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BABTAC recognise industry’s leading therapists and organisations with the return of the BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards 2023

On Sunday, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology returned to the Fairmont Windsor Park to host the prestigious annual BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards 2023, hosted by industry icon, author and founder of Beauty Backed trust, Caroline Hirons.

As part of BABTAC’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the beauty sector remains at the highest level of professionalism, the awards evening celebrated individual therapists, salons and organisations who have continued to deliver exceptional services to clients and beauty professionals.

CEO and Chair of BABTAC & CIBTAC, Lesley Blair MBE said “This year we have been overwhelmed by the exceptional calibre of entrants, each of which continue to devote their time and talent to providing outstanding treatments to their clients, and those who so skilfully impart their knowledge across the industry. The annual BABTAC and CIBTAC Awards continues to be a celebration and affirmation of that excellence, and it’s this level of talent that adds such value to the beauty sector.” 

This year’s categories recognised individually practicing beauty practitioners, from aestheticians and make-up artists to waxing and holistic beauty therapists. The UK’s leading salons and spas were also recognised, with categories to support both small and large scale businesses providing an exceptional level of treatments. The awards also recognised the achievements of CIBTAC, BABTAC’s sister company, who offer internationally respected training. These categories included best CIBTAC Centre, CIBTAC Endorsed Training and CIBTAC Student.

The full list of winners and categories includes:

  • Advanced Aesthetician won by Amanda Pearson, Skin Revolution
  • Beauty Therapist won by Karolina Januleviciute, Ramside Spa
  • Facialist won by Andrea Simpson, Andrea Simpson Facialist
  • Holistic Therapist won by Hayley Snishko, Home Sanctuary
  • Make-up Artist won by Nawar Raichura
  • Mobile Therapist won by Katie Pearson, Bump and Beyond
  • Waxing Therapist won by Andreea Ungureanu, Perfect Waxing
  • Digital Marketing won by Andrei Fomin, Banya No 1
  • Employer of the Year won by Sam and Paul Beatty, Beauty and Aesthetics at the Gate
  • Spa Leader won by Kirsty MacCormick
  • Individual Salon won by Woodhall Wellbeing, Woodhall Spa
  • Specialist Salon won by The Nail Yard, Edinburgh
  • Small Salon won by Lily’s Beauty Salon, Whitchurch
  • Large Salon won by Cellulite Slayer, London
  • Boutique Spa won by Poppinghole Farm Spa, Robertsbridge
  • Destination Spa won by Fairmont Spa & Wellness, Windsor
  • CIBTAC Endorsed won by No7 Beauty Company
  • CIBTAC Student won by Kairene Shaw, The Academy
  • CIBTAC Centre won by The Academy, Scotland

Supporting the evening by sponsoring the awards were BABTAC patrons, partners and a host of reputable industry leaders including Dermalogica, WaxXXX Academy, ACH Aesthetics, Armonia Training Academy, Aromatherapy Associates, Aston & Fincher, Balens, City & Guild, Consult with Confidence, Crystal Clear skincare, Germaine De Capuccini, Guinot, Hydrafacial, No7 Beauty Company, Phorest, Nouveau Beauty, Skin Philosophy Training, Skin Rocks, Susan Routledge and Timely.

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The Chroma Collection by the Fellowship’s Project Colour

Beautifully vibrant, the Chroma Collection is by the Fellowship For British Hairdressing’s Project Colour Team in association with STIL Salon.

The Chroma Collection

The Chroma Collection celebrates how colour diverges as a trend. This is especially significant at this time of year, when the flamboyant strength of Summer shades mellows into the subtleties of Autumn.

A beautiful celebration of colour by the Fellowship For British Hairdressing’s Project Colour STIL Lead Hair Team: Christel Barron-Hough at STIL Salon Angelo Vallillo Jessica James Yolanda Douglas Project Colour Team 2023: Leader: Daniel Couch Photos: Alex Barron-Hough at Layer Cake Productions Make-up: Katie Moore Styling: Robert Morrison

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The Best You Can Be: with in-salon treatments

You think you are the best you can be now? Then just wait to see what these treatments can do for your “perfect” coif!

You’ve got a great cut and color. You think you are the best you can be… Yet somehow something is just a little off, a little dull, a little frizzy. What’s a girl (or guy!) to do? Well actually, today there are solutions to help you add some oomph to your near-perfect look.

Wella Professionals SHINEFINITY Color Glaze… the best your color can be!

Wella Professionals SHINEFINITY Color Glaze is a zero lift, zero damage demi-permanent glaze that comes in 37 shades and is suitable for all hair types for infinite shine possibilities. This service can be added to colored or natural hair for irresistible smooth and silky feeling hair and healthy-looking shine that will last up to 6 weeks1!

