Resort to host major hair and beauty event

Leroy Farmer (left) and son Kyle Farmer, from directhairbeauty with the posters for Hair Live 2015
Leroy Farmer (left) and son Kyle Farmer, from directhairbeauty with the posters for Hair Live 2015
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Hairdressers from across the north and midlands are getting set for a major beauty event in Blackpool.

The Hair Live 2015 barbering exhibition aims at enthusing local hair experts, but also attracting keen-to-learn hairdressers and barbers from much further afield.

It will take place at the Village Herons Reach, on Sunday, September 13, having been organised by Thornton-based hairdressing and beauty product wholesaler, directhairbeauty.

It will play host to some of the biggest names in UK hairdressing and barbering, including hair-up artisan, Patrick Cameron, and top barber, Simon Shaw.

Organisers said having this calibre of hairdressing star come to Blackpool – or anywhere outside of Britain’s big cities – was rare, which is why directhairbeauty is seeing ticket purchases from hairdressers across the North West, Yorkshire, and Derbyshire.

Fylde coast hairdresser, Ian Bradley, of Allure Rococo in Poulton, said: “As a salon, we do a lot of prom, red carpet and bridal hair, so Patrick Cameron is an obvious draw for us. I first saw him when I was 16 and I am now 46, but still learning things from him. I am just as inspired as I was as an apprentice.

“Shows like Hair Live 2015 allow us to do this, but are not usually on our doorstep and usually entail a lot of expense and travel. Now, all seven of us can go to Hair Live 2015 in Blackpool and leave with a raft of new ideas to implement back in the salon.”

A salon owner much further afield, Roisin Clarke at The Headquarters in Derby, said: “One of our juniors is on an advanced barbering course, so she can’t wait to see Simon Shaw and Josepth Lanzante, whilst we have a young apprentice keen to learn all she can from the top industry names.”

Directhairbeauty’s Maria Farmer said: “It’s entailed a lot of hard work, but we wanted to put Blackpool back on the hairdressing and barbering map and feel we have done that.

“This will be a sensational show and one that local hairdressers should not miss. If we can pull in hairdressers from locations as far away as Derby, hairdressers locally should be vying to get the last tickets and get here.”

Ian Bradley agrees. “This show is massive for Blackpool,” he says. “Hairdressing is all about embracing new ideas, learning how to use new colours, moving with the times and progressing.

“We can only do that with shows like this, so to have this on our doorstep is an amazing opportunity.”

Tickets can be bought at or by calling 01253 852626.