Trevor Sorbie has been at the head of pioneering hairdressing for the past fourty years. He has won the coveted BHA British Hairdresser of the Year title an unrivalled four times, and created such famous styles as The Wedge, and The Scrunch. Having worked with Vidal Sassoon himself, he in turn has trained some of today's most skilled stylists, including session stylist Eugene Souleiman and fellow three time BHA British Hairdresser of the Year winner Angelo Seminara.
He has won the coveted BHA British Hairdresser of the Year title an unrivalled four times
Trevor now has five hairdressing salons, located in Brighton, Manchester and London's Covent Garden, Hampstead and Richmond. With Trevor's name above the door, and his contuning presence in each of the salons, he has been able to attract the very best hairdressers in the world to work with him. All new team members undergo a rigorous training regime, to ensure Trevor's extremely high hairdressing standards are met.
Trevor has also worked tirelessly with his team to create and develop his product ranges, which are now sold all over the world.
Trevor was born in 1949 in Paisley, Scotland to a family of barbers. After dropping out of school at 15 with no qualifications Trevor began working with his father before taking a six-month course at the Richard Henry School of Hairdressing. In 1972, shortly after graduating, he got a job at Vidal Sassoon in London where he pioneered the new geometric look sported by style icons such as Mary Quant, and Mia Farrow. Vidal Sassoon quickly made Trevor his Artistic Director, styling hair for the likes of Rex Harrison, and Paul McCartney.
Trevor cites Vidal as his hero, saying, "his ideas were revolutionary and he spoke about hair with such passion and excitement, I was totally inspired." In turn, Vidal had acknowledged Trevor's career as "brilliant", thanks to his combination of "original thinking with superb technical ability."
Recognition of Trevor's achievements span the hairdressing world with Toni & Guy supremo Anthony Mascolo referring to Trevor as "one of the best hairdressers ever...both directionally and creatively."
...one of the best hairdressers ever...both directionally and creatively Anthony Mascolo, Toni & Guy
Despite his achievements, Trevor still firmly believes in what he describes as "real hair, for real people". His thinking behind this philosophy is that although his artistic work is an all-consuming passion, he also wants to create wonderfully wearable styles for his clients, that makes them feel, and look great.
This has never been truer than with the formation of his charity "My New Hair". Inspired by his own experience of helping a family member during cancer treatment, Trevor launched the charity in June 2006 and now dedicates much of his time training hairdressers up and down the country how to customise wigs to look and feel natural. To date Trevor has trained over 200 hairdressers across the country, and works closely with L'Oréal to continue this training, as well as many NHS hospitals and hospices.
In October 2009, Trevor was invited to Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate his work with My New Hair and announce the provision of Department of Health funding to support the My New Hair team in extending and expanding the programme to help cancer survivors, hairdressers and NHS staff work together during hair re-growth following treatment.
In 2004 Trevor was awarded an M.B.E from the Queen to reward his dedication and services to hairdressing.