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Trend Vision 2018

Trend Vision 2018 Manchester

Wella TrendVision is one of the most iconic competitions in the hairdressings world and is judged by an international panel of leading industry professionals and hairdressing media experts.

Premier Stylist Iyla Slater, entering the competition for the first time, took Men’s Grooming to new heights for this year’s awards. Iyla was head and shoulders above the competition in the first round, being selected as one only six finalists from thousands of entries across the North.

Iyla was joined at the awards by fellow Unique Creative Team member, Hollie Lindop and Matthew Whiting who were regional finalists in the Creative Vision category.

The talented stylists had already won through fierce competition from thousands of entries across the region in the first round, each submitting a photograph of the look they had created. Having made it through they then had to recreate the style live on stage in front of a panel of judges at the regional finals in Manchester.

Matthew said “This year’s trends are really exciting and it’s all about softening strong lines and breaking the boundaries. I have taken inspiration from the gender revolution that’s taking place and blended Amish Community simplicity with Riot Girls and New Romantic. Think David Bowie and Boy George with a good pinch of feminist empowerment. “

Hollie is heading for the stars, “I wanted to create a look that was out of this world, taking the linear shapes and muted colours of intergalactic sci-fi, softening them and blending with tribal influences. I’ve used the colour to mellow a daring cut and make a positive statement.”

Here are the finished looks!

Iyla's ModelMatthew's Model

Hollie's Model

Star Awards 2018


star awards 2018

Unique Salon Group, the East Riding’s largest hair salon group, has celebrated their staff in an awards ceremony which is the centrepiece of its training and client care programme.

Assistants to senior stylists awaited to hear if they’d been acknowledged in the company’s fifth biennial Unique Star Awards and celebrated in style at Hull’s Hallmark Hotel.

Group director, Allan Smith said of the awards: “Our Unique Star Awards ceremony brings together the teams, business partners and the national salon sector to celebrate in a style reflecting Unique’s high quality brand.”

This year’s Unique Star Award Winners are:
The Caroline Abuelo Star Assistant – Mia Branton                          Unique Retail Star of the YearHelen Bucknell
People’s Choice Award – Iyla Slater                                                    Colourist of the Year – Iyla Slater
Salon Host of the Year – Claire Pickering                                         Director’s Cup – Hollie Lindop
Unique Star in Special Recognition – Kerry Waller                         Shining Star of the Year – Beth Richardson
Rising Star of the Year – Jodie Bilton                                                 Salon of the Year – Cottingham

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Unique Salons heading to Wella TRENDVISION 2017 Award Final


Wella’s annual TrendVision Award is a spectacular platform for true creativity where up and coming stylists as well as the most masterful colour work within the industry are celebrated.

In the first round, hundreds of photographic images from salons across the country were judged by the hairdressing industry’s biggest names, with only a few talented hairdressers being selected to continue in the competition.

For the Regional Final stage of the competition, Matthew and Hollie will create a live model look in just one hour, and will present the finished looks to the judges, who will be looking for the ver y highest level of hair craftsmanship, impeccable hairdressing skill, and a creative interpretation of what’s new, cool and inspirational to both clients and fellow hairdressers alike.

Matthew, who will be competing in the ‘Colour Vision’ category says, “I'm super excited to be flying the flag for Unique again, going on to compete in the Colour Vision category, amongst the best of colourists in the North. However it's even more exciting that I get to share the experience with one of my best buddies Hollie raising our creative team recognition.”

Hollie will be competing in the Creative Vision category says, “After been inspired by assisting TrendVision and Sassoon entries over the years I've decided this is my year to throw myself into the spotlight and raise, not only the creative team profile, but my own. I'm delighted to represent the north with 17 other stylists for creative vision… I’m gunning for GOLD!”

