The showman of all hairdressers, Trevor Sorbie is admired by the hairdressing industry worldwide.
Listed in Debretts and the International edition of 'Who’s Who' he has won the coveted 'British Hairdresser of the Year' title an unrivalled four times and in 2001 was named 'World Hairdresser of the Year'. He is also a successful businessman and innovator having launched the 'Trevor Sorbie Professional' haircare product range which sells in huge amounts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Charming and eloquent he is constantly in demand, not just for his haircare skills, but also for celebrity appearances and has a large catalogue of TV credits to his name. He is the only hairdresser to have become so well known that his vocation has been a question on 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' and 'The Weakest Link'.
Contemporaries and competitors such as Vidal Sassoon praise Trevor for creating a combination of “original thinking with superb technical ability. He has firmly put British hairdressing on the global map and is an inspiration for many thousands of hairdressers.”
However in a world renowned for its prima donnas and pretentiousness he remains totally unassuming and true to his Scottish roots. Trevor John Sorbie was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire on 13th March 1949 and his father, Robert Kerr Sorbie born 1919 and grandfather John Sorbie born 1888 were both barbers in the town.
John was the eldest son of John Sorbie, a shoemaker and his wife Catherine McNulty who were married in Paisley in April 1884. John Snr, born 1857 was the second of 13 children (8 boys and 5 girls). His parents John Sorbie and Isabella Murray lived in Lanark where they were married in the Congregational church on 31st December 1855. In 1861, after their first four children were born, they moved the 40 or so miles west to Paisley where the rest of their offspring came into the world.
Trevor's family made a similar move, but south to England at the age of 11 when they left Scotland to set up home in Ilford, East London. His parents Robert and Edna were familiar with this area after being married in Uxbridge, Middlesex in October 1945. At that time Robert was serving as a Corporal in the Army. When Trevor dropped out of school at the age of 15 he became an apprentice in his father's barber shop and aged only 20, opened his own barbers in Edmonton, North London in 1969.
In 1972 Trevor became a stylist at Vidal Sassoon and the following the year the meteoric rise continued when he became their Artistic Director. By 1979 he had opened the first Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden and in 1985 was named 'British Hairdresser of the Year'. The following year he launched his Professional haircare product range to the high street and he has continued to go on from success to success.
He has not lost the common touch however. and he remains refreshingly modest and down-to-earth. Ahead of his time, Trevor Sorbie has won every award in his chosen field. In 2004 his achievements were further recognised when he was awarded an M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours list. The same year he opened up his second salon in Brighton, Sussex. Trevor has one daughter, Jade, born 1978.
Trevor was interviewed on the BBC Programme 'Desert Island Discs' in February 2019 which is quite an accolade in the UK. This was shortly before his 70th birthday.
Here is the link to the show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002ybm