Quite simply, Angelo Seminara is a hairdressing genius! Admired internationally for his imagination, skill and creative drive, I’m positively made up to have the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with one of hairdressings most captivating hairstylists of our generation; Angelo Seminara!

Angelo’s approach to hair is that of an artist, designer or inventor, imaginatively translating observations of the world into stunningly original shapes and colours. An avid photographer and collector of art and design books, Angelo brings a range of influences to bear on his work, and is constantly pushing the boundaries.

Hairdressing legend and previous guest of the How To Cut It Show, Trevor Sorbie MBE once said of Angelo, “Every now and again someone comes along who changes the agenda. Angelo has such a passion and a commitment to his work, hairdressing is not his job – it’s his life.’ How major is that! So, with this in mind I’m going to get deep into Angelo’s background, what makes him tick as a hairdresser, and learn more on his future plans.

If your an ambitious hairdresser or barber wanting to get to the top, then this episode with Angelo is about to blow your mind on what it takes to become, literally, the very best in the business! Tune in, it’s off the scale in awesomeness!

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Special thanks to Angelo Seminara for joining me today. Until next time!

Today’s Guest

Four times winner of the BHA British Hairdresser of the Year Award (2007, 2010, 2012 and 2016) and two times winner of the Grand Trophy AIPP Award (2012 and 2016), his work is hugely influential and is avidly followed by hair professionals, photographers, stylists and models the world over. Angelo quickly gained a great reputation in the fashion arena. Paris, New York, London and Milan fashion weeks soon featured on his itinerary, working on runway looks for Chanel, Valentino, Hermes, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood… the list rolls on.

Alongside a remarkable celebrity client-list, Seminara is Artistic Director for the innovative Italian brand Davines Spa. After taking up the position in 2011, Seminara began ground-breaking research into new hair colouring techniques and invented a new innovative colour instrument, Flamboyage, in 2012. After 3 years research and constant attempts and re-formulations Davines’ and Angelo’s creative union led to the launch of a new range of hair products, ‘Your Hair Assistant” in 2016, to critical acclaim.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in this interview

  • 2 min 55 sec: Angelo’s new purpose built studio space
  • 5 min 43 sec: Angelo’s early hairdressing background
  • 10 min 01 sec: Early training in barbering
  • 12 min 12 sec: Why a love for doing clients hair
  • 14 min 16 sec: The crossover from barbering to hairdressing for ladies
  • 16 sec 06 min: Moving to Toni & Guy in Rome, Italy
  • 18 min 16 sec: Hairdressers who influenced Angelo
  • 20 min 06 sec: Moving to London, England to learn
  • 21 min 54 sec: Entrance test for Vidal Sassoon
  • 24 min 44 sec: A curious Angelo
  • 28 min 22 sec: Getting to work with his hero, Trevor Sorbie
  • 33 min 29 sec: Angelo’s notebooks of ideas
  • 34 min 40 sec: Working at Trevor Sorbie and the colleague he worked alongside
  • 37 min 55: Vardering at Trevor Sorbie
  • 40 min 56 sec: Sharing and protecting of ideas
  • 48 min 14 sec: The moment Angelo felt his career had changed
  • 46 min 07 sec: The difficulties of travelling
  • 48 min 27 sec: Leaving Trevor Sorbie
  • 49 min 58 sec: Working with Davines
  • 55 min 21 sec: Your Hair Assistant
  • 58 min 20 sec: Angelo’s team
  • 1 hr 1 min 51 sec: Hair colourists who understands all around
  • 1 hour 3 min 15 sec: The future for Angelo
  • 1 hour 4 min o4 sec: Dom’s Quick Fire Questions