{"title":"New ambassador role for Barrie Stephen","content":"

Barrie was previously an ambassador and trustee at the RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre and was looking for a new charity where he could put his skills and experience to good use. Barrie was so taken with the great work undertaken by the centre and its dedicated team of volunteers that he immediately signed up as a Platinum Member to sponsor one of the kennels at the 4 acre site in Huncote.<\/span><\/p>\n


\u201cThis is a fantastic fit for me\u201d said Barrie. \u201cOne of my favourite childhood days out was my mum taking me to Huncote to see the dogs. Leicester Animal Aid inspired a lifelong love of animals in me and I look forward to being able to give something back to them.\u201d<\/p>\n

Barrie’s previous fundraising activities has raised nearly\u00a0\u00a330k\u00a0for local charities and he hopes to be able to match that success as part of the new relationship. The owner of an award-winning group of hair salons in Leicester and Leicestershire, Barrie actively involves his team to also get involved in charitable works to give back to their community.<\/p>\n


\u201cI support my team putting on charity events in the salons and other venues. They all enjoy getting involved in fundraising activities and doing something a bit different\u201d Barrie smiles. \u201cLast Christmas every single member of the team even brought a donation of pet food in for rescue cats and dogs.<\/p>\n

\u201cI think it is important that we all try to make a difference to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. As animals do not have their own voice, I try to shout out on their behalf.\u201d<\/p>\n

 <\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/10\/BarriePussyCat.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/new-ambassador-role-for-barrie-stephen\/"}{"title":"Blow Out 2 Go Out","content":"

We all want to feel our best for that big night out, but why not feel fabulous every time you paint the town red with our amazing offer on blow drys?
\nWe are now offering blow drys with your favourite stylist to purchase as an advance package.<\/p>\n

To celebrate this great fashion fix, we’re sweetening the deal with amazing complimentary Blow Dry offers, valid until the end of November.<\/p>\n

Purchase 5 Blow Drys in advance and receive 1 extra Blow Dry on us!<\/em><\/p>\n

Even better, if you buy 10 Blow Drys in advance we’ll give you 2 additional Blow Drys totally free of charge.<\/em><\/p>\n

See you soon!<\/p>\n

Terms and Conditions
\n* Offer valid at all Barrie Stephen Hair salons and B-Styled.
\n* Book your package of 5 or 10 Blow Drys with the stylist of your choice in salon, over the phone or online. All Blow Drys must be taken with the same stylist at the same salon.
\n* Complimentary Blow Drys must be taken by\u00a030.11.18\u00a0and cannot be carried over past this date.<\/h5>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/08\/blow-out-postcard-web.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/blow-out-2-go-out\/"}{"title":"Leicestershire Born and Burleigh’s","content":"

Barrie Stephen and Phil Burley are self-made Leicestershire businessmen who have become global names in their respective industries. A hair magnate and gin maestro, long-time friends Stephen and Burley have shaped their fields worldwide \u2013 but they have never abandoned their Leicestershire roots.<\/p>\n

From humble beginnings building his loyal client base by balancing a job at Moda Greco with his own kitchen-sink haircuts in the evening, Barrie now boasts a salon group of five Leicestershire properties with a turnover of over \u00a33m, employing more than 70 staff.<\/p>\n

In 1996, Barrie Stephen defied critics by turning an unassuming butcher\u2019s shop in Anstey into a successful hair salon. \u2018I brought big city styling to a village environment\u2019 Barrie smiles. \u2018People said it would never work, there were no quality salons out in the villages at that time. Being told I can\u2019t achieve something just makes me more determined.<\/p>\n





Barrie has been revolutionising hairdressing for over 20 years. His group\u2019s Private Jet Promise sets a platinum standard for service that has been replicated across the world. More recently, Barrie\u2019s Colour Responsible campaign is raising awareness amongst consumers and salons alike about the importance of skin testing in the prevention of allergic reactions to chemical treatments.<\/p>\n

