Anne Veck has a new Education brochure!

Join Anne for real hairdressing education!

Anne explains: “I have created a programme of old school face to face education. Escape the digital world and join me in a real life hands on educational experience. Engage with and learn from other hairdressers too, at my workshops and courses. We can work together anywhere – at your salon, academy or venue or at the Anne Veck Academy at Bicester near Oxford. Enjoy some real me-time with other hairdressers and/or your own team.”

Anne’s passion is sharing her skills and creativity with her peers and she is a member of the select Alternative Hair Master Educators. She holds the HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training and is a master colour educator for Davines. She works two days each week at Kelly’s Hair Oxford, so you can be confident her teaching is grounded in practical salon experience to help you motivate your team, retain more clients and increase sales! She will tailor her teaching to meet your exact requirements and, despite what she says above, she does teach one to one and to small groups on Zoom and Instagram, pre-recorded or live!

Anne’s workshops are informal, relaxed and fun and participants receive a certificate of attendance as well as new skills and increased confidence! She is an expert educator in all aspects of styling and long hair. Cutting and colour too and her latest specialities: Understanding textured hair (Afro hair for beginners) and Sustainable hairdressing.
“Anne Veck is one of the most inspiring women in our industry. I felt so privileged to spend the day in her company. Her energy is infectious. What a great investment in my time and attention.”

Now you can get your own copy of Anne’s new Education brochure, free of charge, here!

For more information and bookings, call Keith Mellen on 01865 744612 or email

Innovation for sustainable hairdressing

Anne Veck continues her winning streak for sustainable hairdressing!

Anne Veck and partner Keith Mellen are celebrating after being shortlisted for Innovation of the Year, at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2023. This sustainability focussed duo have secured their finalist place with their innovative Salon Re:Source sustainability tool kit which is freely downloadable for salons. So far it has aided 1,500 salons to take steps towards sustainable practice. Get your’s here.

Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious events, the awards recognise the names that have achieved business brilliance, helping uphold Britain’s reputation as a world leader in hairdressing expertise.

As current holders of these awards’ Sustainable Salon of the Year Award 2022, Anne and Keith have reached the finals 2023 after submitting an attention-grabbing entry, detailing the inspiration and development behind an industry-related innovation. Following an intensive judging process, they will now attend the 25th British Hairdressing Business Awards, held this year on Monday 3 July 2023 at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Anne Veck commented: ‘We are delighted that Salon Re:Source has been recognised as a leading innovation, for us the only goal is spreading the word and the work to salons to help them to take those first baby steps, then bigger steps and then sizeable steps to make their businesses sustainable. That was why creating a tool kit to encourage and come alongside people was so important to us. To ensure there were no obstacles, we made it entirely free, as all we want is positive change.”

Keith Mellen added: “The awards are so respected across the industry, so just to reach the finals is a huge honour. We are up against some incredible competition but just hope that the judges see our drive and passion and mainly we hope it encourages more salons to engage with easy steps to work in greener ways.”

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of the British Hairdressing Business Awards says: ‘HJs British Hairdressing Business Awards are an annual celebration of business acumen, and the people and companies going the extra mile to ensure that creativity and commercial success go hand in hand. Once again, our judging panel was overwhelmed with the standard of entries. To make the shortlist for this category, nominees need to demonstrate how they turned their vision into a reality, as well as proving how it fills a gap in the market. Anne Veck and Keith Mellen should feel incredibly proud of what they have done with Salon Re:Source, they are leaders for positive change in both sustainability and hairdressing.”

Vintage Essentials

I have taken my years of education experience – both in the classroom and online – and created a programme of ‘old school’ face-to-face education. I invite you to escape the restrictions of the digital world and join me in a real life, hands-on educational experience. Engage and interact with other hairdressers at my workshops, seminars and shows, at a location that suits you – your college, salon, academy or venue of your choice.

I love creating those timeless styles from the roaring twenties and I would like to share my passion with you on my new course “VINTAGE ESSENTIALS!

