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9th May 2014

5 Minutes with… Martin Palmer from Nicky Clarke

Advance Designer at Nicky Clarke at The Mailbox

How did you get to be working at Nicky Clarke?

I’ve worked in salons since I was sixteen, after finishing school I started as a Saturday junior in a local salon whilst studying for A levels. I was fortunate enough to go to university in Manchester where I achieved a degree in Fine Art.

Once completed I had a choice to make, I didn’t want to end up a poor artist living like a student for the rest of my days so I decided to follow my other passion which was hair! I remember the Nicky Clarke Salon opening and knew that one day I would be working for a prestigious brand such as them.

I managed to get onto the intense training course and after two years of blood, sweat and tears I was on the salon floor as a stylist and seven years on since I joined the team I’m still here and going strong. Working for such a well known company has brought some great experiences, from going to St. James Palace and working with Princess’ Beatrice and Eugenie to helping Nicky himself on photo shoots.

Martin William Palmer

What’s the best thing about working in The Mailbox?

It has to be the people, I’m proud to be a Brummie and love the mix of cultures you get here. The bars and restaurants are great and I’m looking forward to the revamp of the shopping area in 2015.

What’s the best advice you give to your clients?

I offer a bespoke service tailored to the individual but the most common question I get from clients is how to achieve root lift. Nicky Clarke Hair Raising Spray is our best seller and easy to use.

When hair is 60% dry, spray directly into roots wherever you want lift, then as long as you are lifting the roots away from head whist drying (you can put your head upside down for this) then you’ll achieve volume. Velcro rollers are great too for big going out hair.

Martin William Palmer

How would you describe your style?

I know what I like when I see it. I prefer shirts to t-shirts and trousers to jeans whilst maintaining a relaxed look. I love quirky tailoring. Every wardrobe should include at least one quality, tailored suit.

What’s your favourite meal?

I enjoy eating out and Birmingham has a great food scene recently being recommended in the New York Times as a great place to visit for its vibrant culinary delights. I love fresh, simple ingredients, well cooked and presented with imagination.

I enjoy entertaining and I’m always on the look out for a good recipe.

Who are your icons?

The artist Andy Warhol, front men Jarvis Cocker, and Michael Stipe and the photographer Anton Corbijin to name a few but most recently I’ve been touched by Stephen Sutton’s story, a teenager with terminal cancer who to date has raised over £3million and counting.

His philosophy for measuring life is not in years but in counting your achievements.

Sofa or Gym?

Treadmills get you nowhere! (Sorry bad joke)

What’s on your iPod?

I love all sorts of music and have been to Glastonbury festival ten times. Nothing’s better than seeing your favorite artist live such as Bjork, Morrissey, Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Blur, The Specials and PJ Harvey to name but a few.

Unfortunately I don’t have tickets for this year but only out of choice, the recovery time needed to get over five days of drinking is getting longer and longer so I’ve hung up my wellies for the last time however I am turning 30 this year and hoping for a second wind so never say never.

What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

It’s usually hair of the dog to be honest. Every Sunday I go to the pub to meet up with my Nan and her best friend Annie it’s the only time they can fit me into their busy social lives! They always have a tale to tell.

We then move onto a livelier pub, which always have a band on where we cut up the dance floor. Once they’ve worn me out I head home for a good Sunday roast whilst they continue on the pub crawl (I kid you not).

To book an appointment at Nicky Clarke Birmingham, with Martin personally, please call: 0121 633 4009.