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Tag Archive: L’Oreal Colour Trophy

  1. Reducing Our Environmental Footprint: Scrummi Towels

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    At Charlie Miller, we strive to do right by our clients, and that includes protecting the environment at the same time. In all 5 salons, we use Scrummi towels – the ultimate sustainable solution to cotton towels.

    How has Scrummi helped reduce our environmental footprint?

    Since 2011 we have made a dramatic difference. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far:

    • We’ve reduced 500 plus tonnes of CO2
    • We’ve saved 8.3 million litres of chemically contaminated water

    What are Scrummi towels?

    Scrummi is a single-use, 100% biodegradable vegan towel that is made from soft and natural wood fibres from sustainable forestry programs. This means it not only protects our environment, but it’s also free of germs and fresh every time!

    How do they differ from cotton towels?

    No matter how hard you wash a cotton towel (and no matter how much energy you use) germs will remain. They’re invisible to the naked eye, but trust us when we say that lots of fungal and bacterial pathogens are waiting, just below the over-washed scratchy surface, ready to be unleashed onto the next client. But not at Charlie Miller! Scrummi towels are 100% germ and scratch-free. We don’t blame you if you never want to go near a cotton towel again…

    How does this help?

    Typical salon towels use literally thousands of kw/h of electricity to wash them after each use. This process equals lots of CO2 which adds to the impact of global warming…but wait, there’s more. An average washing machine load of synthetic towels equals 700,000 micro-plastics and harmful detergents and toxins which have a devastating impact on our oceans.

    Check out the Scrummi timeline:

    Scrummi = Happy Customers + Happy Environment

    To find out more about the Scrummi towels we use in our salons click here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all things hair!

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  2. My Client and Me: Linda and Hannah

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    As Linda and Hannah celebrate a decade of a successful client and stylist partnership. They reflect on why their relationship works and what they love about one another!

    Linda says:

    “I discovered Hannah when she took over from my previous colour stylist at Charlie Miller. Although Hannah has been colouring my hair for the last 9 years, I have my hair styled and cut by India.  

    I’ve been a client at Charlie Miller for about 20 years.  In 1998 I moved from the south of England (where I had been to Molton Brown and Michael John in London,) to Cumbria and until 2010 used to come up from the Lake District every 6 weeks to Charlie Miller for cut and colour.  From 2010 I’ve lived in Edinburgh and Peebles which makes visits much easier!

    Hannah’s attention to detail is superb yet she’s always keen to exchange news about what’s happening in her life and mine. Hannah is warm, friendly and very professional. My favourite thing about having my hair done is enjoying the friendly atmosphere and knowing I will leave the salon looking better than when I arrived!”

    Hannah on styling Linda’s Hair:

    “I feel I have a lovely relationship with Linda and look forward to her visits. She is stylish, glamorous and elegant. I always love hearing what she has been up to! I have been styling Linda’s hair for 10 years and while we have kept the colour of her hair similar, we’ve changed up the style!”

    Appointments with Hannah can be booked online or by calling our Frederick Street salon. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.

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  3. My Client and Me: John and Miriam

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    John Denholm has been a client of Charlie Miller for more than 4 decades! Having first had his hair cut by our founder Charlie Miller, John’s permanent stylist now is Miriam from our Ocean Terminal salon.

    Meet Client, John and Stylist, Miriam!

    John on Miriam and why he keeps coming back:

    “I have been a client at Charlie Miller for over 40 years now and discovered Miriam when I tried the Ocean Terminal salon upon it’s opening in 2005.

    Miriam is friendly and professional. She has consistently given me good results over the years …despite me give her less to work with! Miriam can run a 10k race in less than an hour, proving you can combine artistry with sporting prowess!”

    Miriam says:

    “John was one of Charlie’s clients before I started cutting his hair. He is always keen to try new styles whenever I suggest them. John is smart, professional and always has interesting conversations! I always enjoy our chat.”

    Appointments with Miriam can be booked online or by calling our Ocean Terminal salon. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.

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  4. My Client and Me: Lynsey and Iain

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    Lynsey has been Iain’s go-to-stylist at our Frederick Street salon for over 5 years now! Read below their secret to a successful client/stylist relationship.

    Meet Iain and Lynsey

    Iain about Lynsey:

    ‘I discovered Lynsey by chance by booking into Fredrick Street about five years ago and she gave me such a good cut that she’s been cutting my hair since. My favourite thing about having my hair done at Charlie Miller is knowing that I’ll have a great experience:  great welcome, nice people and a great haircut by the time I leave.

