MEET TOM CONNELL
As the Middle East continues to appeal to international brands, celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie is the latest luxury salon to launch in the region, and Artistic DirectorTom Connell flew in for the occasion. We grab the mane man (sorry) to talk trends and discover what made him get hooked on hair at the age of 16. “My parents are hairdressers and my dad once took me to watch aTrevor Sorbie hair show,”Tom explains. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to do this for a career, I want to work for him.’” Dream big, kids.
The brand, founded by iconic celebrity hairdresser Trevor, has opened a completely Instagrammable branch of the multi-award-winning salon at The Dubai Mall.Trevor Sorbie Arabia boasts pink soft furnishings, green shrubbery on the ceiling and jars of sweets lining the reception. So cute. But not just a pretty face,Trevor andTom have brought over their lead stylists from the UK to ensure the brand’s stellar reputation is upheld (each stylist goes through an intensive training process).There’s also a menu of nail treatments available, which is such a simple yet brilliant idea for ticking off two beauty jobs at once.
As driving got underway, Features Editor Olivia Adams proposed a cheeky haircut, asTom and the team have been developing a hair technique called ‘invisible layers’ for thick, one-length hair. Tom describes this hair as ‘static’ and ‘not able to move well’.The method? Blow-dry the hair and use the points of the scissors – or a razor – inside the hair to remove weight and add texture.The result is lighter hair but when combed you can’t see any layers. Nicely done.
Who’s a dab hand at applying lipstick in the back of a moving car? A maestro at make-up on the move? Yeah, us too. So we decided to put beauty to the test in this way, grabbing various Grazia pals along the way. This week, we’re putting beauty in the boot and taking a hair detour. Buckle up...