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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Got a creative eye and always striving to get create inspiring content? 👀

If you help business growth with your exceptional skills and vision – whether it’s in-house collections, marketing campaigns or brand redesigns – then it’s about time you shout about your Creative Talent! If you’re good at what you do, we want to spotlight YOU. 

The Most Wanted Creative Talent category celebrates an art director or a senior team member leading the creative direction of the business. So, if you want to hang up your thinking cap and pop on your dancing shoes at the Grand Final, then get that entry in! Remember, you’ve got to be in it to WIN it! 

For all information and category criteria, head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #creatives #creativeawards #creativetalent #creativehair #artdirector  #haircolourist
Got a creative eye and always striving to get create inspiring content? 👀

If you help business growth with your exceptional skills and vision – whether it’s in-house collections, marketing campaigns or brand redesigns – then it’s about time you shout about your Creative Talent! If you’re good at what you do, we want to spotlight YOU. 

The Most Wanted Creative Talent category celebrates an art director or a senior team member leading the creative direction of the business. So, if you want to hang up your thinking cap and pop on your dancing shoes at the Grand Final, then get that entry in! Remember, you’ve got to be in it to WIN it! 

For all information and category criteria, head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #creatives #creativeawards #creativetalent #creativehair #artdirector  #haircolourist
Got a creative eye and always striving to get create inspiring content? 👀 If you help business growth with your exceptional skills and vision – whether it’s in-house collections, marketing campaigns or brand redesigns – then it’s about time you shout about your Creative Talent! If you’re good at what you do, we want to spotlight YOU. The Most Wanted Creative Talent category celebrates an art director or a senior team member leading the creative direction of the business. So, if you want to hang up your thinking cap and pop on your dancing shoes at the Grand Final, then get that entry in! Remember, you’ve got to be in it to WIN it! For all information and category criteria, head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairawards #mostwanted #creatives #creativeawards #creativetalent #creativehair #artdirector #haircolourist
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Inspired by ‘90s fashion photography, Glamorama by @danilogiangreco_hair combines the timeless glamour of black and white with daring hair shapes 🖤

See more from the collection by heading to the link in our bio. 

Hair: Danilo Giangreco
Photography: Danilo Giangreco
Hair assistants: Emy Roccabella, Enrica Russo, Stephanie Dwyer
Make-up: Enrica Russo
Styling: Emy Roccabella

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #blackandwhitephotography #fashionphotography #hairstylist #editorialhair #sculpturalhair
Inspired by ‘90s fashion photography, Glamorama by @danilogiangreco_hair combines the timeless glamour of black and white with daring hair shapes 🖤

See more from the collection by heading to the link in our bio. 

Hair: Danilo Giangreco
Photography: Danilo Giangreco
Hair assistants: Emy Roccabella, Enrica Russo, Stephanie Dwyer
Make-up: Enrica Russo
Styling: Emy Roccabella

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #blackandwhitephotography #fashionphotography #hairstylist #editorialhair #sculpturalhair
Inspired by ‘90s fashion photography, Glamorama by @danilogiangreco_hair combines the timeless glamour of black and white with daring hair shapes 🖤

See more from the collection by heading to the link in our bio. 

Hair: Danilo Giangreco
Photography: Danilo Giangreco
Hair assistants: Emy Roccabella, Enrica Russo, Stephanie Dwyer
Make-up: Enrica Russo
Styling: Emy Roccabella

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #blackandwhitephotography #fashionphotography #hairstylist #editorialhair #sculpturalhair
Inspired by ‘90s fashion photography, Glamorama by @danilogiangreco_hair combines the timeless glamour of black and white with daring hair shapes 🖤 See more from the collection by heading to the link in our bio. Hair: Danilo Giangreco Photography: Danilo Giangreco Hair assistants: Emy Roccabella, Enrica Russo, Stephanie Dwyer Make-up: Enrica Russo Styling: Emy Roccabella #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircollection #blackandwhitephotography #fashionphotography #hairstylist #editorialhair #sculpturalhair
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Barbers, are you exploring all the ways you can elevate the client experience? At @cratecheshire, salon owner @charlesrose1 and the team are using luxury backwash services from @stmntgrooming to create a relaxing experience for clients. 

Simple steps can boost your barbering space – and that bottom line! Using the NEW STMNT Backwash Services, the team at Crate Cheshire go the extra mile by adding a head massage for relaxation, followed by a scalp brush to stimulate the scalp and roots. 

Looking to boost your own barbering business? Bring that post-appointment feelgood factor to all clients with STMNT. Head to stmnt.co.uk to find out more. 

#AD #STMNTGrooming #STMNTGroomingGoods #Hair #MensHair #Barber #Barbering #Barbershop #SalonOwner #BusinessOwner #ClientExperience
Bring an extra bit of care to your backwash chair 🖤 Barbers, are you exploring all the ways you can elevate the client experience? At @cratecheshire, salon owner @charlesrose1 and the team are using luxury backwash services from @stmntgrooming to create a relaxing experience for clients. Simple steps can boost your barbering space – and that bottom line! Using the NEW STMNT Backwash Services, the team at Crate Cheshire go the extra mile by adding a head massage for relaxation, followed by a scalp brush to stimulate the scalp and roots. Looking to boost your own barbering business? Bring that post-appointment feelgood factor to all clients with STMNT. Head to stmnt.co.uk to find out more. #AD #STMNTGrooming #STMNTGroomingGoods #Hair #MensHair #Barber #Barbering #Barbershop #SalonOwner #BusinessOwner #ClientExperience
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A mesmerising micro bob from @luciasiero of @toniandguyflagshipacademy 🤍

The sharp, precise cut perfectly accentuates the model's cheekbones giving an oh-so flattering finish.

