Episode 115

Paul Stafford

Podcast Length: 1hr 7 min | Date Published: 16th November 2021

It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life.

For some people, hairdressing is just a job. For others, it becomes a reflection of who they are and an avenue to channel their creativity, personality, and their passion. 

In other words, “It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life”. 

As a client when you meet someone who really loves their job you know that they bring something special with them. You might call it passion or pride but either way, it’s a deeper level of commitment to consistently give you their best.

And as a hairdresser when you meet someone like that, it reminds you why you started in the first place.

My guest on this episode is many times awarded hairdresser and salon owner Paul Stafford from ‘Stafford Hair’ in Belfast Northern Ireland. You will go a long way to find someone more open, honest and passionate, about his journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way.   

In this episode we discuss:

  • How where you grow up influences your beauty aesthetic
  • The meaning of style
  • Dealing with bankruptcy
  • The importance of salons

And lots more! 


In this Episode:


[03:01] The experience that opened Paul’s eyes to the beauty and power of a hair salon. 

[06:02] Paul shares what led him to his first job in a salon. 

[11:13] Inspiration behind Paul’s short film, This Modern Life. 

[19:22] How street culture has influenced Paul’s work and life. 

[22:29] The book that changed Paul’s outlook on everything. 

[25:27] Examples of the people who Paul draws elements of his style from. 

[30:34] Leisa’s (Paul’s wife) instrumental role at Stafford Hair, and how it has changed over time. 

[35:42] Paul explains what he learns from his children, and why this is important for his work. 

[38:14] How Paul’s family has supported him through difficult times. 

[41:08] Conditions that led to Paul’s bankruptcy in 2012.

[44:04] What Paul found to be the most difficult part about going bankrupt. 

[45:27] How the bankruptcy impacted Paul’s mindset. 

[48:29] Paul’s struggles with alcohol, and the moment which drove him to overcome them. 

[54:25] Challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brought about for Stafford Hair. 

[58:40] A positive outcome of the pandemic for Paul. 

[58:57] Why salons, and the salon industry, are such important spaces. 

[1:04:32] Where you can connect with the most stylish man in hairdressing!  


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Special thanks to Paul for sharing his insights with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!




Links and Resources:


Grow My Salon Business 

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Stafford Hair

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Paul Stafford


On the Road by Jack Kerouac 


This Modern Life

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