Inspirational celebrity hairdresser Patrick Cameron and a star of the last series of The Apprentice are coming to Wales next month to attend the nation’s top event for hairdressing and beauty talent.
New Zealander Cameron, acknowledged by his peers as the international ambassador for long hair, will deliver a 90 minute masterclass at Salon Cymru, a dynamic annual event that attracts around 500 hairdressing and beauty enthusiasts to Cardiff.
A venue change this year sees the popular event move across the Welsh capital from the Swalec Stadium to Y Plas, Cardiff University’s Students’ Union, on Sunday, April 10.
Organised by Bridgend-based ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales, Salon Cymru is designed to showcase the nation’s young creative hairdressing and beauty talent in 10 exciting competitions inspired by modern icons and the world of high fashion.
The masterclass by Cameron will bring structured beehives and high headed bouffants into the 21st century. “1960s influenced looks are very prevalent on today’s international catwalks, red carpets and in editorial work,” he said. “I want to show a more modern approach to this era, so the shape and balance is from the ‘60s, but with a more casual feel and softer texture.
“Modern vintage is based on classic techniques that have been updated to suit the needs of today’s clients. It’s young, fun and sexy with a nod to the glamour of the 1960s.”
In addition to his masterclass, Cameron will present Hair Council state registration certificates to newly qualified Level 3 hairdressers who are ISA Training’s learners. He will also be interviewed on stage by event compere Owain Wyn Evans, the BBC Wales weatherman.
Also attending the event will be Charleine Wain, who reached the final five on last year’s series of The Apprentice. She left the Royal Navy to set up her own salon in Plymouth and specialises in hair-up work.
Chris Howells, an international make-up artist for Laura Mercier, is welcomed back to deliver a ‘Day to Night’ bridal make-up masterclass. He travels the world through his work and his previous masterclasses in South Wales have sold out quickly.
The competitions are open to all hairdressing and beauty learners from schools, colleges and training providers across Wales and the English border counties. Introduced by popular demand this year is a nail art competition for level two learners.
Always a highlight of Salon Cymru is the avant garde competition which allow competitors to show off their skills, creativity and flair. Other competitions include make-up, blow dry and barbering at level two, hair-up levels two and three and open cutting and colouring.
Category sponsors are Wella, Dear Barber, Wales Hair & Beauty Show, Beauty Finder, City & Guilds, Welsh Government, Lifetime.
Shirley Davis-Fox, ISA Training’s chair, said the company was hopeful of a record attendance at the exciting new venue.
In addition to prizes for the top three in each category, there will an overall winner and a rising star award. Past winners have seen their careers take off in many different ways, from competing in the Paris internationals as part of the Junior British Hairdressing Squad to appearing on primetime TV.
Bradley Robinson went on to win Jamie’s Apprentice on ITV’s This Morning in 2011 and later was employed at Nicky Clarke Salons, Laura Kelland competed for Britain as part of the Junior British Hairdressing Squad at the Paris Internationals in 2009.
Josh Rees-Hole, who is now artistic director at Urban Retreat, the salon in Harrods, London, represented the Junior British Hairdressing Squad at the Paris Internationals in 2009 and came third in E4’s Great British Hairdresser 2011. Josh returned to Salon Cymru as a judge last year.
Admission to Salon Cymru is £5 for adults and £2 for children and pensioners.