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Angel Cake

In this colouring tutorial Ceri Cushen from Metropolis Hairdressing presents an Angel Cake inspired look. Ceri uses semi-permanent products lasting only a few washes, making this technique perfect for everyday salon or editorial work. 

In the video, Ceri will show you how to achieve a nice and soft blend of colours despite using three well defined, triangular sections, whilst also avoiding any unwanted merging. 

Diving deep into avant-garde with Anne Veck

Awarded stylist Anne Veck talked to us about her nearly obsessive relationship with avant-garde hair, the overwhelming amount of ideas and ways and techniques she uses to streamline these.

Old Fashioned Fringe

In his second tutorial Steven Buzassy from Lakme Hungary and the founder of Circle Budapest recreates a style seen in an old fashion magazine with a long, soft shape and shorter internal layers, finished off with the heavy, round fringe.

In order to make monitoring the changes in the shape a lot easier, Steve chooses to cut pre blow-dried hair using a white comb, allowing him to see everything more clearly when dealing with very dark hair. 

I the video, Steve will run you through useful techniques focused around body position, scissor and comb placement as well as using your fingers to your advantage at all times. As in the previous tutorial, Steve works with the hair and natural growth patterns, continuously cross checking the shape and the lines he’s creating. 

60s Skinhead

During Salon International Tom Warr joined HAIRTRIBE once again to share with you this skinhead inspired 60s female haircut. 

Using disconnection and short length to create texture and volume on the crown, Tom shows off the soft perimeters accentuating his model’s natural features. 

In the tutorial Tom also tells you a bit more about his career as an educator and the personal benefits he has gained from it as well as his inspirations, being a rebel and how This Is England shaped his personal style. 


In the second colouring tutorial, the Technical Head of Education for HOB Academy and Salon Group and part of the Wella Colour Creative Team Sean Nolan presents a stencilling technique on extremely short hair you can easily apply to your salon work.  

Once again inspired by the Japanese culture, Sean creates an allusion of a violet cherry blossom on metallic purple using simple stencils glued into the hair using eyelash glue. 

In the video Sean will run you through the correct appliance of the colour using a flat brush and finished off with a sponge to really work the product into the root, whilst avoiding excess bleed of the colour underneath the paper. Whilst applying the product, the correct body and head position of the model and opening the occipital curve out will not only make your work easier, but will allow you to really access all areas.

Snakes, birds and finger waves with Michael Pitsillides

In this Salon International tutorial, the co-founder of SLATE Hair Education Michael Pitsillides will tell you a bit more about inspiration and where it comes from. Here he works with a fantastic model Freya, which makes the process a lot easier, but is looking for ways to make the cut a little bit more interesting, whether it’s cutting, styling, or both. You can find inspiration anywhere and Michael tends to look at nature for his influences. What makes it so special, are the repeating patterns, making it so aligned with hairdressing. 

In this style, Michael is working against the head shape, flattening the crown to accentuate the sides. Throughout the cut he plays with different shapes in little sections to achieve an interesting but well balanced result. 

“Sometimes the smallest thing you do will make the biggest difference at the end of it.”

Different elements of the style come together to create a head-turning result. The colour adds another dimension to the style, whereas the styling including carefully placed finger waves makes it a little bit weirder, a little bit more interesting. 

During the Salon, Michael also told us a bit more about SLATE and its mission to provide people with the skillset to improve their lives with, to make their job and inspiration easier as well as the ACT Hair Event they’ve organised in aid of the My New Hair Charity. 

Dramatic Avant-Garde

Awarded hairstylist Anne Veck presents how to transform a commercial technique into an avant-garde form. In a dramatic look from the Silhouette collection, Anne will teach you how to turn hair into fabric using strategically placed stitching. 

In the tutorial she describes her creative process, taking something commercial, here a twisted plat, making it bigger, more contrasty and of course more interesting. 

As with other styles, Anne focuses on prepping the hair and runs you through the routine required for this particular technique, paying special attention to heat protection.

To achieve the perfect look, you have to ensure the consistency of your sections, their size and placement. As you’ll be working with threading, having an extra pair of hands can help you keep your sections neat at all times. 

The technique opens up endless possibilities and allows you to create different forms, colours and styles. Watch the tutorial, have a play around and share the results with us. 

SENZI Education’s Giammarco Amoroso at SI 18

During this year’s Salon International we’ve had the pleasure to work with multiple artists we look up to, provide them with a stage and film their chosen styles and techniques with a live audience. 

SENZI Education’s Giammarco Amoroso was one of them. Here he presents a cut throughout which he’s working with the model’s impressive bone structure, accentuating it with the precise placement of his lines.

Giammarco has precut the hair and layered the top into two different panels, one square and the other a bit rounder. Two sides of the style are also differentiated by the length of the hair to give it more geometric depth. The style is further broken by a two level fringe – putting the more dramatic soft and the harsh and clean against one another in a balanced manner. 

During the Salon, Giammarco has also told us a bit about SENZI Education and its global approach to bring high-quality education to everyone and everywhere hence increasing its accessibility as well as the artistry and the creative flair embedded in hairdressing.

Curated Tension

In this tutorial Steve Buzassy from Lakme Hungary presents an organically developed cut inspired directly by his model’s head shape and hair texture. To create this personalised style, he showcases how to effectively use precision cutting, layering and overdirection whilst following and working with naturally occurring growth patterns rather than fighting against them.

Steve stresses the importance of body position, both the hairdresser’s and the model’s, paying attention to the pulling and pushing side as well as the tension applied throughout the cut. Controlling the latter allows him to keep his lines clean and undisturbed and achieve his desired effect.

ACT Hair Event

Earlier this year Michael Pitsillides approached us to talk about a charity event that SLATE Hair Education was organising for the second year here in London. A night filled with brilliant live shows from not only SLATE but also Gianni Scumaci and ZGAT was also premiering Trevor Sorbie’s life documentary followed by a thorough Q&A and was dedicated to Trevor’s wonderful charity my new hair.

my new hair is dedicated to providing public advice and supporting a national network of independent salons offering a wig styling service to people suffering from cancer and medical hair loss. They’re also all about education, providing training and workshops to hair professionals interested in learning the ropes. If you’re interested in joining my new hair’s network of salons head over to their website for more information.

We had the chance to not only experience but also document the wonderful night. Have a look at the video to get the glimpse of what it was all about and we hope to see you during the next edition!