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Trevor Sorbie, hairdresser

Trevor Sorbie, hairdresser, shares the eight tracks, a book and luxury he would want to take to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Trevor Sorbie is known as an innovative hairdresser and is the founder of the charity, MyNewHair.

Born into a family of hairdressers – both his father and grandfather were barbers – he spent the first decade of his life in Scotland before the family relocated to Essex. His first ambition was to become an artist, but when he left school aged 15 with no qualifications after being bullied, his father suggested that he could help out at his barbershop. Within three months, Trevor was cutting hair and found that he loved it.

Five years down the line, however, he decided to learn about cutting women’s hair and following his training, his first job was at a Vidal Sassoon salon. He would later go on to work at both John Frieda and Toni & Guy, before launching his own salon with his business partner in 1979. He invented several iconic haircuts of the era, including the Wedge and the Chop, and he came up with the technique of scrunch drying. His innovative styles won him the British Hairdresser of the Year award four times.

In 2006, he set up his charity MyNewHair to teach hairdressers how to cut and style wigs after his sister-in-law lost her hair in the course of her cancer treatment. Since then, he has trained nearly a thousand hairdressers. He was the first hairdresser to be awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2004.

BOOK CHOICE: All of Jeremy Clarkson’s books
LUXURY: A bottle of wine
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

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37 minutes

Music Played

  • Johnny Duncan & His Bluegrass Boys

    Last Train to San Fernando

    • As Good as it Gets: Skiffle.
    • Columbia.
    • 7.
  • Grace Jones

    Pull Up To The Bumper

    • Island Life.
    • MCA.
    • 7.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire


    • Earth, Wind and Fire: The Greatest Hits.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    • Gold.
    • Polydor.
    • 1.
  • George Harrison

    My Sweet Lord

    • All Things Must Pass.
    • EMI.
    • 14.
  • Duffy


    • Rockferry.
    • A&M.
    • 7.
  • Elton John

    I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)

    • To Be Continued....
    • MCA.
    • 8.
  • George Michael

    Father Figure

    • Faith.
    • Sony.
    • 2.


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