Styled Bridal shoot for Amy Mair Couture

On Tuesday we headed up to a remote Welsh beach to do the hair for a styled shoot for the couture Bridal designer Amy Mair. 

James and I went along for the hair and we took one of our faves Rebecca Searle to do the makeup and Lucy one of our favourite models we have worked with at YOKE. We managed to sneak an hour before the shoot to take a look around Barry Island, before prepping and heading to a huge beach in the middle of nowhere. 

Eleanor the photographer had scoped put the most stunning location in the most beautiful light so we started shooting just after 4pm. The weather was pretty kind to us, although a little windy which meant slightly more structured hair up changes on the beach where the way to go. 

I have posted lots of our BTS images below and I cannot wait to share the finished images in a few weeks.

Thanks so much to everyone, especially Amy for such a special day and probably my favourite bridal shoot ever. 

Jo x

 

Photography: Eleanor Jane Weddings

Make up; Rebecca Searle Make up

Models: Ann & Lucy

Dresses: Amy Mair Couture

 

 

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Editorial for beau NU Magazine

After the windiest rainy shoot possibly ever, the team managed to persevere to get some amazing images that have now been published in beau Nu Magazine.

Team: 

Hair: Kerra Day & James Holroyd from YOKE
Model: Lucy Daw
MUA: Kasia Werblanska Make-up Artist
Photographer: Emma Barrow Photography
Stylist: Emma Barrow
Photographer’s Assistant: Grace Jenkins

Check out the images from the shoot below...

 

Jo x

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Yoga at YOKE

A couple of weeks ago I took a trial yoga class at YOKE to see how yoga would work in the space and after a lovely class I have decided to make it a regular thing.

Classes will be running as following:

Monday Evenings 6-7 (commencing from 14th May) 

Friday mornings 6.30-7.30 am (commencing from 11th May)

My classes are super small (8 people max) making it perfect for beginners and intermediates. If you'd like to know a little more about the style of yoga I teach and my background please take a look on my website - OmYogaDevon

Classes are £4 per person and you must book to secure your space. To book please pop me an email yokethesalon@gmail.com or send us a message via Facebook.

Jo x

 

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But First... Coffee....

As a real sucker for detail I took my time deciding on our coffee offering at YOKE and picked local roasters Owens to do the job.

Owens is 100% ORGANIC, Fair Trade sustainably sourced coffee and roasted locally in Ivybridge.
They started roasting in 2010 and from day one have insisted on using the finest, 100% organic and Fair trade beans. 

I got so hooked on excellent coffee when living in Oz, that I completed my Barista training in Sydney as I was desperate to know all the secrets to making the perfect coffee.

After much deliberation at YOKE we decided that individual french press' (cafetieres) were the way to go (pod coffee machines create so much waste and single use plastic, espresso machines are too pricey for a non-coffee shop and instant was NOT an option!). 

Please check out a bit more about Owens over on their website & come in and give it a try at YOKE! 

Jo x

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Editorial Shoot for Salyse Magazine

You might remember that freezing cold couple of days a few months ago when it actually SNOWED in Plymouth - well a group of us were outside shooting for an Editorial submission with Emma Barrow.

Despite the snow, freezing wind and blue hands we nailed the shoot and the images have appeared in this months Salyse mag.

Photographer: Emma Barrow

Models: Carol and Darcy

Hair and Makeup: Jo at YOKE

Photography assistant: Grace Jenkins

Dresses: The bridal rooms of Wellswood and the Wedding Dress Company, Plympton

 

 

 

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Party!

On Sunday we held a mini launch party at YOKE to celebrate our opening for all the team and their families.

Olivia from The Beautiful South Photo Company came along and set up a beautiful photo booth for us to play with and capture some cool images and we were treated to amazing vegan cakes from Boston Tea Party and delicious gin from Plymouth Gin. 

Thanks so much for all the help and support and for everyone that popped along! 

Special thanks to The Beautiful South Photo Booth Company, Boston Tea Party, Plymouth Gin and Pierres Bistro

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Beauty Shoot with Molly MUA

We are super lucky to work with so many amazing creatives at YOKE - on lots of different projects. One of our most recent ones was for Molly Russell a seriously talented Makeup Artist based in the South West.

