2018 Hair Expo SA-Tas Hairdresser of the Year
- Hairdresser: Sam James
- Colourist: Sam James
- Photographer: Haley Renee
- Makeup Artist: Nicole Bratis
- Stylist: Greta Kate
- Salon: Orbe North Adelaide
Q+A with Sam
How did it feel when your name was announced as the SA-Tas Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards?
To be honest, very emotional. I really tried hard not to show all of that but this has been something I’ve been chasing for many years, and what it means all came flooding to me. The incredible honour of being recognised by so many heroes in the industry was overwhelming, especially as Jayne Wilde herself read my name out and presented me with the award.
Why is entering the Hair Expo Awards important to you?
When you have to present to your industry idols, that have inspired you for so long, exactly what it is that you’re doing for the industry – the journey you’re on and the work you’re creating – it’s probably the most uncomfortable and vulnerable feeling ever. For me, the best drive and growth comes from this; I push harder and I think bigger.
Can you tell us a bit about where the idea behind your collection came from?
It’s always something artsy for me; colour, texture, form. So last year I travelled to Barcelona, and knitted into the unmistakable urban fabric are some of the most incredibly bold and imaginative architectural forms in history – designed by legendary modernist architect and designer, Antoni Gaudí. I was mesmerised by the mosaics, continuous curved lines, woven patterns and overall fluidity and it started from there.
Who are your ultimate hair heroes?
In our industry, there is so much talent and inspiration. Of course, Angelo Seminara who I got to spend the day with at Hair Expo this year was overwhelming and new ideas have come in tidal waves since then. But I also get inspired by a lot of my students that I have in my workshops. If they try something new or adapt what we’re working on, it re-motivates me. And of course, my team at Lil’ off the Top. When we collaborate, it’s the most awesome feeling. We’ve had some real hero moments around each other.
Do you have any advice for those thinking about entering the awards in 2019?
Don’t start late and just “give it a crack.” Know you deserve it when you’re putting your entry together. Keep the questions in your mind throughout the year so you’re actively doing those things. Then, when you start writing it all out and reminiscing you will feel so accomplished, it won’t be about the win it’ll be about feeling worthy enough to put a submission together after achieving so much.