With his diverse experience as an editorial hairstylist, Peter Gray is the guiding force behind Moroccanoil’s new cutting curriculum.
Establishing himself in the ’90s, Peter Gray’s work has been featured in the pages of publications such as V Magazine, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Known for his exceptional cutting skills, Gray’s hair designs have walked the runways for fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood and Junya Watanabe, making him a highly sought-after hairstylist among a broad spectrum of professional beauty brands including Lanvin and Shu Uemura. Having recently moved to Toronto, Gray spoke with us about his latest partnership with Moroccanoil and why he thinks the brand’s new cutting curriculum offers a fresh take on techniques that can benefit hairstylists at every level of their careers.
Salon Magazine: How is Moroccanoil’s cutting curriculum different from other education programs you’ve been part of?
Peter Gray: This is really a program that gets right back to the basic foundations of haircutting. It’s built on the classic cuts that hairstylists may or may not have learned in school or apprenticeships. It’s an approach that gives hairstylists a lot of creative freedom yet is also efficient, so your clients see results, and that’s what builds credibility and trust.
SM: What are the benefits of this platform for hairstylists in terms of being able to build upon what they learn?
PG: In this program every class links together and once you have the technique, you can take it and put your own spin on it. When you’re able to give your clients something fresh and new, it helps you continue to build that trust with them, and that’s huge for business.
SM: Why were you so excited to be part of developing this education program?
PG: This is a program that really gets back to the heart of hairstylists and puts them first. Even after the classes, hairstylists are able to access training videos to continue their learning or refresh what they’ve learned when they get back to the salon. Being able to be part of a new program is inspiring and creative in a different way.
SM: How can this new platform help hairstylists build their businesses?
PG: Learning a new way of doing things and then going back to your clients to teach them creates a whole different conversation. There’s an instant appreciation from clients that you have taken the time to grow and learn as a professional, which really elevates the salon experience for them. Also, this program will make you more efficient as a hairstylist, and that translates to having more clients throughout the day. Clients are busy, so being able to get them in and out of the salon yet still give them the best look is what everyone wants.
SM: Having worked with many different brands, what is so different about your experience with Moroccanoil?
PG: This was an opportunity to truly put hairstylists first. By really focusing on the heart of why we all do what we do, Moroccanoil has put a lot of thought behind this curriculum and kept the hairstylist in mind. This is really about giving hairstylists an approach that incorporates the tools and products they are using in their salons. This translates to education that can be taken back to their salons immediately.