Cheynes People: Iain








Name: Iain King

Salon: York Place

Q: How long has your Cheynes journey been so far?

A: 17 years not counting a false start! From South Bridge to York Place via Newhaven Harbour.

Q: Describe your ‘signature’ hairdressing style.

A: Very me, but also very Cheynes. Strong, often architectural  shapes combined with soft texture. I am also very focused on gents’ hairdressing which is a particular strength in York Place.

Q: What’s on your playlist at the moment?

A: Nothing very up-to-date! We Are Scientists, War On Drugs, The National and a smattering of LCD Soundsystem and Old Reliable.

Q: If you hadn’t taken up hairdressing what would have been your second career choice?

A: As a keen(ish) cyclist I love fettling with bikes and am a fairly accomplished home mechanic. I like to think I would make a good bicycle mechanic. Failing that perhaps a kitchen porter?… was good enough for George Orwell!

Q: What is your all time favourite film and why?

A: Too difficult to narrow this down so how about I just list five films I think everyone should see at least once with no explanation?

  1. Alien
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Cross Of Iron
  4. Once Upon a Time In The West
  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: As mentioned before I love cycling so try to get off-road at Scotland’s amazing 7 Stanes venues or the Pentland Hills when I can.

Q: Tell us something about you that most people wouldn’t know.

A: In 1991 I was a Scottish Target Archery champion.

Q: Do you have a funny Cheynes story to share?

A: At one of our staff conferences many years ago we had a Strictly Come Dancing segment. My dance partner dropped out last-minute so I had to improvise. I was accompanied by a blow-up doll which was wearing a dress and long wig!