Describe yourself in three words
In my time I’ve been called a relentless old f**ker
If I could work with one person, it would be…
Mother Meera, “modern mystic”
My greatest teacher/mentor was…
Vidal Sassoon. Why? He was an artist and gave me a job
What’s the one piece of advice you would pass on to any hairdresser looking for fresh ideas?
To begin with, totally commit ten years of your life to achieve your highest standards and then be open-minded
Name three places that are guaranteed sources of inspiration for you?
(a) Sitting under 300 foot of natural waterfall in the jungle
(b) In the outdoors, at home
(c) 171 New Bond Street – the spiritual home of the Vidal Sassoon philosophy
The hairdresser you should Google immediately is…
What’s the secret to presenting to an audience?
Be very good at what you do and communicate from the heart
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
That too many females, young and old, do not have good haircuts
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made… and what did you learn from it?
Too private to talk about
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
Learn as much as you can about our profession, and improve the stuff you’re not good at
The look you wished you’d created?
Marisa Berenson’s hair in the film ‘Barry Lyndon’, done by the House of Leonard Lewis
If only they would bring back…
If only WE would bring back hair cutting for females. (Obviously there are very talented ladies hair cutters, but there has been a general movement by the public away from them.)
I’ll never tire of…
A great haircut
How do you first approach any new project?
From the heart. Then by planning. Failing to plan is planning to fail
What do you need surrounding you to be able to work?
If I hadn’t been a hairdresser, I would have…
I dread to think
What skill should stylists learn that isn’t hair related?
The most exciting place I’ve worked was…
Wherever the flow of creativity exists
What excites you most about hairdressing right now?
The opportunity for wonderful hair design. Too few ladies have good haircuts now
The most important thing you need to succeed in hairdressing is…
Good health. It’s also our greatest wealth