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Five Minutes With: Celebrity hair stylist Paul Hession

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Celeb hairdresser Paul Hession has styled more stars than you can shake a pair of curling tongs at. Here the stylist tells The Beauty Inbox the secrets to his success.

On getting into hair styling
I started when I was 17. I used to work on weekends and school holidays to earn a few bob but I never thought I would really make a career out of it. I remember the day I told mam and dad I wanted to make it my career. It was a Friday night and my mam was a little freaked out because I was just about to start my mock exams for the Leaving Cert, but my dad said if I was serious I had to start tomorrow. I haven’t looked back a day since.

On a typical day
My day-to-day schedule is pretty hectic. I still work on the floor cutting hair and I have an amazing team around me doing all the work that I just don’t have the time to do, like admin.

On what he loves about the job
I love people. I love to see people leaving our salons looking and feeling great about themselves. I also love that no two days are ever the same.

On who he would like to makeover
I love people who like to be adventurous with their hair, people like Rita Ora. She never has the same hair style twice.

On his top hair styling products
VIP by Kerastase. It’s a powder spray which gives amazing texture to the hair – I love it!

On his icons
My hair icon has to be Vidal Sassoon. I know he’s an obvious choice but he made hairdressing ‘sexy’. He revolutionised the world of hair cutting and his work is still amazing today.

On the big hair trends
Blunt lines are making a comeback. Blunt baselines and some texture in the interior shoulder length. Bobs are a firm staple. Colour-wise, multifaceted platinum, cool blondes, rose gold coppers and cool auburn are all big hair trends for the season.

On achieving his signature hairstyle
I don’t have one signature look. I think as a hairdresser today you need to be excellent at all aspects of hair. If you were to ask me what was my all-time favourite look, it has to be a bob. I love the perfection of this look. There’s no room for error – it has to be absolutely perfect.

On the worst hair faux pas
There are far too many to name. The number one that stands out for me is a haircut that don’t suit someone.

On his proudest achievement
I’m very lucky that there has been quite a few! I think two of the most memorable achievements to date have to be when we did the closing show for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy. It was one of most stressful things I have ever done but also the most rewarding.

My second proudest achievement definitely has to be opening our second salon in Clontarf, Dublin five years ago and watching it grow into the salon it is today, even though we opened it just as everything was going downhill in the economy.

On the best advice
My mam gave me the best advice ever: “Treat everyone as you would like to be treated yourself.” I still live by that mantra today.

On advice to up-and-coming hair stylists
You have to love hairdressing. It’s not something you can call a job, it is far more than that. It is a lifestyle. If you work hard the rewards are amazing.

- as told to TBI

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*Pictures courtesy of Hession Hairdressing

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