    Lynsey has a fantastic, warm personality, is great at her job and we always have a laugh when I’m in. She is professional, bubbly and smart.’

    Lynsey says:

    ‘Iain is successful, witty and generous and the owner of Arbikie, the company that supplies our gin to the salon. He is super successful in his field and so down to earth. I enjoy his visit every 5 weeks as we have a good giggle and cover a lot of topics one being his gin – which I love!’

    Lynsey on being Iain’s Stylist :‘I first cut Iain’s hair about 5 years ago. We have since built up a mutual understanding of each other’s sense of humour and the time has flown by. Iain’s cut had changed over the years from a classic gent to more short and tailored. Sometimes his parting will change but that’s not normally his choice, it occurs with too much blethering.’

    Appointments with Lynsey can be booked online or by calling our Frederick Street salon. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.

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  5. Awards 2018

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    The glamour of Charlie Miller graced Edinburgh this week at our annual Achievement Awards ceremony.

    This year, the 19th Charlie Miller Awards, were held at the Kimpton Hotel on Charlotte Square where guests enjoyed delicious food and excellent hospitality. Attending the event with 100+ staff and management were our founders Charlie & Janet Miller along with guests from Kérastase, L’Oréal and We Are Hair & Beauty.

    In addition to the celebrations, the night was all about having fun! Games such as Play Your Cards Right and Hit or Miss were woven throughout the ceremony and played by all attendees. Staff also participated in tombola comprising of wonderful gifts from local Edinburgh businesses such as:

    The Balmoral, Fox & Co, Di Maggio, Chamomile Sanctuary, Glam Candy, Hard Rock Cafe, PAINT Hair & Nails, Honeycomb & Co., Lauren Gollan Makeup,  Radisson Collection, Paper Tiger, Mimi’s Bakehouse, Ocean Terminal, One Spa, Kimpton Hotel, Scran & Scallie, Pickering’s Gin, The Glasshouse, Wildflowers, Fazenda, Gusto and All About Eve.

    Compered by radio presenter and event host, Grant Stott, the evening culminated in high excitement and rapturous applause on the announcement and presentation of 24 Charlie Miller Achievement Awards.

    The  ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS are:

    Rosslyn Orr, Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year

    Rebecca Fairclough, Trainee of the Year Stafford Street

    Ria Taylor, Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street

    Demi Colligan, Trainee of the Year Frederick Street

    Megan MacColl, Trainee of the Year Ocean Terminal

    Ellie Gilhooley, Trainee of the Year Holy Corner

    Rachel Grayson, 3rd Year Trainee of the Year

    Ria Taylor, Trainee Competition Winner Group B

    Demi Colligan, Trainee Competition Winner Group A

    Natalie Cole, Retail Salesperson of the Year

    Denise Brown, Receptionist of the Year

    Natalie Cole, Treatment Salesperson of the Year

    80+Club Winners (Client Retention) : Corry Riley, Elle Craik, Karen Kennedy, Leigh Forrest, Lorraine McDiarmid, Rosy Kenny, Karyn Holloway, Laura Wyles, Michelle Baigan, Nicola McGuire, Richard Beggs,  Rosslyn Orr, Hayley Dallas, Hannah Lennon, Lynsey Wilson, Natalie Cole, Karen Jones, Tammy Neillings, Amber Swift, Lisa Allen, Steven Suckling & Lauren Tait 

    Yvonne Blyth, Janet Miller Award

    Joanna Drummond, Graduate Stylist of the Year

    Carla McGuire, Salon Stylist of the Year

    Philip Michie, Senior Stylist of the Year

    Nicola McGuire, Head Stylist of the Year

    Karen Kennedy, Senior Head Stylist of the Year

    Neil Purves, Men’s Stylist of the Year

    Philip Michie, Salon Technician of the Year

    Hayley Dallas, Senior Technician of the Year

    Rosslyn Orr, Head Technician of the Year

    Well done to our wonderful team!

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  6. Scottish Region Winner – Colour Trophy Success 2018

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    CHARLIE MILLER SWOOPS TROPHY IN L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY 2018:

    SCOTTISH REGION WINNER AND UK RUNNER UP!

