Professional Hair Live 2014

This weekend Cloud Nine attended Professional Hair Live in Manchester! Our Creative Stage showcased some of the latest hair trends and Cloud Nine products, including our latest innovation, the C9 Touch Iron.

Ben Gregory – Umberto Giannini

Ben Gregory

Ben’s love of high-end fashion and sharp creative eye coupled with his commitment to perfection and attention to detail makes him a hot new name in hairdressing.  A member of the elite Umberto Giannini art team, who are responsible for the styles and looks for the brands varied and extensive product range as well as it's chain of salons, Ben’s infectious enthusiasm and love of hairdressing is epitomised in the sassy free moving haircuts he creates. Ben is the Salon Manager and Senior Creative Stylist at Umberto Giannini in Harvey Nichols, Manchester. 

Jacky Crosby - Francesco Group

Jacky Crosby

Jacky Crosby was named Midlands Hairdresser of the year in 2010 and has been the Salon Director of Francesco Group (Hanley) for 26 years. She has always loved and enjoyed being on the creative side of hairdressing. Over the years she has been part of numerous photo shoots and catwalk shows including, London and Paris Fashion weeks, The Clothes Show Live and Style in the City, The Alternative Hair Visionary Award, Salon International, platform work, working and co-ordinating shows and presentations, Teaching and Judging Trend Vision, Clothes Styling.

Jacky loves to work with Avant Garde inspired projects. Within her own team Jacky likes to watch people grow and be inspired by the industry as a whole. She’s always looking for new ideas, products and tools, and doesn’t believe in ‘I’ve seen it before and I don’t like it’. 

Ben Bradley – Trevor Sorbie

Ben Bradley

Ben began hairdressing at the age of 18 and always aspired to be the best. By 25 he was the director of a salon in Manchester city centre and headed the art team that won in the category of Afro-Caribbean hair. He also got involved in the more glamorous side of the industry, which he really enjoyed. Now, at Trevor Sorbie he has been able to combine all these aspects of his career whilst being the director of their specialist colour department.

Liam Toner – Trevor Sorbie

Liam Toner

Liam has been hairdressing for six years now. The main reason he got into it was because he wanted to direct his creative personality in a positive way. Seeing first hand, how family members and friends reacted after returning from the salon made him realise this was the career he wanted. Since starting at Trevor Sorbie in August 2012, he has not only learnt a lot, but has been shown how working for the right company can bring out the best side of you, in every sense of the meaning. 

James Earnshaw - Francesco Group

James Earnshaw

James Earnshaw is creative director of Francesco group’s flagship salon in Birmingham. His huge passion for hair has led him to secure finalist positions for both the L’Oréal colour trophy and Wella trend vision award. James works across the country on numerous shoots and his work has been published in many of the consumer and trade press. He is also a backstage regular working with Cloud Nine at London fashion week for three seasons and has a huge love for the whole range of Cloud Nine tools.

Mai Ha - Trevor Sorbie

Mai Ha

Mai began her hairdressing career when she left school, completing an NVQ Level 2 and working as a stylist for a couple of years in her local salon. She has been hairdressing now for 15 years and has previously worked at many salons including Toni & Guy, Umberto Giannini and Saks, however her dream has always been to work for Trevor Sorbie, and in 2008 she relocated to Manchester to fulfill this ambition.

Mai has proven a valuable source of artistic and innovative flair in hairdressing, consistently entering competitions to improve her skills and challenge herself. In 2002 at the beginning of her career, Mai got through to the L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Regional semi-finals, returning in 2004 and breaking through to the finals of the competition. Mai has also won the Toni & Guy Avant-Garde photographic award and the Saks Avant-Garde photographic award.

Her hair innovations grabbed the attention of Trevor himself during the notoriously difficult Art Team test, with Trevor raving about her stunning work. Since joining the Art Team she has been a major contributor to their work including the Alternative Hair Show 2012 and the L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy finals show 2013. Her most recent award achievements include being a joint finalist in the BHA Avant Garde category 2012, and working on the 2013 commercial image shoot that has been shortlisted in this year’s AIPP best commercial image award.

Alfie Booth- Trevor Sorbie

Alfie Portrait

Alfie started his career at the Andrew Collinge Manchester salon. During his time there he won numerous company competitions and did lots of shows and seminars. He also started teaching and became the head of education for the company. 

His love of teaching made him move to London, where he worked at SACO to work among people who are masters at seminars and education before moving to Trevor Sorbie shortly after the opening of the Hampstead Salon. While at Hampstead he continued his devotion to teaching by becoming head of education, taking every opportunity he could to teach seminars and in-house.

He has been a finalist in the British Hairdressing Awards three times, been nominated for other industry awards, won the International Visionary award and done seminars, shows and education in many countries. 

A big thank you to all the stylists for appearing on our Creative Stage over the weekend – we can’t wait to work with you again! 

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