Double nomination for BHA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2017!

Anne Veck and Emmanuel Esteban have both been shortlisted for the title of Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year at the 2017 British Hairdressing Awards! This is Emmanuel’s 2nd nomination and Anne’s 8th! (14th in all categories!).

This is no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting hundreds of entries which take the form of photographic collections. The 75 first round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressers, session stylists and creative leaders, viewed the UK’s biggest photographic awards exhibition as they spent the day marking the thousands of individual images.

Avant Garde hairdressing pushes creativity to the extreme and demonstrates that there are no limits to what you can do with hair, with the right creative vision and plenty of technical ability.

Anne and Emmanuel will now add 4 more images to their original entries and the winner will be announced at the British Hairdressing Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor Park Hotel on Monday 27th November. Until then, their images are under embargo but click here to see a selection of their previous , beautiful, work.

The Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year category seeks to recognise the most inspiring and daring stylists in the industry, catapulting the finalists into the upper echelons of the nation’s very best hairdressing talent. A win can well and truly put a stylist on the map, securing their place not just as a creative visionary, but also as an authority on avant garde styling.Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative talents in hairdressing.

Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry and the individuals within it, but also on partnership industries as its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”


Anne Veck Oxford wins Best Green Salon award!


Anne Veck Oxford scooped the Best Green Salon Award at the Salon Business Awards 2017 on Monday night 26th June.

We joined over 200 guests at the elite Century Club, in the heart of Soho on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue for the presentation.

This followed months of anticipation after Keith submitted an online entry for the judging panel, which included award-winning hairdressers Errol Douglas and Barrie Stephen.

Anne Veck Limited Director Keith Mellen said of the win: “ I was surprised and of course thrilled that we won. I’m familiar with one or two of the other finalists who I knew were paragons of sustainable best practice so I didn’t expect us to win! With hindsight, I think the judges must have liked our achievements in reducing energy use and carbon emissions by around 50% and maybe also how we are on a journey towards zero carbon emissions which is very challenging!”

Here’s Anne posing with our sexy BlueGen ceramic fuel cell which generates electricity from our gas supply at an amaxing 75% efficiency rate ( compared with 35-40% in a poer station). Hence reduction in carbon footprint & energy consumtion. Plus the usual LED lighting, water saving, recycling and other eco actions!


With canapés and an abundance of aperitifs on offer on the exclusive rooftop terrace, the finalists were in good spirits to celebrate the most outstanding business models, stunning salon design, first class education, strong team work and much more over the past 12 months.

As the sun went down, guests were invited downstairs to the Green Room where exposed brick walls, decorative lighting and solid wood floors created a warming atmosphere.

It was here that Joanne Charlton, Publishing Editor of Salon Business, introduced the awards to an excitable crowd, eager to hear who had wowed the judges.

Each and every finalist helped to make the awards what they are today, ensuring the bar is raised year upon year. They certainly gave the judges a tough job, and now it is time to announce the awards,” said Joanne.

Speaking after the awards Joanne said: “It was a huge success and a great atmosphere. There was a great blend of networking with fellow peers, having fun and of course celebrating the winners – all of whom were truly deserving with phenomenal entries of an extremely high standard. We hope to see them and the finalists back next year along with a host of new entries.”

Salon Business would like to thank their esteemed panel of industry professionals who judged the awards, including sponsors TIGI, Paul Mitchell, milk_shake, Eco Hair and Beauty, Remi Cachet and Maletti, many of whom who have supported us from the beginning.

Final comment from Keith, “The Green Salon Award was sponsored by Eco Hair and Beauty, based at Southampton University and it was fascinating to catch up with Denise and Shirley from the project. I’m sure we’ll be co-operating further in the future to spread the word across the industry about the benefits of environmental best practice.”

And, why, you ask, was Anne Veck not there? Well, poor old Anne was forced to attend Revlon Professional / Creative HEAD magazine’s amazing Artistic event over in Shoreditch on the same evening. Featuring our very own Emmanuel Esteban , this event explored the premise that hairdressing is art. Check out Facebook for some great coverage.



Anne Veck Oxford was announced in the June issue of Hair magazine as the best hair salon in the south of England! Wow we are absolutely thrilled and having been a finalist in 2015, this is one award we really wanted to win.

The judges went for our commitment to being as green as possible as well as loving the salon design and our amazing international creative team – a real hotbed of hairdressing! Thank you everyone for your dedication, work and talent and thanks too for the lovely testimonials you, our clients, gave the salon.

Hair magazine’s The Cut Awards are the leading consumer focused awards in hairdrressing and it is a major honour and achievement to win! Do come and see us!

Silhouette # 2 British Hairdressing Awards Avant Garde Finals 2016

Silhouette # 2 British Hairdressing Awards Avant Garde Finals 2016

Anne Veck’s Silhouette must be one the most award winning hairdressing photo collections ever! Selections of images from it have won Revlon Professional Style Masters UK & Ireland and Global Award 2016, British Hairdressing Awards Southern Hairdresser of the year 2016 and AIPP Best Photo 2016! Anne was also thrilled that a different selection saw her chosen as a Finalist for the British Hairdressing Awards Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2016 (for the 7th time!). Truly, the collection that never stops giving!

