What led you into hairdressing?
My family. When your father and brothers are hairdressers and encourage you to work with them from a very young age (I was 12), you don’t really have an option.
Which hair artists spark your imagination?
Two years ago I launched my magazine INFRINGE. This has united me with many hairdressers across the globe working in different areas of hairdressing and using hair in many different ways. It’s almost impossible to pick out anyone in particular. We’ve looked at the oldest barber in the world based in NYC, hairdressers creating Geisha styles in Japan and the best session stylists in the world such as Eugene Soulieman and Sam McKnight. Everytime I see a new feature I’m inspired.
And which hair artist have you always admired?
Robert Lobetta is one of my oldest friends. His work is always incredibly intricate, creative and incredibly executed.
Who has counted the most in your career?
Having the support of my family, my brothers and especially my wife Pat, with whom I have always worked as a team.
Describe yourself in three words
Creative, friendly, passionate.
At which point do you think you found your style, your niche?
I guess I have two styles and I probably had developed these by my mid-20s. Firstly I aimed to create “commercial” hairstyles that hairdressers would like to emulate and clients would like to wear; and secondly, perfect avant-garde looks to improve my artistic ability and technical skills.
What’s changed in your approach to hairdressing from when you started to present day?
I spent my late teens and 20s working really hard to reach the highest level possible, pushing myself, building a team and sharing everything with other hairdressers. Then I started taking my own photographs and publish books, and later on I started to make films, all of which gave me a different approach to my work, but I continued to push myself constantly. As the years have gone by, my passion remains and my desire to push myself creatively and share my knowledge and ideas has remained too. Since launching INFRINGE I have seen a shift, though. I am enjoying the process of creating the website and magazine with my team, sometimes shooting ideas myself, but also being able to promote and expose other creatives.
Your best work?
That’s really hard. I’ve done a lot of images. I like what I did last year and 30 years ago. You’ll see my favourites in the image section.
Something you’re particularly proud of?
Obviously I’m proud to have won British Hairdresser of the Year three times, but these days I’m also proud to see my son Joshua Mascolo on stage with me and working on shoots with me.
Something you regret?
Stealing from the till when I was 12! Of course I got caught by my brother Guy, who sat me down and explained. I never did it again!
Is there something you’re still aiming for/hope to achieve?
I plan to carry on doing what I’m doing and whatever I do I want to share with other hairdressers.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I like to take time out and relax. That might be eating out, or at home, going with Pat to our favourite spa in Austria, or spending time with my grand-daughter, Elizabeth.
If I could work with one person, it would be…
There are so many great people out there and I’ve been fortunate to be inspired by many, I can’t just choose one!
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
Nothing really infuriates me. It’s great to see people pushing themselves.
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
Look around for inspiration, watch what other hairdressers are doing, what trends are emerging and constantly educate themselves to improve their work.