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Hilltop Collection by Besim Halimi

The new collection of the DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) Hairdresser of the Year 2022 is both voluminous and colourful: Besim Halimi presents a real eye-catcher with his Hilltop Collection.

Colourful, voluminous, diverse: the new Hilltop Collection by Besim Halimi from Thun in Switzerland celebrates life in all its splendour. Beginning with with long hair, it unfolds to full effect. It has waves and lots of volume, as well as colour. Copper is certainly an option, but the possibilities a lmost unlimited.

Created and developed in Autumn 2021 in London by Besim Halimi , in this uniquely stylish world capital, Hilltop also shines in shorter cuts; for example in a classic bob.

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Denman proudly sponsors the GB Hair Team

Denman Professional is proud to sponsor the GB Hair Team, who will be competing at the OMC World Hairdressing Championships in 2023 for the first time in over a decade.

Yes! Denman Professional will be the tools of choice for the GB Hairdressing Team during the OMC World Hairdressing Championships in 2023. Incredibly, this will be the first time in over a decade that the GB Hair Team will be participating in this international competition. Adam Gregory, Chief Executive and Head of Education and Training for the OMC Great British Hairdressing Team will be leading the team at the OMC World Hairdressing Championships to take place in Paris on 9th-11th September 2023.

Kevin McNamee is the CEO of Denman International. He shared, “As a British brand that designs and manufactures tools here in the UK, we are proud to sponsor the GB Hair Team. Each of these professionals already has busy working lives. However, they commit to pouring even more passion and energy into organizing, training and competing at the highest level of their craft. Denman is playing its part by offering quality professional tools to support the trainers and competitors. Moreover, it is our incredible privilege to do so. We wish them the best of luck as they carry the flag for Great British Hairdressing onto the world stage.”

“Centres of Excellence” for a star-studded roster

Adam Gregory has created a network of ‘Centres of Excellence’ in colleges around the UK. His ambitious mission is to build a legacy plan for the future of the GB Hair Team. More specifically, the plan is to focus on training and the creation of the Junior GB Team.

The UK regional heats for Junior and Senior teams will take place in these Centres of Excellence in April/May 2023. Then the National Great British Hairdressing Championships will take place at Central Hall in Southampton on May 27th and 29th 2023. This national competition will select four squads of 24. Categories are Junior Ladies and Junior Men’s for Under 23 and Senior Ladies and Senior Men’s for Over 23. Later, after an intense training period, 12 hair professionals from each category will be selected. These 12 will form the final GB Hair Team to compete at the OMC World Hairdressing Championships in September 2023. Denman will provide each trainer and competitor comprehensive tool kits and bespoke GB Hair Team branded Original Stylers.

Adam Gregory second right with GB Hair team members

Adam Gregory says “It’s wonderful to have an iconic brand like Denman Brush supporting the Great British Hairdressing Team with our new ‘Centres of Excellence’ training programme in colleges across the UK. We look forward to bringing the GB Team back to the World Hair Championships.”

Hair professionals interested in competing should contact for more information.

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New research suggests hairdressers can influence a more sustainable haircare routine in clients

25% of domestic energy use is attributed to hot water

90% of the carbon footprint of a bottle of shampoo is the hot water used when washing hair

The results of a 12-month pilot study exploring ways to reduce carbon and water footprints related to haircare routines have been shared at an event in London.

‘Mirror Talkers’ is the brainchild of Green Salon Collective and Denise Baden, Professor of Sustainable Business University of Southampton and looks at the effectiveness of displaying small messages on salon mirrors (hence, mirror talkers), to engage clients in conversations around sustainable haircare.

30 salons were involved in the year-long study, with each provided a selection of thought-provoking ‘Eco Tips’ aimed at getting clients talking. These ranged from ‘Running hot water is the most expensive and energy-intensive activity we do in our homes’ to ‘Do you always need to use conditioner?’

