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Shortlisted for the Southern Hairdresser of the Year

Tia Gentles of Wispers Hair, Wickham has been shortlisted for the Southern Hairdresser of the Year title at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

Widely regarded as the highlight of the hairdressing calendar, the annual awards – now in their 39′ year – celebrate the outstanding creative and technical skills of stylists from across the United Kingdom. Featuring ten regional categories recognising the greatest talents from all areas of the UK, stylists from all over the globe are also celebrated in the International Collection of the Year category. Standout talent is honoured in nine specialist categories including Afro, Men’s and Avant Garde, the event’s most coveted trophy is British Hairdresser of the Year* – arguably the industry’s greatest accolade.

Judged anonymously by over 100 leading hairdressers (including celebrity stylists, session stylists, salon owners, previous winners and Hall of Fame** members), winners are set to be announced during a red-carpet ceremony on Monday 27″ November at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.

Tia is one of just six finalists, each shortlisted having submitted four photographic images demonstrating the breadth of her hairdressing expertise, including both technical and creative abilities. She will now submit a further four images for the final round of judging, which takes place in September. Both stages of judging are independently audited and verified.

“It’s a dream come true to make the finals” said Tia. *Our industry is full of such talented creatives, so to be shortlisted alongside names I admire so much feels very special. I’m incredibly proud of my collection and hope the judges will see the passion and time that has gone into creating it”

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said: Almost forty years since their inception. HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards continue to be the most coveted accolade in hairdressing, celebrating the artistry and expertise of the remarkable individuals that make up our industry. Tia has presented a collection that is both eye-catching and inspiring, showcasing a diversity of skills and an eye for detail. She should feel incredibly proud to have made an impact amongst such impressive competition.


Wispers At The L’Oreal Colour Trophy Final – London, June 2022

Wispers were in full attendance at the L’Oreal Colour Trophy on Sunday June 26th 2022 to cheer on our amazing Senior Stylist Caitlin. This event is attended by all of the industry icons such as Errol Douglas, Darren Fowler, Sally Brooks as well as hairdressers from around the UK. This is the culmination of all of the regional finals and to get through to the final 16 of a national completion, and one that has been running for over 60 years, is a huge accolade for Caitlin and Wispers. Caitlin reached the final of the Star Award which is aimed at the next generation of amazing skill and talent and although Caitlin did not win the ultimate award, it was a huge success for her and we are all incredibly proud of her achievement.

We will continue to take part next year and showcase our teams amazing talent and creativity.

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l’oreal colour trophy

l’oreal colour trophy

l’oreal colour trophy

Wispers Makes The L’Oreal Colour Trophy Final 2022

Following the Semi Finals in London on April 10th, we are proud to update that Caitlin has made it through to the Grand Final in London on Sunday June 26th 2022. This is a huge achievement for Caitlin and reflects on her skill and talent as we all as the standard of the whole team at Wispers. Her model Shanique looked amazing and wowed the judges on the day. Alex unfortunately was pipped at the Semi Final with an outstanding look on her male model Jess. Both were supported by our multi talented receptionist and professional make up artist Megan to complete the killer looks. We will all be there to cheer on Caitlin and will her to capture the trophy at the Final. We can’t wait and are so proud of all of our entries this year. Congratulations Caitlin!




Wispers Reaches Semi Final of L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2022

Although interrupted by Covid over the last two years, L’Oreal have re-introduced their long running and prestigious competition again this year and Alex, Caitlin and Hayley all entered into different categories. L’Oreal Colour Trophy is a heavily subscribed national competition and the standard of entry is extremely high. We are very proud of all three entries and each of our entrants, spent a lot of their own time in terms of the creative insight, preparation and then participating in the final styling and creative photo shoot in late February.

We are pleased to announce that Alex and Caitlin have made it through to the Semi Finals in London on April 10th where they will have to re-create a look and image on a live model in front of a panel of judges. Success in this round will see them enter the National Final in June 2022. It is a significant achievement to have two of our entries make it this far and congratulations to them both – we will be supporting them all the way and wishing all the best of luck for the Semi Final.

