Lucie Doughty


49 | Home: Los Angeles

I love working in hair because… Because no two people are ever the same and for the endless creativity hair brings.
My route into this world was… Through my mum, who was a hairdresser.

Lucie Doughty

My role is… Creative Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems

When I said I wanted to be a hairdresser, I was told... You will always have a job!

My first job was… A Saturday job in a salon.    

The most important piece of advice has been... Stay curious, don’t play it safe.

If only parents knew that hairdressing… Leads to so many opportunities.
My mentors are... Annie Humphreys and Tim Hartley, when I was working at Sassoon.

I’m inspired by… Many things –­ art, fashion. But my current obsession is flowers.

My most treasured possession is… My memories.

It’s never too late to become a hairdresser because... Nothing is ever too late if you want it and it makes you happy.

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If it hadn’t been for hair, I wouldn’t have… Had the opportunities I’ve had. I live in Los Angeles now, with the most amazing job, because of hairdressing. I lead the creative vision for an entire portfolio of professional haircare brands, like Paul Mitchell, and that includes photoshoots, design and media. I’m also an educator and platform artist. I’m also responsible for conceptualising and art directing much of the imagery the brands produce for promotional materials and advertising, and I work with a variety of photographers for magazine editorials.

Lucie Doughty
That one time, I saw… I was stood on stage in South Korea doing a show with the legend Vidal Sassoon, and got to watch him move and inspire a whole audience with his words.

Working in hairdressing makes me feel… Creative and lucky.

Want to get started? Your first step should be... To find the people and education that fit to you. Make sure you do your research.

You’re working with lots of people every day. Always remember to... Do your best.

The best part of my day is… The quiet at the very beginning.
My career highlight so far has been… Travelling to loads of countries for shows and events, and winning my first NAHA (North American Hair Award).

The three hairdressers/barbers who inspire me most are… Antoinette Beenders, Eugene Souleiman and Peter Grey.

My ambitions include… Pushing forward to create new ideas and concepts for hair and trends.

I’m proud to be a hairdresser because… I belong to a creative, caring group of people who share their talents to bring the best out in people.


≠ Check yourself! Why are you showing up for work that day? What are you grateful for?

≠ Always be a good listener.

≠ Stay humble.

≠ Be curious and never stop learning.

≠ Surround yourself with people who inspire you and push you to be better.

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