Chris attended college to start his hairdressing training after leaving school. He spent a short period at college but soon felt the needed to be working in a salon full time, which he did for a year in a small salon before apply to join a larger salon, Hair Traffic.
Chris has worked his way from junior to junior stylist in a few months and after nearly a year graduated into the salon. He never looked back after that had worked on up through the ranks to become style director with the help of his peers and training.
During this time Chris entered into competitions and completed further training courses to gain experience. This has included working for two years with a scissor company at the likes of Salon International.
Chris is still only in his early twenties and has just opened his own salon in Belfast. He is a member of the Habia Skills Team and attends events and exhibitions performing demonstrations.
Dave started his career in hairdressing at the age of 14. His mother was a former hairdresser and she put him in touch with David Richards of Walsall for a Saturday job. In Dave’s interview he was asked where he wanted to be in 5 years; his reply was, ‘sitting where you are.’
Dave loves the artistic and creative side of hairdressing. He is currently in partnership with Susan Greaves at their Salon called Xposure which is based at The Chase Golf Club and Health Spa in Penkridge, Staffordshire. Xposure is Dave’s third salon that he owned and during this time has grown the business in size. Dave has been a member of the Habia Skills Team for over ten years. He s also a full time college lecturer.
Dave loves the diversity of hairdressing; no two days are the same. The people you meet and the people you work alongside, all add to the excitement of the best job in the world.
“My biggest love in life is Creativity and Education”
Ellenora started her career at the age of 19, in a tiny village salon where she completed her NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing. She now works as Art Director at Michelle Griffin Academy in Birmingham. Her qualifications include NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing, Media Make up and Extensions.
Her passion and drive have allowed her to gain positions on many prestigious teams including The Fellowship For British Hairdressing’s Clubstar, Michelle Griffin Art Team, Sebastian Cult Team- 2011-2012, The Fellowship For British Hairdressing’ FAME Team 2014. Ellenora is also currently a Sebastian Professional Educator.
Being a part of these teams have allowed her to present and demo on stages in the UK and overseas, build an ever growing session styling portfolio, work with designers at London Fashion Week and educate within colleges, salons and at exhibitions.
Erik Lander of Top Spot Salon Corby is one of Britain’s best Hairdressing & Barbering Educators, With over 28 years’ experience in the industry delivering seminars around the globe.
Having delivered training as Habia’s education director, a Goldwell Ambassador, BBA Master Barber and for Erik Lander Education for over 20 years, Erik’s knowledge and inspiration is second to none.
With a passion for in-depth Education to the highest level, Erik’s philosophy is “It’s all in the detail”, breaking each and every aspect down to an easy to understand level.”
Education is paramount to progression and Erik became the first educator in Britain to gain the New Level 4 Male Grooming Qualification & the Level 4 Women’s Styling Qualification along with being the only person ever to be awarded the Master Craftsmen’s In Hairdressing & Barbering by the Hairdressing Council.
George is one of the industries up and coming talents. George’s career in hairdressing started out when he got a Saturday job at Francesco’s after completing his GCSE’s. George started out cleaning up and making tea but he soon realised very soon that he loved the environment and the creativity of hairdressing.
Simon Paul Hair & Beauty Salon, Knowle offered him an apprenticeship and he began his hairdressing career. On completion of his NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing, he decided to enter The Hairdressing Council 2011 UK Student of the Year Competition, which he won!
As part of the prize, George got the chance to spend the day at Andrew Barton’s Salon in Covent Garden where he assisted and watched all the stylists. George was offered a week’s work experience which he completed later in the year, an unbelievable experience.
George also won the opportunity to assist the Habia Skills Team at events in Blackpool, Birmingham, Falkirk and Salon International 2012.
On completing his NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing at Simon Paul Salon, George won an L’Oreal Competition, with the prize being getting to assisting at a photo shoot for Elle Magazine.
George moved to London to work at Andrew Barton’s Salon in April 2013, mastering his chosen career. He loves his job and has had the opportunity to be part of Andrew Barton creative team at Redken Symposium 2014, has worked at London Fashion Week and had so many other amazing experiences. Since then he has worked at Charles Worthington in Covent Garden, and in April 2016 moved to Electric hair Marylebone.