Classic vintage styles are always in demand. Learn how to create authentic finger waves and revisit traditional setting techniques to achieve hair looks influenced by the past – all with the help of modern tools and products.

Who is the course aimed at?
Hairdressers at all levels, plus stylists and make-up artists.

What should I bring?
Brushes, combs, sectioning clips, hairdryer and heated tongs/curling wand,
plus hair grips, pins and hair elastics.

If your education requirements are more specific, I can create a bespoke package
to suit your needs – simply contact us to discuss.
For more information and all bookings call Keith Mellen on 01865 744612 or email
To keep in touch with me for news and updates about my education and shows,
subscribe to my e-newsletter here!


Why not have a go at our “Sustainability Snail”? Sustainability what? Find out here!
Actually it is a quick (it should take you about 10 minutes) quizz based on our sustainable hairdressing tool kit Salon RE:Source .
You’ll find out how planet friendly your hairdressing business (salon, space, freelancing, it works for everyone) really is, in an engaging and humorous format. No longer any need to die of boredom or of that overwhelming feeling that this is too big for us to do anything sort of vibe.
So the BIG Q is: are you a Sustainability Snail, a Sustainability Slogger, or a Sustainability Super Hero? Only one way to find out! Here.

Awards open doors!


It goes without saying that winning industry awards is a huge personal boost, offering ‘official’ confirmation that you are excelling in your field and achieving your goals. But have you considered the benefits to your business as a whole and the opportunities that can arise from claiming one of hairdressing’s most coveted trophies?

Current holders of the British Hairdressing Business Awards Sustainable Salon of the Year title, Anne Veck and Keith Mellen, co-founders of Anne Veck Limited, believe that their win, and the associated press coverage, have helped their sustainability mission reach a much wider audience, while also creating new business leads.

Amongst these are educational contracts, as well as endorsements of green initiatives such as their role in helping to develop the Nature Positive Business Pledge which has been created by the UK Business & Biodiversity Forum (upon which Keith Mellen sits); the launch of their own educational programme and bookings galore from global hairdressing giants Davines. Keith comments, “We are also having some interesting conversation with other brands who want to genuinely improve their sustainability offering, so watch this space for exciting next news.”

Anne said, “One amazing surprise was that we were contacted by academic Dr Katherine Sugar, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Oxford. When Dr Sugar read of our awards success in sustainability in hairdressing, she wanted to include us in her academic study to demonstrate how SMEs across the UK can reduce their carbon emissions and help to tackle climate change.”

Keith and Anne’s unwavering commitment to sourcing eco alternatives for every area of their salon business has seen them become authority figures on the subject and led to the creation of their Salon RE:Source downloadable toolkit, which provides practical sustainability advice to other businesses.

“Every opening for us is another way and another audience with whom to share our ideas for making positive sustainable choices – and much of this has come about as a result of our awards success and the consequent media coverage” commented Keith Mellen. “The results show in the constantly growing numbers of salons and hairdressers downloading our Salon Re:Source toolkit to help them on their way; currently 1,650 hairdressers have chosen to use the toolkit for positive change, which is incredibly rewarding. Entering awards does often require a little time, effort or cost, but the opportunities that can arise from the experience makes it so worthwhile.”

To see Anne Veck’s awards and accolades click here.


Here is our updated risk assessment for the salon dated 15 July 2021, carried out to meet the revised government regulations effective 19th July 2021 and to direct our efforts to reduce the risk of transmission and to protect the health of clients, employees and all visitors.
It has been posted here from a word document and the presentation has gone slightly awry! If you would like a clearer version, email and Keith will send you it!


