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In the chair with… John Spanton

We had the pleasure of chatting to the wonderful John Spanton? Don't know who John is? Well, you're about to find out!

  • Tell us about your career!

I started in my home town of Paisley in 1984 at the age of 16 for a brief period before work in Glasgow and completed my training as an all rounder. For the next 7 years, I worked in a couple of salons which sadly no longer exist! At the age of 26 I went to work for part of the L'oreal group and stayed with them as an Education Manager for over 9 years! This was the beginning of my career as a colourist. After a couple of months off deciding what to do next, I applied to the only hairdresser I wanted to work for, Trevor Sorbie. I have been with him since the beginning of 2004 and now have the role of Technical Education Director for his entire company, including our Academy in Shanghai.

  • How would you describe your style?

I started in my home town of Paisley in 1984 at the age of 16 for a brief period before work in Glasgow and completed my training as an all rounder. For the next 7 years, I worked in a couple of salons which sadly no longer exist! At the age of 26 I went to work for part of the L'oreal group and stayed with them as an Education Manager for over 9 years! This was the beginning of my career as a colourist. After a couple of months off deciding what to do next, I applied to the only hairdresser I wanted to work for, Trevor Sorbie. I have been with him since the beginning of 2004 and now have the role of Technical Education Director for his entire company, including our Academy in Shanghai.

  • How would you describe your style?

I think ultimately I want to produce colour that is touchable; softer more wearable, beautiful colour. Creatively, the work I like is (hopefully) touchable, as it makes you want to look closer and see what I've done. My imagery over the last couple of years has taken a cleaner route, sometimes being more graphic as you can see in the 'Checkmate' picture.

  • What are you working on at the moment?

We are working on our education planning for next year already. Our art team are already looking at the busiest year ever, with greater demands from our education partners, shows and seminars dotted about the globe.

  • What’s your top tip for someone who wants to improve his or her hair care routine?

It’s not always about spending the most amount of money on the most expensive products, although I'd always suggest getting the best you can afford. However, make sure the ones you get are the right ones to take care of hair needs. It doesn't matter if you get the most expensive product if it isn't right for you!

  • Have you got a favourite Cloud Nine tool? If so, why is it your favourite?

As a salon colourist, it goes without doubt I ADORE your tail combs. I keep a stock of them so i'm never without one. As a creative colourist, it’s always about prepping the hair before I work, so the Original Irons are essential and mine are 7 years old and still going strong. My latest toy is the new Cloud Nine hairdryer The Airshot. I often work on wefts and need reliable tools to prepare them properly.

  • If people want to get in touch with you or book an appointment, how can they do so?

For appointments you can call the salon in Covent Garden on 0207 379 6901. For education or seminar enquiries you can contact me on johnspanton@trevorsorbie.com or through education@trevorsorbie.com

Twitter: @johnspantonhair

Instagram: @johnspantonhair

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