By Kendra Leaver-Rylah
Hairdressing chose Errol Douglas like a bolt of lightning, and for Errol it struck at the age of just 10. Over 4 decades later he’s still devoting everything he’s got to the incredible industry. It’s been Errols’ lifelong ambition to represent his craft, and pre-Covid travelled the world doing just that. Globally recognised and with a host of awards and accolades, he also holds the prestigious title of Patron of Honour for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing – one of four other hairstylists ever chosen to receive it. Whether on stage, behind the scenes at a shoot, educating, or acting as an ambassador, Errol translates his passion and dedication into showcasing the best of British hairdressing. He’s even been described as the King of Hair.
I love working in my industry because….
Every day is different – every day sets a new challenge whether it’s business or creative (I prefer the latter!).
I’m best known for…
My biggest achievement to date is…. In 2008 I achieved the ultimate honour when I received an MBE from HM The Queen for education and services to the hairdressing industry. Being recognised for my commitment to my profession has been the pinnacle of all that I’ve accomplished.
My top tip for any bride would be…
Practice makes perfect. Think about how you would like to wear your hair and be comfortable wearing it in that style. Have several trials with your hairdresser to ensure you are happy.
My top tip for any groom would be…
Be groomed! Don’t just get a really good haircut, ensure that you have addressed other hairy issues.
The hair trends I’m loving are…
I am still loving balayage and the freedom it gives both you the hairdresser creatively and the client in terms of regrowth. Style wise – beautiful gamine crops will always be at the top of my list, and my love for the French bob continues.
The podcast I’m listening to is….
Hillsong Church – it’s a globally diverse church which is committed to racial equality and justice for all and Jay Shetty – former Hindu monk and life coach of Indian descent are my go to’s for motivation.
My favourite place in the world to skip the crowds is...
without any doubt the Maldives.
And finally, what’s next for you….
Ah! So much – to be honest we are so relieved to be back and running profitably again in the salon (post-Covid) that any plans have literally been put on the back-burner for two years! Next for me? The reassurance that business remains at an even keel and the panic button that so often sets off our day in terms of world health reaches some level of control. I’ve always got an eye on the future and are always keen to keep pushing boundaries. I’m still keen to invest in the future talent by reimaging a salon which holds the standards of the Errol Douglas brand at its heart whilst immersing itself in cooler, edgier styling and colour to engage with a whole new audience.