GL Awards

Q&A with GL Awards Winner Steve Barnes

Lauren Great Lengths

He was nominated three times and crowned king of Enviable Volume at the UK GL Awards 18/19 so we figure you could learn a thing or two from Steve Barnes. We caught up with this super stylist who started his career 10 years ago at Toni & Guy, to find out what he loves about Great Lengths and discover where he’s going next…
Steve Barnes

  • How did you begin your hairdressing career? 

I began my hairdressing career ten years ago as an assistant at Toni & Guy, Cheltenham. Once I qualified and had gained some valuable experience on the salon floor, I decided to move to Manchester and work at a well-established and creative salon; Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty. 

  • Why did you decide to train in Great Lengths? 

I decided to train in Great Lengths hair extensions after working in the industry as a cutting specialist for ten years. I was ready to take on a new challenge and hone my skills in a new aspect of hairdressing. 

My final winning look was inspired by Jerry Hall and 70s glamour. I wanted it to look luxurious and timeless, tying into the aesthetic of Great Lengths as a brand. Steve Barnes

  • How did you feel when you were announced as the winner? 

Already being nominated for three category awards, winning Enviable Volume was the icing on the cake. I felt recognition for all of the hard work I’d put in to becoming a specialist in Great Lengths extensions, and the backing and support I have had from everyone at the salon.

  • Can you tell us about any upcoming projects/exciting opportunities?

Earlier this year I won a place on the L’Oréal ID Artist Team. For the audition, I built upon my recent work for my Creative Innovation UK GL Award entry and gained further inspiration from the Met Gala 2018 and Alessandro Michelle’s Gucci Cruise S/S 2019 collection.  I can’t wait to see what other opportunities this may bring me over the next two years. There are also exciting opportunities in the pipeline to work with Great Lengths on some projects in 2019, alongside some creative personal projects. Watch this space.  

  • Who are your favourite industry artists and why? 

The amount of inspirational artists within this industry is abundant, but if I had to name a few that inspire me the most every day, I would have to say Malcolm Edwards, Indira Schawy, Efi Davies, Sam McKnight and Guido Palau. In my opinion these are some of the greats, but there are many more. What I love about the industry is there is enough room for everyone. 

  • What advice would you give to somebody starting out in the hairdressing business? 

The advice I would give to upcoming stylists is to receive training from a good, reputable salon and only work and learn from a team that inspire you.

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