Hair Expert: James Martin
The owner of James Martin Hairdressing in Paisley was voted Scotland’s best hair extentionist of 2018. Follow his expert guide to tonsorial perfection.
How did you start?
I left school at 15 with few qualifications and was told by my peers I wouldn’t amount to much. Since then I have never stopped training and developing my skills. My salon is flourishing seven years on.
What’s the most asked-for celebrity look?
A lot of hair inspiration comes from reality TV shows like Geordie Shore and TOWIE.
What’s your go-to product?
Neal & Wolf Elevate Volumising Lotion, for that luscious, thick, bouncy hair look. Apply to damp hair before blow-drying with a large round brush to achieve the ultimate volume. Neal & Wolf house a range of products that not only work, but also combine luxury and affordability. My personal favourite is the Harmony Shampoo & Conditioner, which is perfect for hair that needs a little TLC. Neal & Wolf products are available to purchase at the James Martin salon.
One thing you’d advise all clients to do?
Our hair is something we should be investing in a lot more. By using certain key products, whether it’s a good quality shampoo and conditioner or a really good blow-drying product, it will make the world of difference and give your hair that “just stepped out of the salon” feel.
In terms of hair trends, which is your favourite for summer 2019?
I absolutely love the beachy, loose waves, lived-in look. It’s a super easy style to achieve and can be dressed up with plaits, headbands or scarfs. Perfect for festivals too.
James Martin Hairdressing, 74 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1YP. 0141 237 2234. This feature was published in Mill issue 6 July/August 2019.