Quick-fire quiz


Name three words that best describe you:

Here. To. Stay

And three places that inspire you:

My Library. Alfie’s Antique Market. Looking at the sea and sky – preferably on a Greek island but Scarborough works just as well

If you could work with one person it would be:

Christine And The Queens. Music is so important to me and her high style and modernity are my fave at the moment. I want to be in the now

Your greatest teacher/mentor is:

Vidal Sassoon and his legacy. It is so special that it can reinvent and interpret the mood of the moment every time, whatever the look of the season is!

One piece of advice you would offer to anyone looking for fresh ideas is:

Trust your own mind, and don’t try too hard. It doesn’t work. Only do what you love. Think of all the things you have liked in the last six months…

The hairdresser you should Google immediately is:

Me – you have to believe!

The secret to presenting to an audience is:

Keep it natural as if you are chatting to friends – and smile. It’s the honey that gets the bees! 

What infuriates you about modern hairdressing?

That it isn’t all that modern. In many ways it’s gone backwards. The cult of celebrity hair and the manufacturers are killing it off – it all looks the same 

What are the biggest mistakes you ever made?

When I didn’t follow my gut feeling and my heart, and whenever I listened to the suits and the corporate fat cats – it was a disaster! We don’t need them! 

What young, ambitious hairdressers need today is…

Find a mentor and don’t lose your nerve

Which look do you wish you’d created?

The Louise Brooks bob. It is beautiful look and timeless 

If only they could bring back…

Perms! But for real, this time, to create the modern take on Botticelli frizz and no naff waves, lol!

Name something you will never tire of:

Beauty – it has to be our mantra

How do you first approach any new project?

Shoes – it’s best to work from the bottom up.  I always think a good pair of shoes makes you walk and present yourself better 

What do you need to surround yourself with to be able to work?

Teamwork is the key to success on all levels 

If you weren’t a hairdresser you would have been…

A clothing designer or a film star 

What skill should stylists learn that isn’t hair-related?

Acting. I really believe that our favourite stars can teach us a thing or two about how to project and be captivating! Acting lessons, please… 

The most exciting place you’ve ever worked was…

Staff Training Vidal Sassoon ­– forget the high life! Teaching people that need you is the best way to be influential and content, and remains so today

What excites you about the industry today?

Haircuts. They will always capture the imagination of young creative people. Long live the Cult of The Cut!

The most important thing you need to succeed in hair is…

Love, grace and passion