Best known as the founder and owner of the legendary Herbert of Liverpool salon, he can also add TV star, radio personality, quiz show stalwart,’ theatre actor and pantomime Dame to his résumé.
Herbert began his hairdressing career almost 50 years ago, becoming the youngest-ever Guild master at aged 28. His vision to create the Harrods of Hairdressing spurred him to become a highly successful businessman, garnering awards and column inches in the process.
Herbert’s talent with hair, and larger-than-life personality, meant his star status in Liverpool was assured from the beginning. This was further cemented as he starred in ITV’s docusoap Shampoo, appeared several times on celebrity specials of The Weakest Link, and became the voice of BBC Radio Merseyside’s Friday night show, as well as appearing in theatre productions alongside other local
Herbert’s entrepreneurial skills have seen him help more than 500 of his employees set up their own enterprises, as well as the launch of Queenie’s Christmas Charity for those less fortunate.
He’s also been credited with opening Merseyside’s largest training school to help the next generation of hairdressers fulfil their potential. In recognition of this, Herbert received a Scouseology Special Award for Services to Liverpool and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Downtown Liverpool in Business in 2008.
In 2011, Herbert was honoured to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Hairdressing in the UK, from The Fellowship of British Hairdressing.