The “glazed donut” trend has been taking the beauty world by storm- and “glazed donut hair” is the next iteration with 10M TikTok searches. To achieve the ultimate glazed hair look, Wella Professionals Brand Ambassador Dereq Clark recommends this treatment to add a boost of shine to your hair, saying “Be sure to ask your hair stylist about Wella Professionals’ SHINEFINITY Color Glaze. These zero lift, zero damage demi-permanent shades are long-lasting and gives the hair the ultimate shine and richness you need to naturally glow!” See here to find a salon near you that offers Shinefinity glazing services.

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The best “post-summer you” you can be

Misconceptions often arise around the idea that summer months are gentler on hair than winter. Although the elevated humidity levels can offer extra moisture to your hair, the reality is that the warmer months can lead to hair damage due to external seasonal elements like intense UV rays, salt water, chlorinated pools, and humidity. And according to this study conducted by Ariana Eginli and May McMichaelhair is most susceptible to breakage during the summer months. 

If your hair requires some tender loving care after this hot summer season, Wella Professionals R&D Product Development Senior Manager, Paula Rufo, pulled together her expert advice on how to fully embrace the fall for total hair restoration. Spoiler alert – a comprehensive bond-repair collection is essential to facilitate mending hair strands both internally and externally. 

According to Paula, “In the summer we tend to spend more time outdoors exposing our hair to UV rays and humidity which requires more treatment applications to our tresses.” To help prevent and treat your hair against the harsh summer elements, she recommends implementing a damage repair regimen like Wella Professionals Ultimate Repair Shampoo, Wella Professionals Ultimate Repair Conditioner and Wella Professionals Ultimate Repair Miracle Hair Rescue to act as a barrier when left as a barrier against UV rays and chlorine & salt water. 

 Volumize with shine!

The bouncy, blow dry finish has made a return, so bouncy, shiny, healthy hair is definitely trending. IGK Hair just launched two volumizers that are great for achieving these looks at home – Body Language and Pick Me Up,” says IGK Hair co-founder and celebrity hairstylist, Aaron Grenia.

Franck Izquierdo, Co-founder of IGK Hair Care, reminds us that hair types that are more prone to frizz tend to be dryer in nature. This means that hydrating ingredients are really important when trying to avoid frizz. Hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, shea butter are really helpful, so look out for those when choosing a product. IGK’s Good Behavior Collection is formulated with Innovative Bonding Polymers that mimic the frizz-free, high-shine coating of a keratin treatment when activated by heat. So this is always a recommendation he gives his clients with frizzy hair. 

I also recommend opting for haircuts tailored to frizz-prone hair with layers to help reduce bulk and frizz“, says Franck. “Regular trims are important to prevent breakage and keep the hair healthy and hydrated.

Another option is Keratin Complex KCEXPRESS EXPRESSTM Blow Out Smoothing Treatment. This color-locking, speedy smoothing solution is an express service that delivers polished, more manageable hair with results that last up to 6 weeks. KCEXPRESS takes 15 minutes when added to a color service or just 1 hour when used as a standalone service. Moreover, it cuts daily styling time and makes blow-dry time faster and easier. Plus, results last up to 6 weeks.


Defrizz and define!

Hairstylist and colorist Cassandra Olivia recommends LEAF + FLOWER CBD Pro Curl Defining Treatment is an in-salon service that delivers the definition of a curl styler with the longevity an in-salon treatment. It gives shape, reduces frizz and protects all curls types for bouncier, smoother and healthier curls for up to five washes.

My clients love the treatment because they see more defined and less frizzy curls for up to five washes. For my clients who only wash their hair once a week, that means they see up to five weeks of results,” says Cassandra. “Plus, this treatment nourishes the hair bulb so clients will see an improvement in the formation of their curls as hair grows.

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My clients love the treatment because they see more defined and less frizzy curls for up to five washes. For my clients who only wash their hair once a week, that means they see up to five weeks of results,” says Cassandra. “Plus, this treatment nourishes the hair bulb so clients will see an improvement in the formation of their curls as hair grows.

The Best “Curlisto” you can be!

Whitney Hunt is a top NYC stylist and a curly girl herself. So, what looks does she see on the horizon for Fall? No matter what cut or style you choose, she insists on the right hair care. “The first step is to shampoo the hair thoroughly to remove any product buildup so the cuticle can breathe,” says Hunt. This is why she recommends Curlisto The Curly One Shampoo to clean, refresh and repair medium- to coarse-textured hair types. “The goal is healthy hair and well-defined curls with minimum frizz.” To that end, the alcohol-free treatment not only refreshes your scalp, but also strengthens and rebuilds cysteine bonds from the inside out, improving curl, definition, and shine. Then“Curlisto The Curly One Conditioner is loaded with ingredients that nourish and protect your curls, a must whether your hair is color-treated or not.

