Monday, 9 March 2009

The Beauty Spot: Neil Moodie

Ooo, this week we have a man in the Beauty Spot chair. Meet Neil Moodie, hairstylist extraordinaire. When he's not styling the hair of the rich and famous or creating the next 'it' cut, he's busy working on the WAM electrical styling range that he co-created... Read on to find out more.

Who are you and what do you do?
Neil Moodie - Freelance Session Hairstylist and co-creator of the WAM electrical range.

What is your background and what do you think was your big break into session styling?
Trained by ex-Sassoon and Raymond/Leonard hairdressers. My big break was meeting photographer Corinne Day and working on a 10 page shoot with her for The Face magazine.

Describe a day in your life?
If I'm working on a shoot I try to wake up early enough to take myself and my dog for a run (someone looks after him during the day when I work) My assistant usually comes and helps with my kit and we go off to the studio. On arriving at the studio I will talk with the photographer/stylist and make-up artist so we can establish the look we are going for, this may involve using reference pictures as a guide line or coming up with something of which I would have thought about before. The rest of the day would involve creating images with the collaboration of all of us that everyone will be happy with. Occasionally I will go for a glass of wine or dinner after the shoot depending on what time I finish work. On returning home I will take the dog out for 10 minutes or so before going to bed.

Tell me more about the WAM styling range?
WAM is a bespoke range of electrical hair tools designed by myself and salon owner Paul Windle with both the professional and consumer in mind. It consists of a hairdryer, 2 sizes of straightening irons, 5 sizes of curling irons and a diffuser. We plan to bring out a new product approximately every 6 months. We wanted to design a range of products that filled in the gaps in the electrical market that we felt were missing.

What do you think are the big hair trends for Spring/Summer 09?
Short hair, long bobs and natural hair colours.

Who else do you admire in the hair world?
Michael Gordon (founder of Bumble and Bumble), Paul Windle, Vidal Sassoon, Leonard, Raymond, Suga, Trevor Sorbie and a few freelance people.

Which celebrity do you think has great hair and style?
Beth Ditto.

Any tips for our readers on how to accomplish a great blowdry?
Use a WAM hairdryer for speed and comfort, make sure you have the correct styling tools and products to achieve the look you want and always use the nozzle on the dryer, it makes your drying more directional and accurate.

What are some of the worst things you can do to your hair?
Brush it when wet, and comb it when dry. You should use these tools the other way round- comb when wet, brush when dry.

Plans for the future?
To be happy and make WAM a roaring success! And to design more Iconic Head Hats with House of Flora.

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