1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a hairstylist and where did you start?
I never wanted to be a hairdresser, I came from a small town in the north of England and when I said I wanted to do prosthetics for film no one knew what I was on about. I was given wrong career advice and sent to college to take a course in hair and beauty. I took up hairdressing as a job to earn some money before I went away to college to do prosthetic’s. Once I've started working in a salon I loved it and never looked back
2. If you had chosen another profession, what would it have been?
I would love to do interiors another passion of mine. I spend hours trying to find unusual pieces for my home.
3. Who has made the biggest impact on your career so far, and why?
I have to say there are many people who have greatly influenced my career. When I moved to London I worked in a salon owned by Damien Carney he used to make me do 3 hour haircuts shouting at me where’s the weight and I was nearly in tears but it made me a good hair cutter. Also I used to assist Guido on the fashion shows it was a great experience and I learnt so much, he taught me how to be free in my styling and trust my instincts unlike in the salon you are taught that everything must be perfect.
4. What’s next in your future?
I have a few ideas for things I would love to manufacturer and as I have the finest hair in the world I would love to design some products that actually work on fine hair. I also love wigs to do something with them would be great and to carry on traveling the world it’s such a great way to see it.
5. Where do you take your inspiration from?
There are so many places to take inspiration from: people being a main factor but books also, I can be an incredibly rude friend if I see a book or magazine I have to flick and I just can’t help it. I love having a long shower and just think about ideas.
6. What is your favorite hairstyle of all time and why?
I am slightly contradictory when it comes to favorite hair styles I love a bit of a sexy Bardot look I think that most women would agree that the Bardot look is just a timeless winner but I also love iconic punk looks it just symbolizes being individual in a time where everything around us is a chain store.
7. If you could work your magic on a celebrity of the past 100 years, who would you choose and why?
Wow so many. Veronica Lake always had amazing hair. I would of loved to work on the movies back in the 40s as it must have been an amazing time everything was new and no money was spared the glamour !!!!
8. Could you name a few celebrities of the moment that you think have iconic hair?
Blondie has to be one she has always influenced us with her looks. Also sadly Amy Winehouse has been a major hair icon of our time being a major influence on Spring Summer 2012 trends at the shows.
9. What is your favorite kind of hair to work with?
I love all hair the challenge is to be able to control it and make it do what you want.
10. What are the trends that we should follow in the upcoming season?
This season for hair is super fun there are so many trends and colours, from pastel ice cream tones to beautiful violets. These temporary colors are such fun. If you have bleached hair just mix a small amount of crazy colour into your conditioner to control how strong the colour is and if you have dark hair just clip in some colored meshes. Long hair still has a very boho matt wave to it and second day hair messy up dos are massive adding hair bands and accessories like the Chanel grips. Enjoy your centre part this summer as there’s lots of fringes and side partings around for the autumn.
11. What are some hairstyling “don’ts”?
Don’t ever graduate above the occipital bone because the haircut always ends up a really weird shape at the back. Don’t cut your own fringe it’s harder than you think. Most salons will do a fringe trim for free.
12. Who are some of your favorite clients you've worked with?
I’ve been lucky to work with most of my clients for years so I know them quite well. Nicole Sherzinger is great fun and working with lots of bands like Beady Eye always leads to lots of great gigs to see. I used to do Kate Winslet before she moved to America and Anastacia has taken me round the world. I’ve recently started working with Ana Matronic when she’s over here and she is such an inspiring lady.
13. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I could be a superhero I would like to be able to magic myself from work wherever I wanted in the world and be at a friend’s wedding, birthday etc as I never make them in time being always at work.
14. Any tips or advice for a novice?
Be ready for hard work and even to work a lot for free, assist someone who is better than you because you will learn so much. Hair industry is one of the most interesting industries to work in.
15. Where can readers find your work and contact you?
I was at Somerset house the other day at an exhibition of Dazed and Confused and there were some of my old works. It was nice to see them. I have some work in UK Vogue and Elle this month as well as fashion gone rogue and Karen magazine. My uk agent is frankagency.co.uk and I also have my own website alexpricehair and twitter @alexpriceglam.
Thank you Alex for taking the time to talk to us.