Describe yourself in three words
Work in progress.
Name three places that are guaranteed sources of inspiration for you?
The V&A Museum in London.
Instagram – Idea.ltd and mr_gazoline are current favourites.
If I could work with one person, it would be…
David Bowie circa 1972/3. He was the essence of creativity and the spirit of what was perhaps the greatest era for music and fashion.
My greatest teacher/mentor was…
Can I have two? Mark Hayes and Tim Hartley. They were the greatest double act ever. Mark: pure professionalism, perseverance and precision. Tim: wild-at-heart creative energy, irreverent and deeply knowledgeable.
What’s the one piece of advice you would pass on to any hairdresser looking for fresh ideas?
Never stop learning, whether that’s attending a course, a seminar or a show, or simply picking up a book. Education is the key to development in all spheres. Seeing other people’s work, having someone else’s ideas explained and illustrated – these are all ways you can reflect upon your own work and introduce new elements.
The hairdresser you should Google immediately is…
Roger Thompson. Vidal Sassoon and Christopher Brooker are widely known for their contributions to the essential Sassoon era, but you’d be amazed at how many of those iconic looks actually came from Roger.
What’s the secret to presenting to an audience?
Know your subject, believe in what you’re saying and have an honest desire to share that message.
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
The expectation to achieve recognition and attain plaudits without paying your dues. Hard work is not optional when it comes to getting results.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made… and what did you learn from it?
Trusting another person with my career direction. I learned to follow my own instincts and not rely on others.
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
Put their back into it.
The look you wished you’d created?
The graduated bob.
If only they would bring back…
I’ll never tire of…
Simplicity – distilling an idea down to its essence is everything.
How do you first approach any new project?
With a blank piece of paper and a pencil. I try and view it from more than my own perspective.
What do you need surrounding you to be able to work?
A clean environment, warm atmosphere and positive people.
If I hadn’t been a hairdresser, I would have…
… been a rock god, of course! Haha 🙂 (Or worked in Fashion some way or another).
What skill should stylists learn that isn’t hair-related?
The most exciting place I’ve worked was…[The photographer] Peter Lindbergh’s beach in France, where he shot all those iconic images – it was literally a dream come true for me. I have loved his work for decades and to work with the man himself was beyond exciting.
What excites you most about hairdressing right now?
The potential change. I think we’re on the cusp of a new era and I’m excited to see where our profession will end up.