SEVEN ON SET is a twice-monthly interview series that takes a closer look at creative individuals. In this installation, we interviewed hair stylist Eloise Cheung.

1. What made you want to become a hair stylist?

I had a hair stylist at the time who worked on photo shoots for hair publications. I thought that this was the coolest thing ever, as I had always liked trying out new hair styles from step-by-step articles in magazines and would experiment on my friends at school. When I was in the midst of dropping out of an engineering degree, this motivated me to start a career in hairdressing.  

2. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

Qualifying as a stylist at the John Frieda salons in London and having the clients who knew me from the start of my training want me to do their hair. I was so nervous that my hands were shaking, but felt an incredible sense of accomplishment and support.

3. If you did something different for a living, what would it be?

I love what I do. I get to be creative and work with great, ultra-talented people, travel to amazing destinations and work in incredible locations, wear my own clothes, listen to music all day and get fed good catering. I had my career change early on I guess, but I’m probably due a shift soon. It would be an extension of what I already do, but I’d want to do something supportive of the industry by perhaps being an educator and passing on the experience and knowledge that I have accumulated over my 20 years in the business. 

4. What is your personal mantra?

Don’t forget to breathe…

5. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

 I love maps! It’s wonderful seeing where places sit on a map in relation to each other and it’s an incredible mix of something scientific (when drawn to scale) and artistic in interpretation. I would have loved to have been a cartographer, even my shower curtain is a map of the world!

6. Ideal Dinner party? Dead or Alive.

Albert Einstein, Joanna Lumley, Queen Elizabeth, Robin Williams, Stephen Fry, The Dalai Lama, The Obamas, Alexandre of Paris. 

7. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would be a Ronette’s song, probably “Frosty the Snowman”. It reminds me of my childhood, being in the back of the car with my brothers and Mum and Dad upfront, driving into the West End in London to see my grandparents every weekend hearing this on the radio in mono. Fond memories that I’d want to be reminded of my whole life. 

Photography by Peggy Gertner