John Denholm has been a client of Charlie Miller for more than 4 decades! Having first had his hair cut by our founder Charlie Miller, John’s permanent stylist now is Miriam from our Ocean Terminal salon.
Meet Client, John and Stylist, Miriam!
John on Miriam and why he keeps coming back:
“I have been a client at Charlie Miller for over 40 years now and discovered Miriam when I tried the Ocean Terminal salon upon it’s opening in 2005.
Miriam is friendly and professional. She has consistently given me good results over the years …despite me give her less to work with! Miriam can run a 10k race in less than an hour, proving you can combine artistry with sporting prowess!”
“John was one of Charlie’s clients before I started cutting his hair. He is always keen to try new styles whenever I suggest them. John is smart, professional and always has interesting conversations! I always enjoy our chat.”
Appointments with Miriam can be booked online or by calling our Ocean Terminal salon. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.
Lynsey has been Iain’s go-to-stylist at our Frederick Street salon for over 5 years now! Read below their secret to a successful client/stylist relationship.
Meet Iain and Lynsey
Iain about Lynsey:
‘I discovered Lynsey by chance by booking into Fredrick Street about five years ago and she gave me such a good cut that she’s been cutting my hair since. My favourite thing about having my hair done at Charlie Miller is knowing that I’ll have a great experience: great welcome, nice people and a great haircut by the time I leave.
Lynsey has a fantastic, warm personality, is great at her job and we always have a laugh when I’m in. She is professional, bubbly and smart.’
‘Iain is successful, witty and generous and the owner of Arbikie, the company that supplies our gin to the salon. He is super successful in his field and so down to earth. I enjoy his visit every 5 weeks as we have a good giggle and cover a lot of topics one being his gin – which I love!’
Lynsey on being Iain’s Stylist :‘I first cut Iain’s hair about 5 years ago. We have since built up a mutual understanding of each other’s sense of humour and the time has flown by. Iain’s cut had changed over the years from a classic gent to more short and tailored. Sometimes his parting will change but that’s not normally his choice, it occurs with too much blethering.’
Appointments with Lynsey can be booked online or by calling our Frederick Street salon. We look forward to welcoming you to the salon soon.
The glamour of Charlie Miller graced Edinburgh this week at our annual Achievement Awards ceremony.
This year, the 19th Charlie Miller Awards, were held at the Kimpton Hotel on Charlotte Square where guests enjoyed delicious food and excellent hospitality. Attending the event with 100+ staff and management were our founders Charlie & Janet Miller along with guests from Kérastase, L’Oréal and We Are Hair & Beauty.
In addition to the celebrations, the night was all about having fun! Games such as Play Your Cards Right and Hit or Miss were woven throughout the ceremony and played by all attendees. Staff also participated in tombola comprising of wonderful gifts from local Edinburgh businesses such as:
The Balmoral, Fox & Co, Di Maggio, Chamomile Sanctuary, Glam Candy, Hard Rock Cafe, PAINT Hair & Nails, Honeycomb & Co., Lauren Gollan Makeup, Radisson Collection, Paper Tiger, Mimi’s Bakehouse, Ocean Terminal, One Spa, Kimpton Hotel, Scran & Scallie, Pickering’s Gin, The Glasshouse, Wildflowers, Fazenda, Gusto and All About Eve.
Compered by radio presenter and event host, Grant Stott, the evening culminated in high excitement and rapturous applause on the announcement and presentation of 24 Charlie Miller Achievement Awards.
The ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS are:
Rosslyn Orr, Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year
Rebecca Fairclough, Trainee of the Year Stafford Street
Ria Taylor, Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street
Demi Colligan, Trainee of the Year Frederick Street
Megan MacColl, Trainee of the Year Ocean Terminal
Ellie Gilhooley, Trainee of the Year Holy Corner
Rachel Grayson, 3rd Year Trainee of the Year
Ria Taylor, Trainee Competition Winner Group B
Demi Colligan, Trainee Competition Winner Group A
Natalie Cole, Retail Salesperson of the Year
Denise Brown, Receptionist of the Year
Natalie Cole, Treatment Salesperson of the Year
80+Club Winners (Client Retention) : Corry Riley, Elle Craik, Karen Kennedy, Leigh Forrest, Lorraine McDiarmid, Rosy Kenny, Karyn Holloway, Laura Wyles, Michelle Baigan, Nicola McGuire, Richard Beggs, Rosslyn Orr, Hayley Dallas, Hannah Lennon, Lynsey Wilson, Natalie Cole, Karen Jones, Tammy Neillings, Amber Swift, Lisa Allen, Steven Suckling & Lauren Tait
Yvonne Blyth, Janet Miller Award
Joanna Drummond, Graduate Stylist of the Year
Carla McGuire, Salon Stylist of the Year
Philip Michie, Senior Stylist of the Year
Nicola McGuire, Head Stylist of the Year
Karen Kennedy, Senior Head Stylist of the Year
Neil Purves, Men’s Stylist of the Year
Philip Michie, Salon Technician of the Year
Hayley Dallas, Senior Technician of the Year
Rosslyn Orr, Head Technician of the Year
Well done to our wonderful team!
