Todays podcast tells the powerful story of hairdresser who’s struggles with dyslexia and ADHD has not stopped them from becoming one of the UK’s most dynamic and show stopping hair performers. But it could have all been so different.

Low self-esteem, behaviour problems, learning and frustration was just some of the battles todays guest, Dean Bradwell, has had to face in life as a Dyslexic. Difficulties in reading and writing could have stopped Dean from reaching his full potential. No chance!

Three times finalist in the North East British Hairdressing Awards, finalist in the Alternative Hair Awards and working for product companies throughout America and Europe, hairdressing has allowed him to express his rebellious and outside the box thinking to achieving a successful pathway in his hairdressing career. But it hasn’t – or does it continue to be easy, for this hair maverick.

Dyslexics are often very creative individuals. This is because they are often trying to find other ways to solve problems, learn things differently, or make things easier, giving them the capability to be groundbreaking innovators. Something that Dean has bags of!

What a love most in this story is Dean sharing how the teachings of hairdressing didn’t always make sense … Until now!


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Today’s Guest

Three times finalist in the North East British Hair Dressing Awards, finalist in the Alternative Hair Awards, Dean’s talent was noticed by the legendary Tim Hartley, who has shared his knowledge with, and mentored Dean, allowing Dean to develop and hone his creativity and his hair styling skills.

Dean has worked for product companies throughout America and Europe and has worked on, and enjoyed creative input into, photo shoots for leading product companies advertising campaigns. Dean’s love for music, fashion and art started at an early age, and ultimately this lead him to the hairdressing world. This love is reflected in Dean’s creative style, passion for detail, and obsession with precision cutting and evolving the presentation of women’s hair.

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in todays episode with Dean

  • 00 min 00 sec: Intro.
  • 06 min 14 sec: A hairdresser rebelling against the norm.
  • 11 min 33 sec: Is there a new movement going on?
  • 15 min 17 sec: Understanding and diagnosing dyslexia .
  • 23 min 07 sec: Dean and Tim Hartley.
  • 26 min 59 sec: Understanding hairdressing through the eyes of dyslexia in visual shapes.
  • 36 min 55 sec: Obsessed with the process of cutting hair.
  • 43 min 54 sec: Helping others struggling with the traditional process of cutting hair.
  • 48 min 57 sec: Head is back in the game.






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