However, it has never been Barrie\u2019s intention to leave the county, although his business model would sit comfortably in London, New York or Milan. \u2018I\u2019ve always wanted to be king of my own kingdom, not king of the world\u2019 Barrie enthuses. \u2018I\u2019m a Leicester lad and it\u2019s important to me that I continue to bring the cutting edge of hairdressing to our county, and to give local homegrown talent the opportunity to become the next generation of leading stylists.\u2019<\/p>\n

While Barrie\u2019s passion and drive was making sure Leicester was enjoying cutting edge style, another revolutionary was also building his empire. Phil Burley grew up in Countesthorpe and began his career in the motor industry. He is now one of the most important names in the booming gin industry.<\/p>\n

Having moved across to working within the drinks industry, but on the engineering side, Phil saw a gap in the market for a super-premium gin \u2013 inspired by and distilled in Leicestershire. \u2018Leicestershire is my home county and with a history steeped in food and drink it seemed the obvious choice to build a brand and business from a region that I know a vast amount about\u2019 Phil says. \u2018Gin was the obvious choice as it is a spirit that I enjoy drinking.\u2019<\/p>\n



The first bottle of Burleigh\u2019s gin was sold on 1st July 2014 and now commands an impressive market share. Across the UK total gin sales were worth \u00a31.4b in 2017 and there are now more than 100 British gin brands on the market. Burleigh\u2019s success rests on the points of difference provided by its quality and its story. The gin is made with a special blend of 11 botanicals including five that are found in Burleigh Wood, just over a mile away from Phil\u2019s original Bawdon Lodge distillery. Even the still itself has developed a personality and become a part of the brand, being affectionately named Messy Bessy.<\/p>\n

Just like Barrie, Phil\u2019s success can also be partly attributed to his sleek business model. Along with the physical product, Burleigh\u2019s quickly expanded into offering distillery tours and a gin school which increased brand awareness as well as giving consumers open and transparent access to the distillery so they could see the quality for themselves.<\/p>\n

Such is the success of this model that Phil, along with business partner Graham Veitch and Master Distiller Jamie Baxter, have developed a sister company in consultancy. They have led on the development of 12 other distilleries around the country that use the same structure.<\/p>\n

Now Phil\u2019s city centre presence has increased dramatically. His three Leicester venues ooze class and sophistication. 45 West was the first venue, a high end gin and cocktail bar. The recently opened 45 Gin School has brought the gin masterclass to a more central location. Just around the corner, 45 St Martin\u2019s offers an unparalleled bar and bottle shop experience, including an exclusive contract with the premium brand Champagne Billecart-Salmon.<\/p>\n

Friends for over 20 years, Barrie and Phil have built two of Leicester\u2019s biggest and coolest brands. These brands now sit shoulder to shoulder on Hotel Street in the heart of the city. 45 West opened its doors in November 2015. Barrie\u2019s fifth salon, B Styled, opened in the unit next door just four months later.<\/p>\n

\u2018We could both see the potential of the area\u2019 says Barrie. \u2018It was clear that it was up and coming and no surprise to me that Phil and I got in on the ground floor and became next door neighbours. The 45 brand and B Styled are the perfect match \u2013 aspirational and achingly cool. This is why B Styled clients enjoy a Burleigh\u2019s gin and tonic during their appointments \u2013 it\u2019s the touch of class that they deserve.\u2019<\/p>\n



The pair continue to innovate and drive their industries forward. 45 West has recently undergone a major refurbishment. As well as opening up the stairway to give easier access to a refined new basement bar, the venue has also worked in collaboration with Pioneer Europe and The Audio Group to install a state of the art sound system. Meanwhile B Styled is about to announce an unparalleled new pricing model that is set to revolutionise the way the hair industry operates.<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/07\/Phil-Burley-2-1.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/leicestershire-born-and-burleighs\/"}{"title":"Summer Colour Sale","content":"

Do you want a little more colour than nature has provided?<\/p>\n

Get your next colour appointment booked in now, as our exclusive Summer Colour Sale will be running from 06.08.18 until 24.08.18. We’re taking bookings for colour services with an incredible 50% off, when booked with a full price cut and finish.<\/p>\n

