Stuart Phillips photo shoot from the late 80’s, as an apprentice hairdresser!

This is my first photo shoot where I styled the hair from one of my model nights. At this point I had been training for around a year!
My second photo shoot. The crazy thing is, this look is ‘quite now!’
My second photo shoot. The crazy thing is, this look is ‘quite now!’
My third shoot. Back in the late 80’s some of the current hair trend was to twirl the hair on top!
My third shoot. Back in the late 80’s some of the current hair trend was to twirl the hair on top!

I originally trained at Vidal Sassoon salon in Sloane Square. I trained for 4 years and during my training I had to complete at least 3 models per week. To obtain these models, I used to stand outside Sloane Square station after work and ask people if they would like to receive a free haircut! If they agreed, I used to march them straight back to the salon or book them in for another model evening.

This was actually hard work as sometimes I would be approaching many people for over an hour and this was all done after work come rain or shine!

I found it quite a challenge as I had to approach people with good hair and also with good bone structure. You may be asking “if it’s just for a model (where I’ll be learning and improving my cuts under my  teacher’s instructions), why would they need a good bone structure?” The answer is simple! Whilst I was training, I treated almost every model as a potential photo shoot, so firstly I would have to do a great cut so my teacher would be impressed, then, I would ask the hair model if I could style her hair again on a different occasion for a photo shoot.

I have always remembered my first few shoots, as I had put so much work into making them happen and being an apprentice I had zero budget!

I think even back then when I was training, hairdressing was one of the most exciting industries around and to be fair all these years later, it still is!!

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