Information & Advice
My favourite tip that I always pass on to other hairdressers in - always concentrate on the hair you are leaving on, not the hair you are cutting off! For the consumers and clients a great tip for people who regularly straighten their hair is to place a piece of tissue-paper over the plates of the irons to protect the midlengths and end of the hair. The tissue paper doesn't burn and still glides smoothly through the hair whilst straightening. You need to use proper tissue paper (i.e. not tissues from a box!).
2. What are your favourite ever products?
I love products that really condition the hair and bring out its natural radiance and shine. System Professional Silk Essence by Wella Professionals is my favourite ever salon product which instantly transforms the texture of any hair, adding strength, softness and an incredible shine making the hair so much more manageable and silky. Clairol's legendary ColourSeal Gloss (which was previously only available inside packs of nice 'n easy) has specific formulations for blondes, redheads and brunettes and is a brilliant deep conditioner which can now be bought separately on the high street is a fantastic products that really conditions, adds shine and keeps your hair colour really vibrant.
3. What are your hair colour predictions for A/W 2008?
For the Autumn/Winter 08 season the emphasis will be on luxuriant colour with richness of tone and maximum gloss and shine. Blondes will be slightly darker with caramel and honey tones and there will be a definite move a way from the icy platinum blondes of last year. Brunettes will be glowing with spicy chocolate and violet tones, whilst redheads can have the merest hint red and golden tones in pretty strawberry blondes, or can go for full-on drama with rich copper, cinammon and deep auburn tones. Full head colours will still be on trend for the winter months and semi-permanent colours will be perfect for enriching and enhancing the hair's natural tones whilst giving a glass-like shine.
4. Tell us a hair secret no-one else knows...
Grey hair isn't actually "grey". It is hair that no longer has any natural pigment in it and just looks grey against your natural hair colour and your skin.
5. What has been your career highlight so far?
Opening my own salon has definitely been the highlight of my career. I was able to have total control over the planning and design, and the ethos of the salon. Bringing all that vision to life and providing a great environment, great hairdressing and excellent service for my clients was unbeatable.
6. What is the best way to maintain hair that has been coloured lots over the years?
Always use products that are specifically formulated for colour treated hair. When hair is coloured its physical structure is changed and the hair care and styling products used need to work with the new hair structure. Blonde hair, brunette hair and red hair all have a different structure due to the size of the colour pigments deposited within the hair, and again the products used need to be designed to work best with each. When covering re-growth areas, it is important not to keep over-processing the mid-lengths and ends, but to concentrate on the root area until the colour already on the mid-lengths and ends has faded sufficiently to merit re-toning.
7. What is your favourite celebrity look/ which celeb do you think has the best hair?
I absolutely love Agyness Deyn's hair. I love the edginess and versatility of her look. Her hair styles works well whether she is looking sophisticated for Burberry or recreating a neo-punk look for more edgy designers. She has also introduced a whole new generation of fashion conscious young women to go short.
8. If you weren't in the hair industry, what would you be doing?
I would definitely be working in some kind of creative industry which is fashion and image based. I love working on photographic collections - planning the story behind the looks I am creating, researching the clothes and the styling of the collections and being inspired by designers, architects, great photographers and artists and trying to predict and dictate trends.
9. What do you envisage being the 'next big thing' within the hair industry?
The next big thing within hairdressing is likely to be the new generation of hair colourants that process really quickly whilst still achieving fantastic results. We will also see real break-throughs in the formulation of colours that are gentle on the hair, but are resistant to fading.
10. What's the worst hair myth you have ever heard and want to put straight?
If you pull out one grey hair, three grow back. Absolute nonsense!!
11. What do you do to relax?
As I am so busy in the salon and with my work for Clairol, I really do like to spend as much time as possible with my family to relax. I love playing football and cycling, both of which I can do with the family. As already mentioned, I love to cook and enjoy good food and eating out.
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