Happy Birthday to our salon at South St Andrew Street! For 23 years now, under the guiding management and leadership of Ian and now Rosslyn, the salon team has been styling the hair for thousands of clients and satisfying the trends of the time!
Did you know that South St Andrew Street is home to some of the longest-serving stylists: Ian (46 years), Richard (25 years), Lori and Michele (24 years)!?
From our experienced staff to our most recently graduated stylists, the salon has such a variety of talent. A testament to this talent has been Salon Manager Rosslyn’s accomplishment as Finalist in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2018. One of the UK’s most prestigious industry competitions!
Therefore, to celebrate 23 amazing years, we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a CUT & COLOUR appointment in the salon with a stylist of their choice.
Three of our stylists helped raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer on 28 September during an annual Coffee Morning organised by The Signature Pub Group and hosted at Badger & Co on Castle Street. In addition to hairstyling and nail services everyone enjoyed teas, coffees and cakes. There was also the opportunity to purchase candles and enter a raffle with very generous prizes!
The Charlie Miller team comprised of 3 of our recently graduated stylists; Rowan (Stafford Street), Katryna (South St Andrew Street) and Joanna (Frederick Street). For a £10 donation, our stylists offered a variety of services such as up-dos, tonging and braiding. 100% of the proceeds generated by the Charlie Miller team were donated to Macmillan.
We would like to thank Badger & Co and the Signature Pub group for inviting us to participate in a fantastic event, we are grateful to have the opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all who came along!
Emily has been looking after Alex’s hair for around 3 years and despite moving to the west he still comes back for that regular haircut. Read on and discover Emily’s secret!
Meet Alex and Emily
Alex about Emily:
‘My favourite thing about having my hair done by Emily is walking out of the door feeling like a new man (and the mid-wash head massage is a pleasure). Emily always knows how to tailor my haircut with her expertise, judgement and imagination. She is a confident and imaginative professional. Creating a look that fits my personal style is no problem for her. I think of David Beckham as my own personal style icon but also everybody else’s.
New experiences and challenges inspire me and Emily manages to create a look that’s just right to take on anything!‘
Emily on her secret for success
Emily says; ‘Alex is such a full of life character that I always look forward to him coming in. He has such a genuine personality which makes him a very easy person to get along with and lovely to chat to. He’s always got great stories about his travels and everywhere he has been. I have been cutting his hair for graduation and family photos and before many of his trips. Because of his adventurous spirit, he’s very open to change with his hair and is always looking for suggestions on what I think would work best with his hair. He is quite laid back and most of the time lets me do what I think is best. Cutting Alex’s hair is always refreshing.’
Appointments with Emily can be booked at the click of button with our online app and you can view our price list here. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.
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A little bit of tranquillity in a busy day, client Shona Bathgate describes her regular salon visits. Shona’s relationship with Miriam Begg has been a success so far, but what else bonds the two?
Shona says, “I discovered the salon as it’s close to my place of work and Miriam has been cutting my hair for a long time now. She is beautifully stylish, fun and friendly and understands what works for me. Over the years she and my colourist Tammy, have saved me from some of my more questionable hair requests. I compete in long distance triathlons so my hair has to be practical and a bit edgy.”
Miriam says, “Shona became a client at least 10 years ago when another stylist was off sick and that day we chatted about different style options. I convinced her to go short and she’s been short ever since. I’m more likely to do her hair for a triathlon or the Ironman competitions as that takes up a big part of her life but she still likes to look good while doing this. She has a great spirit and loves to experiment with undercuts and different hair colours. As a professional mum of two who works full time she would give anyone in their 20’s or 30’s a run for their money. Shona is very inspiring and in fact she made me believe in myself to run the Edinburgh marathon. Most of our chat is about running and a love of food and wine. She is inspirational, fearless and fashionable!”
Appointments with Miriam or any of our talented stylists across Charlie Miller’s five Edinburgh salons, can be booked online here.
