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Vernon François is one of the most sought-after hair stylists in the UK, and has been named among the Top 20 Influential Black People Under 40 of 2013. His hair styling work has been seen on high-profile clients such as Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington, Emeli Sandé, Eve, Lianne La Havas, VV Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Naomie Harris and his editorial work has been seen in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, GQ, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, i-D, InStyle and ES magazine.
Born in Huddersfield raised in Manchester, Vernon won his first award Black Beauty Newcomer of the Year aged 17, followed by two more by the age of 19. Now based in London, he has worked as a freelance hairdresser in Paris, Oslo, Amsterdam and Prague, and was the assistant to world renowned, award-winning hairdresser Desmond Murray for over 3 years. Vernon now has over 14 years of Salon experience.
Vernon was a judge for the L'Oreal Colour Trophy, and has undertaken a variety of stage work, from educational shows to fashion shows. Vernon still has a loyal group of private clients whose hair he tends to in a prestigious salon in Soho.
Aside from championing the versatility and beauty of textured hair, Vernon's other passion is working with The Kids Company in London where he runs workshops on a regular basis.