Unique has always had a reputation for providing only the best for their clients, with a growing team of over 30 of the region’s best stylists. They were finalists for the Best Regional Salon in UK in the HAIR

Awards 2015, regional finalist for the Wella TrendVision Awards, and finalists in Sassoon’s Photograph of the Year Award.

Unique welcomes new Director

Unique are thrilled to announce the appointment of Matthew Wordsworth, who will be joining the business as the new Partner and Director of the brand’s Hessle salon.

With a career spanning over 20 years working in hairdressing, both in the UK and internationally, Matthew Wordsworth brings a wealth of experience with him to his new position.

Matthew completed his hairdressing training in Leeds with Vidal Sassoon before moving to Hull to work with Unique’s Director, Allan Smith, at former company Lifestyle. Recognising his true talent, Matthew was approached by Aveda to work for them at the Aveda Institute in New York City’s trendy SoHo district.

Back in the UK, Matthew was stationed with Aveda at Harvey Nichols’ high-end Urban Retreat salon under Antoinette Beenders and David Adams, and immediately began forming a glittering celebrity clientele. After spending the last nine years working for himself back in Kirk Ella, Matthew is looking forward to working with his new team and the new opportunities the role will bring.

matthewOn his new challenge, Matthew says, “I can’t wait to start bouncing ideas off the stylists. I really feel like I’m going to be able to learn as much from them as they are going to from me. Allan and I go way back and it’s great to be working with him again too and following in his footsteps.”

Matthew will be joining Hessle as part of a new management team, working alongside newly appointed Salon Director/Salon Manager Ellis Roberts, who joined the company at the beginning of the year, after working as an ambassador for Wella in her home town of Malmö in Sweden, as well as working at London Fashion Week.

In celebration of Unique’s 10th Anniversary, and the brand’s continuing growth, there will be a new management team in Hessle. Together Matthew and Ellis will be at the forefront of the development, and will be using their wealth of expertise to continue and further Unique’s growth as a brand, and make Hessle a hairdressing hub for the East Riding Area.

Unique Director, Allan Smith, says, “It’s great to be working with Matthew again. His new role as Salon Director and Partner strengthens the management team and means he’ll have a lot of creative input in the salon, and I’m looking forward to working with him again!’

Matthew will be begin in his new role on Monday 18th April 2016.

Unique Takes One Step Closer to Winning National Award

matthew_BEVUnique is delighted to announce that Premier Stylist and Artistic Team leader Matthew Whiting has been selected to compete at the Regional Heats of the Wella TrendVision Awards 2016.

Unique Artistic Team leader Matthew Whiting has won a place in the Northern Regional Heat of Wella’s prestigious TrendVision Awards 2016, in the Creative Vision category. New for this year, the category offersstylists the freedom to express their creative vision, and asks them to create a stunning look with an editorial catwalk feel.

In the first round, hundreds of photographic images from salons across the country were judged by the hairdressing industry’s biggest names, with only a few talented hairdressers being selected to continue in the competition. For the Regional Final stage of the competition, Matthew will create and a live model look in just one hour, and will then present his finished look to the judges, who will be looking for the very highest level of hair craftmanship, impeccable hairdressing skill, and a creative interpretation of what’s new, cool and inspirational to both clients and fellow hairdressers alike.

Matthew adds this latest win to his recent success at the L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2016, in which he has been selected as one of only six finalists to go through to the competition’s grand final in June, taking Unique one step closer to scooping the prize this year - which comes with national media exposure, glamorous fashion shoots, and much more!

Events and Marketing Director Danny Smith says of the win: “We’re really proud of all Matthew’s recent success! To be selected for the next round in two such prestigious competitions is absolutely phenomenal. It’s great that he’s flying the flag for the Unique Artistic Team - in their very first year, and in this the brand’s 10th birthday year, and already doing so well. I’m really looking forward to seeing Matthew’s work in the next stages of the competitions!”

The TrendVision 2016 Northern Regional Heat will take place on Wednesday 11th May, at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.