Meet Color Zoom UK Gold Winner: Lydia Wolfe

Natasha Goldwell

Beginning of October, Goldwell’s Color Zoom global final will take place in Toronto, Canada. While we’re eagerly anticipating the event, we can’t imagine how those representing the UK in the finals must be feeling! Lydia Wolfe won gold for creative colour at the UK final, and we spoke with her about her winning look:

Lydia’s 2018 entry

How did you interpret the unique Elemental theme?
The first thing that struck me was the earthy tones, complimented by muted pastels shades and the raw texture of the styling and cuts. I am not a minimalist, but the minimalism meets maximalism aspect of the trend was really fun to interpret.

What were the key techniques used in your look?
Sectioning was key and I used the same sections for both my colour and cut. The key was the ‘fit to flare’ shape in the sectioning and creating conscious disconnections.
How does it feel to be the gold winner in your category?
Indescribable. Last year I had the honour of taking UK Gold in the New Talent Category. I never thought for one moment when I entered this year in Creative that I would be so lucky to take Gold second year running.
What are you most looking forward to in Toronto?
Seeing the other entrants and absorbing the different takes on the Elemental trend from around the globe.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking to enter the next Color Zoom competition?
The typical “go for it!”. Really immerse yourself in the trend, research in depth the theme collection and analyse it to the nth degree!

Lydia Wolfe

Who from the industry inspires you?
I’m inspired all the time. Up and coming hairdressers astound me with their talent. I love how many people are willing to share their skills and support other stylists, but I have drawn so much inspiration from my mentors Beverly C MBE and Neil Barton.

What do you think is set to be the next big thing in hairdressing?
I’ve seen and enormous surge in women shaving their heads which can only be followed lots of beautiful super short crops through the growing out process.

Lydia and her model

What’s your go to hairstyle for yourself?
I’ve been sporting various versions of a mullet for the past two years. I’ve always wanted long hair but am too easily bored. This way I get the best of both worlds.

Which three tools/products can’t you live without?
Goldwell’s Pure Pigments for creating colours with that something ‘extra’ and the shine is out of this world. Kerasilk styling Accentuating Cream is such a light product with a beautiful shine and smells incredible I want to bottle it and wear it as a perfume. Lastly, Rich Repair 60 second treatment transforms the hair instantly. 
If you were on a desert island which one item from your kit would you bring?
Just my scissors for when my fringe gets in my eyes!
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