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Iris Finnbogadottir

Iris Finnbogadottir

“I was born in Iceland and moved to England in 1998. I come from a big hairdressing family and worked for my dad as a hairdresser for a number of years, so hairdressing has always been in my blood.

“I love doing hair-ups, prom hair, and wedding hair. I guess that’s my kind of passion really. It is really creative and requires you to think outside of the box most of the time and I really like that.”

“I love doing hair-ups, prom hair, and wedding hair. I guess that’s my kind of passion really. It is really creative and requires you to think outside of the box most of the time and I really like that.”

When I was younger, I wanted to be a dentist, so if I hadn’t gone into hairdressing then I think I would doing that. But because I moved to England when I was 17, I didn’t feel it was an easy career for me to explore because I didn’t really know what route I’d need to take at university. So I kept with what I knew and went into hairdressing.

I kept with
what I knew and went into hairdressing

I started my teaching career at East Sussex College about seven years ago, but before that I worked in the industry for 20 years.

My time in the industry was brilliant and one of the highlights has to be finishing as the runner-up in an international hair colouring competition for Goldwell. It was really exciting and gave me lots of experience.

Iris’ competition hair from back in 2012

Iris’ competition hair from back in 2012


Do I think teaching is easy? No… But it is exciting.

Do I think teaching is easy? No. It’s not easy. But it is exciting. You could have four challenging days, but then have one where everything is brilliant and it really makes up for it. Seeing the students learn and grow gives me total job satisfaction. To see them create, develop, and get better at something is really rewarding.

One thing that my dad always used to say to me is that the day you know it all in hairdressing is probably the day you should change direction - and I think that is so true! The industry is constantly changing, the fashion, the  styles, the techniques, so there will always be something there to keep you on your toes. So for me it is a great career to have. 

Ash Allwood

Ash Allwood

Ian Schofield

Ian Schofield