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UKH Interviews Giles Robinson,
Senior Stylist with John Frieda
ELEMENTS OF TRANSFORMATION
John Frieda believes in transforming hair - to a point where
it’s not just an element of your personal style, but a defining
attribute, one that inspires admiration and envy in equal
Achieving that level of excellence – the level that true style
connoisseurs expect – calls for a unique formula - cutting
edge salons in the world’s fashion capitals with artists dedicated
to their craft – and to helping their clients achieve their
true style potential.
Someone who has been a key player in the John Frieda success
story is Giles Robinson, Senior Stylist. We were delighted
to interview Giles recently and ask him about his interesting
career and get some insight into the life of a top stylist,
plus some top tips for our website visitors. You can see what
he had to say and follow his video hair styling “How-to’s”.
THE JOHN FRIEDA STORY
When the first John Frieda salon opened on New Cavendish Street,
London, no one could have imagined the impact it would have
on the world of hair care. Fast forward three decades, and
John Frieda® Hair Care products are personal favourites of
celebrities, beauty experts and consumers worldwide.
After years spent working with chemists to develop the perfect
prescriptive solutions, the John Frieda® Hair Care Experts
revolutionised hair care with the innovative Frizz-Ease® Hair
Serum, which eventually landed in Allure magazine’s "Cosmetic
Hall of Fame" and was singled out by InStyle as "Product of
the Decade." And the John Frieda® Hair Care Experts’ dedication
to solving widespread hair care problems through innovative
formulas and expert "how-to" instruction didn’t stop there.
The John Frieda® Hair Care Team of celebrity stylists has
fuelled the company’s new product initiative with the inside
track on hot, new celebrity hair trends. As part of the Kao
(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kao Corporation of Japan) the
global technology and research resources behind John Frieda®
Hair Care products are unrivalled.
After the Frizz-Ease® range of products became a household
name in the early 1990’s, the John Frieda®Hair Care Experts
continued to pioneer fashion-forward range after range. Never
content to rest, the John Frieda® Hair Care Experts are continuously
reinventing and adding new, more technologically-advanced
products to each range — products that meet women’s evolving
Entrepreneurial in spirit and global in impact, John Frieda®
Hair Care has consistently been the industry leader when it
comes to innovative new products. Which begs the question:
what will they come up with next?
Read our interview with Giles Robinson, Senior Stylist and
find out about his life in the industry:
Q: How did you get started
as a stylist? Who were your hair mentors in the hair industry?
A: “I started as a Junior in my local salon at 14 sweeping
hair and shampooing as soon as I was old enough at 16 I went
straight to London to work for John Frieda, during my training
and still now Joel Goncalves and Kevin Moss have been very
supportive and influential in me becoming a top hairdresser
and I learnt a lot about working on stage and in front of
audiences travelling and working with John Frieda launching
If you hadn’t become a hairdresser,
which career would you have followed?
A: “I would have gone into property development with
my Dad or a stock broker.”
Q: What is the strangest
request you’ve received during your years in the hair industry?
A: “I’ve had to style hair for a fashion show in the
volt of an old bank and style hair for a photo shoot on a
windy beach using the ice cream kiosk for power and shelter.”
Q: Whose hair would you
like to get your hands on and why?
A: “Katie Holmes now she’s split with Tom she needs
a re- style maybe bring her bob back.”
Q: There have been many
changes in hairdressing over the years. What in your opinion
is the best innovation and the worst?
A: “Tangle teezers and the Brazilian blow dry are great
inventions, not that anyone has them anymore, but someone
should have changed the smell of perms.”
Q: Apart from a pair of
scissors, what hairdressing tool or product would you never
A: “A real bristle brush and John Frieda Luxurious
Volume thickening lotion are a must for any kit.”
We hear of celebrities flying
their hairdressers all over the world, to help them cope with
bad hair days. What is the strangest request you’ve received
during your career styling for the stars?
A: “I have been flown all over the place including
Australia to blow dry and paint black eye liner in a guys
hair, he’d also try to make you his personal assistant and
get you to pack and carry his bags etc that I would mostly
refuse to do which ended in some interesting arguments.”
Q: Many of our web visitors
want to become hairdressers; could you give them any special
tips to help them on their way to success?
A: “Go to a really good salon with proven training
and expect to work hard, you’ll know if you’ve made the right
decision early on.”
Q: We’d love to know what
your favourite hairstyle of all time is?
A: “I love Mia Farrow’s short pixie haircut, it looks
so fantastic on her and it’s a style I love to cut.”
Want to know how to create perfect styles – Giles Robinson’s
tutorials will help – have a look at the videos below and