Icon series – TREVOR SORBIE – learn what it takes to be a master

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Tribute show 2014. Novello Theater London

Hi there my friends,  Icons make the hair world spin around and keep us motivated to do better each and every day.  Trevor Sorbie is one of my greatest hair hero’s.  Recently Trevor Celebrated 50 years in hairdressing. At the Tribute show Trevor’s artistic Directors made a surprise visit to say thank you and solute this great man.

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When I Joined Trevor’s Company I knew it would be life transforming journey and it was.  I worked hard and eventually became his Artistic director, this video clip shows my gratitude and expression of love to the greatest hairdresser in the world.

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Why is Trevor so great?  While a photo is worth a thousand words, what is more important is the man behind the images who is equally amazing (check out the film series LEGENDS) TO SEE MORE

I’m Not Just a Hairdresser film “The Legends”.


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Pioneer of fur effect in hair with wolf man

Virtues of a great leader Trevor Sorbie.

  1. Trevor’s commons sense way of seeing things. Oh so sensible!
  2. His vivid imagination, he saw beyond the obvious.
  3. Trevor’s creativity combined with curiosity, plus an amazing eye for design always had the Wow factor.
  4. Some things were Non Negotiable, he never compromised beauty for a trend.
  5. Trevor had the courage to stand out from the crowd.
  6. Trevor was a master of disciplined and determination.
  7. An ability to push and demand the best from each person that worked with him, average was not on his radar.
  8. His compassion and wisdom to give back to those less fortunate.
  9. Trevor always remained humble and gracious, regardless of his fame and success.
  10. Selfless he taught us to be our best Eugene Souleiman, Angelo Seminara, Antoinette Beenders, Ruth Roche, the Brooks team, we and so many more owe our foundational skills and expression of creativity to Trevor, he opened this door.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.37.16 PMIt is Trevor’s passion for creating beautiful hair that has lead him to be one of the greatest names in British hairdressing and famous for creating cutting edge hair styles. Trevor has passed this passion and inspiration on to the Trevor Sorbie Art Team, who have the won British Hair Dressing Artistic Team of the Year Award three times.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.34.20 PMAhead of his time, during his career Trevor has changed the face of the international hairdressing scene. His incredible artistry has been responsible for raising the bar in the hairdressing world, and has been instrumental in elevating hairdressing to an art form. His pioneering techniques and cuts – the Wedge, the Chop and the Scrunch are now part of an everyday salon life.

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Double page spread in English Vogue The Wedge

No other hairdresser has been so finely tuned to the needs of other hairdressers and their clients to always be one step ahead, to break down barriers and be at the cutting edge. His hairdressing is visionary, his shows always spellbinding, and his ability to win every top award coveted by his peers.
Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.25.44 PMDriven by artistic energy, he has always thought laterally, taking the obvious and by adding a simple twist has created a new concept which leaves an indelible mark on the world of hair.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.30.41 PMAmong his numerous awards, Trevor Sorbie has won the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year title an unrivaled four times. Having worked with Vidal Sassoon himself, he in turn has trained some of hairdressing’s most skilled stylists, including Vivienne Mackinder , Antoinette Beenders, session stylist Eugene Souleiman and fellow British Hairdresser of the Year winner Angelo Seminara.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.30.01 PMTrevor’s professional standards are second to none. His five salons located in Brighton, Manchester and London’s Covent Garden Richmond and Hampstead, attract the very best hairdressers in the world and his team all share his vision and passion for hairdressing.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.31.21 PMThey have developed a reputation for being industry leaders, all undergoing a rigorous entrance and  training program, overseen by Trevor himself (to this day every stylist who works in his salons has to pass a grueling entrance test judged by Trevor himself before they can work on the salon floor).

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.24.00 PM Indeed it is for this reason that Trevor only has four salons, as he always believes in being personally involved in the recruitment and development of the team and regularly visiting each one to ensure his high standards of hairdressing are met.
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Trevor was born in 1949 in Paisley, Scotland to a family of barbers. After dropping out of school at 15 with no qualifications Trevor began working with his father before taking a six-month course at the Richard Henry School of Hairdressing. In 1972, shortly after graduating, he got a job at Vidal Sassoon in London where he pioneered the new geometric look sported by style icons such as Mary Quant and Mia Farrow. Vidal Sassoon quickly made Trevor his Artistic Director, styling the likes of Rex Harrison and Paul McCartney.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.26.06 PMTrevor cites Vidal as his hero, saying, “his ideas were revolutionary and he spoke about hair with such passion and excitement, I was totally inspired.” While Vidal acknowledges Trevor’s career as “brilliant” thanks to his combination of “original thinking with superb technical ability.” Recognition of Trevor’s achievements span the hairdressing world with Toni & Guy supremo Anthony Mascolo referring to Trevor as “one of the best hairdressers ever…both directionally and creatively.”

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.28.43 PMDespite his achievements, Trevor has always remained candid and down-to-earth. Trevor firmly believes in what he describes as “real hair, for real people” and it’s all about attitude not age. His thinking behind this philosophy is that although his artistic work is an all-consuming passion, he also wants to create wonderfully wearable styles for his clients that make them feel and look great.
Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 8.25.19 PMThis has never been truer than with the charity “My New Hair”. Inspired by his own experience of helping a family member during cancer treatment, Trevor launched the charity in June 2006 and now dedicates much of his time offering advice and wig customizations to clients suffering medical hair loss. He also organizes seminars to train other hairdressers to also offer this unique service. To date Trevor has trained over 400 hairdressers across the UK and works closely with many NHS hospitals and hospices.

In October 2009, Trevor was invited to the UK Prime Minister’s residence, Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate his work with My New Hair, which was a great honour. However his greatest privilege to date was in 2004 when Trevor was the first hairdresser to be awarded an M.B.E from HRH the Queen of England to reward his dedication and services to hairdressing.

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Thank you Trevor for all you have given to us, the art, the discipline and while you have shaped amazing hair you have gone beyond and shaped lives for the better.   With Love and the greatest Respect  Vivienne Mackinder.

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