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Fellowship Heads North

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:55

As the Fellowship for British Hairdressing prepares for its next event in Leeds, we spoke to Guest of Honour, Russell Eaton.

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing continues to spread its reach with events across the country, with Leeds, Edinburgh and Cardiff all on the agenda for the next couple of months.

On Monday 1 October, the Fellowship will be hosting their Hair & Vision event in Leeds; a night that combines hairdressing demonstrations with inspiring interviews from the makers behind the work about their methods, motivations and ideas.

The Leeds event features an inspiring line-up of Northern talent, with Russell Eaton heading the bill as Guest of Honour. We caught up with Russell to find out why it’s so important to get out of London and look to the rest of the country for inspiration.

What’s the hairdressing scene like where you are at the moment?

Business wise, Leeds is buoyant. There are a lot of salons in the city, but there seems to be enough work for everyone and business is constant, which is great. Leeds as a city has become very fashionable, trendy and quirky – there’s a lot of inspiration all around.

How have you seen it change in the last few years?

The infrastructure has changed massively. We’ve been in Leeds for nine years now and it is busier than we’ve ever been. We have had to build a clientele from nothing, and it’s been great to see the influx of bars, restaurants and shops in the city. Leeds is very much a young person’s city – its bustling.

What would you say to people that think they have to be in London for a successful hairdressing career?

When I started out in hairdressing you had to be in London, and there was a significant difference. But now, it is not just Leeds that’s churning out great hairdressing, it’s the whole of the North. Northern cities are so vibrant now. I make a lot of trips to London and the country is so much smaller than it’s ever been; I can get an early train from Leeds and be in London for 9am. The creative gap in hairdressing in the 70s was massive, but those gaps have been filled now. 

Why is it important that the Fellowship is coming to Leeds for this event?

There are a lot of people in Leeds and surrounding areas that want to be inspired and don’t necessarily want the expense or the hassle of travelling on a Monday night. This is going to be a great regional event that salon owners can bring the whole team to.

What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Being able to share my story and hopefully inspire young hairdressers, while showing them that nothing comes easy and you just must keep going and never give up. I don’t want to give everyone a history lesson but hopefully my journey is interesting. There have been times in my career when it has been incredibly scary, and I’ve taken huge risks, but you must keep believing and keep going. Ultimately, what I have learnt is that there is nothing quite like heritage.  

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