This offer will be available across our salons from Monday to Friday. But our stylists’ diaries are getting full, so don’t delay – ring 0116 402 6222 or book via our website\u00a0www.barriestephenhair.co.uk using promo code “SummerColour”<\/p>\n

This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer or promotion!<\/h5>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/06\/SummerColourSale.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/news\/summer-colour-sale\/"}{"title":"Get Summer Ready","content":"

Me time is time well spent, especially with summer holidays just around the corner.<\/p>\n

We’re offering an Elemis Radiant Glow facial and mini manicure or mini pedicure for just \u00a330. We’ve rolled these services into one incredible 45 minute treatment, so you’ll be beach ready in no time at all.<\/p>\n

Bookings with our experienced beauty therapist Hannah are available from\u00a020\/06\/18. You can book your appointment by visiting\u00a0our website\u00a0or calling us on 0116 402 6222.<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/06\/besummerready.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/get-summer-ready\/"}{"title":"Look after your hair","content":"

Summer season is up on us and what a better way to look after your hair while on holiday is our Summer Haircare promotion. There is no excuse to let your hair go dry and dull as we have the perfect solution for you!<\/p>\n

Purchase two Haircare products throughout June 2018 and receive a complimentary blow dry up to the value of \u00a330.<\/p>\n




Terms & Conditions<\/h5>\n
Two haircare products must be bought at the same time during June 2018<\/h5>\n
Products subject to availability<\/h5>\n
Show this voucher to redeem your complimentary blow dry<\/h5>\n
Blow dry must be taken between 01.07 – 31.08.2018 excluding Saturdays<\/h5>\n
Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion and can not be added to any other service<\/h5>\n
Blow Dry value up to \u00a330<\/h5>\n
Paid upgrade to the next level is available<\/h5>\n

\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/05\/flyer-barrie-stephen-summer-mainnew-1.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/look-after-your-hair\/"}{"title":"Don’t skip the Skin Test","content":"

We know it can feel like a hassle to come into the salon 48 hours before your appointment for a skin test. However, this small step is vitally important in protecting your health. Although rare, allergic reactions to chemicals in hair dye can happen. We have seen evidence that people are developing new allergies in recent years. Even if you have been dying your hair for years you could still be affected. While some minor reactions just cause irritation, more severe allergic responses can lead to swelling, inflammation and anaphylaxis. In some extreme cases, people have even lost their lives as a result.<\/p>\n

The Barrie Stephen Hair Group is committed to putting the safety of our clients first. The danger from hair dye can be completely eliminated by first trialling the product on the skin, 48 hours before the treatment takes place.This is why we have a Colour Responsible Policy and will not perform a colour service if we have any doubts about the result of your skin test. We want to challenge the whole industry to take the Colour Responsible Pledge. Every salon in the country should put the peace of mind of their clients first. While the risk of an allergic reaction is small, we want to completely eradicate the threat.<\/p>\n

Our expert stylists are thoroughly trained to apply colour products safely and always respecting the manufacturers instructions. We carry a number of the most current advances in colour technologies, including PPD and ammonia-free products. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask your stylist for more information.<\/p>\n

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Our Graduate Stylist, Abigail, will be qualifying in a few weeks. Recently, in our usual programme of one to ones and mentoring, we identified an area of her practice that she was struggling with – specifically short bobs and graduations.<\/p>\n

To help her develop her skills, we put her on a week long foundation cutting course at the\u00a0L’Or\u00e9al Academy in Hammersmith. This has been a very busy time for her, learning new cutting skills, and having a real light bulb moment in terms of her technique.\u00a0 She describes how she has ‘started to get to grips with really understanding angles and positioning my hands – which has just not made sense to me until this week.’<\/p>\n

As well as increasing her confidence behind the chair, it has also been important for Abigail’s personal growth, as it was the first time she has spent an extended period in London.<\/p>\n

We are really pleased with Abigail’s development and her achievements. Investing in our team’s continuing professional development is so important because they are our ambassadors. As they gain more knowledge and expertise, we can continue to be confident that our Private Jet Promise is being fulfilled for every client who walks through our doors.<\/p>\n

