Who is Vivienne Mackinder?

The hairdresser's – hairdresser.

Vivienne Mackinder is one of the most highly respected international leaders and innovators in the hairdressing profession today. Vivienne is driven by her mission to continually hone her own artistry and creativity, and to uplift the spirit and the image of the profession as well. 

Currently based in Hamptons, NY, Vivienne grew up in London, where she attended the London College of Fashion. Upon graduating she immediately landed a position with Vidal Sassoon, eventually becoming his artistic director.

"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."

~ Vivienne Mackinder

 In 1990, she left London for the U.S. and the chance to work with Trevor Sorbie as his International Creative Director.

 In high demand for events world-wide, Vivienne divides her time between teaching and on camera editorial shoots, entertainment entities like MTV and VH-1, and countless special events as a featured guest artist and educator. Her work is also consistently published in the international press. Vivienne has collaborated and designed hair collections for runway fashion events in New York, Paris and London. 

Producer and director of "I'm Not Just a Hairdresser", a documentary film series designed to inspire new and seasoned hairdressers alike. The series includes, "Legends", featuring Vidal Sassoon and other industry greats. Additional videos include, "Empires", a rag-to-riches story; "Stars Behind The Chair", all about girl power; and "Discover Your Passion".

Vivienne is also the founder of HairDesignerTV, a post-graduate training system, which enables the working professional to advance their skills anywhere they have online access - whether it be in the salon, at home, or even at a coffee shop! Membership ranges from the individual stylist to the entire salon, offering support and accountability to entire teams. Check out her blog for daily inspirations and hair tutorials: 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"
  • Editorial Stylist – Platform Artist
  • Fashion Director for Intercoiffure North America 2010 to 2014
  • NAHA Honoree "Lifetime Achievement Award" 2009
  • Six-time Winner of the North American Hairstyling Awards
  • 2014 AIPP Best Commercial Award for Collection "Neo Deco"


See the latest and winning collections by master-stylist, Vivienne Mackinder. From traditional to avant-garde, she has done it all!

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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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