If you know anything about British hairdressing, then you’ll know that Robert Eaton has become one of it’s most respected hair stylists. So how has Robert rapidly risen to gain this status, and by doing so outside the hairdressing capital of London?? That’s the story I’ve got for you today, and I’ve got Robert on the show to tell us all about it.

Robert’s career started in 1996 when he joined his father, Russell Eaton, in the family’s Barnsley salon as an apprentice and he’s never looked back since. Now the Creative Director of the Russell Eaton Leeds and Barnsley salons, Robert is a multi-award winning stylist with accolades that includes three times North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year and two times L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy winner and many more. As a British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame member and Wella Professionals Global Educator, it is no surprise that Robert’s name is held in such high regard within the hair industry.

Robert is first-hand proof that by having the right skills and dedication can reward you with the fruits of your labours. As Robert says: “I do believe that no matter how much you think you know, there is always room for improvement. I love learning and am keen to always challenge myself, keeping my skills up to date and being one step ahead of the competition.”

In this episode we’ll be talking all about Roberts rapid rise in the industry, his family hair heritage and what it taken for him to become one of the UK’s most respected hair stylists. Hit that play button and lets discover that story to Robert Eaton.


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Today’s Guest

Robert Eaton is a multi-award winning stylist and the Creative Director at Russell Eaton salons in Leeds and Barnsley. Robert is widely known within the industry as a true colour expert and has extensive knowledge in a wide area of hair and styling, as well as being a fully qualified trichologist – making him one of the most in-demand hairdressers in the region.

Robert is the UK and Ireland Technical Director of leading global colour house, Wella Professionals, and is frequently travelling the globe educating in all things colour. He’s also a member of the elite Wella Professionals Colour Creatives, which means he’s often called upon to develop new ranges and techniques.

In addition, Robert is the European Brand Ambassador for electrical hair styling brand, Hot Tools. His role sees him leading the brand creatively whilst working on new product concepts – a position he is immensely proud of.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s episode 

  • 00 min 30 sec: Dom’s show intro
  • 04 min 55 sec: Robert’s journey into hairdressing
  • 06 min 36 sec: Robert’s apprenticeship at his fathers Russell Eaton Salon
  • 10 min 40 sec: The North and London hairdressing divide
  • 12 min 24 sec: An ambitious hairdresser wanting to entering awards and competitions
  • 16 min 37 sec: Why enter industry awards and competitions
  • 18 min 54 sec: Being part of a family business
  • 20 min 27 sec: Isobel Eaton
  • 21 min 05 sec: The Russell Eaton Salons and brand
  • 22 min 40 sec: Ultimately producing for the clients
  • 23 min 26 sec: Robert’s industry profile becoming recognised through winning awards, competitions and FAME team
  • 25 min 41 sec: The challenges of opening the Leeds City Centre salon
  • 28 min 43 sec: The turning point for the Leeds salon
  • 30 min 39 sec: Pressures of following in his fathers footsteps
  • 31 min 33 sec: A working week for Robert
  • 34 min 17 sec: Robert’s ambassador role with Wella Professional
  • 35 min 18 sec: Wella’s Colour Collective
  • 36 min 21 sec: The launch of the brand new Wella Professional’s Kolestone Perfect +Me
  • 37 min 28 sec: The hard graft to getting success in the hair industry
  • 39 min 33 sec: Exciting time to being a hairdresser
  • 41 min 04 sec: Becoming a qualified Trichologist
  • 44 min 36 sec: The future of Robert and Russell Eaton salons
  • 45 min 47 sec: One day to being British Hairdresser of the Year
  • 46 min 47 sec: What legacy will Robert leave hairdressing
  • 47 min 41 sec: Education with Robert
  • 48 min 40 sec: Find Robert online
  • 49 min 30 sec: Dom’s 5 Quick Fire Questions
  • 53 min 22 sec: Dom’s show outro