April 13, 2017
We were delighted and honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to our salon and Training Academy at Holy Corner where she unveiled a plaque to commemorate our 50 years in business. The Princess Royal spent an hour meeting with Directors, Managers, Assistant Managers and over 40 other team members from across the salons as well as a number of our longest-serving clients.
During a reception HRH learned about our work with the ‘Hair 4 U’ project and Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) referral patients and met with patients and nurses involved. The company’s 6 ‘Trainees of the Year’ who are representative of our successful apprenticeship training programme were also introduced to The Princess Royal whilst demonstrating some of their cutting, colouring and styling skills.
HRH ended her visit after being presented with a charitable donation to her Charities Trust along with a posy of flowers.
Thanks also to STV News reporter Susan Ripoll and cameraman Colin for their coverage of the visit on STV News at Six.
Photography by Phillip Dickson
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March 14, 2017
Love and happiness spread like wildfire at this year’s Charlie Miller Achievement Awards Presentation Dinner as the teams from all 5 salons gathered to celebrate success and achievements in a night of glitz, glamour & awards. From Trainee Stylists of the Year to Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year, the company gave out 29 Awards to recognise and rewarded the hard work, commitment and dedication shown throughout 2016.
Presented by Charlie Miller Directors and Managers along with representatives from L’Oréal Professional and ghd Professional this highly glamorous annual event was held at the Radisson Blu on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Sunday 5th March and hosted by award-winning Radio and TV Presenter, Grant Stott.
The biggest win of the night, the Grand Prix Award for ‘Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year’, was announced and presented to Holy Corner’s Salon Manager, Amber Swift whilst, Ocean Terminal’s Salon Manager, Cat Nicholson was presented with a diamond ring in honour of her loyalty and support over the past 20 years.
“Our Awards event is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate together and it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour, success and reward”, said Joint Managing Director, Jason Miller. “It’s also our time to let our teams know that their good work doesn’t go un-noticed. There’s so much genuine camaraderie around and we are thankful and grateful to have such a fantastic group of people working with us.”
The evening comprised amongst other things of a pre-dinner drinks reception, a 4-course meal and a tombola prize draw with 36 spectacular prizes followed by dancing into the small hours.
WINNERS are: Amber Swift, Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year; Euan Alexander, Trainee of the Year Stafford Street; Hannah Burns & Sophie Frame, Joint Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street ; Rachel Grayson, Trainee of the Year Frederick Street; Claire Ross, Trainee of the Year Ocean Terminal; Rachel Meechan, Trainee of the Year Holy Corner; Kayley Fleming, Trainee Competition Winner Group B; Joanna Drummond, Trainee Competition Winner Group A; Natalie Cole, The Janet Miller Award; Cat Nicholson, Retail Salesperson of the Year; Mairi Pryde, Receptionist of the Year; Karen Jones, Treatment Salesperson of the Year; 80+Club Winners (Client Retention): Rosslyn Orr, Richard Beggs, Natalie Cole & Michelle Brash, Corry Riley (not in photo), Mori Neill (not in photo), ; Cat Nicholson, Long Service Award; Philip Michie, Graduate Stylist of the Year; Emily Keen, Salon Stylist of the Year; Stephanie Skellet, Senior Stylist of the Year; Steven Suckling, Head Stylist of the Year; Lisa Jane Allen, Senior Head Stylist of the Year; Neil Purves, Men’s Stylist of the Year; Rebekah Smith, Salon Technician of the Year; Laura Wyles, Senior Technician of the Year; Rosslyn Orr, Head Technician of the Year
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March 10, 2017
Scottish Apprenticeship Week ends today 10th March 2017 and we want to shine the spotlight on our wonderful trainees as we highlight some of their reasons for choosing their apprenticeship journey. We asked a few of them what 3 words best describe the experience of being a Trainee Stylist and why someone should choose hairdressing as a career and here’s what they said:
In business for over 50 years literally hundreds of young apprentices have started their careers with us, sharpening their scissors and mastering their craft en route to a rewarding career. There are many attractive benefits a hairdressing career can bring: expert training in the craft and in personal growth; ongoing developments to keep a young person inspired and ahead of the game, competing in awards, climbing the ladder to manage a salon or join the Creative Team, plus a consistent and competitive salary.
