12 March


Red Carpet Diaries Week 7

Hello! Readers

All good things must come to an end……

With the red carpet season drawing to a close, I thought it would be good to look back and assess the key trends and looks of the season.

The Golden Globes kicked off red carpet season yet seem like a lifetime ago already! My favourite hair was definitely Hayden Panettiere – I love the slicked back ‘wet look’ trend. It is such a strong yet completely flattering style and works well as a total look with dress and make up. We continued to see this trend continue as the season unfolded and will be a definite trend to watch out for in Spring Summer 2014.



For me, the Baftas showcased the most varied hairstyles of the season. From Emma Thompson’s quiff to the relaxed waves of Angelina Jolie, London certainly showcased the edgier hair trends. Although I may be slightly biased my favourite look of the season was Samantha Barks’ regal updo. This effortless trend has been so popular since and is a constant request in the salon.



Click here to see how I created this look.

My final favourite Red Carpet look from this season was Cate Blanchett’s glossy side part from the Oscars. This look has a modern feel with the tousled waves, but combines the classic element of a deep side part with tonnes of shine. The control and finish is perfection. To recreate this look yourself follow these few steps here.

Last week saw Fashion week come to an end. The number 1 show which really stood out was Chanel., the production behind the show was insane! The runway was actually turned into shopping isles with models browsing the isles and filling up their baskets and trolleys. It was so clever and a fresh fun alternative to models just pacing up and down.


I really like these modern ponytails the models where wearing. A simply pony with added in pieces of crimped hair as well as pieces of fabric for a combination of textures. It’s a great modern version of the classic pony tail.

I can’t believe how quickly the past seven weeks have gone, SO much has happened and a lot of hair has been styled all over the world for these red carpet events. I am left pondering how much product has been consumed, not to mention hairspray! With 7 blog entries complete I want to thank you all for reading and revisiting this blog. I have loved keeping an eye and reporting on all the activity from the past 2 months.

Thank you to everyone at Charles Worthington, especially Charles who has been and continues to be such an influence in my career. Having the privilege of working so closely together has benefitted not only my hair skills but has also allowed me to educate others around me.

Have a wonderful summer!

Until next time……

Marc x

07 March


Red Carpet Hair continues….

Hello! Readers


It’s Oscar week and all my clients and colleagues are talking about the hair looks seen on the red carpet this year. I felt that the hair was incredibly soft and natural and there seemed to be a lack of bold, statement hairstyles.  All of the soft waves and hair down left me wanting to see more!


There were two main hair trends on display at The Academy Awards: The Quiffed Back Crop and The Deep Side Part. The crop cut is THE cut of 2014 with stars chopping off their locks every week to channel this look. Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Portia De Rossi all gave this cut an elegant finish by adding volume and directing the hair back away from the face.



To recreate this androgynous look, you need good products to prep the hair with. Start by blow drying the hair with a small round brush up and away from the face, then sprinkle Charles Worthington volume & bounce texturizing power into the roots to ramp up the volume. Follow by massaging the Charles Worthington style setter wax into hands and scrunching into the ends to create separation and definition, before securing with Charles Worthington max hold spray.

Style-Setter-Styling-Wax Volume-&-Bounce-Powder

One of my favourite looks from the night was Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett with her tousled waved locks.  This is such a classic look which can be brought right up to date in a modern way by the deep side parting and super shiny blonde tones which compliment her skin tone.



From the men, Jared Leto had the best hair with his iconic dip dyed lengths, and the glam grunge look suits his personality perfectly.  The ombré technique is still increasingly popular and will definitely be around for 2014 for both men and women, however in a softer subtle way.  As we approach spring I’m doing much more of our London Lights balyage service in the salon, as everyone is wanting that long awaited natural spring/ summer lift.



We are running our BAFTA style menu in our three London salons until the end of March for the chance to recreate red carpet hair by the official hair stylists for the EE British Academy Awards. Choose your desired look from the BAFTA style menu from only £31.


