Laura Dawson, Stylist
HARLOW'S DEN, LEEDS
A Northern pussycat with a penchant for bygone eras, glamour & lipstick. With over 5 years management and 8 years styling experience under her belt, Laura has a real creative flair for those who like things a little different.
Specialising in vintage and alternative styling, your always sure to stand out from the crowd with one of her styles, cuts or colours.
Likes: Horror, Cats, Beards, and Accents.
Dislikes: Music Snobs, Rudeness and Gherkins.
Q & A
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A HAIR STYLIST?
The look on my clients face when they see themselves with their new cut or colour - you can see that they walk a little taller when they leave the salon and you can't put a price on that.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A HAIR STYLIST?
I loved the idea that in a generation concerned about having the 'perfect' aesthetic I could make women and men of all ages, genders, body types and from all walks of life feel fabulous through the art of hairdressing. As I mentioned in my previous answer - whether it be a new cut or colour - your client leaves feeling confident and fabulous.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE/STYLE/PROCESS/TECHNIQUE YOU MOST ENJOY DOING?
Being a stylist specialising in vintage - I absolutely adore recreating hair from other decades. The rise in popularity of vintage over the years is astounding which means I get to style so many more victory rolls, Veronica Lake waves, Bettie bangs and the like. There's no glamour like old school glamour!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF HAIRDRESSING?
My style of hairdressing completely changes depending on client. I'm keen on keeping up with new trends but also like to incorporate a bit of the old fashioned technique I love and covet.
WHAT TOP HAIR CARE TIPS CAN YOU GIVE US?
Because we do a lot of bright colours over at Harlow's we always insist on giving clients the best advice to keep their colour bright. It's really important to invest in a good shampoo and conditioner - most high street brands contain detergent which can strip colour and cause fading - same goes for high street conditioners being laced with silicon causing damage to hair when heat is applied! It means spending a little more each month but it certainly is an investment in keeping your colour looking healthy and bright.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE LOOK OR STYLE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2015?
I've seen a lot in magazines and blogs talking about pastel highlights. A bit of a modern take on the highlight, stylists are using pastel pinks, lilacs, and peaches alongside highlift or low lights to give the traditional highlight a funky twist. It looks fantastic and allows those who don't want to go whole hog with a pastel to inject a little colour into their hair.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 GO-TO PRODUCTS OR PRODUCT RANGE FOR RECREATING THAT SALON-AT-HOME LOOK?
We use L'Oreal mainly - as mentioned previously it's important to have a good colour shampoo and conditioner and L'Oreal Expert Vitamino Colour Shampoo, conditioner and mask is amazing for that. Being a vintage stylist I'd be lost without Pomade - I use good old Black & White to smooth out any stray hairs in a style, and we'd be lost without Big Sexy Hair Volumising Mousse - the product range is awesome and it's available in most hair stores.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION, I.E. ARE THERE SPECIFIC BLOGS, MAGAZINES OR SOCIAL MEDIA?
Hairdresser Magazine is always great to go to for new looks, and the likes of thehairstylers.com. We also try and attend as many hair shows as we can to see what's new and in trend with regards to cuts and colours. I take a lot of my own personal inspirations from old movies, Pinterest and bloggers such as His Vintage Touch and Lucilles Locks who are of the vintage vein.
FOR A CLIENT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THEIR APPOINTMENT, WHAT CAN THEY DO OR BRING WITH THEM?
For a client to get the most out of their appointment, what can they do or bring with them?
Pictures - lots and lots of pictures. The more the better. Communication is key in hairdressing but with the aid of pictures to illustrate the kinds of colours and styles you like - it's easier to consult and decide on a style and colour that the client will love. Pinterest is a god send for this.
FINALLY, AND IT'S A BIG ONE - WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE KARAOKE SONG?
On the one rare occasion I have subjected the general public to my singing voice it was 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - alongside my sisters and cousins. It wasn't pleasant and I'd advise anyone in an earshot of it happening again to wear earplugs because we are no Lauper.