Beauty,  Hair

Inspired: David Gillson

I was definitely in a bit of a creative rut recently, and it was really beginning to annoy me, so I went looking for inspiration.

I think all creative people fall into inspiration slumps at some stage, and the key to getting out of it is to find what inspires you. For me it is definitely travelling, but I get most of mine from other creative people. That is what sparked the idea for this new blog series – finding out what inspires my favourite creatives. Not only do I hope that these will be interesting and insightful, but also maybe help you if you’re feeling at a dead end in your creative journey.

David Gillson

There was only ever one choice for my first guest in this series. David Gillson has done my hair for years, and is one of the most inspiring people I know. He is so passionate about what he does, and is an absolute master in his field, but always treats everyone the same and is unbelievably humble. He always seems to know the latest trends and treatments, and makes it his mission to perfect each one. Obviously, I found out what inspires his creativity and what makes him tick.

What made you choose to go into hair styling?
I chose to go into Hairdressing because I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and Hairdressing is the quickest way to transform someone in a fashion forward direction.

Toni & Guy Salon: Shutterstock

Who was your biggest inspiration when you were starting out?

I was always obsessed by the big London names in hairdressing; Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie and Toni & Guy.

What are your hair favourite trends of the 90s, 2000s and now?

90s Straight hair image: Shutterstock

90’s: Prada brought in a new wave of minimalism. A real palate cleanser after the excesses of the 80’s and hairstyles followed suit. Big permed hair was followed by very flat-ironed hair. It was super shiny with solid colours or strong block highlights.

2000s Festival hair image: Shutterstock

2000’s: Festival hair after the super styled. Clean 90’s styles became came bed hair (think Kate Moss at Glastonbury.)

Lob hair cut image: Shutterstock

Now: I love the new Balayage and freehand colour trends, as well as groomed curls. I think the lob will be the standout style of this decade.

Algarve: Shutterstock

What inspires you today?

Travel is my biggest inspiration. I love street style from around the world. Every season I review the international collections and take an overall view of the main theme hair is taking for the season.

Cosmoprof: Shutterstock

How do you stay ahead of the game in such a competitive industry?

I travel extensively going to Cosmoprof in Bologna every March to the worlds biggest Hair Trade Fair, attend the Davines World Wide Hair Tour every year which is in a different country every year  (next year it’s Iceland which is on my bucket list and will be totally inspiring.)

I make sure I go to London every year to soak up the in the hub of hair trends. (Still love London style!)

And to stay ahead technically, each year I try to attend at least two international cut and colour training seminars.

You can get David to work his magic on your hair most days at Carlton Hair Hyde Park (011) 325 4916, but he also makes regular trips down to Carlton Hair Constantia Village (021) 794 4417. For more hair and fashion trend inspiration, you can follow him on Instagram here.


  • Stacey-lee lewis

    Evening i am stacey-lee lewis a first year student and a emplyee at carlton hair Constantia,and i work with David Gillson when he comes down to Constantia for his clients all the time!!!
    He is the best and you are quite right his humble and treats everybody the same way….i was stuned when David invited me on Facebook on the 29th of july 2018 i just couldn’t believe it,i thanked him for it,and he said ”yes we are friends and you are going to be a Superstar one day”.
    He is the best celebrity/fashion fanatic , FABULOUS hairdresser.
    Thank you David for everything i have learned from you and will still learn in the future.