The purpose of the shoot was to create new portfolio images of Molly's work and for Molly to create some exciting new looks. 

Molly is available for Make up for wedding, events and lessons in the South West and you can also book Molly to come to you at YOKE.

Photography: Emma Barrow

Make up & Model: Molly Russell

Hair: Jo @ YOKE 

 

Thanks to Emma & Molly, love working with you both.

 

Jo x

 

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L'Oreal Colour Trophy

On Sunday the YOKE squad headed up to Cheltenham for the Western Regional semi finals for the L'Oreal Colour Trophy. Steve and I have both been involved in the Colour Trophy as part of other teams throughout our careers so it was an awesome opportunity to show the guys exactly how polished L'Oreal is when it comes to creativity and curating banging shows and live events.

L'Oreal Colour Trophy is in its 63rd year, making it the longest running live competition and undoubtedly one of the biggest and most prestigious hairdressing events of the year. The comp showcases some of the brightest hairdressing talents across the country, whilst ensuring that hairdressers nationwide are continually inspired to celebrate ‘Hair Inspired by Fashion’.

The competition is split into 4 categories: Colour Trophy Star Award, L'Oreal Mens image Award, L'Oreal Colour Trophy Award, and the L'Oreal Afro Look Award. The competitors across the Uk and N.Ireland are then split into 8 regions with semi Final events held at each of them throughout April. At these shows the winners are selected to go through to the The Grand finals in London, held in June.

The show consisted of the competitors finishing their looks live and a show curated by The RUSH art team and the L'Oreal Artists.

Check out the winners from our heat below:

L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award Grand Finalists
Ken Picton Team 1
Reds Hair Company Team 3

Men’s Image Award Grand Finalist
G&T hairdressing

Star Award Western Winner
Natalia Ntypa, Hair By Jones

Best in Region for the Western Region L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award and the L’Oréal Men’s Image Award:

L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award
Alchemy
Ashley Paul Hairdressing Team 1
G&T Hairdressing
Ken Picton Team 1
NashWhite Leamington Spa
Reds Hair Company Team 3

Men’s Image Award
Andrew Hill salon
G&T hairdressing
Reds Hair Company

 

Check out some of our photos below and watch this space for YOKE's entries next year.... 

Jo x

 

 

 

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'Cause we're worth it... Why L'Oreal?

So we have been asked the question "why L'Oreal" on quite a few occasions now - so I thought I'd give you a little run down on why we choose to be a L'Oreal salon, over any other Professional Salon colour range on the market....

Whilst on our travels and throughout our numerous years(!!) of working within the industry, Steve and I have used nearly every single professional colour ranges on the market .. HOWEVER we have always believed that L'Oreal was the absolute best and always blew us away with the results. 

When we first started planning YOKE we dreamed about being a L'Oreal salon and knew that we just had to have it. The results speak for themselves and the condition that hair is left in - post colour service is way better than we have seen with any other brand.. 

Quite simply, L’Oréal Professional combines advanced research and professional expertise to create beautiful hair, whilst leaving it in the best possible condition.  The brands heritage spans back to 1907. A French chemist named Eugéne Schueller created a hair colour formula which totally revolutionized the hairdressing world!

L'Oreal works passionately to create innovative and exciting products and actually only bring out a new line when it has been rigorously tested and they are 100% confident in it - which is why they don't have 100's of ranges that are here one minute and discontinued the next. 

Although at YOKE we are striving to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, after so much thought, research and testing we knew it would be a toss up between choosing a organic brand free of nasties that wasn't always guaranteed to deliver results and condition: over a product we 100% believed would create the best colours possible leaving the hair in its BEST condition. 

ALSO contrary to some heavy duty marketing and PR the majority of these 'organic and natural brands' actually aren't 100% of either. 

Lastly - this is another topic for yet another blog but just so you know L'Oreal DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS. If you want to read more about this please click here.