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Held at North Bar & Kitchen on Hinckley Road, Barrie Stephen held a sumptuous three course dinner for every team member across the five salon group, before hosting a glittering award ceremony which celebrated the achievements of the staff across the year. The Anstey salon came out on top in the coveted Salon of the Year award, and Anstey’s Salon Director and UK Eufora Style Director Neil Smith also walked away with the Colour Ambassador award as well as a Special Recognition gong for his 18 years of incredibly high profile work for the group.<\/p>\n


New talent was also applauded, with Abigail Plimmer being hailed as the Future Professional of the Year. After all of the crystal stars had found their way to their delighted owners, the celebrating began in style as the team took to the dance floor.<\/p>\n


Barrie Stephen said, ‘Celebrating the achievements of all of our team is incredibly important to me. Everyone has worked incredibly hard this year, providing every single client that passes through our doors with truly private jet service. We are lucky to have such a talented group of people working in our salons – our skilled stylists, dedicated front of house team and our wonderful managers. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to applaud each and every one of them.’<\/p>\n

\nFull List of Winners<\/p>\n

1.\u200b CREATIVE TALENT\u200b\u200b\u200b – Grace Blackburn
\n2.\u200b FUTURE PROFESSIONAL – \u200b\u200bAbigail Plimmer\u200b
\n4. \u200bFRONT HOUSE – \u200b\u200b\u200b\u200bSue Preston\u200b
\n5. \u200bMANAGER OF THE YEAR – \u200b\u200bDennis Bodle\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b
\n6.\u200b SPECIAL RECOGNITION – \u200b\u200bNeil Smith\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b
\n7.\u200b RETAIL CHAMPION – \u200b\u200b\u200bDennis Bodle\u200b\u200b
\n8.\u200b RITUAL AMBASSADOR – \u200b\u200bJames Taylor\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b
\n9.\u200b COLOUR AMBASSADOR – \u200b\u200bNeil Smith\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b
\n10.\u200b SALON OF THE YEAR\u200b\u200b – Anstey Salon
\n11.\u200b PRIVATE JET AMBASSADOR\u200b – Carly Riley
\n12.\u200b GRADUATE STYLIST – \u200b\u200b\u200bKayleigh Brenchley\u200b
\n13.\u200b SIX STAR ACHIEVER – \u200b\u200b\u200bKelly Byrne
\n14.\u200b DEDICATED TO THE EXPRESSION OF EXCELLENCE – \u200b\u200b\u200bLauren Weaver\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b\u200b
\n15.\u200b MOST CLIENTS – Hannah Davies<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/12\/Awards5.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/award-winning-stylists\/"}{"title":"Cancellation policy","content":"

Your appointments are very important to the team at Barrie Stephen\/BStyled, and whilst we understand that sometimes changes are necessary, we respectfully ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance.\u00a0<\/span><\/u><\/p>\n




 <\/p>\n","images":[],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/news\/cancellation-policy\/"}{"title":"Sunset Boulevard","content":"

To celebrate our collaboration with the Sunset Boulevard production at Curve theatre, we at BStyled are offering you the ultimate 1950’s Hollywood glamour pamper package. Enjoy an exclusive sunset cocktail whilst getting a luxurious blow-dry and gelish nail service to get you looking the part!<\/p>\n


Sunset Package<\/p>\n

Includes Sunset Blowdry, Sunset Gelish Nails, Sunset Cocktail and 10% off Sunset Boulevard tickets at Curve.<\/p>\n

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2017 is shaping up to be another successful year of awards for us here at Barrie Stephen. We were delighted to win Hair Magazine Award\u2019s Best Salon Group back in May and now Barrie himself is nominated for Business Director of the Year in the British Hairdressing Business Awards.<\/p>\n

As the Barrie Stephen Hair Group we have won over 40 awards in the past eight years. This makes Barrie Stephen the most prolific winner and finalist of hairdressing awards that this region has ever seen.<\/p>\n

We are very proud of the latest nomination. How does Barrie sit proudly at the top of his game? By making Leicester the centre-piece of his entries \u2013 the events, the people, the services, the institutions and businesses and the charities and partnerships.<\/p>\n

