AJC93 at Creative Head’s Most Wanted Awards in London

Josh Woods receiving the Hair Icon award from Joico Vice President Eric Kater

Earlier this week, AJC93 attended Creative Head’s Most Wanted Awards, one of the most important events in the hair industry. Celebrating British hairdressing’s finest talent in salon and session, the nominees were phenomenal colourists, business innovators and inspiring stylists. Hair magazine Creative Head’s Most Wanted awards recognise the finest individuals, the best teams and the most outstanding salons in UK hairdressing today. Our client, JOICO was one of the sponsors of the event and Vice President, Eric Kater was delighted to present the Hair Icon award to Josh Woods. 

Tickets to the event sold-out weeks ago and there were six hundred guests in Guildhall’s magnificent medieval Great Hall. With everyone decked out to the nines, and showing off their ‘dos, it was a glamorous night!

AJC93's Director Alison Jameson with the JOICO team

AJC93’s Director Alison Jameson with the JOICO team

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to Creative Head for a fabulous night out!

Here’s the list of the winners:



Ikon Hair Design, Cork

Dylan Bradshaw, Dylan Bradshaw


Malcolm Murphy Hair, Leicester

George’s Hairdressing, Leicester

Daniel Granger Hairdressing, Northampton

Not Another Salon, London

Chris Foster, The Refinery

Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas

Mark Woolley, Electric Hairdressing

Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton

Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas

Matthew Sockalingum for The Blow Dry Pass

Eugene Souleiman

Josh Wood

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 09.28.49On 21 – 24 July 2016 Edinburgh’s International Fashion Festival entered its fifth year. This year, the festival focussed on creating a shared platform for young designers and established industry professionals who discussed topics in relation to the current fashion world. On Thursday 21st July, Gianni Scumaci, a third generation hairdresser who trained at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon in London, opened the fashion festival with a talk and an exhibition. The AJC team went along to get to know Scumaci a bit better, find out about his creative process and what his inspirations were. During the talk, Scumaci showed some of his previous work on shoots and how he got models to portray a certain character. He also spoke about how he was captivated by hair from a young boy, however, later realised he was more fascinated by the people and his ability to connect and communicate with them on a deeper level which would effectively impact the decisions and direction on the style he would do to their hair.


The exhibition unveiled Scumaci’s latest work, a collaboration with the inspired movement ‘Sink The Pink’. Created by Glyn Fussell, Sink The Pink has changed the face of London Clubbing. During the talk, Scumaci spoke about how he decided to collaborate with Sink The Pink after an encounter with Fussell at a shoot. Scumaci further discussed how the movement and everyone involved had inspired him to create his latest work. Scumaci informed the audience of how getting to know the men involved with Sink The Pink on a deeper level was able to allow him to discover their inner characters, moreover, allowing him to bring these characters out in a visual way. Scumaci and Fussell introduced the subjects of the exhibition team to the audience by showing photos before the shoot took place. Fussell gave some information about each of the team; their character, interests and skills, then Scumaci went on to talk about how used the teams characters to develop the looks for his exhibition along with images of the looks.


The night finished with Scumaci having a chat with publisher of Creative Head, Catherine Hancock. The chat was about all things hair, including how Scumaci uses his feelings along with his techniques learned from Vidal Sassoon to create the perfect hairstyles for his customers.


The AJC team thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and talk and thought Scumaci opened the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival perfectly, keeping his audience engaged and interested at all times. The team also loved hearing about Sink The Pink and how the movement has encouraged many people to feel good in their own skin and have a place to go where they feel comfortable. The movement is truly inspirational and Fussel should feel extremely proud of the creative club night he has created.

Key Trends From LC:M A/W16


LC:M A/W16

They say he who is tired of London is tired of life, the same applies to it’s biannual menswear fashion event. London Collection: Men has been and gone and every ankle-flashing bearded man of fashion worth his Shoreditch salt was talking about it (well that and Making a Murderer, obvs). As all the folks at the center of menswear now flock together to the continent to see what our Italian and French cousins have to offer on the subject, we have a preview of what the key trends for the stylish gent will be wearing this time next year. Whether your style is a little Alasdhair Willis or more Ali G, there’s something for everyone.


Sleeves like Teen Spirit

Agi & Sam, JW Anderson and Topman all adopted this trend. Think, Kurt Cobain, think a more sophisticated Kevin and Perry, it’s all a tad 90’s slacker. Basically wrists are now overrated. Hide them.




The Tracks (Suit Top) of my Tears

After last season when Burberry included a load of lace in its Menswear collection, you would probably be forgiven for thinking Burberry has played its surprise trump card, but then a red sequins tracksuit top comes gliding down the runway and its wise to remember to expect the unexpected. They used zip up tracksuit tops as a layer in almost all their other looks. The look Nods to Ian Brown and Blur with a big dash of Bowie. Moschino and Grace Wales Bonner also adopted this trend that cements Sportsluxe is still very much a thing. It’s going to be Huge, On your marks, set….




Red Hot

At the risk of sounding like Meryl Streep in The devil Wears Prada, red and greens in an Autumn/Winter collection is hardly groundbreaking, but these are different. (They just are, ok!) Red is certainly not dead and a whole plethora of red hues were all over the collections. From fire engine to burgundy, it was sprinkled all over designers collections including Astrid Anderson and McQueen, who got its red on with it’s military- style jackets.

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Army Green

Spicifiaclly military green. Moschino done cardigans , there was floor length khaki-coloured from father and son designer duo Casely Hayford and other designers showcased bombers, trousers and polo shirts. Fashion has went back onto the trenches.

