Spanning over 25 years, Natasha has had quite a career. Her hairdressing journey started at aged 19 and she quickly worked her way up the ladder, buying her first salon aged 30. Since then, Natasha has juggled many different aspects of the industry; from running a successful salon business, and the whole scope of session styling, to education which has become a core part of Natasha’s DNA now. Traveling across the world, she has tapped into her color expertise to work with some of the biggest color houses and brands, delivering education and inspiration to stylists internationally. Natasha now runs a private consultancy for clients and salons looking to develop their teams and individual stylists who want to improve their skills in every aspect of their careers. “Sharing what I know to make other stylists the best they can be is of paramount importance to me. We are visual artists, we are also people that give an amazing service on a daily basis. This, we should never forget. We do it every day.”
To learn more about Natasha Rose, follow her on Instagram @natasharosehairstylist.
1) What would you term as your specialty within your trade?
Beautifully stylish and curated hairstyles, long hair work, and color. I think also finding other people’s strengths and giving them the tools to show it through their work.
2) What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
Probably sounds a bit cliche but I love it all. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my private clients leave my salon smiling and feeling great. I also enjoy the buzz of working on fashion shows and photoshoots. Teaching for me has to be the best feeling in the world though, to know you’ve helped someone improve themselves is a real achievement.
Hair by Natasha Rose
3) Why did you choose the path of hairdressing and was it easy to fall into this work?
Truthfully I fell into it. After a failed attempt at joining the RAF I spent 2 years doing a business and finance and secretarial course before this. I was completely bored and wanted to leave. My mum said NO WAY. So I chose to do a hair and beauty course thinking initially that I would be a makeup artist. But I remember the day I picked a postiche piece and we were taught to cut a baseline. I was hooked. That was me, I found my place.
4) If you had not made the decision to be a hairdresser what would you have been?
Potentially I would have been a PT instructor in the RAF or a powerhouse in the financial world. Seriously though now, if I wasn’t doing what I do, I would love to have been a hair, food, and travel writer. Two of my other passions in life are food and traveling and to write about that too would be a great addition to my career.
5) What is your greatest strength?
Perseverance I think. Nothing comes easily without having some of that in you. As a stylist, the ability to listen whether it’s a private client or a brand with a brief you need to get that skill down.
Hair by Natasha Rose
6) Your favorite hairdressing tools?
I love my Iles Formula Wide Tooth Comb to comb out beautiful waves. I’m not just adding that in for the sake of the interview either! I have a soft boar bristle round brush which I take everywhere with me. It has a beautiful wooden handle that feels so nice in my hand. I also can’t do without my GHD curling irons; they just glide through the hair.
7) Tell us about your relationship with Iles Formula. How you discovered us and which formula is your favorite?
I discovered Iles Formula through a very good friend of mine. He would say I stole a bottle. I would say he gifted it to me. He told me it was the best thing he’d ever put on his hair so I thought I should try it. The stand-out for me was in the blow-dry. The whole shampooing experience felt luxurious and indulgent but I never blow-dried my hair. Always rough-dried it. I now enjoy the whole blow-drying experience because it gives me satisfaction to watch the hair become this silky, smooth, and luscious mane. I fell in love with the range completely. My clients love it too and it has been said that Iles Formula has changed their attitudes to their own hair.
Amazing. Formula 3 – The Finishing Serum is now a firm favorite for my kit bag and in my salon.
8) What was the most challenging job you ever had?
I’d say running a salon in itself gave me the biggest challenges. I was also a busy stylist so ran a column. To keep yourself as motivated as you keep your colleagues and be able to run the business at the same time as well as having a family life was often challenging. I find though that the more balls I have in the air, the better the juggler that I am.
9) What was your worst hair moment and why, privately or on set/stage or in the salon?
This one’s easy! I could name a few scary moments on set or backstage for sure but this one was probably the worst. It was at the beginning of my career, I had just been on a brilliant cutting course and had learned a new technique designed to give curly hair more texture and body. I was excitedly showing my client how to twist the hair and use the heel of the scissor to lightly cut into the section. She had short hair and I chose to show her a section on the top of her head. You know of course what happened. I cut the whole section off and was left looking at her astonished face in the mirror while I held the piece of hair in my hand. Why was it the worst? Well, there was no going back from that. I was devastated. Thankfully, I managed to disguise it and apologize profusely but needless to say she didn’t come back again.
10) If you could style anyone’s hair, who would it be and why?
Paloma Faith or Lady Gaga. Probably because both of these women are powerhouses and creatives and I would be able to push boundaries with their hair. I’d also love to chat with them both. I’m sure their lives have been full of interesting stories.
Hair by Natasha Rose
11) Where do you pull hair inspiration from?
Gosh, inspiration comes to me in so many ways. If I’m preparing for a show, I will always have an idea of what I want to see. Clothing plays a big part in my development of the hairstyle so my inspiration often comes from fashion. For me though nature plays a big part in finding inspiration. The shapes and colors of plants, trees, and landscapes, open my mind to the possibilities to take those things and apply them to hair, whether it’s for a color choice or something more creative for a show or shoot.
12) Your advice to young hairdressers starting out?
Focus on what you want to achieve in your career. Don’t be afraid to say if you need help. Believe that you can and you will. Your career will have ups and downs but remember we are one of the happiest industries on earth! Fact.
Hair by Natasha Rose
13) Apart from the drastic salon hygienic regulations, what changes to a salon’s everyday business do you think will stay after the Covid-19 disruption?
Well, this is a subject I could talk about at length. I will try to keep it short. For me, everything changed because of Covid. I now work on a one-to-one basis with my private clients. I have chosen to keep it that way because my clients love it and so do I.
My business model has changed and I’ve had to adapt to that but it’s truly been the best change for me. I’m a much more relaxed and attentive stylist working with one person at a time. Not something I ever did on the salon floor before Covid. I feel like salons have changed forever. We have had to look at our businesses and alter them. People with big teams now work on rotas condensing hours into fewer days. I think these things may stay in place for a better work-life balance.
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