Senscience International Artistic Director Martin Hillier will reach forty years in the Industry in September this year. Starting his career as an apprentice at a local salon in Buckinghamshire, England, at the age of 16, Hillier has since accumulated an extensive range of runway and editorial experience, styling at New York Fashion Week, Salon International London and on the main stage at the ABA’s. His work has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire and many more international publications.
Martin Hillier imagery, photography by Devin Karrington
Originally wanting to be a clothing designer, Hillier channelled his love of fashion and artistic talent into hair styling. He was taught basic setting skills, period styles and other world class techniques in his early days as an apprentice, which he still uses to this day and preaches around world. Upon finishing his apprenticeship, Hillier moved to London to work for the S&L group amongst many famous faces, where he continued to be inspired by the artistry of hair.
Martin Hillier imagery, photography by Liz Rosa
Currently based in Vancouver, where he works at Lounge Hair Studio, Hillier travels the world for Senscience, teaching the skills he has amassed over a four decade long career to international audiences.
Rita Ora and Martin Hillier
“It is simply amazing that a boy who was told he had no potential is a partner at a prestigious salon in Vancouver, travels the world as a Global Art Director, is bumping shoulders with the rich and famous, and has had work published in trade and consumer magazines worldwide,” said Hillier. “For all the other young people out there that maybe think they’ll never be enough or that they’re dreams are for other people. It’s not up to someone else to decide who you are; it’s up to you to show the world!”
Hillier will continue to inspire audiences globally as he looks to the next phase of his esteemed career.