The Alternative Hair Show 2017 ‘UTOPIA’

The Alternative Hair Show 2017, UTOPIA

This year the Alternative Hair Show celebrates its 35th anniversary with a Gala Show that promises another outstanding celebration of the art and craft of global hairdressing linked inexorably with the generosity of the profession and the many professional product companies who have backed it over the ensuing years.

The background is a simple story of love, determination and commitment to fight leukaemia, a cancer of the blood notorious for the way it affects children and their families. It was in 1983 that Tony and Maggie Rizzo were devastated by the loss of their first-born child, Valentino, to the ravages of leukaemia. They responded to this tragedy by seeking out some of the world’s foremost hairdressers to help create a unique charity fundraising event at London’s Camden Palace. From this event the Alternative Hair Show was born. It has gone on to raise millions for the leukaemia cause and at the same time has become an enduring headline event in the international diary of hairdressing.

Such was the success of that first show that sell-out events have followed in London every year and sister-shows have taken place across the world – Austria, Italy, USA, Japan, Korea, Russia and USA. These Shows have all been dedicated to raising vital cash to fund life-saving research in the UK and in the countries where the shows were staged.

This year’s show, ambitiously entitled UTOPIA, will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 15th October, and will be a special anniversary and celebration of 35 years of Alternative Hair. The evening promises to be both poignant and, as ever, filled with creativity, imagination, excitement and entertainment, inspired by today’s leading stars from the world of hairdressing.

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Bundy Bundy Christmas Donation

We would like to thank Bundy Bundy for their very kind donation made to the Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation this Christmas. We truly appreciate their continued support and generosity towards a great cause.


November 2016 round of grants


The Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants:

Great Ormond Street Hospital – Drug Redeployment programme
The sum of £65,000, to this project which shows huge promise for advancement in treating childhood leukaemia. The researchers have already lighted upon two drugs, both established as safe for use in humans albeit in other fields, that show promising results in destroying leukaemia cells in laboratory tests. We now anxiously await further news as the team progress these drugs towards clinical trials. Meantime the researchers continue their intensive efforts to hunt out other drugs with similar potential.

Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) – Towards more effective and safer treatments of Childhood Leukaemia
The sum of £30,000 to a new ground breaking project based at the Institute of Cancer Research which will bring greater understanding of why some children relapse, their leukaemia returns and is even more difficult to treat. This research goes on to address how we can more effectively target the disease in those doubly unfortunate children and bring them back to a healthy life.

Royal Marsden Hospital
The sum of £10,000 towards the on-going work of this world-renowned centre for cancer treatment. The grant is dedicated to childhood leukaemia.

The Alternative Hair Show 2016 – Odyssey

The Alternative Hair Show 2016 – Odyssey

In our world of hair, beauty and fashion there is a continual evolving and enduring journey, stimulating creativity and inspiring our peers to push their artistry to new limits.

Alternative Hair has continued to showcase artistic hairdressers from across the globe, enticing them to take their creativity to ever more daring heights without limitations, exposing their work to an enthralled audience. This creative journey has brought hairdressing teams together for the mutual benefit of our charity, Fighting Leukaemia, but has also brought them together as a global artistic force.

The 34th Alternative Hair Show took place last night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, raising a fantastic £190,319.50 for Fighting Leukaemia.
This year’s theme: Odyssey, proved highly inspirational for the 20 artistic hair teams from across the world participating in the Show. Combining amazing hair styling, makeup and fashion styling with impressive choreography, each show enthralled, entertained and impressed the 5,000 audience.

The 2016 Teams were presented to the audience by Alternative Hair Founder, Tony Rizzo and Worldwide President, Anthony Mascolo. Each team received a handmade award created by Wil & El Esser.


The International Visionary Award has become an important part of the evening and each year the number of global applicants has increased. This year 35 finalists presented in 3 categories: Cut & Colour, Mens and Avante-Garde each showed 1 model. The intricacy and quality of the work shown was highly impressive and it was an almost impossible task for the panel of iconic judges to select. Tony Rizzo and Anthony Mascolo presented the awards to:

1st – Pino Troncone
Runner Up – Marese Sweeney

1st – Lin Yi Siou
Runner-up – Joel McCauley

1st- Amanda Whittome
Runner-Up – Zhilinskiy Sergey

The Alternative Hair Show also hosts the International AIPP Awards. The highly prestigious AIPP Awards this year received a new impressive record: 679 collections from 32 countries General Secretary of the AIPP and General Manager of ESTETICA Magazine USA, Spain & Latin America, Sergi Bancells, Tony Rizzo and icon colourist Annie Humphries presented the International Legend Award to Klaus Peter Ochs.
Other awards were:
Commercial Award won by Raffel Pages
Avant-Garde Award won by Angelo Seminara
Photo Award won by Anne Veck
Men’s Award won by Uros Mikic
Video Award won by Hair & More