Variety is guaranteed as each client has their own story and every day a hairdresser has the opportunity to make their client feel and look fabulous. From welcoming clients to the salon for their ‘first day at school’ haircut to the potential of travelling the world for fashion shoots or catwalk and professional hair shows. Relationships are at the heart of everything we do and investing in the professional and personal growth our young apprentices is a commitment we take very seriously. Alongside the company’s regular in-depth salon expert training programme in cutting and colouring techniques, advances and new products, the trainees are also enlisted on SVQ Hairdressing Levels 2 & 3 which is managed by ACT (Ambition Centre for Training) and offers accredited and structured theoretical education.
Throughout the year trainees growth and achievements are recognised and our Trainee Competitions are an opportunity for them to show off their creativity and skills and wow our judges to win cool prizes. In addition, our individual salon Trainee of the Year Awards are run annually and are presented at our Achievement Awards night.
If you’re interested in a career with us simply request an application form via firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about life at Charlie Miller by following us on Instagram, twitter and Facebook #cmhairdressing
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February 14, 2017
This week 17 defibrillators were installed on Edinburgh Trams as part of an ongoing project by the St John and the City Defibrillator Project to provide lifesaving devices throughout the City. Charlie Miller is delighted to be one of the first donor businesses to support this very worthy cause which also sees Edinburgh Trams as the first public transport organisation in the UK to have public access defibrillators (PADs) on all their fleet. Read the full story here http://bit.ly/2lRQ1gi
Use of a defibrillator within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase survival rates by up to 75 per cent. Each one comes with a recorded message to explain how to use them.
What is a defibrillator and when should it be used?
- It is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall and should be used when someone is in cardiac arrest.
- A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest.
- Defibrillators are now commonplace in public areas such as train stations, shopping centres, airports and leisure centres.
- These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency.
- The British Heart Foundation says that you should not be afraid to use a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.
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February 2, 2017
Gill Grant and Steven Suckling are the latest stars in our ‘Client Stories’ series. Visitors to our Holy Corner salon will be familiar with the warm smile of Steven Suckling, Head Stylist and member of the Charlie Miller team since 2005. Steven invited Gill to feature as they share a love of travel, adventure and style. Let us introduce you.
Meet Gill Grant and Steven Suckling
Gill says; ‘I’m quite a busy person so it’s a rare occasion that I get a few hours to sit and do nothing. Getting my hair done gives me that time for myself. I enjoy my appointments with Steven, he’s caring, warm, well travelled and very sociable. Our conversations tend to focus on travel ideas and holiday recommendations. In 2016 my aim was to visit a different country every month and I didn’t fail on that.’
‘A wise woman once said that your hair is the only accessory you wear every day. This couldn’t be more true as I think of my hair like I think of any item that I buy – it’s an investment that should go with everything else in my wardrobe and it should (hopefully!) be complimented by people who see it. Steven was recommended to me by a friend about 8 years ago. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had the same hair cut twice, so if my sums are right Steven has been able to give me 52 hair cuts that have always met my needs. His versatility translates across all ages too because he styles my mum’s hair as well.’
Steven says; ‘Gill has a strong sense of style and a fantastic head of hair which is great to cut. When Gill first became my client she had long hair, once we considered going short there was no looking back. She’s very adventurous with her hair, in fact I don’t think we’ve ever cut the same style twice.
We bonded over our love of adventure, both in travelling and style and I enjoy Gill’s witty sense of humour. She’s kind, smart and lives a fast paced life – I’ve styled her hair for corporate functions, family celebrations and of course for holidays! We’ve both progressed our careers and shared similar experiences in the last eight years and she’s been a good friend to me. It’s amazing the relationship that unfolds when a client sits in a salon chair, it’s one of the best bits of being a hairdresser.’
Appointments with Steven, or any of our talented stylists across Charlie Miller’s five luxury Edinburgh salons, can be booked at the click of button with our online app, view our price list here. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.
