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Best Salon and Best Training Salon in Yorkshire

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.”


Trend Vision 2018


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!

Iyla'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                                         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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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 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

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.