Q&A: Men's Stylist Hirst

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When and where did you first realise you wanted to be a barber/men’s hairdresser? "I realised it pretty young. I walked by a really cool barbershop in Leeds (where I grew up) and my mum told me she could see me working somewhere like that when I was older. Since then I realised that’s the route I wanted to go down, even if it did take me a little while."

Who is your ultimate hair icon? "James Dean. He’s classic, cool and iconic. If my hair was even half as thick as his I’d rock that style!" 

Who is the coolest person you've ever met? "This is a tough one, but my Grandma is one of the coolest people I know. She is uncensored, honest and unintentionally funny. Just wait until you hear the story about the cats that are ‘taunting’ her.."

If you could be featured in a magazine which one would it be and why? "Attitude. I love what they stand for and the diversity of the content. There’s a good mix of substance, fashion and fun."

What has the greatest influence over your cuts? "My main goal is creating a look that the client can recreate themselves at home. There’s nothing better than the feeling you have walking out of a barbershop  but if you can’t recreate it yourself (with a certain amount of ease) you quickly lose that feeling." 

If you could invite 5 people to a dinner party dead or alive who would it be and why? "Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jonathan Van Ness, Freddie Mercury and Michelle Obama. It’d be all kinds of camp and an absolute blast!" 

If you could cut any celebrities hair, who would it be and why? "Weirdly - Boris Johnson. What is going on up there is not ok so we need to sort that out."

Describe your ultimate day off... "I’m a big theatre fan, so working in London’s west end is pretty perfect! Take me out for a big  breakfast and a dinosaur exhibition at the National History Museum followed by an evening at the theatre and you have yourself the perfect day off."