Introducing You to OPEN’s Awesome Co-Director Ben Harrison

My speciality with hair is my consultation

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at OPEN Hairdressing 

I am a Co-Director of OPEN Hairdressing. I work predominantly at OPEN Hairdressing Hemel Hempstead. Originally, I was studying Fashion Accessories at London College of Fashion. However, my cousin and OPEN Director John Phillips showed me that hairdressing is very much like fashion. Using geometry and shape helps me to create beautiful, sculptural hair. I then decided to complete an apprenticeship at Ena Salon in London. I was the first apprentice ever in the company to graduate with a distinction. 

Ben working his magic in Hemel

What do you think makes OPEN Hairdressing different to other salons? 

We wanted to offer a salon for clients where we could provide a London-like salon feel in suburbia. OPEN offers a comfortable and welcoming feel to all clients of all ages. Plus we never bring a dry conversation to the chair! We hope that our clients can feel at ease here, regardless of who styles or colours their hair. This is still the case even if they fancy a change within the salon. 

What can clients expect when they have an appointment with you? 

My speciality with hair is my consultation. I like to dig deep to find out everything I can about the client and their hair. I want to know how they style it, if they have kids, wear glasses, what their occupation is, etc. This is all relevant to finding the perfect look for them.

Moreover, I want to show my clients a great haircut and teach them how to style it at home. I always reassure my clients that they can see or contact me if they have any issues regarding their hair. Hairdressing to me is like a show, it should be exciting from start to finish. 

Co-Directors Ben Harrison and John Phillips outside OPEN Hairdressing Hemel Hempstead

What do you enjoy most about your role at OPEN Hairdressing? 

I enjoy keeping a positive and fun vibe in the salon. I like to maintain a nice flow of conversation between staff and clients. Music is also a great love of mine so using the correct genre always helps to create a great vibe. 

Where can clients find you? 

I work in OPEN Hairdressing Hemel Hempstead most days of the week. You can always drop us an email or call the salon to book a consultation or appointment with me. And remember, clients can follow us on Instagram and Facebook to hear about all the latest news and developments at OPEN Hairdressing.