Russell, Leslie (4 of 23)  An Oral History of British Fashion

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  • Recording date

    2003-09-03, 2003-11-26,2003-12-10, 2004-01-22, 2004-02-11, 2004-03-

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's flat above salon 'Smile'

  • Interviewees

    Russell, Leslie 1943- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Details LR's 'mod' haircut. Changes in quality of shampoos. Technique for preparing model's hair for competition. Problems with hand-held hair-dryers. Explains ideal hair for competition purposes. Hairdresser Raymond 'Teasy-Weasy' explained. Back-combing hair and different technique for straight hair. Details skills learned on training school nights. Description perm-settings, neutralising, etc. Specialisation as colourist or cutter in Leonard's salon. Details change in use of colour in 60s. Effect of back-combing hair. Method of learning hairstyles, examples. Radical versus establishment styles. Discussing style with client, details. VS's influence. LR's instinctive understanding of cutting hair from style-drawing. LR's love of cinema, examples of favourite films. Details salary and tips, plus commission when a stylist. LR used to working with women; regarded them solely as sex objects until met CM.

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    Life story interview with Leslie Russell (1943-), hairdresser.

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    Leslie Russell interviewed by Linda Sandino: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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