Huge congratulations to John from our Beverley salon. He's got through to the Wella Professionals Trendvison regional finals for Colour Specialist. Well done John.
Once again local talent has proved to be more than a match for the competition. Lusie Elgey, Premier Stylist at Unique Beverley has taken on the North of England’s top stylists to emerge victorious in the Regional Finals of the Wella TrendVision Awards, the world’s largest hairdressing competition.
Lusie’s success in the Creative Vision category will now see her heading to London for the National Finals in September, where she will join the best of the best in hairdressing, competing to win a place at the World Finals.
Lusie said “It was really nerve-wracking, they’ve seen your styling in pictures, but you have to create that style on a live model under the eagle eye of the judges on the night. You’ve got to make your colours and style stand out on a stage, under bright lights.”
Despite Lusie’s nerves the judges were wowed by her styling concept, which was a bold fusion of cultures, patterns and textures combined together to create a unique look. Taking inspiration from a mixture of traditional African prints, animal and snake print, Lusie’s bright bold colours remixed with earthy landscape tones made a striking colour medley which the judges loved.
Lusie’s vision was shown off on stage by her friend, Lorna Tranmer who had volunteered as her model. Lusie said “I used Lorna as my model for submitting my initial entry to the competition and she was brilliant, so I invited her to be my live model in Manchester. I’m so glad I did, she was amazing, she was so calm and cool. It was incredible seeing my ideas brought to life in that way. She’s definitely coming to London with me!”
Lusie served her apprenticeship with Unique Salons after leaving school. She went on to gain experience further afield with top stylists in London and Manchester as well as working as a stylist for London Fashion Week. Her return to her home town of Beverley saw her back behind the chair at Unique, the award winning salon group.
Lusie said “Working with Unique has been inspirational and they’ve supported me every step of the way. I love being really creative with my styling, but I’d never even considered entering such a high profile competition. The team at Unique gave me the confidence to believe in myself and try for something more. I am so pleased they did, it’s been an amazing experience so far.”
John Fallows, Salon Director at Unique Beverley said “Everyone in the salon is incredibly proud of Lusie and we’re a hundred percent behind her in preparing for the next stage of the competion. Supporting and nurturing each individual’s skills and development is key to the Unique ethos and attracts outstanding stylists to the Unique family, which of course means that our clients get the very best.”
Unique Salons’ double crowning glory at the Yorkshire Salon Awards
Unique Salons are celebrating double victory at the inaugural Yorkshire Salons Awards. Unique took the title of Best Salon in Yorkshire as well the award for Best Salon for Training in the face of tough competition from leading salons right across the Yorkshire region.
The Yorkshire Salon Awards have been launched to celebrate and acknowledge the success of some of the most creative, dynamic and innovative salons in the region. The awards are judged by a specially selected panel of industry professionals from some of the country’s top salons.
As the Best Salon in Yorkshire, the judges were seeking salons demonstrating top-notch service and being ‘outstanding’ in all areas of salon business.
Unique Salon Director Sharon Windle said “It’s a fabulous result and a great testament to our wonderful team who work so hard to make sure every client gets a truly outstanding salon experience.
We aim to be second to none and every client is a priority. We make sure that each one is made to feel very special. Whether they are keen to chat, work or just quietly relax during their time with us, the whole team make sure they receive the unique experience from start to finish.”
Best Salon for Training was awarded in recognition of Unique’s outstanding approach and commitment to training across the salon team. Salon Director Matthew Wordsworth said “Investing in the team and continually developing skills and knowledge in all areas of the salon if core part of the Unique ethos. We want our clients to get the highest quality hairdressing service and the best way to achieve this is to make sure our team members are as committed, hard working and highly trained as they can be.
We want our whole team to be at the leading edge of salon innovation, whether it’s hair technology or customer service, that way we can give our clients the great hair look they want.”
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.
The talented stylist 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.
Here are the finished looks!
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 Year – Helen Bucknell
People’s Choice Award – Iyla Slater Colourist of the Year – Iyla Slater
Salon Host of the Year – Claire Pickering Shining Star of the Year – Beth Richardson
Unique Star in Special Recognition – Kerry Waller Salon of the Year – Cottingham
Rising Star of the Year – Jodie Bilton
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