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Cather­ine Hawkes is Hair Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Tips and Toes, with vast ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind her. Pas­sion­ate about her work, she de­vel­oped her ta­lent in Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion and has worked as a stylist and make-up artist in top Lon­don Sa­lons and for pres­ti­gious fash­ion mag­a­zines.

She has suc­cess­fully turned her pas­sion into a chain of hair sa­lons in Lon­don and Dubai. She has also won the Colourist of the Year award at Pro­fes­sional Beauty and other recog­ni­tions.

Here is an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with her.

Which iconic hair­styles are your pre­ferred ones?

I have two con­trast­ing hair­styles that I am in love with. One is the Brid­get Bar­dot style – soft messy el­e­gance and long fringe that frames the face. Next is the clas­sic 1920’s bob – the struc­tured clean lines with pre­cise edge. What I love about both th­ese styles is the ver­sa­til­ity they of­fer. You can play with the soft­ness of Bar­dot style and cre­ate many hair­styles in the back keep­ing that frame on the face. The clas­sic bob can be kept very chic and neat, plus you can do beau­ti­ful fin­ger waves to give more el­e­gance or make it mod­ern with di­shev­elled waves and a blunt edge.

What are the trendi­est styles in Hol­ly­wood to­day?

A blunt bob is ev­ery­where in Hol­ly­wood right now, celebri­ties such as Kim Kar­dashian, Dua Lipa, Jen­nifer Lawrence and Bella Ha­did have de­cided to chop off their locks (or rock a wig) for a cool edgy bob.

On what ba­sis do you rec­om­mend hair­styles to your cus­tomers?

I like to get to know their per­son­al­ity; of course, I look at the shape of their face and hair type, but I also need to know that the client will be able to wear the style with con­fi­dence. I mainly as­sess what her needs are.

How do you han­dle it when a cus­tomer in­sists on a hair­style you are sure will not suit her?

I would take a look at the hair­cut they want and see what we can be done to make it suit them – there is al­ways a so­lu­tion, and ev­ery­one needs a style unique to them.

What is the most sought af­ter hair trend cur­rently?

For sure it is the bob. It is such a ver­sa­tile cut that suits most, you can wear it sleek and straight or wavy, so this makes it ex­tremely low main­te­nance in terms of daily up­keep. The key to this style is to trim on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to keep those edges sharp and on point.

Do you be­lieve in DIY recipes for hair care?

Cather­ine Hawkes, Hair Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Tips and Toes.

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