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From East Riding to Equilibrium!

mathewMatthew Whiting, from Beverley’s Unique Salon, has become one of only five finalists from the UK in this year’s International Visionary Awards at the Alternative Hair Show.

The International Visionary Awards were originally created to encourage new talent within the UK hairdressing industry. It has since grown to give hairdressers from around the world the chance to showcase their work, which this year will be as part of the 32nd Annual Alternative Hair Show, Equilibrium, hosted at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Unique’s Matthew Whiting is fast becoming the area’s most wanted stylist. With a vision to create extraordinary hair, Matthew strives to break the rules and defies the boundaries to achieve stunning results that keep his clients happy every time.

Matthew’s interests in show stopping hair have also led him away from the salon and into the studio, playing an integral role in Unique’s photographic and stage team, styling for charity catwalk shows to Unique’s regular trend shoots.

All of these accolades have led Matthew to the chance of a lifetime to compete in this internationally renowned competition, which this year, has expanded to feature two categories; commercial cut and colour and avant-garde.

Matthew said, “It’s an absolute honour to be put forward with some of the most amazing creative hairdressers from around the world. There’s such a diverse range of finalists, it’s going to be really interesting to see what everyone else comes up with.”

Matthew will be one of only five contestants from the United Kingdom, competing against some of the best young talent in the industry including former FAME team member, IT List finalist and current Director at Flame Hair Studios, Ashleigh Hodges.

The International Visionary Awards will take place at the 32nd Alternative Hair Show, Equilibrium, at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 12th

Unique Celebrate Their Shining Stars!

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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

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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.

Salon Swap!

beth_bev2Beth has been an integral part of the Unique family at the Hessle salon for the past six years and will now be based in the Unique Salon in the heart of Beverley’s fashionable cosmopolitan area in order to be closer to her home, and to her family.

Taking Beth’s place at Hessle will be Louise, who has jumped at the opportunity to be able to work full time, leaving her part time role at Beverley. As expected from an exceptionally trained stylist, Louise shows true passion and skill in everything that she does. Having undergone training master classes in colour, cutting and styling with some of the county’s top trainers, Louise is perfect for the Hessle team. She is known as the master of unruly hair, working her magic to create outstanding looks.