Claire Stoddart is our residential hairdresser, providing a range of hair services for visitors to The Garage Spa and The Morritt Country House Hotel. She also looks after wedding hairstyling for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride.
We caught up with Claire to find out more about her and her approach to hair styling.
What made you want to become a hairdresser?
I love interacting with people and transforming their look. I wanted to be part of an always evolving, fashion-focused and exciting profession, and hairdressing is exactly that.
Where did you train and work before you set up at The Garage?Har
I started hairdressing when I was 15 and completed my training at a salon called Tracy Chipperfield in Darlington. I later went on to work as a stylist for Saks in Barnard Castle where I spent nine and a half years before deciding to set up my own business.
Have you any hairdressing idols and how do they inspire you?
I have two hairdressing idols, one of which is Andrew Barton. He’s super talented and can transform your look amazingly but still put you at ease with his down to earth manner. My second is Tracy Kidd who I used to work for. She is truly amazing and I love everything she does. I admire her drive, positivity and massive creativity.
What’s it like working within The Garage?
I adore working in such a serene and tranquil environment. The Garage is so warm and inviting – it’s the perfect place to relax and have your hair pampered.
You do bridal hair for many people marrying at The Morritt. What kind of styles and trends are you noticing?
Most brides ask for hair that’s a little more finessed, hair that’s as beautiful as it is effortless. It can be anything from romantic, elegant “up dos”, to soft timeless curls. Versatile but always stylish.
What is your most memorable moment as a hair stylist?
My most memorable moment was becoming a regional finalist for the l’Oreal Colour Trophy. The experience and atmosphere was amazing.
What’s the biggest mistake women make with their hair?
The biggest mistake people make is when they colour their own hair at home. As a l’Oreal Colour Specialist I learnt so much about the science of hair and colour. Every client needs a thorough consultation from a professional in order to achieve their perfect colour.
What’s your top hair care tip or product suggestion?
My top hair care tip is to always cleanse, care and protect! Invest in good professional products and use a treatment on your hair regularly!
For more details and how to book an appointment please visit The Garage Spa website.