Celebrity hairdresser Patrick Cameron to star at Salon Cymru

Celebrity hairdresser Patrick Cameron.

Inspirational hairdresser Patrick Cameron is coming to Wales later this month to give a masterclass at ISA Salon Cymru, the nation’s top event for hairdressing and beauty talent.

New Zealander Cameron, acknowledged by his peers as the international ambassador for long hair, will deliver a 90 minute masterclass at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday, April 26.


Cameron, who last starred at Salon Cymru in 2011, is one of the world’s most sought after hairdressers and an international ambassador for the industry.

Keen to put something back into the industry, he takes time out of his busy schedule to visit at least five hairdressing colleges a year to demonstrate his skills and pass on his expertise to young hairdressing students.

In addition to his masterclass, he will present Hair Council state registration certificates to newly qualified Level 3 hairdressers who are ISA Training’s learners. He will also be interviewed on stage by event compere Owain Wyn Evans, the BBC Wales weatherman.


Salon Cymru is a dynamic annual event organised to showcase the nation’s young creative hairdressing and beauty talent in 10 exciting competitions


This year’s competitions will have a European flavour, as learners from Poland, Turkey and Spain will be putting their skills to the test against competitors from across Wales and the English border counties.


The European visitors are returning a learning exchange, which has seen learners from ISA Training visit Poland, Turkey and Spain to gain experience of the hair and beauty industry in other countries.


All the usual competitions return, including fantasy make-up, using ‘Game of Thrones’ as inspiration and avant garde, on an international theme, which both give learners free rein with their creative skills.


Also demonstrating their skills at Salon Cymru will be WAHL Barber of the Year Darryn Pitman, who will be on the second stage at 12 noon and former world champion hairdresser Steven Smart who will showcase at 1pm. These demonstrations are included in the £5 entry fee, which is paid at the door.


Judges include award winning Scott Smurthwaite, managing director of Cream hairdressing salons in Gloucester and Cheltenham, 2009 Salon Cymru overall winner Josh Rees-Hole, who is now artistic director at Urban Retreat, the salon in Harrods, London, award winning stylist Vicky Turner from the Goldsworthy Group, Debbie Smart from Smart Est 72 and Chris Howells from Laura Mercier


Around 170 competitors and more than 500 spectators are expected to attend the dynamic event. New sponsors include Salon Connection, who are sponsoring Cameron’s masterclass and Francesco Group, Stafford, who will provide a tailored, week-long course in their academy for the winner of the cutting level three category.


In addition to prizes for the top three in each category, there will an overall winner and a rising star award.


“There is no bigger name in the world of hairdressing than Patrick Cameron and we are delighted to welcome him back to Salon Cymru,” said Shirley Davis Fox, ISA Training’s chair. “Together with the involvement of the European exchange learners, it promises to be our best ever event.


Closing date for entries is Friday, April 17 and admission is £5 for adults and £2 for children and pensioners. More information at http://www.isatraining.co.uk/salon-cymru/ or on Facebook.