Each Eco Tip had a linked QR code, leading to the training required to navigate those conversations, as well as a separate survey for both client and hairdresser to gauge their feedback on the process. The survey also invited clients and hairdressers to participate in one-to-one interviews to provide further feedback.


The aim of the study was threefold:

  • To reduce individual energy and water footprints through 12 research-based ‘Eco Tips’, from environmentally-friendly haircare practices and products, to the corresponding water and energy savings, plus wellbeing benefits.
  • To increase awareness of the water and energy footprints related to daily and weekly haircare routines
  • To empower hairdressers to confidently navigate conversations around sustainable haircare practices in order to improve the integrity of the industry.

The results of the study were shared at an event hosted by Green Salon Collective at The Hunter Collective in Farringdon, with participants from the research invited along to witness the findings.


Survey findings

  • 60% of hairdressers and salon owners said they felt ‘confident’ and ‘fine’ about having the ‘Mirror Talkers’
  • 65% of hairdressers and salon owners believed the conversations had had a positive effect on the client’s haircare routine – which was actually an underestimate since…
  • 73% of clients said it was VERY LIKELY or LIKELY that they would change their haircare routines
  • Nearly ALL clients seemed to enjoy the conversations and/or learn something from them


Interview findings

  • Interview feedback mirrored survey feedback and was largely positive
  • The conversations were described as ‘easy’, ‘enjoyable’, ‘comfortable’ and ‘productive’
  • Mirror Talkers were found to be more effective when
    • The topic is relevant (e.g energy cost/waste)
    • They are linked to personal gain (e.g a product’s positive impact on hair/skin, or a product saving time/money)
  • Mirror Talkers must be supported by good, up-to-date supporting material
  • Training material should be digestible and ‘bite-sized’
  • Mirror Talkers training can make hairdressers more confident
  • Mirror Talkers can help boost product sales (e.g. shampoo bars, leave-in conditioner, dry shampoo)
  • Mirror talkers can support more sustainable use of water and energy in salons

‘Green Salon Collective are excited to have spearheaded such a ground-breaking and positive piece of research’ says Steph Vanhalder, Head of Research & Development at Green Salon Collective. ‘We have long known that hairdressers have the potential to influence and inform clients on their sustainable practices and we hope that these new findings will encourage more salons and salon owners to introduce ‘Mirror Talkers’ into their working environments.’

The evening rounded off by highlighting the potential of Mirror Talkers to ‘empower’ hairdressers with the knowledge to positively influence their clients’ impact on the world.’ There is also scope for meaningful change, with Mirror Talkers influencing water and energy consumption patterns in a significant way, as well as boosting the reputation of the hair and beauty industry and giving pride to those working in the profession.

Following the study, new training videos are being planned to boost both the effectiveness and awareness of Mirror Talkers and QR content will be made freely available for training purposes.

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Layered cuts trending this winter

The coldest season of the year is the one when we give in to all sorts of temptations: holiday parties, steamy mugs of hot chocolate, warm clothing and of course… a new hair cut. For the winter, the layered look seems to be the most natural choice, mostly for the opulence that layered hair gives us.

The 90’s trend for layered cuts

The 90’s revival is trendier than ever, in spite of the onset of a vaguely vintage nouvelle, inspired by the early years of this millennium. From the fabulous Nineties, the most popular layered cut for this winter remains “The Rachel”, Jennifer Aniston’s famous cut from her Friends years.

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In this Instagram post Hailey Bieber, who is always up on the latest trends, proudly shows off her perfectly smooth smooth and curved layered cut, inspired by Rachel, but with a more discreet and natural volume.

Layered cuts for winter: the C-Shape

The name says it all: C-Shape. The most elaborate and richest layered look, with curved locks in the shape of a half-moon, this cut is ideal for more abundant lengths, never shorter than a shoulder-length bob.

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The C-Shape is the ultimate Rachel Green layered look from Friends, the ideal haircut for those who prefer to maintain longer lengths, but at the same time give lots of natural movement with abundant layers with a “winged” effect.

