Describe yourself in three words
Diligent, practical, resourceful.
Name three places that are guaranteed sources of inspiration for you?
Pinterest. The natural environment. Graphic novels.
If I could work with one person, it would be…
Robert Lobetta. He is a creative genius in my eyes. I love his experimental style and his thought-provoking concepts. It would be a dream come true to work with him and fascinating to learn more about how his brain works when it comes to developing his ideas and bringing them to fruition.
My greatest teacher/mentor was…
Beverly C has been one of the most impactful people I’ve come across so far. I got to spend a couple of days with her for work at a stage when I felt a little lost and she helped to open my eyes to the industry. One piece of advice she gave me was to specialise in one area, rather than being a jack-of-all-trades. So that’s exactly what I did and I have managed to excel in men’s hairdressing and even won Male Grooming Specialist of the Year in the Most Wanted awards!
The hairdresser you should Google immediately is…
Errol Douglas MBE. His career and work sums up what it means to be consistent in a career dedicated to the art of beautiful hairdressing. Errol’s passion has never dwindled – you can see it from watching his videos in college. It was truly an honour when he asked me to train his team in advanced barbering because I have looked up to him for years.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made… and what did you learn from it?
My biggest mistake was to underestimate the influence and skill set I have as a hairdresser. The power of hairdressers to help people is huge and it something I used to play down. I didn’t put the value on it that it deserves, because in fact we can have a massive impact on people’s lives.
Finish this sentence: young ambitious hairdressers today need to…?
… be trained by the best, be around the best and work with the best. Then they too will be the best!
The look you wish you’d created?
Hair tattooing. Back in the 90’s, hair art attracted me to the hair industry. I love the idea of using the hair as a canvas to draw and create. I don’t do much of it at the moment but it’s something that inspired me right at the beginning of my career.
If I hadn’t have been a hairdresser, I would have…
… been a fashion stylist!
What skill should stylists learn that isn’t hair-related?
Great presentation skills are a key component of positioning yourself as an expert authority. Whether you’re working from behind the chair in the salon, creating a social media post or presenting a show in front of a large audience, presenting yourself and your knowledge is crucial to growing your business and gaining influence.