Now that the red carpet season is drawing to a close, it’s time for me to focus attention on our upcoming NEW Charles Worthington Hair Collection photo shoot. I took the Charles Worthington art team to Somerset House this week to catch the end of the Fashion Galore Isabella Blow exhibition for some creative inspiration.




Having previously worked with Charles on a collection shoot I wanted to see this exhibition to get inside her head and her way of thinking. Getting to see the work of Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy up close was spectacular and it defiantly got our creative juices flowing.  We came away with dozens of ideas for new cutting and colouring techniques to start testing and I am very excited about the preparations we are now starting for our collection shoot.



With Paris Fashion Week coming to a close, next week I’ll be reviewing the biggest hair trends and looks of the season so stay tuned!


Marc x




25 February


It was great to celebrate the success of the BAFTAs…

Hello! readers


With the excitement from last week’s Bafta’s over I have had chance to review the winners from the night. I am so delighted Chiwetel Ejiofor won Leading Actor for 12 Years a Slave.  I thought his performance was outstanding.  Though painful to watch, this movie really allowed him to showcase his acting skills.  Gravity won several awards, and so well deserved.  The way this movie transports you to outer space, literally leaves you breathless.


There were dozens of stunning red carpet looks from the night.  Amy Adams opted for a perfect low side bun which didn’t have a single hair out of place.  Ensure this look will stay all night by using the Charles Worthington Salon at Home Max Hold Hairspray.

Style Setter Max Hold Spray



Another favourite red carpet look was Fearne Cotton! Her Marilyn esq waves created real drama and was a definite favorite from the night.  Create this look by curling your mid length style, then thoroughly brush out.  Taking single curls at a time, pinch the ends and concertina them up a single hair strand by pushing into the roots.  Again use the Max Hold Spray on each curl after this technique one curl at a time for lasting hold.


The BAFTA theme continued this week for myself and the Artistic team as we headed off to Bafta HQ in Piccadilly London for a private screening of ‘Blue Jasmine’ organized by Emerald Street. Charles Worthington had a pop up styling bar for the drinks reception where all guests had the opportunity to have their hair styled by some of the team that were in the Savoy styling suites last weekend. The reception also included the opportunity to have makeup by Benefit, and drinks from Tattinger and Bombay Sapphire. Before the movie, CEO of Bafta Amanda Berry introduced the evening with a welcome speech.


It was a fun night and was great to be yet again involved with Bafta, celebrating the success of the previous weekend’s awards.  Here’s a pic of some of the team in action:


This week was also London Fashion Week – It was certainly a busy weekend in London!  I love the creative buzz that fills London when LFW is on and I love looking out for the new looks in fashion as they make their debuts on the catwalk.


My top hair looks from the Autumn/Winter shows from the Fashion weeks of: New York, London and Milan include:


Fendi who used woven hair to create textured ponytails in an interesting and different way.



At Marc Jacobs wigs were used which were thick and bold.  I love the bluntness to the lengths and each wig was also styled with a colored headband as a final detail.


The hair at Donna Karan was a clever look; it was styled sleek around the hairline to look like a headband, then the remaining hair was secured as a top knot.  Again I love the detail and thought that has gone into creating this look.



As always there were a lot of natural hair looks, as well as the usual heavy side part across the face.


Here in London, Katie from the Charles Worthington Salon Artistic team assisted session stylist Ali Pirzadeh for L’Oreal Professional on the Ashish show, Ali created amazing textures on the models hair using a variety of techniques.  From wavers to crimpers, random sections were taken then dressed out to create huge voluminous shapes on the models.  I have a passion for big hair, and love experimenting with new tools and techniques so will definitely going to be trying this look out in the salon.



Have a fabulous week and good luck recreating these stunning looks from both the red carpet and the runway!


Tweet me your creations at @cwhairlondon and @marctrinder.  Id love to see your creations!


Marc x







19 February


What an incredible weekend…

Hello readers!


