FHA Inspire is an annual inspiration and education for freelancers. This year, it was bigger and better than ever as the Freelance Hairdressers Association celebrates 30 years in business.
FHA Inspire took place at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa with host and founder, Sheila Abrahams, this year welcoming over 150 members to experience the star studded event and shopping village. “It’s been the most amazing journey, I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Sheila. “Together we have brought ourselves to this point, freelancing is now an accepted part of the industry and we’re going to take it further together. As a crowd and as friends. The more we get together, the more strength we have in the industry we love.”
The show begins
First up on stage was Fergal Doyle (below) for Wella Professionals. He demonstrated a live colour application on 2 models to showcase the new Blondes collection, transforming colour in just 5 minutes! Fergal also gave his top tips for social media and how you can create 20 pieces of content with just 1 client.
Aaron Dorn from Go Salon was on next to talk about ‘SAAS’ – software as a service. Their goal at Go Salon is to make retail easy for you and your clients, demonstrating how you can earn more and save time. All must for all FHA members!
Next on stage was brother/sister duo Josh and Sophie Goldsworthy of Goldsworthy Hair for L’Oréal (below). They wanted to create a never been seen before show at Inspire. So they created 6 hair looks on just 4 models. They demonstrated Avant Garde styling using recycled hair pieces. There were also 2 French style balayage bobs, which turned out to be wigs, revealing the base for a second look underneath working with recycled hair pieces to create more soft textures with curls and knots. “Bringing the meaning of Inspire to life” was their mission and they certainly succeeded.
Next was a presentation about the new Shift Education built by Stephen McManus of Leaf Scissors. Shift Education believes nothing is more rewarding than educating someone which is why they have built a digital education platform, designed to bring the hairdressing community together.
Rounding off the incredible stage shows were Andy Smith and Abbey Jarrold for Indola. They shared their hair styling, cutting and colouring tips and tricks. This also showcased the variety of Indola’s product range on 5 models with 5 very different looks. We saw flashes of bold Crea-Bold colour, an unbalanced balayage with shattered edges, rock and roll wolf cuts, angular, halo bobs with diamond colour sections, how to create the perfect editorial ponytail and a tortoise shell technique colour swirl.
Elite Hair Awards
To finish a jam-packed day was the Elite Hair Awards. There was also a raffle raising £425 for the Hair and Beauty Charity. Congratulations to the 2023 category winners:
- Style Creator Award – Jacqueline Hirst
- Red Carpet/Bridal Hair Award – Kirsty Innes
- Barber’s Chair Award – Maria Di Martino
- Avant-garde Award – Laraine Rose
(photos: Bella Green)