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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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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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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Pentillie Shoot

Yesterday I popped along to Pentillie Castle with Molly Russell (MUA) to assist on a shoot for wedding photographer Kate Fierek.

The Bridal themed shoot was for a submission to a website and magazine. BTS images below and finished images by Kate to follow....

Jo x

 

 

Hair: Jo at YOKE

Make up: Molly Russell https://www.mollyrussellmua.com/

Photography: Kate Fierek http://www.katefierekphotography.co.uk/

Flowers: Simon Nickell http://www.simonnickelldesign.com/

Venue: Pentillie Castle https://www.pentillie.co.uk/

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Amy Mair Couture Bridal Shoot

YOKE's Creative Director, James spent a day on location last week as a session stylist for Couture Bridal designer Amy Mair's  most recent look book 'She walks in beauty'.

Check out some of the behind the scenes snaps from the day below and keep your eyes peeled for the final images in a few weeks! 

Team:

Designer: http://www.amymaircouture.co.uk/

Photographer: https://www.emma-barrow.com/

Hair: James at YOKE

Model: Tamsin Hough

Make up: https://www.amriemakeupartist.com/

 

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