LAUREN BELL – A PASSION FOR INDIVIDUALITY

The session stylist on pay transparency and proving a point

Lauren Bell

London-based Lauren Bell spent years honing her craft before going freelance in January 2020; she is self-represented and her published highlights include prestigious publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.

Artistic by nature, Lauren immersed herself in the beauty industry at a very young age. Her introduction to the fashion world in 2015 led her to work backstage at runway shows with some of the biggest names in the industry. This experience sparked a passion for individualism as expressed through fashion and beauty.

Lauren’s natural talent in hairstyling has allowed her to build an extensive portfolio and clientele, working with all hair types and capable of achieving any desired look. “Building relationships with muses, artists, and brands to bring their vision to life is the most fulfilling part of my job,” she says

Lauren Bell

London-based Lauren Bell spent years honing her craft before going freelance in January 2020; she is self-represented and her published highlights include prestigious publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.

Artistic by nature, Lauren immersed herself in the beauty industry at a very young age. Her introduction to the fashion world in 2015 led her to work backstage at runway shows with some of the biggest names in the industry. This experience sparked a passion for individualism as expressed through fashion and beauty.

Lauren’s natural talent in hairstyling has allowed her to build an extensive portfolio and clientele, working with all hair types and capable of achieving any desired look. “Building relationships with muses, artists, and brands to bring their vision to life is the most fulfilling part of my job,” she says

What would you say are your strongest points as a hair artist?

My strongest points are my eye and my fearlessness towards styling hair. I’ve always had the courage to try out different approaches to applying products and techniques. It’s my art, an opportunity for me not to think and just do, go with the feeling, and it’s one of the few times I actually allow myself to get out my head. I also believe my communication skills and being at ease around other people allow me to create a rapport with models and build the trust that’s needed for me to create.

What is important to you, as a hair professional? In other words, what do you want to offer your clients?

Comfort, safety, hair integrity, an opportunity to express themselves, enhance themselves, build trust, not worry about how they look so they can speak their truth or tell their story. It’s become very important for me to work with people who have something to say so I can support them to do this.

The last three months: where have you been, who have you worked with, and what have you been planning?

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been working in Europe for hair brands. I’ve been to Berlin for fashion week and worked fashion week in London with Bimini. I’ve been to fancy hotels with clients, location shoots with Self Esteem, the Brits and worked in London studios with brands like Sephora and Juicy Couture. I’ve also created content and collaborated on editorials, so there’s been a real variety.

Looking back, who/what has got you to this point in your career?

My determination to prove a point! I recently gave a talk at college for Careers Week and it reminded me how determined I had to be to prove that I CHOSE this path to become a hairdresser, that it wasn’t a last resort. I think my need to prove that has definitely played a part in how successful I am now. Also, it goes without saying that I’m here because of my love for this craft and the amazing people I get to work with and the mentors that have helped me direct my path and encourage my growth as a stylist and as a human being.

Your ultimate creative collaboration – what would that look like? Who would be in it?

Oh, wow… Somewhere hot, at dusk, with warm sea air blowing through the hair, all the supermodels, activists and iconic actresses of the past and present on set… It’s really hard for me to answer who would actually be as there are too many people I admire. I see it being a day shoot by the pool and then taking to the coast for the celebration runway. Err, do you think I need a holiday? Lol.

What excites you about hairdressing right now?

There are so many new paths in this industry for people to explore and find out what works for them. I love that about my own journey. My career has been very explorative and full of variation; I don’t know if hairdressing can be beaten in this sense. As someone who has an innate curiosity for people and places, I sometimes have to take a minute to celebrate all the different locations I have had the opportunity to travel to for work and all the different kinds of people I get to meet along the way. The variation and freedom really excite me. 

I love this image from a Juicy Couture campaign. The model, Vix, had beautiful hair and I really like the shine I created with product.






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There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟

Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉

Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.*

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*UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024.  To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon.  Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟 Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉 Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.* #AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro *UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024. To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon. Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic! A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson. Photography: @charliecummings Stylist: @annahcstyle Writer: @ryancahill7 Art Direction: @katastrophe.33 Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel Photography Assistant: @cnawanga Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell Retouching: @trueblackstudio #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
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Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
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A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍

Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling.

