Stephen Mackinder: Biography (click on name to see a photo)
Stephen’s thirty years of high profile hairdressing experience have seen him transcend his suburban London beginnings to carve out a career around the globe with the industry’s best known name – Vidal Sassoon. He now brings his exceptional teaching talents and first class hairdressing skills to focus on his own hair company in the fashionable heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Stephen began his hairdressing career with a 9 month Diploma course at the internationally acclaimed Vidal Sassoon London School in 1974 and by ‘75’ he had been snapped up to work as a stylist in Sassoon’s West End salons. Stephen is a natural people person who bonds well with clients and staff alike. His has an acute intuition for interpreting his client’s needs and desires allowing him to create some truly inspired looks. It was this outstanding talent that took him to Beverly Hills to work alongside designers such as Versace, Gianfranco Ferre and Valentino. After a few years helping to transform hairdressing in California, Stephen returned to the UK to manage some of Sassoon’s most prestigious London Salons.
In the mid 90’s Stephen switched careers from salon floor to classroom and opened the Sassoon Advanced Academy in Mayfair, London. The Academy serves as the touchstone for the company’s creativity and it instantly drew hair professionals from around the world to learn the incredible techniques on offer. Stephen has worked on shows and has conducted seminars in Brazil, Italy, Hungary, Taiwan, Canada and Scandinavia and taught every one of the courses Sassoon offers in London and LA. He will draw on the exceptional experience afforded him in his role as General Manager of the Vidal Sassoon Schools, to offer insightful, forward thinking and high quality education for hair professionals who want to tap into his top class credentials.
When he isn't creating stunning hair, sport mad Stephen loves spending time with his two small sons. Stephen says "I get excited about hair every day. It's great to have a job where you can maintain that kind of motivation and drive. It could all have been so different.....I nearly became an accountant!"