Affinage raise funds at their 20 year anniversary festival

Our sponsors, Affinage, celebrated its 20th anniversary this month with a grand festival spreading across three days, showcasing hair talent at its finest as well as raising funds for our charity.

The festival was held at the prestigious 5 star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London and attracted more than 400 guests from all over the world. Including a line up of inspirational hair shows, masterclass seminars and evening entertainment throughout the weekend.  Ending with a gala night with a raffle for the Hairdressers’ Charity, which Affinage actively supports.

First prize was a 2 day visit to Verona for 2 people, including hotel accommodation and flights. Other Prizes included:

  • Complimentary night for two in the 5-star Grange St Paul’s, London
  • Weekend for two at the Grange, Bracknell
  • Foil machine, signed by some of the leading names in British hairdressing
  • 24k Gold Salon Curling Iron
  • Dynamica 3400 Pro signed by Steven Webb one of the stars of British TV reality show Goggle Box

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The raffle raised an incredible £1,790 which will go directly to #HelpingHairdressersInNeed.

Read the full story of their celebration weekend here.

The spectacular event played homage to founder Eric Bailey, who truly embraced the weekend and was joined by his family for the momentous occasion. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the Affinage journey, and never did I believe that we would end up here today celebrating 20 years with such an incredible event. I want to thank every single one of my team, because they are the real reason we are the company we are today,” he said.

The Hairdressers’ Charity Is YOUR Official Charity

Born from the Hair and Beauty Benevolent, The Hairdressers’ Charity is the new official charity of the hair industry and has been created to help hairdressers in need.

The Hairdressers Charity CommitteeThe Hairdressers’ Charity has been established to support hairdressers and ex-hairdressers who have been affected by illness, disability, bereavement or financial hardship. With over 300 applicants requesting help each year, the charity will rely on support of the hairdressing industry to enable help for those who need it most.

The charity’s new committee consists of a mixture of hairdressers, manufacturers and industry influencers who meet each month to discuss fundraising initiatives and decide on the financial support of beneficiaries.

The Hairdressers’ Charity has also announced the following positions within the charity committee:

  • Chairman – Philip Rogers
  • 2016/17 President – David Drew
  • 2016/17 Vice-President – Hilary Hall
  • Treasurer – Jeffrey Bonn
  • Secretary – Teresa Frise
  • Directors – Philip Rogers, David Drew, Jeffrey Bonn, Hellen Ward, and Phylis Mabey
  • Communications – Samantha Grocutt and Emma Seldon

David Drew, The Hairdressers’ Charity President, explains:  “This is big news for the industry and charity – we’ve been around in one form or another since 1853 but this new change sees us as a registered charity for the first time ever.

“As a registered charity, donations can be subsidised with Gift Aid and corporate companies can benefit from tax allowances. This means even more money for hairdressers in need and is a big step for the industry’s official charity.

“The decision was made to launch The Hairdressers’ Charity to appeal directly to hairdressers so we are clearly seen as the voice of our caring industry and can help others less fortunate. It’s important that our industry continue to support us with fundraising, as all proceeds go direct to the charity – whether that’s by hosting your own activities or attending one of the many fundraisers we organise ourselves.

“It’s a really exciting time for The Hairdressers’ Charity.”

Fundraisers Get On Their Bikes For HABB


From April 30thth to May 3rd, 26 members of the hairdressing industry ventured to Mallorca to test their endurance and raise much-needed funds to help hairdressers in need on the 2016 HABB Cycle Challenge.

The intrepid group, made up of hair salon owners, hairdressers and professionals working for businesses in the industry, cycled up to 250km of mountainous terrain over two and a half days.


Taking on a cycle ride in Mallorca on the May bank holiday weekend, the cyclists may have expected sunny conditions. Instead they battled on through a day of torrential downpours to complete the ride.

Nevertheless all agreed it was a highly enjoyable trip with highlights that included a lovely lunch in the old town square in the picturesque village of Petra,  the satisfaction of conquering the 7.5k assent of Lluc and of course the relaxation and recuperation at the luxurious Pollentia Club Resort.

Teresa Frise, HABB manager says: “This year’s HABB Cycle Challenge was a huge success, the cycling company were amazing and it was so humbling to see all the cyclists putting on a brave face and pushing themselves to complete the course – a huge thank you to all who took part and raised much needed funds for our beneficiaries”

A special mention goes to Jackie Mathis of JM Hairdressing, who broke her collarbone whilst training for the bike ride and had an operation to repair it two days before the trip; as well as and her husband Terry who valiantly stepped in for her.