Hazards/risk People at risk Risk level

Deterioration of salon employees low
during lockdown clients

Action taken Date

Reoccupation checklist completed before reopen 29/6/20

Hazard/risk People at risk Risk level

Working on reception & employees medium
styling positions clients
Action taken Date

On line (zoom) consultations given prior from late June 20, most consultations in salon 19 July onwards
to service
Clients told during consultation about revised safety July 2021
Sufficient time allowed for service to be
completed safely ( extra time) from 4th July
Action to allow safe movement around salon from 4th July
Social distancing 1m + at all times from 4th July
Alternate positions only in use from 4th July
Signs displayed advising safety precautions 30th June
Hand sanitiser at reception and in loo from 4th July
No unnecessary contact eg hugs, handshakes from 3rd July
Retail products presented to clients and returned to
shelves will be disinfected from 4th July

Hazard/risk People at risk Risk level

Visitors to salon Employees medium
gathering in small groups clients
Action taken Date

Move people on from “pinch points” inc.
front door/reception, corridor, outside loo from 4th July
Visitors advised to be patient and wait for others from 4th July
to move on
Signs at front door and reception 30th June

Hazard/risk People at risk Risk level

Staff spreading virus Employees Medium

Action taken Date

Daily checks to ask if they or members of household Daily from 4th July
have symptoms
Basic infection controls as per gvnt guidelines inc.
cover mouth & nose with tissue or sleeve if cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in bib immediately
Wash hands with soap & water often
Avoid close contact with anyone unwell
Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
inc. tools & equipment
Don’t touch eyes, nose or mouth if hands not clean From 4th July
Salon cleaning schedule before & after each client
PPE to be worn by staff- face coverings & visor. Except for health reasons inc, staff with asthma 19 July 2021
PPE to be worn by cleints – face coverings. Except for health reasons.
Perspex screen at reception From 4th July

Hazard/risk People at risk Risk level

Contact with contaminated Employees medium
materials Clients

Action taken Date

Space allocated for clients’ personal belongings to 30th June
be stored separately
Only clients will handle own belongings From 4th July
No drinks will be served From 4th July
Clients can fill own cups etc at water machine From 4th July
No magazines will be offered From 4th July
Clients will dispose of own waste direct to bin From 4th July
Hands washed after post handled From 3rd July
Deep clean before opening 1st July
Contact points cleaned frequently 1st July onwards
Tools sanitised (UV and disinfectant) after use From 4th July
Soap, sanitiser, tissues, paper towels, sterilising equipment
& fluid always in stock From 3rd July
Waste disposed of in lined bin and then in salon’s From 3rd July
waste bins.
Hands washed after handling waste. From 3rd July

Assessments carried out by Keith Mellen 30th June 2020 and 15th July 2021

Gold Class Hair Extensions Exclusive!

Gold Class Hair Extensions are exclusive to Anne Veck at Kelly’s Hair Oxford!

Let Anne share with you the secrets of Gold Class hair extensions.  These amazing 100% human hair extensions are handpicked and gently processed for expert application to give the ultimate designer label hair.

Kelly’s Hair Oxford is one of a select few salons in the UK to offer Gold Class hair extensions.  They have a huge celebrity following including Michelle Heaton, Sam & Billie Faiers, Mischa Barton  and Michelle Keegan and here’s why: they are a little different from other extensions on the market.

Following a ‘Healthy Hair Days Philosophy,’ your consultation includes a scalp and hair analysis to asses the true condition and suitability of your hair and scalp.  Anne can then prescribe any treatments to get your own hair and scalp in the best condition so you can make the most out of your extensions.  She will also talk in depth about the process and maintenance and most importantly the look you want to create and your perfect colour.

The hair is the best quality hand-selected Indian Temple Hair available in a range of colours and lengths. Gold Class founder, Inanch Emir, visits the temples in Ind1a personally to ensure her hair supply is both top quality and 100% ethical.  With a pre-bonded application method, Gold Class bonds are kind to the hair and scalp creating tiny discreet bonds. Anne will expertly apply the bonds to give the most natural results.

Anne will give you an aftercare programme to help you care for your extensions at home and away so they look as good as the day we put them in.  Gold Class hair extensions are recommended for 3-4months wear when Anne can safely remove your extensions and see the improvements in your own hair & scalp by following the prescribed aftercare.