Before becoming a professional makeup artist, Jennifer was a professional ice skater appearing in shows including Disney on Ice in Blackpool. This is when between appearances she started to get involved, helping out with anything from fixing props to assisting the hairdressers and make-up artists. Following encouragement from colleagues, Jennifer decided to train for two years alongside gain work experience for Disney on Ice.
Jennifer studied an intensive make-up course and volunteered to do a variety of work including wig work at the Richmond Theatre Opera House and working on films by students. This was when Jennifer was given the opportunity to work on the TV series Last of the Summer Wine, her first break into TV work. Jennifer then went onto work for Carlton Studios on a variety of productions ad on further to work with celebrities and work throughout the industry on many feature films and TV programmes, including Dalziel and Pascoe, Doctor Who, The Office, Dancing on Ice, Pride & Prejudice.
Jennifer has recently written “The Hair and Make-up Artist’s Handbook: A Complete Guide to Professional Qualifications, Level 3. Jennifer now divides her time between being a freelance make-up artist and Teaching the Level 3 course at “the biz media make-up and hair academy”. She also works all around the country delivering CPD training for VTCT and collages, specialising in airbrushing, wig making and prosthetics for colleges that are just starting out in this area.
Mark has been working in the hairdressing industry for over 15 years, starting his career by training with Toni&Guy in London. During his time as a hairdresser he has been very privileged to work with high profile companies such as Land Rover, Goldwell, L’Oreal Professional, Wella, Schwarzkopf and Habia working both nationally and internationally.
Mark’s experience includes session styling on high profile events such as The National Soaps Awards (ITV), and various advertising campaigns working with models and celebrities. More recently he has been working in Television for the BBC working on a variety of high profile dramas from The Village to Peaky Blinders.
Mark is also a freelance educator working for L’Oreal Professional as a H3 Ambassador. He also works for The School of Make up in Stockport where he delivers all aspects of hairdressing, barbering education as well as mentoring learners in their future careers. Mark has a strong passion for both the industry and education and enjoys developing others for work in the Make-up and hairdressing industries.
With his extensive knowledge and experience, Marks is experienced in all aspects of hairdressing and specialises in dressing and styling hair.
MK is one of the UK’s leading barbering stylists with over 20 years’ experience and a whole host of prestigious awards to honour his unique approach to cutting edge barbering, which he describes as “The Art & Science of Hair with Flair”
MK has his own barbering salon for 8 years which he created, designed and constructed himself. MK is also a trainer, teaching on all levels from one to one’s, seminars, and exhibitions and at colleges, which he had done for six years with 100% pass rate.
MK studied at London College of Fashion having achieved qualifications up to level 3 NVQ barbering and A1 awards. Giving him the much needed understanding in teaching, with a style that is unique informative and inspiring. MK says “I love to teach as I’m always learning in a teaching environment, as child teaches a parent to be a better parent; the student teaches you to be a better teacher”
MK travels the world – Ireland, Italy, France, Russia, Japan to name a few; delivering his much sort after courses, seminars, stage shows and talks. He has been referred by Salon Business magazine as “ a character who has enough energy for an entire art team” MK’s words to that press release were “I’m always trying to continuously perfect barbering by pushing confines of my mind whilst exploring the imagination.”
MK has worked at fashion shows for Oswald Boateng, on film sets for George Lucas and Anthony Hemmingway, alongside his UK TV appearances on programmes including the BBC Learning Zone, Channel 5’s “Trust Me I’m a Beauty Therapist”, “Celebrity Super Spa” and the BBC’s longest running house hold name programme “Blue Peter”.
He is a proud ambassador for Habia, Andis, Men’s Hairdressing Federation, City & Guilds, and the Hairdressing Council. His contribution to the hair industry is profound; inspiring many barbers and opening doors for the next generation to humbly walk through.
MK is a barbering man with commanding but a gentlemanly professional presence; the brain of a mathematical scientist, the flair of a hairdresser and groomed with artistic stroke of Picasso.