Andrew Collinge began his hairdressing career with his father, Peter, in Liverpool, 1974. In 1976 he completed his training at the prestigious London salon Michaeljohn. Whilst there he assisted both Michael Rasser and John Isaacs within the salon and on numerous photo shoots. He also assisted the legendary Robert Lobetta, the master of Avant Garde hairdressing on his photo shoots. During his six years at Michaeljohn, Andrew went onto become Artistic Director, representing the company at events such as World Hair, Dusseldorf in 1980, Salon International and other major hairdressing events.
It was whilst in London that Andrew met his wife Liz. They married in 1980 and moved back to the North West in 1982. In 1985 they opened the first Andrew Collinge Hair and Beauty salon in Heswall, on the Wirral. Fast forward to 1988, Andrew and Liz were invited by ‘This Morning’ to complete a makeover on the first week of the new ITV show. The makeover slot became such a success that the ‘King and Queen of Makeovers’, as they were dubbed, stayed with the show for eight years completing over 500 makeovers. Such was the demand for a makeover with Andrew and Liz that they offered a luxury service at the world-famous store, Harrods.
Andrew and Liz have enjoyed a close working relationship for over 30 years, working on fashion and hair shows, photo shoots and TV. Between them they share creativity, a continuous passion for the industry and above all a common vision for shaping looks and trends which keep them at the cutting edge of the hair and beauty world. 1984 saw the launch of the British Hairdressing Awards. In that year, and the following two years, Andrew was voted North West Hairdresser of the Year. As a result of these three wins, he was inducted into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame, the first hairdresser to be so. In 1993 and 1997 he was voted British Hairdresser of the Year. Further Awards have followed, the most notable being the AIPP Hairdresser of the Year, voted by the international hairdressing press and presented to Andrew in Paris in 2000.
Following in his father's footsteps, Andrew was elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing in 1996. In 2014, the Fellowship presented Andrew with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1993, the Andrew Collinge Salon Solutions product range was launched and retailed for the next 20 years. It was sold initially through the retailer Boots, and subsequently within major retailers. The range was also available overseas – the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2000, Andrew was invited to style the hair of Sophie Rhys-Jones on the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Edward at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Also at Windsor in 2008, Andrew and Liz looked after the hair and make-up of Autumn Kelly for her marriage to Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandson.
Awards and Accolades
|–||Wins North West Hairdresser of the Year at British Hairdressing Awards three years consecutively.|
|1987||–||Inaugurated into the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame.|
|1990||–||Alternative Hair Show Hairdresser of the Year.|
|1993||–||British Hairdresser of the Year.|
|1996||–||Elected President of The Fellowship for British Hairdressing.|
|–||Winner of The Fellowship Photographic Image of the Year.|
|1997||–||British Hairdresser of the Year.|
|1998||–||First Honorary President of the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA).|
|1998||–||National Hairdressers Federation Gold Medal Recipient.|
|2000||–||AIPP Grand Trophy Winner (International Hairdresser of the Year) received at the Mondial Coiffure de Beaute in Paris. The first British Hairdresser to receive this award.|
|2003||–||Lifetime Achievement Award, The Guild of Hairdressers (First recipient).|
|2004||–||Winner of BBC's celebrity hairdressing special The Weakest Link.|
|2005||–||Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of contribution to Business and Commerce.|
|2005||–||Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year awarded by the National Hairdressers Federation.|
|2009||–||Master Craftsman Award from The Hairdressing Council. Presented at the House of Commons.|
|2014||–||Lifetime Achievement Award, The Fellowship for British Hairdressing.|