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Charlie Miller Haircare was launched at the end of 2018. A year in the making, this fabulous range embodies the luxury feel of the Charlie Miller experience.
Sulphate and paraben-free the shampoos are specifically formulated with Jasmine Extract, Organic Calendula Flower Extract and Organic Sage Oil to help lock in moisture, soothe a dry and flaking scalp and encourage new hair growth, whilst promoting healthy hair.
Launching with 3 shampoos and 2 conditioners (Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner and Silver Shampoo) the range also reveals a refreshing floral fragrance with clean top notes of green tea, orange and lemon combined with soft jasmine, rose and lily, gentle herbs, musk and oakmoss.
The journey is a dream come true for Joint Managing Directors and brothers, Jason and Joshua Miller and Jason’s wife and Director, India Miller. “We are truly excited to be launching our haircare range.Having worked in the industry and in haircare for more than 35 years we knew what we wanted to create. We are absolutely delighted with the integrity and results of these products. Watch this space; there’s more to come!”
Jasmine oil contains moisturising properties to prevent hair breakage and can lock in moisture, hydrate dry hair, and tame frizz.
The oil is light and able to penetrate the hair shaft and cuticle to deeply conditions. It also maintains your natural moisture and elasticity.
A natural antiseptic, it purifies the scalp of bacteria and build-up.
The natural healing properties found in jasmine oil work to eliminate and reduce the possibility of infections and scalp conditions such as dandruff. Additionally, it can soothe your scalp.
Organic Calendula Flower Extract:
Is an anti-inflammatory and antiviral type of plant, of which the most commonly known plant is the marigold.
The oil can soothe the scalp and reduce the appearance of dandruff.
Regular application of calendula extract hydrates the scalp and soothes dry, flaky skin.
Calendula oil regenerates the follicles in your hair, increasing hair growth and providing a luscious head of hair.
Organic Sage Oil:
The name Sage comes from the Latin word ‘salvare’ meaning to save or heal.
It is rich in Calcium and Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B-Vitamins. It protects your skin against the assault of free radicals and aids in daily cell regeneration.
Sage contains beta-sitosterol, a 5-alpha reductase compound, found to be effective in treating male pattern baldness.
It is particularly effective in encouraging new hair growth and can also help reduce dandruff and prevent clogged hair follicles too.
Available online here, or in all 5 salons! Pop in today to discuss the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
This week we are celebrating the joint birthday of our two youngest salons! Ocean Terminal (13) and Holy Corner (8) both opened at the beginning of November in their respective years.
Since launching, the salons have grown existing talent and trained up new stylists through the Charlie Miller trainee programme. Moreover, they are home to stylists who have worked with and have been celebrated by L’Oréal Professionnel; Ocean Terminal’s Tammy was a finalist in this year’s Colour Trophy and Holy Corner’s Amber has recently been invited to London to work on a colour filming session. There is a lot to celebrate!
In honour of this joint celebration, we want to use this opportunity for you to get to know our Ocean Terminal and Holy Corner teams better.
Below, our stylists give an insight into all thing’s hair: their personal inspirations, favourite trends and, most importantly, reveal some of their most important tips.
Who is your celebrity hair inspiration and why?
What is an important tip you give to your client for at home hair care?
What is your favourite product?
Over the years, what has been your favourite hair trend?
What is your favourite heat tool?
What is your favourite thing about being a stylist?
Don’t forget to enter our DOUBLE birthday giveaway on social media! To celebrate, we are giving TWO people the chance to win a cut and colour appointment!
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In 2007, during a conversation whilst styling the wig of his first young cancer patient, Charlie Miller became aware about the difficulties, when losing their hair to cancer, that young people had in getting a wig that was right for them.
“Our hair says so much about us: who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Losing it is hard to deal with as we feel some of our own identity is lost too. We want to look and feel the same. We don’t want to seem different from the rest of the crowd”.
That one conversation led to the launch in 2008 of a successful wig project called ‘Hair 4 U’ and a collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), the long-term aim of which is to ensure that every young person with cancer aged 13-24 is given a real hair wig funded by the TCT that is then cut and styled free of charge in a participating salon in their area.
Wig styling requires a high level of experience and is entrusted to our more senior stylists. The most important aspect of the process is to cut and colour the wig so that it looks like the client’s own hair. It is therefore styled exactly how he or she wants it to be.
This week our talented Senior Head Stylist, Steven Suckling and Salon Technician, Carla McGuire worked their magic on a real hair wig for one of their TCT clients. In keeping with the current trends, the wig was coloured a beautiful pastel pink shade.
