“Depending on what I’m up to my kit can vary on size and options but it’s always good to cover all bases!” insists session stylist Charlie Cullen, who took a starring role at our The Coterie: In Session event. “You don’t want to be caught out on a shoot, if a particular model cancels and they have to get someone else last minute! It’s happened before… lesson learnt!”
With plenty of experience under his belt, what makes the cut for Charlie’s go-to kit?
The Kit Bag
I use the GBB deluxe bag. Whether I’m in the barbershop or on a shoot, this bag is great for storing my BaByliss PRO equipment. It’s got lots of compartments to store my kit, and is practical for when I’m on the move.
Varying in brands but all get used regularly, especially my wide-tooth comb! I couldn’t shoot without and it’s permanently in my pocket. In the shop my Ys-park wide cutting comb is great especially on curly hair when I need to relax the tension when cutting.
These are my essentials! Flat clips are great for creating texture on and I can’t go anywhere without my diffuser!
Quite possibly the most underrated item. My water spray is in constant use to reset on shoots and to achieve a wet look!
Not for everyone but my thinning scissor and razor are great for creating those soft grown out edges. All tools have a purpose and when used correctly these are great!
I’m not associated with a product brand so I have collected a whole bunch of my favourite products from different brands… but if I could only have one it would definitely be TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray. It is great as a primer, to create soft natural texture, or I’ll use it by blowdrying into hair to create volume!
Always be prepared for all textures. You have to have the tools and products for all hair types, and textured hair is no different. Using a sponge to create twists or a Durag to set waves is a must-have for shoots, or backstage at shows!
I’ve worked a lot with grooming over the past few years and collected the makings of a really good kit. Boy de Chanel and Benny Hancock have a great range of moisturisers and foundations, as well as MAC and NARS. I keep my kit in a bag from Amazon, one where you can personalise the compartments to arrange your products. It was a great buy at £30!
I tend to keep my Canon EOS 250D with me, especially when I’m in the barbershop. It’s a great quality camera, and perfect for taking shots of models or clients to build content for my socials.