As well as my passion for hairdressing, I have always been pleased to be able to give back to an industry that has given me so much – whether that is through teaching, judging or helping to make improvements wherever I can.
To this end, I am part of one of the National Hair & Beauty Federation’s Hair Professional Trailblazer Apprenticeship expert working parties, and we met recently to discuss the reviving of the advanced level national qualification for hairdressers in England.
The apprenticeships were originally developed by hair and beauty employees to ensure apprentices gain the level of knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to work well in a hair salon, barbershop or beauty salon, and set a great foundation for continual professional development.
I am delighted to be involved with the Trailblazer group. It’s a great honour and a great job to have – it is part of my responsibility to the industry. And it was good to catch up with my friends, including my fellow Frenchman Robert Masciave, who was with me at the salon for 11 years before going on to become one of hairdressing’s most innovative voices.
On my way to London, I was thrilled to bump into my friend, the actress Sarah Parish, who was travelling to the West End for her play rehearsal. I didn’t see her at first; there was someone sitting between us on the train, and we were both very wrapped up as it was so cold. Then the man in between us suddenly said: “How funny! I have Guy Kremer on one side of me, and Sarah Parish on the other!” It did make us both laugh!
I caught up with another old friend when I was asked to style Sam Fox’s hair for a magazine shoot. I used to do her hair when she was a legendary Page 3 model, and it was wonderful to see her again. She is beautiful inside and out – a great soul. We had a fabulous day.