Colour Me Beautiful.

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Colour brings a cut to life, as schwarzkopf professional british colour techician of the year, isse churcher, testifies.

The right colour can make a client feel like a million dollars, and it can bring an image to life. HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrates the colourist in the salon with the British Colour Technician of the Year award, recognising the creativity they bring to the salon. Current winner Issie Churcher from HOB Salons, London, talks about her winning collection.

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Schwarzkopf ProfessionalWhere did your career start?

I began hairdressing after leaving school at 17, but I suppose the real start of my hairdressing career was at the age of 20 when I joined the staff training programme at Sassoon in Glasgow, where I began my technical varda training. I eventually moved to London in 2008 where I started my career as an educator. Working for Sassoon as acolour director allowed me to travel the world educating and inspiring other hairdressers. I joined HOB Salons as technical director in 2013. I now oversee the next generation of HOB technicians, work closely alongside our creative director Akin Konizi and the HOB creative team.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your collection.

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My winning collection was called Icons and was inspired by the likes of Debbie Harry, Edie Sedgwick, Nancy Spungen and other female icons from the world of fashion, music and film from the 60s and 70s.

How did you create your favourite image?

This look was inspired by Tina Chow, a fashion model from the 1960s. To achieve the look, I began by pre-lightening her natural base colour to achieve a pale yellow undertone. I was then able to work with the geometry in the haircut creating a shine band bordering the fringe, creating tonal contrast and play of light, with
contrasting soft shades of denim blue to cotton white.

What do you love about colouring?

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For me it is the easiest and most enjoyable way of expressing my creativity.

What are the current trends and techniques you are seeing in the salon?

The trend for root stretched and balayaged hair is still the most asked for colour technique in the salons, but we are seeing this trend progressing into a more contoured appearance, accentuating and highlighting areas of the hair.

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