A Month in the Life of British Hairdresser of the Year Sally Brooks – June
Since winning HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year, Sally Brooks has been as busy as ever! From judging international awards, being interviewed by magazines from around the world and spending time in endless meetings, she has kept a diary exclusively for HJ…
This month has been one of the busiest – and most exciting – of my year as British Hairdresser of the Year so far!
It started with the announcement that I was nominated once again for HJ’s 2018 British Hairdresser of the Year. I am honoured and delighted to share a nomination with some of the brightest names in hairdressing and am planning my collection, which promises to be totally different to my winning collection.
L’Oréal Colour Trophy
There is so much to consider when planning any show, but when it is the closing show to one of the biggest events in the hairdressing calendar the pressure is really on! The theme was 21st Century Editorial Image, with other shows by Adam Reed and Ken Picton.
I wanted it to feel like the images came alive on stage, with the models walking from the giant screens onto the catwalk.
I did a shoot where we created 15 looks in one day that were shown on the enormous screens and loved the overall feeling, I think it was one of my favourite shoots. On the day, I walked into the dressing room with my bag of muslin and felt – and wondered if I had gone too far! There were wigs and huge hairpieces from the other teams – I wondered if minimal maybe hadn’t been the right choice.
Working with Jamie and the creative team was a great experience, it was very calm backstage and we all knew what we were doing. We were creating a moment, that would be captured on cameras throughout the venue, a quiet show with a beautiful palette of tones.
The show itself may have only been a few minutes, but the reaction we have had has been ever-lasting. We’ve had so many nice comments and generous feedback, it really means a lot.
Travel and Shows
It’s been a busy few weeks of clients for me as I have been in and out of the salon a lot, so I’ve been in the salon catching up with paperwork, doing overseas interviews and sorting out my extremely busy diary! However, the team have been flying the Brooks & Brooks flag at various events around the world.
It’s important they get these opportunities and it’s not always about me and Jamie, as they are their own artists.
Our younger members Sam, Ollie and Darcie appeared at the latest Fellowship for British Hairdressing Member’s Night in London – and I was incredibly proud of them as it was their first time on stage together! The three-minute slot (which ran over so we need to work on their timing!) gave them an opportunity to present in front of a live audience, while creating interesting and beautiful work. They were last on and it is always great that the Fellowship give stage opportunities to young teams.
Big shout out to the ClubStar team who presented they did a great job and Jamie Stevens is always an inspiration to listen to – I really believe youngsters should go and see as many shows as possible!