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After 22 years of cutting hair, stylist Jon Haymes rarely has a bad hair day – until now, just weeks before the biggest night of his career.

Jon has beaten competition from 10,000 other hairdressers to claim a spot in the regional finals of the L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Trophy (CORR), hairdressing’s version of the Oscars. But with two weeks to go, he has lost the model whose gothic-inspired cut and colour propelled him into the big time and is desperately searching for a replacement.

The 40-year-old is appealing for any would-be models who think they could step into the breach to contact him.

Jon Haymes winning image


Jon, who trained in London and worked in Cambridge before opening the Status salon in Yaxley, near Peterborough, five years ago, said: “You just can’t put into words what this competition is about. It’s just the biggest in the whole of Europe – the crème de la crème.

“To get through the grand final would be beyond my wildest dreams. Winning the competition would basically make you a celebrity hairdresser in your own right.”

Judges including Trevor Sorbie and Charles Worthington were impressed with Jon’s dramatic punk-gothic creation and sent him through to the Eastern region final in Cambridge on March 23. For the second time in two years, he will battle 24 other stylists from around the region for a coveted place in the grand final at Earls Court.

He said: “We could have entered for years and not got through so to make it to the regional finals twice in two years is a fantastic achievement. Last year we were told that we were the first salon from Cambridgeshire to get through in 20 years and they couldn’t remember a small village hairdressers ever going through.

“I really thought we could do it this year because our entry was better than last year but I’m gutted we’ve lost the model.” On the night, Jon has just 30 minutes to recreate the look he submitted in his entry for judging by some of the most successful names in British hairdressing, who will be looking for “total glamour, total sophistication and total inspiration”.

Trevor Sorbie, one of the judges who selected the regional finalists, said: “I’m looking for an image that jumps out and makes me stop in my tracks.”

If you think you have what it takes to help Jon realise his dream and be his model on the big night, contact him at the salon on 01733 243696 or email a photo to [email protected].

Models need to be over 5ft 8ins with shoulder-length hair or longer. They must be over 16 and be open-minded about what is done to their hair. Catwalk experience would be an advantage.

Jon said: “I suppose we are slightly unusual hairdressers and tend to be punky rather than glam. Our clients come from Cambridge, Oundle and Stamford as well as Peterborough. I’ve even got customers from Ireland who fly over to get their hair done!”

March 2009 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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