She also recommends the Curlisto line of styling products. Just choose the one that best for the look you’re craving. “You’ve got to remember that curl pattern differs from person to person. You could have a combination of tight curl and loose curl like Gabrielle Union, corkscrew curls like Tracey Ellis Ross and Nicole Kidman, or loose waves like Keri Russell and Sarah Jessica Parker. The point is, some textures require two or three products to style, but you want hair to feel weightless.

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TOOLS… with all the bells and whistles!

“A good tool improves the way you work. A great tool improves the way you think,” said Jeff Duntemann. This is especially true in hairdressing, where quality tools can even inspire!

When it comes to tools, there are several factors to take into consideration before investing in tools that can enable you to make that quantum leap in your own hairdressing results! And cost should be the least of your priorities. Power and heat regulation are often important in saving time. But then there other important factors, like materials, electronic and “smart” technologies, ionizing technology, ergonomics, and even color and style. For many trades – and hairdressing is not exception – investing in quality tools means investing in yourself!

Here is a round-up of tools – many with all the bells and whistles! – to help you decide. Building your toolbox is a serious business!

Brushes and combs – basic details

This year Denman has launched two really cool design collections to add an inkling of style to your work station. First, they picked up on the Gothic trends that are everywhere this year. Think Billi Eilish at the Met Gala and Doja Cat at the Grammys; both dark and edgy looks that totally channel Gothic Glamour. So, for all your salon clients embracing their inner goth there are three hot NEW Denman tools to nail their gothic hair goals.

Next up was the complete Wildcats Collection. Five fantastic tools with patterns that will pop in any salon kit.

Earlier this year, Cricket launched the Static Free Fast Flo Vent Brush Color Collection in 8 fun NEW colors. More recently, Cricket Company® announced the October 2023 launch of 2 new colors for the Static Free™ Fast Flo Mini Vent Brush: Let’s Go – Hot Pink and Let’s Go – Purple. This new collection merges an iconic classic hairbrush, on-trend colors, and it is fun-sized. Perfect for on-the-go detangling and styling!

Curls and glamorous waves

The T3 Curlwrap reflects the art of curling, perfected by science. The T3 AutoTwist Technology powers an automated, self-rotating barrel for effortless styling with flawless results. The AutoTwist Switch features dual navigation that puts you in control of curl direction. Then the SmartCurl Timer powers 2 timer settings (5 or 8 seconds) for consistent curls and waves with minimized heat exposure. Better still, Sensory Feedback guides your styling experience with gentle sounds and vibrations. The icing on the cake is the Ion Generator that minimizes static frizz, boosts shine, and locks in style. And just to keep it easy, the CeraGloss™ Ceramic Barrel glides effortlessly for
smooth, shiny results.

Top tools for clipping and cutting

With an upgraded motor on the clipper, DLC blades, and a sleek design, this highly anticipated Wahl 5 Star Cordless Barber Combo™. is set to optimize every barber’s workspace. Exceptional quality at an affordable price!

Renowned Wahl Professional Educator, Garland “G-Whiz” Fox, expresses enthusiasm for the upgraded Cordless Magic Clip and Detailer Li sold as a combo, as well as the space-saving single cord and the cost-effective price of the Cordless Barber Combo™. Fox states, “As a professional, maintaining a clean and efficient workstation is essential, and cordless tools are a no-brainer. Having two high-quality tools charging on a single station with just one cord not only saves space but also adds a cool aesthetic touch.

Valera®, the innovative Swiss-born tool brand designed for salon professionals, has also introduced its newest technological advancement in hair cutting– the Valera Creator Plus Clippers. These innovative clippers can meet the exacting needs of barbers and hairstylists, ensuring close cuts with ultra-precision and zero friction.

Tools for heat styling

Valera has also engineered the UNLIMITED PRO 5000 hair dryer to satisfy even the most discerning beauty professional. Go ahead and execute the perfect blowout without worry! Now you can! Thanks to Valera’s latest innovation that solves a common problem: hair that twists around the fan when air is blown very close to the hair. The patent-pending Backstop System literally prevents hair from blocking the motor. Meanwhile, the Brushless Digital Motor sets a new milestone for Valera’s tradition of quality.

O2 PROFESSIONAL is a brand that offers high end luxury hair appliances with the latest technology with high performance. For example, the O2 Hypersonic hair dryer ergonomically balanced light weight offers the most advanced technology. The brushless motor provides cyclone power air flow and high heat that dries hair up to 35% faster. Furthermore, the dual ion emitter reduces frizz and static electricity and produces flawless natural shine. Plus, the “LOVE IS IN THE H-AIR” Dryer Cover comes in a variety of hues to suit your any mood!

Now for something completely different!

