REVIEW: Northampton young hairdressing talent makes final shortlist for ghd art team

An up-and-coming Northampton hairdresser has been announced as a finalist for a national stylist graduation programme... and the Chronicle & Echo went to see what the salon could offer.

Monday, 10th April 2017, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:04 pm

Jemma Clemas, a hairdresser at Seckingtons in Wellingborough Road, competed against a host of young entrants up and down the country to secure her place in the finals for a place on the ghd art team.

Starting her career in hairdressing just three years ago, Jemma, "exhibited passion, creative thinking and drive" to succeed in the industry, judges said, and will go on to audition in London in May in front of a panel of experts.

Jemma said: “I could not be more excited. This is such a fantastic opportunity for me and it means so much to have reached the final.

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Seckingtons salon

"I love everything about my job at Seckingtons and it would mean the world to take it to the next level and be a part of one of the most coveted teams in the industry.

"The intensive training, industry insight and experiences that it brings are lifetime opportunities and a real chance for me to catapult my career into a whole new realm of hairdressing. I’m obviously nervous for the auditions but I feel fired-up and ready for them. I’ve dreamt of an opportunity like this.”

A place on the squad means a year of 'money-can’t-buy opportunities' for the chosen few – from training with top names to working on shows, seminars and events up and down the country.

So the Chron went to try the salon out...

Before the re-style

You can’t beat that just left the salon feeling when your hair looks and feels a million dollars. But if you've often left the salon and you feel more like Coco the clown rather than Coco Chanel, you would understand how important it is for a woman to have a hairdresser she can trust.After visiting numerous Northamptonshire-based salons in search for the perfect balayage I thought I would give Seckingtons a try as both my patience and hair were running thin.

My mid-week appointment was made for 5.45pm - a perfect time for full-time workers who finish late - and I was greeted with a free drinks menu including prosecco and a range of non-alcoholic drinks, but I hasten to add I had a water as I was driving. Despite being a bore, my drink was still served to me on my own personal tray with a biscuit and a full range of magazines at my disposal. After going for a patch-test two days before my appointment, I spoke to stylist, Jemma about the vision I had for my barnet.As somebody who is naturally dark featured with more hair you can throw a Tangle Teezer at I have always thought about what it would be like to lighten my locks professionally as opposed to being styled in the middle of my friend's living room.Jemma talked me through a range of cuts and showed me images on a Pinterest account - you know, those snaps you're told to never show a hairdresser because "they're too unrealistic" so you walk off feeling like a bumbling idiot...

However, after showing Jemma some of my hair nightmares and what I thought would look best, she coached me into thinking platinum blonde was not the way forward and that I should be more subtle. 'You're talking sense', I thought.During the evening appointment, she lightened my ends with softer brown tones and shampoo and conditioned my locks before performing a head massage with lavender oil, which was included in the price.I was then passed onto senior art director, Micky who made an ace job of my cut.For the first time in my adult life, I met a hairdresser who listened to my request to "only cut the ends off" as opposed to nine inches.I was given a mini-questionnaire to fill in, which asked me what I wanted from my experience and it quizzed me on what heated tools I use. I thought it would be best if I didn't say a steam-iron at this point. The team told me Seckingtons only use natural products that they would feel happy to use on themselves and have used organic, Aveda products for over five years making them the only salon in a 15-mile radius who use the brand. As an Aveda salon, all staff are fully trained on how to give salon-goers the "best-informed" decision on purchases and know what products to use during treatments.It's safe to say the salon isn't cheap with a ladies 45-minute cut starting at £30 with a graduate stylist spanning to £63 with Johnny himself, but from my previous disappointing experiences, it's true when they say you "get what you pay for," and it's worth every penny.After three-and-a-half-hours of graft, I can safely say the duo made a cracking job on my do and after a new side-fringe and a go at the curlers, I felt great. I look forward to the next time I book in with the team.

To book in with Jemma visit Seckingtons on Wellingborough Road, Northampton, call 01604 633366 or log onto

After the cut and finish
Seckingtons salon
Before the re-style
After the cut and finish