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Quick-fire quiz

Describe yourself in three words

Confident, determined, perfectionist

Name three places that are guaranteed sources of inspiration for you?

I cycle a lot – it’s a good way to clear the mind. It’s quite metronomic and the rhythm helps me de-clutter and ideas start to bubble to the surface. It also provides an ever-changing landscape and it’s amazing what can jump out at you (sometimes quite literally). Having the opportunity to travel to many countries inspires me also: the smells, sounds and colours of different countries can deliver a wealth of inspiration

If I could work with one person, it would be…

[Grand Designs presenter] Kevin McCloud. I want him to narrate my colour applications 🙂

My greatest teacher/mentor was…

Ian Michael Black. He showed me it’s possible to achieve great things as a colourist and push hair colour to the forefront of the industry

What’s the one piece of advice you would pass on to any hairdresser looking for fresh ideas?

Always start with a concept, build on that, let it evolve and push it to breaking point. Only then you will know an idea’s limits

What’s the secret to presenting to an audience?

I try to remove the barrier between presenter and audience. When I present I always stress I’m not here to tell you what’s right and wrong, merely presenting my findings and sharing what I have learnt

What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?

Clients’ expectations from social media

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made… and what did you learn from it?

“Naturalising” my sister’s global blonde using 4.20. I was 16, and she still won’t let me live it down, ha ha!

Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?

Learn the rules before breaking them

The look you wished you’d created?

Pixel colour by [Spanish hairdressing group] X-presion. It’s super-technical and took me months to figure it out and perfect it. It appeals to my geeky, intricate, neat side

If only they would bring back…

Days off

I’ll never tire of…

The feeling of nailing a colour change and making someone very happy

How do you first approach any new project?

Always have a concept as a starting point. This will dictate how the project will develop and keep it on track

What do you need surrounding you to be able to work?

Positivity and good music

If I hadn’t been a hairdresser, I would have…

Black clothes without pink bleach dots all over them

What skill should stylists learn that isn’t hair-related?

Listening!

The most exciting place I’ve worked was…

Peru, South America. Amazing surroundings! You have the ocean backed by the modern city into the jungle and then the mountains, packed full of colour and music

What excites you most about hairdressing right now?

Hair colourists being brought out of the back rooms and celebrated on a level with stylists

The most important thing you need to succeed in hairdressing is…

A good attitude and a hunger for knowledge. Without those two, you’re going nowhere