Episode 043

Tom Connell

Podcast Length: 45 min | Date Published: 16th June 2020

I think that one of the great things about this industry is that there are many different roles that you can grow into.

Most people will start off as a salon stylist, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a salon stylist for your entire career as it can be very rewarding both creatively and financially. But being a salon stylist can [if you want it too] also open up other doors for you to step through.

Whether that’s to become an educator or a session stylist or to work in film and theatre or to work in the product side of the industry, there is a lot of opportunity for those with the desire, the ambition and the courage to pursue it.

My guest on Todays Podcast is Tom Connell Hair Art Director for Davines

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • The importance of being relevant and connecting with hairdressers no matter where they are on their journey
  • Creativity and where inspiration comes from… and
  • Believing in yourself

In This Episode:

[01:30] Tom, welcome to the show!

[01:50] Tom shares his background and how he got started as a hairstylist.

[04:07] Tom speaks about how his parents being hair stylists influenced his career today.

[07:40] What was it about going to your first hair show that made such a big impression on him?

[11:25] Tom shares his journey from a salon hairstylist to a runway educator influencing other stylists.

[13:42] He speaks about why he didn’t want to do session work.

[18:12] What is your creative process? What is your inspiration?

[21:08] Tom says you keep pushing and pushing until something feels right.

[24:34] Tom shares how music influences the designs he is creating.

[27:53] What is it about the Trevor Sorbie culture that produces hairstylists like you?

[30:23] Tom advises salon owners, stylists, and educators on how to nurture the talent they see in young stylists.

[33:38] Do you ever want to own a salon someday?

[34:55] Tom shares some conversations he has with his dad about the styles he does.

[37:55] Tom chats about self-discipline and how that is important in how he designs.

[39:43] Listeners, please like us on Apple Podcasts.

[40:45] Tom gives some final thoughts for our listeners.

[43:55] Tom, thank you so much for being on the show!

Thanks for listening!

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Special thanks to Tom for sharing his thoughts and creative processes with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!

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