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Vernon Francois

International Hair Stylist, Creative Director and Founder of VERNON FRANÇOIS®

Internationally-acclaimed celebrity hairstylist and founder of the VERNON FRANÇOIS ® Collection, Vernon François, has brought his creativity from his home town of Huddersfield in Northern England to the global stage. He champions the incredible versatility of textured hair and his prestige brand of hair care and styling products is for ALL hair types.

François clients include Lupita Nyong'o; Solange Knowles; Serena Williams; Willow Smith; Ava DuVernay; Ruth Negga; Cynthia Erivo; Kerry Washington; Teen VOGUE’s editor-in- chief Elaine Welteroth; Tracee Ellis Ross; Uzo Aduba; and many more.

The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Top 25 Beauty Moments of the Year’ celebrated Vernon’s work with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o for two consecutive years; Serena Williams’s Vanity Fair cover grabbed global attention in June 2017 and Refinery29 named François a Beauty Innovator of the year 2017 finalist.

Vernon’s passion for textured hair started when he was aged eight. Raised in a Rastafarian household, he remembers Sundays were about “Mum cooking and braiding our hair for the week ahead”, which he never enjoyed. One day, tired of his complaints, his Mum suggested he do it himself - this was his ‘eureka’ moment. He taught himself how to braid, loc and twist using everything from his Grandmother’s beaded curtains to the living room rug fringing. It quickly became an obsession and instead of doing homework after school he’d be busy with his creations. Although he didn’t realise it as a child, Vernon is also dyslexic.

Aged 14, Vernon started working at salon on London’s Oxford Street. He won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at Black Beauty Hair Awards aged 17; ‘Black Hair Junior Stylist of the Year’ aged 19; and is listed in the ‘Top 20 Influential Black People Under 40’.

Vernon’s work is seen on the covers of VOGUE, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair; in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Allure, ESSENCE and more; also, red-carpet events including the Oscars, Met Gala and film premiers. Campaigns he has styled hair for include Lancôme and Pirelli Calendar 2017, working alongside iconic photographers Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus, Victor Demarchelier, Alexi Lubomirski, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz.

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'Winter Care For Textured Hair' - Top Five

'Winter Care For Textured Hair' - Top Five Tips

Here are my top five tips for keeping hair protected and looking its best this winter. These come in handy for women, men and kids with all types of textured hair; kinky, coily, curly and wavy.
23/12/2016 13:55 GMT
Helping Girls Learn To Love Their

Helping Girls Learn To Love Their Curls

We had a group chat where they all agreed that they wore their hair straight because it was seen as more prized, attractive and easier to manage. They also said that they never wore their hair curly because they didn't know any techniques for styling it effectively - there was a massive knowledge gap.
25/10/2016 16:04 BST
What Is Textured

What Is Textured Hair?

The term 'textured hair' needs to be inclusive because people very often have more than one type of curl pattern in their head of hair. 'Textured hair' is effectively an umbrella term, which can then be broken down into kinky, coily, curly and wavy.
12/09/2016 15:25 BST
Textured Hair Love

Textured Hair Love Affair

Textured hair does include different types, so it is important that people can find the products and information most relevant to them, quickly and simply. By definition, all hair has some kind of texture. As a category, my definition of 'textured hair' is all types that have a curl pattern, which includes wavy, curly, coily and kinky.
02/09/2016 13:28 BST