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'The Art of Session Hairstyling' Masterclass with Anna Cofone. Edition II.

We had an amazing couple of days exploring the world of session hairstyling. Focusing on enhancing skills through techniques, revisiting iconic hair looks, discussing how to gain inspiration and putting new skills into practice. 

If you are Interested in joining our next 'The Art of Session Hairstyling' Masterclass with Anna Cofone,

please register your interest by pressing the button below!

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RNIB See Differently Awards

Our Hair & Care founder, Anna Cofone, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the RNIB Volunteer Award!

 

The RNIB See Differently Awards 2024 have chosen three finalists from each category, The winners will be announced on Tuesday 21 May 2024. 

We are thrilled Anna is being recognised for the hard work and passion she puts into Hair & Care! 

Congratulations to all other finalists, we can't wait for May!

See Saw Podcast

'Hair to Empower with Anna Cofone of Hair and Care'

Our founder, Anna Cofone, drops by See Saw Podcast to talk about her foundation ‘Hair and Care’ that provides hair and self care workshops for young women that are blind or visually impaired.

See Saw podcast: "T & Cleaves started See Saw with the aim of giving a different perspective on Disability and Visual Impairment. Both being registered blind, they were unsatisfied with ‘mundane’  podcasts for disabled people, and so formed See Saw to give a different perspective."

 

Thank you to the team at See Saw!

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'How to be a VIP' Podcast

Our Hair & Care founder, Anna Cofone, is in an episode Taylor Notcutt's 'How to be a VIP'

"How To Be A VIP' is a podcast about living as or with a visually impaired person, and aims to help you, our lovely listener, see the world through our eyes."

Head over to the podcast to listen to Anna & Taylor's conversation, discussing all things hair care, and personal experiences relating to the VI community. 

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Hair & Care in British Vogue

The amazing success of Sinead O'Dwyer's AW24 show, including it becoming the first ever accessible fashion show for blind and low vision people, has been written about in British Vogue.

 

We are so proud to have been mentioned in the article, we are excited to continue this journey on bringing awareness to blind and low vision women, especially within the beauty and fashion industry!

 

Please read the article here.

 

Thank you British Vogue

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Thrilled to be bringing awareness to accessibility for the blind and low vision community within the beauty and fashion industry. So happy with Sinéad O'Dwyer's beautiful show, and working together to make this happen.

 

This is only the beginning, so much more to come!

Thank you Dazed Media!

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Sinéad O'Dwyer AW24
Sponsored by Hair & Care CIC

On Friday 16th February 2024, Hair & Care sponsored the Sinead O'Dwyer AW24 show with the support of Authentic Beauty Concept, Olivia Garden Europe, Easy Dry, creating the first, ever, accessible fashion show for the blind and low vision community.

 

Our founder, Anna Cofone, the lead hairstylist for the show, took the opportunity to push for the inclusivity of the blind and low vision community. Working with Sinead O'Dwyer was the perfect, as she is a trailblazer for inclusivity within fashion..

We invited the inspiring Lucy Edwards, Claire Sisk and Emily Davidson, who are all incredible blind women paving the way for the community through their social media presence. 

 

To make the show accessible we; introduced the women to the designer prior to the show, they were told about the collection, and felt the garments.  Backstage their hair was done by Anna & the team, once seated for the show they were given their audio descriptions of each look in the collection.

This was an equally important and empowering moment for the blind and low vision community, and for the fashion, beauty and hair industry. 

'The Art of Session Hairstyling' with Anna Cofone is back!

Our founder, Anna Cofone, will be hosting a second 'The Art of Session Hairstyling' Masterclass in April 2024. 

We are very excited to be collaborating on 'The Art of Session Hairstyling' once again, with all proceeds going towards the running of our Hair & Care Workshops. 

This masterclass will be a creative, intimate and immersive experience, set over two days, in an inspiring location in East London. 

For more information, and booking, email: 

ACSTUDIO.MASTERCLASS@GMAIL.COM

Hair & Care Survey 

Our Hair & Care Survey is back, and improved. We now have an even more accessible process, and have opened the survey up to all genders!

We are continuing our research, and would love to hear as many experiences and opinions as possible. We aim to help make the beauty industry accessible for blind and low vision people across the UK.

So please head over to our survey and let us know what you need from the beauty industry!

Hair & Care Webinar with
Queen Alexandra College 

On 17th January 2024, we held a webinar with some students from Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham. Queen Alexandra College “is a National College and Charity for People with Disabilities. Offering courses for young people aged 16-25 yrs as well as employment focused and supported living programmes.” 

