Andrew Fitzsimons from Ballinteer in Dublin, has landed a coveted spot as the go-to hair guy in one of the most influential families in the world: the Kardashians.
Andrew lists Ashley Graham, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk and Bella Hadid among his ever-growing list of celebrity clients and he is the magic hands behind countless iconic Kardashian hairstyles.
Before he was mingling with Hollywood elite, he was honing his craft at home in Dublin and fighting standard expectations for him to stay in school and play rugby. When he was younger, Dublin was not the place for a young, sensitive, gay boy. Now it has changed a lot and Ireland was one of the first countries to pass the gay marriage vote and he is very proud of that.
When Andrew was 13, his mother got him a summer job in a salon, which went on to be the foundation of his career in hairstyling. After working in the salon for the summer, in September of the second year he went back to school and he realized it was the wrong place for him. He wanted to be out working and give himself the education he wasn’t getting. He was happy to leave and be good at something. Two weeks later, at 14 years-old, he made the executive decision to leave school, much to his mum’s dismay. She made him make an agreement to take his job seriously, be responsible, work full time and get to the top of the field.
It’s been 16 years since then and he hasn’t taken one sick day, and he’s still trying to reach the top of the field. He knew leaving school so early would affect the rest of his life. The structure of life and education did not cater to him. He chose to create his own reality. He was determined.
After leaving school, Andrew spent a couple of years working as an apprentice and soon became popular with celebrities on home soil including Grainne Seoige and Miriam O’Callaghan.
Despite having built up his experience as a hairstylist and forming a steady clientele in Ireland, Andrew felt that Dublin wasn’t the place for him and dabbled in Paris before eventually taking the leap the Big Apple at the age of 29. When he moved there, he had to start all over again. He had to start hustling, he had no money. He had his suitcase and his kit but he didn’t have $2. He started doing test shoots. He explained that if he had an ego when he was working, it would have ended his career. He used to walk for two hours, rain or snow, to go to a job because he couldn’t afford the subway. Sleeping on couches, doing anything he could to put himself out there and learn.
Clearly, Andrew’s hustle and dedication to his work paid off when he landed the job of working with one of the biggest artists to come out of the 21st century–Adele. Then he worked with Mariah Carey for a few years and it all stemmed from there.
It was by sheer coincidence that Andrew began working with the Kardashians, which went on to be a defining moment in his career and led him to Instagram stardom. He was working on an advertisement and he was asked if he wanted to stay around to do the hair of a new face that was coming in after and it was Kendall.
Staying around to do Kendall’s hair opened up a treasure chest of clients for Andrew, who has landed an exclusive gig as Kourtney’s personal hair stylist.
His work can now be found in leading publications such as V Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Thailand, Vogue Arabia, Paper, Love, Elle, and in campaigns for brands including Calvin Klein, KKW Beauty, Skims, and Kylie Cosmetics.
He is also the founder of Andrew Fitzsimons Hair, his haircare line, sold exclusively at Boots Ireland and Boots UK.
He is represented by The Wall Group and you can find his portfolio HERE
You can shop his line HERE