Mark’s creativity, combined with his interest in inspiring colourists and hairdressers through education, platform shows and collections, signalled a really exciting time for Revlon Professional when he took the role of Global Ambassador.
Proud to be working with a company that encourages strong, confident consumers to express their personality through their hair, Mark’s global presence has gone from strength to strength.
Mark is also renowned for his iconic brand of glamorous, wearable hair, and his passion for mentoring. Pro Hair’s Editor, Nicola Shannon, couldn’t therefore think of a more perfect partner for ‘LIGHTS! CAMERA!ACTION!’ A new series that will feature Mark guiding two hairdressers from the Revlon Professional portfolio through the ropes, helping to bring their creative vision to life.
“LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION is the salon stylist’s introduction to session work”, says Mark. “We ask the hair stylists to turn up with their favoured tool kit and each are presented with two models – plus the styling portfolio from Revlon Professional (of course!). Throughout the course of the day a collection is created.”
Mark’s credibility is evident in the team he has around him, it’s a strategy which has ensured that they too have gone on to emulate his success – winning multiple awards at the British Hairdressing Awards in the Newcomer, Men’s, Eastern and Artistic Team categories, as well as many others. This enthusiastic leadership is not only aimed at his existing team either; a Mark Leeson Apprenticeship programme is continuously in
full-throttle with Mark’s keen eye on the talent of the future under his generous care and tutoring. His reason for investing in the future of the industry is unequivocal; ‘Life is both tangible and fragile and it is so easy to take so much for granted,’ he says.
“I have always been a firm believer that what you give with the left hand, you receive with the right and I’ve stuck with that philosophy throughout my career. Although I’ve enjoyed a lifelong career behind the chair – my most stand-out days are ones I’ve spent mentoring up-and-coming individuals.”
Alongside this fabulous opportunity, Revlon retailers also have the opportunity to be on year-long mentorship programmes with the man himself. Visionaries is an amazing concept where up to four individuals are guided through cutting, colouring, presenting and platform work – culminating in their own photographic collection published in the trade press.
Applications are already closed for this year – but do make a note to look out in November when the 2024 Visionary competition will be announced.
Read the full article in our March issue online and in-print from 10th March!