Ohh, I nearly forgot the goss - this year L'Oreal are about to release 2 VERY EXCITING new ranges - I'm not gonna give it all away yet,but lets just say one will be doing its bit to help lose the need for single use plastic and the other is about to smash all the so called 'natural' professional colours out the park. 

So if you're still with me, enjoy the beautiful L'Oreal images below and the not so beaut cracker of me and my bestie Bex, picking up our L'Oreal Colour specialist Diplomas in Sydney last year.

 

Jo x

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YOKE's new interior

We have been beavering away morning, noon and night for the last 5 weeks to give the salon a brand new look and some fresh vibes & we are so very nearly there!

Our vision was to create a clean, light creative space that is easy and fluid to work in, whilst feeling spacious and chilled for all our visitors. 

We have worked closely with our super talented carpenter mate Gareth - who we met when he was working on some mega mansions in Sydney, a few years ago. Gareth used beautiful light wood and minimal fixtures to tie in the natural look and feel.

Thanks so much to everyone that has helped - special thanks to Paul Thompson, Gareth from GDSSouth West Signs for bringing our vision to life.

A few more things to do but we are nearly there.

Jo & Steve x

 

 

 

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Focus on Sustainability - Biodegradable towels

In one of our efforts to keep our energy and water usage down we decided to go down the route of using disposable towels. 

I know 'disposable' is a bit of a dirty word but actually the towels we use at YOKE are 100% biodegradable and will even compost after about 14 days if buried in the ground! 

 

 

After plenty of research I decided that Simplydry where the right option for us as there were a number of points putting them top of the list for me:

Simplydry uses no bleach, no pesticides and no nasties – making them perfect for sensitive skin.

They save upto 40% on water and electricity used during laundering of regular towels.

Simplydry are made in the UK, therefore keeping their Carbon Footprint in check!

The towels are made from 100% Bamboo and are 100% biodegradable and can even be composted.

Simplydry achieves 10-15% MORE absorbency than other brands on the market.

Simplydry matches traditional towels for size and experience.

 

 

Here's a bit about how awesome bamboo is....

"It’s the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow 1-to-4 inches in a day and regrows quickly after being cut down, making it the No. 1 renewable resource. Since the plant’s health is improved by cutting, bamboo can be re-harvested every three years without any harmful effects on the environment. Can bamboo save the planet? The answer to that question remains to be seen. But this amazing plant and its surging popularity in a huge variety of products offers mankind a chance to enjoy many of the comforts of modern life without causing irreparable damage to our environment."

 

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Competition Time

WIN a luxury L'Oreal treatment and blow dry for you and your fave.

Head over to our Facebook or Instagram pages and tag your friend or family member that you'd love to share this pamper sesh with.

Winner & bestie will be selected at random on Saturday the 7th April at 12pm

 

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BTS shoot Monday 26th March

As the sun was finally starting to shine in Plym Town a group of us creatives jumped at the chance to get a shoot in by the sea.

Below are a few of the behind the scenes shoots - finished images to come over the next few weeks.

Photography : Sarah Brittian Edwards

Hair: Jo at YOKE

Make up: Rebecca Searle using Delliah

Jewelry: Shh By Sadie

Styling: Sadie

Models: Lucy & Sophie 

Location: Devils point 

Thanks for a beautiful morning Ladies!

 

Jo x

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My obsession with L'Oreal Smartbond

After going through litres and litres of Olaplex in Sydney, when L'Oreal bought out their answer to bond fusion treatments with Smartbond, I was pretty damn excited to see what they had created. 

So turns out Smartbond is quite literally the BEST hair product I have ever used and not only does what it is supposed to but it is bloody easy to use and has never, ever lets me down.  As a colourist, I am so behind Smartbond that since the first time I used it, I recommend it to all my clients when having colour, most especially if the service involves a lightning process.

For any newbies to the whole Olaplex and bond repair hype, basically these products have been created to work on the bond INSIDE the hair cortex, keeping the hair strong and healthy. Usual treatment masks work on the OUTER layers of the hair, smoothing and softening the cuticle layer and giving shine and lustre.  So in layman's terms Smartbond does the work from the inside preventing the hair from becoming more damaged and repairs the bond fibres to make your locks stronger and healthier. 

