Artist Spotlight Stage Line Up Revealed for Salon International 2023

Published 22nd Aug 2023 by Josie Jackson

Hosted by professional stylist and haircare expert, Chlöe Swift, our Artist Spotlight Stage featured the hottest new talent and trailblazers leading the way. Brand-new for 2023, there were a whole host of incredible looks created throughout the pods. Keep reading to find out more about what went on...

Saturday 14th October                           

Pod 1

10.30 - 11.30 Rory Mason from Rory Antonio

11.30 - 12.30 Daniel Argenio             

12.30 - 13.30 Dylan McConnachie   

13:30 - 14:40 Vinny Brennan

14.30 - 15.30 Ryan Lewis


Pod 2

10:30 - 11:30 Sid Da Barber

12:30 - 13:30 Charlie Gray

13:30 - 14:30 Leanne Pollard, The Hair & Beauty Academy

14:30 - 15:30 Jonathan Neale

15:30 - 16:30 Daz Lloyd


Pod 3

11.30 - 12.30 Amir Tilavi

12:30 - 13:30 Gaz Curley

13:30 - 14:30 James Parr

14:30 - 15:30 Vinay

15:30 - 16.30 Ainsley Cuts


Day One Round-Up

Rory Mason, finalist for Midlands Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards 2023, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, took to the Artist Spotlight Stage to share a creative wedding updo utilising extensions and hair nets. The look was all about creating volume and making an impact, while he also shared tips for working with damaged hair. 

Meanwhile, Sid Da Barber set to work cutting a mid skin fade, keeping the look shorter at the back and completing the style with a carefully crafted quiff. Roots & Co director Vinay Lakhatariya made light work of an ultra-clean skin fade, and spoke to visitors about the importance of branding.

Daniel Argenio was also showcasing his skills with extensions, creating a soft glam look inspired by the work he does in his Chelsea-based Salon.



Sunday 15th October 

Pod 1

10.30 - 11.30 Giuseppe Manco

11.30 - 12.30 Emy Rocabella             

12.30 - 13.30 Lyla May Woolley                 

13.30 - 14.30 Victoria Tryhorn, Smith England

14:30 - 15:30 Ben Brazzo

15.30 - 16.30 Emma Simmons          

16.30 - 17.30 Andrew Plester  


Pod 2

10.30 - 11.30 Luca Jones

11.30 - 12.30 Teresa Weller

12:30 - 13:30 Zanear Barber

13.30 - 14.30 Sophie Goldsworthy

14.30 - 15.30 Evelina Lundgren

15.30 - 16.30 Charles Rose

16.30 - 17.30 Danny Malone


Pod 3

10.30 - 11.30 Bethan Brennan, Creswell Barbers

11:30 - 12:30
Wez Jones

12:30 - 13:30 Natalie Cresswell

13:30 - 14:30 Mark McKenzie

14:30 - 15:30 Hollie Watson

15:30 - 16:30 Liv Bain 

16:30 - 17:30 Rose Sinclair 


Day Two Round-Up

Liv Bain took to the stage to showcase a style incorporating different textures, utilising gold leaf to amplify the look and make it more editorial. 

Andrew Plester also spoke about elevating a style, explaining that he met his model Chen in a pub and thought she already had a great look, but wanted to help take her existing cut to the next level. 

Meanwhile, Emma Simmons took the opportunity to work on a curly cut, sharing that she still thinks education is lacking in regards to this hair type, and was hoping to share some tips with visitors.   



Monday 16th October

Pod 1

10:30 - 11:30 Dean Lawton Taylor @ Clipso
11:30 - 12:30 Fergal Doyle

12:30 - 13:30 SNAP! Competition Winners Announced

13:30 - 14:30 Sasha Perkes

14:30 - 15:30 John Ross

15:30 - 16:30 Farah Naz


Pod 2

10:30 - 11:30 Robert Kirby

11:30 - 12:30 Darrel Starkey

12:30 - 13:30 SNAP! Competition Winners Announced

13:30 - 14:30 Melissa Timperley

14:30 - 15:30 Kat Duke, Jack and the Wolfe

15:30 - 16:30 Sammy Bickle


Pod 3 

10:30 - 11:30 Lucy Bryan

11:30 - 12:30 Lucy Boodell, Goldsworthys

12:30 - 13:30 SNAP! Competition Winners Announced

13:30 - 14:30 Aimee Newman

14:30 - 15:30 Heather Robertson

Day Three Round-Up

Robert Kirby was demonstrating his skill with artificial wigs – that he had coloured himself. He explained his process behind the colour journey, and added that despite common misconceptions, wigs are actually harder to work with than real hair as they don't behave the same way. However, he added that the benefit of using wigs is that you can be more creative and out of the box. While working on the Artist Spotlight Stage, Robert took time time to pause and chat to students passing by, sharing his wealth of knowledge.

Wigs appeared to be the theme of the morning, with Fergal Doyle also demonstrating his skills. He showcased a Barbie-inspired, hyper-feminine concept, which also featured a slight nod to the upcoming film, Priscilla. Fergal decided to create two styles on one model, starting with a down look before transforming it into a powerful up-do. Explaining his inspiration in more detail, he said: "I wanted to create a salon-friendly look, keeping Barbie modern, soft and wearable."

Darrel Starkey is known for his wig-making skills, so it's no surprise he also chose to illustrate this while on the Artist Spotlight Stage. His look incorporated textured wefts hand-sewn from protein hair, in an extreme style. Chatting about his experience on the stage, Darrel said: "As an independent artist, it's really nice to be able to showcase me and my work, in whatever way I choose."

Lucy Boodell took a different approach to working with a wig on stage, sharing the creation process. She shared: "I do a lot of wig making and working with wigs, so I thought, why now showcase it at Salon?" She also echoed Robert, adding: "You can look at wigs and think it's easy, but a lot of time and effort goes into making them, cutting them and colouring them."

Sasha Perkes took to the stage to showcase stunning orange, peachy coloured hair with custom hair extensions for an added feather effect and dramatic finish.

Joe from Melissa Timperley Salons took to the stage to showcase a pink bixie cut. He said: “I wanted to showcase that sometimes it’s not about what you take off, it’s about what you leave on,” before taking the weight out of the cut, shattering the layers, and taking out corners to create little features, live, and styling to complete the look.

Kat Duke from Jack & The Wolfe created a vivid pink look inspired by Y2K/Bratz, by adding custom coloured hair pieces and micro-crimps for added texture and “little pops”, for an overall cool and dramatic look.

Meanwhile, Heather Robertson prepped her model’s hair in her pod by blow-drying, explaining to the audience the importance of prepping the hair properly, before creating a stunning updo.

If you're interested in finding out what else happened at Salon International, why not take a peak at the HJ Stage round-up?

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 22nd Aug 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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