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Her hair story started at age 11 as a Saturday girl in her mum’s salon. Fast-forward to today and hair stylist starlet Ashleigh Hodges is Director of HAIRDOTCOM and Global Artist for Matrix & Biolage (phew!). HAIRDOTCOM (not to be confused with Hair.com) are a group of talented artists who have come together collectively.
Her creativity with hair styling and hair colour doesn’t just extend to her client’s locks, but her own too...
We spill the tea on the motivation behind that signature buzzcut - “there really was a buzz about my buzz cut, it was crazy!” - and her hair mantras.
Here’s Ashleigh Hodges’ #hairstories…
Well that’s been a journey! I’ve been pretty much every colour imaginable and they’ve ranged from super-long to completely buzzed off. I’ve had every hair style from dreadlocks, long hair with extensions to bobs, bowl cuts, pixies and I even did the mullet once! Right now, I’ve have a very tight crop as I’m growing out my buzz cut.
I spotted a girl sitting outside a coffee shop in Berlin with a blonde buzz cut and I thought she looked so cool. Not long after my 27th birthday I started thinking of the things I’d like to do before I was 30 and shaving my head was one of them. I decided to do it for Mind mental health charity to show that beauty is more than just pretty hair - it comes from within. In two weeks I raised over £1300 for the charity and had so many amazing messages about it. I did it live on social media and received over 2,000 views. There really was a buzz about my buzz cut, it was crazy! But it raised so much money and awareness for a very important charity, plus, I loved it so much I kept it for a year.
Really think about it. Most people get a major hair change when they’re ready to really change something about their life. Our hair holds onto a lot, both physically and emotionally, so when we cut it we’re cutting away the past and moving into the future.
I had a blonde crop and I dyed it bright orange (pretty much neon-level). Sadly this was when my passport came up for renewal so I had a bright orange crop on my picture for the last 10 years. Safe to say orange really didn’t suit me! I’ve endured border control giving me double takes for the last decade.
I love a textured crop and curly hair.
I love colour to look natural - even if it’s a creative colour. I like my clients to look like they could have been born with the hair colour that I give them.
1. Always blow-dry down the hair shaft to avoid frizz.
2. Use regular treatments to maintain condition.
3. Eat well because healthy hair always starts from the inside.
I’d say that my station is uber-neat - but everywhere else is chaotic!
Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray – it’s amazing for every job that I do, from backstage to clients.
Probably winning Fame Team 2012, it was the start of my hair journey.
The first time I didn’t get into the British Hairdressing Awards. I cried a lot. But we learn from everything and build back up to better things.
Anything with a micro fringe, they make any style slightly edgier.
A peach balayage, it’s soft and feminine but uber-cool.
Errol Douglas, Sam McKnight, Sally Brooks and Indira Schauwecker.
Share your #hairstories on Instagram @hairdotcomukiFollow Ashleigh Hodges on Instagram here for more behind the scenes, hair hacks and insight into the life of a hair influencer @ashleigh2025
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