OUR MANIFESTO FOR HAIRDRESSING.
Your Hair should be Beautiful
Hairdressing should be Professional
Hairdressing should be Ethical
Hairdressing should be Sustainable
Hairdressing should be Art
We would like to change your view of hairdressing , an industry that does so much good by making people look and feel fabulous.
We believe that all hairdressers should be professionally qualified and officially registered (licensed). All salons should pay their employees at least the Real Living Wage. All employers in our wonderful industry should invest in its future by training and developing the next generation. All salons (and all businesses come to that) should do everything they can to save the planet by reducing their carbon emissions, cutting down on waste, pollution and single-use plastic and by supporting organisations fighting to save natural habitats and biodiversity.
Hairdressers are creative, talented, energetic, knowledgeable, sociable, sympathetic and highly skilled. They are experts and professionals. Their best work is art.
So that's what we say! Do we walk the talk?
Of course all our hairdressers are trained and qualified (or in training) to NVQ Level 3 or beyond. Their professional development carries on throughout their career with us. We invest in the next generation by employing apprentices and Keith Mellen wass a member of the government's Hair Professional Apprenticeship Steering Group for over 5 years, responsible for developing the Hair Professional Standards apprenticeships. He is also a member of VTCT's Hair and Barbering Sector Employer Panel, which advises on their development of products and services for the hairdressing industry.
Anne Veck is a former Ambassador for The Hair and Barber Council lobbying for mandatory professional registration and is currently the Hairdressing Ambassador for the National Hair and Beauty Federation, helping drive up standards across the industry.
Anne has been a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing for over 20 years and is a Fellow with Honours. We have House Membership, ensuring that team members have access to this amazing organisation which promotes artistic and creative quality throughout the industry. In 2021 she was invited to join the British Beauty Council's Hairdressing Committee.
We believe in working in an open, honest and transparent way with both our clients and our employees. Our complaints procedure goes beyond the requirements of The Consumer Rights Act 2015 and we operate a completely transparent and objective career and pay scale for our team members.
We welcome job applications from anyone appropriately qualified, regardless of age, disability, race, faith, gender, etc.
Our pricing policy is to give our lovely clients excellent value which is important to our goal of providing the best hairdressing in Oxford. Our prices reflect the fact that our hairdressers are well paid professionals. If you want cheap hairdressing delivered by hairdressers paid low wages, then please go somewhere else!
We refitted our Oxford salon in 2013 , aiming to combine sustainability with the Anne Veck brand to create a stylish, green, destination salon. The focus is on on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, together with using products which are manufactured using renewable energy, recycled packaging and naturally derived ingredients. In December 2020 we joined the United Nations' The Race to Zero, committing Anne Veck Limited to becoming CO2 neutral by 2030. Anne and Keith are Contributing Editors at Creative HEAD magazine, focussing on sustainability content.
Anne Veck Limited was the first U.K. salon to be certified Carbon Neutral (by Carbon Footprint Limited). In the salon we use Davines hair care products and colour which are created with attention and respect for our environment, using high grade, natural ingredients. Each client is offered an individual biodegradable Easydry towel, ensuring both personal hygiene and a reduction in energy use and pollution. Our waste is collected and recycled by Green Salon Collective. Anne is an ambassador for both Easydry and Green Salon Collective.
Keith Mellen is a director of the UK Business and Biodiversity Forum CIC, a business lead initiative exploring ways businesses can act to reverse the decline in nature. For more information visit their Linkedin page.
He is also a business ambassador for Oxfordshire's Nature Recovery network.
The salon has received several sustainability accreditations, including: Davines Sustainable Salon Program Sustainability Visionary (the first salon in the world to achieve this), Green Salon Collective Accreditation, Good Salon Guide Eco Salon and Southampton University Business School Sustainable Salon.
We recognise that being an environmentally friendly business is a journey that we haven't yet completed so there is lots more we can do! If you are a salon owner and would like to join us on the journey, then we have something for you....our sustainable salon toolkit Salon Re: Source.
We think that hairdressing is a very often underrated art medium, seen by many as a purely functional (and fashionable ) service. But surely this is not so. Just look at Vidal Sassoon’s iconic images of precision cutting to see that hairdressing is an art form all unto itself. The practice of cutting hair and styling and doing so perfectly is an art, but there are also artists expressing themselves through avant-garde hairdressing, using hair as a canvas. They manipulate it as if it were material, change its properties, paint it… And the results can be magical.
Recently, Anne has been creating videos with her creative partners and one in particular "Toxic Fashion" has made an impact in the wider world of art, winning both Platinum at the Muse Awards and an Excellence Award at the Videography Awards in 2020. In the same year the video was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and a retrospective of her avant-garde hairdressing was shown at the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Russia , as part of an exhibition curated by Hairdressers Journal International.
Is hairdressing art?
Please take a look at our photo collections to see what you think!