Nathan Gorman worked in London before moving to Portugal to direct hair And makeup for film and TV. Having joined the KEVIN.MURPHY team in 2010, Nathan has creative directed the Salvatore Ferragamo event for Vogue, and worked with Kevin on MSFW, the White Suede show at RAFW, Chanel photoshoot, Country Road photoshoot and the Sunglass Hut Campaign amongst others.
World, meet Nathan Gorman. We’re going to take you through your need-to-knows so you’ll be fully caught up on this KEVIN.MURPHY educator.
What Inspired you to become a hair stylist?
I’ve always loved hair and fashion but started my career a bit late. After going to Uni, I got to a point where I had the confidence to follow my heart.
What do you foresee being the trends of 2013?
We are lead by the major fashion houses and we are seeing a return of a stronger silhouette and higher necklines. The 60′s are a big influence with cutting, colour and styling but there is a bit of 90′s grunge in there too. With cutting we are seeing a return to geometric shapes but reinvented with a thatchy natural texture, they are blunt but have movement and almost a grungy texture. Short hair is in, mid to shorter lengths are the hottest shapes of the moment. Colour is becoming more optical with seamless variation; the colours are coal browns, peach or warm blondes and titian reds. For styling it is all about removing the length for the higher necklines, up is in! We are making hair look shorter to keep you in trend but without cutting. The beehive is back but almost a brushed out smaller version with a more believable texture. Also, wave but not curl is very new this season, think flatter when worn out and languid.
What is your favorite KM product?
If I have to choose I would say MAXI.WASH. The key to any good style is the foundation and MAXI.WASH removes any of the nastiness and sets the hair texture up for success!
Where do you find daily inspiration?
My Colleagues at KEVIN.MURPHY and of course Kevin himself, but it is the kids on the street that I love to observe. I follow the social media and shows of all of the major fashion houses like a religion. Sites like Art+Commerce and The Sartorialist are also fab.
What are five things you can’t live without?
My new KEVIN.MURPHY Loves tongs, rollers, a texture comb, sewing kit and MORE rollers!
Why did you call your salon ‘Head Over Heels’?
It was a play on people being both head over heels with the experience we provide and also of course their hair!!
What do you see as a challenge to the beauty industry today?
Price cutting! Why would people even entertain such a thing? I know the worth of my staff and my own skills. It is devaluing and demoralising to our industry. Training and education is also something I am passionate about and they are not valued enough. Finally, environmental concerns, which is why I love the green salon project. People need to be more conscious as to what they are rubbing all over their skin and washing down the drain.