The Hair Magazine Best Salon Group award win came back in May.<\/p>\n

Barrie and his five-salon strong team were judged by a panel of industry professionals on the salon group\u2019s ethos, reputation, customer service and the stand out environments that make Barrie Stephen Hair the best not only in Leicester, but the whole of the country.<\/p>\n

Hair Magazine Editor Linda Fox said; \u201cBarrie Stephen Hair is a much-deserved winner. Each of his five salons have a unique feel and the drive and dedication of Barrie and the team shone through in their entry<\/p>\n

From their first salon in Anstey, right the way through to the latest addition, \u2018sassy little sister\u2019 Bstyled, the Barrie Stephen experience is at the top of its game.\u201d<\/p>\n

Barrie is absolutely over the moon at being named as a finalist in the Business Director of the Year category at the British Hairdressing Business Awards, sponsored and hosted by Hairdressers Journal International. Even finalising in one of the prestigious categories marks a business out as one of the finest providers in the country.<\/p>\n

Business Director of the Year is the ultimate accolade on the night and celebrates the best business thinker in the hairdressing industry. HJ\u2019s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr says,<\/p>\n

\u201cThe Business Director of the Year Award is presented to someone who\u2019s truly making a difference to the hairdressing industry with their wide-ranging skill set. It recognises fantastic commitment and passion for the craft, and we are delighted to recognise these individuals.\u201d
\nBarrie says, \u201cTo kick off award season with a win such as Best Salon Group was fantastic enough, let alone to be shortlisted for Business Director of the Year! It would be a dream come true to win and it is the highest honour to be amongst the finalists.\u201d<\/p>\n

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There\u2019s no feeling quite like leaving the salon happy. The sassy strut, the bouncy swinging hair and the silky-to-the-touch locks just warm the heart!<\/p>\n

We hear things all the time of achieving \u201cthe salon feel\u201d on TV and in magazines. But how can you truly retain your salon-fresh locks? Here are a few top tips.<\/p>\n


Use the right shampoo and conditioner<\/p>\n

Keeping your hair\u2019s beautiful look and feel is largely down to using the right shampoo and conditioner for you. This is especially the case if you have coloured hair, as many non-salon-recommended and off-the-shelf shampoos and conditions can strip the hair of colour. A big no-no if you\u2019ve just achieved that perfect colour. Just like people, hair comes with many different characteristics, and so it\u2019s also important to find the perfect match for your hair. To find your perfect match, simply have a word with your stylist!<\/p>\n


Limit heating tools<\/p>\n

Of course, for many of us, the trusty straighteners are life-savers for those not-so-happening natural hair days! But to help avoid excessive heating to the hair, try to give your hair a break from the heated hair tools where possible. Equally important, when you do turn to the stylers, be sure to keep your locks heat protected. We recommend the use of Kerastase Nectar Thermique to keep them shiny and full of life.<\/p>\n


Master the technique<\/p>\n

Does your stylist blow-dry your hair in a certain way that guarantees a bouncy and full-of-life head of hair? Ask your stylist for extra tips when it comes to blow-drying and styling your hair. We have all the knowledge you could want, and we\u2019d love to lend a few useful tips.<\/p>\n


Now you can keep your salon locks perfect right up until your next treatment.<\/p>\n

Look out for our new video tutorials too which will guide you through achieving different looks.<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/07\/blog1.png"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/how-can-i-keep-my-salon-fresh-look\/"}{"title":"Our top tips on saying No to hair breakage","content":"

Say \u201cNo!\u201d To Hair Breakage<\/h3>\n


It\u2019s every girl\u2019s nightmare: the thought of hair breakage to the point where you\u2019re left with a dry, brittle and sad head of locks. With everything we do with our hair from heated stylers, chemical processing, UV and chlorinated water exposure to tying it up \u2013 it\u2019s true that our hair goes through a lot.<\/p>\n

Hair is a remarkably strong \u2013 a single healthy hair is actually stronger than a steel wire of the same diameter and can stretch up to 30% of its length when wet before breaking.<\/p>\n

