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Spilling The Tea With… Ashleigh Hodges #Hairstories

16 June 2019
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Lisa Haynes

Beauty Editor

Lisa is a London-based beauty editor who’s obsessive about anything and everything beauty, especially hair. Work hobbies include taking insta-hair Boomerangs and trend spotting backstage. She is eternally trying to achieve tousled, second-day hair (and loves a killer blow-dry).

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...

When I was a child I had hair so long I could sit on it. Then one day, I got it cut off into a bob and had a wash-in, wash-out red. I was six years old and felt like a Spice Girl! Having a mum as a hairdresser definitely had its advantages. I don’t think I’ve had the same hair twice since that red bob. Green is always a colour I go back to with my hair, but I’ve also been black, blonde, mermaid, purple, pink, the list goes on...”

Ashleigh Hodges Artistic Director, Matrix

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…

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Ashleigh Hodges On Her Hair…

What hairstyles have you had before and what do you have right now?

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.

What made you decide to go for a 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. 

What advice would you have for somebody considering a buzz cut?

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.

Tell us your funniest anecdotal hair story to date...

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.

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Ashleigh Hodges On Her Client's Hair…

What would you say is your hair mantra?

Creatively chic.

What hair styles do you love doing most on clients?

I love a textured crop and curly hair.

What hair colours do you love doing most on clients?

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.

What top three ultimate hair tips do you pass on to clients?

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.

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Ashleigh Hodges On Hairdressing…

So, is your styling station usually super-neat or pretty chaotic?

I’d say that my station is uber-neat - but everywhere else is chaotic!

What’s your current favourite hero hair product in your kit bag?

Biolage R.A.W. Texturizing Styling Spray – it’s amazing for every job that I do, from backstage to clients.

What was your hair industry high?

Probably winning Fame Team 2012, it was the start of my hair journey.

How about your hair industry low?

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.

Quickfire Questions

Years in hairdressing?

18

Hot-right-now hair style?

Anything with a micro fringe, they make any style slightly edgier.

Hot-right-now hair colour?

A peach balayage, it’s soft and feminine but uber-cool. 

Inspo music for hairdressing?

Nina Simone.

Hair industry heroes?

Errol Douglas, Sam McKnight, Sally Brooks and Indira Schauwecker.

 

Share your #hairstories on Instagram @hairdotcomuki

Follow 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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