The HABB Cycle Challenge is an essential part of the HABB fundraising calendar. There have already been some phenomenal fundraising efforts and cyclists now have until July to donate their sponsorship money.

If you would like to make a contribution visit and make a donation or select the personal page of the cyclist you would like to support.

L’Oréal Gold Sponsor

As a charity, regular donations are vital for our preservation and success. This means we rely on the generosity of individuals and sponsors to be able to keep providing the essential care to the hairdressers who need it most.

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We are proud that L’Oreal Professionnel has been a sponsor of ours for over 15 years. A yearly donation through their gold sponsorship and dedicated fundraising events have raised critical funds for the charity.

“Supporting The Hairdressers’ Charity is really important to all the team at L’Oréal Professional Products Division. As the only charity that supports hairdressers in times of need, it’s really important that we can support. As a committee member, I really get to hear the difference we can make and I really am grateful to how we can support others.” explains Darren Oram, Education Director at L’Oréal Professionnel.

Every year the Professional Products Division not only sponsor The Hairdressers’ Charity but also spend time raising money through fundraisers. In June 2016 the L’Oreal Education team ran a charity hair day, raising funds by doing the hair of colleagues within the company, where all the proceeds were donated straight to The Hairdressers’ Charity. Also in 2016, the team offered a popular course to salons, where the cost of this was paid directly to the charity, raising thousands of extra pounds.

L’Oreal Citizens Day is an annual event, committed to raising money for chosen charities. It has always been a massive success and is a great way for the whole team to get involved. This year it’s held on 22nd June 2018, how will you put something back into your industry?


Helping hairdressers in need has become even more rewarding with a chance to take part in a photoshoot with the reigning HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year Darren Ambrose. It is all part of joining the saintly world of HABB as a Supporter and to make a difference to hairdressers all over the UK in need of help.
Becoming a HABB Supporter offers three exclusive levels Cherub, Angel & Saint and is aimed at thanking stylists and salons for their support with various rewards. As an added reward, they are offering any new supporters who sign up before the end of July to be put into a prize draw to win a days shoot which will then go on to be published in Hairdressers Journal later in the year.
The prize is worth a staggering £30,000 and includes a full day’s shoot in London with Darren assisting your direction with clothes stylist Bernard Connelly and shot by renowned hair, beauty & fashion photographer Jack Eames who will then retouch the images for editorial use ready to be published in a double page spread in the November issue of HJ.
Darren and Jack Eames are giving their time for free to support HABB and urge you to enter this great competition. HABB President David Drew further this

“This is truly an unique prize and a chance for any salon in the UK to work as a team with the these industry greats. A feel good prize too as you will be helping financially support your fellow hairdressers in need.”
“Because of the ethos of HABB and what they’ve built, it’s an honour to participate in raising money for this great industry charity, which is a worthy cause helping those in times of need. I’m looking forward to mentoring someone on this exciting shoot opportunity.” Darren Ambrose, D&J Ambrose and British Hairdresser of the Year
“Through working in the industry for a number of years now, I’d always been aware of HABB’s work in changing people’s lives for the better. I was very happy to get involved with this fabulous project with Darren and the team. We are working in a fabulous and creative industry, and it is vital we give something back when we can. Looking forward to our shoot together!” Photographer Jack Eames
“The hair industry is so giving and I’ve made lots of wonderful friends so being involved with HABB is a wonderful opportunity to give back to others. We sometimes forget how easily what we take for granted can disappear and HABB are always there in the background helping hairdressers when they need it most. It’s a vital lifeline to many and projects like this help to keep it front of mind whilst also raising much needed funds to continue.” Stylist Bernard Connelly.
“HJ is delighted to be supporting this competition – giving hairdressers the chance to win this amazing prize while helping hairdressers in need. The chance to spend the day with this dream team is not to be missed and is ideal for any salon or hairdresser looking to learn and work with the best, build their skills and profile while helping those less fortunate.” Ruth Hunsley, Editor Hairdressers Journal International

To be in with a chance of winning head to the HABB website . each Cherub will get one chance to win, Angels get three entries and Saints get ten entries into the prize draw.