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Say YES to WellaPlex

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Are you ready to say YES?

Introducing WELLAPLEX the latest scientific innovation, new WELLAPLEX with Opti pH System, is an exclusive strengthening treatment that helps to reconstruct inner hair bonds for stronger hair.

The collection consists of 3 new products.

No1 Bond Maker helps to create bonds within the hair during lightening or colour services;

No2 Bond Stabilizer further strengthens the bonds, re-balances pH and strengthens the hair structure after chemical treatment.

Finally, No3 Hair Stabilizer which is for use at home and helps to keep the hair strong, smooth and soft until your next WELLAPLEX treatment.

Not only is WELLAPLEX to be used with colour you can also enjoy a WELLAPLEX treatment. If your hair is feeling damaged or you just want some more strength to it then the WELLAPLEX treatment is perfect, rebuilding bonds for strong healthy hair.

Call your Unique salon today and say YES to WELLAPLEX.

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.

Unique celebrates 10 Years at the Star Awards

The fourth biennial Unique Star Awards was a truly glamorous evening. Special guests joined Unique to celebrate the company’s 10th birthday, recognise the very best in the team and see the launch of the salon group’s inaugural Artistic Team.

Prizes for the winners included training from Wella UK; vouchers for Adel; a team day out; plus lots of Champagne and dinners for two. Following a drinks reception kindly hosted by Wella UK, guests enjoyed a presentation of the first collection by the new Artistic Team, managed by Matthew Whiting and Hollie Lindop. The pair worked closely with the University of Hull’s photographic and fashion courses to create a short behind the scenes video and the collection outfits.

And then it was time for the awards:

Caroline Abuelo Star Assistant*
Presented by Peter Rushby,
Wella UK

Salon Host of the Year
Presented by Terry Tierney,
Terence Paul Hairdressing

Soaring Star of the Year
Presented by John Gallagher,
Wella UK

Retail Star of the Year
Presented by Jim Wardle,
Premium Salon Brands

 Star Colourist of the Year
Presented by Craig Davies,
Francesco Group

Director’s Cup
Presented by Terry Martin,
Wella UK

Shining Star of the Year
Presented by Mark Brill,
Wella UK

Salon of the Year
Presented by Daniel Minney,
Wella UK

Managing Director, Allan Smith said, “This was the hardest year ever to select even the finalists. I am so proud to be part of this amazing team – who all worked so hard from the directors to the assistants. The vision of key people to keep the business moving forward and always being ahead of the competition is inspiring. A big thank you to my team and to all the guests who helped us celebrate this wonderful evening.”

Following the awards, Alan Howard’s Roger Tyler, and old friend of the company, presented an ode to Unique, gently attacking senior staff to the delight of the rest of the team.

*Caroline Abuelo Award is given in honour of Caroline, former Director of Hessle, who was a championing of training and sadly passed away from breast cancer in 2009.

Unique Hessle Welcomes Talented New Premier Stylist

ellisUnique are thrilled to announce the arrival of the extremely talented Ellis Roberts, who will be joining the team as a Premier Stylist at their Hessle salon.

Unique have always been proud of having the most sought after, talented hairdressers, and their latest appointment is no exception. Ellis Roberts began her hairdressing career in her hometown of Malmö in Sweden, before relocating to the UK to work at some of London’s top cutting edge salons.

As a former Colour Ambassador for Wella, Ellis is passionate about creating natural, effortless looking hair using freehand colouring techniques, and working with multi-tones and ombre.

On why Unique is the perfect next step for her career, Ellis says, “Unique understand that it’s so important for stylists to be at the very top of their game, especially in such a fashion forward time where clients are so aware of trends. The ethos of Unique is so much more than just good hair, and I’m proud to be joining the team,”

Unique Director, Allan Smith, says, “It’s a real privilege to have Ellis as part of the Hessle team. She has gained invaluable experience through her career both in London and in Sweden so far and we’re really looking forward to becoming a part of her next chapter.”

Unique presents Claire Chell’s Colour Surgery


We are delighted to announce award-winning colour expert Claire Chell will be spending three days in April, one at each of our salons, as a guest colour consultant.

We have a reputation for providing only the best for their clients, with a growing team of over 30 of the regions best stylists. 

This April, the salons will be playing host to an extra pair of hands. Multi award-winning colour expert, Claire Chell, will be spending three days across three salons, performing colour consultations, sharing a wealth of expertise from her impressive career.

Claire, who is Creative Colour Director of the Francesco Group, provides education and advice on techniques and trends to salons across the group, inspiring to create their beautiful collections.

Claire is also recognised in the hair industry for her many accolades, which include; two times finalist for the British Colour Technician of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, winner of Colour Expert at the Most Wanted Awards and Colour Technician of the Year at the English Hair and Beauty Awards.

A social media takeover will run alongside Claires visit, allowing you to send in pictures and questions for quick and easy online consultations. Twitter users should direct their images to @UNIQUEsalons and use the hashtag #MakeMeUnique.

Rachel Ridley, Salon Director at Beverley, said, Were absolutely delighted to be welcoming Claire to Unique. Our ethos is to deliver more than just great hairdressing, and giving our clients the chance to meet with one of the best colour technicians in the country will be a great experience.

Unique will be welcoming Claire this month at each of their three salons across Hull; Friday 17th at Hessle, Saturday 18th at Cottingham and Saturday 25th at Beverley. During her stay, Claire will be on hand to answer any colour questions and provide an expert colour diagnosis.