How would you describe each other’s work? FB: Lyndell is fascinating because people misjudge her all the time - because of her own personal style of dressing, people often think that she is only capable of this fun slightly eccentric, girly aesthetic. Lyndell puts as much into her hairdressing as she does into her friendships. As a personal hairdresser she is considerate, careful and knows exactly what you mean when you try and describe a colour (with all the wrong words)! As a session hairdresser, she is phenomenal – she really understands whatever situation she is in and always gives you not just what you want but takes it one step further. She always thinks about the complete image – it is never all about the hair or trying to have a ‘hair moment’ in every shot. Technically there is nothing she cannot do – she is beyond talented, perceptive and fun! LM: Fran has no boundaries and dives deep into any project she undertakes. She is relentless and lets nothing go unresearched or unprepared. She has superb taste and a unique eye and I love how she always gives her work such freshness. How would you describe each other’s personal style? FB: Lyndell is probably renowned for her personal style as she is for her hairdressing skills. She has a totally unique way of putting things together. She is always in a ‘look’ and always makes an effort. The only designer labels I ever see her wear are Vivienne Westwood or Charles Anastase, which she mixes with vintage pieces and great underwear – she is always in great underwear! I guess if it comes down to one look it has to be the jumpsuit – Lyndell has one for every occasion. Her hair always looks amazing – dyed pink, incredible curls, accessorised with a crown, a hat or ribbon. LM: Fran and I have played dress-up all our lives and
we have made some mistakes along the way – this is something we’ll both admit and we can laugh about them. But it is experimenting and practice that has given Fran her own signature style of dressing. She can pull off looks from ‘chic’ to ‘punk’ without effort and is always in a pair of heels – even when she’s cooking a Sunday dinner at home or trekking around Borough Market! I love it most when she wears sculptured body-conscious shapes -be it vintage Thierry Mugler or modern classics- because she always makes things look new. What have you learnt from each other? FB: I have learnt so much from my friendship with Lyndell. She is a very positive person and always looks on the bright side. She has time for everyone, energy for everything and has boundless enthusiasm; she gives 110% to everything in her life. She is an absolute inspiration. LM: Throughout our friendship, a lot has changed in both our lives. I think in this respect, we are always growing together. At work we always have our ‘professional heads’ on; at play we are friends. We have learnt to trust and respect each other and to appreciate our friendship. Can you sum each other up in 3 words? FB: No, it would take a lot more than that! LM: Babe. Visionary. Sister.
Francesca Burns was interviewed on Tuesday 15th April 2008 and Lyndell Mansfield was interviewed on Saturday 19th April 2008. Francesca and Lyndell’s hair is currently dyed a subtle shade of pink; in the past, they have both worn their hair platinum blonde. The photograph on the previous page is one of their favourite pictures of them together, taken in 2007. ISSUE 1 — 55
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