Soon, he was behind the chair, attending shows, teaching private classes and educating himself on the industry. In 1990, he went to work with ABBA and names Alan Benfield Bush, ABBA founder, as an early influence. “Alan taught me a true understanding of the art form of hair design.”
A New Path
He was a salon owner until Hurricane Katrina changed everything in 2005; clients couldn’t afford salon visits anymore. Hardy decided to make a change and moved to California in 2006.
Today, Hardy’s work as Artistic Creative Director with Sexy Hair means designing and teaching two yearly collections, while advising stylists on how to succeed in a fast-paced business. He has traveled to 20 countries and six continents encouraging and motivating stylists.
“This industry is changing every season and if you don’t change with it you will fi nd yourself playing catch-up. Don’t wait, don’t procrastinate, don’t miss an opportunity. Today’s consumer can tell if someone is second guessing themselves. So, hone your skills. But don’t ever think you have it because as the saying goes: When you’re green, you’re growing and when you’re ripe, you’re rotten.”