Well where do I begin….. It’s Monday morning and I’m still buzzing from the excitement from the weekend.  Our 6th year styling hair for the BAFTAs has to be one of our best yet, and I must begin by thanking my entire Art Team for such wonderful teamwork and hair creations – their enthusiasm shines through continuously in everything they do.


This week began for us with our last Bafta Bootcamp training session where we took inspiration from the 1960’s.  We took the voluminous hairstyles and combined them with modern techniques which led us to create some wonderful styles!



Wednesday afternoon I went to the Savoy Hotel to style the hair of Lianne La Havas for a Pre-Bafta photo shoot, and Lianne was so much fun! She was so relaxed and filled the room with her positive energy.  We twisted her hair in fine sections with the Charles Worthington Curl Defining Mousse, 3D boosting crème and Elixir Oil.  I used a diffuser to dry the hair, and then put her hair up in a simple up do.  Lianne loved this look so I created a similar version for her performance at the Asprey pre-nominee party Saturday night.





After finishing in the salon Thursday afternoon, I headed to the Savoy Hotel again to style the hair of Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko.  I created glossy deep waves for a BAFTA event she was attending – she has incredible thick hair which we wanted to leave down. I used my GHD Eclipse to wave the hair back away from the face and used a flat brush to break up and define the waves.  Charles Worthington Shine Booster spray was spritzed to finish the look with incredible shine and also give enough hold.




On Friday morning, before starting on my clients in the salon, I transported all the salon equipment to the Savoy hotel to set up the styling suites for the weekend.  We turned three rooms into a working salon and they looked truly stunning! It is such a glamorous base for the salon team to work in all weekend.



I arrived with the team at 9am Saturday morning and after a quick team de-brief we started styling hair for the Nominee Party, which took place in the beautiful Asprey store.  It’s always such a great party and pre-celebration of the event – you never know who’s going to be there!


Samantha Barks came into our styling suite in the afternoon and I styled her hair for a shoot in the Savoy.  It was great fun, Sam is stunning and such a natural in front of the camera! We managed to shoot 4 different looks in just over an hour.  We finished the shoot with a final shot of her Bafta look for the next day as we had a quick hair rehearsal.  I then put it up into a slick ponytail as Sam was off to watch a show for London Fashion Week!  Check out that amazing dress..




After working hard on hair all day Charles and I attended the Asprey party, and arrived at the same time as Amy Adams – the crowds outside went wild!  It was so exciting walking their red carpet before entering their magnificent store.  We watched Lianne La Havas perform and she has the most amazing unique voice.  As we made our way through the different rooms at the party we bumped into Helen Mirren who is uber chic and was glowing.



On Sunday morning I arrived at our styling suites at 8am to begin styling for the big day! The atmosphere was incredible.  The entire team worked hard all day with back to back appointments; a mixture of BAFTA nominees, competition winners and celebrities all attending the ceremony.  The energy in the suites was so high with everyone gossiping about who they think will win. For me, one of my favourite parts of the day is always observing the hairstyles as people leave – it made me very proud of our team who worked so hard in the build up to the event.


Here’s some pictures of the looks the team created:






Here’s a selection of styles I created for the night:





After styling Eleanor Tomlinson, Samantha Barks and Olga Kurylenko, I headed to the Royal Opera House and set up backstage to do last minute tweaks on hair before presenters took the stage. It’s the BEST place to be as you get to meet all the major A-listers!  The weirdest moment happened when Leonardo Di Caprio asked me if I had any eye drops! Next year I will have to pack some in my kit bag.



Another surreal moment was seeing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie backstage – the hottest couple there by far.  I loved Angelina’s choice of outfit too, the tuxedo she opted for certainly turned heads as she normally wears full length gowns. Prince William topped the night for many people backstage and his relaxed friendly manor was so obvious for everyone he met backstage. He truly is such a nice guy!



The BAFTA’s was an absolutely incredible weekend!  It’s definitely the highlight for me of the year – I’m so lucky I get to work on such a high profile event, but best of all I get to take the experience and learning s back to my team and clients in the salon.


