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Where?

Worming around…

IMG_2596Aye aye, foo’s yer doos? as they say here in Aberdeenshire.

Worried at the prospect of boring you all with tedious wormy facts every month on our blog we tried to imagine what we would like to read in a newsletter and we came up with the following;

Juicy Words of Wisdom : The process of most things in life is more important than the results.
Starting our wormery was the result of idle pondering in some spare time. In fact with no idea where we were going with the idea but seeing what happens along the way. And let’s face it, any form of composting takes time. Had we known in the begining what a rich, friable soil would be produced along with a concentrated, fertile, black liquid which trickles out of the wee (yes it is indeed kind of worm wee!) tap at the bottom of the wormery we would have started our experiments waaaay before 2008.
If you are still reading I expect you are thinking ‘nip on will you and stop your pondering’. This month we will discuss WHERE

Site : it is important to have somewhere suitable to position your wormery or else you will be looking at a worm mortuary which is completely heartbreaking. These delicate critters require a stable, ambient temperature somewhere between a cardigan in the summer and an overcoat in the winter. A garage or shed would be ideal as long as it is not too bright and in a dry, shady position.

Here, at The Hair Shop we have been blessed with a dark dingy basement in the bowels of Kemnay High Street. A mucky place full of spiders and random stored items that may come in useful at some point but in reality, of course never actually does. It is a hellish place for a cool, happening and well groomed hairdresser but perfect for a small worm. So, nestled somewhere between the Christmas decorations, curlers from the 1950’s and some weird luminous hair gel from the 1990’s (which did in fact make your hair glo under a night club ultra violet strobe but unfortunately brought the wearer out in an unpleasant, nasty rash. Not everything is as it seems in life, which, incidently happens to be another of our favourite life quotes) However, we digress. Yes, stored between these random items proudly stand our two wormeries.

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Next month we shall discover the inner workings and management of a wormery.
Sarah x

COLORWORX TRAINING

The lovely Diane from Schwarzkopf came up to our Kemnay Salon for a training afternoon to show us all the bright new Colorworx range and the Nude Tones.

Model 1 Before :

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Model 1 After:

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Model 2 Before:

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Haesel After

Model 3 After:

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Team Photo with Diane From Schwarzkopf

The Team 1

The Team 2

Thank you again to Diane for coming up and teaching us some new skills, we can’t wait until the next time!

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YES or No? In or Out?

These are the questions the media throws at us on a daily basis on a variety of strategic matters. It is all so perplexing we often don’t know what to think.
In our line of business there are , however, more pressing matters. To have a fringe or not to have a fringe? Should it be a heavy blunt cut or a soft asymmetric flowing fringe? And this is only one of  the burning issues we are faced with on a daily basis.
Fashion is a funny old thing really, here today and gone tomorrow but in our shops we try and suggest and act in the best interests of the individual.
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The Spring/Summer 2016 edit from our guru Schwarzkopf has been launched and we are loving the soft, earthy, nude tones which is the biggest trend in hair colouring. Or perhaps you are an urban creative in which case you will love the  the new Igora Colorworx. Bright, bold and vibrant ranging from the mermaid hues of green, blue and purples to to the cupcake pastel blends. Anything that can be imagined can be created. Experiment a little or a lot!
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Ask your stylist to explain which shades will work best for you.
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My Apprenticeship at The Hair Shop with Rachel Michie

As part of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week we decided to give you all an insight to the life of our very own apprentice Rachel Michie.

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What attracted you to a career in hairdressing?

I have always been a creative person, I love experimenting with current fashion trends and love making people look and feel good, so hairdressing was a great choice for me.

Why did you decide to go down the apprenticeship route?


I think if you are in the right salon with a variety of clients it’s possible to progress at your own pace, so I looked around to find somewhere that did a Workplace Modern Apprenticeship and that’s how my hairdressing career started at The Hair Shop.

How long have you been an apprentice?

Ive been working for Sarah Franklin at The Hair Shop for 2 years in August. I have completed my Level 2 and just started my Level 3 to complete my MA, I have achieved this by working through my SVQ course work with my workplace assessor and taking work home to complete.

What does a typical week involve for you?

In my first 2 years I have been learning basic hairdressing techniques and organising my colleagues who may require assistance. My job is to see that everyone is organised and clients are happy, so each day runs smoothly.  Now that I am studying for Level 3 I am doing more clients and gaining confidence.

What elements of the apprenticeship have you enjoyed the most?

I love doing colouring and long hair dressing because it brings out my creativity. We have recently had a day workshop in long hair dressing which allows me to experiment and push the boundaries.

What advice would you offer a young person looking to enter an apprenticeship in hairdressing?

There is a myth that hairdressing is easy, standing around and speaking, but it’s far from easy! It’s great to start at the bottom and work yourself up because that way you understand what needs to be done and the importance of doing things right. As a stylist you are selling yourself and your skills so it’s important when you are responsible for someone’s appearance to get it spot on.

What goals do you have for your career in hairdressing – and how will your apprenticeship help you achieve these?

My dream is have my own salons and expand with beauty services. I have a love with all things to do with beauty and make up, which goes hand in hand with hairdressing. I have recently began a personal blog to explore my interests in social media and how it is so useful in a business – http://www.fashionandbeautyobsessed.wordpress.com

Day 12 – The Secret Window

Day 12 – The Secret Window

Thursday 20th November


It’s always a bit of a laugh driving around and seeing some of the bill boards advertising stuff. Loved the wedding themed ‘Your love is like steel, our furniture compliments it.’  It was advertising those steel man cupboards, where no self-respecting woman would dare go. The ones that men have in the garage to keep the drain rods, sprockets and funny shaped sponges to clean those tricky places on their cars … only in this instance, in the picture, it was in a house with saris, girly blouses and heels stacked neatly one on top of the other. Maybe that’s what really happens in a man cupboard, who am I to say? I think all us women should find the household torch and sneak out and dare to have a peak….you have been warned!

