Get to Know Paddy McDougall…

Want to know a little more about our 2018 It List It Guy? Find out what happened when we caught up with Indola’s newest Global Ambassador Paddy McDougall…

What’s your inspiration when creating colouring techniques and looks?

It really depends, I spend some time researching, searching for references and just trying stuff out really. I think with everything it’s always the minute details, the nuances in something that are most important. The past couple of years, it’s really been about trying to establish my own aesthetic, and this now really shapes how I work. No matter what the palette or the technique, I always want it to still have a certain feel, a look. I like an element of believability, I avoid colour that looks too contrived, too done. For me when creating techniques, it’s more about usability, at Indola our tag line is #SimplySmarter so it’s about creating transferable, smart techniques to elevate the result and give it a more fashion centric, current result. At the end of the day, clients are, for most hairdressers, our best form of advertising, a walking, talking representation of our brand, it’s really important to consider this when colouring. What does their hair say about you?

Do you have a favourite colour technique,and if so which one and why?

It’s got to be freehand, or balayage if you prefer. For a long time my focus was always on being very technical, whether in colouring or cutting the hair but as I’ve evolved it’s become more about structured irregularities and visually applying the colour. As a technique, it’s versatile, fluid and can be used to create a completely bespoke look, whether lived in or intense.

What’s in your kitbag?

This is the bit where I wish I had a little quirk, a new tool but….my kit bag is pretty standard, brushes, bowls, gloves, and lots of cotton wool for separating sections and blending.

If you weren’t a colourist, what career would you have chosen?

I don’t really know, I never set out to be a hairdresser, it was something I just almost fell into and then it just kind of grew from there. I was a joiner before I found hairdressing and it was something I enjoyed, I always think it’s funny I used to spend my time building things to last, sometimes for generations and now I spend my time creating looks that last til the next time the hair is washed. If I could choose anything I would play football, that would be the dream, I’d hang the tint brush and the scissors up for that.

When it comes to colouring, what are your hero products for using?

Part of what’s exciting, when teaming with a new brand is the new products you’re introduced to; Indola #ColorBlaster has become one of my go to products, it’s a customisable coloured conditioner that can be used to create anything from a pastel to a high impact shade. It’s quick, easy, improves the condition and gives great coverage, it’s great on shoots or backstage at shows for an instant result and clients love it too, as it gives longevity to hard to maintain pastels and vivids.

Are there any exciting projects that you’re currently working on

We are in the final stages of prep for the new Indola Street Style Collection, we will be shooting it mid-May. It’s a really big one for me, it’s my second campaign shoot since joining the brand and I’m honestly really excited about where we are going with it. I learned a lot last time out in Barcelona and I think this one is going to be major. I’m also working closely with the guys on developing a progressive educational programme that really gives colourists the knowledge and solutions they need, watch this space!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

There’s been a few, winning IT Guy has to be up there…being offered a place on Duffy’s core team…doing a massive bleach story with Lena Ott for Duffy on Haider Ackermann last season and actually getting to watch the show from out front. These have all be massive for me but if I’m honest it’s the smaller things too that really stick out; being trusted with my first model on a big show, breaking £100,000 in the salon, the other day Eugene Soulieman hitting me up to invite me to something; these kind of things can mean just as much. What I always keep in mind is what I did yesterday or last year isn’t the most important thing; it’s about what I do today. I don’t want to sit back, rest on my laurels, I want to keep pushing and see where it takes me.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got,” for me that says it all. It’s about taking responsibility and being the change you want to see. It’s you- not them. I’ve been so lucky to have people like the guys at Rainbow Room, Duffy and Nick Irwin, who has been a massive influence. All along the way I’ve had people who have went out of their way to help me with opportunities, advice and guidance.

Talk us through a regular day in the life ofPaddy McDougall…

I don’t really have one and that’s the way I like it. I spend a lot of time on the road Milan, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Barcelona among other places; working on shows, shoots and campaigns. One day I can be backstage assisting Duffy on Louis Vuitton, the next back in Glasgow in Rainbow Room working with my clients or in Hamburg with Indola working on the vision for 2020. It can be a lot and I don’t get to spend as much time with my family as I would like. This thing of ours has already taken me to places I never thought I would get to and the best thing is it still feels like it’s just the start.

What is your favourite hair decade?

This is too hard, there’s so many things I love from the very stylised women of the 60s to the 80s and the age of the supermodel then the iconic Jill Sander campaigns shot in the 90s. I think with this job you need to try and become a massive encyclopaedia of everything, of every decade. I think if you close yourself to one particular style or genre, it’ll affect how far you go.

Tell us something about you we don’t know about you

My wife and I just had a little boy, his name is Noah, and he is 6 days old as I write this.

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