Paul Hanlon is a Birmingham born, London-based, freelance hairstylist.
Hanlon did not come from a hairdressing family, indeed his father was in the diamond tool industry and his mother worked as a receptionist in a salon. After school, he’d go to the salon and wait for her to finish work. Eventually something about it just drew him in.
At that time, in the 90’s, there were magazines like The Face, i-D, Dazed & Confused, which were really good at giving new people opportunities. If his work was published even on just one page here and there, it felt like a door into the fashion world for him.
Hanlon worked in a local Toni & Guy salon for five years to get a grounding in old school cutting and styling. But it wasn’t long until he moved to London with his sights set on the fashion industry. His flair, ambition and technical training meant Hanlon was soon working alongside some of the industry’s most important session hairstylists.
When he moved to London and started testing, he met Katie Grand, who gave him opportunities in magazines and his first show.
He was also lucky enough to meet Malcolm Edwards, who played a big part in ‘injecting’ him into the world of session hairstyling, assisting him at London Fashion Week and going with him to Milan and Paris to work on the shows. All of a sudden he was thrown into this arena, and he couldn’t get enough.
Paul has now built up a reputation for innovative hairstyling. Working as a freelance stylist for over 12 years, his handiwork—often the undone cool girl look—is a staple on the catwalks of all the major fashion weeks, as well as on the covers of magazines like Love and American Vogue. Hanlon regularly contributes to the pages of titles such as Interview, V, W and Vogue Paris and Italia.
Raf Simons (who was with Jil Sander at the time), Alexander McQueen and photographer David Sims were among the first to recognize his talent.
Today, Hanlon’s client list includes the photographers Craig McDean, Mert and Marcus and Steven Klein.
He has created catwalk looks for designers like Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler, Moschino and Calvin Klein and he has contributed to campaigns for Calvin Klein, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Valentino.
Hanlon was also the hairstylist behind Justin Bieber’s famed “My Calvins” campaign in 2015.