As the first woman to win British Hairdresser of the Year since 2005, Sally Brooks did not only make a great debut winning her first ever nomination in 2017, but she went on to defend her title in 2018 and won again. Young Brooks was initially hoping to end up in theatre as a makeup artist, but as fate would have it, she found herself in a trendy London salon learning the craft of hairdressing under the guidance of the renowned Trevor Sorbie. Twelve years later, she’s moved on and opened Brooks & Brooks, together with her partner and ex-husband Jamie.
Earlier this year, her documentary Journey To My Destination was released on Amazon. Originally meant to be a couple of YouTube clips, the project continued to grow. Finally, a decision was made to produce a full length documentary film with the intention to dismantle false perceptions around being a hairdresser and the hair industry, and display the craft in the positive and creatively commendable light that it deserves.
Brooks spoke to INFRINGE Editor-in-chief Anthony Mascolo about the multidimensionality of both the hair industry and the industry’s workers, wanting to change stereotypical perceptions people have about hairdressers, and the importance of going with your gut feeling.