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Wild Sweet William seed hunt

Ah, yes, thanks @freedomseedbank! I'm wondering about harvesting the seeds from the ones you mentioned @RodSazio @organiclea … would that be possible? — Simon McAndrew, Hairstylist (@SimonMcHairdrew) July 3, 2020

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Covid Risk Assessment v1.0

1 Introduction 2 Comparison with a traditional salon. 3 What I’ll do 4 What I’ll ask of you 5 Conclusion 1 Introduction If I was my client, I’d like to know what I’m doing in response to the pandemic. According to Working safely during COVID-19 in other people’s homes, because I am a sole trader…

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How might the pandemic affect your appointment?

The first thing I want you to know is that (although I can’t be certain – as there are no antibody tests at present) I’m sure I’ve had COVID-19 between February and March 2020. I’m behaving as if I had it and I’m aware it’s possible to get it again, so when I start cutting…

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My approach to hair

My approach to hairdressing is grounded in making as little negative and as much positive impact on the environment as possible. I exclusively use manual tools, ie scissors, manual clippers, combs, clips, waterspray, etc. No hairdryer, no electrical clippers, no electrical tongs etc. Furthermore I only treat hair with pure plant products such as Henna,…

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Hairstyling biography

I began my career at 17 in 1998 training with Toni & Guy, John Frieda, and Vidal Sassoon. I’ve been visiting clients their homes in and around central London since 2007 as seen in TimeOut London. Highlights early in my career included teaching in a beauty college in Japan, more recently I assisted backstage during…

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“If we don’t urgently change our way of life, we jeopardize life itself.” – Antonio Guterres UN secretary general

What do calls for rapid and deep change mean to you? To me they sound ominous. But are they? A couple of things happened recently which meant I needed to do something that – were I to tell you – would sound very unpleasant. However actually doing those things was beyond pleasant; they were rewarding,…

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Environmental impacts of hairdressing

Since coming across the idea of Ikigai, and for a while before that, I’ve been meaning to write about my environmental values as a hairdresser. Often, when I talk to people about the environmental impact of hair, they say: “Oh yeah it’s everything and everywhere isn’t it.” (It being the wanton destruction of the planet.)…