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Hattori Hanzo Shears Artist Spotlight: Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson is originally from Manchester, England, and has been active in the hair industry since 2000. Cole is the International Creative Director for Elevation H, youngest creative Director at Vidal Sassoon, and a Hanzo Artistic team member.

Cole started his career in independent salons around the Manchester area before beginning work for Vidal Sassoon in 2003, where he quickly became one of Vidal Sassoon’s youngest “Creative Directors.” During his 12 years at Vidal Sassoon, Cole gained tremendous respect in the industry while working closely with many schools in their “School Connection” program. He has traveled the world to educate professionals at all levels on haircutting techniques in both seminar and classroom settings. He developed programs to help clients grow and improve school curriculums, business and salon management and structure, client growth, assistant training programs, and more.

Cole has also worked on developing collections, has directed and run photoshoots, and has even appeared in a Vidal Sassoon TV commercial as a “Salon Genius.” Cole left Vidal Sassoon in 2015 to continue spreading his expansive knowledge to hair professionals of all levels all around the world, this time through Elevation H — the art, technique, and business of hair.

Cole’s classes come with fundamental techniques aimed to bring you to higher confidence. “Creating a solid core that will allow you to grow is necessary to reaching your full potential.”
Classes will be full of knowledge pertinent to you and your education desires. Cole has limited space available. Book him today; your salon will thank you!

Cole’s passion for educating is evident in his work as he continues to help others strive for excellence in all areas of the industry…..and one more thing, he has an accent!

Get To Know Cole

What is your favorite part about being a Hanzo Educator?

I love how we are like a family and such a close group of educators who support and learn from each other. Infact the whole company is like that.

What is something unique you teach in your Hanzo classes?

The art of the consultation been able to ask the right questions to make sure we and the client feel very comfortable with what’s about to happen.

What advice do you have for hair professionals today?

Don’t be afraid to ask if you are scared of something just do it and lots of it!

What is your favorite dessert and why?

Bread pudding I believe it is dramatically underrated I love the combination between hot and cold!

What is something no one would guess about you?

I am a ridiculously fast runner.

If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

For my family to have a long and healthy life and everybody graduate cosmetology school feeling salon ready.

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