profile: What’s hot in hair this season? amanda: I have friends in the industry in the UK who I still communicate with so I am always getting new inspiration from that part of the world. Soft colour is very much in this season, balayage is still quite popular and we are moving away from highlights and block colour. We have brought in a new product called Colour ID. It’s paste that we use instead of foils. You can use lots of different colour pastes that won’t run into each other so you can achieve lots of tonal contrasts. profile: What is the must-have item we should all have in our bathroom? amanda: A hair dryer and a mirror! This is especially true for me! If you saw my hair in the morning you would understand. I don’t even go camping without a hair dryer. It is also so important to only use top quality hair products. A lot of people don’t realise that using cheap shampoo and conditioner is like washing your hair with washing up liquid. We only use top of the range products by Wella.
profile: What do you always have in your handbag? amanda: I always have two products. Dust it – a powder for the roots and if you have thin hair like mine it makes it look twice as thick. I also always have a mini can of Sebastian hair spray. profile: Who is your inspiration? amanda: Vidal Sassoon. He was the first hairdresser to really step outside the square and he created so many great hairdressers. His story is so interesting too. He grew up in a very poor family and his dad left when he was very young. He became a pattern cutter to support his family and that is how he got into hairdressing!
profile: What is your best hair-style tip? amanda: Use good products and if you are blow drying your hair always use a nozzle on your hairdryer so you don’t end up with frizzy hair. Don’t use rubber bands as they tear the hair and invest in good quality shampoo and conditioner. profile: What is your best memory working in the hairdressing industry? amanda: When I was working in London, I used to cut Ozzie Osbourne’s hair. I was terrified of him! He used to send me to the pub for him. I also used to style Twiggy’s hair!
profile: How would you describe your own style? amanda: I’m a bit eccentric but I am also described as a bit glamorous. I love getting into a short number and putting on some heels. I also love a bit of bling! Having said that though, I am also quite happy to put on a cap and some funky trousers.
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