Ten reasons why The Salon Magazine loves Trevor Sorbie
To celebrate Trevor Sorbie’s sixty-fifth birthday we reveal why we love the hair industry icon…
1. Since 1985, Sorbie has won British Hairdresser of the Year an unrivalled four times and his career has seen him win more awards for his work than Nicole Kidman.
2. Sorbie was the first hairdresser to ever be awarded an M.B.E. from the Queen in recognition of his dedication and services to hairdressing.
3. Widely acclaimed with being the first to bring professional hair care products to the high street, his Trevor Sorbie Professional range was designed using feedback from his salon clients.
4. Sorbie opened his first barbershop in Edmonton, North London, at the tender age of 20 and became artistic director at Vidal Sassoon at just 23.
5. His visionary work includes pioneering cuts and styling techniques such as The Wedge, The Chop and The Scrunch during his tenure at Vidal Sassoon, all of which are still used in salons across the world today
6. His celebrity client role-call includes Paul McCartney, Helen Mirren, Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry and the Beach Boys.
7. His early ambition was to be an artist, and although he instead followed his father and grandfather into the family profession of barbering, his work as a creative hairdresser has ended up fulfilling his artistic sensibilities
8. There are currently four Trevor Sorbie salon locations – Brighton, Manchester, London’s Hampstead Heath and Covent Garden – and Sorbie personally oversees the qualifying test of each stylist, to ensure that his high standards of hairdressing are met.
9. Although revered the world over for his artistic work on international campaigns and shows, Sorbie firmly believes in “real hair, for real people” and, during his cutting career, his focus was on creating wearable styles that made his clients feel and look great.
10. Sorbie founded his own charity My New Hair to help people with medical hair loss. Now his full-time focus, the charity is a legacy to Sorbie’s sister-in-law for whom he created a realistic wig as she battled bone cancer.
Happy Birthday Trevor!