Anne Veck: Green Libertine

For us, a "Green Libertine" is someone who doesn't follow the conventional rule book, someone who stands up for what they believe in, who isn't afraid of the unknown, and is creating something new or leading the way.

Our Green Libertines will be joining us in creating a new direction for our industry, helping us lead the way towards changing our industry for the better.

Anne Veck has the following manifesto,

"Your hair should be beautiful.

Hairdressing should be professional.

Hairdressing should be ethical.

Hairdressing should be sustainable.

Hairdressing is art."

It sounds to us like she's ticking all the boxes of a Green Libertine, so we are delighted to have her on board helping us spread the sustainable love!

What did your salon do to achieve your carbon neutral and eco ward?

Anne - To get the Carbon Neutral Certification from Carbon Footprint Limited, we have had to produce figures for the gas and electricity consumption by the salon and mileage figures for all business travel: by car, taxi, train, bus and air travel. For 2019/20 this totalled 11.1 tonnes of CO2, 1.2 tonnes per employee, (about 1/3 of the average office-based workplace). We then offset the 11.1 tonnes by paying for tree planting in Kenya.

The salon has won 4 sustainable salon awards in the last 3 years and is in the finals of the Salon Business Awards Green Salon again for 2020. (we would love to win this for 3rd time!). Our entries have described all the sustainable actions we take in the salons, reducing carbon footprint and energy use, reducing plastic, recycling as much as possible and working with sustainable product suppliers, printers and equipment manufacturers. All reinforced with awareness campaigns for team members and clients. 

Do your sustainability credentials bring new clients to your salon?

Anne - Without a doubt. Since our big eco refit in 2013, client numbers have increased on average by 10% per year, with a 20% surge in 2014. Post lockdown, we are seeing large numbers of new clients choosing us because of our green credentials.

What is your favourite, eco friendly, non-hairdressing product or service?

Anne - Rediscovering old-fashioned products like white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to use as salon cleaning products rather than harsh chemicals.

Who is your "eco-hero"?

Anne - Has to be Greta Thunberg. So young and yet so strong-willed and influential.

What is one change you'd like to see salons make?

Anne - To cut down on waste of all types. For example use only the amount of product actually needed and by turning the water off when rinsing colour and in between shampoos! We need a big awareness campaign by salon owners aimed at their teams!

As a leading exponent of sustainable salons, Anne Veck Limited won the

National Hair & Beauty Federations Helping the Environment Award 2020, the

Salon Business Awards Green Salon 2019 & 2017 and the National Hair &

Beauty Federation's Most Environmentally Friendly Business of 2017. The company

has been certified Carbon Neutral + since 2019.

Anne's passion is sharing her skills and creativity with her peers. She presents

and teaches at shows, academies and salons throughout the world. While best

known for her avant-garde and long hair styling, Anne is also an expert colourist,

cutter and extensions specialist. She loves being on TV and recently featured as

a judge on Channel 5 Star's Extreme Hair Wars. Her courses are CPD approved

by Habia and she holds the HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Anne was one of only 3 U.K. based hairdressers to be nominated for the title of

International Hairdresser of the Year 2018/19. She was the British Hairdressing

Awards Southern Hairdresser of the Year, Revlon Professional Style Masters

Global Award Winner and AIPP Best Photo winner in 2016. Her Oxford salon

won Regional Salon (South) in the 2019 and 2017 Hair Awards.

Anne and her team are 16 times Finalists and twice Winners at The British

Hairdressing Awards. The Anne Veck Artistic Team is honoured to have

presented at The Alternative Hair Show on nine occasions and is looking forward

to participating in the 2020 virtual edition “Imagine”. Her avant-garde work was

shown at The Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art / HJ exhibition in St.

Petersburg and at Oxford Art Weeks 2020. Her video “Toxic Fashion” is

shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Anne and her team’s photo collections have been published extensively,

including Hairdressers Journal International, Tribu-te, Creative HEAD,

Professional Hairdresser, Salon Business, Estetica, Coiffure de Paris, Vogue,

Brides Magazine, Dreamingless, Dazed & Confused, Mod, Glass and Hunger magazine.