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍 Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
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From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future.

 This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates.

To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future. This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates. To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
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What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️

That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. 

You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering.

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 


#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️ That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering. Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
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The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡 Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓 If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight! The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it! Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information. hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
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The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 

Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. 

For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. 

Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. 

Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. 

#AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. #AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
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This was a super-fun shoot with stylist @izzymoriartythompson and photographer @ulas_merve. I love how we captured movement through the braids I created and embellished with wooden beads.

This is a look I created for [performer and drag artist] Bimini at LFW. I got creative and made a pony out of gaffer tape. It’s always exciting using different materials in place of hair.

I love this look I created using a coloured wax in place of a root – it works so well with the rest of the texture. I’d smashed a pot of the same colour that morning, which gave me the initial inspiration. It’s similar to [ceramics process] kintsugi and techniques used by Cyndia Harvey at Diesel. This was shot in my flat by my friend and make-up artist, Aimee Twist.

Shot by Morgan Roberts, with make-up by Aimee Twist. I love the simplicity of this beauty shot, and how I used small details of hair to complement the make-up.

I love this BTS image from a shoot I worked on. I used so much gel to create the high-shine effect, the hair looks unreal – like it’s set in resin.

What frustrates you about hairdressing right now?

As a self-represented freelance stylist, I find myself getting frustrated with the rates and budget dance that I have to do. I have noticed a big shift in how I am approached for work and how ‘shopping around’ for the cheapest rate has become very noticeable in discussions – I’d hardly call them negotiations. It concerns me that we don’t know how much we should be charging (it isn’t easy to find out, either, believe me) and with clients being able to reach out directly to people via social media platforms, it’s creating so much variation in rates that it has the potential to devalue everyone. I think there needs to be more education on the fee aspect of our job, more honest communication around it. Maybe even a union? A dedicated, pre-scripted rate education platform? While I respect that there is a journey to be had with regards to experience, skill base and our own personal worth, I worry that we are very vulnerable to being taken advantage of, especially compared to other creative fields in the fashion industry.

 What’s your opinion on why so many hair pros work for free backstage and on set, and how do you think hair pros can establish more value for the work they do?

I think assisting for free has a value if you know what you want and choose a stylist that you admire – then it’s like a free education course. Do I think it should be totally free? No, it shouldn’t come at a cost to the individual, as it so often does. But when you’re starting out, it’s vital to learn on-set etiquette and how to create hair in that field, and assisting for free is often ‘sold’ as an opportunity to network, which it can be. I was lucky enough to work with people who cared about my career, so I was encouraged to network with the photographer’s assistants, to collaborate with them and build my own portfolio. However, it’s important to manage expectations.

Working for free was a huge part of the beginning of my career. Coming from a working class family, I did not have the resources to sign up for bootcamps or education programmes, and nor could I afford to work solely for free. This meant I had to work triple time so I could eventually afford to go self-employed. I have no regrets, because it takes time to learn, reflect, explore, educate yourself and find your style/ethos. However, I can’t help but wonder whether my career could have gone faster, and I would have had more energy for my creativity if those early financial barriers hadn’t been there.

It’s a shame that some of the most creative aspects of our industry are considered low- to no-pay. Should there be a small fee to make it more affordable? It’s a difficult one to get your head around when the stylist you’re assisting isn’t get paid either. And that’s a problem, especially when the other people on set are getting paid. I don’t have the answers for how things will change, but in an ideal world none of us should be working for free in the first place.

This was a super-cool creative look that we worked on for the episode of Drag Race where musician Self Esteem was a judge. It includes a nod to Betty Boop as our reference for glamour.

This was a BTS shot that Aimee took on her digital camera. I love the hair details into the model’s face.

This is a wig that I have which worked perfectly with some wax to create the texture I wanted.

A campaign for a jewellery brand. I love how clean this look is. It was so cool seeing it on posters plastered on walls all around Berlin!

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