Introducing the 2020 F.A.M.E. Team

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The F.A.M.E. Team remains the pinnacle of achievement for Fellowship members, with an exhaustive list of former teammates who have gone on to transform the British hairdressing landscape.

For 2020, the team has a new leader; Jamie Stevens. With experience as a salon owner, session stylist, educator, brand ambassador and industry personality, there’s very little that Jamie doesn’t know about the industry – and as a former F.A.M.E. Team member himself, he has incredible insight into the Fellowship.

This year’s team have an exciting year ahead of them, filled with education, experiences and exposure, with a year-long calendar of events ahead. Already confirmed is a trip to China, where they will appear on stage in front of thousands as part of the World Hairdressing Congress. We caught up with the new team to find out more about their goals, experience of applying, and what the F.A.M.E. Team means to them…

Casey Coleman, Chair Salons   
How does it feel to be on the F.A.M.E. Team? 

It’s been a life goal of mine for some time now, so to finally make it made me feel ecstatic. I’m so excited to get to know my teammates and spend an incredible year with the amazing Jamie Stevens. 

Tell me about your application process. 

The process can be quite gruelling. After trying six times, I finally cracked it. The semi-final is a day full of tight time schedules, innovative thinking and pure pressure. The process is built to find who is confident enough to take on a year’s worth of intense training, shows and shoots. Would I do it again? Ask me in a year’s time! 

What are you most excited about for the year?

I’m most excited about stretching myself. I think this experience is going to really test me as a hairdresser but also humble me and allow me to build relationships with my teammates and mentor. After trying for so long, I’m also excited about the whole experience and how it will benefit me and my salon team.  

What’s the one thing you want to achieve this year? 

I just want to be a better hairdresser. Running a business that’s in its early years, I struggle to find time to educate myself, so this will definitely be a great way to improve my skill set, build my confidence and learn to enjoy myself a little more.  

How would you describe your personal brand of hairdressing? 

My style of hairdressing is a hybrid between avant-garde and editorial. It’s quirky and pushing boundaries, but above all, it’s for everyone. A lot of my work is also story based, so there’s always some sort of background to anything I produce, which I think makes my work authentic.

 

Jose Domene, Hare and Bone 
How does it feel to be on the F.A.M.E. Team? 

It’s an incredible feeling; a dream come true to be honest. I think the most amazing thing is to realise that from now on, we will be part of this legacy. I have always looked up to people who were in the F.A.M.E. Team and to know that I'm one of them is crazy. 

Tell me about your application process. 

This was my second attempt. The first time I didn't make it to the final, but I got some great feedback and that really gave me the insight to come back stronger and more prepared. The process is very full on, but at the same time it’s very exciting. I had amazing support from my boss Sam and great mentoring by Jamie – they both let me be ‘me’ but gave me the tools and the push to make my looks more elevated. 

What are you most excited about for the year?  

The mentoring days, the shoots and, of course, CHINA! 

What’s the one thing you want to achieve this year? 

I want to really master my signature style. I have an idea of where I'm going but I don't think I've got it just yet. 

How would you describe your personal brand of hairdressing? 

Beautiful, sophisticated and clever with subtle details that make the look really stand out. 

 

Brooke Evans, Brooke Evans
How does it feel to be on the F.A.M.E. Team?

I don’t think it’s even sunk in yet! I’m so excited. I keep looking up the 2019 team and seeing what they did and have been up to – we’re in for an incredible year.

Tell me about your application process.

This was my first time and it was incredibly intense. I didn’t think I would ever get through when I saw who had applied because some have so much more experience than me, and have  been through the process before – and I was the only girl in the final!

What are you most excited about for the year?

I am so excited to work with the boys this year; they’re such a great bunch of lads! I’m also excited to be under Jamie’s wing. But how can China not be the most exciting thing?!

What’s one thing you want to learn this year?

I really want to gain a better insight into working with Afro hair and session work. I think this will help us as a team and will also give me insight to take back to the salon for award entries. I also want to find my niche; I love all aspects of hairdressing, but I want to find out what’s really ‘me’.

How would you describe your personal brand of hairdressing?

This is so hard! I feel like my hairdressing is like my fashion sense; one-minute airy fairy and the other more creative and dark. I would have to say soft and editorial, but with a focus point of something that’s out of the ordinary.

 

Brandon Messinger, David Rae Salons, Orpington
How does it feel to be on the F.A.M.E. Team? 

I’m over the moon – it's been a dream of mine since I was a young apprentice. I didn’t feel ready to apply before I was 30, at which point that was the upper age limit. When I heard it had been upped to 35, I knew I had to give it my all.

Tell me about your application process.

The audition process and heats are so stressful and intense. The standards are incredibly high and everyone wants it as bad as each other, so expect all-out beautiful hair with a few surprises thrown into the mix. It’s sink or swim. This was my second year entering and you learn so much that you have to keep going. Not only is it good for the industry, but it's great for personal growth. (Thanks to Ken for encouraging me to enter again!)

What are you most excited about for the year?

This year I'm most excited about the journey. As a perfectionist, I'm looking forward to learning from everyone and adding as many strings to my bow as possible. With our team and leader, Jamie Stephens, that's a lot of string!

What’s one thing you want to learn this year?

I'm looking forward to being honed and guided by some of the industry's biggest legends. I can’t wait to see what this experience is going to do for my repertoire.

How would you describe your personal brand of hairdressing?

I'm known for my futuristic edgy looks with precision at the forefront, but I'm beginning to fuse precision with soft manipulation. I like to mix it up but love to keep everyone guessing - it’s important to experiment. Evolution and sharing are the cornerstone of our industry.

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