Russell, Leslie (4 of 23) An Oral History of British Fashion
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2003-09-03, 2003-11-26,2003-12-10, 2004-01-22, 2004-02-11, 2004-03-
Interviewee's flat above salon 'Smile'
Russell, Leslie 1943- (speaker, male)
Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)
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.
Life story interview with Leslie Russell (1943-), hairdresser.