With over 20 years experience Chris Foster is a leading player within the male hairdressing industry. His unique stance incorporating a modern flair to traditional barbering guarantees that he is always approaching men’s hairdressing with a fresh and innovative mind. This unique approach to male grooming can be seen as Creative Director based at The Refinery, Mayfair and was for Harrods Barbershop. Also, as Principal of The Foss Academy he is dedicated to providing education through his elite men’s grooming training to ambitious and progressive stylists who want to achieve the highest level of technical excellence.
He is a dynamic international platform stylist who exhibits the right mix of showmanship, energy and education, which is also reflected in his photographic and session work.
Chris Foster has inspired british barbering in the U.K as Creative Director for The British Barbers Association. A role he served for over 10 years.
Chris’s session work has allowed him to head up global creative teams, demonstrating his diverse skills for shows including Fashion weeks in Paris, Moscow, New York, and London, with a record breaking 105 models Ozwald Boateng OBE show was the largest ever menswear show, held at the Odeon, Leicester Square. He incorporates the essence of fashion trends in all his work, leading styling teams and presenting collections in front of heads of state at the African Union Summit in Ghana; Nigeria and the majestic Royal Albert Hall.
His ability to capture and incorporate the essence of fashion trends in his work, has allowed his skills to be showcased in publications such as Sunday Time’s Style Supplement, Hairdressers Journal, FHM and Men’s Health Magazine.
Chris is seen as one of the UK’s leading men’s groomers and is the editor’s choice for several features. Grooming for the likes of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sam Smith, Matthew Perry, Kit Harrington, Ian McFadden, Ozwald Boateng and Rory Bremner to name a few.
Chris’s excellence has been recognised by numerous awards and accolades including Most Wanted, Men’s Grooming Specialist 2016, nominated finalist of the HJ British Hairdressing Business Awards 2015, Hair Magazine Best Men’s Hairdresser of the year 2014, 2015, Master Craftsman Diploma from the Hair Council. Nominated finalist in the Men’s category of ‘The British Hairdressing Awards’, three times winner of ‘Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year’; allowing him exclusive entry to the ‘Barbering Hall Of Fame’ and winner of ‘The Guild European Golden Clipper Award’. Chris Foster was amongst
industry icons to collect the first honorary PHAB Standard, PHAB (Performance in Hair and Beauty)
.........”Innovate or die! That is my motivation to keep looking at new ways of
telling old stories.”