Kutz N Kurlz receives ISA Industry Champion AwardFull article "here"
A salon owner from Brynmawr has been rewarded for her support of a national campaign to regulate the hair sector.
Donna Wallbank, owner of Kutz n Kurlz in Brynmawr and Abertillery has been awarded with ISA Training's inaugural Industry Champion Award which formally recognises an employer who supports the Campaign for Mandatory State Registration and constantly promotes professionalism of the hair and beauty industry.
Presenting the award to Donna, Shirley Davis-Fox MBE, Member of the Hair Council and Chair of ISA Training said "I was delighted to award this to Donna today as Donna has only ever employed State Registered Hairdressers across her two salons and has been doing this long before I started to raise awareness in Wales of the need for mandatory registration."
Shirley added "Donna is a much respected member of the Wales Think Tank for State Registration and always gives her time freely to support the campaign and many other ISA initiatives. This first award could not have gone to a more deserving person"
ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales has worked with Donna for over 10 years delivering hairdressing training to her team.
On receiving the award Donna said "I'm absolutely delighted to have even been considered for the award and over the moon to receive it. To be recognised for something you are passionate about is just amazing! To be the first to receive what is to become an annual award makes it more of a privilege."
Donna who has worked in the sector for 35 years, has been State Registered for over 20 years and has two Master Craftsmen in her team.
"It is my passion to ensure that our Industry is recognised as a professional career option and not decried by those with little knowledge of all we have to know and do to be the professionals we are. It's up to us to demand mandatory registration and therefore recognition of our profession and to ensure a legacy is left for the future of our industry in the UK."
Kutz N Kurlz and Stephanie are announced as Finalists in the Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards 2015
After receiving a tremendous number of nominations from across Wales, the finalists for the second annual Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards 2015 have been compiled.
The Mercure Holland House Hotel will play host to the classy black tie celebration, which will take place on the 28th June 2015 in Cardiff.
The glamorous night promises to be the biggest and most memorable event in the Welsh hair and beauty industry, with a range of awards to be presented to the most deserving professionals and businesses in their field, ranging from the Best of Cardiff award to the much sought after Beauty Salon of the Year.
Kutz N Kurlz Hair and Beauty based in Brynmawr and Abertillery Blaenau Gwent, celebrated 25 years of business in March 2015 and have been shortlisted in the HAIR SALON OF THE YEAR category as well as one of their stylists, Stephanie Edwards SRSH having been shortlisted for WOMENS HAIRSTYLIST OF THE YEAR.
Kutz N Kurlz Hair and Beauty and Stephanie will find out if they will be crowned winners at the glamorous ceremony being held in Wales.
Donna Wallbank SRSH, Salon owner said - "I'm absolutely delighted that our fantastic team have been considered worthy for nomination by our wonderful clientele, it's been amazing to have been shortlisted but also to have Stephanie - our salon manager/ Stylist nominated and shortlisted is just beyond exciting! To be recognised for something you are passionate about is an amazing reward and a huge privilege'' Donna added ''Kutz N Kurlz celebrated 25 years of being in business this year, I have received the ISA Industry Champion Award and now these nominations - What a way to celebrate the wonderful Career choice that The Hair and Beauty Industry is!
The Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards seek to commend the talented individuals and businesses that help us look and feel fantastic by constantly delivering superb and innovative services in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. The award ceremony provides a platform to show appreciation for the hard work, dedication and accomplishments of those in the hair and beauty industry. The event promises to be as glam as the individuals and salons it is acknowledging!
Irfan Younis of event organisers Creative Oceanic commented, "Once again the competition is intense as with twenty one accolades to be presented on the evening. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck and we look forward to delivering yet another great event."
Salon Cymru 2015
Nicole Williams, one of our Level 2 apprentices was piped to the post with just 6 points between 1st and 4th place in the Hair up category at this year's Salon Cymru competitions and then also went on to take 7th place in The Avant Garde section of the competition.
Salon manager Stephanie Edwards who attended with Nicole said 'Nicole's commitment and continued practice over the weeks before the competitions showed in her work and the skills she used, I was extremely proud of Nicole and next year - look out as she will continue to grow as a junior stylist and will be itching to take a better place in Salon Cymru 2016'
Donna added 'Nicole is a talented young lady, who yet is to realise her own abilities and talents, we are sure this will only have added to her determination to be an outstanding stylist within our salons - well done Nicole' http://www.isatraining.co.uk/salon-cymru/salon-cymru-2015-results