Our daily actions though can weaken this strength. While there are ways to repair some of the damage created to your hair over time, they say \u201ca stitch in time saves nine\u201d \u2013 and prevention is the key when it comes to preserving your beautiful healthy locks.<\/p>\n


Here are a few tips for keeping your hair nourished, healthy and breakage-free:<\/p>\n

Regular trims<\/h3>\n


For every girl trying to grow out hair, this might sound like the last thing you want. The truth, however, is that if your hair breaks, the only sure-fire way to stop further breakage is to cut off the dead end. If your breakage gets worse over time, you\u2019re likely to need more cutting to prevent further damage.<\/p>\n

Turn down the heat<\/h3>\n


We all love the dramatic poker straight look, or the volumous and bouncy curls every now and then, but what\u2019s important is that your hair is protected. While, of course, you should always put a heat protector on your hair before heat styling (we love ____!), temperature-adjustable stylers are a great choice. Finer hair will generally require less heat than thick, dense hair, and buying stylers that cater for this fact ensures that your hair is getting no more heat than needed!<\/p>\n

Use the right shampoo for you<\/h3>\n


First off, ensure you\u2019re using the right shampoo for your hair type. Ask us in-salon to make sure you\u2019re using the right product for your hair. When you come to shampoo your locks, ensure you use the right amount for you. Have a play around with your hair routine until you have found the right amount for the perfect results. Also, if you tend to suffer with dry, brittle ends, limit the shampoo that reaches the tips of your hair, as it\u2019ll naturally get cleaned as you shower out the shampoo from your roots.<\/p>\n

Be kind to your hair<\/h3>\n


How you put up your hair can cause weakness\u2026choose your hair bobbles carefully so you don\u2019t have a of ring damage, where you constantly pull and twist the same area of hair. Don\u2019t leave your hair under traction or pull too tightly. One of our clients carrying a heavy computer bag on her shoulder was trapping and breaking a section of her hair. Also brush and comb carefully. Gently remove tangles with a wide-tooth comb, starting at your ends and gradually working up towards the roots.<\/p>\n

Sun protection<\/h3>\n


Just as you protect your skin from UV damage do the same for your hair. By stepping out without protection you\u2019re putting your hair at risk of fading, lack of moisture and overall distress. This leaves strands looking dull and dehydrated which can cause breakages. Longer term it gives hair premature ageing \u2013 weird we know but hair also ages, usually seen by a lack of volume. Your full great full pony tail will simply get thinner.<\/p>\n

Speak to your stylist<\/h3>\n


We know a thing or two about hair \u2013 and you should never be scared about breakage when there are so many great ways to prevent it. When you come in for your treatment, be sure to speak to your stylist about any breakage or other hair concerns you might have. We\u2019re laden with tips, tricks and hair knowledge we\u2019d love to pass onto you, so your locks can stay perfect between appointments.<\/p>\n

Here\u2019s to healthy breakage-free hair!<\/p>\n","images":[],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/our-top-tips-on-saying-no-to-hair-breakage\/"}{"title":"How often can I dye my hair?","content":"

It\u2019s the eternal question of any colour-adventurous person. The on-going battle between wanting that beautiful colour, and the worry of damaged hair. So naturally, it makes sense to discuss the frequency of hair-dyeing, and just how much is \u2018enough\u2019!<\/p>\n

While there are lots of different colouring options available to you, the most important thing to consider is whether or not you are looking to lighten the hair or not.<\/p>\n

Going darker essentially means adding colour – so the restrictions aren\u2019t so heavy. However, when it comes to lightening the hair, Redken\u2019s Sean Godard says\u201cWhen going lighter, you should wait four to six weeks in between colour services to maintain it and avoid too much regrowth, which can leave banding in the hair\u201d<\/p>\n

But don\u2019t fret, those of you longing for lighter locks, Godard also says that going one level lighter or darker could be possible once a week (depending on the service!). The right colour from the professionals can add lots of shine and life to your hair.<\/p>\n

We\u2019ll take care of your hair during lightening, using the best breakage-preventing products available. Just be sure to take care of your hair post-treatment, too, with\u00a0 our Fibreplex shampoos and conditioners made to preserve the beautiful colour.<\/p>\n

