Ashley started his journey to hairdressing at the ripe old age of 12, when his Nan bought him a Vidal Sassoon step by step guide to cutting hair from a car boot sale. As a teenager he began giving his friends highlights or a new hair cut, often experimenting by bravely mixing up colours in the boxes. Born with one hand, Ashley was unable to go down the regular training route of an NVQ, but the TLT Academy, London, offered him sponsorship to train in colouring! Now, 30, Ashley has perfected the art of hairdressing and is fulfilling his dream of being a session hairdresser on magazine shoots. Check out our catch up with Ashley:
How did you develop a relationship with Akito?
I was approached by Akito scissors after they saw my work on social media and have been working closely with them ever since. Their products are incredibly well designed and beautiful to look at, they are always a great talking point with my clients.
What are you most looking forward to about working with Akito?
I’m so excited to be an ambassador for Akito Scissors! They have been super supportive over the pass two years and I can’t wait to get started on researching and developing new product designs.
What have you got lined up next?
In the short term I have plans to work at London fashion week with some great designers. As for the future, I would really like to work in TV, on a show like Strictly Come Dancing where you get to be creative and experimental. I’m also working on a youtube Channel where I will be sharing my views on products and tutorials on how to create a range of hair styles.”
John Allen, director of Akito scissors, said “We are very honoured to have Ashley joining our team. He is an inspiration, not only in the world of hairdressing.”
We adore Ashley’s editorial work and cannot wait to see what he and Akito get up to in their partnership.