Lanarkshire hairdressers have stepped up to the global stage to style the hair of models appearing at the COP26 sustainable fashion show.

Rainbow Room International, which has salons in Uddingston and East Kilbride, were tasked with doing what they do best in front of a crowd of big wigs from around the globe.

The stylists were asked to be the hair team at Creative Inverclyde at The New York Times Climate Hub’s event Creative Ignition: Art and Fashion, A Spark for Change in participation with the UN Climate Conference COP26.

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It was one of the hottest tickets of the whole two-week conference, and proved to be a unique show of innovation and environmentally-friendly practises.

The Rainbow Room team consisted of the firm's Artistic Director and director of the Uddingston salon, Suzie McGill; with Diana Carson, Consultant Designer, also at the Uddingston branch.

They were joined by John and Jo Parker, directors of the Great Western Road salon; Yasmin McMail, director of the George Square Salon; Summer Telford, Art Director also at the George Square salon; and Alijah Nerheim, a stylist at the company's salon in Bearsden.

One of the hairstyles modelled from Rainbow Room hairdressers

The looks created at the event by the team all differed in style and included air dried natural afros, hair dressing and slicked back buns with pin curled hairlines.

Models were of all ethnicities and had individual looks that worked with their hair type and texture.

In keeping with the spirit of COP26, the event demonstrated upcycling, and showcased the work of Serena Baker, the winner of UK Sewing Bee, giving guests the chance to hear from the leading UK sustainable fashion researcher, Lynn Wilson who was the Key Note Speaker on the night.

It also saw Craig Black perform a live art performance and a fashion show was created by two leading UK businesses in sustainable fashion ACS Clothing and Hirestreet.

The stage design featured an outstanding installation by Ed Devlin, whereby 190 trees were planted throughout the venue, producing beautiful pine forest like aromas.

Rainbow Room staff are no strangers to the big stage, having worked at many of Scotland’s largest events including T In The Park, TRNSMT, The Scottish Style Awards, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Scottish BAFTAs and The MOBO’s.

Suzie McGill from the Uddingston salon told Lanarkshire Live : “It was an honour to be asked to be involved in the Creative Ignition event and style the model’s hair for the fashion shows.

"Sustainable fashion is of great importance to lower emissions and pollution and it was great to hear how sustainable fashion and recycling/upcycling clothing can be a force for good.

"The aim of the event was to be inspiring, engaging and creative and it was most definitely that.

"We were thrilled to be able to showcase our hair work and the creative side of our business at such an incredible event.”

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