5 Minutes With Peter Gray, L’Oréal Paris UK Hair Expert

Haircare is an expanding and successful business and few in the industry understand this more than Peter Gray, UK Hair Expert at L’Oréal Paris. During London Fashion Week S/S 14 he whipped up looks backstage. What does it take to stay motivated and above all competitive in the beauty market? Gray talks to Stylesight about his current obsessions  inspirations and the simplet yet effective mottos and mantras that keep him grounded and creative.

Richard Nicoll S/S 14 backstage hair

Stylesight: Music, fabrics, art, icons: which of these are inspiring you for the F/W 14 season?
Peter Gray: “Music: I love the band Clear Plastic Masks – they are a true band to watch, I’m predicting they’re going to be the next Oasis. Art: Nick Cave has made these crazy sound suits made out of furry material. He’s a professor at Chicago University and is really inspiring.”

SS: Your motto that has set you on a path to success?
PG: “Work until you drop and then get up the next day with a smile.”

SS: What is the secret to succeeding in the beauty business? Is there one?
PG: “Every set back is a learning curve and a lesson.”

 Nick Cave wearable art  

Clear Plastic Bags

SS: Good luck charm (item, person or pet)?
PG: “My team at L’Oreal Paris.”

SS: Beauty project you’re most proud of?
PG: “Shows we have worked in Japan for independent designers. We are given true creative freedom and the hair we create is always a work of art.”

SS: What is one thing that helps give you an inspirational pick-me-up?
PG: “Fitness pages. Also my boxing instructor. In my opinion physical fitness is linked to mental fitness and is so important.”

SS: First experience with beauty? Tell us about a moment or memory.
PG: “Going to the hair salon with my mum (which I hated). I refused to have my hair cut anywhere apart from a men’s only barber’s shop and only wanted to go with my grandfather.”

SS: Beauty product (skincare or makeup) you’d never live or leave the house without?
PG: “Lip Balm.”

— Glynnis Mapp, Stylesight Beauty Editor

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