What led you into hairdressing?
I was born a hairdresser. There are four generations of hairdressers in my family; as soon as I picked up any scissors from a very young age I held them like a hairdresser, so it was meant to be
Which hair artists spark your imagination?
Ooh, there’s a few that are really inspiring me at the moment: Indira Schauwecker and Sally Brooks are two female hairdressers that will always inspire me. I am also obsessed with The Art of Hair and Pablo Kuemin at the moment; very cool and a little bit weird… I love it!
And which hair artist have you always admired?
Errol Douglas MBE and Sam McKnight
Who has counted the most in your career?
I have four very dominant important figures in my career, and I wouldn’t survive without them:
My mum, Rebecca Hodges, was my inspiration from the beginning and the woman who has taught me everything.
The man I started assisting at 19 years of age, Errol Douglas MBE. He has been my mentor ever since. His advice is invaluable.
Matthew Gavin is the backbone to everything I do and the person that keeps these feet on the ground.
Craig Chapman is my hair soul mate. We met years ago on a shoot with Errol, and we completely hit it off and have worked together ever since on so many exciting things. He’s done more than he realises for me and my career
Describe yourself in three words
Emotional. Intense. Endearing
At which point do you think you found your style, your niche?
I’m still working on it…
What’s changed in your approach to hairdressing from when you started to present day?
I’m a lot more thoughtful
Your best work?
Is still to come…
Something you’re particularly proud of?
Winning The It Girl [in 2014] is a moment I will never forget, especially as Jack Whitehall handed me the trophy – it was everything I could have hoped for. Most recently I did my own finale show for a huge Matrix event in Poland. Me! I was the headliner! There were lots of models, lots of colour prep, and lots of styling. It was incredible and I can’t stop smiling when I think of the buzz of it all
Something you regret?
You should never regret anything because it felt right at the time
Is there something you’re still aiming for/hope to achieve?
Always, but it’s all to do with what’s important and timing
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I love to cook and do yoga. Both completely relax me. I also go to lots of gigs as music always transports me, and I love a good dance!
If I could work with one person, it would be…[The photographer] Tim Walker. Ever since his collaboration with Tim Burton in Harper’s Bazaar I’ve been obsessed with his work. He creates a story
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
The need for instant fame. It takes a long time to be an overnight success!
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
Take the time fully to learn our craft, work hard, be nice and learn emotional intelligence – then they will succeed in any aspect of the industry