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Development work begins on Beauty and Barbering Apprenticeships

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has been given approval to begin development work on a Beauty Apprenticeship Programme and a Barbering Apprenticeship Programme.

Programme development will be facilitated by a Consortium Steering Group in each discipline. These groups will include a combination of beauty and barbering industry experts and professionals, representatives of industry employer organisations, representatives of small, medium and large industry employers, and education and administration professionals. Initial work on the programmes will involve gathering the opinions of beauty and barbering experts and professionals on an occupational profile for each apprenticeship. The occupational profile is a description of the knowledge, skills, competencies and professional qualities that beauty and barbering apprentices will have at the end of the apprenticeship.

Two consultation events took place in Dublin and Limerick in May, where beauty and barbering industry professionals were invited to give their opinions on the areas that should be included in the apprenticeship occupational profiles.

BPerfect Cosmetics docu-reality show launches

A new10-part series called Made Up In Belfast is following a young team working at global cosmetics company BPerfect Cosmetics, which is based in Co Antrim.

Created by Brendan McDowell in 2012, BPerfect Cosmetics is the brand behind a wide range of make-up products, as well as the 10 Second Spray Tan Solution, which is a professional tanning line that includes spray tan machines, training and certification as part of its offering.

McDowell made an appearance on Ireland’s Dragons’ Den in March 2017, where the brand secured an offer from two of the five Dragons. He went on to receive an EY Entrepreneur of the Year nomination in 2020.

Made Up In Belfast features McDowell and the team, as they work on celebrity collaborations and launch new products. The latest production from BBC Three, BBC Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, it is produced by Emma-Rosa Dias from Afro-Mic Productions, and made with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

Irish stylist among Great Lengths' Masters 2023

Great Lengths has announced its latest Masters for 2023, with an Irish stylist among the four who have been selected following the judging process.

Linda Thornton from Lynda T Hairdressing in Co Wicklow joins Hadley Yates from Hadley Yates Salon, London; Jade Hobster from Hair Extensions by Jade, Nottingham; and Katie Hemming from Love Hair, Broadway to make up the new Great Lengths Masters.

The competition saw extensionists from the UK and Ireland showcase their creative and technical skills, along with their passion and talent, over several rounds. The Masters will now work alongside the Great Lengths team to create the next national UK and Ireland campaign for the brand.

“Our winners have demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of their craft, as well as the technical skill to create extensions work that excites and inspires,” said Joscelin McCourt, CEO of HB Collective, the home of Great Lengths. “I can’t wait to see them bring their ideas to life on our next campaign.”


■ The results of the Irish Hairdressers Federation’s Junior Stylist Star Team Challenge 2023 have been announced. Entrants were asked to choose a category from the Favourite Holiday, Head Turning Colour, Vogue Inspired and Get Texturising options. Open to junior hairdressers at any level, still undergoing their training, the judging panel was made up of Star Team 2023, along with Star Team mentors Damien Nolan and John Keegan. The winners are Shannon Power, Divine Hair by Niamh Hayden in Waterford (Head Turning Colour); Danielle O'Sullivan, Vanilla Hair Design in Tullow, Co Carlow (Favourite Holiday); Abi Moloney, Brown Sugar, South William Street in Dublin (Vogue Inspired); and Ciara Harrington, Lynda Maher Hair Studio in Carlow (Get Texturising).

■ Cork's All About Gorgeous has announced the opening of its newest outlet at the District Health & Leisure complex, which is located at Silver Springs. The beauty salon chain already has branches in Mallow, Ballincollig, Blackrock and Half Moon Street in the city centre. All About Gorgeous was founded in 2009 by Zoe and Rachel Kelly, with the first salon opening in Blackrock under the name CityWax. The business was originally set up as a specialist waxing clinic, and it went on to expand into new locations, offering additional services as it grew. In 2021, it changed its name to All About Gorgeous to reflect the wider range of treatments it now offers, including skincare, laser, nails, tanning, lashes and brows.

■ The CEO of Platinum Hair Extensions Onagh Chira has been named Young Businesswoman of the Year (Under 35) at the Image PWC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023. Available in over 700 stockists worldwide, Chira has headed up Platinum Hair Extensions for the past 12 years, and became its sole owner last year. The business began in a small studio on Dublin’s South Anne Street with a team of three, catering solely to distribution. Now it is an ethically-driven hair extensions company, operating three salons, an aftercare range and a wholesale business.

This article appears in the June 2023 Issue of Professional Beauty & HJ Ireland

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This article appears in the June 2023 Issue of Professional Beauty & HJ Ireland