sophia hilton

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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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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