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Clynol's Protégé Team 2011 announced


Young hairdressing hopefuls were put through their paces in Clynol’s very own X-Factor style search – grilled by a team of industry pros lead by Hensmans Director Gemma Hensman – and the new styling stars can now be revealed.

Clynol's Protege Team

Joel Palmer – Charlotte Murray, Muswell Hill
Lizzie Bardsley – Ethos Hairdressing, Manchester
Patricia Dawson – The Sitting Room, Ballymena
Ryan Harris – Angels, Aberdeen
Luisa Bradley – Elizabeth & Giovanni, Kidderminster
Annie Hindson – Lisa Shepherd, Sutton Coldfield

2011 sees a change in the format of the Clynol Protégé Team. This year the talented youngsters will also be joined by a former Protégé member from the team of 2010 who has shown great creativity and achievement throughout their time representing Clynol. This year the scholarship and passport onto the Clynol Protégé Team 2011 went to Emma Bedwell of Hoop Haircutters in Clacton-on-Sea. This takes the talented team of creatives up to a magnificent seven.


Team mentor Jamie Farrar comments, “I am absolutely delighted with the team that has been selected. Each person has great potential and we already have a fantastic spread of existing skills – a couple of great little presenters, a couple of edgy creatives and some big characters – it’s going to be a fun year!  With the brilliant standard that we had I was so confident of getting a fantastic team and thanks to the judges we potentially have one of the best.  I think the people who come into this fantastic youth team honestly get stronger and stronger each year – it’s an exciting part of my job to work with them and bring the very best out of them.”


The Protégé process has three stages, an initial 'first-cut' phase:

STAGE 1: applicants send in a personal pitch saying why they feel they should be considered for the team along with a summary of the creative work they will demonstrate at the next phase should they be selected.   Of the 72 initial applicants, twenty eight were shortlisted for the face to face interview and presentations.

STAGE 2: Bringing their models along, with pre-coloured hair, the stylists have an hour to complete their cutting and styling out, the judges assess initial impressions on the applicants’ working practices and confidence.

STAGE 3: The finalists must present their work to the judges in a three minute slot, showing sound technical knowledge as well as a flair for presentation. They then present their mood boards and the judges ask questions on their presentation.


"A huge well done to the six successful candidates, it was quite an achievement as the standard was fantastic.   It's amazing that young people who have, for the most part, not been involved with presentation work on this level, and certainly not in front of industry specialists, have the maturity and self-belief to dig deep and really perform. We were so impressed with the self-assured way in which almost everyone presented their work, they really did themselves justice and there was so much potential. It would have been great to get them all involved, but hopefully those that weren't successful this year will try again, because we really were spoilt for choice,"  commented Gemma Hensman, Director of Hensmans Salons.




Patricia Dawson – The Sitting Room, Ballymena

Patricia began her hairdressing training back in 2004 at Seven Towers College in Ballymena and joined The Sitting Room in 2009 where she now works for Clynol Creative Partner and Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year nominee Julian Dalrymple. Patricia loves all aspects of hairdressing. She decided that she wanted to join the industry from a very young age after admiring her older sister who worked as a hairdresser.

“Cutting would be what I love doing the most as there are so many styles and trends are constantly evolving. There is always something new to learn.”

Inspired by the strong work and sharp cutting of Sassoon, Patricia spends her spare time with her little boy and shopping. Her favourite meal is salad and her favourite celebrity is Matthew McConaughey, we think they’d get along well!

It means everything to Patricia to be a member of the Clynol Protégé Team 2011; she can’t wait to learn some new skills from mentor Tracey Devine. By the end of her year as a Clynol Protégé Patricia would like to be more confident in all aspects of hairdressing, particularly presentation work.


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