harriet stokes

L'Oreal ID ARTIST Programme 2018/2019

On Sunday I started my 2 year programme as L’Oreal Id Artist along with 33 other amazing hairdressers from across the UK & Ireland. After auditioning in the summer I was selected as one of 4 to represent the whole of the South West of England (the other 3 Id Artists from the SW are all based in Cheltenham).

So without banging on again about how much of a big deal this is for me and for the whole of the team at YOKE I’ll give you the low down on what I got up to ‘up North’…

On Sunday all the new first years got together at the Leeds Academy to get to know each other in be introduced to the team from L’Oreal that would be supporting us on our journey. We then took part in an interactive workshop with the Content Creator for the brand Sherie, which was a real insight into how to make our work and brand visible. At the end of the day we were teased with the prospect of being joined by one of the top art teams in the World the following day and headed out for dinner and drinks altogether.

After a pretty tame evening (for some of us) we headed back to the Academy on Monday morning to get cracking! We were then joined by the 2nd year ID artists bringing our total up to the 70’s and the insanely talented Brooks & Brooks artistic team. Headed up by numerous nominee and this years British Hairdresser of the Year Sally Brooks, partner Jamie and the seriously respected Marlon and Grace. The first few hours consisted of a q&a with the team and then with them presenting models they had coloured and styled.

Then the challenge was set… after the team giving us their knowledge and insight into how they create ideas and concepts for their own collections and shoots we were randomly split into teams of 5 or 6. The teams were made up of both first and second years and colourists and Stylists and we were each given at random a box.

What’s inside the box?… so without knowing each other nor what was in the box our task was to use the last few hours of the day and the following morning to come up with a concept and final look based on what was in the box. The following afternoon we were expected to present our look on a blockhead with a mood-board so we needed to get on with it asap.

My team was made up of 4 colourists and 1 stylist and we were all first year ID Artists and our box consisted of rose, other flowers, twine and fruit. We spent the first hour or two just talking through the items, what the represented to us and possible creative ideas.

Then it was time for a well deserved break for the eve/ 6 bottles of gin so we headed out to a retro bowling alley to compete against each other and get to know each other better. After so many laughs I headed home at a pretty decent time (obvs I went to Yoga both mornings - I needed to check out a studio & not feel like shit! - Thanks Yoga Hero).

The Tuesday saw us head back to the academy to nail our looks and present to the Brooks & Brooks team (omfg) and the rest of the ID Artists. After! the presentations we had more time to sit and chat with the team and Sally could give us even more insight and tips on working as a team and honing our creativity

The whole weekend was an absolute blast and the most amazing opportunity to work with the most insanely talented people in the industry - from the guest artists to the other ID team members and our L’Oreal rep team.

The next part of my journey is working backstage at The Central St Martins White show (up to 100 models on a catwalk!!!!!) in December followed up with several more trips to Leeds, Manchester and London academy’s over the next 4/5 months! BOOM!

Thanks so much to our L’Oreal team (Stacey, Michael, Sherie, Gemma, Rubie and Darren) my team for the weekend (Thomas, Harriet, Jamie & Sam), all the other super friendly ID artists, The Brook & Brooks team and special mention to my new mate (we incidentally trained in the exact same Toni & guy!) who got up at ungodly hours to get coffee and head to yoga with.

Jo

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YOKE summer Party & One year anniversary for the Beautiful South Photo Booth Company

A couple of Sundays ago we co-hosted a summer bash with The Beautiful South Photo Booth Company to celebrate their 1 year anniversary and all the good weather we had been having! 

Also at the bash was the lovely Sadie from Shh by Sadie with a very special pop up shop and the super talented Make up Artist Rebecca Searle, who was on hand to demonstrate Delilah Cosmetics. 

 Thanks so much to everyone that came along on day and helped us celebrate and eat all the amazing cakes from Boston Tea Party and drink all the Pimms and Prosecco we could manage!

 

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Not Another workshop - Colour SpeciA-LIST Artistic Session with Sophia Hilton

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a course at L'Oreal, London that was exclusively for L'Oreal Colour Experts with the unstoppable Sophia Hilton from Not Another Salon and her highly skilled team: Harriet Stokes and Lucy. It was so great to be back in the L'Oreal building in Hammersmith, that I spent so much time in whilst working in Cheltenham and as a L'Oreal ID artist many moons ago. 

The course consisted of the Harriet and Sophia demo-ing some of their unique techniques - from backwash balyage to their flawless 'bleed' method that Not Another Salon is so famous for. 

As well as all of the inspirational demos and hands on practical we also spent the majority of the afternoon touching on the 'unreal expectations' that our clients might have in what is fundamentally an 'instagram era'.  As a group we discussed the difficulties we have found with clients wanting un-achievable looks that may not suit them and also significantly damage their hair to the point of no return. As a colourist and salon owner the condition of hair comes above everything else we do at YOKE, so it was refreshing to have my own thoughts & methods backed up as well as understanding the psychology behind addressing expectations during a consultation.

Although personally I love instagram and use it for so much of my own creative inspiration, it can also make our jobs as hairdressers even more difficult when we are competing with heavily filtered images and 'demos' that to be honest just aren't real!

Living in such a celebrity driven era we are so used to seeing celebs jump from blonde to black - to long to short - to red to platinum. All we see are the instant changes and not the real life timeline of what their hair actually goes through.                                    Therefore we are always missing out on the unavoidable bob length ginger stage and just seeing the final colour or a full head of beautiful hair extensions (and sometimes even a wig). 

Even the queen of colour change & Olaplex ambassador Kim Kardashian was caught on video saying her hair felt 'gummy' when she last had it  bleached - yer Kim... that's because you've effing well bleached it to death and it's lost all elasticity & it's snapping off!

At one point in the afternoon Sophia acted out a consultation with her N.A.S newbie assistant Lucy (who is actually an ex-West End actress) so we could understand more of the psychology behind what people say they want and possibly what they mean and how this can be misconstrued. 

It was so awesome to be on such an inspirational course that was both practical and creative, in such a safe environment where we were actively encouraged to come together as hairdressers rather than 'compete' against each other. This is something that Steve and I feel so passionately about as we have lots of hairdresser friends in the industry that support us and we support back - and why would we not want to be part of a bigger community?

Sophia's mantra is one that definitely resonates within our team - "Be really great at your job and be really, really nice".  

Lucky for me I'm already booked to attend another of Sophia's courses held at her salon in Brick Lane in October, so i'll get the chance to learn even more of her techniques & suck up more knowledge soon! 

Thanks so much to L'Oreal for hosting and Sophia Hilton, Lucy & Harriet Stokes for all the inspo- see ya soon! 

Jo x

 

P.s we ALWAYS offer complementary indepth consultations at YOKE with all of our stylists and we bloody love talking about hair so please book in for chat soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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