“In those days I was a hairdressing rebel,” he recalls, “I created a spiky haircut called ‘the wolf’ and put images of it in the window of my shop. People walking past would go, ‘I’m not going in there for a haircut’”. However, Sorbie’s style attracted the radical musicians of the time, “people like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam Ant and Annie Lennox… People that were into creativity were coming to me”.
Five award-winning salons, two hairdressing academies and a worldwide product line later, Sorbie stresses that the most important advice he can offer is to stay humble about your work ethic. He still spends much of his time on the salon floor at the flagship salon on London’s Floral Street. “I’ll still sweep the floor in the shop, wash hair, make coffee and help clients put their coats on. I want to show young people that if I can do it, they can do it. I try to lead by example.”