1-2-1 with Jack Howard
This week we are delving into the mind of one of our many favourite stylists, Jack Howard, to try and understand what makes him tick!
Who are you?
I'm Jack Howard, head colourist and balayage expert @ Rossano Ferretti.
This year I have been in the Industry 30 years full time but I started out as a Saturday boy and always loved what I do! It's been an amazing journey so far, from the Shires of England to working in the States for 18 years - 10 years as a Senior Artist for L’oreal in North America, mainly in NYC, and now back to London as the head colourist, balayge expert and educator for Rossano Ferretti.
I've also had a few work trips to Paris, who knows what the future holds that's why I love this industry so much!
Which hairstyle gives you the most buzz to create?
Wherever you go in the world, what I call ‘A-list hair’ is always the top choice for me. Perceptions of beauty vary from country to country. Blondes may be a different tone state-to-state and country-to-country, but for some reason A-list beautiful hair is always the same from Madison Avenue in New York to Mayfair in London.
If you notice, the A-list crowd always goes for a more natural looking colour with a little bounce to the style and loads of shine - it always looks effortless and that I suppose is the trick.
Do you have any memorable moment / client or event?
Loads! After so long in the industry, some funny some joyful and a few sad ones too - that's life really!
One of them is the American Secret Service waiting at the salon door at 7.45am on a Saturday and me feeling slightly worse for wear - that was funny - I was coming in early to look after a Vice President's wife. And coping with the Secret Service that early woke me up!
Another was in Paris recently, looking after a Pop Princesa. I realised I had forgotten to pack shampoo in my kit and had to rinse her colour out with whatever I could find in hotel bathroom shower - that was a little embarrasing.
But the best feeling in the world to me is when I see the smile on a client's face - that's when you know you’ve done well.
What’s your top tip for a Summer 2012 hair?
It's all about glamourous soft waves and movement! For me , polished finishes always make the colour look amazing .
There is no doubt in my mind that Balayage highlights are going to be the big draw here in the UK and that look is finished perfectly with the original Wand.
What's your favourite Cloud Nine tool?
The wand clearly I’m in lust with it but secretly flirt with The O heated rollers but I can be fickle and somedays I just love The O!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Life around me here in London your senses are bombarded with imagery classic and cult like, a truly wonderful melting pot of creativity and cultures - my boss and mentor Rossano Ferretti has shown and guided me in new ways,a nd has given me that push that although difficult in the moment, you can look back on it and smile.
When I’m teaching around the country I get inspiration from the energy and passion of the people I’m with, its one hell of a rush and I’ve always had a love affair with the glamorous looks of Hollywood from the screen starlets of yesterday to some of the current trends we see today always leaning towards the look of super polished and glossy hair.
Who are some of your celebrity clients?
I have a policy of not naming my or the salon I work for celebrity clients. I respect them and feel uncomfortable using their names.
What’s your best kept secret or favourite product?
I always have a fave some I keep around for ages and can’t get past it when it's discontinued but that’s another story! At the moment it has to be SHU UEMURA volume maker! It's versatile super easy to use, effective and comes in a really handy size.
Which celeb would you love to style and why?
There are a few I would like to look after and its usually because I think I could make their hair look softer more natural - but again no names. I really don’t like to be hyper critical about other peoples work - it's simple really if I get the chance to look after someone - famous or not I want to do the best that I can do.