Who is Vivienne Mackinder?

"My biggest fear as a young stylist at Vidal Sassoon in London, was that a client would sit in my chair and ask me to do a style that I could not do. I think this fear has made me a life long learner! Forty-years later, I am still hungry to learn and be relevant in today's fashion."

The Hairdresser's – Hairdresser.

Commonly referred to as “industry royalty,” Vivienne Mackinder is one of the most highly respected international leaders and innovators in the hairdressing profession today. Vivienne is driven by her own mission to continually hone her artistry and creativity, as well as raise the industry’s educational bar to Ivy League standards.

Currently based in the Hamptons, New York, Vivienne grew up in London where she attended the London College of Fashion. Upon graduating she immediately landed a position with Vidal Sassoon, where, she, eventually, rose to Artistic Director. In 1990, she left London for the U.S. as International Creative Director for Trevor Sorbie.

Vivienne is a highly in-demand featured guest artist and educator for premier events world-wide. Her work is consistently published in the international press. As a session stylist, she’s frequently contributed to runway shows, working as key hairdresser behind the scenes with Vivienne Westwood, VH1 and MTV awards, and showcasing the Oscar-award winning looks of Edith Head during Paris, London and New York fashion weeks.. Her work has been seen on Lifetime, the Discovery Channel, NBC’s Today Show, MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, and even QVC. She’s worked with well-known celebrities, such  as Katie Couric, Ricky Martin, Ricky Lake, Boy George, and Princess Cecile Bourbon. Her career as a master stylist has been decorated with an enormous amount of successes and achievements.

Vivienne now devotes the majority of her time as co-founder of HairDesignerTV.com (HDTV) a post-graduate training system enabling the working professional to advance their skills anywhere  with online access. HairDesignerTV is a collection of online hairstyling tutorials that support individual hairstylists or entire salon teams, pursuing the highest level of professional excellence and mastery. Vivienne's elite Designer Program and Salon Training programs are five-star training programs based on Vivienne’s long career history of expertise. Check out her blog for daily inspirations and hair tutorials: http://blog.hairdesignertv.com


  • Intercoiffure Visionnaire Award 2013
  • Leo Passage Educator of the Year Presented by Intercoiffure 2012
  • International ICON 2011 Irish Hairdressing Federation
  • Producer & Director of Documentary Film Series "I'm Not Just A Hairdresser"
  • Fashion Director for Intercoiffure North America 2010 to 2014
  • Seven-time winner of the North American Hairstyling Awards for Classic, Avant-garde, and Master styling. As well as the Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
  • 2014 AIPP Best Commercial Award for Collection "Neo Deco"


Born and raised: London

My mentors: Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, John Maxwell and my husband. 

Favorite outfits: Leather riding breaches, T-shirt and baseball cap

The toughest part of my Job: Travel

I would love to makeover: Lady Gaga

If I hadn't become a hairdresser: I would have become a dancer or equestrian.

Most people would be surprised to learn: I am very shy and private.

My guilty pleasure: Red wine and dark chocolate.

The best part of my job: It's always creative and challenging.

For inspiration: I look to nature and history.

Best piece of advice I ever received: Work for the best, stay humble and hungry to learn. 

My favorite vacation: France 14th-century chateaux with my husband and family. 

My secret weapon: A good nights sleep.

I relax by: Riding my horse and hanging with my husband.

Shout out to someone who has helped me along the way: Danilo

The word I overuse: Brilliant, when it's not!

My motto: You cannot discover new horizons unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. 


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