Trevor Sorbie to receive the International Hair Legend Award at the International Hairdressing Awards®’ Second Edition
• The International Hairdressing Awards announce that Trevor Sorbie will receive the International Hair Legend 2020 for his inimitable career in the profession
The organizing committee of the International Hairdressing Awards has decided this year to give the International Hair Legend 2020 to Trevor Sorbie. Trevor Sorbie’s name is synonymous with pioneering hairdressing throughout the industry and around the world. From barbershop to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE, he is the hair stylist who has won more awards than any other. Having worked with Vidal Sassoon himself, he in turn has trained the likes of session stylist Eugene Souleiman and fellow British Hairdresser of the Year winner Angelo Seminara.
Pioneer of cuts and styling techniques such as The Wedge, The Chop and The Scrunch, Trevor Sorbie has won the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year title four times. He is the only hairdresser to have become so well known, that his vocation has been a question on TV quiz shows. Fondly referred to as the ‘Godfather of Hairdressing’, Sorbie’s professional standards are second to none. His 6 UK salons and recently opened Dubai salon, attract the very best hairdressers in the world, who have developed a reputation for being industry leaders, all undergoing a rigorous training programme overseen by Trevor and the Education Team.
The son and grandson of barbers, Sorbie was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1949 and began working with his father after dropping out of school at 15 with no qualifications. He worked there for 5 years, and then left to take a six-month course at the Richard Henry School of Hairdressing. In 1972 shortly after graduating, he landed a job at Vidal Sassoon in London. Here Sorbie pioneered the new geometric look sported by style icons such as Mary Quant and Mia Farrow, where clients included pop stars, models and society girls. Vidal Sassoon quickly made Sorbie his Artistic Director, styling the likes of Rex Harrison and Paul McCartney.
Despite his fame and international reputation, Trevor Sorbie has never lost the “common touch” and remains true to his roots. Refreshingly candid and down-to-earth, Sorbie 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, and he still greatly values his celebrity clientele, he also wants to create wonderfully wearable styles for ordinary people, and make women feel and look great and truly beautiful and confident. This has never been truer than in his latest crusade – “My New Hair”. Inspired by his own experience of helping a family member during cancer treatment, Trevor Sorbie launched his charity “My New Hair” as a not-for-profit organisation in June 2006. Trevor now dedicates much of his time to both offering advice, and a wig customisation service, to clients suffering medical
hair loss, and organising seminars with L’Oréal Professionnel to train other hairdressers to also offer this unique service around the UK.