Anne has been individually trained by her friend Inanch Emir of Inanch London, the creator of Gold Class. (And in return, Anne trained Inanch is avant-garde techniques!)

Anne Veck is one of the most experienced extensionists in the U.K., having offered this service in her salons since 1991 and having been a brand ambassador for two of the leading U.K. brands.

See Midas Touch the beautiful collaboration created by Anne, Inanch of Gold Class and our great friend and uber talented hairdresser and photographer Desmond Murray. Simply stunning!

Book your Gold Class hair extensions consultation with Anne by calling Kelly’s Hair Oxford on
01865 727077.
P.S. If Gold Class isn’t the best solution for you, Anne also offers LoxBox, Balmain and Sleek!
< "Gold Class hair: ethically sourced and the best quality you can get" The Telegraph "Famous, flawless and paparazzi ready - this is the A-list way to do hair extensions" Layered Online



Hi everyone, we have decided it will be for the best if we close down temporarily as of 6.00 pm this evening. This means the salon will not open on Monday 23rd March and will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. We shall be communicating this to clients individually via texts, Anne’s Secrets and telephone calls so we aim to minimise the inconvenience.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and company in the salon. I think everyone in the team is going to miss being with their lovely clients very badly.

If you need some shampoo, conditioner or other hair care products, do visit our shop and for anything not appearing there, just send an email to with details of what you need and we’ll sort it out! Also, you can buy your next appointment in advance by buying a gift voucher from the online shop. The use by date will be extended indefinitely……

Keep well everyone and we hope to see you again soon.
Best wishes Anne Veck and the Anne Veck Oxford team.

Anne Veck’s Answers on Autumn Trends

Hi Anne, how are you today?

-I’m great thanks! I’v spent a fabulous day in my atelier working on some wigs, I have been practising making front lace wigs. I then went for a long cycle and now I’m looking forward to a big dinner, that I’m getting my hubby to cook 😀

So, lets get straight to it. Summer was great and all, but what has all this sun actually done to our hair?

– Well, you know how when you go in the sun your hair gets lighter? It’s a bit like a natural bleach. Prolongued exposure to the sun’s UV and UVB rays damage the outside of the hair, the cuticle. So it gets lighter, which can look nice. But it also causes dry hair, makes it brittle and causes it to break into split ends, which can make it look thin and frizzy. And no one likes dry, thin and frizzy hair. And with all this sun, we’ve been bathing more. Either in swimming pool or going to the beach, so our hair has had increased exposure to chlorine and salt!!! Both of these make the hair even dryer. SO basically the sun was great and all, but we’ve been sort of sucking the life out of our hair…

Oh dear…Ok, this is a salvageable situation right? We’re not stuck with straw ends on our heads until it fully grows back?

-Of course its salvageable haha! Next summer I recommend going swimming with a leave in conditioner or a mask on your hair, the “greasiness” provides extra protection, similarly to how water rolls off duck feathers, the water, hence chlorine and salt, will roll off your hair. And all the while our hair will be absorbing all the conditioning goodiness from the product! It’s a win win.

Well it’s a relief to know our hair is going to be ok ;). Winter is coming, as they say, but before the bitter ice cold sets in, what autumn trends do you see being most popular in the coming months?