 

It was great to answer all our attendees questions about their own hair and hair care routines. It has been great to speak to service users in Birmingham. We are very happy to be widening our reach. 

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Hair & Care Webinar with Blind in Business 

On 9th January 2024, we held a Hair & Care Webinar with Blind in Business. Blind in Business is an organisation  helping “blind and low vision graduates to compete equally with sighted candidates for good jobs, by providing help, support and training, and by removing barriers to success.”

Led by our founder, Anna Cofone, this webinar focused on how developing hair care skills can positively impact the job hunting process. Discussing ways the webinar attendees can care for their hair and simple tips and tricks, which will help them feel presentable and confident stepping into the world of work. 

We covered possible internship opportunities, simple ways to make your hair care routine more accessible, tips on styling hair without heated tools, and why hair care is important in the employment process. 

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Hair & Care Workshop at RSBC's Dorton College

On 5th January 2024, we held a Hair & Care Workshop at RSBC's Dorton College in Orpington. Dorton College are "an independent specialist college in the London Borough of Bromley. We offer a day provision for blind and low vision 16-25-year-olds and many of our students have additional needs." 

It was amazing for us to meet the team, learn more about what they do, and meet a lovely group of new attendees! 

We are so happy to start the new year with a Hair & Care Workshop. It was great to introduce a brand new group of attendees to our workshops, covering the fundamentals of hair care, learning the uses of all the brushes in our Hair & Care kit bags, understanding their hair texture and how to take care of their scalp.

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National Lottery Award

Hair & Care CIC has received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. We are excited to share the good news!

At Hair & Care we are delighted to let you know that we have been successful in our bid to secure funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

We really appreciate this award and all the help it brings us, ensuring we can keep supporting our Hair & Care community, of blind and low vision women and girls, through our workshops.

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Hair & Care Survey

At Hair & Care we have created a survey, helping us with our research into the best ways to create an exciting new resource, which will extend our reach much further.

We are asking blind and low vision women and girls, across the UK to let us know what we can do to help.

Our aim as a CIC is to help create a more accessible and inclusive community within the beauty industry. 

We need your help to do this.

Find the link to our survey below, make sure you share with any friends and family within the blind and low vision community.

 

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Hair & Care Workshop at Linden Lodge School

We are very excited to share, Hair & Care will be doing a workshop at Linden Lodge School, for their students. 

We will be holding the workshop on 7th December, we are looking forward to sharing Hair & Care with a group of new attendees, widening our community. 

Linden Lodge School is an incredible school for pupils who are blind or have low vision.  Offering "a highly specialised curriculum that enables children and young people who are blind or have low vision to engage, achieve and be prepared for life as active citizens."

At Hair & Care we are delighted to be bringing our workshops to such an inspiring institution. We will be covering the fundamentals of hair care, distinguishing hair types and learning techniques for different hairstyles. 

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Tribute Magazine's
'THE ART OF SESSION HAIRSTYLING' Article

Hair & Care CIC are hugely appreciative, and happy to share with you, Tribute Magazine's new article covering 'The Art of Session Hairstyling' Masterclass with Anna Cofone.

This Masterclass has not only raised funds to support the running of our future workshops, it has also allowed us and others,  to spread the word about what we do at Hair & Care CIC, helping create more awareness for blind and low vision women. 

Thank you Tribute Magazine for supporting us through coverage of the masterclass. 


 

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'The Art of Session Hairstyling' Masterclass with Anna Cofone

Hair & Care CIC is proud to announce the success of The Art of Session Hairstyling Masterclass, in association with Anna Cofone.

A percentage of the funds generated from the Masterclass was donated to support Hair & Care's mission to empower blind and low vision women and girls in their journey of self-care through hair care.

Hair & Care CIC would like to thank all the supporters of the Masterclass including Tribute Magazine, JJ Media Group, N5 Catering, Denman Brushes, Authentic Beauty Concept and Emma Matell for helping to make this event a reality.

 

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HAIR & CARE FOCUS GROUPS

We will be hosting two focus groups. We would love people to join us in finding out beneficial ways to reach as many blind and low vision women across the UK.
 
