Life of a Stylist: Collette Doyle on Nutrition and Hair Health
For the latest edition of Life of a Stylist, we chat with nutrition graduate and art director Collette Doyle who believes the connections between the hair and health industries are closer than we might first think.
What was your journey into the hair industry?
I knew from a young age I wanted to finish school and get into the magical world of hair. I would cut anyone’s hair that would let me, even when I didn’t have any technical skills as it just felt natural.
I remember watching the TV show Top of the Pops when Boy George came on and falling in love. One day I was walking and the main hairdresser in my town, Terry, swished past with a full face of make-up looking like him. I begged my mum for a haircut with Terry and she looked worried but let me go. From then, I couldn’t wait until I was 14 to get a Saturday job at the salon.
What are your present roles?
I live in Brighton, right by the sea and my current role is senior art director for an international salon. I’m generally the person with the more challenging clients or the ones that want a big restyle. I’ve found the tricky clients are always the most loyal. Before I left London, I graduated in nutrition so I’m also a qualified nutritional therapist.
What are your tips for hairdressers who are interested in nutrition?
Hair and nutrition go hand in hand – whether it’s advising clients on nutrition for their hair or working with staff on their health goals, weight loss or detox hacks for the party goers. Consistency is key for working in a salon – bring your own food, take breaks to get fresh air, make exercise part of your daily routine and get into nature as much as possible.
I really feel now is the time to connect who we are with what we eat as your outside is a reflection of your inside. Let’s be conscious about our food and our environment. Let’s not run on empty but educate ourselves with the resources we have, and be the best versions of ourselves.
What are the pros and cons of your role?
I love making clients feel good and we get to create all day and chat to interesting people. Most of my close friends are through hairdressing – some of them started off as clients so it’s a fantastic way to meet people.
The con for me is technology as I’m not as savvy about the digital world and still have to call my teenage nephew for help.
What’s your favourite account to follow on Instagram?
I only follow accounts that inspire me, and I love people like Fearne Cotton who give genuine advice with a rawness – whether it’s on breathing techniques, food or exercise.
What is the signature ‘Collette Doyle’ look you like to create?
My signature look would be an undone cool – I like something that works without too much product. I love soft and beautiful hair whatever the length, but I’m happy to throw in a strong Tilda Swindon on the right person. I don’t agree with styles for age ranges and I think you should just rock it regardless.
What are the go-to products in your kitbag?
I couldn’t live without my natural YS Park brushes as the hair just feels so good. Product wise, it has to offer a natural and light hold with heat protection and I like a good serum like Moroccan Oil Treatment.
What’s next for Colette Doyle?
I’m confident 2021 will be a good year, so let’s all look at how we can be more eco-friendly, keep our mental health strong, nourish our bodies with the right fuel and appreciate our clients. I believe we need to look for the small things that make our world precious. I believe knowledge is power so my aim is to bring my passion for health and the hair industry together, and share my love for nutrition with fellow hairdressers.
You can check out Collette’s Instagram page (collette_essential_health) here!