1-2-1 with Malcolm Murphy
Some of the industries finest have been kind enough to give us exclusive interviews, with an intimate look at what makes them tick. Malcolm Murphy is on the spotlight this week and we can't get enough of him!
Who are you?
I am Malcolm Murphy and have been hairdressing for over twenty years. Three years ago I opened my own salon in Leicester. I am very lucky to have an incredibly talented team that regularly achieve national acclaim in the hairdressing industry and a salon that has been a finalist for 'Salon of the Year' and 'Best Independent Newcomer' at the British Hairdressing Business Awards.
Which hairstyle gives you the most buzz to create?
I'd have to say that hair extensions are definitely a favourite of mine. I enjoy all aspects of totally transforming somebody's look and giving them hair that they previously could never achieve. I've had clients cry tears of happiness after having hair extensions by me for the first time and there's no greater buzz than that. As hair stylists, that is what we do it for, seeing someone feel great about themselves and walk out of the salon with a smile.
Do you have any memorable moment / client or event?
When I transformed Lydia Bright's hair from a peroxide blonde bob to longer sun kissed tresses. This made national press with the Daily Mail citing it as being the 'anti Essex makeover'. This was really beneficial for the salon's national profile and helped to cement Lydia as a serious contender in the fashion industry and distance herself from the stereotypical Essex look.
What's your top tip for a SS14 hair?
Poker-straight hair is well and truly back on the agenda for spring/summer 2014. Chloé was the show that really put the trend on the map though, with ironed hair and preppy centre partings. The new C9 Touch is ideal for this look, sleek and sophisticated locks in seconds!
What's your favourite Cloud Nine tool?
It's got to be the Waving Wand, I love this tool and the different looks you can achieve from using it. From tousled beach hair to the classic 1920's marcel wave, the opportunities are endless and it provides greater flexibility and ease when styling. The waving and has been such a big hit with our clients we decided to post a how-to video on YouTube for the waving wand, that has since had over 3000 hits.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I am most inspired by my talented and dynamic team! Among them I have a Cloud Nine educator, member of Clynol Protégé team and KeraStraight art team. It's fantastic to have a salon full of staff that really do love hair as much as I do and strive for the best. Sharing ideas, techniques and inspiration helps to build a healthy and creative environment to work in.
Who are some of your celebrity clients?
I believe it is important to treat all clients in my salon like a celebrity. This is fundamental and at the very core of my brand. If the clients are being made to feel special and are happy, then so am I!
What's your best kept secret or favourite product?
I love Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER. It's a really lightweight mousse and is fantastic for prepping hair before session or salon work. Great hair styles are all in the preparation. I really layer the product on, turning the hair into fabric and making it really workable. It allows me to create Cloud Nine waves that last for days and can curls that can be instantly re worked to create a totally different look.
Which celeb would you love to style and why?
It would have to be RuPaul. She loves voluminous hair as much as I do and would give me free reign to be as creative as possible. As a hair stylist you cannot ask for much more than that. Plus she would really work it, she can pull anything off!