How I made essentially the most of lockdown: Co Down hairdresser invented distinctive clip from actual hair that has wowed trade

An award-winning hairdresser from Newtownards has invented a brand-new hairclip which is now being offered all around the world.

haron Malcolm first began her hairdressing profession 39 years in the past when she was simply 14 and has labored ever since, so when lockdown hit over two years in the past, she was certain she wasn’t going to make use of the day without work to relaxation.

“I had been placing plans in place previous to the pandemic for an thought for a clip that was new to the market, so when lockdown halted shut contact companies, corresponding to hairdressing, I believed this was the most effective time to begin making these plans come true,” she mentioned. The Cha Cha Clip is a hair accent which is created utilizing actual hair strands sculpted into a novel three-strand braid which can be utilized in quite a lot of types.

It’s accessible in eight completely different colors to be matched to your unique colouring, in addition to pink and lilac for these searching for a dramatic flash of color.

“I first had the thought again in 2019 throughout a photoshoot for the 2019 British Hairdressing Awards that I needed to create a particular hairclip which might use actual hair as a result of there was none in the marketplace,” defined Sharon.

“Equipment have at all times been on development however particularly now since folks have perhaps modified hairstyles or experimented with completely different types throughout lockdown.

“The final couple of years have, after all, been very troublesome with salon closures and lots of restrictions in place as we labored by the pandemic, however I made a decision to make use of this time to make my imaginative and prescient grow to be a actuality.”

The gifted hairdresser mentioned that she would spend days creating prototypes for the hairclip to make sure the ultimate design was simply good.

“I might sit for hours at my kitchen desk creating and growing the clip to verify it was sturdy in addition to sourcing suppliers and producers,” she mentioned.

“So, I’m so happy to lastly say the clip is now formally accessible to buy and all that tough work has lastly paid off.”

The sturdiness of the Cha Cha Clip not solely makes it good for big day hairstyles for weddings and capabilities corresponding to up-styles and formal hair, it additionally makes it appropriate for on a regular basis use and even sports activities to make sure you look good for any event.

Sharon advised this newspaper that what makes the Cha Cha Clip distinctive is that it will possibly assist costume up any coiffure — irrespective of the size or hair kind.

“It’s a really strong clip that can be utilized very simply, whether or not you might have effective, medium or thick hair, in addition to straight or curly, and can match any model irrespective of your hair colouring,” mentioned the Co Down hair stylist.

“It’s additionally very simple to make use of and fast as effectively, so you may add the clip to your hair to make it seem like you might have actually styled your hair when in actuality it took simply seconds to place in your hair.”

Sharon has gained many alternative hairdressing accolades over time and is presently the title holder for Northern Eire Hairdresser of the Yr, as she was named within the 2021 British Hairdressing Awards.

That is Sharon’s third time profitable this prestigious award, which was her final objective when she launched her hairdressing profession over three a long time in the past. She can also be the second ever feminine hairdresser in Northern Eire to be named within the British Hairdressing Corridor of Fame.

Final 12 months Sharon celebrated 21 years in enterprise after launching her self-named salon in her house of Newtownards and defined that, to be inducted into the British Hairdressing Awards’ Corridor of Fame, hairdressers should win the identical class thrice.

The Co Down hairdresser was a finalist for 9 years earlier than profitable her first Northern Eire title. “I began out hairdressing after I was simply 14. Little did I do know that I might be gifted sufficient to win all these superb awards and even open up my very own salon in my hometown,” she admitted.

“It has at all times been my dream to construct a five-star salon with my identify on it and I’m simply so pleased with myself for a way far I’ve come, and now I’ve been capable of invent a brand-new hair accent which my purchasers love.”

“Since opening Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, it’s been my long-held objective to be named as Northern Eire Hairdresser of the Yr thrice and fulfil my dream of being inducted into the British Hairdressing Awards Corridor of Fame,” she added.

“Proving that you need to by no means hand over in your desires, I used to be a Northern Eire finalist for 9 years earlier than first profitable Northern Eire Hairdresser of the Yr in 2014 for my assortment ‘Bella’.

“In 2019, I used to be topped Northern Eire Hairdresser of the Yr for a second time with my assortment ‘Need’, and in 2020 I gained the Development Picture of the Yr class.”

Once more in 2021, Sharon’s work was named as Development Picture of the Yr on the British Hairdressing Awards for a second time, which means that she has the most effective development picture throughout the UK.

“Being named on this award gave me the boldness to pursue the creation of the Cha Cha Clip, figuring out that my development picture was trusted by professionals within the trade,” she added.

“Launching the Cha Cha Clip has been a long-held dream. What began out at my kitchen desk three years in the past has now grow to be a actuality.

“And though, sure, it takes exhausting work, it doesn’t really feel a lot like work, as that is the realisation of all the pieces.”

Tutorials on how one can use the Cha Cha Clip can be found on Sharon’s social media channels by following @chachahair_products on Instagram.

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