After the colouring process by Carla, Steven styled the wig to suit the client’s unique look and personality.
The result? Beautiful, glossy, multi-tonal hair!
Have a look at our video to see the transformation for yourself!
Happy Birthday to our salon at South St Andrew Street! For 23 years now, under the guiding management and leadership of Ian and now Rosslyn, the salon team has been styling the hair for thousands of clients and satisfying the trends of the time!
Did you know that South St Andrew Street is home to some of the longest-serving stylists: Ian (46 years), Richard (25 years), Lori and Michele (24 years)!?
From our experienced staff to our most recently graduated stylists, the salon has such a variety of talent. A testament to this talent has been Salon Manager Rosslyn’s accomplishment as Finalist in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2018. One of the UK’s most prestigious industry competitions!
Therefore, to celebrate 23 amazing years, we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a CUT & COLOUR appointment in the salon with a stylist of their choice.
Three of our stylists helped raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer on 28 September during an annual Coffee Morning organised by The Signature Pub Group and hosted at Badger & Co on Castle Street. In addition to hairstyling and nail services everyone enjoyed teas, coffees and cakes. There was also the opportunity to purchase candles and enter a raffle with very generous prizes!
The Charlie Miller team comprised of 3 of our recently graduated stylists; Rowan (Stafford Street), Katryna (South St Andrew Street) and Joanna (Frederick Street). For a £10 donation, our stylists offered a variety of services such as up-dos, tonging and braiding. 100% of the proceeds generated by the Charlie Miller team were donated to Macmillan.
We would like to thank Badger & Co and the Signature Pub group for inviting us to participate in a fantastic event, we are grateful to have the opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all who came along!
A little bit of tranquillity in a busy day, client Shona Bathgate describes her regular salon visits. Shona’s relationship with Miriam Begg has been a success so far, but what else bonds the two?
Shona says, “I discovered the salon as it’s close to my place of work and Miriam has been cutting my hair for a long time now. She is beautifully stylish, fun and friendly and understands what works for me. Over the years she and my colourist Tammy, have saved me from some of my more questionable hair requests. I compete in long distance triathlons so my hair has to be practical and a bit edgy.”
Miriam says, “Shona became a client at least 10 years ago when another stylist was off sick and that day we chatted about different style options. I convinced her to go short and she’s been short ever since. I’m more likely to do her hair for a triathlon or the Ironman competitions as that takes up a big part of her life but she still likes to look good while doing this. She has a great spirit and loves to experiment with undercuts and different hair colours. As a professional mum of two who works full time she would give anyone in their 20’s or 30’s a run for their money. Shona is very inspiring and in fact she made me believe in myself to run the Edinburgh marathon. Most of our chat is about running and a love of food and wine. She is inspirational, fearless and fashionable!”
Appointments with Miriam or any of our talented stylists across Charlie Miller’s five Edinburgh salons, can be booked online here.
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From the Edinburgh photoshoot to Glasgow’s Backstage Finals and then on to London’s Grand Finals, this year’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition was an incredible journey for Leigh, Natalie & Tammy! Here’s a peek into the prep and final looks from these amazing and talented stylists. Especially with the support of MUA Ebony. Well done to you all!!
Pop in to any of our five Edinburgh salons and ask for a consultation with our highly qualified stylists. They will be delighted to discuss your ideas and transform your hair using cutting edge techniques and luxury treatments and products including Smartbond by L’Oréal Professional. Why not join us on twitter, Instagram and Facebook #cmhairdressing?
We were delighted and honoured to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to our salon and Training Academy at Holy Corner where she unveiled a plaque to commemorate our 50 years in business. The Princess Royal spent an hour meeting with Directors, Managers, Assistant Managers and over 40 other team members. These were from across the salons as well as a number of our longest-serving clients.
During a reception HRH learned about our work with the ‘Hair 4 U’ project and Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). She met with patients and nurses involved. She also met our 6 ‘Trainees of the Year’. These are hairdresser from our successful apprenticeship programme. They were able to demonstrate some of their cutting, colouring and styling skills.
HRH finished her visit with a charitable donation to her Charities Trust along with a posy of flowers.
Thanks also to STV News reporter Susan Ripoll and cameraman Colin for their coverage of the visit on STV News at Six.
White Romance – Opulence and Pureness Collide in Cat Nicholson’s newest work
Cat Nicholson our Salon Director at Ocean Terminal has been making waves. In her latest collection of work she features beautifully opulent styles with a twist. The luxurious imagery explodes into a palette of elegance with dreamy, vintage blonde waves. She also incorporates pastel pleats and deep copper chic.
Hair: Cat Nicholson
Photography: David Frederick Avery
Our team at Ocean Terminal and our other salons can be booked for appointments here. Whether it is just a blow dry or an entire re-styling, our experts will be able to advise.