Her creative team for the shoot featured photographer Desmond Murray, stylist Bernard Connolly, MUA Irena Rogers and, last but not least, hairdressing assistants Jowita Przybylo, Morgan Lenoir and Allister Evans, each ace stylists in their own right from Anne Veck’s Oxford salon. Finally,nothing could have gone ahead without sponsorship from Revlon Professional!

Click here to feast your eyes on Anne’s avant garde Silhouettes and do have a look at the other wonderful collections by Anne and Emmanuel.

Work for Anne Veck ! Recruiting stylists!

Work for Anne Veck! We are now recruiting for stylists aka hairdressers at our new Bicester salon. We relocated last October to a swish new salon in Crown Walk and we need more stylists to meet demand!

We’ll consider applicants who are qualified at NVQ Level 2 or 3 but you MUST be able to run your own column from A to Z! So, graduate stylists, stylists, senior stylists, style directors…attitude, talent and energy will be the main criteria rather than experience.

To apply, please send your c.v. to Read more about us here  .

We pay excellent wages and offer unusually good art team opportunities if that’s your thing. So don’t delay, get in touch now…

Emmanuel reaches Revlon Professional Style Master Global Finals 2017!








STOP PRESS…Emmanuel selected as one of 9 country finlaists to progress to the Global Finals in Brussels 8th May!
The amazingly talented Emmanuel Esteban has been announced as the Winner of this year’s Revlon Professional Style Master UK competition. Emmanuel, Style Director at Anne Veck Oxford, has gone one step better than 2106 when he was runner up for this most prestigious award.

We hope he will now follow in Anne Veck’s footprints and win the world crown at the Style Master Global event in Brussels in May.  Click here  for a cute little video (?!) and here for a complete list of all Emmanuel’s awards successes!

Each entrant was asked to present 3 images using the same model and showing the progression from commercial through editorial to avant garde. See above, whoops we’ve got them in the right order but right to left! We agree with the judges- stunning work by Emmanuel and his team, who were

Photography Martin Higgs

Make-up Gwen Tanya April reece

Model Kamila Nowak

Hairdressing assistants  Allister Evans, Pierre Ginsburg


Anne Veck Salons wins two huge hairdressing awards in 24 hours!
Oxford salon group Anne Veck are celebrating after winning two prestigious national awards in just 24 hours. On Monday (27th) November, Founder and businesswoman Anne Veck was declared Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2016 at the British Hairdressing Awards, which was presented to her by Britain’s Got Talent Judge, comedian and best-selling author David Walliams. This follows a win just hours before where Emmanuel Esteban scooped Avant Garde Stylist of the Year at the Black Beauty/Sensationnel Hair Awards 2016.
The British Hairdressing Awards, which took place at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel and attracted 1,700 guests, celebrate the very best in British Hairdressing talent in an industry that contributes £7 billion to the national economy. Speaking of Anne’s win, Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International who hosted the event said: “This award cements Anne as the Southern region’s leading hair talent, but a win doesn’t just mean you’re the very best in the area; it also marks you out as one of the greatest stylists in the country. This win positions you as an authority and puts Oxford on the map too.”
Speaking of her win Anne, who has salons at 33 St Clements, Oxford and 17 Crown Walk, Bicester said: “Words cannot describe just how happy I am to have won. After being nominated 13 times, it’s been a long journey, so I’m delighted that my name has finally been called. This year, I changed my team, worked with an amazing photographer Desmond Murray plus sponsorship from Revlon Professional and ensured I focused purely on making the hair look beautiful in my imagery and it worked! It just shows that if you persevere, believe in yourself and continue to work hard, you can achieve your dream.”
Anne’s win came just hours after Emmanuel Esteban, Style Director, scooped Avant Garde Stylist of the Year at the Black Beauty/Sensationnel Hair Awards 2016 for the second consecutive year. The awards, which celebrated their 22nd anniversary, are recognised as the ultimate accolade in the Afro industry.
Emmanuel said: “I’m thrilled with my achievement and also proud to be given this accolade for the second year in a row. I love entering competitions like these as it allows me to express my creativity. To then go on and win is the icing on the cake.”
This year, Anne Veck salons have proudly put Oxford on the map with a record 16 award wins/nominations in just 10 months. Anne recently beat off stiff competition from 32 countries around the world to be declared Winner of the AIPP (Association International de Presse Professional de Coiffure) Best Photo category and achieved 3rd place in the Avant Garde category. She was also named Global Winner of Revlon Professional’s Style Master 2016 International Contest, whilst stylist Pierre Ginsburg won Revlon Professional’s Style Master International Contest Young Talent Award. In addition, Emmanuel Esteban scooped the Afro category at the Tribu-te Awards in Paris.
Anne, who has over 30 years of hairdressing experience is thrilled with this success: “To achieve recognition this year in several prestigious awards both in the UK and across the world is an incredible feeling. We’re not standing still though! We’ve got lots of exciting plans for the future and are looking forward to an even bigger and better year in 2017.”

