Louis is one of UK's most sought after hair stylist.  Who, four years straight, has won the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards in categories; 2005 Newcomer Finalist, 2006 Men's Hairdresser of the Year, 2007 Men's Hairdresser of the Year Finalist, 2008 London Hairdresser of the year Finalist; with clients such as Dita Von Teese, Brian Ferry, Erin O'Connor and Agynes Deyn.   Publications: iD Magazine, Ocean, Obsever, and Zoo.  With New York and London Fashion Week approaching, there is no doubt that Louis will be on high demand with previous fashion designer clients; PPQ, Mulberry, Ossie Clark, and Biba.

Exclusively Fashion Magazine: Can you tell me how your career started as a hair stylist?

Louis Byrne: My career started in my hometown Northampton.  I left school and didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do; I worked in a bank for a month or so and hated it. I was definantly a creative, but needed to earn money at the same time, so I decided to go work at the salon where my mum and nana went to have their hair done. It all started from there.  I knew this was for me and I was good at it. I worked my way through salons to be Art Director. I just decided to see how far I could go with it and here I am still working at it, but now more in the Session world.

EFM: How long have you been a hair stylist?

LB: I started at 16 and I’m now 29, so 13 years.

EFM: Tell me something that you love about your job?

LB: I love that my job is so full of verity.  One day I’m working in the salon, the next shooting with Carl Lagerfeld or shooting on a beach.  I’m the Maldives or backstage at a showits crazy!!!

EFM: Do you think that it can be difficult to be a successful hairstylist (working at fashion shows, editorials, etc?)

LB: I think when you decide to work more in the fashion industry you have to assist the best to learn your craft. Session styling is very different than working in a salon. I still assist as much as I can. Just work hard and enjoy.

EFM: Before launching out on your own, who did you assist?

LB: I still do assist Sam McKnight a lot.  You get to work with the best of the best all the time.

EFM: What tips can you give to keep hair healthy and shinny?

LB: Use good quality products and don’t over style your hair with heat; get a great cut then you won’t need to heat style too much easy sexy soft hair….

EFM: Tell me something that no one knows about you?

LB: I can never say NO to anything….

EFM: What advice can you give to the aspiring hair stylists?

LB: Keep going don’t give up, it’s tough but so worth it when you can start to earn money from your work.  Approach all the agency’s so they know that you want to assist and work hard, be yourself.


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Interview by Rochell “E” James


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