Phil Smith – Celebrity Hairdresser & Businessman, UK
‘I fell into it because I fancied a girl who worked in the salon! It was only supposed to be a short-term thing but I quickly fell in love – with hairdressing!’ says Phil Smith - The winner of too many titles to mention has given Phil carte blanche to British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.
Over twenty years with the Toni &Guy family, Phil Smith built up a staggering 28 salon franchises. ‘I joined Toni & Guy in their early days of the franchising programme and was so lucky to have both Toni and Anthony as mentors and at the end of a phone. They were both so helpful and welcoming. I loved being part of what is, in my opinion, the most exciting hairdressing brand ever.’
Then, in 2014, years of dreaming and planning culminated in the opening of his stunning Salisbury salon, Smith England. The space was designed to offer clients a first-class home-from-home experience. ‘I’m loving my job right now as it has become everything I’ve wanted to do in hairdressing. Recently, I’ve taken over the business that licensed my name for product purposes as my range has grown so much over the last ten years. So I now own my brand outright.’
The brand – Phil Smith Be Gorgeous – is stocked exclusively in Sainsbury’s and includes a wet line of products, as well as tools and electricals. Phil cites the late Umberto Giannini, as wellas Charles Worthington, as his inspiration when creating the line.
Although his career must take some beating, Phil reveals that his greatest achievement is ‘keeping Louise married to me for so long!’ Louise Smith -franchisee and manager of the Salisbury branch of Toni& Guy – is also an award-winning hairdresser and has been married to Phil for 21 years.
‘It’s impossible to sum up thirty years in a sentence – but suffice to say I’ve worked hard, enjoyed my job, met some amazing people and had a great time. I feel truly blessed,’ cited Phil on his journey so far.