British Hairdresser of the Year Nominee: Tim Hartley

Next up in my British Hairdresser of the Year series is Tim Hartley, a hairdresser with a huge breadth of experience and a fascinating story. He also has pretty cool glasses. What I love about the award this year is the pure diversity of hairdressers nominated for the accolade, so here is Tim's story... Will he win the lusted after title in 2012?

Please tell me a little about yourself...
I’ve been hairdressing for nearly four decades. I began my career as a barber and joined Vidal Sassoon in the 1970’s. I was absorbed by fashion and how personal style can be a very special form of self expression. I immersed myself in the skills and techniques for which Vidal became legend and I learned fast. For many years I held the title of International Creative Director for the company and since leaving I have founded my own brand. I am still absorbed by fashion, art and architecture – the 20th century was a gold mine of inspiration and I am doing my part to preserve the best of our industry’s learnings and forge them anew for a new millennium. I spend my time touring the globe for education shows and seminars and creating educational DVD’s and tools that represent the best of all I know.

How many times have you been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year?
This is my third nomination. It is a great triumph simply to be recognised by your peers for your contribution to a craft form like no other. I have devoted my life to perfecting our art and to be honoured with the title would feel amazing.

Why do you think awards like this are so important for the industry?
It’s important to celebrate. Gathering every year as an industry to celebrate our accomplishments and to inspire each other is very valuable.

What do you love most about hairdressing?
The process of creation, the sharing, the journey, the end result – I love it all. Just the fabric and fall of hair as a medium for our special form of art. Every head of hair is different, demands its own respect and holds any number of possibilities. The natural texture and movement is always my first touch point for creative potential. 

What are your aspirations for the next 5-10 years?
I am going to strengthen my brand and seek out even greater creative adventures and alliances. I'm also going to build on my body of work and library of learning DVD’s and professional tools.

What are your favourite products to use and why?
Right now I’m loving ID Hair. The range is broad, meets all my needs and it has an amazing ingredient, Nordic Cotton, that the hair just loves.

What are your latest collections inspired by?
My latest collection is called Rare Beauty and is my hymn and homage to Vidal. The man gave the world a legacy and this collection embraces that purity and simplicity with lines, layering and graduation. I also wanted to showcase the best of traditional hairdressing techniques in texture and shape. I have a hand picked team that I work with and together I think we created something very special.

Why are you different from other hairdressers?
My heritage and my longevity give me a fairly unique perspective on hair. My career was born in the crucible of 70’s and 80’s Britain. That was a unique time of social change and creative exploration. I believe it gives my work a rare authenticity and a quality.

Tim has a fascinating career history and you can find out more on his website here: www.tim-hartley.com Stay tuned for more nominees in the coming days!

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