Trevor Sor­bie's new hair

Emirates Woman - - Contents - Trevor Sor­bie is on the sec­ond floor of the new Fash­ion Av­enue ex­ten­sion at The Dubai Mall. Book Ser­ena for colour or Fiona for a cut and a bouncy blow dry

Four-time win­ner of the Bri­tish Hair­dresser of the Year award and the cre­ator of the wedge hair­cut, Trevor Sor­bie has been styling women’s hair for decades. Af­ter his sis­ter-in-law was di­ag­nosed with can­cer, he launched his own char­ity called My New Hair to help women in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions find con­fi­dence

Tell us about My New Hair

I work with women pre­dom­i­nantly with can­cer or med­i­cal hair loss. We teach how to cut wigs. We also have two nurses that teach com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills be­cause when you are work­ing with some­body in this sit­u­a­tion, the con­ver­sa­tion isn’t quite the same. You have to be very sen­si­tive in the way you talk to peo­ple, so we teach that side of it as well. In the UK, L'Oréal have given me their premises and I teach 15 hair­dressers a month and we have done over a hun­dred sem­i­nars since I’ve started.

Why is a char­ity like this so im­por­tant?

I don’t know any­body else that’s do­ing what I do. Wigs have­beenaround­foryearsandyears­but­thethingabout a wig is that it’s made to fit any­one and ev­ery­one. So if you have very thin hair for ex­am­ple, it’s just too much hair in the wig. You can al­ways take it out but you can’t add it in. So we cus­tomise the wig. And we make it look as nor­mal as what the wo­man had in the past. When a wo­man loses her hair it of­ten af­fects her con­fi­dence, so we try to build it up again.

What started this ini­tia­tive?

My sis­ter-in-law ac­tu­ally. I had no in­ten­tion or any idea that I would be do­ing this. It didn’t en­ter my head un­til my sis­ter-in-law was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and she said: “Trevor, can you get me a wig be­cause I want to still look at­trac­tive to your brother?” So I put this wig on her and I was like “Oh! It looks like a wig.” You could tell. So I said: “Just let me make it look more nat­u­ral” and I just cut into it. I said: “Go and have a look in the mir­ror and see if you like it” and she burst out cry­ing. Tears of joy. And that mo­ment changed my whole hair­dress­ing ca­reer.

How did the col­lab­o­ra­tion with L' Oréal start?

Around the same time, I was do­ing quite a lot of TV work, makeovers and stuff like that. The TV com­pa­nies heard that I was do­ing this wig cut­ting and they put me on TV. In one year I had reached 40 mil­lion peo­ple. Peo­ple started flood­ing in for me to help them and it got to the point where I thought I can’t do this by my­self! So I went to L'Oréal and I said I’ve got an idea to help peo­ple by cut­ting wigs. They loved it.

What’s up next?

So the idea is to start it here in Dubai now. We just re­cently did our first sem­i­nar here for 16 hair­dressers. We open our arms to the pub­lic and give them a jolly ex­pe­ri­ence by beau­ti­fy­ing them. But we don’t give that mes­sage to peo­ple who re­ally need our help. I don’t think that it’s just my re­spon­si­bil­ity. I think it’s the in­dus­try’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and L'Oréal see it that way. That’s why they sup­port me. And one day, when I’m not here, hope­fully other coun­tries will have adopted that men­tal­ity.

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