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Ever wondered how some of the great names in hairdressing
learned about their profession? The mistakes they made
and the people they looked to for instruction and inspiration?
Vivienne Mackinder's video gives an incite into the
early days in the careers of the industries hairdressing
legends. Highlighting how important it is to find the
right mentor and be prepared to learn even the basics
Top: Vivienne Mackinder, Freddie French.
Middle: Ruth Roche, Vidal Sassoon.
Bottom: Antoinette Beenders, Trevor Sorbie.
See the video of top stylists talking
about the mentors who helped them develop into the high
level professionals they are today.
of Vivienne Mackinder's mentors was Trevor Sorbie, she
learned so much from him. She is also a former Artistic
Director of Vidal Sassoon, another mentor she greatly
admires and for many years she has been guiding her
own students. Regularly finding time to showcase fabulous
hair collections. We feature her popular Bauhaus Rocks
One of Vidal Sassoon's early collections was inspired
by Bauhaus, an artistic movement originating in Germany
in the early 20th century that taught architectural
design and structure. These looks were characterised
by strong geometric shapes - very structured and controlled.
In Vivienne Mackinder's latest collection, Bauhaus Rocks,
she has taken her own approach to her mentor's concept
using the razor to allow for more movement and flow.
"Recent trends in razor cutting have been defined by
very jagged edges. I wanted to move away from that and
show how the classic cuts can be achieved through the
precision of razor cutting."
The Bauhaus Rocks Collection is defined by an edgy mixture
of angles designed to complement the symmetry of the
face and bone structure. Strong blocks of colour then
highlight the architecture in each hair design.
Mackinder advises aspiring artists, "All great masters
have one thing in common. Learn the rules before you
The 30-year industry veteran, and former Artistic Director
of Vidal Sassoon, has certainly earned her right to
break the rules as a five time NAHA recipient, most
recently earning Master Stylist of the Year, and honoured
in 2008 by the North American Hairstyling Awards as
a leading lady in hair. Her latest venture is a foray
into a top tier salon training program called The Elite
Program and an online education system, www.HairDesignerTV.com.
Hair: Razor cut graduated into a high bob with short
Colour: A halo section was free hand painted on the
top of the head, pre-lightened and then purple was applied
the remaining hair was tinted black.
Fashion: Charcoal silk/wool trench coat with zebra
print fur back by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Hair: Razor cut asymmetric bob with over laying veil,
draping disconnected over the fringe.
Colour: The hair was a level 9 and panels were sectioned
off to create bold contrast using primary colour purple pink
and blue tones, the base of the bob was coloured black.
Fashion: Green tulle bolero by Malandrino, black/green
nylon bodysuit by Miu Miu, silver bracelet by Alexis Bittar.
Hair: Asymmetric layered cut - with weight and length
travelling diagonally across the head.
Colour: The Pink colour was free hand painted through
the tips and longer sections of the hair.
Fashion: Black silk ribbon dress with silver rings
bodice by Benjamin Cho.
Hair: Razor cut geometric combining square and round
lines, another asymmetric shape.
Colour: base level 8 - the hair was sectioned into
panels and using primary colours free hand painted orange
and wine red the rest of the hair was colour a warm rich brown.
Fashion: Silver and Lucite necklaces by Alexis Bittar.
Hair: Razor cut in a heavy fringe, working into a broken
page boy/shag line around the face. Very long internal layers.
Colour: Level 9- the roots and base hairline was coloured
black in a free hand manner, the remaining hair was coloured
Fashion: Black nylon sequined dress and black/green
nylon bodysuit by Miu Miu, boots by Costume National.
Hair: Razor cut, asymmetric bold geometric lines, playing
Colour: Level 9 the hair was sectioned off into panels
using primary colours of purple and orange. The rest of the
hair including the roots was coloured black.
Fashion: Metal knitted turtleneck by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Article by Heather Bell