There’s a lot of change taking place in Chelsea and while the area continues to evolve on the surface, the real gems continue to thrive amongst the locals who know where to go.
One of these ‘in-the-know’ places is Ivan’s Studio. And for those who know, Ivan has cast his magic on the beautiful tresses of Demi Moore, Kate Winslet and Uma Thurman to name a few. He’s the acclaimed stylist Chelsea Girls love and his boutique studio is the perfect setting for women wanting a more intimate space where they can relax without the busy traffic of a hair salon.
Ivan’s team includes his amazing colourist Adrian who Ivan has known since their days at Josh Wood. And when I popped in recently, I asked Adrian a few questions to get to know the man whose talent has impressed Ivan hugely.
Me: What is your background in hair colouring?
Adrian: I first found passion in hair colouring when I was just 18 years old. My auntie took me to a fashion show and I found the whole experience very exciting and glamorous. I wondered whilst I was there how the male and female models got their hair to look so amazing. I instantly became very interested in how to achieve a natural look.
During the evening, I was lucky enough to be introduced to a great hair stylist who introduced me to the world of hairstyling and colouring – and I soon started training with him; I quickly gained knowledge of colour matching and hair types. At the end of my training, I saw many opportunities to expand my skills in some of the top salons in London so I moved here and started my training. During this period, I became familiar with Ivan Ferreira and instantly we became friends. I noticed his talent in hair styling and his way of communicating with his clients. And I knew then I would love to work alongside him at his hair studio, becoming the dream team!
Me: What are the mistakes you see in hair colouring?
Adrian: I often see clients come in with hair that has been over-processed. This means their hair is breaking and is extremely damaged from bleach. In order to fix this, I need to make sure we have a consultation to look at the hair and to understand what processes it has already been through. This process will be done slowly as you do not want to add too much peroxide to the already damaged hair. I will also make sure to look after their hair by applying treatments such as Olaplex and Oribe hair masks.
Me: What advice do you give your clients when they’re trying to decide on which colour to go for?
Adrian: When deciding on a hair colour, the most important step is the consultation. Colourists need this time to talk through the hair and to understand the hair texture and the colour and to go through what works best for the client and what does not. This will include the clients skin colour, eyebrows, hair length as well. It is important to listen to the clients to make sure that they are getting what they want whilst giving your own opinions.
Me: How would you describe Ivan’s Studio? What would a client expect when they visit here?
Adrian: Ivan’s Studio is very private. I describe it as a private members hair club! It’s an exclusive studio hidden away in Chelsea. It’s not high street so clients come via word of mouth, or from one of Ivan’s many magazine mentions. When clients come here, they can expect to leave with expensive looking hair, as well as having a good laugh with the big character that is Ivan!
Me: Which hair trends are you currently enjoying?
Adrian: At the moment, I am enjoying the very natural and sun kissed look. I achieve this by looking after the clients hair, using Gloss and Olaplex with sun kissed lights.
Ivan‘s Studio, Room 2, 1st Floor, 305 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY – Telephone: 0207 0520110