The difference between Smartbond and other bond treatments like Olaplex is that Smartbond does the work on the inside of the hair but also delivers shine, shimmer, softness and hydration. Whereas with other brands like Olaplex the hair would become stronger, it wouldn't feel or look any better - this is how Smartbond wins for me. You literally cannot ignore the difference Smartbond creates after the first application, even making the dullest over-processed hair look immediately 10x healthier.

So it's still important to use a great shampoo and conditioner and a weekly mask, but as an easy add on to your normal haircare regime, if you use Smartbond you will notice immediate differences in your hair and after time, I swear you'll never look back.

Process:

Step 1: Smartbond step 1 goes in with your colour (don't fear - it doesn't affect the way your L'Oreal colour processes). 

Step 2: Your colour is rinsed and towel dried then Smartbond step 2 is applied for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Smartbond 2 gets rinsed off then your hair is shampooed and conditioned as usual.

Step 4: Take your Smartbond home treatment home (it lasts about 4/5 months!!) and use once a week. Shampoo hair as normal, rinse, squeeze out the excess moisture and apply your take home for 3 minutes. Rinse, towel dry and style as usual! EASY! 

If you want to discover the benefits of Smartbond give us a call or ask a YOKE stylist. The treatment is easy for us to add onto any colour service and at £15 for the in salon treatment and £17 for your take home, we are considerably more affordable that other L'Oreal salons in the region. 

 

Jo x

 

 

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Surreal Magazine - Published work

In Feb James and I worked on a shoot with Emma, which literally must have been the coldest shoot ever (-11 wind chill and freezing rain). 

As you can see from below, the images completely made up for the numb hands and feet and having to hug Molly (MUA and model) to keep her warm between shots. 

The ethereal images have been published in  Surreal Magazine

Hair: James & Jo at YOKE

Accessories: Claire Austin

Assistant: Grace Jenkins

Make up: Molly Russsell

Photography: Emma Barrow

Stylist: Oritile Moloko

 

Jo x

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POMP POMS WORKSHOP at YOKE

We have some super exciting Wednesday news, for anyone that loves a festival or getting crafty...

The very talented Charlotte from POMP POMS, is heading to the salon on Sunday 3rd June to run a very special POMP POM Festival Headband making class.

Charlotte will be showing you how to make your very own bespoke headband to rock this festival season! The girls from The Beautiful South Photo booth Company are also going to be setting up an extra awesome booth to get some snaps during and after! 

The workshop will be held in YOKE (the salon will be shut this day) and it will run from 12pm - 2.30pm. 

All refreshments & materials will be provided and it's a great day to be in the Yard, as the Monthly Farmers market will also be happening - so make a day of it! 

Tickets are £25 and limited so please book up via Eventbrite asap to avoid disappointment.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pom-pom-festival-headband-making-workshop-plymouth-tickets-44144439206

Jo x

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Amy Mair Couture Bridal Shoot - Finished images

At the begining of March YOKE's James headed to Cardiff to style hair for a shoot for Couture wedding dress designer Amy Mair. 

Amy's exquistie handmade dresses and the oppulent location made for the most stunning collection of images to showcase Amy's newest collection 'She Walks in Beauty'.

Enjoy! 

Dresses: Amy Mair Couture

Makeup: Amrie

Hair: James at YOKE

Head pieces: Agnes Hart

Photography: Emma Barrow

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The Outfit Exchange

Last night we were super lucky to be included at The Outfit Exchange, held at our neighbouring Ocean Studios, The Royal William Yard.

Hosted by Rosie and Leah the event allowed people to pop along and Swap clothing, shop mindfully and purchase good quality garments that were destined for waste.

We set up a little YOKE table and chatted to peeps about how we are doing everything we can to be a sustainable salon, as well as creating some sweet braids. 

The ‘second-chance’ shop featured some stunning branded items, donated by local fashion businesses like Xcel wetsuits, Flatspot, Wills Bees bespoke, Old Harry and Sanchos, that lucky shoppers picked up at bargain prices.

