Shaun McGrath is the Creative Director of Willis B hair salons. He started his career at RAW Anthony Nader, where he was exposed to all elements of hair and its role in the world of high fashion. He was drawn to the more bizarre and flamboyant aspects of this world and has always been experimenting with hair in this way for many years.
Moving to London in 2008, he was exposed to a wider influence of cultures and styles. Working at Willis B as Creative Director, he was able to work directly with people such as Michael Lawless, a former Creative Director at Vidal Sassoon. This new location and position gave him a lot of room to pursue his love of interesting hair styles and wig pieces. Over the past few years, he has been able to hone this into the pieces currently on his site, with a few more in production.
I met Shaun through his involvement with The Wing Assignment, for which he produced the most amazing wig/art piece shown.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
I get paid to enjoy the company of others (let's hope you mentioned I'm a hair dresser in the intro? People could really take that the wrong way.)
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I think that with the world getting smaller there becomes less of a need for any one single creative hero or heroine to be your guide or influence. Instead a collective of creatives sourced from across all areas of the arts and beyond is how I'm inspired, the strongest inspiration often comes to me from things that aren't related to hair at all. The artist and work inspiring to me today is Seung Mo Park's. His wire portraits are amazing.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
Don't let other people put you off doing what you want. One day they'll see what you see.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
It's usually is solved by a few hours in a large hardware and DIY store. I can usually find something in there to trigger an idea or two.
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
I would be a hiking boot which passes for smart casual. Comfortable travelling in rugged terrain, and then I can go straight to dinner.