Casely Hayford

Casely Hayford

Velvet Galore

Velvet is a bit like marmite or a Nicholas Cage movie, you either love or hate it, there’s no in-between. Designers at LC:M, they loved it. Topman went ape with it, Tiger of Sweeden used it as did the classic brands like Chester Barrie, Dunhill and Thomas Pink. Maybe not for popping into Lidl’s.

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Fellowship Fringe

It was a weekend of hairdressing here in the Capital, with the eagerly anticipated Fellowship Fringe taking place at the Voodoo Rooms, welcoming a sold out audience to witness some of the hairdressing icons of today’s industry.

President Bruno Marc welcomed everyone to a showcase of the creative excellence of The Fellowship and explained the desire “to build and grow our membership.” Alongside Bruno was Errol Douglas MBE, Gillian Solley from Toni&Guy in Edinburgh, Akin Konizi of HOB Salons,Chancellor Karine Jackson, Leslie Hunter from Frances Hunter Hair and Beauty, Colin McAndrew from Medusa and Alan Findlay from Rebel Rebel in Glasgow.The night consisted of live demo by the industry greats, explaining the techniques and skills used to create their chosen look, as well as live interviews with chosen individuals, highlighting their career highs and giving crucial advice to those looking to further the career within the hairdressing industry.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 11.36.56

The grand finale was a stunning catwalk of all the models and the masters and of course a well deserved party for all!
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AJC Pop Up Salon – Covent Garden Hotel

Last week, AJC held a #popupsalon at London’s Covent Hotel, showcasing some of the great Autumn Winter trends and products from our clients. We were joined by top session and celebrity hair stylists Jason Collier (clients include Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and Damian Lewis), Oscar Alexander (Sadie Frost, Aiden Turner and Gemma Chan) and Fiona Hutcheon from an amazing salon in Hackney called The Glasshouse, who were on hand to give our VIP guests hair consultations and product prescriptions. While Holly from Muse of London: Beauty treated everyone to seasonal mini manicures in some great autumnal colours with the new nude being the shade most wanted to try.

Suite 3 at the Covent Garden is a stunning room, clearly inspired by the brightly coloured works of Frida Kahlo which was made all the more apparent in the fashion photography displayed which paid homage to the artist, and it was quickly rearranged to create a pop-up salon with two hair stations and a nail bar.
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Products from RUSH Salons at M&S, Original & Mineral, JOICO, OSMO, Hairaisers and H2D Electricals were displayed around the “salon” for the guests to try and the stylists to use.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz and despite the current trend for sugar-free the bite-sized Lola’s cupcakes featuring the new AJC 93 logo were incredibly popular too.

The evening session ran from 4pm till 8pm and had a great “after work” vibe. Journalists, bloggers and influencers mingled, chatting about the products, and discussing the new “grown-up, undone trend” we have identified for this season (see next blog post).  While the morning session from 8am till noon was all about piping hot coffee, fruit juice and “office-ready” looks.

Twitter and Instagram were awash with images of freshly styled VIPs and the popupsalon hashtag – thus declaring the event a resounding success.

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Sprinkling a little Stardust

GianniLast week photography legend David Bailey was in Edinburgh to launch his long awaited “Stardust” Exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery. Friend of AJC, session stylist, Gianni Scumaci was here with Bailey and we managed to spend a couple hours with him to chat about his life on the road working with the world’s most famous photographer.

The exhibition, which features images that Gianni Scumaci has collaborated with Bailey on, demonstrates the breadth of his work, encompassing iconic portraits, defining images of London’s East End, and global photography. The exhibition has been curated by Bailey and its installation in Scotland is being directed by him. It is arranged thematically and the majority of the portraits on show have been newly printed.

The Coterie

The AJC team was delighted to be invited along to an audience with the legendary session stylist and godfather of hair, Sam McKnight recently. Hosted by Creative Head Magazine, The Coterie, gets up close and personal with the fashion industry’s top names in revealing, intriguing and inspiring interviews. Sam was on great form, fresh back from the Chanel Couture show where his futuristic bobs stole the show, and asking the questions was the wonderful Anna-Marie Solowij, former beauty director of Vogue and now the business brains behind online and high street beauty retailer BeautyMART. Having known one another for over twenty years, their friendship made the interview uniquely intimate and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for those of us in the audience.

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Windle & Moodie… we couldn’t say no.

Known for constantly pushing the envelope with his innovative styling and persistent re-invention of how beauty should be perceived, Vogue regular Neil Moodie has climbed to the top of the hairstyling arena to become one of the industry’s most applauded and well loved names. Therefore, when Neil and his equally renowned business partner Mr Paul Windle asked us to work with them on a styling seminar in Glasgow recently, how could we say no?

sienna-miller-beautyBoth Paul and Neil, having spent much of their careers behind the scenes on editorial shoots for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and the like, working with big name stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Drew Barrymore, Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne…and wowed us all in the early noughties with the incredible Bumble & Bumble range have put their creative skills and industry know-how into their new outstanding eponymous hair care and styling range, Windle & Moodie.

The seminar was held at the SWG3 photographic studio in Glasgow where forty of Scotland’s finest stylists gathered to be educated, inspired and generally bowled over by the charisma, talent and experience of the duo and impressed by the standard and versatility of the new range.

The Windle & Moodie products are an extension of Paul and Neil’s award-winning Covent Garden salon, inspired by their editorial and fashion heritage and if they pass the rigorous test of being used backstage or in the salon they make the grade. The packaging is as sexy and tasteful as you would hope, perhaps even slightly masculine and the fragrances are subtle, natural and uplifting. Our favourite product (and Neil’s kit bag essential) is the Matte Texture Spray (£20 250ml), an invisible spray that creates instant texture, volume and body – what’s not to love?

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