I recently had the pleasure to connect at the British Hairdressing Awards 2019 with the celebrityaward winning and session hair stylist Louis Byrne. It was here where I first learned of his inspirational empowerment project, I Can, I Am, and I Will. I loved it so much, that I just had to bring him on to todays show.

Completing our 3 week instalment series dedicated to mental health and wellbeing awareness within the hairdressing industry, we are to learn today on how Louis’s life changing experiences led him through a process of understanding, acceptance, sobriety and self-care. It was during this big shift in his life that Louis says, “The positive mantras replayed over in my head with each beginning with I Can…, I Am… and I Will.”

Having 20 years of experience working at the top of his industry, Louis seemed to have it all. 4 years assisting Sam McKnight travelling the international fashion week circuit, styling editorials for the likes of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and L’Officiel, working on campaigns from Net-a-Porter to Nike, been the tour stylist for Ellie Goulding, the man behind the ‘quaff’ for Emma Willis, and the go-to hair stylist for an impressive number of actresses, models and musicians. However, the journey to reaching these heights wasn’t always plain sailing!

Riding on a rollercoaster of working hard, playing hard and fast living to avoid facing his demons, culminated in a debilitating accident in 2018 when Louis broke his leg in 3 places. Forced to pause and take stock of his situation, Louis began a process of looking inwards. As Louis explains, “I had to face up to issues including the trauma and loss that had been plagued me since childhood, destructive behavioural traits and addiction that had affected me and those close to me deeply.”

Everyone of us has our own story to tell, including our own versions of the positive mantras beginning I Can, I Am and I Will. For Louis he focused his love for the art and expression of hair styling and considered the power of the connection between stylist and client. He realised the empowering and transformative effect this combination can have which goes beyond appearance alone, and this laid the foundation for the project that connects creativity to wellness, with a driving force of positivity.

An ongoing project, todays podcast finishes with how you can become involved by sharing your own version of ‘I Can, I Am and I Will’ using the hashtag #icaniamandiwill. So lets all do this together as we head off into a new decade and era of self-discovery. Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!

 

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Today’s Guest

Louis Byrne is a celebrity and session hair stylist with 20 years of experience working at the top of his industry.

Following 4 years assisting Sam McKnight travelling the international fashion week circuit working on shows such as Chanel, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, Louis has styled editorials for the likes of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and L’Officiel, worked on campaigns from Net-a-Porter to Nike, been the tour stylist for Ellie Goulding, the man behind the ‘quaff’ for Emma Willis, and the go-to hair stylist for an impressive number of actresses, models and musicians.

 

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • 05 min 00 sec: Louis’s hairdressing backstory.
  • 13 min 16 sec: Emma Willis’s hairdresser.
  • 16 min 18 sec: A journey to self discovery
  • 24 min 59 sec: Coming out as a gay man.
  • 26 min 36 sec: About I Can I am And I Will project.
  • 33 min 02 sec: Embracing fear through photographed images.
  • 35 min 20 sec: Louis’s sobriety and energy rebalance.
  • 39 min 51 sec: Getting through the days not feeling positive.
  • 42 min 19 sec: Louis’s appearance on a mini series for the Lorraine show and next phase.
  • 44 min 26 sec: Allow ourselves to go deeper with our clients.
  • 45 min 08 sec: Don’t force it, just let it happen.
  • 47 min 20 sec: Louis’s one big takeaway.
  • 47 min 46 sec: Keeping on the right track.
  • 50 min 18 sec: How to get involved in the I Can I Am And I Will project.
  • 54 min 23 sec: Dom’s Last 5.
  • 56 min 39 sec: Show outro.

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