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Posted January 11th by Design Splat in Hair Stylists

Todays feature is the talented hairstylist Carol-Ann Bennett.  Her work is edgy and for a newly qualified hairstylist she has an amazing portfolio and is bound to make it in the industry! Watch this space!

Hello and Welcome to the Design Splat Blog Carol!


To start the readers off tell us a bit about what you do:

My name is Carol-ann, I’m 27 years old & I’m a newly qualified hairstylist. I am currently studying towards my level 3 in hairdressing in college. When I am not in college, I work from home as a mobile hairstylist. I also work as a session stylist. Working at photo shoots and fashion shows.

How did you get into Hairstyling?

I never wanted to be a hairstylist as a child, I was a complete tomboy and thought hairdressing was such a girly thing to do. I never really realised the art that was involved.
I’ve always been heavily into alternative music and there came a time when music and hair just mixed. I’d go to music gigs and be wowed by all the amazing fashion cuts and the crazy slices of colour. It was here that my love affair with hair started.

Were you self taught of did you do a course?

I have been taught cutting & colouring whilst studying at college. All my hair up work and work with hair pieces is self taught. Avant Garde Hair up is my passion. It excites me. I am always thinking up and trying out new things. Somethings work, somethings don’t. This is how I learn.

Why Hairstyling? What inspired you to become a hairstylist?

I look at hairstyling as an art form. I’ve always been an artist. I always knew my life would involve art somehow.  There was no exact point, inspiration didn’t hit me like a lightening bolt or anything. I just gradually became more and more facinated by peoples hair cuts/colours & styles.

Do you think the Hairstyling Industry is difficult to break into? How do you become the best?

In regards to breaking into the Hairdressing industry I think as long as you have passion and determination you can do anything you set your mind to. I think you become the best by believing you are the best and seizing every opportunity that is put your way. You have to put yourself out there.

‘A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes’

What is your favourite or most exciting aspect about your job?

The fact that I can create something different every single time. The possibilities are endless.
That excites me greatly.

What surprises you most about working as a hair stylist?

The rewards & statisfaction I get. I never thought being a hairstylist would be so much fun.
I love all the different people I meet. From little old ladies to the most beautiful of models.
They all have one thing in common, they all want to feel good about themselves and I love being able to do that for them.

What is the one haircare tool you simply cannot live without?

Straighteners! One tool, so many countless outcomes.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I want to be working at a top salon as part of their art team. I hope to be working at big shows around the world and doing a lot of session work for top publications. I want to be well known within the my industry. I also hope to have shown a collection at the Alternative Hairshow. I want to have learnt a great deal more as well. I feel very optimistic when I look ahead.

Are you working in a salon at the moment?

Not at the moment. I am in college full time and during my spare time like to have time to do photo shoots.

Does fame attract you?

Of course! I want to be a big name in the hair industry.

What drives you/give you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

The ‘what if’s’ drive me.  Anything is possible, You just have to work at it. I work to the hardest and best of my ability everyday. I want to see my name in vogue. I want to work at London fashion week. I want to travel the world and work with the worlds biggest designers and models. All I need to do is remind myself that all this is possible if I work, work, work.
My family also drive me. My partner, Leigh makes all this possible. Leigh and my kids are very proud and interested in everything I do. They are always telling me how talented they think I am and this always makes me want to achieve more.

What individual products and brands are you addicted to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?

I use L’oreal professional & Tigi S factor products on a daily basis. I love L’oreal’s directional mousses. Everyone wants that big hair look, and this directional moose really allows you to get the product straight in on the root, which helps create great volume when blow drying.

Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty” How do you define beauty?

I think a quote is needed here – whatever you love is beautiful; love comes first, beauty follows. The greater your capacity for love, the more beauty you find in the world’

What do you think are best/worst trends in the hair care industry right now?

The worst are most definitely hair extentions! Obviously they have there place, but generally its young girls glueing weaves in which does so much damage. My favourite trend right now is short precision cuts. I’m such a fan of short hair on girls. It always makes girls look so edgy and fashionable.

How do you rate yourself as a Hairstylist?

I rate myself well as a hair up stylist. I believe I come up with original ideas and can execute them very well. I have only been doing hair up for nearly a year and can’t wait to see what I will be able to achieve after another 1 year, then 5, then 10. I believe with my passion and determination, I will one day be able to rate myself as one of the best. Then there is the cutting and colouring, to be honest, I am still learning. I have enjoyed my progression from the basic cuts and colours onto the more fashion forward way of approaching hair in my NVQ level 3. I have amazing tutors who I respect greatly and always boost my confidence and tell me I’ll do well.

What makes a good Hairstylist?

Creativity and an eye for detail. 🙂

Three words to describe yourself?

Fabulous. Creative. Driven.

Hobbies and Interests?

I love everything fashion related. Hair, make-up, clothes, photography. I love visiting hair shows and semimars. I also a mother of two boys (10 & 8) who I love spending time with and watch them grow into beautiful intelligent young men. I’m very passionate about the things I love. I’m a vegetarian and am very big on eating well and treating your body like a temple. I am also very interested in all eco friendly issues. I feel the hairdressing industry needs a big shake up on eco friendly products and techniques. We use a lot of chemicals, water and electricity and I think we should all be thinking of ways to reduce our carbon footprint within salons and at home.

Favourite Photographer?

I am not here to suck up to people. I like what I like because of taste and skill not because they are friends. I come across photographers work on a daily basis that inspires me. There are so many talented yet relatively unknown photographers that produce such high quality work. I won’t name names just incase I miss someone and I don’t want to cause offence.

Favourite MUA?

Again, the same as with the photographers really. I see work that just oozes creativity and inspiration on a daily basis. I’m planning on doing a make-up course in the future so watch this space! 🙂

Favourite Hairstylist?
I have so many! I am in awe of so many peoples work.
Robert Masciave’s work is always amazing.
Patrick Cameron is such a pro. He inspires me greatly & always makes me smile.
Anne Veck’s work always impresses me. I love her creativity.
There are literally hundreds! I could go on forever.

Tools of the trade?

Hairspray, my backcombing brush and hair clips.

Best and Worst piece of work in your opinion?

Best – My best piece of work to date is the rubix cube photo I worked on with an amazing photographer called Hannah Marie Williams. We talked for weeks about a shoot involving cubes and we totally pulled it off.

I have also just done a 4 page editoral for Edge magazine, I have had amazing feedback from people regarding my work. I loved working with Edge fashion magazine and hope to work with them again in the future.

Worst – To be honest I don’t look at any of my work negatively. I believe that everything I have done has helped me learn and progress. If things don’t work out quite as I had planned, I know to alter it for next time.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Hairstylists?

Believe you can do it. Education is key. Go to shows, read books, watch DVD’s. Consume yourself with knowledge. Practice your craft. Keep up to date with trends & fashion.
If you want it bad enough, MAKE IT HAPPEN!!


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Katie pink

i love the styles very uniqe wish i was talented

Hannah Marie Williams

Ive had the pleasure of working with Carol-Anne many times working with her on edge magazine and the rubix cube photographs she mentioned
she is so so so talented, as ive told her before, i rave to everyone i can about her!
shes going places and i get really excited about new work she produces
im a big big fan, hopefully work together again sometime in the near future!!!

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