‘Spirit Of The East’ Conjures up win for Joshua Galvin Hair Academy student and KONTAKT’S new assistant.

A prestigious hairdressing competition organised for college and academy learners across the country has been won by a student from the Joshua Galvin Hairdressing Academy in East London.

Rhyannon Wagg, 32, who has been studying hairdressing at the Joshua Galvin Academy since September 2013, was named Student of the Year at the Chris & Sons Annual Hairdressing Competition.

The competition, now in its forth year, attracted 28 NVQ Level 2 hairdressing learners from 14 colleges and academies across the UK who regularly work with hair and beauty distribution company, Chris & Sons.

With a worldwide theme, entrants had to pick either Europe, Africa, Asia or The Americas as a category. Winner Rhyannon opted for Asia, and her stunning hair work and overall styling impressed all the judges, especially Gary Baker, a director of Jamie Stevens London Based salon and a long hair expert. Peter Stevens, general manager of Chris & Sons, who organises the competition each year said –

‘Gary really knows what he is looking for when it comes to long hair work and was impressed by how neat Rhyannon’s work was, The finish was beautiful’

As well as some fantastic hair equipment, Rhyannon’s prizes included a day shadowing Gary Baker at the Jamie Stevens salon and a place on a two day Patrick Cameron training course. She also has the unique chance to represent the UK at the Madrid based Young Promises Show at Look International 2014 – an amazing prize donated by HABIA Japan.

Winner of Chris & Sons Ltd student of the year 2014

Mary Katrantzou

At the hottest show in town, Mary Katrantzou gave us scenically printed dresses in sci fi shapes, as ever inspiring us all. The hair to compliment her gowns was somewhat Holy, embracing Joan of arch fringes to frame the face and instantly show off the models cheek bones.
A look that is not just reserved for the catwalk, strong, geometric fringes can instantly change the faceshape of whomever dares. Give it a try and discover those cheekbones you never thought you had, it will bring much more attention to your sparkling eyes too and working colour into the ends can really set your face alight.
Time to embrace the dark ages and come out from behind your hair.

Who can forget that “ICONIC” haircut that Vidal Sassoon created on Mary Quant in 1963.

Fan of this i am, i love the edginess of the shape the boundaries pushed to achieve this look- but also the softness of the final look to achieve something beautifully crafted and organic of a master at his work. This was a look that was created when women and androgyny was still taboo.

Personally for me, this is a look that can be crafted for every individual and hair type (curly or straight).

As we all know fashion and trends are always on the comeback, especially this season.

Get yourself in, and “Set your own trend”.

My favourite technique right now is the use of summer rainbow and pastel colours crossed through the top layers of the hair. Why not factor in a seasonal influence? Acid greens and yellows look great with velvet damsons and icy blondes and that selection of colours is bang on trend for Spring/Summer 2012.

Helen Stylist x

I’m a fan of simple hair. I like block colour: a full-head tint as opposed to full-head highlights, a sun-kissed honey instead of platinum. A seasonal adaptation is perfect for recreating your image without proceeding with anything drastic. Warm a look up when everything else is a bit blue.

My favourite technique right now is a soft rinse. A gentle pink tint over a standard permanent shade is beautiful or a silvery white can look pretty cool too. Look for Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding for inspiration. (Or me. I’m getting mine done next week..!)

After some controversial press on the subject of possibly unhealthy formaldehyde content in the  Brazillian Blowdry products I embarked on lots of research and I am happy to say that I have found a brilliant product.Nano keratin.It gives smooth, frizz free results that will last up to 16 weeks on the hair, and it really does last. All the ingredients are natural derivatives and ecologically sound.Nano keratin is the choice product for many of the leading salons in London.

We have tested the product on a number of models with brilliant results.For the clients that have big frizzy hair it is a “godsend”,really reducing blow-dry time. The hair is really soft and shiny and just so much more manageable. Nanokeratin doesn’t straighten as such because you still have the flexibility to do a blow-dry with movement and create different looks which you cannot do if the hair is chemically straightened.If its seriously good looking low maintenance hair you are looking for  this is the service for you.

We currently have a special offer on this service which is reduced from £150 to £95, we will continue with this offer probably for another month or two.

Sara x

Here are some of the hairstyles straight from backstage at Christian Dior.

The look is very 1920s but done in a soft way, almost windswept. Basically its finger waves at the front with a tousled chignon at the back. When you see it with the clothes (check them out online) it gives a feeling of walks in the scottish Highlands then back to the estate for tea and biscuits! A very chic look that can be worn on a night out with friends not just fancy dress. Dont be scared, rock some 20s waves.




Every year at Kontakt we hold an event in the salon to raise funds for different charities, this year we picked Great ormond street. The cause really speaks for itself and we hope to rasie over £2000 if possible.

The event will take place on the 7th JUNE and we are taking appointments from 10-8, all haircuts will be at the cut down price of £25 (please feel free to pay more).

100% of the profit taken from the day will be donated to Great Ormond street

The appointment book is now open so please call and get booked in.

Thank you

All at Kontakt


Kontakt are pleased to announce that Mark Francome Painter reached the final of the 2009 British Hairdressing awards in the Newcomer category.

This is an amazing acheivement for both Mark and Kontakt following on from last years suscess this really outlines the direction and quality of Kontakt as a progressive and creative team.

We wish him the best of luck for the future.

There were celebrations last night as London hairdresser James Rowe of Kontakt was awarded the title of Avant Garde hairdresser of the Year at the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards.

Held in the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane, The British Hairdressing Awards, now in their 24th year, are the ‘Oscars’ of the hairdressing world, and recognise and celebrate the creativity of the inspirational British hairdressing industry. The British Hairdressing Awards, presented by Hairdressers Journal International and sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional was compered by TV personality Graham Norton with entertainment provided by soul diva and fashionista Mica Paris. Over two thousand guests from the world of hairdressing, fashion and media mingled at the prestigious event, which was held on Monday 24th November 2008 at the exclusive London hotel.

James who works at London’s Kontakt was the one of the six finalists to originally make it through to the final of the acclaimed British Hairdressing Awards, which are regarded as the most recognised awards within the hairdressing industry.

James competed against six other talented stylists within the much sought-after category of Avant Garde and was absolutely overwhelmed to win this prestigious title.

After receiving the award of Avant Garde, James exclaimed; “I was so pleased to win the title of Avant Garde, it means so much to not only myself but everyone connected with Kontakt. This award is also a great tribute to the fantastic hairdressing talent and creativity within London. 2008 has been a fantastic year for the entire team at Kontakt and I would like to dedicate this award to them as without their amazing help and support I would not have won this award.”

“Each year the standard of entries in all categories increases and becomes more creative and inspirational,” comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “British hairdressing is perceived throughout the world as being the best, and the British Hairdressing Awards recognise and reward creativity and excellence in all hairdressing skills. James should be very proud of winning this award.”

If you would like to meet with James Rowe, arrange a photo opportunity, or would like to receive some more information on the British Hairdressing Awards please do not hesitate to contact Alison Jameson or Rachael Ross at Alison Jameson Consultants on Tel: 0131 621 7210, Fax; 0131 621 7215 or
Email: alison@alisonjamesonpr.com