We are looking for: BLIND OR LOW VISION WOMEN
AGED 18 - 60 YEARS OLD

 
ONLINE FOCUS GROUP
DATE: 19th October 2023
TIME: 11:00am
DURATION: 90mins
LOCATION: Zoom Meeting
 
IN-PERSON FOCUS GROUP
DATE: 2nd November
TIME: 15:00pm
DURATON: 90mins
LOCATION: Hackney Depot
ADDRESS: 5 Sheep Lane, Hackney, London, E8 4QS

EMAIL US: hairandcareproject@gmail.com

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ANNA COFONE IS A 'MOST WANTED INDEPENDENT STYLIST LEGEND'

Our founder, Anna Cofone, has been awarded Creative Head Magazine's 'Most Wanted' Independent Stylist LEGEND award! Having won the Independent Stylist award 3 years in a row; 2020, 2021 and 2022, she has now become a Legend.

An incredible award to have won, she continues to share Hair & Care with others in the industry, pushing for changes in accessibility and inclusitivity.




 

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TRIBU-TE MAGAZINE:
ANNA COFONE: HAIR & CARE

Session hairstylist Anna Cofone has worked for more than 20 years in hairdressing both as a salon hairdresser and now a highly renowned session stylist. Her career portfolio includes working with clients ranging from the most high profile celebrities (Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa top the list) as well as revered designers, magazines and photographers.

Anna grew up with a father who was blind. She uses the memory of this experience to offer help to women and girls who are blind or have low vision, to share help and knowhow in supporting them in learning how to care for their hair. In setting up Hair & Care, Anna and other volunteer hairstylists introduce blind and low vision women and young girls the fundamentals of hair care in a safe environment.

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'The Art of Session Hairstyling'
A Masterclass with Anna Cofone

Our founder, Anna Cofone, shall be hosting an intimate, immersive 2-day masterclass, for hairstylists wanting to break into the session industry. 

This amazing opportunity will be available for up to 16 people. With a percentage of the proceeds going towards helping fund our workshops. 

For more information about the masterclass click 'Read more'.

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HAIR & CARE IS NOW AN AFFILIATE OF THE BRITISH BEAUTY COUNCIL

We are very excited to announce we are now an affiliate of the British Beauty Council. We are so happy to have been chosen, and to be amongst a group of incredible organisations. 

We are looking forward to continuing to grow, and reach as many VI women and girls as possible. 

Read the British Beauty Council  article for more information. 

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THE HAIR & CARE X DENMAN PADDLE BRUSH AT LANA DEL REY'S GLASTONBURY SET

Our founder, Anna Cofone, used her Hair & Care X Denman Paddle Brush to do Lana Del Rey's hair, onstage at Glastonbury! 

You can spot the Hair & Care X Denman Limited Edition Paddle Brush in action on stage. We still have the brushes available to buy online. 

Anna doing Lana Del Rey's hair on stage at Glastonbury. On the right, Lana is sitting at a small table, wearing a white dress and headpiece. Anna is on the right doing Lana's hair, holding a Hair & Care X Denman paddle brush.

HAIR & CARE WERE AT THE RETINA UK CONFERENCE 

On Saturday 24th June, Hair & Care went to the Retina UK conference. This was a day full of learning and raising awareness about the blind and low vision community. We loved sharing what we do with more people within the community.

This included the current level we are at with medical treatments, research, information and support. It was a great opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of sight loss, and continuing to learn what we can do to help.

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HAIR & CARE LAUNCHES A SESSION HAIRSTYLING MASTERCLASS

 "The art of session hairsyling" a masterclass with Anna  Cofone.

Read the latest Front Row Pro article for full details. If you would like to start your career in session hairdressing, email studio@annacofone.com

A percentage of the profits from the workshop will be used to continue Hair & Care's activities to support the blind and low vision community.

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HAIR & CARE FOUNDER HOSTS A WEBINAR WITH RETINA UK

On the 18th of May, Hair & Care founder, Anna Cofone, hosted a webinar for Retina UK user services. The webinar was a guide on how to determine the texture and type of hair and what type of products to use accordingly. How to wash your hair and what routine to follow with your hair care products such as shampoo and conditioner. During the session, Anna reflected on the impact that hair care can have on a person's self-esteem and how the Hair & Care workshops are making a difference in the lives of our users. 

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Do you want to give back, empower and transform your community using your hairstyling skills?

JOIN HAIR & CARE AS A VOLUNTEER

Volunteer at the next Hair & Care workshop, live a transformative experience, gain empathy skills and give back to the community with your hairdressing knowledge and skills. How to do it? Email hairandcareproject@gmail.com

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HAIR & CARE x VICTA

Hair & Care and VICTA collaboration

Hair & Care has partnerships with some of the UK's leading VI charities, offering its workshops to their network. Since 2021, Hair & Care has been welcoming VICTA service users.

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