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August 20 2014

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Beauty Sound Bites: Breaking the Mold

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Duffy Skate-crop“To change and alter the texture of hair is something that isn’t considered classically beautiful. For me, it’s something that I’m always trying to achieve, I suppose—trying to find beauty in rawness. I think we now live in a very commercialized world where we have a classic idea of what beauty should be, and I think what we now should try to do is discover alternative beauty or beauty in other things rather than what is considered the norm—what is considered Hollywood beauty or TV beauty. I guess that’s what I try to do with hair. I try and change the textures and elements within it to make it different.”

Named the Global Editorial and Session Ambassador for Vidal Sassoon this month, Duffy has come full circle. He was an apprentice at the legend’s salon more than 20 years ago and has returned to his former employer’s brand, bringing his skills and life experiences to the table. And similar to his approach to styling, his path isn’t a typical one. He spent two years traveling around Europe and Scandinavia in a van “wearing nothing but board shorts,” toured with an Irish rock band, and did the backstage rounds with the likes of Sam McKnight and Eugene Souleiman (all on his skateboard). In this month’s Beautiful Lives feature, we share this one-name wonder’s backstory.

Photo: Courtesy of Duffy

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