State Registered

Monday 16th October saw the first think tank committee meeting for State registered Hairdressers
The aim of it was to develop ideas around raising the profile of the council, and engage with hairdressers to get them involved in registering. read more

Captain Jack

Summer is drawing to an end, but the Balayage revolution never stops. What a summer it has been.
the September issue of Proffesional Hairdresser is out with a beautiful two page spread featuring my work and thoughts on Balayage, for the salon succesful colourist it makes a great read. The funniest part is the opening line “the good ship Balayage with captain Jack Howard “- love it. The article is below for you to see if you don’t get the magazine. read more

The week in Balayage

The best news this week, was the fact I’ve been invited to work the stage for Hairdressers Journal with some Balayage, the panick has already set in trying to find the five models I will need, I have a month and a half to sort it. Later this month I’m going to get my assessor qualification and that all starts August 20th, I feel it’s something good to have and it will enable me to grade students at collages and within the salon for their NVQ’S all good #neverstoplearning, but it will be fun going back to school, i’m trying to condense it and fast track it, not sure if I will but i’m going to give it my best. read more

The rise of balayage and the fall of foil.

In a recent article on-line for Professional Hairdresser I was quoted as saying foils where going to go the way of the cap, and I believe that to be true, we only have to look at the A-list celebrity to see this, look at Michelle Williams in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign, you can’t get that with foils. It’s not that I hate foils thirty years ago when I was training I found them amazing,interesting and creative compared to the cap, but for years now many hairdressers have been doing the same pattern on all clients, it’s quickish, lucrative, you don’t have to really think to hard but often a commercial colourist can feel like a machine. Many times walking in to a salon it’s a sea of clients wrapped in perfectly placed foils, the results are rather boring unimaginative and it doesn’t feel artistic to me. for many colourists my age, thats what we know and its hard to start learning something new again (if its not broken don’t mess with it) and for many younger colourists that’s what their mums and aunties had, there is a whole new world out there and its called Balayage read more

Balayage and Brunettes

Most of my Brunette clients like being brown, they hate orange and red tones and just want to look natural. Never have I heard a client say can you put some orange highlights in my hair Jack!. Yet all around me I can see that orange brown glow of badly coloured hair, in all fairness its hard to keep the brassy tones away in the sunshine and colour does oxidize but even so its our job as colourists to work hard at keeping the brass away. read more

The half year review.

As I sit here looking back on the last six months, I really have to pinch myself as I reflect on what has happened so far, its been such a wonderful time for me.
The year started with the launch of my Balayage class for Loreal UK & Ireland which has consistantly sold well averaging 15 -20 people a seesion. The class gets great feedback and we have had some very talented people attend, all looking to help launch the Balayage revolution here in the UK & Ireland. It also saw me going to Dublin for the 2 of 3 visits so far for Loreal Ireland and the amazing Dylan Bradshaw salon. Quite wondeful because i’m half Irish so it was like going home, everybody so friendly and helpful, just a Joy. read more