So, always discuss with your colour technician your options, and have a consultation so they understand your wants and can recommend the best option for you.<\/p>\n



At Barrie Stephen, we offer a colour consultation as standard backed by our Colour Responsibly Policy, so we know you\u2019ll walk out the salon feeling a million dollars.<\/p>\n

We have the most up to date colour options available for our clients safety and convenience including PPD and ammonia free hair colour and scalp protection products.<\/p>\n

Now, just to pick the perfect colour and get going!<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/02\/Dyehair1.png"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/how-often-can-i-dye-my-hair\/"}{"title":"So, what are the differences between ombr\u00e9 and balayage?","content":"

The ombr\u00e9 and balayage \u2018looks\u2019 have caught on trend like wildfire in recent months, and we love them. The blend of darker and lighter shades adds a depth and dimension to the hair and always turns heads. We\u2019ve seen a number of celebrities rocking the looks, including Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Biel and Ciara. We\u2019ve also done a lot of these looks on some amazing clients, and the results have been nothing short of incredible!<\/p>\n

We love both of these looks, but we\u2019re often asked what are the main differences between a balayage and ombr\u00e9 hair treatment? Well, wonder no more!<\/p>\n


Ombre is the \u2018Style\u2019<\/h2>\n

Well first thing\u2019s first, the word ombr\u00e9 refers to the style that is achieved through the treatment and comes from the French word \u2018shadow\u2019. Ombr\u00e9 is colour blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colours.<\/p>\n

Although this technique is generally seen on brunettes and darker-coloured hair, blondes can also take on the look, but simply finish with a more subtle result called a sombre – but equally as gorgeous!<\/p>\n

With an ombr\u00e9 finish, you will see the gradient between both shades blend into block colours at the top and bottom of the hair. This is what makes that signature, dramatic-looking effect that is so popular.<\/p>\n

To achieve this stark dark-to-light dip-dyed look, our stylists use the balayage or hair painting technique. While the ombre is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right.<\/p>\n

In the salon right now we tend to create the more natural finish known better as balayage.<\/p>\n


Balayage is the \u2018Technique\u2019<\/h2>\n

Balayage this is a technique of highlighting the hair and gives a far more natural-looking finish. When hair is treated with the balayage technique, small parts of the hair have dye swept onto them, balayage literally means \u2018sweep\u2019 in French. \u00a0Most salons use foils or mesh for this. At Barrie Stephen our advanced team paint free-hand to create a beautiful natural finish.<\/p>\n

With balayage, sometimes known as hair painting, the lightener or hair colour is painted on in such a way to create a graduated, natural-looking effect from end to root and is all about creating beautiful blends of multi-dimensional colour. Unlike ombr\u00e9 not all of the hair length is lightened, just strands to give natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the\u00a0hair.<\/p>\n

While balayage sounds simple, the effortlessness of the look depends on the stylist\u2019s skill. Choose your stylist wisely!<\/p>\n

The transition in colour is more natural looking and generally a balayage finish is less maintenance than an ombr\u00e9 effect.<\/p>\n

Here are a few balayage finishes we\u2019ve created for our fabulous clients:<\/p>\n









If you\u2019d like to have a word with one of our team about how we can give your hair this \u201cwow\u201d factor, simply book in for a consultation on 0116 402 6222.<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/11\/ombre3.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/so-what-are-the-differences-between-ombre-and-balayage\/"}{"title":"Leicestershire Businessman of the Year 2016","content":"

Barrie Stephen was crowned Leicestershire\u2019s Businessman of the Year at the Niche magazine awards held at Athena in Leicester on Friday 9th September, 2016. \u00a0\u00a0With the most illustrious of Leicester\u2019s business leaders vying for this title, Barrie Stephen was delighted with this important win.<\/p>\n


Celebrating 20 years in business in November 2016 this award reflects years of hard work and dedication to the hair industry and Leicester itself.<\/p>\n

