About Trevor Sorbie
Trevor Sorbie launched his flagship salon in London’s Covent Garden in 1979. Since then, he has launched a further four salons and Academies in London and Shanghai. His other achievements include a successful product range, many TV appearances, founding a charity, numerous industry awards, and being the first hairdresser to receive an M.B.E. from Her Majesty the Queen!
Where did it all start?
Vidal Sassoon said of his protégé: ‘A brilliant career created by the combination of original thinking with superb technical ability’
Rewind 50 years and…
…you’ll meet a fifteen-year-old boy from Paisley, Scotland, with an incredible journey ahead of him. Trevor had just quit school with no qualifications and was recruited into the family business - a two-seat barber shop in Ilford, Essex, run by his father. Within three months, Trevor was cutting hair. After five years, Trevor joined a local hairdressing school, and it was during this time that he was introduced to Vidal Sassoon, a legend of the hairdressing world - the catalyst that changed his life forever.
By 1972, as a stylist for Vidal Sassoon, Trevor had become a household name, and went on to work in other well-known salons such as Toni & Guy and John Frieda in the UK and abroad. He created his own iconic looks (such as the Wedge, the Scrunch and the Chop), styled hair for major celebrities and mesmerised other hairdressers with his inspiring hair shows.
In 1986, seven years after launching the Covent Garden salon, Trevor launched his product range. Today, it’s sold worldwide. His products have always been designed to be highly effective and simple to use, with an emphasis on quality and giving hair the deep care it needs. As Trevor always says, “When you use the best ingredients, you get the best results.”
Trevor has won countless awards including the BHA British Hairdresser of the Year - the most prestigious accolade in the industry - four times. And in 2004, he was awarded an M.B.E. at Buckingham Palace for his services to hairdressing.
Trevor has always mentored his team, so they too achieve their personal best. Indeed, several of the best known industry names of today have Trevor to thank for developing their talents while working for him – Vivienne McKinder, Antoinette Beenders, Eugene Souleiman, Jamie and Sally Brookes and Angelo Seminara.
He has won the BHA British Hairdresser of the Year - the most prestigious accolade in the industry - an unrivalled four times
Trevor still firmly believes in his core philosophies of "real hair, for real people" and “taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary”. His top priorities remain maintaining the rigorous training and exacting standards of his team, inspiring other hairdressers to achieve their best, as well as creating wearable styles for his clients and giving them the products they need to keep their hair looking and feeling at its best.
Today, Trevor continues to dedicate boundless energy to all aspects of his business from training to products, and can be still be seen in his salons on a daily basis. His other passion is My New Hair - the wig personalisation charity for cancer patients he founded in 2006. Trevor came up with the idea following his sister-in-law’s struggle with hair loss after cancer treatment, and is dedicated to training other hairdressers on how to customise wigs in order to make this service widely available to everyone.
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Trevor's Achievements include...
2012 – National Hairdressing Federation Life Time Achievement Award
2012 – INAA Scottish Health and Beauty Life Time Achievement Award
2012 – Great Scot Contribution To Fashion Award
2012 – HABB Humanitarian Award
2007 – Creative Head Award for Most Innovative Concept for My New Hair
2006 – Appointed Ambassador for Hairdressers of the World Against Aids
2004 – Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List
2003 – The Fellowship for British Hairdressing – Inspirational Leader
1997 – Best Haircutter Worldwide
1992 – British Hairdresser of the Year
1991 – Avant Garde Stylist of the Year
1991 – British Hairdressing Hall of Fame
1991 – British Hairdresser of the Year
1991 – London Stylist of the Year
1989 – London Stylist of the Year
1989 – Avant Garde Stylist of the Year
1986 – British Hairdresser of the Year
1986 – London Stylist of the Year
1985 – British Hairdresser of the Year
Welcome to the Trevor Sorbie family
Our team and salons have enjoyed countless awards and accolades over the years, and are celebrated worldwide as industry leaders. So what is the secret? Every one of our stylists and technicians are still hand-picked by Trevor and must pass rigorous technical and artistic tests. But it doesn’t stop there. They are constantly learning and developing, and strive to deliver the highest quality of hairstyling at all times. What drives this passion for excellence? Our customers - they inspire us every day.
The only quality on par with Trevor’s dedication to hairdressing is his warmth of character and caring nature. He is an honest and charismatic man; qualities that are noted by everyone he meets. His genuine warmth shines through every aspect of his business, from the relaxing and friendly hair salons to the expertly crafted hair products.