Fulfilling a brief and collaborating on a vision – two things session stylists do on the daily. But what if creative rein was handed over entirely? This is Artists in Session – a video project in partnership with BaByliss PRO. A chance for some incredible names in hairdressing to unleash their creative flair. Over to you, Luke Pluckrose…
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credit: hair by Luke Pluckrose
“If you do nice hair and good jobs, work comes from that. I’d rather people know my work first before they know who I am”Luke Pluckrose
When Luke Pluckrose decided to change career from air conditioning engineer to hairdresser, the industry got lucky.
Whether in his creative director role at Saks, where he leads the Art Team or in the session sphere, where he is a regular face, Luke’s ingenuity and eye for detail has unlocked some truly spectacular hair moments.
Take the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2019 Grand Final, where Luke drew on chrome, glass and geometric patterns to create feats of hair design, or his spectacular wig work, that continually takes hair to new heights!
Luke’s eagle eye for precision and inventive approach to materials and styling has seen him catapult to the top tier of creatives in the industry. Serious about his work, but also about making the set a good place to be, he’s a fantastic communicator on multiple levels. He’s both down-to-earth and precise, which helps to keep the project on track, and remains completely unfazed by the chaotic nature of his work, frequently jetting off for shoots at the drop of a hat. He also knows his references down to a T, and loves creating a statement look to get people thinking.
You only need head to his Instagram (@lukepluckrose), featuring collaborations with make-up artists such as Lan Nguyen-Grealis and Nikki Wolff, photographers including Desiree Mattsson, Jayden Fa and stylists like Karl Willett to understand the beauty of Luke’s work – it’s a calling card that’s attracted names like Kim Kardashian West to personally request his session skills.
I’d define my creative style as… I don’t think too much about what sort of artist I am. I just love beautiful hair, so no matter what it is, it always has a beauty element to it.
I’m inspired by… Pretty much anything and everything. I’m always looking, watching what’s happening out there.
People who have impacted my career include… Gary France, for taking a punt on a 22-year-old, and Kenna, who showed me that there were plenty of different avenues within the world of hair and introduced me to session styling.
One standout memory I have is… I once found myself in a basement toilet of the iconic Abbey Road recording studios, cutting Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones’s hair.
If it hadn’t been for hair, I wouldn’t have… Met Kim Kardashian West… she found me through my work on Instagram. And then I ended up doing Kendall Jenner’s hair for The Brits too!
If I had one piece of advice it would be… Be open to ideas and collaborate/share knowledge.