The dynamic leader of our 5 salon group, Barrie won the award for his 20 collaborations with partnership businesses including the Curve Theatre, BMW, The Highcross Shopping Centre and many more. \u00a0A true networker, Barrie has harnessed the real power of business collaboration to work with the best Leicestershire individuals and enterprises for a common goal.<\/p>\n

\u201cWinning awards has been part of my business strategy since 2007, and since that time, we have finalised, and won a sensational 52 awards both locally and nationally. \u00a0With each award being significant and symbolic of the time, this local title is where it is at for me. \u00a0A Leicestershire businessman at my core and so to be honoured in this way is just incredible.\u201d \u00a0Barrie Stephen<\/b><\/p>\n

Giving back and supporting the city also extends to local charities. As Ambassador for the RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre, Barrie\u2019s fund raising mission has so far raised a staggering \u00a320,298.<\/p>\n

Lee Parkin from Niche Awards commented, \u201cBarrie is a hero of this area, for many years he has worked tirelessly to bring not only award winning hair but award winning networking and support to others, he truly is a well-deserved and inspirational Businessman of the Year as he flies the flag for our brilliant city.\u201d<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/10\/Businessmanniche.png"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/leicestershire-businessman-of-the-year-2016\/"}{"title":"Finalist at Salon Business Awards","content":"

We at Barrie Stephen Hair celebrated this week as the newest addition to our family, BStyled, was shortlisted for the ‘Design Salon of the Year’ award for the 2016 Salon Business Awards.<\/p>\n

With hundreds of entries received, the judging panel viewed BStyled as, both, innovative and interesting, earning it a place\u00a0in the final six. She may only have been open since March but Barrie’s sassy little sister is wasting no time in making her mark.<\/p>\n

The winner will be announced at the Salon Business Awards Champagne Soiree on July 4th at London’s swanky rooftop cocktail bar, Madison’s. We’re keeping our fingers that BStyled will be taking home her first award!<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/06\/business-Awards-logo.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/finalist-at-salon-business-awards\/"}{"title":"Barrie Stephen’s sassy little sister","content":"

At Barrie Stephen Hair we love an anniversary and this year marked our twentieth year in business. To celebrate this momentous occasion we welcomed Barrie Stephen’s sassy little sister, BStyled, to the BSH group.<\/p>\n

As salon owner number 5, she sits proudly on the up-and-coming Hotel Street, which is enjoying a period of growth and regeneration. To mark the grand opening, Leicester’s City Centre Manager, Sarah Harrison, gave a short speech on Barrie’s contribution to Leicester over the last twenty years. Barrie does love his home town!<\/p>\n


Offering the same uncompromising service that has earned Barrie Stephen Hair the tittle of Leicester’s premier salon’, BStyled is a new concept in hairdressing that is taking the industry by storm. If you haven’t visited the fantastic team at BStyled yet then you’re missing out. Book your appointment for your red carpet gorgeous hair with Barrie Stephen’s sassy little sister today!<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/06\/opening1.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/barrie-stephens-sassy-little-sister\/"}{"title":"Bend and snap","content":"

The latest offering from the Curve theatre saw the hit musical Legally Blonde – based on the 2001 film – make its way all the way from Broadway to Leicester.<\/p>\n


Coinciding with the grand opening of the latest addition to the Barrie Stephen Hair Group, BStyled, the show opened on Thursday April 14th. The fantastic show saw The X-Factor’s very own Lucie Jones as the lead, Elle Woods, and Hollyoake’s dashing Danny Mac as Warner Huntington III.<\/p>\n

As official sponsors, the team at BStyled had the pleasure of offering their glamorous services to guests on the Barrie Stephen Pop-up Salon as they waited for the show to start. And since we love our clients so much they all walked away with goodie bags filled with Kerastase products.<\/p>\n

To show our appreciation for such a fantastic show, we invited the entire cast into BStyled on Tuesday April 26th for a luxury VIP pampering session. The girls enjoyed cuts and colours whilst the boys enjoyed some first class grooming from our expert barbers. What a fabulous afternoon this was as they received the full Barrie Stephen experience.<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2016\/05\/legalyblonde1.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/bend-and-snap\/"}