Chris Foster

Allow me to introduce myself...

With more than 20 years experience, I am considered a leading player within the male hairdressing industry.  My unique stance incorporates traditional barbering with a modern flair, thus ensuring a constant delivery of fresh and innovative ideas to men’s hairdressing.  My distinctive approach to male grooming is evident in examples of my work as Creative Director at The Refinery in Mayfair, as well as the Harrods Barbershop in Central London.

My professional achievements has been endorsed by numerous awards and accolades, together with a Master Craftsman award which I received at the House of Commons. As a finalist, nominated for Men’s category of ‘The British Hairdressing Awards’ and three times winner of ‘Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year’,  I have been granted exclusive entry to the ‘Barbering Hall Of Fame’! I am proud to also be named amongst the first industry icons to collect the honorary and PHAB (Performance in Hair and Beauty) Standard award. In 2014, I was bestowed the prestigious honour of being elected as Barbering Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council.


My session work affords me many opportunities and the freedom to demonstrate my diverse skills. I essentially employ my innovative talents to capture and incorporate the essence of fashion trends in all my creations. I have had the fortuity to direct and oversee global creative teams for shows including Fashion Weeks in Paris, Moscow, New York, and London, with a record-breaking 105 models for the largest ever menswear show, held at the Odeon, Leicester Square. My Collections have also been presented in the presence of heads of state at the African Union Summit, Ghana and the majestic Royal Albert Hall.


The ability to capture and incorporate the essence of emerging fashion trends has become increasingly in demand by editors in the sector press. Over the years, I have been instrumental in enabling the media to translate fashion trends and issues in men’s hairstyling and grooming, to stylists and the general public. As a result, my Collections, advice and commentary have been syndicated across a wide variety of industry publications, including a regular column in Professional Hairdresser Magazine, in my role as Male Grooming expert.

In this capacity I am often invited to feature on television and radio to share my predictions for hair trends or my thoughts on particular issues regarding a celebrity’s style. Some recent appearances include ITV’s “Daybreak”, the “Alan Titchmarsh Show”, C4’s “Sunday Brunch” and MTV’s “Beauty School Cop Outs”.



Over the past 20 years I have worked in London’s West End as a Head Stylist at some of the most prestigious male grooming emporiums in the UK. During this time, my own philosophy on the world of elite grooming and ‘high fashion’ men’s hairdressing has greatly evolved. The Foss Academy was borne out of my passion to challenge conventional barbering education, cultivate stylists to offer elite services, and utilise revolutionary training methods to push creative boundaries.

In 2013 and 2015, the HJ Business Awards nominated our Foss Academy App for ‘Innovation of the Year’.  As the UK’s first barbering education app, it is a ground-breaking training and educational tool. It revolutionises access to clear tutorials based on techniques and methods used by elite barbers. The app continually demonstrates how men’s hairdressers can meet the needs of discerning clientele found in establishments such as the ‘Harrods Barbershop’, ‘Selfridges’, ‘Gentleman’s Tonic’ and ‘The Refinery’ in Mayfair.

The new YouTube channel takes the Foss Academy App a step further and provides an opportunity to share my knowledge and experience to a broader range of hairdressing professionals. Those accessing the channel can find detailed video contents on elite male grooming as well as hairstyling techniques. Topics include: luxury wet shaving, beard trimming, facial massage techniques, threading, waxing facial hair as well as ‘how-to’ guides, to create both current and classic hairstyles.



2016 | winner of 'The Male Grooming Specialist of the Year' awarded by Creative Head Magazine

2015 | Foss Academy nominated 'Innovation of the Year’ HJ Business Awards

2014 | Barbering Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council.

2014 | Hair Magazine Best Men's Hairdresser

2014 | Master Craftsman Barber Award, Hair Council

2013 | Foss Academy App nominated 'Innovation of the Year’ HJ Business Awards

2010 | Honorary Phab Standard (Performance in Hair and Beauty)

2008 | Black Hair & Beauty Hall of Fame 

2007 | Black Beauty / Wahl Barber of the Year 

2006 | Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year 

2004 | Regis Creative Awards – Men’s Category 

2003 | The Guild of European Golden Clipper Award, Finalist Men’s British Hairdressing Awards

2002 | Schwarzkopf – Regis Colour Award Winner 

1999 | Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year