beauty

What's Your Proposition?... Plymouth College of Art & Design 2018/19 Campaign

A couple of months ago I was extremely lucky to be asked to be involved in an inspirational campaign for PCA.

My small part was to make the 13 models feel like their best versions of themselves in front of the camera with a little hair and makeup over the course of 2 days.

Here’s a little lowdown from Kat at PCA about the new campaign…

“Our new campaign features thirteen current students, recent graduates and alumni, each with their own compelling story to tell

From a film student campaigning for change in Northern Ireland and a photography graduate documenting the power of nature in Hungary, to a graphic design student empowering black women in the creative industries, our campaign focuses on allowing each participant to broadcast their own manifesto.

We believe that high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice is the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation, and our manifesto includes ten propositions, written by our Principal Andrew Brewerton, that added to the themes of CREATIVE LEARNING and SOCIAL JUSTICE, define our strategic plans for the future.”

You can check out the propositions and portraits surrounding the college in the city centre now and read the whole article here…. https://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/latest/blog/whats-your-proposition-behind-the-scenes

Thanks so much for the opportunity and to all of the amazing team involved!

Jo x

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YOKE Reviews

Lets talk about reviews...

As a small business, the recommendations and reviews we receive literally mean the world to us. We love hearing all our existing and new clients feedback and experiences at YOKE & every time we get left a review on Google or Facebook we literally do a little dance! 

Just to say thanks for all the kind words and for your recommendations to your friends and family  we will be randomly pick one person a month to receive a treatment and blow dry just to say thanks.

So if you have a spare 5 then please show us some love and leave us a cheeky review on Google or Facebook.

Also if you haven't been into visit us, please check out a few of our reviews below!

 

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Sol Cups at YOKE - now in stock

Today we received a pretty special parcel from one of my favourite companies - Sol Cups.

I met Bec that started Sol Cups just after I first moved to Sydney a few years ago, as she was a trainer in one of my local gyms. We sat and had a chat in the sun after one of her particularly evil classes and she told me all about her exciting start up creating hand blown glass reusable coffee cups. After following Sol Cups brand new insta page and moving onto a different gym (everyone's a total gym slut in Sydney) I starting seeing the beautiful cups in all my fave coffee spots and couldn't help but invest in a mauve one & since that moment it has gone everywhere with me. 

I just loved my Sol Cup and Bec's enthusiasm for making a change and the whole brand ethos so much that I wanted YOKE to be one of the first stockists for Sol Cups in the UK. We are currently stocking 8 different colours in the 8oz (flat white size) but if you wanted a different size or colour please let us know. 

Sol Cups are designed in Bondi and made from hand blown durable glass lightweight and 100% chemical free, as well as being microwave and dishwasher safe. 

This is why no one should be using a disposable takeaway cup any more - basically if you haven't got a reuseable cup or time to sit down and enjoy your coffee, don't have one! 

"Unfortunately, disposable coffee cups with a film of polyethylene are not recyclable and release methane gas when sent to landfill. We designed Sol Cups to help people move from a throwaway mindset to a more environmentally supportive one, so we can all be kind to the world around us. They’re portable, convenient, aesthetically pleasing, and infinitely reusable."

This little quote pretty much sums up Sol Cups ethos... "We are for ending waste and embracing taste. Happy, healthy, sustainable and beautiful, we’ve designed our hand blown glass cups using materials that keep the heat in and the nasties out."

Pop in and check out our beautiful Sol Cups and cut down on your single use plastic & you'll even save some dollar each time you use it as loads of cafes will give you a discount for using it.  

Jo x

 

 

 

 

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YOKE in the Press

I can't really believe it been nearly 3 months since we opened the doors as YOKE!

So over the last few months we have been super busy looking after so many lovely existing and new clients, working on editorial shoots and collabs, whilst also getting to grips with all our amazing new products (ta v. much L'Oreal & GHD). 

Thanks so much to everyone that has come to visit us and for all the kind words and press write ups we have received. 

I have popped a few of the press articles below.

Jo x

 

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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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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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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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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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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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