Hair-rais­ing re­quests!

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I’m sure you won’t be sur­prised to learn that many hair­dressers have ex­pe­ri­enced some odd re­quests from clients in the chair – but we didn’t think they would be as bizarre as the fol­low­ing! ‘A full-haired fa­mous ac­tor had to shave off the cen­tre part of his head for a film to make him look bald, but with long hair left around the edges. I also had to make him a toupee. That was a sight and rather a strange one for me.’

Nicky Clarke, Celebrity Hair­dresser ‘The very strangest re­quest was from the hus­band of a long es­tab­lished client who had sadly died. He called me to style her hair when she was ly­ing in her cof­fin, as this had been her re­quest.’

An­drew Bar­ton, Group Direc­tor The coolest, odd­est re­quest which to­tally il­lus­trated what the client was try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate was when I was pre­sented with a pic­ture of a hyena. Its fur is ac­tu­ally very di­rec­tional on the head, fea­tur­ing warm om­bré tones. Best mood board-to-wear­able-im­age for sure!” Er­rol Dou­glas, MBE & our Hair Hero 2013!

‘The most bizarre re­quest I have ever had was when I first started hair­dress­ing and one client asked me to shave in the name of the salon on both sides of her head!

Great ad­ver­tis­ing!’

Mark Hill, Celebrity Hair­dresser

‘In my time I’ve had a few odd re­quests when it comes to colour. I’ve been asked for blood or­ange when a client ac­tu­ally wanted a cop­per hue, burnt tomato for a cherry red, galaxy brown for a chest­nut shade and when it comes to blonde, you’re into a whole new va­ri­ety of de­scrip­tions. With the colour trends that we’re see­ing right now, I’m no longer sur­prised by the phras­ing of the shades that my clients ask me for.’

Lisa Shep­herd, Red­ken UK Color Con­sul­tant There is one bizarre re­quest I’ll always re­mem­ber. A lady once came into the salon with a pic­ture of her pet poo­dle as her style in­spi­ra­tion. Yes, poo­dle! We had a full one-to-one con­sul­ta­tion and took all her re­quests into con­sid­er­a­tion. In the end, we went for an all-over soft mink blonde colour and shaped the hair round the face for a softer fin­ish. The client was ex­tremely happy with the end re­sults and has been back in the salon sev­eral times since (with­out the pho­to­graph!). Mark Lee­son, Bri­tish Hair­dresser of the Year 2013 Nom­i­nee

‘The odd­est re­quest was from a client who brought her Afghan hound to the salon and ex­plained that she wanted her hair cut to the same length and tex­ture of her hound. She also wanted the

same colour.’

An­drew Bar­ton, Group Direc­tor

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