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Hair is texture, an interview with Charlotte Mensah

Charlotte Mensah, the authority and inspiration when it comes to natural hair told us about her journey as a hairdresser, from growing up in Ghana and doing her sisters’ hair, to opening an internationally acclaimed Hair Lounge salon in Notting Hill, becoming an educator and launching her own hair care product range.

Charlotte also spoke to us about wearing and caring for natural hair, the amazing changes in the industry, fashion and the society that occurred in the last fifteen years and what we can expect to see in the years to come.

Threaded Ponytail

In this styling tutorial, Charlotte Mensah presents a great technique used to stretch afro hair.

Threading is an old West African technique of wrapping extra strong cotton, wool, yarn or nylon around sections of hair, making it stiff but pliable.

In the video Charlotte uses threading to compliment flat twists on the side and a puffy ponytail achieved with hair extensions for a more dramatic effect, but you can also use it to form something much bolder and three-dimensional. By moulding the hair into geometric shapes, you can create a style perfect for runways or editorials.

Brushed Out Afro

In this tutorial, Charlotte Mensah will run you through the core technique of brushing out afro hair to achieve well defined curls.

Whilst ensuring the hair is well moisturised and brushed out effectively to avoid any extra tension and breakage, Charlotte uses a diffuser to define the curls, shape the hair and lift the roots thus giving the style more volume.


Broken Fringe

In this precision cutting tutorial Steven Buzassy from Lakme Hungary and the founder of Circle Budapest presents a tailored short cut with a short, broken fringe inspired by various kinds of fabrics.

As with other cuts, Steve works with his model’s beautiful hairline and natural growth patterns, creating layers with different lengths. He plays around with the cut working very visually to achieve a creative result, paying attention to his own and especially his model’s body position throughout. 

In order to create a more organic and seamless effect, Steve continuously checks where the hair falls and assess the lines and the shape. In order to achieve the desired effect, you have to be conscious of the angle and degree of your overdirection and using it to the right extent. This is a useful technique if you’re looking to flatten the shape on the sides whilst leaving out longer pieces falling over the ear, especially suitable if there is a slight curl to the hair. 

Full Fringe

During Salon International last year we’ve had the pleasure to film SENZI Education’s styling specialist Rebecca Chang. In this tutorial Rebecca recreates one of the looks from SENZI’s latest collection and presents how to create a wide, full fringe using carefully placed wefts finished off with pin curls forming a triangular shape at the back. 

Rebecca will share with you some useful tips starting from the choice of your glue, through effective ways of hiding the stitches to creating more graduation at the back to achieve the right shape.

Although the full fringe technique is something you’ll definitely use for editorial and fashion shows, you can also find it useful whilst in the salon, allowing the client to see how they will look with a fringe before committing to the cut. 

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.