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Our Year 2011

It really has been one hell of a year at THE CHAPEL. 2011 saw THE CHAPEL celebrate a lot of wins, its hard to think we fitted so much into 12 months! We gained so many amazing experience and a some amazing new team members throughout the year too! Here are some of our highlights!



Charly, Jemma, Jona and Lottie

We welcomed some new team members to THE CHAPEL Tunbridge Wells.  They have all taken to it like fish to water and I, for one, can’t believe its only been a year! I feel like they have always been part of our Chapel Family.

 Redken launched Shades Eq Creme at the start of this year and our lovely Rebecca was there to star in the launch video. Check it out here.

Rebecca Adams



THE CHAPEL Creative’s Mens Shoot featured in several magazined this year, including Switz magazine Top Hair International and Hairdressers Journal.

Top Hair International feature THE CHAPEL Creative

Top Hair International feature THE CHAPEL Creative

Hairdressers Journal feature THE CHAPEL Creative

 February also saw Gary Russell backstage at London Fashion Week. Check out all the photos on Flikr here. 


 THE CHAPEL Creative work behind the scenes in association with REDKENS Blow Dry Bootcamp which featured in Grazia.


Blow Dry Bootcamp- Featuring THE CHAPEL Creative’s Gary Russell’s hand!

Paul Larter, THE CHAPEL Creative in Grazia


Amanda leads an amazing talk on How to Communicate with your Customer at Salon Smart in London on the 4th of April




Amanda and Gary also take THE CHAPEL message to Holland as part of a REDKEN exchange

REDKEN Exchange, Holland


Billie Crago, director of Islington rocks at REDKEN Connects over four dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and finishing triumphantly in London. The Covent Garden venue was overflowing with hairdressers for one night only as Billie too k to the stage alongside fellow REDKEN Artists Lee Stafford, Chris Moody and Andrew Barton.  At the same event, Katie Fellowes was announced as a finalist in REDKENS Colour Genius competition.

Georgia Preps Billie Crago for stage with Lee Stafford

Billie on stage at the London REDKEN Connects

Katie with her model as she collects her award!


 Never ones to do things “by the book”, we completed our team photos this year in spectacular fashion. All taken by in house photographer, Nick Matthews, they have been featured in several magazines. Not to mention they were great fun to take!


Islington Team Photo

Sevenoaks Team Photo


Sevenoaks opens its doors! Dawn was a familiar face in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks is the perfect addition to our CHAPEL family. As we all know, Tunbridge Wells is in the site of an old church and Islington used to be a pub, so we heard that a possible venue in Sevenoaks used to be a schoolhouse- it just made perfect sense! Have a look at some before and after shots!

Sevenoaks – During Construction

Our beautiful cutting floor

Sevenoaks Guest Relations Before

Sevenoaks Guest Relations as it is today


August saw us close our doors in Tunbridge Wells for a week and re open with a brand new look. We also closed our Beauty Rooms after many years to make way for THE CHAPEL Academy, which will open in 2012.

Guest Relations


Amanda Dicker was  selected to join REDKEN’s “International Mentorship Program” this year. The Program is  run at REDKEN head office 5th Avenue New York City twice during 2011. On completion, Amanda was then invited to speak at REDKEN’s European Symposium which will take place in February 2012 in Berlin.

REDKEN 5th Avenue in New York


THE CHAPEL and Natasha Nissan, our amazing Customer Relations Manager, beat competition from Cadburys, LOVEFiLM and Scottish Power to win a coveted (and customer nominated!) award “From OW to WOW!” for outstanding customer service. This is by far one of our proudest moments of the year. To be recognised for something we feel so passionate about is truly an honour.

Toby and Natasha at the WOW Awards

 November also saw the lovely Jodie shortlisted for next years Professional Beauty Awards. Well done Jodie!



We finished off the year with a photoshoot with Noctis Magazine and THE CHAPEL Creative. Nick was on hand for photographs while Ian and Kelly looked after styling and Jodie took make up.

Nick Matthews behind the scenes with Noctis Magazine

Finally, the end of the year saw the run up to Christmas. Our amazing team worked 6 days a week to make this our busiest Christmas ever and are, as you read this, relaxing on a well deserved break before we reopen on the 6th of January.

While 2011 has certainly been a year to remember and this is only a snapshot of some of the excitement that happened, let me tell you a little about what I have been up to! For the past few weeks, alongside the backstage team, I’ve been planning 2012. I can tell you now, its going to be bigger, better and more exciting then ever before.  Amanda always says “never sit still” and and at THE CHAPEL, we  always practices what we preach.

Thank you to all our guests and fans. Here’s to an amazing year!