I have been trained in Wella since I started hairdressing, product knowledge and colour. I love their products, and over the past few months developed a really good relationship with the brand.
I was given the most amazing opportunity to hold my very own, first masterclass at Wella World Studio, London. I have been doing my workshops over the past few months but never a masterclass, which has been very daunting and exciting, even though I was really looking forward to it. Especially to showcase my work and teach people who want to learn new techniques and hairstyles.
I organised 4 hair models to showcase 4 different hair looks. A makeup artist friend, Gigi to compliment the girls hair looks, and photographer friend Rebecca Spencer to capture the behind the scenes.
There was so much to do, with organizing tickets, looks, outfits, planning how Wella Studios venue would look on the evening. Food, drinks, ensuring everyone knew where they were going and what time for the models/make up/photography and most importantly the students who were attending.
Prior to the event, as the masterclass was held in the evening. I prepped the hair before hand to ensure that the masterclass was just styling and so I had more time to get into great detail with each look than curling and waving hair on stage. Every prepped look had a step by step guide on how I achieved the prepped look via insta story. Boomerangs, videos, top tips on how to get the best by using @wellahairuk hair products and @ghdhair. Curling, waving and blowdrying.
There was a lot of pressure to ensure that each hair was prepped well and the insta stories were in great detail, and eye capturing at the same time. It was also a recap for those who attended the masterclass to go through after, to see how each finished look that they saw style was achieved before hand... even though everything was explained in detail when the hair was presented on stage. Some learners prefer to see things visually.
The hair was prepped. Cup cakes by Lola's cupcakes had arrived. Prosecco on arrival was ready. Masterclass booklets on seats with pens, and the masterclass students were attending. The nerves had kicked in, and probably one of the biggest achievements of my life was about to happen.
Everyone had arrived, even my hairdressing teacher Jayne Powell who traveled all the from Coventry, who I was most excited to see as even though she knows me, and has seen me teach. It was the first time she would see me in an environment like this, to be apart of one my greatest achievements and to share that with her, as she has taught me so much. It was so lovely to see so many faces who I had been talking to for a while, who wanted to attend my masterclass and nice to put a name to a face. We live in a world where we have Instagram handles, where they might not actually be their name, or we just see the artists work, but never the artist.
The night was going well, I demonstrated two looks. One was a ponytail look with a twist of a corba braid thrown in there, the other was a boho braided half up half down look. I was about to get onto my third look, and the fire alarm went off! I had these two looks to finish with only 20 minutes to spare. We all had to evacuate! I grabbed my hairdressing tools, all the models, the students, Wella staff all had to go through the fire exit to Trafalgar square. Luckily, it was a false alarm, everyone was ok, but I was prepared to continue styling hair on the street... which I am known to do, as I style a lot of hair on the street when styling streetstyle shoots. We all had a group photo outside Trafalgar Square, which was something funny to remember the evening by. All going back inside to finish the two looks.
Third look was a braided ponytail, and the other was a braided up-do.
Ending the evening going through how to take that perfect instagram photo, with the beauty ring lights. Top tips, going through what we learn't during the evening, and any final questions.
Everyone went away learning so much, asked loads of questions, and was buzzing to get their hands onto recreating what they had been taught. Going away with goodie bags, sponsored by Wella and Lola's Cupcakes.
It was definitely an evening to remember and I was so happy and grateful to everyone who had attended, and being apart of my first ever masterclass. A night that I will remember forever, so I thank everyone once again.
I have seen so looks that have been recreated from the night, with the Wella products from the goodie bags, and I couldn't be more proud/happy. I hope that what everyone has learn't can go away and inject something new to their clients hairstyles for weddings/events.
All photos of the hairstyles and looks created on the evening are on my instagram.
I am looking forward to holding more masterclasses with Wella over the coming time.
Thank you, once again.