Michael Desport

Artistic Director

With a wealth of experience including styling hair at numerous catwalk shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York, working with celebrity models, and more, Michael is a specialist cutter and style designer in both men’s and ladies cutting - working exclusively with the scissors.

Michael originally trained in Glasgow then moved to London to further his career working at several top salons. Michael worked with ‘session’ hairdresser Sam McKnight and combined this with salon work. Subsequently headhunted by award winning hairdresser Trevor Sorbie, Michael honed his cutting skills and eventually was introduced to world renowned session hairdresser Eugene Souliman.

Michael worked through the ranks and became a key player on Eugene’s prestigious show team for over 8 years, whilst working at Smith’s salon where he had an extensive loyal clientele. Styling hair at numerous catwalks shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York including Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood, DKNY, Victoria Secrets and Vogue VH1 Awards. Michael also worked with many celebrity models including Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Erin O’Connor, Claudia Scheiffer, Natalia Vodianova and Anouck Lepere on the Hugo fragrance campaign as well as UK celebrities and members of the UK Royal Family.

In addition, he also worked in many areas of the media including prime time TV makeover shows, glossy magazines, advertising campaigns, trade journals and national newspapers.

10 years ago Michael emigrated to Perth, WA on a permanent visa and finally joined the Chilli team! Michael is a specialist cutter and Style designer in both men’s and Ladies cutting working exclusively with the scissors. He works with the Chilli team of colourists to design the perfect colour to complement his exceptional cuts…. If you are lucky enough to score an appointment with Michael you are sure to not be disappointed!



British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year Finalist – Trevor Sorbie

British Art Team of the Year Finalist – Trevor Sorbie

Voted Best Haircutter in London, Daily Express Beauty Awards – Trevor Sorbie

Listed in Top 50 UK Hairdressers, The Independent – Smiths


Professional salon experience

Smiths – Creative Director

Trevor Sorbie – Senior Stylist & Art Team Member

Denise McAdam – Senior Stylist

Sanrizz – Varder/Stylist

Sturrocks – Apprentice Hairdresser


Editorial work




Arena Homme Plus



Dazed & Confused





Harper’s Bazar


Vanity Fair



BBC Clothes Show

How To Look Good Naked

Cable TV/Live

ITV This Morning





Hair Flair

Hairdressers Journal

Sunday Times Style Magazine

The Independent


Further Experience

  • International educational seminars and shows – Wella, Goldwell, Trevor Sorbie. Sanrizz
  • Used the following products as a result of Eugene Souliman’s sponsorship deals, Bumble & Bumble, Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, L’Oreal
  • Conducting student and staff training
  • NVQ3 Hairdressing qualified