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HEAD OF THE CLASS Culture of Cool The Sassoon Academy combines inspiration, technique and trendsetting in its classes for beginning and seasoned stylists alike. The newest Academy in London reflects Sassoon’s core philosophy with minimalist design, clean lines and contemporary styling. Sassoon Academy international creative director Mark Hayes 76 6.12 Images: courtesy of Sassoon Academy; Hot Rod: cut and color: The Sassoon Creative Team led by Mark Hayes; makeup: Daniel Koleric; stylist: Tabitha Owen; photography: Colin Roy When Vidal Sassoon pioneered his geometric approach to haircutting in the early 1960s, legions of other stylists coveted his techniques. But of course, not everyone could work at his salon, and thus began the Sassoon Academy in London in 1973. Today, with 14 academies spanning the globe (three in London, five in the States, four in Germany and one both in Shanghai and Toronto), Sassoon’s vision thrives with programs that cover everything from the ABCs of cut and color to courses for experienced stylists, including collection classes that focus on inspiration and experimentation (sassoon. com/academy). Heading up today’s education is Mark Hayes, who joined Sassoon as an apprentice in 1977. In 2005, Hayes was appointed international creative director, where—among other responsibilities—he manages ongoing development of the academy. “Students can expect the highest standards and the most knowledgeable team in the most professional surroundings,” Hayes says. “They leave not only inspired, but feeling they are part of the unique culture that is Sassoon.” SNEAK PEEK! An image from Hot Rod, the Sassoon Academy’s autumn/winter trend release Hayes personally teaches the Collection Course (North America) and International Masters (UK) course, each a three-day, hands-on seminar given in an intimate environment, while the Trilogy Course in London offers a “snapshot” of the Sassoon method, covering classic, creative and inspirational work. “The philosophy behind the Academy is to share knowledge in a creative, engaging way,” Hayes relates. “We incorporate insightful demonstrations, motivational presentations and empathetic coaching programs.” Meanwhile, trends—ever intrinsic to the Sassoon esthetic—remain a top priority, as the International Creative Team travels the globe for continuous inspiration that can be translated into new looks and techniques for cut and color. “The team members are ‘coolhunters’ in every sense of the word, and these ideas are all distilled in the Academy and form the basis of the always-anticipated Sassoon Collection,” Hayes enthuses. “Ultimately, the one piece of advice I’d give to stylists: One’s educational journey is never finished!” —Tracy Morin

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LaunchPad - June 2012

LaunchPad - June 2012
Editor’s Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
First Look
Inside Story
Brand New
Color Lab
Male Order
Tool Talk
My Way
20 Questions
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Free Launch
First Person
Beauty 911
Only Hue
British Invasion!
Full Circle
That Summer Feeling
Hot Child in the City
Quick Tips
Look of the Month
Advertiser Index

LaunchPad - June 2012