– Au Natural is the theme for AW19/20 and colour is moving away from the shocking brights and bolds of the past. Freehand balayage, and lighter strands painted around the face is still reigning strong to mimic hair lightened by sunshine, using the blended root effect for a more natural grow out. Less dramatic colour means less commitment. Customers can change their hair hue more often! The subtlety of faded pastel hair will be part of this reaction against big and bold colour: a wash of colour, as opposed to a saturated covering. It’s less of a commitment and looks more like a little blush on the hair. Model Ariela Soares rocked a light-blue hue for the Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 runway show – which I admired for its understated feel. Subtle tones will be bigger this season, as hair colour mirrors the gentleness of water colour paintings; colour strokes merging and melting into one another with a mixture of stronger brush strokes on a palette of mellow natural tones. Dirty Brunette: The tousled, natural appeal of dirty blonde is migrating to darker hair this season. It’s now the turn of dirty brunette to be in the limelight. Steering away from either side of the icy or warm spectrum, this well-crafted and well-placed colour technique looks effortless and natural, focusing on the steady middle of neutral shades. It works best on naturally brown bases, incorporating dark blonde ends and subtle thin panels throughout the hair for an understated smoky vibe. And it’s perfect for giving natural depth. ‘Dimension’ is the word of the season. Start away from the root, focusing on a bit more ‘pop’ at the ends. It’s about accentuating the natural hair with kisses of lighter tones – brilliant for an autumnal transitional shade. In the salon, we’re using ‘The Magnet’ from Revlon, an amazing shine enhancer which removes heavy metals and pollutants that have crept into the strands, bringing it to shiny life again. We mix this pollution neutraliser with colourant to enhance tone and protect against damage.

And what about hair cuts? I tend to lean towards sharp short bobs and a thick fringe myself… I hope I wont look totally off trend and uncool lol…

– No, I think you will be totally fine 😉 Whilst colour goes gentler, cuts get edgier. The blunt bob will gain more popularity in the coming months as shorter hair continues the reaction against perfect styling. Punchy and punky crops with broken lengths are the power looks of the season. Combine these shorter locks with products that produce a dry finish. Invisible styling and invisible finishes are the key to keeping it simple and statement. Chop hair at the jawline to make it appear fuller and as thick as possible. The style works best on straight hair but can be altered for every face shape. Jawline cuts give volume on the sides to counteract long face shapes, but if you want to create length in a rounder or more angular face shape, leave the length longer. Whilst not going back to the shaggy, feathered style made famous by Farrah Fawcett, mid length hair still weaves in all of the looseness, independent and free-spirited feel of 70s women finding their groove. Expect to see raw edges – not super clean cut – but weighty long bobs that sit between the jaw and collar bone. This one in particular is a great in-between cut for anyone who’s transitioning from a shorter to longer length because the layers keep hair from looking too heavy.  For curly hair, apply a curling cream product like Style Masters Fanaticurl, twisting the curls, helping them along with a diffuser or letting them air-dry. Finish by separating the curls with your fingers and sine it up with a bit of Orofluido Oil.

Well thank you Anne for all this! Some great tips for our readers and myself 😛

DARK SECRETS my 2018 avant garde collection


I shot two collections for The British Hairdressing Awards in 2018 and as usual I targeted three categories: Southern, Avant Garde and Colour. I often enter Afro Hairdresser of the Year as well but decided to take a break this year. I’m very lucky that Revlon Professional sponsor my collections.

My avant garde collection, “Dark Secrets” has an unusual back story. Earlier in the year, I was contacted by Grzegorz Sikorski, a photographer based in Katowice, Poland, who asked if I would work with him on the photographs for a calendar which he produced each year. On the basis that he would pay my expenses and that I could use the photographs if I wished, I agreed.

Everything went as planned and I was enjoying my trip to Poland, but I got a bit of a shock on the first day on set! What I hadn’t realised was that each year Grzegorz shoots what you might euphemistically call an old fashioned Pirelli style calendar! In other words, all the models posed totally naked.

OK. So I gritted my teeth and got on with it. No one seemed to mind, everyone was happy and behaving normally. And we created some beautiful images. But nothing I thought I could use!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, back in Oxofrd a few weeks later , I thought I’d ask Grzegorz if he would agree to redo the photos so they were either shoulders up or the naughty bits were discretely fuzzy. He did and the results comprise my collection ” Dark Secrets”. I like it more each time I revisit it and I hope you do too. You can see it here.

Dark Secrets credits.
Hair Anne Veck assisted by Jowita Holt | Photography for Grzegorz Sikorski for Dagma Photo

Make-up Kaya Karasinska and Anna Krzak | Collection sponsored by Revlon Professional

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