They start trends. They influence Hollywood style. They change the way clients visit salons. They’re 50 hairdressers who have influenced and continue to influence the way you do hair. Whether they’re developing fresh cutting techniques, promoting education or trying new ways of coloring hair, these 50 stylists have shaped contemporary beauty.
How did we pick these 50 stylists? It wasn’t easy. With multiple editors and outside sources weighing in, we could have easily developed a list of 150. But the 50 we chose are professionals who have had a true impact on the way hair is cut, colored and styled today. Although many of our 50 stylists could be labeled with multiple titles, we categorized them into the following areas: Innovators and Pioneers, Celebrity Stylists, Educators, Trendsetters and International Influencers.
For those of you counting as you read, you’ll notice only 49 profiles in the article. Number 50 is, of course, the man on our December 2008 cover, Vidal Sassoon.
Watch our exclusive video interview, Vidal in His Own Words.
Read Alicia Liotta's article, Vidal Sassoon: Living Legend.
Read on for an inspirational look at the careers and achievements of these amazing talents. Want to weigh in with your own choices for our list of 50 Influential Hairdressers? Visit Editor-in-Chief Laurel Smoke’s blog titled “Voice Your Choice” and tell us what you think.
- 50 Influential Hairdressers: Innovators & Pioneers
- 50 Influential Hairdressers: Celebrity Stylists
- 50 Influential Hairdressers: Educators
- 50 Influential Hairdressers: Trendsetters
- 50 Influential Hairdressers: International Influencers
Nicky Clarke Nicky Clarke
His Work: Trained by UK legend Leonard Lewis, also known as Leonard of Mayfair, he launched his reputation at John Frieda, where his first super-star client was singer LuLu. Cindy Crawford, the Duchess of York and David Bowie followed. When Nicky opened his own salon, Gianni Versace was an early visitor. Then came Mischa Barton, Sienna Miller, Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren and Jessica Biel. Parleying dozens of awards with multi-salon ownership and celebrity clout, he had the smarts to call his product line Red Carpet, as he sponsored the Red Carpet designer award at the British Hair Fashion Awards.
Why He’s Influential: When you converge cultures by cutting everyone from British royalty to the royalty of rock; snowball fame with TV appearances on Comic Relief and Ab Fab; and do good work, you touch the world.