After all, why can’t everyone have Red Carpet hair every day?


Marc x





11 February


4 days to go!!!

Hello! readers


Bafta week is finally here!!!


There are only 4 days to go so myself and the Charles Worthington Art Team have been cramming in more practice by taking inspiration from the 1950s, as well as experimenting with different textures.


From defined vintage waves, to crimped 80’s textures we had great fun at our weekly session creating a variety of shapes on models hair.



Our last session is taking place this week where we will look to the 1960’s big bold beehives for inspiration. It will be our last chance to warm up our styling skills ready for the weekend.


It’s also operation ‘kit bags’ this week. As we prepare to set up home for 2 days inside the grand ‘Savoy Hotel’ in the Bafta Styling suites, you can only imagine the amount of kit we need to transport; from hairpins to rollers, the kit list is extensive.  For 9 stylists styling hair for 2 days we need to think of every possible hair eventuality.  The product and equipment has been ordered and on Friday morning I will unpack everything ready to go for Saturday morning.


Check out how many pins and grips we need!



With the awards season well under way, I was desperate to get to the cinema this week to get to grips with the nominations. I managed to see Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and 12 Years a Slave, which are all very different but I loved them all!  The styling in particular in ‘American Hustle’ was superb.  In particular I loved the Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams glamorous hair styles. The 70s take on hair was spot on.



For me this look is super chic of the era, but completely wearable today.  This look can be achieved easily with a good set of heated rollers and the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce collection, in particular the new 3D Crème. This look can be achieved in a few simply easy steps:


Step 1

Wash and condition the hair using Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce shampoo and Amplifying Volume Treatment.


Step 2

Apply the NEW 3D Crème & rough dry hair, smoothing gently with a paddle brush.


Step 3

Draw a centre parting and use heated rollers rolling right to the root and using the smaller ones around the face and the larger rollers at the back.  Apply hairspray to each section of hair before rolling up.


Step 4

Once completely cooled, remove the rollers and brush through, away from the face.   Tilt your head back and spray hair spray from a small distance to the top and underneath.  Bring the head back to vertical and tease the curls to fall away from the face by lightly brushing back towards the ears.


We cant’ ignore the fact New York Fashion week is well underway, and London Fashion Week is just around the corner.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the shows and pulled out my favourite looks so far from New York.  For me, the hair and clothes need to work together to tell a story.  These are my favourite looks from the last few days – they have the simple, clean, and easy to recreate wearable factor.


The boyish deep side parts from Alexandar Wang.

The slicked back buns from Diane Von Furstenburg, & The tucked under bobs and messy centre parts from Victoria Beckham.



In the final days of BAFTA build up this week I am styling a British soul singer for a shoot and also styling the hair of a very famous ‘Bond Girl’ for an event this coming Thursday.


Check out my blog next week for all the backstage gossip and to find out whose hair we styled for the red carpet.


Marc x

04 February


There are only two weeks to go until the BAFTAs…

Hello! readers

There are only two weeks to go until BAFTA’s now so it has been all systems go for myself and the Charles Worthington Artistic Team, but what a fun week it has been!

It kicked off on Monday with a photo shoot.  I created two red carpet looks on a model and provided backstage hints and tips on how to recreate these at home.  I love having the opportunity to shoot my work as it is such a rewarding achievement and also a working collaboration between the stylist, make-up artist and photographer who are all equally important – it’s exciting for everyone to see the images instantly on screen and ultimately the final shots in print. One of the looks I created was inspired by Rita Ora’s bouncy curls seen at the Grammy’s last week.



My kit that I use for all shoots is extensive and I always carry every type of electrical tool I could possibly need, not to mention every product.  The entire Charles Worthington Salon at Home range follows me everywhere as it has every type of essential styling product I could want.




At our second BAFTA Bootcamp session this week we focused on hairstyling from the 1930s- 1940s.  This era was all about rolls in the hair and the team learnt some new techniques of exaggerated structured rolls, which they used to create a variety of up and down styles to learn the importance of preparing the hair correctly.  I feel this is such an important part of hair styling- achieving the correct texture so that you don’t need thousands of pins and grips to keep the hair in place.