 Winner Tribu-te Paris The Big One 2017

Winner British Hairdressing Awards Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2016

 Winner Revlon Professional Style Master Global Award 2016

 Winner Revlon Professional Style Master UK & Ireland 2016

Winner AIPP Best Photo 2016/17

 Winner AIPP Best Men 2011/12

 Winner Black Beauty/Sensationnel Southern Stylist 2015

 Winner Tribu-te Paris The Big One Afro 2015

 Winner Haute Coiffure Francaise Trophy 2011

 Winner Prix Coloration L’Oreal Produits Professionnels 2011

 Winner Matrix Destination Fame 2010

 Winner Alternative Hair Visionary Award 2004, 2nd place 2010, Finalist 2008

 Salon Business Awards Authentic Stylist Finalist 2020

 International Hairdressing Awards International Hairdresser of the Year nomination


 British Hairdressing Awards Finalist Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2017, 2016,

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007; Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2016, 2015, 2014;

Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2016, 2013; Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour

Technician of the Year 2009

 British Hairdressing Business Awards Innovation Finalist 2019 with Dirty French Girl

 AIPP Awards Finalist Grand Trophy 2017, 2012; Best Colour 2018; Best Photo 2016,

2015, Best Men 2000; Avant Garde 3rd place 2016, Finalist 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

 America's Beauty Show Global Image Awards Avant Garde Finalist 2017

 Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Contessa Awards International Hairstylist of the Year

Semi-Finalist 2019, Finalist 2018, 2017

 Canadian Hairdresser Magazine Mirror Awards Best Video, Day to Night, International

Stylist of the Year Finalists 2017

 L’Oreal Colour Trophy Mizani Afro Catwalk Look Finalist 2015, 2012

 Black Beauty Sensationnel Awards Stylist of the Year Finalist 2016, 2015; Southern

Hairdresser Finalist 2015, 2014: Bridal Stylist Finalist 2015; Avant Garde Finalist 2014

 Creative HEAD Most Wanted Hair Trend Finalist 2020, 2013; Most Wanted Creative

Talent Finalist 2020, 2012

 The Hair Awards: Salon Stylist Finalist 2019, 2017, 2016; I want that hair (women)

Finalist 2015, 2010; I want that hair (men) Finalist 2015; Colour Expert Finalist 2015; Afro

Stylist Finalist 2013; Extensionist Finalist 2012;

 Trained at the Academie de Paris, qualified Brevet Professionnel Coiffure Mixte,1984

 Senior State Registered Hairdresser; Hairdressing Council Master Craftsman

 HABC Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QFC).


 Winner National Hair & Beauty Federation Helping the Environment Award 2020

 Winner Salon Business Awards Green Salon 2019

 Winner Hair Awards Best Regional Salon (South) 2019

 Winner Hair Awards Best Regional Salon (South) 2017

 Winner Salon Business Awards Green Salon 2017

 Winner National Hairdressers' Federation Most Environmentally Friendly Business 2017

 Winner Blackhair Regional Salon of the Year 2007

 Fellowship for British Hairdressing Individual Salon Finalist 2019

 National Hairdressers’ Federation Salon Design Finalist 2019

 National Hairdressers' Federation Best Independent Hair or Beauty Salon Finalist 2018

 Salon Business Awards Green Salon Finalist 2020, 2018, 2015

 Salon Business Awards Fashion Salon Finalist 2020

 Hair Awards Regional Salon Finalist 2016, 2015

 British Hairdressing Business Awards Salon Design Finalist 2014; Salon of the Year

Finalist 2014, 2005; Innovation Finalist 2013; Customer Care Finalist 2004

 Oxfordshire Business Awards Energy & Environment Award Finalist 2014

 Your Hair Best Southern Salon Finalist 2013

 Creative HEAD Most Wanted Website Finalist 2009; Salon Team Finalist 2001

 Good Salon Guide Eco Salon

 Eco Hair & Beauty Sustainable Salon

Shows and events

 Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art/ HJ exhibition of British avant-garde hairdressing St

Petersburg Russia 2019/20

 Alternative Hair Show, London 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009

 Front Row Pro Unplugged Rhodes for Gold Class, Greece 2019

 Colour World London for Revlon Professional 2019, 2018, 2017

 London Fashion Week 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016

 Allied Beauty Association Show Toronto 2018

 Hair UK NEC Birmingham 2018

 Beauty Fair Sao Paulo 2017

 Revlon Professional Style Masters 2017 Brussels, 2016 Paris

 Metamorphose, Beziers, France 2015

 HairBiz, Brisbane, Australia 2015

 Pro Hair Live London & Manchester 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

 Salon International/HJLive 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012

 The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham, 2014

 ReFashion, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 2014

 Haute Coiffure Francaise, Carousel du Louvre, Paris 2012

 Salon Smart 2010

 BaByliss Pro Thailand and China 2009

 Africa Rising, Royal Albert Hall, London 2008

 CosmoProf Far East and Malaysia Hair Show 2007

 Miss World 2000 finalists and winner Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra

Quite a list!

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