So I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible Hairstylist to the stars, James Pryce. His passion is cutting and you will find him at Josh Wood Atelier, Holland Park http://www.joshwoodcolour.com/ateliers/ I had such a blast with him, he’s even agreed to cut my hair! He’s a brave man…but until then, here’s our interview
Hi James, it’s so nice to meet you and thank you for the opportunity to interview you…
Lovely to meet you and thank you for taking the time to talk with me.
1. So, talk me through a day in the life of James Pryce, Celebrity Stylist.
I start my day with a big hug from my gorgeous little two year old Poppy. Then, I make a quick juice and I’m off to work. Weather permitting, I’ll cycle the 3miles from my home in Kensal Green to the Josh Wood Atelier in Holland Park. The majority of my work is in the salon. I also do a fair bit of travelling to see clients. I’ve just returned from India as I’ve been asked to be an Ambassador for a large salon chain. What an amazing country. They have such a positive outlook on life.
To wind down after work I usually take a longer route home on the bike. Then you’ll usually find me in the kitchen. I’m the chef of the house and love experimenting with different ingredients and flavours.
2. As a fellow creative, I often look at my work and think I need to adjust something here or there. How much of a perfectionist are you?
Yes, I think a lot of creatives are. I especially am with my cutting. I used to drive myself mad. I’ve learnt to know when to stop and put down the scissors.
3. You’ve talked, about the importance of using the right hair treatments to create that gorgeous glossy look, which treatment should no woman skimp on?
In all honesty I think the best treatment you can do is to keep having regular haircuts with a stylist you can trust not to take too much off. It’s very difficult to fix damaged hair. I’d suggest a trim every two months rather than relying on a treatment that claims to fix damaged hair.
4. Who were your influences/inspiration when you were growing up?
My Dad has always been my mentor. As a hairdresser himself he has always given sound advice. During my training at Trevor Sorbie I was lucky enough to assist the man himself so I also drew huge inspiration from him.
5. Your Dad owns a salon and encouraged you to be a hairdresser, but you’re quoted as saying that you thought hairdressing was more “for girls” do you still feel this way?
Ha!!! I’ve no recollection of saying that. Although I guess when I left school at 16 I wasn’t sure which direction to go. I had never considered hairdressing. I just knew I wanted to do something creative. Both my parents are hairdressers so they suggested I gave it a try. So I got my first job at Daniel Galvin. I instantly fell in love with the buzz of the salon and I was able to channel my creativity through my cutting. So to answer you question, no of course I don’t think hairdressing is just for girls.
6. You have spoken of your love for motorbikes and spending time with your friends. Is this how you wind down as your role is a high pressured one.
As I mentioned before I like to cycle and I also love cooking. I spend most of my spare time with my daughter Poppy. She makes my laugh and is definitely a chip off the old block. Nights out with my lovely wife and friends are few and far between. So I choose them wisely. A weekend away snowboarding in the winter or a festival in the Summer would be my preference.
7. You’re at the fabulous Josh Wood Atelier in Holland Park which counts numerous celebrities amongst its clients. Do you ever get star struck?
Not really no. Weather it’s a member of the Royal family, a day time TV presenter or a Mum of three. I treat all my clients the same. We all want to love and to be loved.
8. Ok, so I am really fussy about who cuts my hair, I have very long, wavy hair but its coarse and coloured and looks too ‘done’ unless it has a lot of texture. This means that I often go months without a cut as I don’t trust anyone to cut it right, can you give me some advice about how to communicate this effectively with any potential new hairdresser?
Curly hair can be tricky. By the sounds of it you should ask for your hair to be sliced into. This will give it texture without looking like you’ve been transported from the 80s. Don’t be afraid to bring in pictures, we don’t mind. I once had a client bring in an oil painting, it was very funny, she said that when it was painted, it was the best her hair had ever been!
Anyway, I love a challenge Donna, so why don’t you come and give me a try…
9. Who would be your dream client, alive or dead?
Good question. That classic bob that Blondie had back in the day is such a timeless classic. Still as cool today as it was then.
10. Last question…who in your opinion, has the greatest hair look at the moment?
I love the model Mica Arganaraz. Super textured and curly.
Ok, James, thank you, it’s been a pleasure and you’re on! I challenge you to cut my mop.