dedicated 2 years to constantly changing my look, until eventually, the only thing to do was to grow it back. Here is a bit of a timeline of all the hairstyles I have had over the past 5 years….

 

 

 

 

Although I still like to change my look, it doesnt happen quite so often now. Mainly  because I dont feel the need so much, because I get to try out my ideas on willing clients.

If you have read this post all the way through, I hope you liked it. Mainly the ramblings of a slightly hungover, over enthusiastic, hairdressing geek. Follow me if you want to see the on going work that I do in the salon, along with competition hair and the odd bit of session styling.

Mood Boarding for Spring/ Summer

I spent some time over the bank holiday weekend, leafing through lots of magazines and finding images. Creating a mood board of the up and coming trends for S/S 2016.

I love the change in the season’s anyway, because there is always a sense of hope and excitement looming. I know that I like a change in my life and get really excited about looking at new up and coming trends. This inspires me, gives my clients the chance to change up their styles and get as excited as me about their hair.

Fashion had always been a big inspiration in my life, not that I can always afford the amazing designs I see flicking though Vogue. This is why it is so nice to be able to use the trends that I see, come and go season by season, as my inspiration for my day to day work in the salon.

Here is my initial mood board for S/S trends 2016…

I began by pulling out pictures that I liked from current magazines, always keeping in mind what I had learnt, at the Wella Studios London, in February this year.

Some of the notes that I took from the event:-

  • Background- The faster daily life becomes, the more precious are moments of stillness and quality. Oneself experiences time- consuming the ultimate indulgence and taking the time to create, transform a away to affirm oneself as a craftsman.
  • The Trend- Beauty we create, creates us true craftsmanship and perfect concentration. Quality versus Quantity. That is the beauty of slow.
  • Aesthetics- From raw material valued precious objects, be inspired by jewellers, art, enamelling, forging, shaping, creative, oxidation.
  • Trend Evolution- Natural current sophistication
  • Colours- Molten metal palette, burnished bronze, rose gold, black pearly, rich copper, tortoise shell, polished platinum, verdigris.
  • Fashion & Design- Metallic coated pleating, naturally personalised shapes, light reflections captured in gold, deliberate but fluid patterns, living metallics.
  • Art & Architecture- Malleable organic material, inside and out, living metallics. The beauty of oxidised metal.
  • Craft & Iconography- individual messages, 3D effect. the shapes of nature, heightened.

Here are the two models that were shown as examples of the S/S trends 2016 created by Sanrizz…

Both amazing representations of the up and coming trends for this spring summer. Great talent from Sanrizz.

Really looking forward to using the inspiration that I have found on my clients in the salon. Hoping to get a few models to photograph my more commercial representations, so stay posted x

 

Looking back on a proud moment- Front Row 2015 

Since putting together my portfolio, looking back on the exciting session styling I have done. I realised that this was one of my proudest moments so far. Front Row was such an amazing show to work on and I felt privileged to work with the Talent that is Freya Von Bulow again.    
  

I remember watching the models go down the run way and feeling quite emotional because for the first time, since I have being doing this kind of work, there wasn’t a single thing I would have changed about the hair. 

  
  

The staging, lighting and corriography was simply stunning and Freya Von Bulow had created such beautiful, moveable designs. When the models moved down the catwalk, there really was something magical about the whole experience.

  
  

The jewlery was designed and hand made by  Mara Garatti, Earth Treasure Hastings. Her pieces really complemented the designs Freya Von Bulow had created. A perfect choice, as the fluid shapes of the jewlery moved with the models, as if they were one. 

 

I was honoured to work on this project and enjoyed every minute of it!… Even the slightly stressful moments…

  • Collection by Freya Von Bulow
  • Jewellery by Mara Garatti
  • Makeup by Danielle Lauren & Team
  • Hair by Annie Sherry @ Mitchell&Millyard Hair Design