Coming out as gay can be a very difficult process. Thats why today we will be learning how hair colourist at the award winning Ishoka in Scotland, Justin Mackland , went about this very difficult process of telling his family and friends, whilst also dealing with the confusion of recognising his feelings as a young gay man.

Inspired by the announcement our How To Cut It presents, ‘The Hair Show: Unleashed’ live event in Londons Kings Cross on Sunday October 17th 2021 will be supporting the LGBTQ+ Foundation, I wanted to get Justin experiences of coming out as gay man. Justin reveals the challenging moments he went through in his early years, along with dealing with the tragic loss of his father at such a young age. It’s a frank, open and emotional conversation, but all beautifully deivered from Justin in a light and entertaining way. I loved it and I know you will, too!

Justin started his journey in the hair industry 5 years ago at the age of 25 and has never looked back. Bursting on to the social scene of Instagram with a dream of combining his love for hairdressing and social media, he was instantly catapulted into making his dreams become a reality. Hairdressing really shaped who he is as a person today and has allowed him to ignite his true self. Something you will find out in this podcast episode.

After hearing this episode for yourself, you’ll certainly hear that there is a lot more to Justin than just the smiles and sparkles you see regularly on his Social Media feed. There is determined young gay man who has a steely depth, warmth and inner strength away from the camera. Somebody I really admire!


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Today’s Guest

Justin Mackland, a colourist by day, Schwarzkopf social Queen by night based at the iconic Ishoka salon in Aberdeen, Scotland. Fueled with passion, coffee and a lot of hairspray.. Justin started his journey in the industry 5 years ago at the age of 25 and has never looked back.

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in today’s episode with Justin Mackland

  • 00 min 00 sec: Intro.
  • 06 min 26 sec: Late starter into hairdressing.
  • 12 min 56 sec: Being a part of the SKP Collective.
  • 14 min 27 sec: What Justin is looking to achieve with his Social Media presence?
  • 17 min 52 sec: Dealing with the loss of a father as a young child.
  • 23 min 21 sec: Dealing with the confusion of who Justin really was.
  • 29 min 08 sec: Being a young gay man and support network.
  • 31 min 42 sec: Coming out.