Here comes the sci­ence bit

Want to colour your hair but not sure what will look best? Lucy Fer­gu­son, from John Oliv­ers, re­veals it’s about much more than pick­ing your favourite shade

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There’s al­ways some­thing new to learn – that’s the mes­sage from John Oliv­ers hair­dress­ing group. From the trainees signed up to JO Academy, to the top stylists, the learn­ing never stops.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day for three months, level six cre­ative stylist Lucy Fer­gu­son trav­elled to Ham­mer­smith for L’Oréal Colour Spe­cial­ist train­ing. The course is for se­nior colourists who wish to take their knowl­edge to a spe­cial­ist level – Lucy had to take an exam just to be ac­cepted!

Grad­u­at­ing with dis­tinc­tion in March, Lucy is the high­est colour trained stylist in the John Oliv­ers group. “It’s about so much more than just choos­ing a colour,” says Lucy. “We were taught how to look at the dis­tri­bu­tion of pig­ment in the hair and iden­tify the shades that will give the best re­sult.”

And although bright, bold colours are very much on trend at the mo­ment, Lucy says most peo­ple want some­thing that’s go­ing to look nat­u­ral and healthy. “Work­ing with what the client has nat­u­rally, in­clud­ing their skin tone and eye colour, cre­ates a re­sult that’s be­spoke to each client,” she says.

Lucy is al­ways on hand to of­fer colour ad­vice to the other stylists, who each have their own spe­cialisms. In fact, John Oliv­ers is us­ing in­di­vid­ual pro­files on its In­sta­gram page to help clients see the di­ver­sity of the stylists. “We all have ar­eas that we spe­cialise in, and that’s a good thing,” says Tiggy Els­den-Pow­ell, a level three stylist and so­cial me­dia man­ager. “The In­sta­gram pro­files in­clude stylists bi­ogra­phies and pic­tures of their work, and are a great way for po­ten­tial cus­tomers to get an in­sight into the stylists and see what their strengths are.”

And it’s not just the stylists that are fea­tured, the trainees and re­cep­tion­ists are also in­cluded, so clients can get to know all the faces at the sa­lon be­fore they visit. “We’re a friendly and re­laxed sa­lon, and the trainees and re­cep­tion­ists are an es­sen­tial part of the team – we couldn’t do it with­out them.”

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