This past week I interviewed David Kinigson, who is an amazing haircutter based in the America with great heritage in the industry. David has worked closely with great names at the Vidal Sassoon Fifth Avenue Salon,  New York in the 1970’s and Vidal Sassoon himself contributed to David’s iconic publication, The Hairctter’s Handbook. David was once described as the most famous hairdresser you’ve never heard of. This made me smile lots.

David is one of the founding members of the Intercoiffure North American Artistic Team and Cutting Council. His deep heritage gives him great wisdom and knowledge of the hair industry. This is what we are to be spoilt with in this podcast today. As someone who sees himself as a haircutter and not as a hairdresser, I had to get Davids thoughts on haircutting. He will also be taking us deeper into why we need to think inside the box, before we think outside of it. Plus he will share where he sees the hair industry in 2021.

Someone I first connected with on Clubhouse, I really enjoyed this conversation with David. He has so much to share and all articulated beautifully.



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Thank you to David Kinigson for joining me on todays podcast.

Until next Monday, Peace, Love and Smiles all the way… Goodbye.


Today’s Guest

David Kinigson is The Haircutter’s Handbook author an Authentic Cutting Education and critical thinker award winning educator. The first person to work at Vidal Sassoon Fifth Avenue Salon twice, David has worked closely with former International Director of Vidal Sassoon, Roger Thompson and been mentors by saison greats, Mary Lou Green and Vernon Keech.

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in todays episode with David Kinigson

  • 04 min 21 sec: The most famous hairdresser you have never heard of.
  • 05 min 20 sec: What is you what?
  • 08 min 01 sec: Think inside the box.
  • 11 min 15 sec: Is the industry thinking outside the box.
  • 13 min 24 sec: David’s rich heritage in hairdressing.
  • 21 min 27 sec: Why we had a lot of power?
  • 25 min 33 sec: Are we devalued as an industry?
  • 33 min 15 sec: Why David came away from being a salon owner.
  • 37 min 11 sec: Benefits to wet and dry haircutting.
  • 45 min 53 sec: Do we have a generation of hairdressers not equipped in haircutting?
  • 48 min 10 sec: Is the precision haircut relevant to a new generation of hairdressers and clients?



More on David Kinigson and Key References from Todays Episode
David on Instagram @davidkinigson
The Haircutter’s Handbook on Amazon
Intercoiffure America Canada


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