IN THE CHAIR WITH ROSS MCLAUGHLAN
Session Stylist, Salon Hairdresser and Cloud Nine Education Team Member – it is safe to say that Ross McLaughlan is a very busy man! Here is the inside scoop on his career, favourite trends and much more…
1. Tell us about yourself and your hairdressing career…
I'm Ross, I'm 25 and I'm originally from Luton, but I've lived in East London for the past seven years. I started hairdressing at 16, before taking a gap year and moving to London where I continued training at Taylor Taylor London. I then moved on to Jones & Payne London Hairdressing where I finished my training under the guidance of Ricky Jones and started on the salon floor. My interest in session work started at 21 - fashion was always a huge interest of mine so it seemed like a natural progression for me.
I was lucky enough to assist Leigh Keates (Global Creative Director of Cloud Nine) at a few press events, which is where my love for the brand started. I've also had the opportunity to work at Fashion Weeks around the globe, assisting some of the biggest hairstylists in the industry at some of the biggest fashion shows possible, including working backstage on the last two Emilio De La Morena shows at London Fashion Week with the Cloud Nine team.
It was a huge honour to be asked to join the Cloud Nine Education Team at the beginning of this year.
2. Which trends to you predict will be big in 2015?
I think more ‘lived-in’ hair looks will be a big trend for 2015. For example, waves that are hardly there, soft movement, grittier textures, pulled apart braids and plaits, loose ponytails and messy knots instead of perfect buns. I like that these looks can appear almost effortless, but still have an air of cool about them.
3. What is your favourite Cloud Nine product and why?
My favourite Cloud Nine product has to be the Waving Wand. I just think that the effects that you can achieve with it are so versatile - from beautiful soft curls, beachy waves or even just a kink or a memory. It is also really easy to use.
4. What is your top ‘Style Icon’ for hair?
To be honest, I don't really have a particular style icon with regards to hair. I try and keep up-to-date with celebrities, but I'm more influenced by editorial and runway work.
5. If you could give everyone one tip to help improve their hair-care routines, what would it be?
My one tip for everyone would be to have regular trims. It sounds cliché and a bit contradictory, especially if you're trying to grow your hair, but I just think that it is all well and good having long hair but if it's damaged then it's pointless!
Follow Ross on Twitter @RossDm_Hair