Describe yourself in three words
Independent, dedicated, focused
Name three places that are guaranteed sources of inspiration for you
Fashion, music and nature
If I could work with one person, it would be…
Everyone wants to work with the big names, but as much as it would be amazing to be up there with them, I also think it’s important to work and grow with people of your own generation, too.
My greatest teacher/mentor was…
My greatest teacher is always with me. He or she may change from day to day, but they are always by my side to teach me something new. There is endless knowledge out there – be open to it!
What’s the one piece of advice you would pass on to any hairdresser looking for fresh ideas?
Work with new people, talk about ideas, practice things, look at youth culture/ how people experiment, be open.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made, and what did you learn from it?
I thought I could do too much. It’s important to focus on your true desires, chase your dreams, listen to yourself… I learnt that by wasting my time on things that did not come from my heart, I lost my identity and my confidence. It is far more important to be happy and have fun in your job, doing what you do for reasons beyond the material goals of success and status, and doing what you do because it’s what makes you happy, makes you better yourself, because then, even after all the hard work, you are rewarded by feeling great!
The look you wished you’d created?
I wish I’d created the look for Alexander McQueens spring/summer 2010 show. It was just everything – the collection was so futuristic, like nothing seen before, the hair was to match, the structure, the shape, the texture… It’s truly an image that anyone would recognise, anyone involved in the creation of this look should be proud! Phenomenal.
What do you need surrounding you to be able to work?
A great team is imperative for great results – people you trust, people you believe in, people who believe in you, people who can deliver… these are the most important things. With the right team, magic can happen.
If I hadn’t been a hairdresser, I would have been…
Definitely some kind of artist… I never actually wanted to be a hairdresser, I fell into the job when I was needed in a local salon as a junior. I loved it, and during that time I was always making things, saying I wanted to be an actress/performer/painter/fashion designer… Hairdressing won my heart!
What excites you most about hairdressing right now?
I feel hairdressing has shifted to a new place for me. I love embracing natural textures, as well as sculpting a style into hair. As a hairdresser, I am constantly finding new ways to create hair cuts, colours and styles to complement individuals. I love the freedom in that!