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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.

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.

Your Unique Card has arrived!

your unique card
Unique Salons invite YOU to join our exclusive membership card scheme, Your Unique Card. Enjoy celeb-standard treatment with access to very special Unique promotions, style nights, bi-monthly trend newsletters and the chance to earn points on your Unique salon visits – redeemable on luxury treatments, all hair services and much more!

Priced at just £5 and lasting a lifetime, Your Unique Card is waiting for you – because to us, you are a very important person.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

A Unique Opportunity

Are you ready to advance your career?

We’re on the hunt for a dynamic, talented and highly experienced individual to join our award winning Beverley team.

All we require is 5 years minimum styling experience, along with bags of enthusiasm and a passion for hairdressing.

In return we offer you the crème de la crème in training programs, education and work environment. Along with the opportunity to join some of our specialist in salon teams, including our photographic team, events and training teams.  Not only will you be working for one of the area’s leading salon groups, you will also receive a salary matching your abilities.

If this sounds the perfect role for you or someone know, then email us your details to allan@auniquesalon.co.uk

All enquiries will be kept confidential.

We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Unique Celebrate Their Shining Stars!

Hull rolled out the red carpet for Unique's 3rd Biennial Star Awards; a glamorous celebration of all the hard work and dedication from the talented team of staff across all three salons.

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Humber Bridge, the luxury Hallmark Hotel was host to the stylish Star Awards, hosted by director  of the Unique group, Allan Smith. It was a rare occasion for all our staff from the three busy salons to get together to celebrate, so it had to be done in style!

The night kicked off with a drinks reception in the Merlot bar, giving a chance for the staff to mingle with some of the VIP guests and friends of Unique, including Daniel Minney from Wella UK, Craig Davies from Francesco group and stuart from Terrance Paul hairdressing group.

Our group of talented young assistants then showcased give stunning avant-garde hair looks, inspired by the 2013 Wella trends. These looks were a true testament to the high standards of work we are able to train our apprentices to achieve. All of our guests were then serenaded by an excellent local cabaret singer, who performed hit songs by Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra; during a lavish three course dinner.

Allan Smith then took to the floor; kicking off proceedings with a presentation of some of our successes over the past two years, including the grand opening of the newest Unique salon, in Beverley.

The awards followed, which were presented by various VIP guests and sponsors, and featuring some fabulous prizes, including magnums of Champagne, meals for two in top restaurants and even a surprise “adventure experience!”

The winners were:

Unique Star Assistant Award Ellie Mennell, Hessle

Host of the Year Award Stephanie Bordas, Hessle

Special Recognition Robyn Andrews, Hessle & Danny Smith, Beverley

Unique Colourist Award Bianca Bassett, Cottingham

Salon Photographic Award Hessle

Retail Star Award Holly Lindop, Beverley

Shining Star Award Helen Bucknell, Hessle

Directors Cup Award Emma Smith, Cottingham

NEW Award – Salon of the Year Hessle

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the awards, and we look forward to seeing you all again next time!

Star Awards

star awards

We’re beginning to feel the excitement as preparation gets underway for the Unique Star Awards 2014! Hosted every two years, our internal award ceremonies are the most anticipated social events of the salon calendar, not to mention a great way to show all our staff how much we value their hard work and dedication.

Kicking off with a stylish drinks reception and extravagant three-course dinner at Hull’s luxury Hallmark Hotel, the evening will be a true testament to Unique’s creative and loyal staff. It is also a chance for us to showcase some of our rising talents, with assistants being given a chance to recreating trends from the past year, working with models, dancers and choreographers to create a truly amazing show.

In memory of the former director of Hessle Salon, Caroline Abuelo, who sadly passed away in 2009, Unique are proud to present the Caroline Abuelo Rising Star Award to one lucky member of the junior team. 2014 will be the first year to feature the new Salon of the Year award – definitely one to get the competition going! The other awards of the night will include Host of the Year, Colour Star, Retail Star, Shining Star and the Directors Cup Award.