The Final Cut with Paul Hession

On the job
Hairdressing is in my blood, it was everywhere in my house when I was growing up. My dad, Frank Hession, is a hairdresser. He was always talking about his clients, the competitions and shows that he was doing. I loved the idea of such a fashion-led career so I began working in the salon as soon as I could. I loved it from day one and still love it 30 years later.

Being inspired
There are so many things that inspire me: I love Italian Vogue, it’s my fashion drug. I am also hooked on Instagram – I follow other hairdressers like Johnny Othona of Allilon Education and Mazella&Palmer, these guys are so inspiring.

Getting excited
There are two times of the year that I love: the lead-up to the L’Oréal Colour Trophy, it creates such a positive vibe in both of the salons as everyone gets behind the teams entering, and the Christmas period. It’s when the salon is in full swing, everyone is pushed to their limits and we
all work as one big team.

Iconic cuts
I love the pixie cut. I first saw it on Mia Farrow and I fell in love with it instantly. It’s not for everyone – only a few can pull off such a strong haircut but when it works, it works. I also love the bob: it’s such an iconic cut and so versatile, there are so many different bobs to suit almost everyone.

Making mistakes
There’s one incident that stands out! I was at a show in Scotland and I was doing a cut on stage. I promised a model that I wouldn’t cut a fringe in her hair but I got a little excited and I forgot my promise... NOT A VERY HAPPY MODEL. But the fringe suited her!

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High times
There have been a few, thank God: Opening our second salon in Clontarf was a biggie and also doing the L’Oréal Colour Trophy show. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but definitely the
most rewarding.

Industry issues
The biggest issue I have is the nixers, it’s killing the industry. It has such a negative impact on salons, it’s got to be stopped.

The salon and my team keep me motivated. I am always striving to be better, everyday. I don’t take anything for granted. My dad has been such an influence on me, he never let me get too big for my boots. He would say, “you’re only as good as your last haircut.”

Dream job
I am extremely happy in my career so far, I have been very lucky and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Future plans
We’re about to start a total refurbishment on our Drumcondra salon. And, who knows, maybe salon number three...