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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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Cold showers and how to enjoy them.

tl;dr Easy does it. In my post If we don’t urgently change our way of life, we jeopardize life itself I wrote about how some things seem like an ordeal, but when you do them they’re surprisingly, deeply rewarding. Well cold showers are like that too!… Here’s how I take them… The first step is […]

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My approach

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 i.e. scissors, manual clippers, combs, clips, water spray. I don’t use a hairdryer, nor electrical clippers, tongs and so on. I treat hair exclusively with locally sourced pure plant […]

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Hair biography

I began my career at 16 in 1997 training with Toni & Guy, John Frieda, and Vidal Sassoon. Highlights early in my career included teaching in Aichi Beauty College in Nagoya, Japan.  More recently I worked backstage during Milan Fashion Week. Since 2007, I’ve been visiting clients in and around central London as seen in […]

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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.) […]