Darren Ambrose, Creative Director, D&J Ambrose
Darren Ambrose is an innovative session stylist who can meet any hair brief, no matter how commercial or avant-garde. Nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year and winner of Most Wanted Creative Talent, he’s headed up S/S15 and A/W15 shows for Gyunel and PPQ as well as worldwide campaigns for the likes of P&G. One of British hairdressing’s creative leaders – a winner of no less than 5 British Hairdressing Awards, he produces some of the most jaw dropping photographic work in the world alongside the wearable styles he gives his clients at his busy Pinner salon.
Darren opened the first London show hosted by Tribute magazine in 2012 and is a regular at the Professional Hairdresser Live show, Salon International and many other shows worldwide. His team demonstrates all the winning potential you’d expect under his mentoring – Kieran Tudor is a winner of Newcomer of the Year, Michael Francos has finalised for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year and won the AIPP Men’s Image award; Clayde Baumann and Abby Smith finalised fro British Colour Technician of the Year with Clayde scooping the title, while Luke Benson (now a FAME team member) and Clayde have enjoyed success in the Wella Trend Vision competition.
Darren, alongside wife Jackie (the J in D&J Ambrose), is driven by a love of fashion and the duo’s business is motivated by this passion over and above anything else – this in no small part is what attracts such a host of talent to the salon as they all cite the creativity and investment made into photoshoots and artistic pursuits. Darren says of his philosophy, “A long time ago, a close friend gave me a great bit of advice: “Stay focused”. To me this means staying true to myself, and as very much a creatively driven person, everything I do is shaped, driven and motivated through and by creativity. This enables those that work with me to really “get me”, allowing them to have a very clear idea of what I can (and to be honest, can’t) do which in turn has opened so many exciting doors for me, the D&J Ambrose Artistic team and the salon.