    The longest live hairdressing event in the world, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy is now in its 63rd year. Having evolved from relatively humble beginnings this prestigious competition showcases some of the brightest talent from around the UK.

    The ‘Colour Trophy Award’, the ‘Men’s Image Award’, the ‘Colour Trophy STAR Award’ and the ‘Colour Trophy Afro Award’ were all up for grabs this year. Stylist & colourist Leigh Forrest and stylists and colourists Rosslyn Orr & Michele Baigan separately entered the ‘Colour Trophy Award’ with our third team stylist and colourist, Tammy Neillings opting to enter the ‘Men’s Image Award’.

    Qualification to London’s Grand Final came in the Glasgow semi-final and all three teams headed down to London to present their amazing looks. Hosted by TV Presenter Reggie Yates, the evening at Battersea Evolution was judged by some of the industry’s most respected names including Charles Worthington, Richard Ward, Errol Douglas and our very own Jason Miller .

    Scottish Region Winner and UK Runner Up Overall for our Leigh!

    The judges found Leigh’s look so impressive, that she won Best of Region Scotland and runner up for the overall Colour Trophy Award!

    Her 18 years of experience clearly showed as she presented her model. Fascinated by contemporary movements and in particular the recent centenary of the Women’s Vote, Leigh was spurred on to research previous decades. She felt inspired by the 20’s in particular and the idea behind her look was born. “The 20s was all about female empowerment and about defying beauty norms. It was about women doing what they want, when they want and doing it looking how they want. Having shorter hair was one of the ways women expressed themselves and  inspired me to create my look. I have the same model as last year but we created a totally different look.”

    Leading up to the day the excitement was felt in all five salons. “Everyone is so excited which is so nice. Younger stylists are so inspired that they too are hoping to compete one day. I’m still extremely happy to have won best in region for Scotland”. With these awards now over Leigh is looking forward to continuing to work on new creative projects.

    We are so proud of each of our teams and would like to congratulate them all for their amazing work!

    If you would like to be styled by one of our Colour Trophy Grand Finalists or any of our fabulous stylists, simply use our booking tool. 

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  7. Leigh Forrest – L’Oréal Colour Trophy Semi-Finalist

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    ASSISTANT SALON MANAGER,
    AND NOW SEMI-FINALIST IN THE
    L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY

    Leigh Forrest, Stafford Street Assistant Salon Manager, has been hairdressing for 18 years. She competed in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy awards last year and made it to London’s Grand Final. She describes this as an amazing experience, “it’s incredible that our Directors encourage us to enter; it shows how much they believe in us and our abilities. To be competing is terrifying but it’s so exciting.”

    Fascinated by contemporary movements and in particular the recent centenary of the Women’s Vote Leigh was spurred on to research previous decades. She felt inspired by the 20’s in particular and the idea behind her look was born. “The 20s was all about female empowerment and about defying beauty norms. It was about women doing what they want, when they want and doing it looking how they want. Having shorter hair was one of the ways women expressed themselves and  inspired me to create my look. I have the same model as last year but have created a totally different look.”

    SUPPORTING SUCCESS AT CHARLIE MILLER

    The Stafford Street salon has been behind Leigh all the way. “Everyone is so excited for me which is so nice. Younger stylists have been so inspired and are hoping to compete too one day after seeing me go through the process. I’m now working on adding the final touches to my models outfit which has been a really exciting and fun aspect, I’m in the stages of picking a killer pair of shoes to complete the look and then I’m ready to hit Glasgow!”

    When the awards are over Leigh is looking forward to growing as a stylist and to continue working on creative projects. The winner of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy is given a massive amount of amazing opportunities and it will open so many doors so if any new opportunities come out of the awards at all it will be deemed a success by Leigh, “I just can’t wait to see my model on the stage and I’m hoping it looks as amazing as I think it will.”

    In a bid to reach the Grand Finals of the 2018 L’Oréal Colour Trophy in London in June, Leigh is competing in the semi-finals of this prestigious event at the SEC in Glasgow on April 18th alongside 2 other Charlie Miller Colourists, Rosslyn Orr and Tammy Neillings.

    We wish them all the very best of luck!

