London, United Kingdom – It is only 3 months to the annual Alternative Hair Show. Each year the show becomes bigger and better and the
2008 show is no exception.
26 years after Tony and Maggie Rizzo’s small son, Valentino, died from Leukaemia, the Rizzo family prove
over and over again that they are no less passionate about their dedication to raising money for Leukaemia Research and to help find a
cure for blood cancers. The success of Alternative Hair has resulted in the creation of a fund that has now topped £6 million and has
helped support many families with a sick child as well as helping provide money for invaluable research. 26 years ago less than 20%
of children suffering from the disease survived, now that figure tops 80%. Tony’s focus is on those 20% who sadly do not overcome the
disease. Until every child with Leukaemia survives, Tony’s mission will not end.
The 2008 Alternative Hair Show will be, as ever, an emotional affair. So its theme for 2008: “Emotions”
perhaps says it all. The Show once again takes place at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in Central London, and will be held on
Sunday 19th October. This year’s show is especially poignant as it gives Alternative Hair an opportunity to celebrate the 80th
birthday of its International Patron, Vidal Sassoon.
Also on the programme this year is the re-instated Visionary Award. This popular section of the show
gives 10 British hairdressers, (who have never participated in the Alternative Hair Show) the opportunity to present one model, this
year inspired by the work of Vidal Sassoon. Entry commences by sending in one photographic image. A selection process will then elect
10 hairdressers to recreate their contemporary vision of Vidal Sassoon on the evening of the show. From these 10 finalists, one will
be selected to appear at the Alternative Hair Show in 2009, either in the UK or abroad.
The Alternative Hair Show is always a visually exciting evening and “Emotions” promises to be both
entertaining and a celebration of the creativity that arises from within this exciting global profession. As in previous years, the
show includes hairdressing teams from Europe, the USA and Japan, as well as from the UK.
Photo: Jamie Carroll
Hope for Trich Sufferers
New York, USA - A Portrait of Trichotillomania (Trich) and Its Affects on Hair and Self Image.
Many Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety related symptoms can have a negative effect on one’s
everyday life and restrict social activities. When a person has to “wear” their disorder in their physical appearance, it can make
working and socializing unbearable. Many women wear their hair like a fanciful prop to be twirled and tossed and fluffed to perfection
to enhance one’s sensuality and beauty. For sufferers of Trichotillomania, they often have to face the world with terribly thinning
hair, stubble and bald patches. The uncontrollable impulse to pull their hair out from the root is too overbearing to ignore, and
their actions lead to an unappealing visual appearance and a damaged self image. For this reason, many Trich sufferers hide themselves
and/or their condition from even those closest to them. Hats, bandanas, bad wigs, combovers… these are the makeshift tools of a Trich
The majority of Trichotillomania sufferers are women, and a woman’s self image and confidence are heavily
tied in with her hair. Is it shiny, is it bouncy, is it manageable, is it thick, is it… you get the point. For many, the worst part of
having Trich is feeling alone. Because many Trich sufferers are “in the closet” about their condition, there is little camaraderie and
support to be found.
Doris Fuchs Art of Hair - Hairstyles Collection 2008
Trier, Germany - The team of Doris Fuchs Art of Hair, from the city of Trier, Germany, came up with an especially
appealing hairstyles collection for this new season.
This Art of Hair is definitely wearable - everyday, everywhere and by every woman. The cuts, both long
and short, are designed to bring out the best of the hair and are fine tuned to match each individual personality.
Flattering layers enhance the volume and add a lot of motion and texture into the hair. The
sophisticated coloring techniques further this effect with strands, highlights and even extensions in a complimenting color.
The cuts appear natural as do the colors. Even the little splashes of color, like mauve and purple are
inspired by the hues of nature.
With all the finesse it is surprising that all of these versatile looks are easy to maintain and to style.