Dundee, Scotland

Bio: Hair Stylist Holly Scanlan was born and raised in Dundee, along with her four sisters Holly’s parents allowed their offspring to grow and flourish creatively and put little pressure on the girls during their school years, encouraging them to find their calling organically. An enthusiastic interest and aptitude towards Sports, Dance and Drama found Holly progressing from Sixth Year at St Johns Catholic High School onto The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, where she studied a three year long degree course. Forever the anarchist and losing interest speedily Holly quit the prestigious dance school to set up her own Rock n Roll Clothing Boutique “Peaches and Scream”, the quirky store sold one off, handmade and vintage garments, jewellery and accessories with a nod towards the Indie and Punk music scene that still holds Holly’s interest today. Ruby Scanlan, Holly’s only daughter was born in 2006, a surge of pride, love and admiration for her beautiful girl set Holly on a journey with the main destination - to become a positive role model, to make an impact and fundamentally to succeed in making Ruby proud. With little interest, knowledge or understanding of the Hairdressing trade, Holly began her apprenticeship at the age of 25. Using life experience along with her creative upbringing and surroundings she quickly prospered in the industry and expeditiously developed assuring working relationships with local Fashion Houses, Photographers, Directors/Producers and Stylists, collaborating on Look Books, Commercials, Music Videos and Short Film. 2013 saw a shift in direction for Holly’s career, she was chosen as one of six in a nationwide search for Wella’s new Generation Now Artistic Team, platforming Holly’s creative skills at prestigious events and introducing her to the creme de la creme of the Hairdressing world. It was during this jam packed year she met Session Stylist Gary Gill, building a strong working relationship, Holly is now a frequent member of Gary’s Session Team as he heads prolific Fashion Shows by prestigious luxury labels such as Vetements and Balenciaga held in Fashion Capitals London and Paris. June 2016 elevates Holly further in the Hairdressing sector with the launch of “Gigi Bobs Your Hair” an innovative business creating fabulous hair, bespoke to the wearer, creating confidence and attitude, focusing on fulfilling all client care needs in a welcoming, laid back atmosphere. Based within Blu Hair and Beauty on South Tay Street in Dundee’s cultural quarter, Holly is welcoming new and loyal clients into the comfortable surroundings where service is valued and attention to details are nourished. Another aspect of Holly’s crazy busy lifestyle, is a life long interest in books, excelled in her teenage years when she would read and reread novels and novellas passed down from her mother. Finding solace amongst beat writers such as Ginsberg and Kerouac and finding herself within the poetic visionary of Smith and Bukowski, Holly has created a cult following through documenting her woes, worries and adventures via GigiBobsHerHair, a weekly blog which has led her into having her written work published in various Magazines and accompanying Design Professor Mike Press in discussions at Dundee Literary Festival - a yearly event that attracts some of the most talked about names from the world of literature. The momentum of a prolific start rockets Holly’s ventures full steam ahead, watch this space.

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