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TrendLife Interviews: Men’s stylist Jez Djemil – MR. Barbers Hertford

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TrendLife Interviews: Men's stylist Jez Djemil – MR. Barbers Hertford

Keen to showcase the best in local talent, TrendLife Interviews would like to introduce Men’s stylist Jez Djemil of MR. Barbers Hertford.

Who was the first person you cut? How old were you and did you get paid?

Having trained as a hairdressers in hobs academy at the age of 17 and specialising in cutting, my first hairdressing experience was in Hertford town at Hobs. I can remember how difficult it was to gather the coordination of holding the comb and scissors together to be able to cut a one length.

Hob academy - Keen to showcase the best in local barbering talent, TrendLife Interviews would like to introduce Men's stylist Jez Djemil of MR. Barbers Hertford

I used to cut men’s and women’s hair whilst I was at Hobs and my first barbering experience I can remember was cutting my brothers hair on a model night. I used clippers for the back and sides which felt much more comfortable and enjoyable, this is when I realised I enjoyed cutting men’s hair more than women’s. As a trainee, I never got paid for my haircuts until I was 19 and working on the shop floor.

What route did you take to be come a stylist/barber?

I started at hobs salons in Hertford at 17 years old and attended The Hob collage in Camden London, this where Is where I gained my NVQ Level 2 qualification. After completing my NVQ I then went to the hob academy where I specialised in cutting and styling, this was to enable me to work on the shop floor. After working at Hobs for 4 years I then decided to change my path and go into the world of barbering.

Currently I am working in Mr barbers Hertford, I’ve been there since the shop opened and the shop is now coming up to its 1st year anniversary.

What do you remember about going to the barber as a kid?

When I was young everyone used to go to the same barbers as it was on the route to school and everyone seem to like their cuts. They were family run business owned by the dad and his two sons. I used to love having my haircut as a kid but I’ve always been very fussy about the way I wanted my hair to look and the way it was cut.

Knowing I was so particular about my hair I always thought I’d be able to become a barber and be that one person everyone wants to get their hair cut by.

What do you think the biggest men styling trend has been in 2019?

Although skin fades have been about for many years they seem to be becoming more and more popular in 2019. I say this year most guys are going short with their hair even down to clippers on top.

However kids seem to be going the opposite and keeping their hair longer on top and going back to the ‘curtains’.

And 2020, what do you think will be trending in a year’s time?

Next year in 2020, I think people will be going for a more textured style cut on top but still keeping the side short. This year guys have been growing their beards more than ever, next year I can see most guys keeping their beards and keeping them long.

There are plenty of barbers across Beds, Bucks and Herts to choose from. How do you ensure you keep clients happy and coming back?

The key to keeping happy clients is having good customer service and doing a good consistent job. The barbers is a good place for people to come and have a chat and to maybe talk to their barber about things they wouldn’t have the confidence to with other people.

Our booking system is now becoming popular in the shop, it allows the customers to chose their time slot and cut out the waiting time. As daily life becoming busier it’s become a popular option to book via the Mr Barber app.

If you are a good barber you should be able to maintain and gain new customers wherever you go.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in your years in barber shops?

I’ve seen a few crazy things whilst I’ve been in the barbering industry, The funny ones are where customers have come in with a half shaven drunken haircut which their mates tried to do before a night out.

If you could style one celebrity client, who would it be and why?

If I had to style and cut any celebrities hair I’d have to choose David Beckham. He’s been known over the years for his iconic hairstyles and he is one of the top trendsetters in the world, his current hair style is one of my favourites so far.

Favourite stylist/barber?

My favourite hairstylist has got to be Vidal Sassoon, as he changed the world of hairdressing and has become one of the most influential hairdressers in history.

My favourite barber is Rob The Original, he’s so unique and collides the world of art and barbering into his cuts.

If you were not a barber, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a barber I would probably go down the creative route and do something in the world design. I’ve always been into drawing and creating my own style.

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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Meet Katie Godfrey… Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

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Meet Katie Godfrey... Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

Katie Godfrey is the powerhouse behind the KG brand, single-handedly building her empire from a single salon bought aged 19 as a school leaver with no qualifications, to a chain of salons, a UK-wide beauty training academy, an eyelash product range and a salon coaching business. 

Katie left school at 13 after being bullied, but this only made her more determined to succeed in life. Her Bedfordshire beauty salon became a go-to destination and after being named Eyelash Technician of the Year in 2014, Katie started to rack up the awards winning 15 to date, and securing press coverage nationally including the likes of OK and Hello, as well as pampering various celebrities. 

Now you’re as likely to find her judging awards as winning them – she’s co-owner of the “World Lash University” conference & awards which is partnered with “The Lash Games” at Olympia Beauty, and has her own podcast, “The Life Of KG”, aimed at those in the hair and beauty space but also relatable to anyone in business. 

How Katie Godfrey expanded her brand

Going on to own a chain of franchise salons, Katie then sold these to focus on education, aiming to raise standards across salons and within the industry. She launched KG Professional, a beauty training academy which now has branches in Bedfordshire, Southampton, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire, Milton Keynes, Sussex and Essex, and an eyelash product range.

Within 6 months of launch, the eyelash range was selling into 500 salons and is now sold globally. Katie was one of the first trainers in the UK to teach Russian Volume Lashes, flying to New York to learn and then bring the techniques back. 

