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BEHIND THE SCENES AT PROJECT EXTEND PHOTOSHOOT WITH AWARD WINNING GARY HOOKER & MICHAEL YOUNG

Updated: Jul 21, 2023


Behind the scenes at Fellowship Project Extend

Last week Zen's MD Johnny Yip and Head of Training Simon Stainton attended the Fellowship's Project Extend team’s photoshoot with multi-award winning hairdressing partnership Gary Hooker & Michael Young.

The event took place at the beautiful surroundings of Nashwhite in Warwick, and as brand partners, Johnny & Simon were invited along fellow brand partner Emir Inanch from INANCH to watch the Project Extend team prep their 5 models and then observe the experienced photoshoot direction of Gary & Michael.

As one of the highlights of the year, the team had spent weeks preparing for the shoot under the careful guidance of their Project Leader, Michelle Griffin.



Project Team member Jamie Hadleigh said: “It’s been a long time since I have done a shoot and it was amazing to have my love for shoots fufilled and also learn how to make a wig come to life. Gary and Michael were just amazing, it was incredible to work with true idols of mine. Gary worked with me closely and showed me how to work the wig I had made to look how I wanted it. It came to life in the photos. It was amazing to work with such a great team on the best photoshoot yet!”

Fellow Project Team Member Marlene Lamont comments: “The Project Extend Photoshoot really was an incredible day full of inspiration and creativity. Our leader Michelle was absolutely AMAZING, continually helping with inspiration and support. Hooker and Young were INCREDIBLE and made the shoot great fun and super professional. Special Thanks to Loxbox for my fantastic extensions and to John and Simon from Zen Hair Extensions & the Amazing Inanch who came along supporting us with their fabulous products and I want to thank them personally so much for all their help and advice on the day they were brilliant. Models were outstanding as was social media, styling and makeup & PR. Special thanks to everyone from The Fellowship, Nashwhite, & to everyone who helped organise such a fantastic day and a massive thank you again to Michelle,Gary, Michael,The Fellowship and our amazing team. I am sooooo grateful for the experience it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful team of creatives with such an inspiring leader.”


Johnny commented, "Firstly we are absolutely delighted to be a brand sponsor of PROJECT EXTEND in order to support these young and talented hairdressers progress and develop their careers under the careful guidance of leading industry mentors." He added, "It was also a real treat for Simon and me to witness Gary & Michael at work. They are truly inspirational and you could see how much enjoyment and how motivated the PROJECT EXTEND team were under their direction."

PROJECT: Team Leader: Michelle Griffin PROJECT: Team Members:

  • Emma Holt, Bcreative Hair

  • Jamie Hadleigh, Aspire Creative

  • Lucy Melvin, Diamond Appearance

  • Marlene Lamont, Urban Hair & Beauty

  • Stephanie Dobson, Zxaar Hair

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