A change-maker, that’s how we’d describe Lisa Farrall. Driven by difference, her hallmarks are passion and progression. So, when it came to a very special video project, centred around giving creatives a voice, we wanted hers to ring loudly. Filmed in partnership with BaByliss PRO, Artists in Session celebrates the unique qualities of five individual stylists. Take a look at what Lisa delivered…
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“What influences me as an artist is the rebellion, the no rules. The fact that you can do anything that you want and create a movement, for me that’s what being an artist is”Lisa Farrall
credit: hair by Lisa Farrall
‘Why not?’ seems to be the mantra of firecracker Lisa Farrall. Whether it’s questioning why people aren’t brushing up on their skills for all hair types (for years she has championed ‘texture neutral’ training via her education business, WIG London) or taking a straight-forward concept and turning it on its head, nothing seems impossible when Lisa’s at play.
Cheeky, down-to-earth and wickedly funny, but oh-so serious about her work and her clients, Lisa’s made a name for herself in both styling and colour over nearly two decades in the business. She’s a Matrix colour ambassador and the talent she styles runs the gamut from A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar, to Rihanna and Gisele, with a little of Ed Sheeran thrown into the mix.
But her work doesn’t stop there. She’s also the hair and beauty editor for Noctis magazine and regularly styles for other leading publications as well as TV commercials, and she somehow finds time to knock out a gorgeous hair collection or two along the way. Lisa’s CV is top dollar, too – crammed with credits including top photographers, directors and brands, counting the likes of Rankin, LOVE magazine, Vogue, Hugo Boss and Selfridges among her many collaborators.
When not on set or leading classes for WIG London, Lisa is educating fellow creatives across the globe through inspirational talks and demonstrations, sharing her knowledge of hairdressing and the importance of a broad hairdressing skillset. Whether on stage, on set or in front of the camera, Lisa is a trailblazer who continues to spread the message of inclusiveness. Is there anything she can’t do? We very much doubt it.
I’d define my creative style as… Rebellious with a salute to art and a wink to the ones out there trying to leave an impression.
I’m inspired by… The city, the arts and music. I think everything around us is something to be celebrated and we can take inspiration from it. I love street art and expression, I’m inspired by those willing to stand out and stand up for what they believe in.
People who have impacted my career include… Many greats have influenced me as a businesswoman and as a creative. Robert Lobetta and Eugene Souleiman being two of them, for their creative vision.
One standout memory I have is… Ohhh naughty or nice? I think seeing my collections transformed into art always stands out to me.
If it hadn’t been for hair, I wouldn’t have… I like to think my path was always defined but hair has opened up a world to me I only thought was for those that were born into stardom. To be in movie sets and music videos to be having coffee with directors – I can’t imagine how I would be allowed to touch a £100k gown if it wasn’t for hair, it really had opened up my world to show me anything is possible with hard work, belief in yourself and a dream.
If I had one piece of advice it would be… Be unapologetically you don’t look behind you or to the side, just in front. Look at yourself and ask who are you, who do you want to be… progression not perfection. Be you.