Meet Katie Godfrey... Bedfordshire Beauty and Hair expert

In addition to maintaining the salon and pro businesses, Katie is a dedicated business mentor and looks after over 35 salons. She started this side business 3 years ago after being inundated by businesses coming to her for help as a result of her success story – she offers 1-2-1 and group mentoring sessions, and aims to launch the first comprehensive online business course for the hair and beauty industry imminently. She talks regularly at colleges and events about her story and is passionate about motivating others to build their careers. She is one of the authors of number 1 best-selling book, ‘Extraordinary Women’, and co-owner of “Salon Franchise,” a consultancy company in the hair & beauty industry. 

Katie’s achievements are all the more impressive considering she has done this while single-handedly parenting her daughter. She is testament to the goals that can be reached with determination and hard work and is inspiring and helping many others to do the same. 

Awards won by Katie Godfrey

  •  3rd “Inspirational Women of the year” 2020.
  • Winner “Health & Beauty Franchise of the Year 2020, Livewire Excellence Awards.
  • Winner “Best Health & Beauty Clinic Franchise – South East England” 2019
  • 2nd & 3rd place “World Lash University Lash awards” 2019
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2018
  • Winner “Best Beauty Salon – Bedfordshire” 2018
  • Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2017
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2017 
  • Winner “Client Experience Award” 2016
  • Winner “Most Outstanding Salon of The Year” 2016
  • 2nd Place “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2016
  • Winner “LUX Salon of The Year” 2015
  • Winner “Fans Choice Awards” 2015
  • Winner “Eyelash Technician of The Year” 2014 

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Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

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We may have leaked some news a few weeks ago but it is now official. Fashion retailer NEXT has announced the expansion of its beauty business with the exciting news of four new ‘Beauty & Home’ stores. Milton Keynes and three other UK locations will welcome the new Next Beauty and Home concept stores. Milton Keynes’ very own Next Beauty and Home store will open its doors on Friday 2nd October, in the former Debenhams store at intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Next Beauty and Home

As well as selling clothing and home furnishing, NEXT currently sells over 250 beauty brands on next.co.uk. Following on from a successful online collaboration of Fabled by Marie Claire, which launched Beauty on next.co.uk in October 2018, Next has been interested in expanding the brand into the beauty world.

The aim of the new concept stores is to create a premium retail environment for beauty products, to complement the offer NEXT already carries online. Alongside this, NEXT’s well-loved Home and Lingerie collections will also be available within the new stores; which will further expand the lifestyle offer available to Next customers in Buckinghamshire.

The Milton Keynes Store will stock premium brands including; Armani Beauty, Bare Minerals, Benefit, Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder, GHD, Lancome, MAC, Origins, Too Faced, Urban Decay, and YSL. The store will also offer a range of premium beauty services in-store.

Simon Wolfson, NEXT’s Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with existing and new beauty brand partners to create a new force in beauty retailing – bringing our Online business to life through premium store environments in some of the UK’s most important retail locations.”

Milton Keynes welcomes new Next Beauty and Home concept store

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Next – A High Street innovator

British clothing retailer Next is used to launching new concepts. After opening its first Next Store in 1982, Next launched ‘Next for Men‘ in 1984. One year later saw the launch of their first home interiors range. 1987 brought the birth of NEXT childrenswear. 1988 was the launch of NEXT Directory – the brand’s innovative new concept for in-home shopping. Next has always been an innovator and the launch of Next Beauty and Home could be the much needed retail therapy we need in these testing times.

 

*NEXT -The Beauty and Home Store – Concept Drawings. (Supplied by Dalziel & Pow)

Where can I find Next Beauty and Home?

The new Next Beauty and Home Milton Keynes store will be located at Intu, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, 38 Midsummer Blvd Milton Keynes, MK9 3GA. Opening hours for Next Beauty and Home Milton Keynes will be shared when available. intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre is currently in the process of rebranding.

*NEXT is working with its Retail teams and brand partners to open the stores with social distancing guidelines and procedures that are safe for customers and colleagues.

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Smile with a free teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

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Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover

Welwyn Garden City’s Church Road Dental are giving our lucky readers the chance to win a dazzling free teeth whitening makeover worth over £400.

What is tooth whitening ?

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Deep Bleaching works by increasing the tooth’s permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules. It is a combination treatment meaning that there is a 2 week home treatment followed by 1 hour visit at the dentist (optional).

Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.

Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

What are the benefits tooth whitening ?

One of the benefits of tooth whitened is an improvement in general self esteem, making us happier and more content.

Over time our teeth may become discoloured by certain foods that we eat, drinking coffee or red wine, smoking, and how well we brush and floss. Whitening can help by producing a younger looking effect. If we’re not embarrassed by or conscious of our teeth, we smile naturally and confidently. Smiling has been shown to improve mood by triggering the production of endorphins.

Dental professionals have noticed that patients who’ve had their teeth whitened tend to show an improvement in their oral health care routine. Experiencing the advantages of whiter teeth often leads us to take good care when brushing, flossing, and seeing our dentist for professional cleanings. Since good oral health can improve your overall health and prevent many diseases, this is by far the most important reason to consider teeth whitening.

How do I enter the competition ?

For a chance to win, follow or like Church Road Dental on Instgram or Facebook. Then share their teeth whitening post and tag TWO friends. More information is available upon request from Church Road Dental.

Smile confidently with a *free* teeth whitening makeover from Church Road Dental

About Church Road Dental

Church Road Dental provide excellent dental care in a safe and relaxing environment. Their team of dentists, nurses, hygienists and technicians provide all the treatment and advice that patients need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile! Church Road Dental is located at 4A Church Road, Welwyn Garden City.

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