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Day 11 – In her Shoes

Day 11 – In her Shoes
Wednesday 19th November

Well the high light of the last couple of days has been preparing for Show time. At the end of the course the students put on a show for local employers and everything is quite fraught. It’s times like these that I am so grateful to the experience of the  Kemnay Panto days and I have to say these kids knock spots of you lazy dead beats who could never be bothered to learn your lines…and you know who you are! It’s been such fun and I love the enthusiasm and fun that they have all had. Last night I nipped down the road to buy some kind of Indian garment to wear to present the acts. I ended up getting a ‘traditional designer frock’ according to the man in the shop. At the time I had Tess or Claudia from Strictly in my head but I think I ended up more like a Christmas Puppet you stick on the mantelpiece a week before the festivities. These cultural things are as tricky as an Indian presenting something in the UK and ending up on stage looking like someone in a Cor Blimey Love a Duck Pearly King outfit wearing a See You Jimmy Hat. Nevertheless it seemed to go down a treat with adults and children alike and the audience went wild with excitement at some of the acts.
Oh and if anyone is having a bit of a do at Christmas please don’t hesitate to invite me round to sit on your mantelpiece.
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Day 5 – The Good , the Bad and the Ugly

Day 5 – The Good , the Bad and the Ugly

Thursday 13th November


Great day in the SOS village today and Janet sort of made me run things today as she had other things to attend to. The Children are great and walking towards the classroom and hearing ‘Morning Mam’ 22 times just warms my heart. Some of the children are from other SOS villages in India and when I talk to them they want to go back to their are as and open salons or work in existing ones. I know they will do it.

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Tonight we ventured into Kolkata city centre. The most alarming traffic I have ever seen in my life and remember I’m from London. Everyone drives two inches from the person NSEW of them constantly tooting ‘watch out I’m coming through’. I even think a motorcyclist wobbled into the verge when it hit our taxi and the driver didn’t even bat an eyelid. I passed a leafy bonfire in the middle of the road on my way to work this morning and we just drove right over the top of it it and twice we did a ‘Hollywood Nooooooh’ in the city centre when we thought we would be crumpled between two buses.

None the less it was worth every hair raising moment when we arrived at Nazima’s in the heart of the really mucky bit of Kolkata. There nestled amongst tiny, crouched tailors sewing beads onto saris was the scabbiest looking restaurant/take away advertising the famous Indian ‘wrap’ which had been recommended by Rick Stein on one of his foodie adventures. Standing in the street scoffing and wearing half of it was bliss and worth every terrifying moment of the journey back home.

Sarah x

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The Hair Shop 20th Anniversary Party

20 Years of The Hair Shop Kemnay


A great afternoon of nibbles and champagne to celebrate a tremendous 20 years of the The Hair Shop Kemnay and fundraising for the Schwarzkopf Shaping Futures Charity.

We would like to thank everyone who attended,it was a great start to our ongoing fundraising endeavors, also a thank you to Noelle for the incredible food, find her at http://www.andreefinefood.co.uk/ and of course the girls for all their help! 1908389_806779886012578_7350333703602357517_n10410147_806779649345935_7051530512266414668_n10527606_806779452679288_6277007559715655818_n10533757_806779812679252_5349347330142345389_n10325366_806779016012665_4323153026479668247_n10489676_806779136012653_5009947046994986926_n

 

Up Close and Personal

In the Chair with…


Sarah Franklin

Plenty of experience in all aspects of hairdressing, especially colouring and cutting. Infamous for her ‘inventive ‘ fringes and turn the clock back highlights and lowlights….Interests are many and varied but if you fancy a good chat about the remedies for powdery mildew and the latest must visit art exhibition then Sarah’s your stylist.

 The best thing my parents taught me… Not to play with mercury or stick drawing pins in a mahogany fireplace.

What I love the most about hairdressing… Listening to the thrills and spills of peoples lives and being responsible for their image but ultimately their confidence…thats important.

My proudest hairdressing moment… There have been many big moments along this journey from buying my first shop to becoming an SVQ approved training centre. More recently it is being accepted onto the Shaping Futures Team in India to teach hairdressing to disadvantaged young adults.

I think my clients love me because… I listen, take an interest , learn and give them a great look at a damn good price.

My favourite part of the working week… Monday morning with a to do list.

One thing I would change about the hairdressing industry… The lack of respect some people give to young people in the industry.

If I wasn’t a hairdresser now I’d be… A horticulturist with my own nursery or an art critic/trader with my own gallery in central London, taking part in the Great British Sewing Bee!

My biggest influence… The people all around me from all walks of  life, all ages and all industriess.

My greatest weakness… Antiques shop, charity shops, and dancing!

If I could change anything about myself I’d… Be more sporty/daring, and enjoy high octane adrenaline sports

It’s not good for my image but I like… A bit of silence and solitude at the weekend.

The song i can never get out of my head is… Withering Heights, Bohemian Rhapsody or New Orleans

The most expensive thing I’ve ever frittered money on was… Apart from cars and houses is a pair of boots that I can barely walk in!

My last meal would be… In Positano on the beach with a bottle of Sancerre!