With more than 30 years of hairdressing experience under his belt, a salon empire, a global reputation for education and countless award wins, Paul Falltrick is one of the industry’s best-loved and most established names.
Now, having built up and sold his eponymous salons and academy, Paul has returned to the place where it all started: GFC Hairdressing, the business he built alongside his mother, Gisele Falltrick.
Located in the heart of Hornchurch, Essex, GFC Hairdressing is now home to Paul and his mum, as well as a talented and diverse team that are busy benefitting from the education, inspiration and insight that the dynamic duo bring.
With both parents working as hairdressers, Paul’s career started – like so many – as a reluctant Saturday boy, recruited to help out the family business. After only one shift, aged 14, he found himself inspired and decided to follow in his mum and dad’s footsteps. Following a move to London, Paul earned a position at John Frieda, where he began working as an assistant to Nicky Clarke. He quickly gained experience and expertise in shoots, stage work and shows, as he joined Nicky on set with the likes of Vogue and David Bailey and on screen for GMTV.
Fast gaining a reputation for his cutting and styling work, Paul went on to gain a place on the prestigious Fellowship for British Hairdressing F.A.M.E. Team in 1996, before eventually taking over his father’s business and opening two salons in Essex, as well as a state-of-the-art training academy.
As artistic director for various brands and an integral member of their creative teams, Paul’s education career wasn’t restricted to Romford; he routinely travelled the world with brands including Matrix, Balmain Hair and BaByliss Pro, sharing his passion, expertise and craft with global audiences and undertaking shoots and press launches.
As well as shooting for the brands he represented, Paul has produced much of his own creative work and finalised and won at the British Hairdressing Awards as Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year and Artistic Team of the Year.
Today, Paul is focussing on building up GFC Hairdressing and continuing to educate and inspire both his own salon team and the wider industry. He has also found time, appropriately for 2020, to establish a salon hygiene brand, CleanIt; a professional fast-dry sanitising spray to keep your tools, tech, surfaces and accessories hygienic between clients.