So I started to go out on the street, looking around at any shape or form I could see, and trying to make that happen. It was a fantastic feeling, because in the same way an artist would look at a piece of clay and they’d be a sculptor, I was now looking at hair as my medium in a way that I’d never seen it before. So for me that started a whole new revolution in hair. And I think that was the most fantastic time to be in hairdressing.
Can you tell us more about how Punk influenced your work? Punk was a huge motivator in changing my perception of hair. When I started working at a salon called Ricci Burns on London’s Kings Road, there were a fantastic array of people, and individual boutiques, that inspired me. Ricci had an amazing clientele. I remember in my first week, in walked the Rolling Stones, and here I am shaking hands with Mick Jagger and making him tea! Down the road from the salon was Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shop ‘SEX’. Vivienne’s muse at the time was a girl called Jordan. She used to come in to see me to have her hair done, and one day she said she wanted to bleach her hair absolutely white. Jordan was one of those characters you didn’t argue with, she was very sure of what she wanted. The colourist, Lester, said “if we do this, the hair is just going to break and fall out”. Jordan just looked at us both and said “well do it anyway”.