World renowned hair stylist Phillip Wilson is used to speaking in front of theatres full of people, imparting style tips that last year earned him the title of top educator in the world. On Monday, though, he elected to share his wisdom with a handful of stylists—at Trends Design in Port Alberni.
“I rarely ever do this,” said Wilson, the international creative director for ColorProof Hair Care. “I usually live on the world stage, I do 58–62 flights a year in 60 countries…and consult for Oscar, Emmy, SAG, TV greenrooms, for lots of celebrities.”
Wilson met the Trends team at a workshop in Nanaimo, and through his Vancouver Island distributor Marlene Barfoot, arranged to come to Port Alberni for a session.
“It was just amazing,” Trends owner Rosanne Doiron said. “It was an incredible privilege to have someone of that calibre to come to Port Alberni and teach in this tiny salon.”
Wilson taught the half-dozen Port Alberni stylists how to cut the classic Vidal Sassoon Firefly bob haircut. Sassoon, who died in 2012, is credited with creating many iconic hairstyles in the 1960s.
“He was teaching us to do the haircut but it’s all the techniques he taught us to do within the haircut that we can incorporate in any style.”