Celebrity hairdresser James Brown talks Kate Moss, filming his new documentary and why he loves horses so much!
You recently filmed a documentary about setting up your salon – how was it and why did your builders seem to hate you so much!?
They didn’t hate me but they are so not used to somebody with an idea. To me a plug socket that’s half way up a wall is ugly. I want them hidden. Builders are lazy. I’ve done houses in New York, Ireland and London and I know what I want. I had a vision with my salon. Instead of asking me about my choice – they give me this plastic rank lights.
Why do a reality show?
Well I think it’s more a documentary. It’s real because it’s my life but it was fine. I didn’t notcie the cameras at all. The first day of filming was a blast and it went from there. I don’t want to be famous, I just liked the idea of doing a show about opening the salon. I met the guys at Tiger Aspect for dinner and it came up in conversation and then two days later I was filming it.
Did you worry about the way you would be edited?
I forgot 95% of the time that we were filming or that I had a microphone on. Nobody cared and I was amazed at how open my friends were.
Were the likes of Kate Moss not worried about being filmed?
No, not at all. I was shopping on the first day and Kate called and she said what are you doing and I said I was shopping and she came and joined me. And that was it. She knew I was filming and didn’t care.
I’m obsessed with hearing her speak!
I know – loads of people are. She’s very normal. You expect her to have this Calvin Klein model voice but she doesn’t. I think it’s great that she’s not affected like some of those New York models. You can really see from this show what she’s like. I think Tiger Aspect thought I’d want loads of stuff out of the show – but we didn’t cut one scene.
Did you want the documentary to be warts and all?
Yes. I mean if I’m not happy with something I explode and go nuts but then I move on and I forget about it. I never hold a grudge.
Has Kate Moss put money into your business?
No, but she’s involved in it from start to finish. She’s got amazing taste. She’s had access to so many places through her travels. She’s the face of the salon and the brand. She’s helped with designs and she’s still a legend in the modeling world.
Who’s your favourite client?
Demi Moore and Kate are my favourites. Demi’s professional as hell. She’s beautiful and she’s genuine. She’s warm and wonderful. You can see why she’s still doing what she’s doing here. Those two work harder than anybody I know.
What do you think of Madonna?
I’ve never been a fan really. I just don’t get it or understand it. I do think her hair now is looking the best it’s ever looked. I’ve just never been a fan. I’d much rather have Chrissie Hynde in my chair.
If you could chop anyone’s hair in the world who would it be?
Camilla Parker Bowles. Definitely – I think she’s amazing. I’m a huge fan of the Royal Family. I think they’re amazing. I think me and Camilla would get on. She’s fun and she loves her horses. I have horses on my farm in Ireland – there’s nothing like shoveling shit to keep you grounded. I’d just love to get my hands on her. I’m obsessed.
Would Kate Moss ever have a pixie haircut again?
Well if she wanted it. The first time she had the pixie cut she was dressed and ready to go and we did it while the car was waiting. She doesn’t plan her looks in advance – ever.
What do you think of your pal Sienna Miller’s hair now?
She’s got great hair now. She’s really looking fabulous. I’m glad she’s grown it out now. She chopped it for Factory Girl and then ended up in wigs for the role. It was a pointless chop.
Who would you most want to rescue hair wise?
Katie Price. She needs to get rid of that black hair and go back to blonde. I’ve always wanted to meet her. I love her as a person but I hate her look. I’d love to meet her. She needs to be softer and I’d love to do it. She loves gorses just as much as I do. I might start stalking her. I went to the Salon International event and tried to find her but couldn’t! I could like Charles Manson if they had horses. I’m, a little obsessed. I want to do horse products soon.
Kate’s been getting stick for not looking good lately – thoughts?
It’s completely ridiculous! Kate looks amazing right now. She gets picked on for everything. She’s only little though!
How do you relax and unwind?
Well I’ve been in Ireland for six weeks. But I do chill out. I don’t use email. I have a phone but I don’t want to spend my time on the phone. I get people to email me on a Blackberry and then I call them back. Email messages get lost in translation so I don’t like sending them. I never know what people mean so I speak to them and I know what’s happening.
There was a £27,000 haircut recently – thoughts?
That was just disgusting. I love cutting hair so to be honest most people are a freebie. In fact everyone’s a freebie. I love what I do but I’m not ripping people off. It’s a joke. I don’t believe in trends or anything either.
Are you liking Dannii Minogue’s look right now?
I love it. I like the quiff when it’s up and it’s right up. It looks phenomenal. I’m addicted to the X Factor although I didn’t have a telly until recently. I went to Argos and got a telly. I love my house being dark and I use candles so my friends wouldn’t come over until recently because there was nothing to do but talk. For the last two years I’ve gone to Kate’s house to watch telly.
Who else do you like out of your celeb friends?
Lily Allen. I can’t live without her. I hate it when she fucks with her hair though and dyes it. She’s got the shiniest, healthiest and most gorgeous black hair. She’s a great girl and very funny.
Check out James Brown’s brand new London salon at www.jamesbrownlondon.com.