The F.A.M.E Team Backstage Diary at Professional Beauty Dubai
The F.A.M.E Team showcased their skills onstage at Professional Beauty Dubai. Get exclusive access to their experience with their behind the scenes diary.
After bonding very well and singing along to The Sound of Music for the entire duration of the 7 hour flight, The F.A.M.E. Team landed in Dubai.
After being greeted by the Professional Beauty Team at the airport they were driven to their hotel where not only were they staying in the longest hotel in the world, but also one with a huge racecourse. The F.A.M.E. Team were then whisked off to their model casting held at Gloss Academy, a perfect space for meeting and dressing the models.
Gavin McIntyre said, “Dubai is an overwhelming place! We have been so well looked after so far, I am excited for the days ahead!”
It was an early start for The F.A.M.E. Team as they headed back to Gloss Academy for a full day of preparing for shows. After discussing exactly what their inspiration was they decided to focus on the theme of Dual Texture, incorporatating influences from London Fashion where possible. Colour work and styling began and as the looks evolved Gavin, James, Jordanna and Ria were really excited and very happy with how everything was coming together.
That evening they celebrated a brilliant day with a cocktail (or two) at the hotel before heading to a nearby sports bar for the Rugby. Although, Ria and Jordanna spent most of their night browsing Pinterest for hair inspiration!
Jordanna Cobella said, “Prep days for me tend to be very heavy as I can be so hard on myself but today, I feel so lucky to be in a team so talented and so motivating! Four heads are always better than one!”
After a very busy day yesterday, today was a chance to relax by the pool. Then it was time to catch up with the other hairdressers who had also travelled over from the UK before they were given a tour and brief of the backstage and exhibition space.
A gorgeous buffet awaited them, and everyone involved in the show, that night at the hotel. The F.A.M.E. Team were certainly being very well looked after by the Professional Beauty Team, plus the buffet gave them a perfect opportunity to get lots of tips and hints from industry experts like Chris Foster. James Earnshaw said, “We have had such a laugh so far but I am raring to go for the show tomorrow and show off our hard work.”
An early alarm call saw The F.A.M.E. Team down for breakfast at 6.30am before squeezing into one hotel room to prep the models for the show. The nerves then started to set in but thanks to all the preparation and team work, the show was a huge success. The 40 minutes flew by as they showcased beautiful hair.
The next show wasn’t far away as in just a few hours they returned with some variations on their stage show that morning. Chris Foster was on hand to introduce The F.A.M.E. Team and again they wowed the audience.
The evening saw Gavin, James, Jordanna and Ria sharing a lovely meal with some other wonderful UK hairdressers before an early night ready for the final day! Ria Kiluk said, “What a fantastic feeling it was when everything came together on stage today! I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
Another early start for The F.A.M.E. Team but they certainly felt a lot more comfortable after two great shows the day before. Feeling incredibly inspired and motivated they were determined to make today even more spectacular. The first show of the day went brilliantly but the final show of the exhibition saw The F.A.M.E. Team really make their mark. They worked in pairs to showcase their looks and they left the stage on a huge high. The trip ended perfectly with Gavin, James, Jordanna and Ria venturing out of the hotel to visit the famous Dubai Mall, where they sat and dined in style before heading back to the hotel armed with some treats from the Cheesecake Factory.
The F.A.M.E. Team said about the experience, “This was unforgettable and, not only did we learn an incredible amount from each other, but the mentors and Professional Beauty Team made our stay even more amazing. We really did laugh and giggle every day! We will truly miss the Professional Beauty team with a big thank you to Andy, Emma, Zaid and Jamilla for their support throughout. It was our first international hair experience and we all couldn’t have done it without everyone involved. We are SO excited to bond even further as a team, and continue to work really hard to put on an even better collection on stage at HJ live in 2 weeks!”