1.2011 Graphic Noir de NHF

Backstage at the latest NHF Inspire photo shoot, the team were buzzing with creativity and bursting to style their models for the cameras. Led by British Hairdresser of the Year Akin Konizi and the hob creative team, and sponsored by Fudge, the team’s second photoshoot together produced a graphic statement of style that showcased a soft and romantic finish called the Graphique Noir Collection.

Five of the ten NHF Inspire members participated on the day, including Kayleigh Louise Nicholas (CF40 Experience, Tonypandy), Katy Grimshaw (Celestearnold hair and make up in Lancashire), Colin McAndrew (Medusa Hairdressing, Edinburgh), Matthew Guy Sutcliffe (Westrow, Leeds) and Gary Hunter (Frances Hunter Hairdressers, Stirling ) all took part in the shoot creating a combination of sexy, sultry looks and sleek finishes.

Akin Konizi commented on the new collection “We’re bringing in strong, graphic haircuts with an attitude that also blends a softer, more romantic element. The black & white effect helps to juxtapose the hard and soft lines of the styling and the result is a shoot that is extremely on trend!”

A first for new NHF Inspire Manager, Rebecca Dickinson from The Vanilla Rooms in Doncaster, who attended her first shoot with the team, summed up the day “The team along with hob worked so hard – a day’s prepping with colour and products provided by our sponsors Fudge, meetings to discuss mood boards and themes for the collection, and then a full on day of shooting, styling and directing. The energy and group inspiration coming through on the day was unlike anything I’ve seen – this team are strong, creative and it’s my aim to really get these guys noticed by the industry. They’ve produced another inspiring collection.”

The NHF Inspire team share their inspirations and direction on the new collection:

Kayliegh Louise Nicholas: “My styles were about sexy, sultry hair that had an organic feel. It’s important to get the foundations right for any style and then you build the finished look from there.”

Colin McAndrew: “I was able to do some cutting, not just styling, on my model. It’s a great opportunity to show your skills and vision to then create a wearable but technically developed finish.”

Matthew Guy Sutcliffe: “This collection enabled me to express my understanding of face shapes, layering and definition. It’s all about creating natural movement but to then have a focal point such as the fringe, in this case.”

Gary Hunter: “My look was all about a short crop that had a real editorial feel that’s on trend for 2010. It’s short but versatile – it works well smooth and textured.”

Katy Grimshaw: “I was able to show a real change in style from brunette to blonde and to create defined short crop. Working with agreed theme encourages you to be creative but still keep to the end collection focus.”


Hair by NHF Inspire for Fudge

Creative Direction by Akin Kinozi and hob creative team

Photography by John Rawson

Styling by Jared Green

Makeup by Lucy Flowers


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