It’s been a mad few weeks, with very little time for me to sit down and write. As some of you will know I have now been appointed the International Colour Director for Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street London, The Bugari Hotel London, and St Barts. The whole move has been amazing and I was thrilled with the great press it received, so thanks to Creative head , Hairdressers Journal and Respect for their support.
I have always loved what I do, and have worked for over 30 years watching how my career has taken me around the globe, it’s been fun at times and exhausting at others, but you usually get what you put into it. So when I recently moved on to a new position some people wanted to know why move on after putting my heart and soul into the last position? I did work crazy hours and do so much PR, but as a self empolyed man I need to do that and it will continue to be the case at the new salon. Even when we reach the top of our game we can still look for new challenges, and I moved because I felt that Neville is a perfect fit for me and my clients, it’s busy and has a great buzz to it, a great reception team that juggle the days perfectly, (how they do that is amazing!) 15 keen and eager Juniors running around, a kitchen that makes fresh, healthy and delicious food for the clients all: Neville employ nearly 70 people all working hard together to make it all work.
Last Monday October 23rd I was in Manchester doing a balayage masterclass for Toni and Guy at the Loreal Academy. What made it so special for me was the fact that Jo O’Neill and Jane Stacey wanted to come along. Already doing some freehand work within the company they were interested in my proven method of Balayage application and its clear and precise approach. As we all know there are many was to balayage some better than others, but it often lacks precision and for a large company such as Toni and Guy to add it to their colour menu and launch it through all their salon groups consistant solid training and results are needed. The group was a good size and all different age ranges but the passion for colour was clear, along with some very solid foundations in application and execution. Who said Balayage was a trend?, I think after the last few years of me shouting out loud about the balayage revolution its now a must have piece in a colourists repitoire.
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.
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.
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.