Rachael Gibson has 15 years’ experience working as a hairdressing industry-specific writer and producer, and more recently as @thehairhistorian; the go-to expert for quotes, theory and insight into the history, future, and culture of hair and hairdressing.
She works full time producing content for brands, salons and industry individuals, and loves to provide insight and commentary on trends, innovations and everything new and cool in hair. Rachael launched The Hair Historian in 2016 as an Instagram account combining her passions for art and hair history. She has featured as a hair history expert on the BBC and for BBC Bitesize Education and Australia’s Channel 7 Sunrise show, and in titles including Time, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Dazed, Stylist, InStyle, Refinery 29, The Cut, ELLE, Mashable, Art UK, Hairdressers Journal and AnOther. She has extensive knowledge of the history and culture of both hair and the hairdressing industry, and is passionate about sharing the stories behind trends, techniques and tools, and the wider cultural impacts of hair.
Previously, Rachael worked as a producer at Mastered, creating online session styling education from leading hairdressers Guido and Sam McKnight, producing the video content with Guido, Sam and countless other experts, as well as writing the syllabus and copy for the classroom. Before that, she spent five years as web editor for www.HJi.co.uk – the online home of the 140-year-old title Hairdressers Journal, aka ‘the Bible of the hairdressing industry’ (and the brains behind the British Hairdressing Awards and Salon International) – after working as the acting editor on the Scissorhands Media portfolio of consumer hair titles; Hair Now, Hair & Beauty Inspirations, Perfect Hair and www.findasalon.co.uk.