Rachelle Simmonds, together with Dafydd Rhys continued The Ken Picton salon‚Äôs winning streak in this year‚Äôs British Hairdresser of the Year Awards 2013, after winning the Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year awards for the fourth time- with their Monochromatik collection.
How did it feel to win the 2013 Wales and South West Hairdresser of the year award?
It‚Äôs an absolute dream come true. When I was younger I dreamed of being able to go to the BHA‚Äôs and then a few years ago when I go to attend ‚Äì I thought how much it would mean to one day win! Whatever industry you‚Äôre in ‚Äì if you dedicate yourself and work really hair then you WILL achieve your goals!
What salon product could you absolutely not do without?
I absolutely love Shu Uemura’ s Essence Absolute. It‚Äôs a beautiful product and works for every client ‚Äì I use it by the bucket load! It‚Äôs a luxurious product and there‚Äôs really nothing like it. ¬†I also love the Wax Blast by Redken; it‚Äôs a really unique product that‚Äôs great for adding texture and definition to finer hair.
What is it you enjoy most about your work?
It‚Äôs a clich√©, but it really is it true; there‚Äôs nothing better than giving a client a complete re-style ‚Äì making someone feel great about how they look is the best feeling in the world.
What made you want to become a hairdresser?
I always wanted to do something creative as I come from an artistic family. I was in 6th form studying fashion and art and started working as a Saturday girl in a salon; I worked two Saturdays and decided that this was what I wanted to do. 15 years later here I am!
What is your funniest story from your time in the trade?
The most embarrassing moment for me happened at the L‚ÄôOreal Colour Trophy Finals a few years ago. I was wearing one of my mother‚Äôs vintage dresses (little did I know that it originally came with an under slip!) and it was only when I was on stage under the spotlights and saw the faces of my team mates did I realise that I was stood in the middle of the roundhouse with my underwear on full display!