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January 9, 2017
January sees the official launch of SMARTBOND across all five of Charlie Miller’s luxury hairdressing salons. SMARTBOND is a new generation bond strengthening system by L’Oréal Professionnel that has been specifically formulated to work in synergy with pre-lightener and colour products.
If you colour your hair and long for it to be strong, shiny and healthy then SMARTBOND is for you, offering a state of the art solution to keep your hair in gorgeous condition.
SMARTBOND is a two-step process which allows the colourist to protect your hair & prevent damage during a technical service.
• Step 1 contains maleic acid which works smartly during the chemical process. It limits the oxidative stress and preserves the strong bonds whilst capturing the ions and allowing the reconstruction of the weak bonds.
• Step 2 is applied to the hair once the colour or pre-lightener is removed as a pre-shampoo. It also contains maleic acid which continues to capture the ions to allow the weaker bonds to reform. It contains a blend of ceramides & polymers to provide condition & shine to the hair.
• SMARTBOND customers can re-inforce the in salon service with Step 3, an at home conditioner that continuously strengthens the fibre week after week, allowing you to keep the outstanding salon result simply at home by using once a week for 1-3 minutes.
Why choose SMARTBOND?
Find out more by visiting your nearest Charlie Miller salon, talk to our talented team and experience the difference for yourself.
Remember to enter our monthly Pose, Post and Follow competition by sharing your ‘new hair’ photos from our salons on Facebook, twitter and Instagram. Each month there is a great prize to be won and the lucky winner could be you! #cmhairdressing
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October 26, 2016
We believe great hairdressing has the power to transform. It’s about you, your hair and so much more!
The STV advert went on air on 12th October 2016 and is currently showing on STV Edinburgh and various other daytime and peak spots within the next 4 weeks. Jason Miller styled the luscious locks of model Tabatha Lamb and we invited celebrity make up artist Lauren Gollen to work her magic and complete the finished look.
Thanks to STV Edinburgh Quay, model Tabatha, Lauren Gollan Make Up Academy and Ear Trumpet Media.
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June 4, 2012
Shu Uemura Art of Hair VOLUME MAKER is the first precision hair powder brush and THE new handbag essential to instantly transform your everyday look with texture, body and instant root lift.
Whether it be light and airy down-do’s, side sweeps, or a little root lift VOLUME MAKER gives you the freedom to realise your hair’s full volume potential.
From fuller top-knot buns and high ponytails, to extravagant towering beehives and quiffs, no look is unachievable. Take control of your hair and create the most chic and elegant or the most dramatic of looks. Use Volume Maker to refresh any blow dry. It’s fragrance-free, works on all hair colours and is the perfect must have summer festival hair product.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair VOLUME MAKER is priced at RRP £31.00 and is available in all Charlie Miller salons.
May 31, 2012
Jason & India Miller tell Hairdressers’ Journal International what it’s taken to put together their dramatic ‘THEATRE LUXE’ hair show for the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Grand Final.
November 27, 2011
Simple techniques from Cat Nicholson on how to quickly achieve your daytime office look with a smooth blow dry on dry hair before transforming it easily into your evening party style.
November 23, 2011
Follow these tips from Jason Miller on how to easily create glamourous curls and waves as favoured by celebrities and find out what products are right for the job.
November 10, 2011
In 2012 Charlie handed over the reins to son Jason to look after the hair styling of wigs for all teenage cancer patients and young people referred to the company through the wig project ‘Hair 4 U’.
It all began in 2007, whilst styling the wig for a young cancer patient, that Charlie Miller became aware for the first time about the difficulties that young people had when losing their hair to cancer in getting a wig that was right for them. He also learned about the Teenage Cancer Trust – a fundraising charity devoted to improving the quality of life and chances of survival of young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.
That one conversation led to the launch in 2008 of a successful wig project called ‘Hair 4 U’ whose long term aim is to ensure every young person with cancer has the opportunity to have a stylishly cut, real hair wig absolutely free.The project has been such a success in Scotland that Charlie and the TCT have begun to spread it across the UK and there are participating salons now in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Wynyard, Leeds, Southampton, Winchester, St Albans, Birmingham, Cardiff, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Nottingham, Chester and Hull.
