Next up in my British Hairdresser of the Year series is Tim Hartley, a hairdresser with a huge breadth of experience and a fascinating story. He also has pretty cool glasses. What I love about the award this year is the pure diversity of hairdressers nominated for the accolade, so here is Tim’s story… Will he win the lusted after title in 2012?
Please tell me a little about yourself…
hairdressing for nearly four decades. I began my career as a barber and
joined Vidal Sassoon in the 1970’s. I was absorbed by fashion and how
personal style can be a very special form of self expression. I immersed
myself in the skills and techniques for which Vidal became legend and I
learned fast. For many years I held the title of International Creative
Director for the company and since leaving I have founded my own brand.
I am still absorbed by fashion, art and architecture – the 20th century
was a gold mine of inspiration and I am doing my part to preserve the
best of our industry’s learnings and forge them anew for a new
millennium. I spend my time touring the globe for education shows and
seminars and creating educational DVD’s and tools that represent the
best of all I know.
How many times have you been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year?
is my third nomination. It is a great triumph simply to be recognised
by your peers for your contribution to a craft form like no other. I
have devoted my life to perfecting our art and to be honoured with the
title would feel amazing.
Why do you think awards like this are so important for the industry?
important to celebrate. Gathering every year as an industry to
celebrate our accomplishments and to inspire each other is very
What do you love most about hairdressing?
process of creation, the sharing, the journey, the end result – I love
it all. Just the fabric and fall of hair as a medium for our special
form of art. Every head of hair is different, demands its own respect
and holds any number of possibilities. The natural texture and movement
is always my first touch point for creative potential.
What are your aspirations for the next 5-10 years?
am going to strengthen my brand and seek out even greater creative
adventures and alliances. I’m also going to build on my body of work and
library of learning DVD’s and professional tools.
What are your favourite products to use and why?
now I’m loving ID Hair. The range is broad, meets all my needs and
it has an amazing ingredient, Nordic Cotton, that the hair just loves.
What are your latest collections inspired by?
My latest collection is called Rare
Beauty and is my hymn and homage to Vidal. The man gave the world a
legacy and this collection embraces that purity and simplicity with
lines, layering and graduation. I also wanted to showcase the best of
traditional hairdressing techniques in texture and shape. I have a hand
picked team that I work with and together I think we created something
Why are you different from other hairdressers?
heritage and my longevity give me a fairly unique perspective on hair.
My career was born in the crucible of 70’s and 80’s Britain. That was a
unique time of social change and creative exploration. I believe it
gives my work a rare authenticity and a quality.
Tim has a fascinating career history and you can find out more on his website here: www.tim-hartley.com Stay tuned for more nominees in the coming days!