Did you find there were any limitations to drawing inside a bustling salon? I think some people just didn’t have time even though they wanted to stop and be drawn. But I totally get that, we’re all busy people. Some people I even photographed and I would draw them afterwards because they still wanted to be part of the project. There were ways for us to get around limitations, but it was mainly time more than anything. I really loved all the bustling salon bits happening around me. When there was down time for me I’d just sit and draw the clippers, or Barbicide, or Greygory’s legs – I loved drawing the little bits in between of it all, all the ephemera.
Greygory and Felix previously mentioned the constraints of narrow beauty standards and gender expectations still prevalent in the beauty and grooming industry. Can you elaborate on the significance of removing personal characteristics from your drawings and the positive impact this could have on an individual? Traditionally, hair and beauty standards have a real binary of male and female. I think for the queer and trans community especially this traditional way of looking at it is problematic and confronts a lot of issues. To reinvent that and show it in another way is really important and that’s why drawing queer people’s hair was a way of celebrating that. If you’re just looking at a haircut that hopefully you’re really happy with because you’ve just had it done and it really affirms your identity and you’ve had a great experience while having it done, I think this can be a real gift to some people. We have to question why, traditionally, we’ve gone down such a binary route. Hair is just hair. The way the lookbook is structured, you go from short to long, all the haircuts are sorted by length. Then we’ve got undercuts, patterns, fringes, sideburns, and back hairlines. I think that’s a great way of looking at hair; hair that is genderless. Because there aren’t any facial features, it encourages you not to focus on what gender you think that haircut is for. It takes that away from you and hopefully that really amplifies the fact that gender is a construct.