British Hairdresser of the Year Nominee: Mark Hayes

The fourth nominee for British Hairdresser of the Year is Mark Hayes. Not only is he highly regarded and experienced creative stylist, he's also Sassoon International Creative Director and a hair celebrity in his own right. Read on to find out what he makes him tick and why he feels the British Hairdressing Awards are so important to the industry.

Please tell me a little about yourself...
I started my 35-year love affair with hair at the age of 12 when I attended a David Bowie concert with my elder sister. Drawing on stylistic references, Bowie was at the height of his theatrical persona ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and I was struck by his combination of music, fashion and style. I joined Sassoon four years later as an apprentice at our busy London Salon in South Molton Street and felt that I had found my spiritual ‘home’.  35 years later I am as in love with the philosophy, heritage and camaraderie that exists throughout the global network of Sassoon Salons and Academies and am extremely proud to be leading the team as Sassoon International Creative Director.

How many times have you been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year?
This is the fourth time I have been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year. It’s a huge honour to be nominated by my industry peers and even more so when one considers the incredible reputation that the British Hairdressing industry enjoys. British Hairdressing is renowned as the finest in the world, so it would be an extreme honour to accept the prestigious ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ Award. As well as being able to follow in the footsteps of many of the UK’s hairdressing icons, it would be a privilege to continue to promote hairdressing as a respected and rewarding career and to endorse the industry in which I have worked passionately for the past 35 years

Why do you think awards like this are so important for the industry?
I believe awards like this and the role of British Hairdresser is one to take earnestly and the chosen nominee has a responsibility to uphold the respected reputation of the industry and to support all levels of hairdressing ranging from the newest assistant to the most experienced Salon owner.

What do you love most about hairdressing?
Everything! From seeing a client excited about their new look, to giving a student that ‘aha!’ moment, to conducting a show in front of a huge audience. It is all equally exciting and rewarding. It is difficult to think of an industry where one can have such a profound effect on another human being. Hair is the only substance that can be cut, coloured and sculpted around the head, dramatically enhancing the wearers bone structure.

What are your aspirations for the next 5-10 years?
There are tremendously exciting times ahead for Sassoon over the next few years, essentially though I am happy continuing to innovate for a company that I love, with a team that continually amazes me with its ingenuity and creativity.

What are your favourite products to use and why?
Sassoon Professional products of course! They were designed by the Creative Team to specifically enhance the Sassoon philosophy of ‘form follows function’.

What are your latest collections inspired by and how do you develop them creatively?
My collection for the BHA is one that strikes a balance between urban and urbane with tribal influences. I have tried to convey an anarchic spirit with a series of looks that celebrate individuality and unorthodox beauty the collection is coupled with a re-evaluation of the 80s ‘Buzz Cut’ that give a new dynamic to classic geometric balances. The collections are always developed in a very fluid style. Music, fashion, style and socio economic trends all play their part in the creative process together with a large slice of instinct!

Find out more about Mark and Sassoon on their website here. Stay tuned for the next batch of finalists answering my questions over the coming days too! 


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