How I went from actress to celebrity hair stylist with one life-changing cut

She's on a mission to improve your hair.

3 days ago

Hairstylist Katherine de Rozario once dreamt of treading the boards as an actress and headed to drama school, before a memorable hair cut changed her hair life and career path. She now flies the world tending to clients that include Brit actress Billie Piper and PixiWoo's Sam Chapman. Here's how she made the leap to hair stardom, one snip at a time.

The Game-Changing Cut

"I originally went to drama school and I loved it. I came out with a first, but quickly realised it was super competitive. And when it came to auditions my hair was always a problem!

"My texture is curly and there's lots of it. It's what I call a 'Botticelli curl', but that didn't look so good for media images as it was all about flat-ironing then. I just didn't know how to dry my curls or how to deal with my high hairline.

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"It was around this time I booked myself in at Vidal Sassoon in Covent Garden for a hair cut with this wonderful woman, Tina, who I have never met again. She gave me what I now know is a 'round cut' and fringe, and it changed my life. I learnt how to dry my hair texture properly, and twist my curls and use the right products. Previous to that, I'd had some outrageous cuts that looked terrible. I was like 'OMG I can actually style my hair and it looks alright.'

"Pretty much there and then I decided to sign up for the Vidal Sassoon diploma course and I immediately fell in love with hairdressing. The course was an intense experience, with 10 hours a day creating avant-garde styles for ten months, it felt more like art than styling. But that was it, I never did another audition. I became a hairdresser full-time and joined Hersheson's, helping to set up their blow-dry bars.

"I've realised there are similarities and the elements I wanted to do in the theatre, I have applied to hairdressing. It is about a performance, creating an experience and connection as you cut hair."

Empowering Through Hair

"There's also an empowerment element with hairdressing for me. There are very few strong female hairdressers in the industry, compared to the number of men. I think many people would struggle to name more than one woman, so I would love to see that change.

"I'm also interested in the equality of payment. I cut a lot of men's hair and it takes the same amount of time, so I'd love to see what women pay for a haircut being levelled out."

Keeping It Real

"I've had many highlights in my job from being flown around the world to cut hair, but my clients are the highlight of my job. I find the human connection joyous.

"I learnt how to enjoy my hair and that's what I want to share with others - how to enjoy their hair. It's just about knowing how to dry it and style it. There's always something that can make you more confident. I'm a firm believer in making your hair the lowest maintenance you can and just rocking it out, especially if you have textured hair."

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"Recently I have worked with lots of bloggers like Sam Chapman [@pixiwoos], Ruth Crilly [@amodelrecommends] and Erica Davies. I love helping these inspirational, strong, entrepreneurial women and mothers who are running their own businesses to create hair looks that work for their busy lives. It felt different and more relevant than creating tussled waves on a beach shoot. I always felt, 'How does this help anyone?'

"I really enjoy showing people how to manage their hair. A good cut and colour can make the world of difference. I believe everyone should have a style wardrobe of three looks that they can easily create. Next on my life admin list is a blog with tricks to help people achieve this."

And we'll be ready and watching, Kat.

Katherine De Roz @KatCutsMe
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