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L'OREAL ID ARTIST

Last Wednesday James and I headed up to Cheltenham to audition for the prestigious L'Oreal ID Artist positions in the Midlands and the South West. The audition consisted of us both entering either as a stylist (James) and a colour technician (Jo) and presenting a mood board and a model that represented a trend or idea that we had selected.

After much planning and deliberation (and leaving YOKE with 2 completed models & buckets of coffee at 7am)  we got to the Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham for our 11am slots with the judges. The audition consisted of a skills test, in which we had 4 minutes to complete sectioning patterns or simple hair ups and then time in front of the judges to present our models with their completed looks. During this time we had to talk through our idea and how it corresponded with our models complete look as well as our technical explanation for what we did. After a pretty nerve- wracking audition we were then asked some questions by the lovely judges and then they had to give us an X Factor style judging of a ‘YES’ or a ‘NO’ each.

James went first and he auditioned as a stylist with his model Sophie and the theme ‘Water’. After 10 minutes he came out completely buzzing after receiving some amazing feedback and getting his 3 Yes’ which meant his was through to the next round!  

My turn came straight after and I presented my model - another Sophie, with my theme of 70’s Opulence. I also managed to get the 3 ‘yes’ and my chance to be considered for the next round!

So we packed up and headed for lunch on our way back down to Plymouth totally thrilled for having the opportunity to audition and with the knowledge that we were both through to the next round.

The next round involved the judges selecting 1 colour technician and 1 stylist from the hairdressers that receive the 3  yes’ throughout the day, so now we had to wait the agonising 3 days to find out if we had won the places.

On Friday afternoon I received a call from L’Oreal saying that James had been absolutely amazing and that they couldn’t believe how well he had done on his first audition for anything like this and although unsuccessful this year how much they wanted to see him back next year… They then went onto say that I had been awarded the place as Colour Technician for the Midlands and the whole of the South West!!!

 

As such a new salon this opportunity is so huge and it’s a bit difficult to explain how much of a big deal this is for YOKE, so i’ve popped some information below about what it means to be an ID Artist…

The ID Artist programme from L’Oréal Professionnel has one goal - to find talented individuals who could be the future stars of the hairdressing industry and work with them to further develop their talent and discover their full potential.

Launched 15 years ago and always being inspired by fashion, L’Oréal Professionnel has helped to develop hundreds of individuals and it is proven that being an ID Artist has helped propel careers. As an ID Artist Jo will be developed and mentored through world-class education from some of the leading names in the hairdressing industry.

As part of a 2 year programme as a n ID artist Jo will attend numerous inspirational education sessions and unique hairdressing opportunities which includes the latest cut, session and colour techniques from some of the best in the industry. Jo will also receive insight into seasonal collections, product previews and the chance to be involved in some huge events.  

The ID Artist alumni consists of some of the biggest hairdressers in the world including the infamous Sophie Hilton from Not Another Salon...“The ID Artist programme was my entry to the industry. There are times when you just don’t know where to turn to get the career you want. ID Artist moulds you, educates you and allows you to start a new life”

 

Jo x

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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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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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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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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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