Alternative Hair is about promoting artistic hair talent but its heart is about raising money for Fighting Leukaemia. A short film to illustrate how the money raised is invested is shown to the audience before the Charity Appeal, which was presented by show host, Linda Evans and Leukaemia survivor, 7 year old, Blue Tobin. As well as putting money into the buckets shaken throughout the theatre by a team from Bloodwise, the audience was invited to text:

AHSW16 £5 to 70070

The spectacular evening closed with a presentation the cheque for ££190,319.50.
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Salon International 2016

Salon International 2016
15, 16 & 17 October 2016
ExCeL, London

There’s always so much to see and do at Salon International – that’s why it’s considered the number one destination for hairdressing professionals everywhere; and in 2016 you can see more than ever before with new show features including the HJ Men Stage, HJ Legends Lounge, Business Bubble sponsored by 3.6.5. Education, National Trichology Conference and Hair Health Village. These new additions complement favourites including the HJ Stage, British Hairdressing Awards Gallery sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, and Fellowship for British Hairdressing Stage. With over 400 brands showcasing great products and equipment, services and practical solutions, you can benefit from financial incentives at the show, ensuring you save time and money.

Think of what you can achieve in just one day at Salon International:
· Have your scissors sharpened by the most skillful craftsmen
· Get shopping! Whether you’re buying in bulk or stocking up your kit bag, you can try before you buy
· Benefit from great at show offers and discounts
· See launches and innovations first hand
· Try and compare product and equipment and see what work’s best for you and your clients
· Keep up-to-date with a huge amount of free education on offer
· Motivate yourself and your staff by enjoying a team day out
· Get inspired by your hairdressing heroes who’ll help you take the latest looks from catwalk to client
· Network with industry friends and peers and make new contacts
· Speak directly to your suppliers and build relationships

With so much on offer, it’s the best place to get your creative juices flowing so come, soak up the amazing atmosphere and mix with the many thousands of like-minded hairdressing professionals that will be making their way to this year’s unmissable event. Sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you’re among the first to hear about our exciting show news and announcements.

Take advantage of the online discounted rates and book your tickets in advance – hurry, online booking closes at 6pm on Friday 14th October.


Tel: 0844 581 4915

Alternative Hair Take Children to Paradise

Alternative Hair Take Children to Paradise
On September 3rd, the Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation – Fighting Leukaemia treated 19 children suffering from Leukaemia and their families to an exciting day at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire.

During a day of fun and wonder, children and their families who had been nominated by the Royal Marsden Hospital and Bloodwise, took a colourful journey, experiencing bird shows, The Big Cat Feed, the Jungle Antics Show and finishing off with a fabulous tea party, where the children got hands-on with balloon modelling.

Great memories were created and experiences shared, among families all battling with Leukaemia and the effects of their treatment. Tony Rizzo – founder of Alternative Hair said “It was such a special day, seeing children, having fun and spending time with their families, I hope we can do more events like this..”

The Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation has worked tirelessly for thirty four years raising funds, mainly from the generous hairdressing industry. Every year, donations support invaluable research into curing Leukaemia and also help to support families suffering the effects of dealing with this ruthless illness.

Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation are very grateful to all the sponsors for their donations that made this day possible;

· Bear Nibbles
· Denman International Ltd
· G & P Cosmetics
· Keith Mellen – Anne Veck Salons
· Linda Beauty Group
· Lois Aspinall Consulting Ltd
· Mikel Luzea, Spain
· Petra Mechurova Hair Design
· Pettenon Cosmetics S.p.A
· Salon Success Ltd
· Schwarzkopf Professional
· Usborne Publishing Ltd
· Wella (UK & Ireland)

Special thanks go to Mauro Carraro & Paloma for their filming and photography, Paradise Wildlife Park for hosting the event, Royal Marsden & Bloodwise for family liaison & nominations and Francesca Waite for coordinating the day.

International Visionary Award Entries – DEADLINE EXTENDED

International Visionary Award Entries – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Alternative Hair International Visionary Award embraces artistic hairdressers and recognises their talent and vision.
The entries nominated as finalists will be selected to appear in the International Visionary Award presentation at the London Alternative Hair Show on 16th October 2016.

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for entry of the International Visionary Award has been extended to the 19th AUGUST.
If you are still yet to enter, please follow the link below to download your application form and be in with a chance to showcase your talent on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.


We are thrilled to have Wella on board once again as a charity sponsor for the Alternative Hair Show 2016.
Wella is a global company who specialise in Haircare, Styling and Colorants sold to individuals as well as hairdressers.
Wella are well known for their slogan ‘comitted beyond beauty’ and their products, which protect and nourish hair as well as giving the best style and volume.

We are grateful for the continued support from such an established global brand, joining us in our fight against leukaemia.


We are pleased to announce we have secured a new sponsor for this year’s Alternative Hair Show. AlterEgo a brand who have created a revolutionary fortifying system for bleaching, colouring and lightening hair.
AlterEgo are well known for their Hi-Tech Couture brand with chic styling.
We are grateful for the support from such an established global brand, joining us in our fight against leukaemia.




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