Life of a Stylist – Consumer Campaign Styling with Andrew Trott-Barn
For this edition of Life of a Stylist we chatted to Andrew Trott-Barn. Andrew is the art director and brand ambassador of Advanced Pro Salon Colour Code. He’s coiffed the hair of multiple soap stars and worked on consumer campaigns ranging from Matalan to Magnet Kitchens. Here he explains why he’s willing to break the rules to create new looks…
What was your route into the hair industry?
I knew from a young age that I was interested in hair. I went to a local college and I was fortunate enough to take to it naturally. Before I knew it, I was colouring in my local salon and I still have those original clients to this day.
Can you tell us about your present role?
I am the art director and brand ambassador for Colour Code. I also work freelance which includes working in a salon, doing photo shoots, shows and red carpet events. I’ve just worked at the National Television Awards and styled Melanie Sykes and Alison King. I also work regularly on the Inside Soap Awards, the BAFTAs and the TV Choice Awards and I’ve styled multiple actresses from Coronation Street. I love each and every part of my role for different reasons.
I love seeing my regular clients as well as the on-set dynamic of a photoshoot and the glitz and glam of a red carpet event and working corporate partners such as Matalan, InTu and Magnet Kitchens. I also offer an old-day bridal service, which includes hair and make-up entourage and multiple styling if requested.
What are the pros and cons of your role?
The pro of working with Colour Code is that I’m helping to develop the brand. I have seen it grow so much in a short time and I’m excited to see where the journey will take us in future. I love working with regular clients and making them feel special by offering them different looks and also just generally catching up.
It still humbles me to see my work in a photoshoot and on the red carpet. I don’t think it will ever truly sink in, but I just go into work mode and get the job done. The main con for me is finding the time to fit everything in. I love all of it and I’m very fortunate to be in this position, so I want to do it all when the offers come in, but it’s about finding the right balance.
What are your tips for building a name in the industry?
For me, I don’t believe there are any secrets to establishing yourself in the industry. It’s purely hard graft and letting your work speak for yourself. Keeping up to date on current styles and fashion is the key to staying on-trend and current. You should never think you are above anyone else. If you respect people in the industry, they will do the same back to you.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
I’m from a small town in Derbyshire so I when I came to Manchester, I had to establish myself. I do love a challenge so I worked hard on my creativity and explored how I could break the rules to create new looks.
What are your tips for someone who aspires to have a career like yours?
It’s all about working hard. Build your portfolio and don’t be afraid to take pictures of your clients, as this shows your skills as a hairdresser. Stay up to date with fashion, trends and also don’t be scared to step outside of your comfort zone because this is what helps us grow. This industry is all about constantly learning so take every opportunity you can.
What’s your styling philosophy?
There are so many different styles I like for different reasons, so it depends on the brief. I love texture, complementing a client’s features and I also love makeovers. I love showing people a new look for themselves and seeing how happy they are with the results. It’s all about knowing your products and how they can help you to achieve a desired look.
What are your favourite accounts on Instagram?
What’s your signature look?
My main vibe has always been the ‘done but undone’ look. This also varies depending on the situation. My main goal is for the model, client or individual to leave feeling confident and amazing.
What are the go-to products in your kit bag?
It has to be Colour Code and Advanced Pro Salon products!
What’s next for you and your career?
I am very happy with where I am at the moment. But I’m excited to see where my role with Advanced Pro Salon and Colour Code goes and how we can grow together. I want to continue what I’m doing and grow my industry presence. I love what I do and that’s the drive everyone should have – no goal is too big as long as you work hard for it.