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A Life in Hair: Harold Leighton Wants to Remind Stylists Haircutting Keeps Clients

by Anne Moratto | November 14, 2017
Hair by Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton

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Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton

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Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton

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Harold Leighton
Hair by Harold Leighton
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Leading the charge for change, Harold Leighton, a hairdresser of range and experience accumulated through nearly fifty years in the industry, wants to challenge the beauty industry to look to the fashion industry for an example of how to direct trends and inspire hairdresser.

 “I feel that hairdressers are not trying to create beautiful hair, anymore.  There is too much long hair, too many center partings, and not enough attention paid to face shape.”

 Leighton is not just expressing a problem, as he sees it, but also offering a solution.

 “There are some very talented US hairdressers that could make a special group to lead and present, say four times a year, new trends that would help hairdresser give better service to style, cut, color and, yes…wait for it…new ways of creating curls that would bolster the salon taking. They, in turn, can communicate the trends to their clients and provide an even better service.”

 Coming up in an industry during the time of greats like Vidal Sassoon, Kenneth Battelle, and Michael Gordon, Leighton feels that the craft of cutting should remain at the forefront. 

 “It is still number one for your client; give great haircuts you make that client stay with you and keep them on your book.”

 For a look at a life in hair, visit Leighton’s Instagram at @therealharoldleighton.

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