About Saks A-Team 2022

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It’s been a long time coming…let’s meet the 2022 Saks A-Team line up! Our first post-pandemic A-Teamers join the year-long education programme from our expert Saks Artists. Saks A-Team is all about giving our creative hair stylists space to express their artistic side outside of the salon and get together with other Saks stylists from all across the country.

Securing a coveted place on Saks A-Team is no mean feat and takes dedication and hard graft. Hopefuls need to submit an application and if they meet the criteria, the next stage is an in-person interview, including putting together and presenting their own mood board and hair looks to demonstrate their creativity.

Once they’re in stylists really are training with the best, learning from our expert Saks Artists including Creative Director Luke Pluckrose who’s seriously in demand, styling celebs in the UK and internationally such as Kim Kardashian, Priyanka Chopra, Charlotte Tilbury, Paris Jackson and more.

Without further ado, this year’s gang is:

Ann-Elise Stevenson, Saks Barnard Castle

Jess Wright, Saks Bishop Auckland

Danielle Leyland, Saks Chester

Emma Brown , Saks Hexham

Shannon Currah, Saks Hexham

Lloyd Caygill, Saks Northallerton

Roxy Eastbury, Saks Redcar

Sophie Dawe, Saks West Bridgford

Saks Artist Sarah Clarke-Lees, who’s leading the programme for 2022 says: “Brand new for this year’s cohort, we sent surprise Pulp Riot boxes to the students with a selection of colours for them to use to to put together social media content, getting them into the mindset of sharing their creations. In the creative sessions so far they’ve been using materials such as wire, ribbons, beads to create their looks. They’ve looked at how iconic looks from London, Paris and Graduate Fashion Weeks are made and they’ve been busy planning their end-of-year event, this is something completely different this year, so watch this space!”

A-Teamer Jess from Bishop Auckland says: “I hope to become more confident in using more creative colours that I don’t use as often in the salon and to bring back some new techniques to teach the rest of the team in the salon.”

A-Team is just the beginning…after stylists have completed the programme,  Saks Artists keep in touch, offering opportunities to assist at shows and photo shoots, encouraging collaboration with other creatives such as models, photographers, clothes stylists, MUA’s and dancers.

Sarah says; “The sky is the limit for these faces. Previous Saks A-Teamers have gone on to win awards, assist backstage at glitzy events and for celebs on shoots. They’ve assisted at the Harris Reed show at the V&A and Graduate Fashion Week for L’Oréal Professionnel. They get to push the boundaries of their skills and try out new things. It helps nurture their creativity and teaches them problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking and the confidence to work with teams outside of their salon using new products and techniques.”

Could you be a future Saks A-Teamer? Bag your role at Saks first – check out our current job vacancies here.

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