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!
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
Andrew Barton, Group Director