Bellissima Italia launches the latest innovation for curly hair. The NEW Diffon Supreme 2-in-1 curly dryer is an elegant styling solution that combines an advanced hair diffuser and hair dryer in a lightweight, compact, easy-to-use tool. The new Diffon Supreme can be personalized to simulate natural drying for softer, bouncier, more defined and voluminous curls while minimizing frizz and keeping hair healthy. 68% of women with curly hair identifying frizz as their #1 hair concern. But now the Diffon Supreme is the ultimate game changer.

Most blowdryers prioritize high speed and a range of heat that are best for straight hair. But the Diffon Supreme purposely features combinations of low speed and optimized heat that are essential for creating a frizz-free and bouncy curl,” says celebrity hair stylist and Bellissima spokesperson Mirna Jose. “It’s the holy grail hair dryer for anyone with naturally wavy, curly, or kinky hair.

ghd Pink Limited Edition Collection

This collection of ghd styling tools features a soft pink peach shade in commemoration of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. The new limited edition products and soft touch zip bags are embossed with the campaign phrase
‘TAKE CONTROL NOW’, to remind users to self check on a regular basis.

Click here to learn more about these great products and see the whole story!

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OMC Global Awards in Paris: Celebrating Excellence

In a dazzling and star-studded event held in the heart of Paris, the OMC international community came together to celebrate their Global Awards and honor the outstanding achievements of hair professionals and icons from around the world.

The Global Awards, organized by the OMC (Organisation Mondiale Coiffure), took center stage during the OMC Hairworld competition at the Mondial Coiffure Beauté beauty fair, and it was a night to remember. The award ceremony, was presented by Sergi Bancells alongside Salvatore Fodera, Chairman OMC & OMC Hairworld; Gianni Fodera, OMC World President; Vincent Fodera, OMC Hairworld CEO & Marketing Director; and Carmelo Gugliotti, OMC Vice President. showcased the remarkable talent and dedication of hair professionals who have made a significant impact on the industry. Among the distinguished honorees were the renowned hair icons Mustafa Avci and X-Presion Creativos, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the world of hairdressing.

Known for his innovative techniques and artistic vision, Mustafa Avci is a true trailblazer in the field of hairdressing, where he’s considered the King of Waves. Avci has consistently pushed the boundaries of creativity and his dedication to the craft has earned him a global following. His ability to transform hair into breathtaking works of art has inspired countless professionals and continues to shape the industry.

Hailing from Spain, X-Presion Creativos is a revolutionary collective that has redefined the art of hairdressing. Comprised of Jorge Cáncer, José Luis Almendral, and Marco Antonio Restrepo, this dynamic trio has brought a fresh perspective to the industry. Their groundbreaking techniques have captivated audiences worldwide. X-Presion Creativos has not only elevated the craft but also inspired a new generation of hair artists to think outside the box and explore the limitless possibilities of hair.

The ceremony reached its emotional peak when a surprise recognition was bestowed upon Vincenzo Fodera, the older brother of Salvatore Fodera. Vincenzo’s mentorship and guidance played a pivotal role in shaping Salvatore’s career, introducing him to the world of barbering and eventually becoming a World Champion. Surrounded by his family, Salvatore Fodera expressed his gratitude for his brother’s unwavering support. It was a heartfelt moment that underscored the importance of family, mentorship and the profound impact it can have on an individual’s journey in the hairdressing world.

Meet all the honorees:

Christophe Dore – MCB Co-President
Christophe Gabreau – MCB Co-President

Raphael Perrier

Toriumi Rieko – OMC Japan
Iryna Tsiura – OMC Ukraine
Ki-Hyoung Kwon – OMC Korea

Martina Gregur – OMC Croatia
Valeria Valentina – OMC Switzerland
Lloyd Griffiths – OMC Great Britain
Stipe Filipovic – OMC Bosnia-Herzegovina
Aldo Vigolo – OMC Itay

Mustafa Avci – Turkey/USA
X-Presion – Spain

Pierfilippo Francia – OMC Italy
Zoran Vukcevic – OMC Montenegro
Amanda Cassidy – OMC USA
Dusan Licina – OMC Serbia
Rose Lee – OMC China

Vincenzo Fodera – OMC USA
Carmelo Gugliotti – OMC USA
Vincenzo Tallarico – OMC Italy
Lone Nordentoft Frost – OMC Denmark

The Global Hair Awards in Paris not only celebrated the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals but also highlighted the collaborative and supportive spirit that defines the global hairdressing community. It was a night of inspiration, recognition, and the reaffirmation of the industry’s commitment to pushing boundaries, fostering innovation, and honoring those who continue to elevate the world of hairdressing.

As the applause and cheers echoed through the grand venue in Paris, it was evident that the Global Hair Awards had not only recognized excellence but had also united the world of hairdressing in a shared celebration of passion, artistry, and the boundless potential of hair.

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