This Week's News 04.05.18

Patch test party

The importance of clients getting a patch test has been well documented recently and now salon owner Casey Coleman is speaking up on the issue with #PATCHTESTPARTY. Casey, the founder of CHAIRsalons, Cardiff's first gender neutral salon, is offering clients money off services if they go into his salon for a skin test. On the issue of clients not having patch tests, Casey says: "Because I'm just six weeks into my own business I'm constantly thinking of ways to improve the service we can offer. I've always crusaded the fact that I always skin test my clients and have always refused to colour someone's hair if they're not willing to have a patch test. It only takes one client to have a bad reaction and it's too late! It's our responsibility as hairdressers to enforce this vital part of colouring." Throughout the last month, Casey has been inviting clients to visit him at CHAIR Salon for a patch test and in return rewards them with either £10 or 10% of their next colour service whichever is more. "It's vital that we make this mundane task fun for everyone involved. This way we educate our clients on the benefits of patch testing," said Casey.

Entries are open for salon international 2018 competitions

Salon International hits the ExCeL Arena on 13-15 of October and these are the competitions to showcase your talents:

  1. Afro Stylist of The Year & Men's Afro Stylist of The Year
  2. HJ's Barber of The Year
  3. HJ's Bridal Hairdresser of The Year
  4. HJ's Rising Star
  5. HJ's Extensions Specialist of The Year
  6. Ladies Commercial Fashion Look
  7. Men's Cut & Finish Competition

Click here for competition Terms and conditions

More blonde women than men

The largest ever study into genes and hair colour has discovered that women are more likely to have blonde hair than men. In a bid to understand the genetic roots of hair colour, scientists analysed data from 300,000 people who provided DNA samples They focused solely on people of European descent because their hair colour is more variable than African, Asian or Native American hair, which is typically black. As the largest ever study on pigmentation, they believe that the data will help to improve understanding of diseases like skin, testicular, prostate and ovarian cancers, as well as a person's chances of having Crohn's and other forms of bowel disease.

YouTube publishes deleted videos report

YouTube has published its first three-monthly enforcement report on the number of videos deleted from the website from October to December 2017. Figures show that 8.3 million videos were deleted for breaching community guidelines. Reasons why videos were flagged include child abuse. The figure does not include videos removed for copyright or legal reasons. Sexually explicit videos attracted 9.1 million reports from the website's users, while 4.7 million were reported for hateful or abusive content. Giving evidence to the UK's Home Affairs Committee, YouTube's counter-terrorism chief, William McCants, blamed human error for the delay in removing the videos. Yvette Cooper MP said the evidence given was "disappointing", "weak" and looked like "a failure to even do the basics". Further information: YouTube community guidelines enforcement

Increasing work opportunities for young people with SEND

Surrey Youth focus has launched a new e-bulletin called "Hidden Talent" aimed at encouraging Surrey employers to be pro-active about recruiting young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Surrey Youth Focus is a charity whose mission is to significantly improve the lives of young people through connecting, collaborating and innovating. The key aim

From conversations with a variety of organisations, Surrey Youth Focus has found that employers across Surrey are struggling to attract and retain talent, and that there is a significantly underutilised pool of talent for employers. Many of these young people are longing to work and make great employees if given the chance. Employers benefit by gaining new talent, which can bring useful insights to their organisation's strategy, products and services. It also gives employers an opportunity to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility values to their employees, customers and local community, thus helping both customer and employee retention.  To help employers harness their "Hidden Talent" employers are encouraged to sign up to the "Hidden Talent" e-bulletin.

Helping people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use NHS 111

NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. NHS England has produced a video to help people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use the NHS 111 service.

The video explains that you should call 111 if:

  • You need medical help - but it's not a 999 emergency
  • You think you need to go to accident and emergency or need another NHS urgent care service
  • You don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • You need health information or reassurance about what to do next.

The NHS 111 service is staffed by trained advisors, supported by healthcare professionals. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles. The video provides tips on what you can do, to have a good call and aims to encourage more people with a learning disability, autism or both to use the NHS 111 service. Find out more about the NHS 111 service by watching the video.

Free exhibition - 'Kidz to Adultz South 2018'

Date: Thursday 17 May
Location: Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre

One of the largest, UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them will take place in Farnborough on Thursday 17 May. Exhibitors will be offering advice and information including: Funding; Mobility; Education; Legal matters; Sensory. Seminar topics include: Behaviours that challenge; Autism; Employment; Legal matters and more... register here for your free tickets.

Team ITS warmly welcomes this learner who started his/her Apprenticeship this week

George Harris - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Marc Daniel Hairdressing, Camberley

Congratulations to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Kirsty Dickinson - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Pure Hair, Lightwater
Laura Thurley - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, Chobham
Shannon Atkin - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Dare, Dorking

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