What led you into hairdressing?
I was always obsessed with people’s hair when I was a child. I would sit in primary school assemblies thinking about cutting the girls’ pony tails! I started working in a salon at the age of 14.
Which hair artists spark your imagination?
I’m really into movies and pop culture for references so I love knowing who did the hair for iconic characters or moments in time. Like Ward Stegerhoek, who did [actress] Milla Jovovich’s hair in The Fifth Element.
And which hair artist have you always admired?
At the moment I am really loving Gary Gill’s work.
Who has counted the most in your career?
My partner Tom.
Describe yourself in three words
Approachable. Nonchalant. Ginger.
At which point do you think you found your style, your niche?
I guess it’s always there from the start, but I would say the last three years.
What’s changed in your approach to hairdressing from when you started to present day?
I plan a lot more.
Your best work?
Dazed Beauty. This was an idea I got from seeing men with tattoos on the back of their freshly shaven heads. I got together with make-up artist and illustrator Athena Paginton and ran wild with graphics. She’s incredibly talented. Photographer Michèle Cote was amazing with piecing the puzzle together. It was a true team effort and we had a lot of fun making it.
Credit: Dazed Beauty
Something you’re particularly proud of?
Having a lot of fun along my career.
Something you regret?
Not learning another language at school. Or widening my vocabulary in English.
Is there something you’re still aiming for/hope to achieve?
Maybe it should be learning another language!
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I’m usually always on catch-up with normal life chores and seeing friends that I’ve neglected in my busy months. I love exercising, because it helps my mind and keeps my back strong, which is important in this job. I also have a Victorian house that Tom and I have been decorating… forever!
If I could work with one person, it would be…
At the moment I am obsessed with photographer Stefan Ruiz. His work is very cool and combines some of my favourite things – travel and people watching. Check out the film of him on Vice.
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
Old school techniques that are lost.
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
Be nice to everyone along your journey. Everyone’s pasts cross over again and again.