Phil Smith an award-winning hairdresser with over 30 years in the industry. Widely renowned as one of the most successful businessmen in hairdressing, Phil’s BE GORGEOUS range is a beauty editor favourite, offering high performing haircare solutions at affordable prices. Phil splits his time between his stunning Salisbury salon Smith England and his celebrity clientele, as well as styling for high-profile magazines and presenting at international events.
Leaving sixth form college it had always been Phil’s masterplan to join the police force. The fact that he’d set his sights on a girl who worked in the local hairdressing salon found him working there as a Saturday boy, in doing so enjoying salon life so much he stayed, earning himself a full time apprenticeship.
On completion of his apprenticeship, Phil became part of the Toni & Guy family in London which he says gave him the foundation to build, coupled with the determination to succeed in a difficult and challenging industry.
On acquiring the franchise of Toni & Guy, Salisbury, Phil decided to bring a taste of London hairdressing to the market town. With this recipe for success, added to his relentless drive and enthusiasm, Phil was quick to learn both the business and creative aspects of the industry which further ignited his desire to not only be an acknowledged hairdresser, but a reputed businessman.
Phil’s drive and ambition has led him to exceed expectations within the industry and enjoy success, not only as a salon owner with investment in over 28 salons worldwide, sending countless hairdressers on the road to success.
Phil has also earned his rightful place on the creative path of hairdressing secured in the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame, having won the Wales & South West title three times, plus the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year nominated 8 times. In 2008 Phil earned himself the accolade of Australian Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year, and was presented with his award at the fabulous Sydney Opera House.
Another great achievement came in 2001, when Phil was awarded the BHBA Business Director of the Year (the most prestigious Business Award), and still remains the youngest to ever do so.
Phil Smith is an award-winning hairdresser with over 30 years in the industry. Widely renowned as one of the most successful businessmen in hairdressing, Phil’s BE GORGEOUS range is a beauty editor favourite, offering high performing haircare solutions at affordable prices. Phil splits his time between his stunning Salisbury salon Smith England and his celebrity clientele, as well as styling for high-profile magazines and presenting at international events.
The icing on the cake has to be the launch of his signature haircare line in 2007, Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS exclusively available from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. The award winning range offers over 35 salon quality products at an affordable price. Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS haircare has succeeded in partnering with Cruelty Free International, the global organisation dedicated to ending animal testing for personal care and other consumer products worldwide. Cruelty Free International also certifies companies under the international ‘Leaping Bunny’ programme, giving consumers piece of mind that products associated with this logo comply with the most rigorous international cruelty-free standards. Phil Smith BE GORGEOUS is one of very few high street hair care brands to be awarded with the Leaping Bunny recognition.
In 2014, years of dreaming and planning culminated in the opening of his stunning Salisbury salon, Smith England. Set in an imposing 15th century building featuring antique furniture and period detailing, the space was designed to offer clients a first-class home-from-home experience. ‘I’m loving my job right now as it has become everything I’ve wanted to do in hairdressing”. Phil still maintains a day or two cutting and styling at the unique salon and travels extensively answering the haircare needs of a collective of celebrity including Tess Daly, Vernon Kaye, Flavia Cacace, Jill Halfpenny, Michelle Keegan and Chris Moyles.
Phil’s other enjoyment lies in his homelife which includes wife Louise, daughter Ellie and son George, and a couple of westie’s, Smithy and Smudge. Another enjoyment he admits to is still getting a buzz from seeing his own Gorgeous Haircareline on shelf. “If either myself or my family ever pass a Sainsbury’s we are in there checking the stand!”
Smith England is at 51 High Street, Salisbury, SP1 2PB. Telephone 01722 324 999 for appointments. www.philsmithhair.com