Meet the team… Ben

benWe love getting to know our clients when they come into the salon; it helps us to recommend the best styles to suit their personalities and lifestyles. But is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite Stylist or Colourist?

From common problems to top trend tips, find out more about our marathon-running, bob expert Ben, who is the team’s newest member and Style Director.

  1. Hairdressing for how long?
    I’ve got 10 years’ salon experience; I started off working as a Saturday assistant and fell in love with the salon buzz.
  2. Specialism?
    It’s cutting over colouring for me. It’s incredible how a good cut can change someone’s look and attitude.
  3. Most common client problem?
    Hair lacking life, which can be solved with a good product prescription – Kerastase, of course – and a great hair cut. Hair is the first thing people notice so make sure you invest!
  4. Your one piece of advice for clients thinking of changing their style?
    Be open to ideas and don’t be afraid to let a professional do what they see fit. Lots of people stick with the same style as it’s safe, but it might not always be right.
  5. Top trends this season?
    Classic looks such as bobs always win for me. They are easy to manage and yet look powerful and sexy. Team it with gorgeous autumnal colours. If you don’t want a style change, add a fringe; it’s the perfect winter accessory.
  6. Your hair and beauty routine?
    I like to keep it very simple: face wash and moisturiser by Kiehl’s, then I apply label.m Power Paste on towel dried hair, fresh out of the shower. No fuss!
  7. Style icon?
    It has to be Beckham: simple and classic.
  8. Claim to fame?
    I’ve worked backstage at London Fashion Week, as well as high profile competitions and photo shoots.
  9. Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
    Five years ago I left hairdressing and joined the Royal Marines, but realised the military life wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve really started to love running; last year I ran the Marathon des Sables, which is a 250km race through the Sahara desert. Now every morning starts at 6am with a run.
  10. The best thing about working at Laura Leigh?
    The stunning environment, friendly team and exciting clients. The job satisfaction I get is incredible; making people smile and feel great is pretty special.
  11. Favourite product/service?
    Kerastase Mousse Bouffante, which adds volume from root to tip, with a gorgeous natural bounce; and the Elixir Ultime Hair Oil, which deeply nourishes hair to control frizz, boost shine and reduce the appearance of split ends. It’s so versatile and suitable for all hair types; it can be used pre or post blow dry, as well as throughout the day for a nourishing pick-me-up.
  12. And finally, who does your hair?
    I have my hair cut every two weeks and Tom gets that privilege!

To book in with Ben, please call the salon on 01242 530598 or book online.

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