Sunday, February 21, 2016

As you know I am studying Fashion Journalism at University. My course has its on magazine called Seven which a group of students work on, for the magazine a feature will be included on Andrew Barton and I was lucky enough to have the chance to sit down in the Urban Retreat cafe in Harrods and have a chat with him along with a few other girls off my course.

Never in a million years did I think that in my first year I would be interviewing anyone let alone British Hairdresser of the Year one of the many awards he has won.

We started off the day with a tour of Urban Retreat by Andrew himself. He is currently the creative director of the luxurious salon which has everything you can possibly need from hair styling, make-up, massages, tattoo removal and the most exciting is the Moroccan Hammam. This is a women only treatment which is in an incredibly hot treatment room which soothes and relaxes cleansing their body and mind away from the hustle and bustle of London. Walking around the salon you can see the customers are at ease with the employees who have the highest industry knowledge on the service they are giving.

After the tour we sat down in the cafe, this salon really does have it all as after having a treatment or you are waiting for someone then you can relax here with an afternoon tea. Andrew's down to earth personality really shone through when chatting to him about his childhood. Growing up in a mining village in Yorkshire he did not come from the best area but that is what has made him into the hardworking dedicated man he is, which I admire. Beaming about his northern roots he his proud of how he his began life. He was adopted as a child which sadly because he was different meant he was bullied as a child but he is now the patron of the charity Kidscape.  Even though to start with he did not get the biggest backing from his friends and family but his mother pushed him not to give up on his hairdressing apprentice which he did not enjoy to straight away but learnt to love as he always had a keen interest in art.

When asked about his career highlights he could not pick one as there were so many to choose from but the main highlight for him had to be having his own product rage which he sold the business of but still works with the company to make sure they are the best products on the market. What I love about Andrew is that he doesn't want to just cut women's hair but he aims to transform men and women making them feel more confident about themselves as he stated 'you can handle anything when your hair is good.'

If you ever get the chance to visit Harrods then I highly recommend visiting the Urban Retreat salon and even getting a treatment if you can, I know that one day I would love to.

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