Anne’s BHA 2016 collections were sponsored by Revlon Professional. For the complete list of of the awards Anne and her team have won over the years, click here.

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Do you have the Midas Touch?

Do you have the Midas Touch? Well at Anne Veck salons we think we do! We have joined forces with the lovely Inanch Emir of London’s prestigious Inanch salon to be one of only ten elite salons in the U.K. to offer the celebs’ favourite hair extensions. Anne has now collaborated with Inanch and ace photographer Desmond Murray, to create this beautiful collection.

“A trio of British hairdressing’s finest talents teamed up for Gold Class’s latest photo shoot to promote the qualities and capabilities of Gold Class hair extensions. ‘The Midas Touch’ – an inspirational photo shoot which marries commerciality with avant garde. Gold leaf and decadent accessories offered the optimum amount of opulence to convey the luxurious nature of the Gold Class hair.”

Hair by Inanch Emir of Inanch London, Anne Veck of Anne Veck Salons and assisted by Alison Dace of Blo Bar
Makeup by Holly Pollack
Photography by Desmond Murray

Click here to see The Midas Touch.

We want to 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. Call us to book an appointment for a consultation on 01869 248495 (Bicester) or 01865 727077 (Oxford) and for more about what hair extensions can do click here and here!

Anne wins yet another global award!

Anne Veck wins yet another global award! Anne has been crowned the Winner of the AIPP Best Photography Award 2016! This is what Estetica magazine had to say…

“The 2016-2017 AIPP Awards Ceremony was held last night during the world’s most renowned hairdressing event, the Alternative Hair Show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.


An enthusiastic audience of more than 5,000 hairdressers from all around the world honoured the artistic achievements of five internationally acclaimed hairstylists: Raffel Pages (Spain), Angelo Seminara (UK), Anne Veck (UK), Uros Mikic (Australia) and Hair&More (Spain).


Hosted by Linda Evans & Sergi Bancells, General Secretary of the AIPP, at the 20th annual AIPP Awards Ceremony event, Raffel Pages (Spain) won the Best Commercial Award for his beautiful collection ‘Bloom’; Angelo Seminara (UK) grabbed the Best Avant-Garde Award for his fascinating collection ‘Icon’; Anne Veck (UK) earned the Best Photography Award for an awe-inspiring collection shot in black & white; Uros Mikic (Australia) won the Best Men Award for his ‘Luxe’ collection made of appealing male styles; and Hair&More (Spain) conquered the Best Video Award for a very dynamic and creative video showing their latest collection, ‘After Love’.


Award recipients were voted by the AIPP Magazine Members throughout the world over last month. This year participation was impressive, having received 679 photo collections from 32 countries all around the globe!!!

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What follows now is the AIPP Grand Trophy 2016-2017, where the 5 winners of the AIPP Awards compete against each other to become the over-all winner by sending in their Fall-Winter Collections. The AIPP Grand Trophy 2016-2017 will be awarded next Spring 2017 in a prestigious venue still to be announced.”

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Anne would like to thank her photographer Desmond Murray, her stylist Bernard Connolly , her make-up artist Irena Rogers and of course, Jowita, Morgan and Allister from the Anne Veck Artistic Team who assisted on the shoot. Plus sponsorship and styling products by Revlon Professional. This collection is Anne’s most succesful ever, with a selection from it having also won the Revlon Professional Style Master Global Award 2016 and providing the images for her Finalist collections for the British Hairdressing Awards Southern and Avant Garde Hairdresser of the year titles! As Estetica say “awe inspring”! To see the rest of Anne’s collections, click here. 

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Emmanuel Esteban reaches Emergent Talent Finals in Paris!

Emmanuel Esteban reaches Emergent Talent Finals in Paris!

Our Oxford Style Director the super talented hairdresser Emmanuel Esteban is about to emerge! Mentored by our very own Anne Veck (Revlon Professional Style Master Global Winner 2016), Emmanuel has been selected as one of 8 “new” talents to compete for the Mondiale Coiffure Beaute  Emergent Talent crown at Porte de Versailles, Paris over the weekend of 11th, 12th September.

Also receiving support from Anne as mentor and team leader and through to the final is Ria Kulik from Manchester’s HairBank salon.

Here’s what they are saying about Emmanuel in French…

“Dès son plus jeune âge, Emmanuel a été inspiré par les vues et sons de l’industrie du design créatif. C’est cette inspiration qui le pousse à poursuivre une carrière dans la coiffure et le stylisme. En 2012, il quitte la France pour l’Angleterre pour s’inspirer dans ce qu’il dit être “la maison de la coiffure”. Emmanuel se laisse influencer par différents arts tels que la musique ou encore l’architecture et le dessin.”

Each candidate was asked to provide a selection of their best work and a dossier outlining their career achievements to date. At MCB , they will appear on stage before a massive industry audience of thousands (Porte de Versaille’s capacity is 5,000!), with direction from their mentor.
To gaze in awe at Emmanuel’s talent, click here and here!
Bon chance Emmanuel and Ria!
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