I often get asked which hairdressers I would most like to interview. Well let me tell you that todays guest, Charles Worthington MBE, has been one of those hairdressers who’s topped my Must-Interview list since first starting out podcasting in 2017. So if I sound somewhat pumped up about it, this is why.

Whether you are newbie starting out or a seasoned pro in hairdressing, knowing the stories from some of our industries most respected and influential names are so important to us, and boy, so inspiring too! By hearing the stories from hairdressers like Charles opens up our eyes to the incredible possibilities we could achieve in hairdressing. Something he will be sharing with you today.

Originally trained as an architect, Charles has won the industry’s most prestigious accolades, developed an award-winning portfolio of products sold worldwide, styled A-list celebrities for red-carpet events and collaborated with some of the best names in the fashion and beauty industry.​Charles Worthington is regarded as an international hair authority. With a successful TV career and the author of four books, today we are in the company of a hairdressing icon.

To have Charles come onto todays podcast has to be one of my podcasting highs to date. I feel so honoured and humbled that he chose us to do his first-ever podcast interview to share his illustrious career in hairdressing. I know that listening to Charles’s story is one that you’ll take so much from. Enjoy this big slice of hairdressing history that many regard to be some of British hairdressings golden periods.


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Today’s Guest

Over 30 years ago Charles opened his first salon in Charlotte Place, with his partner Allan Peters, sister Jane and one other stylist. Over the years Charles Worthington London Salons has grown in size and reputation to become one of the most prestigious and renowned hairdressing names in the U.K., whilst still remaining a family business.

Fellowship for British Hairdressing Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), Awarded MBE for Services to Hairdressing (2006), Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year (1998), Men’s Hairdresser of the Year (1998), British Hairdresser of the Year (1996 and 1998), London Hairdresser of the Year (1993 and 1994), The official Hair Stylist to BAFTA,(British Academy Film and TV Awards) for seven years, and having styled celebrities for Cannes Film Festival (2002), Golden Globes Awards (2001-3) and the Academy Awards or ‘Oscars’ (2002-4)

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in today’s episode with Charles Worthington

  • 00 min 31 sec: Show intro.
  • 04 min 50 sec: Charles opening his first salon business.
  • 11 min 22 sec: Celebrity hairdressers of the 90’s
  • 13 min 31 sec: The early Charles Worthington.
  • 19 min 01 sec: What gave Charles the edge in hairdressing.
  • 21 min 10 sec: The personality of Charles.
  • 23 min 54 sec: Early editorial and fashion work outside of salon life.
  • 30 min 11 sec: The spark to opening the Charles Worthington and salon experience.
  • 34 min 38 sec: Moving to Percy Street.
  • 37 min 14 sec: Live in the moment.
  • 39 min 22 sec: Having a great team around you.
  • 41 min 51 sec: Having the right attitude.
  • 43 min 12 sec: How Charles growing profile led to his haircare range.
  • 46 min 03 sec: Launching the Charles Worthington brand in America.
  • 50 min 10 sec: Changing lifestyle.
  • 52 min 18 sec: Going international.
  • 54 min 47 sec: Being recognised as a celebrity.
  • 56 min 43 sec: Industry and being commercial.
  • 01 hr 01 min 30 sec: Receiving MBE.
  • 01 hr 03 min 47 sec: Reaching out to work for Charles Worthington.
  • 01 hr 04 min 01 sec: Listeners questions.
  • 01 hr 07 min 46 sec: Dom’s Last 5 Questions.
  • 01 hr 10 min 24 sec: Show outro.