Luke Pluckrose


38 | Home: Essex

I love working in hair because… I just love doing hair!
My route into this world was… Via a Toni&Guy beginners education course.

Luke Pluckrose hairdressing

My role is… Creative Director at Saks, where I lead the Saks Art Team.

When I said I wanted to be a hairdresser, I was told… “Are you sure about that? Why don’t you get a proper trade first?” This was my dad, but he soon got where I was at.

My first job was… In Toni&Guy Kensington.

The most important piece of advice has been… Just do good hair, and the rest will follow.

If only parents knew that hairdressing…
Is a career that can take you in so many directions. From starting out as an apprentice/stylist to becoming a business owner/educator, travelling the world with celebs, working on fashion shows… It’s endless.
My mentor is... Gary France, for taking a punt on a 22-year-old, and Kenna, who showed me that there were plenty of different avenues within the world of hair and introduced me to session styling, and how he actually styled hair.

I’m inspired by… Pretty much anything and everything. I’m always looking, watching what’s happening out there.

My most treasured possession is… The wigs I made for the 2019 L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final show, just because of the time and effort it took to make them!

It’s never too late to become a hairdresser because…  As long as you have the dedication and you’re willing to work hard - and learn - you can achieve your goal. I’m proof of this because I was an air conditioning engineer before I got into hairdressing. I was a late starter!

Luke Pluckrose hairdressing
The three hairdressers who inspire me most are… Ky Wilson, whom I've known for years and we’re good friends, so I get to see up close how he is always pushing to create and change the industry. Ben Brown, for creating a hairdressing education brand from scratch by himself that can compete with anything out there. And if you want to see beautiful, creative hair just check out Jean Baptiste Santens. Every time I look at his work I think, Why didn’t I think of that?
Luke Pluckrose hairdressing
That one time… I once found myself in a basement toilet of the iconic Abbey Road recording studios, cutting Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones’s hair.

Working in hairdressing makes me feel… Like I never dread going to work. It doesn’t feel like a job.
Want to get started? Your first step should be... To get in a good salon with a good training programme. You’re only as good as the person teaching you. This will be the biggest decision you will make.

You’re working with lots of people every day. Always remember to... Brush your teeth and be polite.

My career highlight so far has been…
Getting asked to do the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final show.

If it hadn’t been for hair, I wouldn’t have... Met Kim Kardashian West! I just did her hair recently… she found me through my work on Instagram. And then I ended up doing Kendall Jenner’s hair for The Brits.

My ambitions include… I’m not really sure to be honest.  Just keep doing good hair and hopefully good things will come from that.

The best part of my day is…
When everything is set up and I’m doing hair.

I’m proud to be a hairdresser because… You get to be as creative as you want to be.


≠ Be open to ideas and collaborate/share knowledge.

≠ Make sure you have an understanding of all looks from all eras.

≠ Always practice so you can master your craft.

≠ Try to be available, always .

≠ Just do good hair!

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