     

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  8. Rosslyn Orr – L’Oréal Colour Trophy Semi-Finalist

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    SALON MANAGER, MOTHER
    AND NOW SEMI-FINALIST IN THE
    L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY

    Rosslyn Orr (aka Roz) is Salon Manager at Charlie Miller’s salon in South St Andrew Street. She has been hairdressing for 26 years. As one of our six L’Oréal Colour Specialists she is responsible for ensuring that the colour output in the salon is always at the highest level. Mentor to fellow stylists and trainees, she quietly supports others around her. However his year, for the first time in her career, she is putting herself forward. She will be in the limelight by participating in the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition.

    Since taking on the challenge the buzz in the salon has been electric and Roz feels that her decision to enter helped others feel motivated and inspired to put themselves forward too. Michelle Baigan, Senior Head Stylist at the salon is supporting Roz who describes how working together has been an amazing experience: “Michelle cuts hair like none other and has been doing it for more than 20 years. She really understands a head of hair so to work with her has been incredible. I encouraged her to become a Colourist and she qualified last year. This is huge for her as well.”

    Charlie Miller Inspiration

    As a result of the semi-final announcement some of the younger stylists in the salon have been staying behind to watch Roz in action to understand colour and technique even more. The energy in the salon is contagious. “It’s important for me as a leader in the salon to encourage stylists of every age and to let them know that they can achieve their dream.”

    Inspired originally by an Alexander McQueen show full of ultraviolet shades and hues Rosslyn set her creative mind on using similar tones amongst blonde/icy colour. This season’s hair trends were shaping up to have lots of silver and violet so her choice was defined.

    In a bid to reach the Grand Finals of the 2018 L’Oréal Colour Trophy Roz is competing in the semi-finals. This prestigious event will be held at the SEC in Glasgow. Two other Charlie Miller Colourists, Tammy Neillings and Leigh Forrest have also qualified and will be going.

    We wish them all the very best of luck!

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  9. Tammy Neillings – L’Oréal Colour Trophy Semi-Finalist

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    ASSISTANT SALON MANAGER, COFFEE LOVER  AND NOW A L’ORÉAL COLOUR TROPHY SEMI-FINALIST

    Tammy Neillings is semi finalist at the L’Oréal Colour Trophy and has been hairdressing for 8 years. Salon Manager at our Ocean Terminal salon she is one of our six Colour Specialists. She always likes to have something new and creative to focus on and after competing in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy last year and getting a taste for the competition Tammy just knew she had to compete again this year. This time round she has decided to set herself a challenge and has entered the Men’s Image Award.

    After extensive research into current fashion trends Tammy decided that she wanted to create an image rather than a look. She wanted the hair to describe a personality and a lifestyle and has chosen  her male model to complement this. Think “young American”.

    After entering earlier this year and reaching the semi-finals Tammy’s team at Ocean Terminal has been well and truly inspired. The younger team in particular have been involved in mixing colour formulas. They are looking forward to see the final look at the semi-finals. Especially because they can say that they were part of the process. The team knows that one day, with the right support, they too can compete.

    PICTURE PERFECT HAIR AND CLOTHES

    Tammy is currently spending her nights handpicking potential outfits that her model will wear at the semi-finals. She has confessed that the Awards are all she can think about at the moment. “I’ve been dreaming about the clothes, it’s so exciting to be using a male model because the thinking and styling is totally different. Looking at it from a guy’s point of view we’re selling a totally different image which is an exciting change for me’.

    After the Awards are all said and done Tammy is looking forward to a holiday to celebrate all her hard work before going back to the drawing board and deciding what will be her next focus!

    In a bid to reach the Grand Finals of the 2018 L’Oréal Colour Trophy in London in June, Tammy is competing in the semi-finals of this prestigious event at the SEC in Glasgow on April 18th alongside 2 other Charlie Miller Colourists, Rosslyn Orr and Leigh Forrest.

    We wish them all the very best of luck!

     

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  10. L’Oréal Colour Trophy – The Journey

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    From the Edinburgh photoshoot to Glasgow’s Backstage Finals and then on to London’s Grand Finals, this year’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition was an incredible journey for Leigh, Natalie & Tammy! Here’s a peek into the prep and final looks from these amazing and talented stylists. Especially with the support of MUA Ebony. Well done to you all!!

    Feeling inspired?

    Pop in to any of our five Edinburgh salons and ask for a consultation with our highly qualified stylists. They will be delighted to discuss your ideas and transform your hair using cutting edge techniques and luxury treatments and products including Smartbond by L’Oréal Professional. Why not join us on twitterInstagram and Facebook #cmhairdressing?

     

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