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BIOGRAPHY | MILESTONES | PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

TREVOR SORBIE - BIOGRAPHY

CELEBRITY STYLIST WITH DOWN-TO-EARTH ROOTS

From barbershop boy to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE Trevor Sorbie is no ordinary hairdresser. Listed in Debretts and the International edition of Who’s Who he is the hair stylist who has won more awards than Nicole Kidman, travelled more air miles than Richard Branson and satisfied more women than even a decade’s worth of rippling Chippendales ever managed.

Pioneer of cuts and styling techniques such as The Wedge, The Chop and The Scrunch and innovator of professional haircare products for the high street, Trevor Sorbie has won the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year title an unrivalled four times.

His diverse catalogue of TV credits range from GMTV and This Morning to Call My Bluff, Whatever You Want, Through the Keyhole, Watchdog and the Channel 4 documentary, Faking It. He is the only hairdresser to have become so well known that his vocation has been a question on Who wants to be a Millionaire and The Weakest Link.

Contemporaries and competitors meanwhile hero-worship the fun-loving and unassuming Sorbie. A “brilliant career” created by the combination of “original thinking with superb technical ability” says Vidal Sassoon of his former Artistic Director. Anthony Mascolo acknowledges him as “one of the best hairdressers ever… both directionally and creatively”, while Patrick Cameron describes him as a “great mentor for many thousands of hairdressers.”

Charles Worthington, another household name, says “Sorbie is the individual who changed the industry’s agenda”, and Anthony Mascolo credits him as having “directionally and creatively put England back in the forefront of hairdressing.”

Yet, in spite of his legendary status in a world renowned for its precious prima donnas and pretension, in spite of his celebrity clientele, the dozens of glittering awards, high profile TV appearances and column inches in the glossies, Trevor Sorbie remains true to his roots.

The son and grandson of barbers, he was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1949. But on dropping out of school at 15 his dreams were of becoming a famous artist rather than following into the family line.

On several levels he has achieved this early ambition; his one man shows are unique in the world of hairdressing. A natural entertainer he keeps the audience spellbound with his eloquence and charm. Audiences are mesmerised for up to two hours by the shows magical blend of cutting, long hair and avant-garde. When not on stage Trevor spends many hours working with top photographers to create stunning visual images that elevate hairdressing to an art form.

He has not lost the “common touch,” however. Refreshingly candid and down-to-earth, Sorbie firmly believes in what he describes as “real hair for real people.”

At his prestigious salon in Floral Street, Covent Garden, he still charges only £200 for a cut – a real snip compared to an appointment with many other leading hairstylists whose fees run into double figures and beyond.

His thinking behind this value-for-money pricing structure is that although his artistic work in an all-consuming passion and he greatly values his celebrity clientele, he also wants to create “wonderfully wearable styles for ordinary people”.

The downside to such a conviction is that Sorbie devotees can face a wait of several months for an appointment with the man himself! However, he has gathered a talented creative team of stylists to work alongside him and they share both his philosophy and his approach to the art of hairdressing!

Meanwhile, all consumers can sample his trend setting product ranges including Trevor Sorbie Professional for women and the Mg (male grooming) for men. The ranges can be purchased in the UK exclusively from Boots and by mail order, as well as from his Covent Garden Salon.

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MILESTONES

Born Paisley, Scotland
Apprentice barber to father, Ilford
Opened a barber shop, Edmonton
Richard Henry School of Hairdressing
Stylist at Henri, Loughton
1971 Stylist at Selfridges, Ilford
Stylist at Vidal Sassoon
Artistic Director, Vidal Sassoon
Stylist and session hairdresser at Toni & Guy and then John Frieda
Opened Trevor Sorbie salon, Covent Garden, London
British Hairdresser of the Year
Created the Trevor Sorbie Professional product line
1986 British Hairdresser of the Year
British Hairdresser of the Year
1992 British Hairdresser of the Year
1999 Opening of new salon in Covent Garden, London
Relaunch of Trevor Sorbie Professional product line
Launch of Mg – Male grooming product range
Launch of Style Solutions international product line
Best Celebrity Hairdresser – Pantene Pro-V Awards
2002 Launch of Trevor Sorbie Professional Rejuvenate range
Launch of Trevor Sorbie Professional Long Hair range

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PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

2004 Most Wanted! Influential Hairdresser of 2004

2004 Winner of the AIPP Grand Trophy of the Professional Press 2003 awarded Cosmopr of April 2004

2004 Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List

2004 Listed in the International Edition of Who’s Who

2003 The Fellowship for British Hairdressing Inspirational Leader, 2003

2003 Winner of the AIPP Trophy 2003 in the Best Photo category

2003 Most Wanted! Influential Hairdresser of 2003

2003 AHFA British Master’s Award

2003 First Patron of Honour for the Fellowship of Australian Hairdressing

2003 First hairdresser to be awarded Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI)

2002 Pantene Pro V – Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year

2002 Aveda Master of the Arts

2001 World Hairdresser of the Year -Grand Trophy of the Professional Press - AIPP

Best Haircutter Worldwide

Most Newsworthy Male Worldwide (IBS Award)

Most Newsworthy Male Worldwide (IBS Award)

Finalist British Hairdresser of the Year

World Congress Hall of Fame

Living Legend Award New York

Finalist British Hairdresser of the Year

1993 Patron D’Honneur Lifetime Hairdressing Award

1993 Best Education Award (USA)

1992 British Hairdresser of the Year

Avant Garde Stylist of the Year

British Hairdressing Hall of Fame

British Hairdresser of the Year

Foreign Stylist of the Year (voted by Peluquerias magazine)

1989 London Stylist of the Year

Avant Garde Stylist of the Year

1986 British Hairdresser of the Year

1986 London Stylist of the Year

1985 British Hairdresser of the Year

National Hairdresser of the Year

1985 Joint London Hairdresser of the Year

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