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Woman Of The Year 2014 - Fashion: Leisa Stafford is a cut above the rest

By Stephanie Bell

Multi award-winning Leisa Stafford is an icon in the highly competitive hairdressing industry in Northern Ireland.

The winner of our 2014 Woman of the Year in Hair, Beauty and Fashion, Leisa has been at the forefront of fashion and hair design for the past 25 years, styling some of the most glamorous heads in Northern Ireland.

Leisa was shocked to be singled out as the winner of our award.

She said: “Winning the Belfast Telegraph Women of the Year award was both a humbling and surprising experience, the other finalists were incredible women and I was just happy to be a finalist.”

The hardworking mother-of-two is the creative force behind editorial fashion campaigns and magazine front covers.

An inspiration within the industry, she continually pushes the boundaries of hairstyling, not just locally but at international level.

Never one to hog the limelight, Lisa prefers to let her skills do the talking for her.

The seasoned stylist heads up the Stafford Art team in fashion shows and media events, including the Directory 14 event where her series of fabulous catwalk looks had the audience gasping in awe. Her hair-colouring techniques and skills have been worn by a long list of celebrities including Sharon Corr, Amanda Donohoe and, most recently, Gillian Anderson in TV’s The Fall.

In 2013 Leisa bounced back from tough business problems at the salon she owned with her equally talented stylist husband Paul to emerge even stronger than before.

She created a series of beautiful images that featured her signature feminine but edgy look on billboards, magazines and television across Northern Ireland.

Leisa was also the only female Northern Ireland hairdresser demonstrating her techniques for Denman International at Salon International in London to over 25,000 stylists during the three-day event.

The 45-year-old, who has two girls Joni (12) and Ava (11), never loses her competitive edge and continues to set trends in fashion after all these years.

She said: “My motivation has always been more style-orientated than fashion led.

“I am only interested in making hair beautiful and creating looks that real women can wear whether it's a client, model or actress the look must flatter. Nothing else works.”

‘I am only interested in making hair |beautiful and creating looks that real women can wear, whether it’s a client model or actress, the look must flatter’

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