TIGI Inspirational Youth Sophie Garbutt shows her talent at the Café De Paris

The TIGI Inspirational Youth Team 2017 and their trainers 

Sophie Garbutt, Senior Stylist at the Forresters Abingdon hair salon completed her TIGI Inspirational Youth training at a thrilling evening at the TIGI Inspirational Youth Show at the Café de Paris, Central London on Monday November 13th 2017.

Sophie began her training earlier this year at a week-long Bootcamp at the TIGI BedHead Studios, where she and 8 other talented young UK hairdressers, enjoyed and intensive 5 days of cutting, styling and colouring training as well as presentation skills and learning how to do a model casting.

“Spending 5 days with the group building on our skill sets and being challenged out of our comfort zones created a strong bond between us. Everyone got so much out of the experience – it was fantastic.”

The theme this year: Reality Bites.

TIGI Inspirational Youth - sophie garbutt - Forresters Abingdon hair salon
Sophie Garbutt - model from the TIGI Inspirational Youth Bootcamp - soft and sculptural

Sophie explains what she did…

Sophie specifically chose Anastasija Ivanova, a dark haired model with long, fine, glossy hair to realise her vision. She wanted to create a modern bohemian look, suitable for day or evening wear. She braided the outline to build texture and femininity into the look.  The hair was teased out to create volume and the must-have TIGI Catwalk Bodifying spray enabled Sophie to manipulate and mould the hair to create volume and structure, before she pinned it back towards the head to form a softly sculptural look. A few loosened tendrils gave the the hair that softly desirable ‘undone’ look.

“TIGI Inspirational Youth has brought out the best in me as a hairdresser and has made me want to develop myself more in every aspect of my craft and the hairdressing business. It’s been such an exciting journey.”


Friday 10th: Model casting, full colour and cutting and preparing for the big day on Monday.

“My model Rue needed some colour correction. She had a band of blonde through the middle section so I had to detox the hair first to lift out any unwanted tone.
Then I applied a global application of TIGI copyright©olour Rich Terracotta through the perimeter.  On the middle section to the centre, I created two irregular square sections and working with a freehand technique blended Rich Terracotta into Autumn Copper to create light and two-tone effects. I trimmed an inch from the length to create a classic shape.”

Preparations for the big night…

Monday 13th: Everyone met at the TIGI Bed Head studio where they refreshed the colour on their models and worked through the finishing touches. A short trip to the Café de Paris for a full day of team and model rehearsals. The nerves were jangling a bit but everyone was excited about the night ahead.

The TIGI Inspirational Youth Show at the Café de Paris

On the big night, over 200 fashionistas from the hairdressing industry, the Inspirational Youth teams and their individual salon support, plus TIGI training stars Anthony Moscolo, Christel Lundqvist, Maria Kovacs and Mike Esa, all enjoyed the show.

Sophie loved every minute of it!

“The TIGI Inspirational Youth training has given me so much more confidence. The adrenaline rush of presenting in front of a large crowd was amazing – I wanted to go up on stage and do it all again! To anyone who’s considering applying for TIGI Inspirational Youth, just go for it – it’s been the best experience of my career so far.”

Sophie Garbutt on stage with the TIGI Inspirational Youth trainers and team November 2017

TIGI Inspirational Youth

TIGI Inspirational Youth, a developmental training course now running in the UK, USA and Germany. Created by Anthony Mascolo to give opportunity to the ‘next generation of hairdressing stars’, TIGI Inspirational Youth has often been described by team members as a ‘life- changing experience.’

Forresters Training and Development

Three other Forresters stylists have enjoyed their Inspirational Youth experience in previous years.

Rory Gamble – Manager of the Forresters Caversham salon
Dom Rolfe – Manager of the Forresters Thatcham salon
Archie Smith – Senior Stylist at the Forresters Pangbourne salon

The Forresters Hairdressing Group continually invests in training and all of our ‘inspirational youths’ began their careers at the Forresters Training Academy in Tilehurst, Berkshire.

A three year NVQ Apprenticeship provides our trainees with the skills to create a bright future in hairdressing and the traning doesn’t stop when they graduate. Our collaboration with TIGI Professional provides ongoing training support to all of our salon teams so they are always up to date with techniques and trends.

Make up:  Amy Barrington-Long
Photos: Alex Barron-Hough
Styling: Jiv D