Redken Education Artistic Director
Born in London, England, Kris Sorbie has achieved star status in the hairdressing industry. Winner and five-time nominee of the prestigious North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Master Hairdresser of the Year, she also received the 2004 and 2005 Canadian International Hairstylist of the Year, and ABBIES award for Best Salon Education Program and Best Educator of the Year at HairColor USA.
Kris is the youngest daughter of Polish refugees. Against her parents’ wishes she left school at age 16 to attend Chiswick polytechnic and study hair and beauty. After graduating college, Kris floated from salon to salon until she finally found her fit at Shylocks, one of the United Kingdom’s first cut and blow-dry salons – a totally new concept in the world of hair at that time. Within a short period, she was promoted to manager, developed her skills with hair, grew enormous clientele, and discovered her profound respect for, and influence in, education.
In 1980, Kris met Trevor Sorbie, one of the industry’s greatest hairdressers. She worked alongside him for almost 20 years until Redken 5th Avenue discovered her on stage at HairColor USA and offered her the position of Global Artistic Director. This reignited her passion and gave her an opportunity to showcase her individual talents.
Relocating to New York, Kris was quickly recognized as a world-renowned leader in cutting-edge hair color concepts and techniques. As an expert in the field of long hair styling, she raised the bar in the art of finishing. She has been lead stylist on many shows for NY Fashion Week and is a regular guest speaker at Teen Vogue Fashion University.
Integrating her years of diverse experience as an art director, color consultant, video producer, and Redken Exchange Facilitator, Kris breaks the mold time and time again. She uses the juxtaposition between contrasting elements – fragility and strength, tradition and modernity, and fluidity and severity – to bring innovative trends and fashion-forward artistry to the forefront of the salon industry. Her ability to translate these into profit potential in the salon paves the way toward a better life for stylists, both financially and artistically. In her role as Redken’s Education Artistic Director, Kris equips salon stylist with the tools and know-how to grow professionally and to profit in their role behind the chair.
Kris’s passion for the hairdressing industry has led her to leave a legacy. Her DVD series ‘B-ing Where You Want To B’® offers stylists the inspiration to develop color techniques and apply them to grow their business and brand.