If learning about British hairdressings heritage and being inspired by all of it’s icons matters to you, then I know you’re going to love this episode. Joining me today is Andrew Collinge, one of the most celebrated and iconic names to come out of British hairdressing in the last 35 years.

Chairman and Creative Director of the fourth generation Collinge Hairdressing, this successful North West of England established salon group employees over 120 people. With Andrew formerly crowned twice British Hairdresser of the Year, and along with his wife Liz Collinge was the original make-over team on the new daytime show This Morning, it’s awe-inspiring on all that he has achieved in the industry. If you’re wondering, “How has Andrew achieved all this and more in his illustrious career?”, stick around – Andrew is about to share with you his amazing story behind it.

Andrew’s company is steeped in history, dating back to 1910 when Andrew’s grandfather, Wilfred, began his career as a trainee barber and his father, the legendary Peter Collinge, opening the first salon in Liverpool in 1975. In this listen today, we will also get to learn about Andrews early beginnings to his career, and how the heady days of the 80’s and 90’s saw him and other leading hairdressers of the time become major national celebrities, in this vintage period of British hairdressing!

Now focusing much of his time overseeing the growth of his salon groups and developing and training the next generation of hairdressers through the Collinge Graduate salons, Andrew says, “Hairdressing is a great gift which we recognise and share.” – something that he continues to do in large amounts!

Andrew’s story is an amazing insight into one one of British hairdressings most iconic and loved names to come out of our industry in the last 35 years. It’s a back catalogue to the heritage of our craft, and one that we all owe to ourselves to listen in to. You won’t regret it!


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Today’s Guest

Andrew  Collinge – Chairman and Creative Director Andrew Collinge Hairdressing.

1984/5/6 Midland Hairdresser of the Year (pre North West Category)
1987 First hairdresser to enter the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame
1993 British Hairdresser of the Year
1997 British Hairdresser of the Year
2000 Paris . First British Hairdresser to win the AIPP Grand Trophy

1996- 1998 President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Fellowship for British Hairdessing

2008 Winner of the Weakest Link!

Show notes:

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

  • >> 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • >> 05 min 02 sec: Ambition offers no bounds.
  • >> 07 min 05 sec: The two minute updo.
  • >> 11 min 27 sec: Keeping the relevant in hairdressing.
  • >> 13 min 09 sec: Being part of the local community.
  • >> 20 min 52 sec: The early story to Andrew and Peter Collinge hairdressing heritage.
  • >> 27 min 07 sec: The City of Liverpool.
  • >> 29 min 14 sec: Andrew coming into hairdressing.
  • >> 35 min 25 sec: An exciting era of British hairdressing.
  • >> 39 min 36 sec: The Andrew Collinge salons.
  • >> 42 min 31 sec: Andrews wife, Liz Collinge.
  • >> 43 min 52 sec: British Hairdressing Awards.
  • >> 47 min 06 sec: When you won a British Hairdresser of the Year award.
  • >> 49 min 52 sec: Becoming the first resident hairdresser of daytime tv show ‘This Morning’ and more.
  • 57 min 27 sec: British Hairdressing Awards.
  • 01 hr 02 min 33 sec: Andrew’s top takeaway tip.
  • 01 hr 06 min 21 sec: Last 5 Questions.
  • >> 01 hour 06 min 37 sec: Show outro.