The 18th Charlie Miller Achievement Award presentation dinner took place on Easter Sunday with teams from all 5 salons gathering to celebrate success and achievements in a special night of glitz, glamour and reward.
From Trainee Stylists of the Year to Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year, the company gave out 22 individual achievement awards as a result of recognising and rewarding great work and performance delivered throughout 2017.
Presented by Charlie Miller Directors and Managers along with representatives from L’Oréal Professional, Kérastase and We Love Hair & Beauty this stylish event was held at the Radisson Blu on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and hosted by award-winning Radio and TV Presenter, Grant Stott.
First the grand prix achievement award for ‘Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year’ was announced and presented to a stunned Elle Craik, Stafford Street’s Salon Manager. While PR & Marketing Manager Yvonne Blyth, picked up a 20 year Long Service Award.
“Our managers are extremely proud of their teams and our Awards night is the culmination of a successful year of business where we recognise and reward great work and great performance” said Joint Managing Directors, Jason & Joshua Miller. “There’s so much genuine camaraderie around for each and every winner and we are thankful and grateful to have such a fantastic group of people working with us.”
This celebratory night comprised of a pre-dinner drinks reception, a 4-course dinner, games and a tombola draw with many fabulous prizes. The prizes were donated by numerous local companies and being given away to the lucky ticket holders. In addition the staff and guests then celebrated by dancing into the small hours.
The ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS are:
Elle Craik, Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year
Christie Whitelaw, Trainee of the Year Stafford Street
Sophie Frame, Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street
Rachel Grayson, Trainee of the Year Frederick Street
Nicole Hewitt, Trainee of the Year Ocean Terminal
Sarah Walls, Trainee of the Year Holy Corner
Ethan Coston, Trainee Competition Winner Group B
Rachel Meechan, Trainee Competition Winner Group A
Cat Nicholson, Retail Salesperson of the Year
Hannah Wilson, Receptionist of the Year
Karen Jones, Treatment Salesperson of the Year
80+Club Winners (Client Retention) : Corry Riley, Rosslyn Orr, Natalie Cole, Elle Craik, Karen Kennedy, Lorraine McDiarmid, Rosy Brogan, Leigh Forrest, Amber Swift, Steven Suckling & Richard Beggs;
Yvonne Blyth, 20-year Long Service Award
Euan Alexander, Graduate Stylist of the Year
Philip Michie, Salon Stylist of the Year
Stephanie Skellet, Senior Stylist of the Year
Lynsey Wilson, Head Stylist of the Year
Steven Suckling, Senior Head Stylist of the Year
Neil Purves, Men’s Stylist of the Year
Carla McGuire, Salon Technician of the Year
Neil Purves, Senior Technician of the Year
Karen Jones, Head Technician of the Year
We would like to congratulate all the winners and are proud of our staff.
Five Hairdressers, one Trainee, a Maintenance Technician and a PR & Marketing Manager were delighted to make up a team of Charlie Miller Hair Angels for It’s A Knockout Edinburgh 2017 on Sunday 27th August. This massively popular UK event organised by WeDo Scotland took place at Duddingston Community Ground in Edinburgh to help raise funds for SANDS Lothians*.
With skill and teamwork high on their agenda the 8 superstars (l-r Frank Clark, Neil Purves, Euan Alexander, Hayley Dallas, Natalie Cole, Leia Mackinnon, Yvonne Blyth and Philip Michie) successfully showed off their tactics in The Teletubbie Challenge, The Cannon Run, The Foam Pit and The Ultimate Relay.
There was much fun and laughter to be heard throughout the day from the many family and friends who came along to support. Donations were made in salon and on their JustGiving page and the team are delighted to have raised just over £1,700 which provides more than 42 counselling sessions to the families that SANDS Lothians supports.
*SANDS Lothians is a registered Scottish charity offering support, understanding and help both of a practical and emotional nature to bereaved parents and their families who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or whose baby dies soon after birth.
