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EP09 – Session vs. salon with Brendan O’Sullivan & Simon Webster

Simon Webster and Brendan O’Sullivan talk to us about how they manage their life on the road as prominent session stylists as well as salon owners where they run their own columns too. We find out what they had to do to land their roles in the session world and talk about working at fashion week shows and on photoshoots, as well as exploring how it dovetails with their salon work.

If you aspire to be a session stylist then join in the chat. Find out what Simon and Brendan advise you to do, to get to where you want to be.

On the panel…

Simon Webster– Owner of Simon Webster Hair in Brighton, Simon splits his time between the salon, educating and session styling.  As well as all that, he is also the UK Guest Artist for KMS.

Brendan O’Sullivan– Owner of Brendan O’Sullivan hair & beauty in Amersham. Brendan has over 30 years experience in the industry. He start his career at Sassoon, London, where he completed his training and has progressed to working on a number of fashion shows.

Hot topics:

  • Simon’s work – 1 mins 29 secs
  • Brendan’s work – 3 mins 40 secs
  • Clients understanding session styling – 5 mins 12 secs
  • Celebrity session stylists – 5 mins 35 secs
  • Portfolio career – 7 mins 48 secs
  • Fashion world – 9 mins 5 secs
  • Session teams – 11 mins 37 secs
  • Salon life – 16 mins 9 secs
  • Risk of loosing staff once session styling – 18 mins 33 secs
  • Session styling experience – 20 mins 12 secs
  • Choosing the right opportunities – 21 mins 22 secs
  • Shoots Vs Shows – 21 mins 38 secs
  • Styling products – 25 mins 57 secs
  • Sponsors – 28 mins 22 secs


Hosts: Nicky Pope and Lilly Cox
Guests: Simon Webster and Brendan O’Sullivan

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