Meet Tasha Stevens, one of British Hairdressing’s rising stars! Working alongside her brother, Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year, Jamie Stevens, Tasha’s credits include The X Factor, Gok’s Fashion Fix and more, colouring hair for the likes of Little Mix and the X Factor finalists. Creative with a brain for business, she was nominated for the British Hairdressing Business Awards Manager of the Year 2011 award
Hair dressing is in my blood! My mother, grandmother and great-grandfather were hair dressers! At 13, I actually started out with modelling, but unfortunately I didn’t get any taller, so that career got stalled. My mother had a salon, where I spent a lot of time helping out with shampooing, sweeping and making tea and coffee. I, finally, took over when I was 18 and then, realised the importance of education. I attended college and completed Level 1 and 2 hair dressing qualifications. I also went on to complete my assessor’s qualification, which is coming in handy, as today being a business owner, I assess my apprentices and help them through their qualifications. In 2009, I completed the L’Oréal Colour Degree, which enables me to be a colour specialist and have a better understanding of the science behind colour.
I have been mentored by my family and fiancé, who are such strong, passionate, hardworking and talented people and my brother, Jamie, who inspires me to give my best.
Current role and responsibility
I’m currently the Manager at Jamie Stevens London and I manage a team of people and of course, run my own busy colour column.
When I took over my mother’s salon at 18, managing a team that was several years older than me, was a challenge! It taught me a lot and most of all, to be very respectful.
Forté as a renowned colourist
When I see somebody, I envisage the colour that would make them the best version of themselves.
L’Oréal Colour Trophy (LCT)
LCT is such a great competition, as it is actually physical. You go there, you create your look and it is judged. It is a great atmosphere and a great experience. It is inspiring to create the future catwalk trends and be careful of the model’s appearance, as a trend has to work for the person wearing it. While preparing for LCT, my team and I research. It is key to follow the brief when one is planning to participate in such competitions. Together we create mood boards and brainstorm to come up with the ultimate winning look. My favourite look was a deep purple hair colour look with a red shine line to compliment the model’s haircut and eye colour.
Favourite tools and products
My hero products are MATRIX StyleLink Mess Maker applied on damp hair. I love the Style Fixer, too, as it is such a versatile product that actually keeps the hair in place. I cannot live without my YS park pin tail comb and the Parlux hair dryer – it goes everywhere with me.
I would love to win the British Colour Technician of the Year, open more salons and watch our team grow.
Normal day in your life
I get up, have an espresso, go to the gym, prepare myself for the day ahead, check in with everyone at work, go through a couple of emails and then get on with my clients.
Word of advice to newcomers
Work, work and work. This is not a job for the faint-hearted. You need to be willing to work from early morning to late at night, not really see your friends, but it is totally worth it! Surround yourself with people that you can learn from and make sure you watch, as I think that is as important to develop your skills.
Views on the hair dressing industry of India
It looks like an exciting and growing industry. I would love to visit India for myself sometime soon!