I’m with the band

Claire’s Accessories this is NOT. Award-winning stylist Zoë Irwin has launched a new Accessories Masterclass at John Frieda that’s a little bit extra… and we’re here for it!

Zoë Irwin

You cannot miss the accessories trend that is blowing up right now (our team has been in on the action), but without standing in Accessorize for an hour and playing with the sheer volume of headbands/barrettes/pins/flowers etc, how do you know what best suits you? 

Well, that’s where Zoë Irwin comes in. You’ll probably have read that name before because she’s got previous, and she’s just been named the Most Wanted Creative Talent winner for a second year running at our sister magazine, Creative HEAD’s, annual awards. One of the first UK hairdressers to introduce the modern blow dry menu over a decade ago, she’s been an ambassador at ghd for years and is also the UK colour trend expert for Wella Professionals. Oh, and she’s also styled a host of celebs, including the Little Mix gang. Put simply, Zoë knows her stuff.

Now, what also makes Zoë the best person to spend an appointment with is her unquenchable thirst for knowledge – it means she’s done every course out there, from fashion journalism to trend forecasting, so she knows what’s going to be cool waaaaaaaay before most of us civilians do. So when we heard she was launching an Accessories Masterclass at her new John Frieda home in west London, we were intrigued. Our ed, Amanda, booked an appointment immediately.

Chanel, Bora Aksu, Erdem… so many of the shows have made a feature of hair accoutrements, and Zoë has moodboards, boxes that look like a haberdasher’s heaven and the whole ghd arsenal on hand to select the perfect look for you. In 45 minutes, you get a personalised blow dry where Zoe shoes you how best to style your hair and prep your base ready for any accessories you want to rock. Foundation is key, people – you need some oomph and some texture to make all this look effortless.

Then, it’s playtime. She’s collaborated with accessories brand Born in the Sun, and has myriad pieces to choose from all laid out in front of the mirror. While Amanda adored the enormous hair combs and discovered the perfect place for her ponies to accentuate her cheekbones, she is a practical gal – just how often would she work that comb into her daily commute from Kent? So while the knotted headband proved the winner, she did go a little bit spicy with the peach leopard print (the shade was the perfect match to her skin). Once placed on the bonce just so by Zoë, she was captured through an ultra flattering ring light for the ‘gram, and given the headband AND a purse full of specialist pins, pies, lace and playful bits courtesy of Zoë to keep up the experimenting at home.

This is pin-interest at its height. Our lazy top knots will never leave the house naked again! Book this service with Zoë or another stylist at John Frieda by calling one of the John Frieda salons directly, and asking for the Accessory Masterclass blow dry.