PM: What was it like working at the salon once he took over?
AH: It was tremendous fun, everyone was happy. There was lots of laughter. You had to work very hard, but everyone there was really into what they were doing, they loved it. It was a fabulous place to work and you felt very lucky to be there and be part of this thing. When he did the geometric cut with Mary Quant, that really got into the papers, and then it became crazy.
When he re-did the salon, David Hicks designed the interior. It was very modern and had this open staircase, which was black wrought iron, it went up onto a mezzanine floor – so all the people waiting to have their hair cut would sit all the way up the stairs. They had a big kitchen which served food and drinks for the clients, it was very social. Initially we did weekly appointments but it then became monthly. Clients were told to come back every four weeks for a haircut, which they did as they wanted to keep the sharp lines.
PM: And then of course, when he was doing those geometric cuts, your colour was a really big part of that…
AH: Well, you see, at the beginning we didn’t know that it was going to be geometric. He was doing blunt cuts, but then he really developed it into an art and science. He was really the first person who would actually pass the secrets on – how to approach or do something. Before that, people would teach you by having you watch them. They couldn’t say, ‘you go from A to B to C to D.