The event had a real focus on Sustainability in the Fashion world and guest speaker Irene Griffin expressed her thoughts on the industry and what we can do as individuals to shop mindfully. 

Irene is the Technical director at Falmouth Art College and she is currently working on designing a Sensibility for Sustainable clothing project at the Exeter University Environment and Sustainability Institute. 
To find out more about this product click here.


Just to make everyone feel better about their new purchase all of the proceeds are to be donated to Friends of the Earth.

BIG thanks to Rosie & Leah for letting us be there.

Jo & Kerra x

 

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Sustainability at YOKE

You'd have to have your head buried in the sand, to not be aware of the current state of our planet. 

At YOKE we are doing everything we can do to deliver beautiful hair that doesn't cost the Earth.

Through a series of initiatives and education of our squad we have been awarded the SUSTAINABLE SALON CERTIFICATE from Eco Hair and Beauty

This Educational initiative was set up by researchers from Southampton Uni to drive sustainability within the beauty industry.

Please check out Dr Denise Badens TED talk below or pop in and talk to us about what we do or discuss any ideas.

Below's quote from the Eco hair and Beauty website explains the influence well educated Hairdressers can have on doing their bit to help their clients understand sustainability....

"Key issues identified from this project included: the potential to make resource efficiency savings within the salon, numerous ideas on products and practices that can enable salons to reduce their energy, water and product use, and how to engage, incorporate and promote sustainability aspects to clients and across the sector more generally. We found that once engaged and informed about sustainability issues, hairdressers were motivated and willing both to address their own salons’ environmental impact, and also talk to their clients about more environmentally friendly hair care practices. You can see a brief 13 minute talk on our project: Baden, D (2013) ‘What hairdressers can tell us about sustainability’ March. TEDx talk We found that customers of hairdressers (N = 776) reported that their hair care practices at home are influenced by their experiences at the hairdressers e.g. in terms of how often to shampoo, how long to dry/rinse hair, what hair products to use etc. Most also indicated that they would like their hairdressers to consider such issues."

Jo x

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Welcome to YOKE

As YOKE has now been open for just over a week we thought we should share a little about us…

 

Established with an ethical sustainable, eco-sensitive ethos in mind, YOKE will not only provide the highest standards of hair styling and care but will also look to minimise it’s environmental impact with a series of initiatives designed to reduce water use, source eco-friendly products and minimise the use of harmful chemicals wherever possible, and lower energy usage - all whilst giving clients cutting edge styling and the very best treatments in a fresh, stylish new salon.

Nestled amoungst the Yard's thriving business community - situated between Le Bistrot Pierre and Le Vignoble -  YOKE enjoys an enviable position in one of the most sought after areas of the city. New owners and salon partners Jo Barker and Steven Dyer said,

“We love this site - it’s a wonderful place to work and we really can’t wait to get the doors open. The plans for YOKE have been under wraps for a long time and we’re really excited to be able to launch our brand to the public.”

Steven continued, “Between us, we have over 30 years of experience in the hairdressing industry, in some of the UK’s most exclusive salons. We have both worked as stylists and top-level colourists, as well as doing on-set hair and make-up for magazine editorials and managing other salons. We are very excited to now be able to pass our experience on to our wonderful team, and we look forward to welcoming our clients - both old and new - into the salon.”

Working exclusively with haircare experts L’Oreal, YOKE will look to bring some of the global brand’s expertise to the South West. Jo Barker, head colourist and salon partner said, “We have both worked in some of the UK’s very best salons, as well as spending two years living and working in Sydney, Australia. Many of the salons in Australia are way ahead of UK salons in terms of being more eco-friendly and sustainable, and we want to be amongst the first to bring this to the UK.”

Jo, who holds the highly sought after L’Oreal Colour Specialist qualification, which you won’t find at any other independent salons in the city, continued. “At YOKE we are looking forward to teaming up with more of the South West’s independent businesses to run exciting events, all with a focus on lessening our impact on the environment and creating beautiful, stylish hair in a salon environment that our clients can relax in.”

A super massive THANKS to all of our inspiring and awesome team and all our Family and Friends that have helped us realise and start building our dream! 

Jo & Steve x

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