{"title":"Spring Colour Sale","content":"

Is your hair colour feeling a little tired? Or perhaps you’re ready for a complete transformation?<\/p>\n

Everybody at Barrie Stephen is tired of winter and we’re looking forward to the Spring. This time of year is miserable and grey, so bring a splash of colour<\/em> into my life with the Barrie Stephen Colour Sale<\/em>.<\/p>\n

Get 30% off any colour<\/em> service when booked with a full price cut & finish Monday – Friday between 19\/02\/18 and 02\/03\/18.<\/p>\n

Book your appointment online or call us now on 0116 4026222<\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/02\/SpringColoursale.jpg"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/spring-colour-sale\/"}{"title":"Award Winning Stylists","content":"

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


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

 <\/p>\n","images":["https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/wp-content\/uploads\/2017\/07\/BarrieDirector.png"],"slug":"https:\/\/barriestephenhair.co.uk\/latest-news\/2017-set-to-be-another-award-winning-year\/"}{"title":"“How can I keep my salon-fresh look?”","content":"

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\/"}