The pros show us how to do the (Big Hair) Do!

The Creative HEAD and Layered team visited salons across the UK for the Big Hair Do – here they share their heavenly highlights

strands“How to host a Big Hair Do? Do it like Strands Hairdressing! Both the Hill Head and Whiteley salons were all over it, offering myriad hair experiences – for grown-ups and kids – in designated areas ‘owned’ by key stylists. There was barely room to move, with guests queuing up for ghd styling, heat treatments, braiding, updos, hair care and colour advice, and manicures from Essie Nails. With an oversized selfie frame and social media handles and hashtags adorning the mirrors, plus cupcakes and bubbly on tap, goodie bags, AND huge discounts and offers on tools and products (ghd tools flew off the shelves) they nailed it! Plus, a collection box for Breast Cancer Now received donations from happy clients. A lovely final touch.”
Joanna Andersen, Big Hair Do event manager


ken-p1“The Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff Bay rocked it! From fabulous blow-drys to make-up and nails, they had it all. The salon was buzzing with happy guests and busy stylists who created everything from big, bouncy blow-drys to runway looks from Erdem at London Fashion Week (courtesy of the talented Chantelle, who assisted Anthony Turner backstage at the show). There was a cooking station serving delicious canapés, as well as a bar with staff whipping up cosmopolitans, champagne cocktails and ice-cold glasses of Prosecco. A prize draw saw some lucky guests leaving with a pink ghd styler, £300 of Carita products, a voucher for a cut, finish and makeover by Ken himself and a Carita facial. And even those who didn’t win left with a bulging goodie bag full of treats, including a limited edition pink ghd paddle brush.”
Laura Tucker, advertising manager, Creative HEAD and Layered


scots-2“The clock struck 6pm and the Scots Hair Design doors in Grantham opened to a packed crowd queuing outside! A curling station, blow-dry bar and a braid service were all on offer with guests also having the opportunity to learn how to recreate the braids at home by practicing on a mannequin’s head while getting some tips from the pros. A raffle raised funds for Macmillan and a local hospice, with Cloud Nine Touch straighteners and a white Label.m hairdryer among the prizes. Oh and we can’t forget the wonderful goodie bags, featuring Catwalk by TIGI Oatmeal and Honey products, a Bed Head by TIGI washbag and pick ‘n’ mix sweets. Yum!”
Beth Davie, deputy editor, Creative HEAD



lisa-hauck“Lisa Hauck is a small gem in the swanky Primrose Hill area of London, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in spirit. Homemade German treats were piled high on vintage cake stands, and glasses of prosecco were kept well topped up! Guests were given one-to-one consultations with stylists where they could discuss their hair concerns and how to fix them easily at home. Highlights included a fine-haired guest learning the perfect way to a fat plait and a tutorial to master a beautiful blow-dry. The party even spilled out onto the street and caught the attention of passersby who were keen to know what was going on. ‘Come along next year’ they were told, as another bottle was popped. We’re excited already!”
Anna Samson, staff writer, Creative HEAD and Layered



hookyoung2“There was so much going on at Hooker & Young in Ponteland – I walked into a wall of noise and glasses off fizz flowing round the room. There was a styling station, showing off ghd stylers and perfect party hair and updos. The salon had also teamed up with Stella & Dot and Love Nisha so guests could buy clothes and jewellery, and the salon unveiled the exclusive new Oribe beauty range (I couldn’t resist a purple lippy and matching nail varnish). There were also demos of facials and make-up tutorials by Delilah. And the party continued next door to cocktail bar YOLO for some canapés and cocktails, with everyone carrying goodie bags containing a ghd paddle brush, nail varnish, nail file, Oribe samples and special salon offers aplenty!”
Laura Macleod, office manager, Creative HEAD and Layered



biyoni1“It was all about community at Biyoni – co-owner Pat was laser-focused on involving local businesses in the party! There was a raffle to raise funds for Whipps Cross Hospital’s premature baby unit, with prizes donated by local fashion store The Closet, Big Hair Do sponsor Bumble and bumble and an incredible vanilla drip cake from neighbouring café, The Currant. Multiple guests stopped me in my tracks to tell me how great the team is and why they love coming to Biyoni… and I overheard lots of bookings being taken following consultations and styling sessions (all with perfect Bumble product recommendations, natch). A Smashbox make-up artist also offered five-minute lipstick makeovers, urging guests to try something they wouldn’t usually, which meant plenty of beautifully painted smiles everywhere you looked!”
Amanda Nottage, editor, Creative HEAD


headmasters“As I walked into Headmasters, I was struck by the long line of prosecco and bellini glasses lined up! They were teamed with gorgeous cupcakes baked by salon receptionist, Dolly’s grandma Isobel! The team was a picture of absolute efficiency and professionalism on the night and the salon was absolutely packed with regular clients who’d brought a date for the night. So it was fully booked with appointments (there was even a waiting list!) for blow-drys, colour consultations, scalp analysis and updos. And with the team from fashion partner, Very Exclusive, also rocking up to enjoy the party, it was a very stylish affair indeed. Booze + cakes + blow-drys = a fab Big Hair Do!”
SJ Corfield-Smith, editor, Layered



radio1“Radio Hair Salon & Gallery gave a masterclass in how to do a Big Hair Do! As guests arrived, they were ushered into a waiting area and offered drinks and canapés while helpful staff explained how the evening would unfold. Info sheets with all the relevant hashtags, etc, were prominently displayed. Guests then travelled a well-organised ‘circuit’ – first to the nail station for an on-trend polish, then to the Smashbox station for a brand new lip shade and then to a Bumble & bumble styling station, where they could choose a look from Radio’s blow-dry menu (the salon has just opened a blow-dry bar in Fenwick on Bond Street). Result? Everyone tried new products, experimented with new styles and went home with a brand new look. And with a Big Hair Do goody bag filled with Bumble and bumble minis, of course! Best bits: friendly, welcoming, happy and clued-up staff; prosecco on arrival; a well-prepared and simple to follow ‘circuit’ around the salon.”
Catherine Handcock, publisher, Creative HEAD and Layered