5 minutes with Creative Stylist Matt



How did you get into your hairdressing career?

I was looking for a creative, hands on industry and contemplated fashion design but wasn’t keen to continue in full time education, so I looked for an apprenticeship. Hairdressing seemed like the obvious choice.


What’s the best thing about being a hairdresser?

I love the interaction with clients and the relationship that develops. We are often let into secrets and share special moments with clients, happy and sad.


What’s the best advice you would give to your clients?

For new clients the best advice is to share as much of your hair history as possible – best and worst hair throughout the years. It helps stylists to build a picture of your personal style. For regular clients, my best advice is to not be afraid to criticize your hair. We can always change and adapt colour, cut and products. Don’t chase fashion, it comes and goes – Style goes on forever.


How would you describe your hairdressing style?

FLUID! I like to draw on my vast variety of knowledge and experience to create the perfect looks for my clients. I am always trying to work on my cutting to ensure I have strengths in all aspects of my work.


What is your favourite meal?

If i’m eating out it has to be this little Korean restaurant called Topokko, they do a dish called Bibimbap, it is amazing! If it’s home cooked it is a Sunday dinner or fresh fish – anything with roast veg!


Who are your icons?

I have many people that i use for inspiration. The first two that come to my mind are climbers, not only am i obsessed with climbing, but it because of their attitude towards life. Firstly, there is an American climber called Tommy Caldwell. His work ethic in solving problems in the mountains is amazing and can be applied to anything in life. He spent 7 years working out how to climb a 1,000 metre wall in Yosemite National Park. The second is Ueli Steck who unfortunately died in 2017. Ueli did things differently, he always thought outside of the box – this is something that i love, especially working in a creative industry.


Sofa or Gym?

Gym! Everytime! Sometimes it is in the gym, sometimes it is a yoga studio. But more often than not, it is in the mountains. That is where i like to spend my time.


What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

The best way to spend a Sunday has to be climbing in the mountains. I especially love being out in the winter. There is nothing better than having a day out in the cold, preferably in the sun, then heading to the pub for the world’s biggest Sunday dinner and red wine in front of an open fire.