Steve Jones to present brand new BBC Three series Hair

I couldn't be more happy to be back on the BBC presenting such a fabulous show. There will be tears, laughter and a lot of hard work from the competitors and I will be there to bring you all the best bits."Steven Jones
Date: 15.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
Category: BBC Three
Steve Jones is to present brand-new BBC Three six-part series Hair, a gripping competition that will showcase young British amateur skills in hair styling.

Steve says: “I couldn't be more happy to be back on the BBC presenting such a fabulous show. There will be tears, laughter and a lot of hard work from the competitors and I will be there to bring you all the best bits."

The hair experts advising and judging the amateurs are Denise McAdam, session stylist and royal hairdresser, and Alain Pichon, international session stylist, who has styled Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Claudia Schiffer. During the competition, Denise will be looking at how contestants interact with the hair – how they look at it, touch it and handle hair will be as important as the finished look. She’s a stickler for the small details and will not stand for dirty tools or a messy work station, whereas Alain will be looking for consistency and proportion on completed looks and will be impressed by contestants that are well prepared and have their tools laid out ready for the task at hand.

There will be eight very different competitors with their own unique visions and they are all utterly passionate about hair. Whether that’s doing their friends’ hair for nights out or creating their own amazing styles, they are all keen with the curling tongs and scissors. Each week they will face three different challenges which will put to test a distinct set of skills.

The stylists’ shelves will be stacked to the ceiling with every conceivable hair accoutrement, from Bardot-esque hair pieces to bobby pins, glittery hair grips to neon-coloured extensions, rows of gleaming scissors to a range of super-straighteners, curlers and crimpers. It will be a stylist’s paradise. But with the clock ticking on each challenge, there is no time to waste. The pressure will be on as each week one amateur will leave the competition. As the competition progresses, the challenges get more difficult so the amateurs will need to continually improve their skills and harness their creative flair to impress the judges.

The amateurs have everything they need and each of them truly believes they have what it takes to win the competition - but who will make the cut?

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, commissioned the series and says: "The way your hair looks matters. This winter on BBC Three we’re going to get to grips with what it takes to be the best amateur hairdresser in the UK in our brand new original series Hair. We’re delighted to have Steve Jones at the helm and joining him are our ridiculously qualified and experienced judges Denise McAdam and Alain Pichon. Together they’ve cut the hair of everyone who is anyone, from celebrity royalty like Claudia Schiffer to actual royalty like Prince Charles; no one is in a better position to seek out Britain’s best amateur hairdresser.”

Hair, 6x60-minute, is a BBC In-house production and is Executive Produced by Clare Sillery. It was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, and Emma Willis, Head of Commissioning Documentaries.

Notes to Editors

Judges' biogs

Denise McAdam RVM, Session Stylist & Royal Hairdresser

Denise McAdam began her career with a hairdressing apprenticeship at Greens Hair Salon, Edinburgh and at that time she attended Telford college to attain her City and Guilds in hairdressing. Her strict and traditional training has ensured Denise is a consummate professional, still practising those techniques today. Believing in the craft of hairdressing, Denise values her membership of over 25 years with the Fellowship of British Hairdressing. Denise got her first big break when she was asked to style the hair for Princess Grace of Monaco – screen icon Grace Kelly. Denise moved to London a short time later, where she worked full time at Michaeljohn's hair salon in Mayfair where she soon became a leading session hair stylist, working for leading glossy magazines, such as Vogue, Brides, Tatler and various publications for fashion and beauty shoots. Her work for Brides magazine led to a Royal Bride, Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. Denise has worked with the top photographers David Bailey, Norman Parkinson, Lord Snowdon and John Swannel to name but a few. Denise was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the Royal Family. Throughout her career as a Session Hair Stylist, Denise has worked with many iconic women and celebrities including supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Yasmin le Bon and Naomi Campbell.

Alain Pichon, International Session Stylist

A fourth-generation hairdresser, Alain Pichon’s passion for hair runs in his blood. He first started training in his local French salon, which had links to the Vidal Sassoon Academy. By the age of 23, Alain was in London working for Toni & Guy where he soon became Artistic Director and travelled the world educating at shows and seminars. Alain started his freelance career as a Hairstylist at 28, working together with designers' collections on fashion shows, with renowned photographers on notorious magazines and as a consultant for international product companies and feature films. He collaborated on advertising campaigns for Prada, Calvin Klein, Dior, YSL, Donna Karan and many more. Over the years Alain has worked with Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller, Britney Spears and Scarlett Johansson.