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Trevor Sorbie

Friday, 22 October 2004

International hair-stylist Trevor Sorbie and Best British Hair Dresser for four years running joins us in studio.  Trevor will give us a guide to getting the latest hair style and looks at 'The Cut' for this autumn.  Finally, Trevor will give Anna a hair makeover.

About Trevor
Celebrity hairdresser, Trevor Sorbie, FCGI, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).  He received his award for services to hairdressing from The Queen on Wednesday 10th March, 2004 at Buckingham Palace.

Trevor says, "When I started hairdressing over 40 years ago in my father's barber shop in Edmonton, I never dreamt where it would lead.  Words can't express how humbled and excited I felt going to the Palace to be presented to The Queen and collect my medal."

Pioneer of cuts and styling techniques such as The Wedge, The Chop and The Scrunch and innovator of professional haircare products for the high street, Trevor Sorbie has won the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year title an unrivalled four times.

Contemporaries and competitors meanwhile hero-worship the fun-loving and unassuming Sorbie.  A "brilliant career" created by the combination of "original thinking with superb technical ability" says Vidal Sassoon of his former Artistic Director.  Anthony Mascolo acknowledges him as "one of the best hairdressers ever. both directionally and creatively", while Patrick Cameron describes him as a "great mentor for many thousands of hairdressers."

Charles Worthington, another household name, says "Sorbie is the individual who changed the industry's agenda", and Anthony Mascolo credits him as having "directionally and creatively put England back in the forefront of hairdressing."

The son and grandson of barbers, he was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1949.  But on dropping out of school at 15 his dreams were of becoming a famous artist rather than following into the family line.

Refreshingly candid and down-to-earth, Sorbie firmly believes in what he describes as "real hair for real people."  At his prestigious salon in Floral Street, Covent Garden, he still charges only £150 for a cut - a real snip compared to an appointment with many other leading hairstylists whose fees run into double figures and beyond.  He also wants to create "wonderfully wearable styles for ordinary people".

Consumers can sample his trend setting product ranges including Trevor Sorbie Professional for women and the MG (male grooming) range for men.  The ranges can be purchased in the exclusively from Boots and by mail order, as well as from his Covent Garden Salon.

Trevor will give our own Anna a hair makeover during the programme.

Trevor Sorbie Hair Makeover                                                  Trevor will be back with us in a month's time.  If you would like to get Trevor to give your hair a makeover then get in touch with The Afternoon Show!  We need you to send us a photograph along with your name, address and contact telephone numbers and why you think you should have Trevor re-style your hair to:

Trevor Sorbie Hair Makeover
The Afternoon Show
Montrose House C/O RTE,
Dublin 4.

Or alternatively, if you have a photograph of yourself on your computer, why not e-mail it to us at making sure to include your name, address and contact telephone and why you think you should have Trevor re-style your hair.

You can visit Trevor Sorbie's website at