Why do I always leave writing the Ed's Letter to the last minute? I think it’s because it gives me a chance to stand back from the issue and look at it with fresh eyes. And I can clearly see that this issue celebrates two things – new talent and fresh, diverse faces. It’s a privilege to see up-and-coming hairdressers rising through the ranks – and to give them a platform to showcase their work. And that’s what HJ is all about. In fact, our cover from Annabel Payne is a perfect example of this, she’s a finalist for Hj’s Newcomer of the Year, at the British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional and she now has a cover to her name too! Anyone at the start of their hairdressing career should be inspired – it could be you next… Elsewhere in the magazine we have a corker of an interview that sees last year’s Newcomer of the Year, Kate Drury and two-times British Hairdresser of the Year, Sally Brooks interview each other. It’s such a good read – especially the bonus bit about sheep shearing! Turn to page 26 to find out why the two award-winning stylists are talking about livestock…
Elsewhere we’ve got two brilliant collections which are a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community – Crazy Color Color Squad’s ‘unapologetically Me’ collection (from page 59) to Daniel Rymer and Keri Blue’s ‘identity’ images (from page 77). It’s amazing to see more diversity in model choices.
And it wouldn’t be an October issue of HJ, without our guide to everything you need to know about Salon International 2021 on pages 45-52. It includes the stage line-ups, seminar schedules and the brands exhibiting. Heads up – this year from 16-18 October (got those dates in your diary?) you’ll be treated to not three, but four, live stages and one brand new Business Live, sponsored by NHBF seminar programme.
Don’t forget to come and say ‘hi’ to your new HJ team at #salon21. You’ve got me (charlotte) as editor, Eleanor as deputy editor and Kieran as content writer. We’ll be there with a phone in our hands and smiles on our faces. Yes, we might be looking slightly frazzled, but we’ll be truly enjoying being back to live events and celebrating you talented bunch.
ON THE COVER: HAIR: ANNABEL PAYNEMAKE-UP: MADDIE AUSTIN