My favourite product for prepping hair for an updo is the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray.  It’s a styling product you apply to dry hair which feels like a combination of dry shampoo and hairspray in one can.  Applying a few bursts into longer lengths of the hair gives the hair grip and allows you to have great control when managing the hair and ensuring it stays put.


At the weekend I went to a professional hairdressing event; The Redken European Symposium at Olympia.  The opening night was an incredible show by top hairdressing teams showcasing their talent on stage to an audience of 3000 hairdressers from the UK and Europe.  The event continued the next day with 3 separate seminars focusing on Catwalk, Red Carpet and Street Style hair and the importance of the cycle between all three.  My favourite section was the red carpet where I witnessed some beautiful creations live on stage.  For me, going to watch shows and other events is very important as it helps me to keep inspired and up to date with new trends and techniques in the hair world.  I then can develop these ideas further with my artistic team and on my clients in the salon.



Here are some pictures I took of the type of red carpet creations, the stylists from on stage presented.  I definitely picked up a couple of new techniques we can use on BAFTA day in the styling suites.






Follow me next week to see the hair creations my Art Team create in our Bafta Boot camp as we turn to the 1950s for inspiration!

Marc x

28 January


Hello world!

Hi HELLO! readers!

My name is Marc and I’m the Art Team Director for Charles Worthington Salons. I split my time between in salon client appointments at two of our London salons, managing our artistic team, teaching technical hair skills around the world as well as developing ideas, future projects, shoots and hair shows with Charles himself. I have such a fantastic varied week and love my role as each day is so different.

This is especially my favourite time of year as we are the official hair stylist for the EE British Academy Film Awards for the 6th year running. This week I’ve been reviewing all the looks from the Golden Globes and I’ve put together my top 4 trends from the awards. It will be really interesting to see if the pattern continues as we approach the BAFTA’s and the end of the red carpet season.


This week in the salon we have been warming up for the BAFTA’s with our BAFTA bootcamp schedule which we run every year. It’s so vital that we continue to improve our techniques as hair trends and styles are forever changing. The bootcamp involves the salon artistic team training every week and putting our hairdressing skills to the test. Practicing key red carpet hair trends and continuing to be innovative with the way we mould hair and apply styling products.



The theme I’ve set for my Art Team this year is ‘hair through the decades’. I think it’s so important to go back to basics to really understand where trends came from. This week we have travelled back to the era of the 1920’s and after doing some research we decided that the hair was all about defined finger waves and bobs.

Each week we take over an area of our Percy Street salon to set up a mini studio and shoot our work – I asked each art team member to present a model with their own version of the trend we are working on but combine it with a modern 2014 twist. This week was such a fun and rewarding session, I feel that learning the importance of strong setting is such a great foundation for any stylist to have. Our models loved the looks and were literally dancing to the ‘Charleston’ as they were leaving the salon.



This week, I also presented a live hair demonstration at our annual company conference at St Martins Lane Hotel. It was a great platform to demonstrate our new Charles Worthington Salon at Home BAFTA edition Volume & Bounce thick & full 3D boosting crème on the models hair, and also tell our entire styling team what a brilliant product it will be to use backstage at the BAFTA’s in the salon on our clients. I created two Red Carpet looks on stage; I demonstrated how to create an effortless up do and then I showed the team how to create the sleek red carpet glamour wave. These two looks were taken from our in salon BAFTA style menu which will be running from the 10th February until the end of March from only £31.



I was lucky enough to borrow two amazing red carpet gowns from ‘Georgia Nash’. Georgia is a client of mine in the salon and always helps me put together spectacular red carpet looks – her style is so glamorous. Every one of her dresses is unique with incredible embellishment and the cuts drape the models frames so well.


Check out next week’s blog as we test the styles of the 1930’s and share in the salon exclusives!
Marc x

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