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From the Edinburgh photoshoot to Glasgow’s Backstage Finals and then on to London’s Grand Finals, this year’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition was an incredible journey for Leigh, Natalie & Tammy! Here’s a peek into the prep and final looks from these amazing and talented stylists. Especially with the support of MUA Ebony. Well done to you all!!
Pop in to any of our five Edinburgh salons and ask for a consultation with our highly qualified stylists. They will be delighted to discuss your ideas and transform your hair using cutting edge techniques and luxury treatments and products including Smartbond by L’Oréal Professional. Why not join us on twitter, Instagram and Facebook #cmhairdressing?
In 1994 during her student years at Edinburgh College of Art Chrissie Heughan was a hair model at Stafford Street for the trainees of that time. She has been a client ever since and for the past 3 years Chrissie can be found sitting in the chair at the salon in Ocean Terminal being looked after by her stylist Hayley. What is it that professional artist Chrissie (mum to Outlander star Sam Heughan) and stylist Hayley enjoy about each appointment?
Being an artist is really a lifestyle yet means there’s not a lot of what one would call “spare time” and although I enjoy sport, cinema and the theatre there’s nothing more relaxing than a head massage at the salon. It’s my favourite think and chill time! I love that they don’t do fuss! Then it’s over to Hayley and the calm, careful and professional journey continues in her chair. She completely understands my hair and all its challenges and it’s always well cut, smooth and manageable.
I started blow drying Chrissie’s hair about 3 years ago when I was a trainee. She came in often for model blow dries and was always very patient and helpful when it came to discussing her challenging thick hair. Chrissie and I both know how much hair she has and it often seems that no matter how much I cut there’s always more; it’s never ending but Chrissie trusts me fully on all advice I give her on what’s best for her hair type. I’m delighted that after qualifying Chrissie followed me to my new salon Ocean Terminal and now comes to me as a full paying client for both colour and cutting services. I find Chrissie a very funny, friendly and interesting lady.
Appointments with Hayley, or any of our talented stylists across Charlie Miller’s five luxury Edinburgh salons, can be booked at the click of button with our online app and you can view our price list here. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.
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We were delighted and honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to our salon and Training Academy at Holy Corner where she unveiled a plaque to commemorate our 50 years in business. The Princess Royal spent an hour meeting with Directors, Managers, Assistant Managers and over 40 other team members. These were from across the salons as well as a number of our longest-serving clients.
During a reception HRH learned about our work with the ‘Hair 4 U’ project and Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). She met with patients and nurses involved. She also met our 6 ‘Trainees of the Year’. These are hairdresser from our successful apprenticeship programme. They were able to demonstrate some of their cutting, colouring and styling skills.
HRH finished her visit with a charitable donation to her Charities Trust along with a posy of flowers.
Thanks also to STV News reporter Susan Ripoll and cameraman Colin for their coverage of the visit on STV News at Six.
Love and happiness spread like wildfire at this year’s Charlie Miller Achievement Awards Presentation Dinner as the teams from all 5 salons gathered to celebrate success and achievements in a night of glitz, glamour & awards. From Trainee Stylists of the Year to Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year, the company gave out 29 Awards to recognise and rewarded the hard work, commitment and dedication shown throughout 2016.
Presented by Charlie Miller Directors and Managers along with representatives from L’Oréal Professional and ghd Professional this highly glamorous annual event was held at the Radisson Blu on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Sunday 5th March and hosted by award-winning Radio and TV Presenter, Grant Stott.
The biggest win of the night, the Grand Prix Award for ‘Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year’, was announced and presented to Holy Corner’s Salon Manager, Amber Swift whilst, Ocean Terminal’s Salon Manager, Cat Nicholson was presented with a diamond ring in honour of her loyalty and support over the past 20 years.
“Our Awards event is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate together and it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour, success and reward”, said Joint Managing Director, Jason Miller. “It’s also our time to let our teams know that their good work doesn’t go un-noticed. There’s so much genuine camaraderie around and we are thankful and grateful to have such a fantastic group of people working with us.”