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Easy to create even with very long lengths, the C-Shape can be perfectly adapted for long bob, but even on a pixie cut, provided the hair is not too short. The “C-shaped” layers are a contraxt of curved levels that harmoniously frame the face.

Layered hair for winter: the shag

A Rock’n’Roll cut par excellence, the softer variant of the more controversial Mullet, the shag cut continues to gain popularity even during the cold season, especially with longer locks.

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And if the curly version is obviously a nod to the 1980s, the version with layers and levels is perhaps the most chic solution for a haircut that is always very non-conformist, with a slightly rebellious touch.

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10 ways to use mirrors in a hair salon

One of the most significant accessories in the design of any hair salon: the mirror. Estetica suggests 10 ways to use mirrors in a hair salon.

The protagonist of any work station, the mirror is a fundamental tool in any salon. A complement that we just can’t do without. Besides its clearly professional function, it also has a charm of its own that makes it an interesting element of salon design. Mirrors can reinforce a sense of style and mood, or even orient the brand of the salon. Estetica has selected 10 ways of using a mirror in a hair salon. See these international salons to find some inspiration.

As a multiplier of spaces

In the Aldo Coppola salon Brian&Berry in Milan, it’s like entering Alice Through the Looking Glass. The overwhelming use of mirrors amplifies the spaces and creates parallel dimensions. Add a touch of glam with some neon lights.

High-tech mood

Minimalist structures, metallic and essentially colorless for mirrors in the London chain of Blue Tit salons. Although the settings are different, the design criteria are the same. Neon lights, minimalist furnishing, and futuristic mirrors set the rhythm and lend an electric vibe for a contemporary concept.

Neo Space Age

Another one of the 10 ways to use mirrors in a hair salon can be found at Ego Hair Salon & Beauty in Beijing. The atmosphere recalls 2001: A Space Odyssey thanks to strong lights, saturated colors, and contrasting rounded contours. In this context, the work stations contribute to sustaining the salon design. The mirrors are at eye level, highlighted by a backlit neon that follows the entire profile.

Lots of them – and all different

There are work station mirrors and then the mirrors hanging on the wall as decorations. Each one is different and all of them are framed. In the French salon Hair Painting by Sab, the mirror reflects a mix&match style. Different shapes and materials combine for a colorful and original effect.

An exclusive corner

A discreet work station with a minimalist and elegant design. The Japanese salon Ba-Sho Hair chose to set the mirror in a extraordinarily simple metallic structure. Indeed, their forms and materials (unfinished wood and dark metal) evoke a vintage vibe.

A rustic touch

The solid wood structure, thick and dark, lends the mirrors of the Californian Larisa Love Salon and authentic twist. But there is also a surprisingly classic European style. The eye-catching work stations with their roughly hewn, rugged looks lend a sense of solidity and concreteness.

The surprise effect

From Mitch Studio, in Melbourne, the mirror want to surprise the visitor and do so ironically. The work stations are minimalist, created with light-colored wood. When combined with an appealing fluorescent yellow and drop-shaped mirrors, WOW! It may be unusual, but fits this salon to a T!

The lightness of metal

When it comes to 10 ways to use mirrors in a hair salon, Modern Salon & Spa, in the USA, is one that relies on contrasts. The mirrors, all of which are over-sized, are also distinguished by a thick metal frame with sinuous lines. The result is a lightweight solidity that convinces the eye to perceive the mirrors more as sculptures than work stations.

The square effect

The square or window effect is what makes this huge rectangular mirror the signature look of the barbershop of Tony Adams in the Czech Republic. Important dimensions, simple lines, a solid but minimalist frame give this mirror an eye-catching appeal.

The beauty of less is more

A completely different philosophy for the Japanese salon Re-edit, where the ethereal and rarefied atmosphere is constructed also and above all on work stations that feature naked mirrors, with no structure, just hanging on a cable from the ceiling. Among the 10 ways of using mirrors, this one highlights the utmost minimalism.

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