What led you into hairdressing?
I had a Saturday job in a salon during high school. I loved it and decided to make a career in hairdressing.
Which hair artists spark your imagination?
I love watching hair artists that are unknown to the industry. People come up with some crazy things and I love hair artists that look at hair objectively and turn it around into some genuinely artistic material.
And which hair artist have you always admired?
I adore Guido Palau’s work. Hair is a material that he manipulates into a piece of art and it looks magical.
Who has counted the most in your career?
My partner, Sean [Hanna], has without a doubt counted most in my career. He is my partner, mentor and love of my life.
Describe yourself in three words
Tenacious, fearless and crazy.
At which point do you think you found your style, your niche?
I’m still looking for it… lol! At this rate, I hope it will find me!
What’s changed in your approach to hairdressing from when you started to present day?
When I started to train our own team I realised that watching others grow within our company gave a lot of purpose to my career.
Your best work?
Always yet to come.
Something you’re particularly proud of?
I am proud of our ability to stay in business, take on a massive leap of faith, still incorporate learning about what we do, and have a growth mind-set for the future.
Something you regret?
I don’t really regret a lot, but if I was to change anything I wish I had my leadership skills appear earlier – that would have helped me loads.
Is there something you’re still aiming for/hope to achieve?
I hope to make hair colour fun and accessible to people. I hope to change the way our industry operates for the better.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Currently I am always at work, so I am very boring. What makes me especially boring is if I am not working, I am most likely studying for my trichology exams, which I am taking this year. I try and fit in some yoga where possible. Oh, and I am apparently getting married this year, and I have to organise that one soon…
If I could work with one person, it would be…
I really love working with people outside our industry to create new ideas. I have worked with an X ray artist, multiple specialised paint companies, silicone designers, scientists, videographers and photographers. Every experience has taught me something, and has added to how we approach things creatively. I think I would really like to work with a string artist like Gabriel Dawe on a project – that would be pretty awesome.
What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?
Our industry needs to adapt more and become more accessible to the consumer. I also feel as an industry we often drive our average bill down by competition, and this is not always healthy for our industry and creates a little bit of a transient culture.
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…
Not listen to anyone who says they are too young to do anything.