Sally Brooks, 2018 BHA British Hairdresser of the Year
“This collection is all about the beauty of simplicity – the shoot day had a really organic feel where it was about capturing a moment of natural beauty and effortless style. I wanted the hair to breathe, working with natural undertones in the hair colour and simple textures that are not overworked, allowing each picture to have a beautiful moment of simplicity. One linen dress was morphed to suit the model and emotion of each image without being overpowering. Makeup emphasised each model’s natural beauty, while photography was muted and saturated so the finished look was like a painting. This collection is about all the elements working together and capturing simplicity at its best.” – Sally Brooks
- Hair: Sally Brooks at Brooks & Brooks, London
- Makeup: Lan Nguyen-Grealis
- Styling: Ann Shore
- Photographs: Jenny Hands
Q+A with Sally Brooks
Congratulations on being named British Hairdresser of the Year 2018! Your collection this year is quite different to your winning collection in 2017 – where did the idea for the collection come from?
I shoot my collections from my heart and I always like to do something different, it keeps it exciting for me as a hairdresser. This year, I wanted to do something more pulled-back and simple; I wanted to do something fresh and uncomplicated. I wanted something not over-styled or complicated, not overly retouched and something modern and relatable. I wanted to work in a different way, a more organic way where I worked with the hair on the day
You were a judge for the Hair Expo Awards this year – is there anything that you notice as distinct about the work of the Australian/New Zealand industry?
The Australian/New Zealand Hair Expo Awards is always fresh and inspiring, and should always be inspiring for the next generation to want to share their work. I love judging these competitions as they really showcase the unique diversity of creativity in the industry.
Who or what inspires you, both in the salon and creatively?
The team constantly inspire me. They are super talented and really funny and I always love working with positive, competitive people, as it pushes each other higher. Out of the salon, I love people that are good at what they do, whatever that is. I find them really inspirational as to how they think and what makes them tick.
What do you see as the main benefits of entering awards programs like the BHAs?
The Awards force you to have a deadline to shoot a collection. It is really easy to talk about what you would do but it is a whole different thing actually doing it! The Awards keep the hairdressing industry progressive and set an example for more people to come into it, and gives them a platform to get their work seen.
What’s next on your agenda? Any grand projects or plans for 2019?
I always love a project. 🙂 I am launching a documentary in January about the hairdressing industry to promote it as a profession for more youngsters to come into it. I have been working on it with one video guy for the last six months and we will be ready to launch it in January. I hope it will illustrate that hairdressing is a profession and not ‘just hairdressing’. I interviewed about 20 hairdressers and I hope it will be well-received. It showcases hairdressing in the light it deserves to be recognised for. This is what I decided to do last year to give back to the industry and in the new year I will be doing something else with this year’s award win, so keep your eyes out!