A few months ago we spent a couple of great days in London at Spring Studios with the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s ClubStar Art Team – the six chosen young hairdresser’s who represent the ClubStar Division – aimed at 16-25 year olds.
Our client, BaByliss PRO, sponsors an annual photoshoot for the team, working with some of the UK’s very best creatives: photographer, Paul Scala; make-up artist, Jaimee Thomas; and stylist, Kim Howells
Prior to shoot day all the stylists met with the creative team to present their moodboards and decide a theme for the shoot, and to explore and agree styling and make-up ideas. The creative team guided the hair team, and highlighted the areas they needed to consider when making plans for the big day. This was followed by a model casting, where again the creative team provided advice about choosing the best models for the shoot.
And then shoot day – as well as the excitement of being in the next studio to some bloke called Daniel Craig, there was a brilliant relaxed buzz about prepping six models and achieving at least six finished looks in a day. The team worked so hard and supported each other so well that eight gorgeous looks were achieved.
At SLB PR our job is to coordinate the shoot and work with the Fellowship’s PR, Laura-Jane Dudfield to invite trade media and place the finished images – not as glamorous as it sounds when you’re trying to co-ordinate the travel and accommodation needs of around 10 people all from different parts of the country! BaByliss PRO funded all aspects of the shoot including travel and accommodation for this year’s team members who travelled from Harrogate, Chester, Leamington Spa and Kent to take part. This year’s team is Liam Robinson from Michelle Griffin, Ben Russell from RUSH, Sarah Linley from The Boutique Atelier, Elaine Sneddon from Halo Hair & Beauty, Nathan Telford from Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair, and Annie Morelli from Barrie Stephen Hair.
The Fellowship for British Hairdressing is a not-for-profit, best practice, non-political organisation that strives to be a positive voice for quality within professional hairdressing. Membership is by invitation only and the focus is on promoting artistic and creative quality, shows, education and trends.
It’s a shame as this year there were very few entries from the North for the 2017 Team. Being a member of the ClubStar division itself offers a packed programme of events designed to help hone young hairdressers’ techniques in all aspects of their work – from cutting and colouring to presentation and session skills. Auditions are held annually for the ClubStar Art Team, who then get to work with some of the UK’s best hairdressers and leading product companies – an amazing opportunity for the industry’s next generation. Having a stylist in the ClubStar Art Team does mean time out of the salon, but in return you get a young staff member who is enthusiastic, keen to implement what they’ve learnt from their new experience and someone who can share these new found skills and techniques with the rest of the team.