For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust and to donate visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.
October 7, 2011
1100 hairdressing professionals were treated to a colourful and exciting 20 minute hair show with themes of pastel colour wigs, wefts and weaves when Jason & India Miller presented 19 models at the L’Oreal Color Trophy Grand Final in Mumbai, India on 7th October 2011.
1001 Nights into the Future – the longest running hair show produced and designed by L’Oreal – was first seen in Montreal, Canada in January 2010 for the launch of L’Oreal’s new colour product INOA before being taken on to Sydney, Australia in July 2010 and Johannesburg, South Africa in June this year.
“L’Oreal wanted us to create a story with a tribal feel where the hair emphasised the influences of past and present through futuristic designs“, comments Jason & India. “Colour in the hair was paramount so we designed it to have a very fabric like feel and look, ranging from woven hair to hair that looked like bubble wrap“.
October 3, 2011
A must-see for the girls: the Kérastase marketing team filmed this eyecatching video during the photographic shoot for the campaign to launch Anti-Homme Hair Loss Roller.
September 5, 2011
Inject a little magic into your locks with a customised dose of highly concentrated treatments and enjoy rich glossy hair. Fusio-Dose is a conditioning ritual designed to treat all manner of troubled tresses.
From limp, languid, lifeless locks to hair-missing vitality and volume, these highly concentrated doses of active Kérastase technologies are personally customised by your hair stylist to target 2 problems at once. Penetrating deep within the hair cuticle delivering an instant lift your hair will be left feeling strong, healthy and manageable.
How long does it take?
These revolutionary Kérastase in-salon treatments take just 5 minutes to apply and cost only £15. A great top up for a cut and blow dry for hair in need of TLC. Or, simply combine it with a lunchtime blow dry and you can be in an out of the salon within 45 minutes.
November 7, 2010
Synergy was in abundance in the beautiful city of Paris during a spectacular hair show presented for L’Oreal by Jason & India Miller and team members Cat Nicholson and Natalie Cole at the OMC World Hairdressing Championships during Mondial Coiffure Beauté in 2010.
A wonderful collaboration between intricate hair and clothing designs to carefully selected music and LED walls led to a stimulating visual experience for the industry audience.
“At these events we create what we call ‘hairdressers hairdressing’ where our aim is to inspire with colour, texture, shape and technique” comments India. “We aspire to push boundaries and create new concepts and hope the hairdressing audience have had their creativity stimulated”.
Mondial Coiffure Beauté is the world’s leading industry tradeshow, welcoming 75,000 professionals, 60 countries and 500 brands from around the world.
November 6, 2010
Following their spectacular hair show at Mondial Coiffure Beauté Paris, the world’s leading industry tradeshow, Jason and India Miller talk to Culture TV about their inspiration and ideas.
June 2, 2009
Kick-starting the entertainment bill at theL’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy Grand Final in Earls Court, London in 2009 Jason and India Miller with Artistic Team members Cat Nicholson, Amber Lennie and Natalie Cole presented THEATRE LUXE - a dramatic and exciting Artistic Team catwalk show.
Regarded as one of the most anticipated artistic events in the hairdressing calendar, Jason & India wanted to excite, inspire and stimulate the audience and worked for months on delivering a fully-choreographed hair show that delivered original couture hairdressing. “The show was a mix of dramatic boundary-pushing shapes, where fashion and theatre complement each other”, says Jason Miller. “Inspired by Jean-Paul Goude’s stunning visual imagery and the Argentinean performance group Fuerzabruta”.
“Hosted by Graham Norton, this prestigious national event was attended by over 1300 of the world’s top hairdressers and industry luminaries including Andrew Barton, Errol Douglas, Lisa Shepherd, Trevor Sorbie, Richard Ward, Charles Worthington and many more.
September 28, 2005
This short film, created for us in 1995, was one of our earliest videos and uses animated still photographic material mixed with live show footage of our stage work to showcase our work at that time and was used at many large live shows around the world.