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My 10 favourite images

These are the shots I love the most – and here’s why

This image is from my first-ever collection. It was my way of showing the industry who I am, what I’m about and what I can do. I still adore it; this style was one that I hadn’t planned out prior to the shoot, it was something that I played with one set and we all went, Wow! Yes, that’s it! I think it’s really important to look back at where you started and where you wanted to go. It helps you to focus on things for your future now.

Photographer: Lel Burnett
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Angharad Merrey

I love this image – it was at the end of the day after we’d got the editorial we needed. We decided to just wet the model’s hair down and shoot fun pictures. Simplicity: it’s all about the hair and the expression. (NB this shot even got used in a photographic exhibition!)

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Joanna Bernacka-Pettit

This image always makes me think of a beautiful version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre! It was a real combination of ideas. I’d booked the model to shave her head but she was happy for me to do as I pleased, so I left a ring of hair all the way around. I had thought about adding hair, but it just wasn’t working. Then Errol picked up a piece that I disregarded because it was so flimsy, and said “What about this…” It was perfect.

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Rachel Gold

For this collection the story was Gothic art and the hair was inspired by a rotting leaf. I love the shape and the gaps that were created in the leaf as it curled and dried up. That’s exactly what I see when I look at the hair– beauty in something disregarded.

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Rachel Gold

For the last couple of years I’ve been working for the most lovely education academy in Milan, Tricoprince. When we were working out there at the end of 2017 we spoke to them about the rebrand and refit they were undertaking and talked to them about the idea of doing a shoot in London to launch it all. They had never done anything like this before so it was our job to direct the whole thing. We kept the campaign simple and chic with a focus on the hair for education purposes. This is one of my favourite images from the collection.

Hair by myself and Craig Chapman for Tricoprince academy
Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Elizabeth Rita
Stylist: Magdalena Jacobs

I love a redhead and a wave! It was a cold, rainy day and we were shooting in a derelict church in Peckham, so trying to get these finger waves to dry was a mission and a half! I think that’s why it is one of my favourite images of the day; I know how much work went into it!

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Kate Jeffery

I love ‘Blue Planet’ (anything by David Attenborough, really!) and was so inspired by the programme about the creatures of the deep. I loved the translucency of them and the way they glide around. I had to recreate it! I worked so hard on all the hair pieces, but this one was especially delicate and had to be first on set in case it didn’t make it. When I saw my idea come to life, it was a special moment.

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Masha Mombelli

The Cabin Trend was the Matrix A/W 17/18 trend that I worked on in New York last year. I collaborated on this look with the awesome Canadian hairdresser Alex Charbot. As a result of this image I got booked to educate and do shows in Poland, Bulgaria and Greece. Great work inspires more great work!

Matrix Global Trend Image

This was an editorial for Devour magazine. I re-used hair pieces I’d made for shows years prior this. I’m such a hoarder and never throw anything away – it can always be re-used and re-formed.

Photographer: Barry Jeffery
MUA: Gemma Kimmings
Stylist: Kate Jeffery

Sometimes you meet people and just click with them creatively. That’s what happened when I met Magdalena Jacobs – the fashion director of Drama magazine, as well as the most exquisite stylist. This image is from the Chinese New Year editorial I did for Drama. I love it, it’s a beautiful story.

Photographer: Fabrice Jacobs
MUA: Polly Mann
Stylist: Magdalena Jacobs