TV stylist hopes new salon makes the cut

PUBLISHED: 14:17 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010



HAIRDRESSER to the stars Lee Stafford has launched the first of his salon franchise in the borough.

HAIRDRESSER to the stars Lee Stafford has launched the first of his salon franchise in the borough.

The hair stylist, who appeared in the BBC series Celebrity Scissorhands, celebrated opening his salon in Sidcup High Street by giving three competition winners a free haircut last Saturday.

The 42-year-old teamed up with two business partners to open his first franchise of Staffords Salons in Sidcup, which he hopes to roll out across the country.

Stafford, who says the noughties will be remembered for messy and choppy hair, said celebrity style rather than fashion shows dominate hair trends.

He said: "I wish celebrities would have more interesting cuts.

"Most of the time it is cut by people who have been dressing hair for various shows.

"Now there is a push towards shorter hair and bigger hair."

Although much of his career has been lived out in front of our television screens, from This Morning with Richard and Judy a decade ago to the recent Celebrity Scissorhands for Comic Relief, Stafford says he does not understand the term 'celebrity hairdresser'.

He said: "I refer to myself as a hairdresser. They keep calling me a celebrity hairdresser. I don't want to argue the point. It is not an offensive term.

"I love doing the television shows.

"When I am sitting there with my grandkids it will be 15 hours of perfectly edited footage when I was in my prime doing what I did best."

The worst hair faux pas according to Stafford is when women hit 40 and think they have to have all their hair cut off, "going from sexy to mumsy".

This Saturday, three people who have booked an appointment at the salon will be chosen at random to get a haircut by Mr Stafford.

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