The evening comprised amongst other things of a pre-dinner drinks reception, a 4-course meal and a tombola prize draw with 36 spectacular prizes followed by dancing into the small hours.
WINNERS are: Amber Swift, Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year; Euan Alexander, Trainee of the Year Stafford Street; Hannah Burns & Sophie Frame, Joint Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street ; Rachel Grayson, Trainee of the Year Frederick Street; Claire Ross, Trainee of the Year Ocean Terminal; Rachel Meechan, Trainee of the Year Holy Corner; Kayley Fleming, Trainee Competition Winner Group B; Joanna Drummond, Trainee Competition Winner Group A; Natalie Cole, The Janet Miller Award; Cat Nicholson, Retail Salesperson of the Year; Mairi Pryde, Receptionist of the Year; Karen Jones, Treatment Salesperson of the Year; 80+Club Winners (Client Retention): Rosslyn Orr, Richard Beggs, Natalie Cole & Michelle Brash, Corry Riley (not in photo), Mori Neill (not in photo), ; Cat Nicholson, Long Service Award; Philip Michie, Graduate Stylist of the Year; Emily Keen, Salon Stylist of the Year; Stephanie Skellet, Senior Stylist of the Year; Steven Suckling, Head Stylist of the Year; Lisa Jane Allen, Senior Head Stylist of the Year; Neil Purves, Men’s Stylist of the Year; Rebekah Smith, Salon Technician of the Year; Laura Wyles, Senior Technician of the Year; Rosslyn Orr, Head Technician of the Year
Scottish Apprenticeship Week ends today 10th March 2017 and we want to shine the spotlight on our wonderful trainees as we highlight some of their reasons for choosing their apprenticeship journey. We asked a few of them what 3 words best describe the experience of being a Trainee Stylist and why someone should choose hairdressing as a career and here’s what they said:
In business for over 50 years literally hundreds of young apprentices have started their careers with us, sharpening their scissors and mastering their craft en route to a rewarding career. There are many attractive benefits a hairdressing career can bring: expert training in the craft and in personal growth; ongoing developments to keep a young person inspired and ahead of the game, competing in awards, climbing the ladder to manage a salon or join the Creative Team, plus a consistent and competitive salary.
Variety is guaranteed as each client has their own story and every day a hairdresser has the opportunity to make their client feel and look fabulous. From welcoming clients to the salon for their ‘first day at school’ haircut to the potential of travelling the world for fashion shoots or catwalk and professional hair shows. Relationships are at the heart of everything we do and investing in the professional and personal growth our young apprentices is a commitment we take very seriously. Alongside the company’s regular in-depth salon expert training programme in cutting and colouring techniques, advances and new products, the trainees are also enlisted on SVQ Hairdressing Levels 2 & 3 which is managed by ACT (Ambition Centre for Training) and offers accredited and structured theoretical education.
Throughout the year trainees growth and achievements are recognised and our Trainee Competitions are an opportunity for them to show off their creativity and skills and wow our judges to win cool prizes. In addition, our individual salon Trainee of the Year Awards are run annually and are presented at our Achievement Awards night.
If you’re interested in a career with us simply request an application form via firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about life at Charlie Miller by following us on Instagram, twitter and Facebook #cmhairdressing
This week 17 defibrillators were installed on Edinburgh Trams as part of an ongoing project by the St John and the City Defibrillator Project to provide lifesaving devices throughout the City. Charlie Miller is delighted to be one of the first donor businesses to support this very worthy cause which also sees Edinburgh Trams as the first public transport organisation in the UK to have public access defibrillators (PADs) on all their fleet. Read the full story here http://bit.ly/2lRQ1gi
Use of a defibrillator within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase survival rates by up to 75 per cent. Each one comes with a recorded message to explain how to use them.
What is a defibrillator and when should it be used?
It is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall and should be used when someone is in cardiac arrest.
A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest.
Defibrillators are now commonplace in public areas such as train stations, shopping centres, airports and leisure centres.
These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency.
The British Heart Foundation says that you should not be afraid to use a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.
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