Cornwall Cornucopia - Craig Chapman

PUBLISHED: 13:01 04 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 20 February 2013

Cornwall Cornucopia - Craig Chapman

Cornwall Cornucopia - Craig Chapman

A monthly round-up of the people, places and paraphernalia which make Cornwall the quirky county it is...

Cornwall Cornucopia -Craig Chapman

A monthly round-up of the people, places and paraphernalia which make Cornwall the quirky county it is...

Cornish hairdresser Craig Chapman has been nominated for two national accolades at the British Hairdressing Awards 2012.
Craig, who runs Craig Chapman Hair Design in Launceston, goes up against the cream of British hairdressers in the finals of the contest at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on 26 November.
He won through to the finals for Afro Hairdresser of the Year, a specialist category recognising only the top six in the UK, and in his regional category - South and West Wales Hairdresser of the Year - beating thousands from across the UK with his stunning hair imagery.
Cornwall Life caught up with Launceston-based Craig to quiz him about his career so far and how he feels about making the finals of the hair industry Oscars:

Q. Did you always want to be a hairdresser from and early age and what got you into it?
A. No not really! When I was at school I didnt know what I wanted to do. My brothers and my stepfather where all in the motor industry and for a while I thought I was going to end up in a garage.A weeks work experience rubbing down a car wheel (thats how long it took me!) put an end to that! Luckily I had a sister-in-law that was in hairdressing and she told me to come work Saturdays in the salon she was in to try it out. I loved the environment and energy and the rest is history thanks to her.

Q. How old are you?!
A. A young and tender 41!

Q. Are you a Cornish boy born and bred? Where do you originally hail from?
A. No I was born in South Shields, which not everyone would know. It makes me a Geordie but my family moved to Cornwall when I was still in primary school. So I may have northern roots but Ive been most definitely bred in the West Country.

Q. You must be delighted at the success you are achieving. What do you put the success down to?
A. Hard graft! Im over the moon with the way that my career is turning out. Its been a lot of hard work, some really tough times here and there, but Im very passionate about hair and I guess the reason why Im doing well is that I never give up! To get the national recognition I am whilst having a salon in a small market town in Cornwall hasnt been easy, but that in its self makes me really proud.

Q. Launceston might not seem the first place in Cornwall to find someone like you running a salon like yours. Why Launceston?
A. Why not I guess! As I said my parents brought me to Cornwall, I did my schooling in Launceston, and even though I worked all over the place, including Africa and Los Angeles, I always had a draw back to Launceston. Its home and there is nothing like having home support to spur you on. Besides, its a fabulous little town with a strong community.

Q. Do you have a signature style or cut that you do or are most proud of?
A. I pride myself on being a strong all round cutter. The stylists in the salon would say the sharper the better and the more difficult the shape the happier I am! But I guess of late my Afro work has been standing out! Its caused quite a stir with that fact of where Im from but I have won two national awards for it and my photographic work has but me in the top six in the UK three years running! Always good to stand out from the crowd!

Q. We understand you have cut celebrities hair in the past. Tell us who they are and how it came about.
A. Its been just for styling to be honest and Im working on that becoming a bigger part of my life. I was lucky enough to be asked to join a team called InPalour London, on a trip to Cannes Film Festival to look after some of Guccis clients. . . an AMAZING experience.

I styled Gemma Arterton, Clara Paget, James Woods, Anya Rubik and Grace Hightower De Niro (Robert De Niros wife). They were all gorgeous people and such fun. Looks like I did a good enough job as I have been asked to do Cannes again and the Oscars!

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