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #bob #microbob #haircut #hairstylist #precisioncut #precision #shorthair #blondehair #precisionhaircut
A mesmerising micro bob from @luciasiero of @toniandguyflagshipacademy 🤍 The sharp, precise cut perfectly accentuates the model's cheekbones giving an oh-so flattering finish. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #bob #microbob #haircut #hairstylist #precisioncut #precision #shorthair #blondehair #precisionhaircut
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A super sleek, Manga inspired look created by @lisamayhair91 of @_nho_ie for a recent shoot. Lisa created the high-shine, wet look to compliment @hollyroche__ ‘s stunning make-up 🛸🔥

#haie #hairdressing #hairdresser #editorialhair #wetlookhair #slickedbackhair #manga #mangahair #editorialstylist #bts #behindthescenes
A super sleek, Manga inspired look created by @lisamayhair91 of @_nho_ie for a recent shoot. Lisa created the high-shine, wet look to compliment @hollyroche__ ‘s stunning make-up 🛸🔥 #haie #hairdressing #hairdresser #editorialhair #wetlookhair #slickedbackhair #manga #mangahair #editorialstylist #bts #behindthescenes
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Ever wondered what a kitbag looks like for a hairstylist who is also a make-up artist...? The answer is, she carries everything 👀

Make-up essentials aside, we asked hairstylist and sculptural hair designer @karlaqleon what her kitbag essentials are for creating the mind-blowing hair looks that she is renowned for on set and at Fashion Week.

Spoiler alert: Karla is a sucker for scents, so some of these products smell delicious! 


#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairsculptures #sculpturalhair #hairlooks #sessionstylist #fashionweekhair #fashionweekhairstylist #texturedhair #hairproducts #kitbag #hairdressingkitbag
Ever wondered what a kitbag looks like for a hairstylist who is also a make-up artist...? The answer is, she carries everything 👀 Make-up essentials aside, we asked hairstylist and sculptural hair designer @karlaqleon what her kitbag essentials are for creating the mind-blowing hair looks that she is renowned for on set and at Fashion Week. Spoiler alert: Karla is a sucker for scents, so some of these products smell delicious! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairstyling #hairstylist #hairsculptures #sculpturalhair #hairlooks #sessionstylist #fashionweekhair #fashionweekhairstylist #texturedhair #hairproducts #kitbag #hairdressingkitbag
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Concerned for the welfare of your colleague or client? Celebrity hairstylist @iamsamkerswell shares his first-hand experience, so you know how best to help.

Like so many victims of domestic abuse, Sam was afraid to speak out against his abuser, with those in his life none the wiser as to what was causing the bruises, weight loss, and much more besides. Fast forward a year since today since he escaped, and he’s now sharing his story to raise awareness and help anyone else who is suffering in silence.

If you’re concerned about a colleague or client, head to the link in our bio as Sam shares the signs you should be looking out for, and what to do if you’re wanting to offer support but unsure how to help. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairstylist #salonowner #salonbusiness #businessadvice #clientwellbeing #mentalhealthsupport
Concerned for the welfare of your colleague or client? Celebrity hairstylist @iamsamkerswell shares his first-hand experience, so you know how best to help. Like so many victims of domestic abuse, Sam was afraid to speak out against his abuser, with those in his life none the wiser as to what was causing the bruises, weight loss, and much more besides. Fast forward a year since today since he escaped, and he’s now sharing his story to raise awareness and help anyone else who is suffering in silence. If you’re concerned about a colleague or client, head to the link in our bio as Sam shares the signs you should be looking out for, and what to do if you’re wanting to offer support but unsure how to help. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairstylist #salonowner #salonbusiness #businessadvice #clientwellbeing #mentalhealthsupport
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@screen_koba serving up THE most slick of baby hairs. We’re mesmerised by the process as she moves them into place!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #babyhairs #kisscurls #editorialhair #editorialstylist #hairstylist #satisfyinghair #bts #behindthescenes
@screen_koba serving up THE most slick of baby hairs. We’re mesmerised by the process as she moves them into place! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #babyhairs #kisscurls #editorialhair #editorialstylist #hairstylist #satisfyinghair #bts #behindthescenes
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This is THE solution to dull hair ✨
 
@redken’s newest system, Acidic Color Gloss, is designed to deliver shine, while being crafted for colour care.
 
It’s a favourite among both stylists and clients, and with good reasons! Benefits include three days of shine* and increased hydration – it’s no wonder that this revolutionary glossing range is taking the haircare world by storm.
 
Available as a salon service or for at home-retail, become part of the rising trend for glass-like hair with Acidic Color Gloss – buy online today at lorealpartnershop.com/uk.
 
*Based on consumer test, acidic color gloss glass gloss treatment
 
[Video by @rubyeaglinghair]
 
#AD #Redken #AcidicColorGloss #Haircare #HairColourist #HairStylist #ColourCare #ColouredHair
This is THE solution to dull hair ✨ @redken’s newest system, Acidic Color Gloss, is designed to deliver shine, while being crafted for colour care. It’s a favourite among both stylists and clients, and with good reasons! Benefits include three days of shine* and increased hydration – it’s no wonder that this revolutionary glossing range is taking the haircare world by storm. Available as a salon service or for at home-retail, become part of the rising trend for glass-like hair with Acidic Color Gloss – buy online today at lorealpartnershop.com/uk. *Based on consumer test, acidic color gloss glass gloss treatment [Video by @rubyeaglinghair] #AD #Redken #AcidicColorGloss #Haircare #HairColourist #HairStylist #ColourCare #ColouredHair
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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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