What about Nigel Farage’s classic side-parting?
Publicist interjects: “Can we move off politics now?”
No problem. What if Prince William came to you and said, ‘Look, can you help me?’
It’s very tricky keeping that balance between a semi-normal existence but also being the King-in-waiting. But it’s clearly something that doesn’t worry him that much – and while he’s losing his hair, he’s tall enough that I’m sure it isn’t high on his agenda.
What was the first proper haircut you did?
It would have been in training and an insignificant trim, but I think in terms of my first magazine spread, I was very young, 17 or 18, when I got into Vogue in 1976.
How much do you charge these days, and how often are you cutting hair?
The first consultation is £500 and that can go down to £350 and I think it’s about £350 after that. And unlike many of my contemporaries, I still work fully, two days a week. I enjoy being in the salon and being part of that vibe. It’s important for me and other people, as well.
How long does it take to do your own hair?
It’s very easy. I use my own shampoo for blond hair, and conditioner, and maybe a product to stop it going too fluffy. It’s not actually high-maintenance.
Have you ever changed it?
It’s amazing how many people say, “You’ve had that same style for God knows how many years”. It’s actually gone from way past my shoulders to pretty short, but people tend to see a blond head of hair first – they don’t see the change. But at my age, I’m just thrilled that I still have any.
Nicky Clarke began working as a hairdesser as a teenager. He worked for John Frieda until he opened his own salon in 1991, becoming the country’s most well-known hair stylist. He was awarded an OBE in 2008. His new HairWise range is available now, exclusively at Tesco.