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loreal 2022

loreal 2022

christmas 2021

Christmas Prize Draw

Thank you for your loyal custom and support this year.

The Wisper’s team would like to show their gratitude by offering a free to enter draw which is open to all customers who have an appointment for any service during the period 15th November to 24th December inclusive.

Each appointment (if you visit several times during this period each visit will count as one entry into the draw) will be entered into the draw which will take place at 2pm on Xmas Eve 2021. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the draw. Terms and conditions will apply which can be found on our website.

The five prizes are:

  1. £150 voucher for The Ivy Restaurant, Winchester
  2. £100 Wispers Voucher
  3. GHD Platinum Straighteners worth £175
  4. Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Harbour Hotel, Southampton
  5. Kerastase Gift Set

We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and Good Luck!

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Alex Tears Up The Stage – F.A.M.E Final 2022

Alex, supported by the whole Wispers Team took part in the F.A.M.E 2022 Final at Salon International at The Excel London on Monday 18th October. She had two 20 minute slots in front of a live audience as well as some of the hair industries leading icons such as Errol Douglas MBE, Sally Brooks, Ken Picton, Junior Green and Ashleigh Hodges to compete two looks of her own inspiration.

Alex chose the Ivy Asia restaurant in London and completed a complicated Hair Up on her first model including a Sushi Rolling Mat (!!) to support the shaft and then presented an amazing precision cut and complex colour on her second model.

Alex got an amazing reaction and we will find out if she has made the 2022 Team at an Industry Luncheon on December 6th in London. We are very proud of Alex and she could not have done any more in terms of presentation of execution on the day. Well done Alex and fingers crossed for the result!

Credit: Thank you also to Megan Perella for amazing make up and our two amazing models!

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Alex Makes The Final of F.A.M.E. 2021

We are pleased to announce that after a day of presentations, auditions and interviews at The Worx in London, Alex has secure a place in the Final of the 2021 F.A.M.E. Team. The Final will be held at Salon International at London’s Excel on Monday 18th October.

Alex had a full weekend of prepararation before the Semi Final and was judged by some of the Industries leading icons including British Hairdresser of the Year, Sally Brooks, Errol Douglas MBE, Ken Picton, Junior Green and Karollina Saunders and now commences her preparations for the finals. The FAME team is selected from national entrants and is a leading team representing the future of British Hairdressing.

To reach the final is in itself a huge accolade and we will all be supporting Alex to go the extra mile and make the final selection. The results of the final are announced in London on December 6th… this space!


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Hayley Graduates As A L’Oreal Colour Specialist

Hayley has now completed her intensive 13 week course at the L’Oreal Academy in London and has now graduated as a L’Oreal Colour Specialist. This is a significantly advanced course in terms of techniques and knowledge and Hayley now becomes the second graduate at Wispers along with salon owner, Tina.

The course was completely based at the L’Oreal Academy in London and involved a significant amount of theory and practical work during the day as well as assignments in her own time. Hayley now joins an exclusive and limited team of UK graduates from this course and it is validation of all of the hard work that she has put into this qualification along with her talent and passion for colouring.

Congratulations Hayley, you deserve this!


Alex Makes Semi Final of F.A.M.E. 2021

The Fellowship Academy of Merit and Excellence is an annual initiative that was created to nurture, encourage and promote an elite group of young, up-and-coming hairdressers in all aspects of the industry. Offering unique exposure and a possible platform for future stardom, the F.A.M.E Team is the UK hairdressing industry’s original, and still the best, independent launch platform for young creative stylists. We are pleased to announce that Alex has passed the first round of selection, and from many national entries has now made it through to the Semi Finals in London in August.

This is a tough, time demanding and exacting selection process and we are delighted that Alex has got this far. She has impressed the judges with her talent, skill, enthusiasm and creativity and we are all supporting her preparations for the next round. Fingers crossed and congratulations for reaching this point so far.

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