The year started off with Fashion Forward Pastels , which were launched in January and consisted of incredible pastel lilac, mint, powder blue and pastel pink. Throughout Spring/Summer 2015, these proved very popular with clients of all ages!
Also in January, Team Taylor took part in some specialist barbering training by the wonderful Mic Damiano from Wahl, who inspired us all in more ways than one!
Our nominated charity for 2015 was again Marie Curie and we were delighted to confirm that we raised £8,250 to help cover at-home nursing costs in Tayside. It was a huge pleasure to be able to offer a complete makeover to a very special lady called Heather, who is a Marie Curie nurse and who offers support to patients in their own homes in their last weeks. Helen was in need of some “Me Time“ and a touch of pampering. She had a great day and we certainly enjoyed transforming her hair and make-up.
Valentine’s day inspired more Team CT Makeovers and our competition winners enjoyed this fantastic new look by Lewis and makeup by Marianthi ( using Bare Minerals makeup ) in our Dundee salon. Don’t they look amazing?
Early in the year, we were all celebrating Cat’s successful selection for the Schwarzkopf Young Artistic Team. Cat has undertaken some amazing bespoke training, which allowed her to appear at London fashion Week, attend inspirational seminars and shows and expand her skills. It turned out to be a really exciting year for Cat and culminates with a photo shoot planned for early 2016!
Charlie herself had a busy year with Schwarzkopf, performing on the Essential Looks UK Tours in both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2015. Here are some show highlights!
Ombre’ and Balyage featured heavily in our coloring techniques and without doubt we are the salon of choice for the latest trend in colouring and cutting . Here are some examples.
Summer pleats featured highly in CT Salons and our Braid Bar proved to be an outstanding success. We had lots of fun and our team are so talented with everything from simple pleats to some of the more complicated braids!
Wedding Hair of course continues to be a large part of our salon life and here are some of the looks achieved at wedding exhibitions throughout the year. Well done Steph from CT Perth.
Our team of Beauty Therapists are always on hand to help with the feel and look good factor and 2015 showed the launch of some new facials. The Guinot Hydraclean facial, priced at £25, only takes 30 minutes and can be fitted into a lunch break or simply for those who have little time. The Age Summum facial proved to be our top facial of the year with an amazing amount of our clients seeing and feeling fantastic results.
Never shy of adventure, some of our more hardy team members embarked on the Marie Curie Abseil, led from the front by Charlie, or in Alastair’s case, the rear, as last man down! After last year’s beautiful, calm sunny day, this year the wind was blowing at gale force and everyone was roped onto the building as soon as we arrived on the roof of the Dundee University Tower Building! However, our fearless team all managed to get down in one piece and lived to tell the tale. All in a good cause!!
2015 saw Charlie Taylor voted SCOTTISH STYLIST OF THE YEAR at the Scottish hair & Beauty Awards. This award is voted for by clients and Charlie was very honoured to receive it. The lovely Steph, Cat and Sacha attended the ceremony in Glasgow, with Sacha Taylor accepting the award on behalf of CT.
2015 saw us launch Fibreplex by Schwarzkopf Professional. This product is a body guard for the hair whilst it is going through a chemical process. It shows a significant increase in condition of hair that under normal circumstances would be fragile. This product has now become part of our everyday coloring process and is most definitely featured in our products of the year!
Charlie and Lee had an extra treat in 2015 when they attended the Wella Trend Vision UK Final! It was an exciting night for the girls – after being, wined and dined by Wella, the night got better and better with a show by Lee’s super hero Patrick Cameron and a final surprise with a set by another of Lee’s favorites… The girl band All Saints. What a night…. all that and we were back in the salon the next day ready to do a full column of clients! Now that is keen!
Charlie has strong connections with Russia and this year was no exception. As a judge of the British, Dutch and Russian Hairdressing Awards, Charlie also attends the events and in front of large audience in Moscow, shows her creative hairdressing on the catwalk, alongside some of the greatest names in the hairdressing world.
As a company we are extremely passionate about giving back when and where we can. This year Charlie spearheaded a campaign called First Thursday and created a forum called Better Perth, having recognized that local traders in Perth were looking for help to re-energize business in the city centre. This resulted in the very first First Thursday event with more than 60 retailers taking part. The event attracted a lot of press attention and is set to grow substantially in 2016, with Charlie keen to find new ways to help Perth City Centre thrive.
Team CT excelled themselves again this year by putting on two incredible Marie Curie Festive Nights to raise money for nursing hours. Every £20 we raise pays for one hour of nursing time and all the money raised stays in Tayside and Perth. A big thankyou to Teams CT who willingly give up their time to raise money for this deserving cause.
An event that is an experience of a life-time and one not to be missed is the British Hairdressing Awards. Three times winner of the Scottish Hairdresser of the Year Award and Lifetime Member of The British Hairdressing Hall of Fame, Charlie Taylor attends every year and treats some team members to a very special night at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London! This event alongside the Hairdressing Fellowship lunch at the Dorchester are highlights on the hairdressing social calendar.
Our CT Blow-dry Bar has soared in popularity as our clients realized they can use this express service to look great at the drop of a hat or rather by the skills of our team of blow-dry experts! The festive period is busy with bouncy blow-drys and party hair.
Finally CT Salons are famous for their makeovers by our uber-talented team of people are here are some of the highlights (excuse the pun) of 2015!!!