Andrew Fitzsimons first found his passion at 13 years of age when he stepped foot into a local hairdressing salon and hasn’t looked back since.
At 17 he moved from Balinteer to Paris to hone his craft, then took a flight to the Big Apple at 21, and it was there where he kick-started his impressive list of celebrity clientele.
Of course, Andrew tells VIP Magazine, that while his life is pretty glamorous now, that wasn’t always the case. Especially those early days.
“I was sleeping on people’s couches. I said yes to every single job and I had no money – zero. There were times I couldn’t even afford a Subway so I’d walk two hours to and from work and mostly the only time I ate was when there was catering on set – it was like something from Oliver Twist,” he confesses.
“New York is tough, but sticking it out is the reason I was able to get clients like Adele and Mariah [Carey]. Nothing happens overnight.”
From his celebrity clientele to his beloved haircare range, he’s a busy man!
He’s currently based in Los Angeles and admits that things are a bit, well, fake… So we wonder if it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground in Tinseltown.
“To me, wealth isn’t an indicator of whether someone is interesting. I’ve been around nearly every celebrity on the planet and it’s not an indicator of if someone’s a good person or not.
“For me, I don’t really have a lot of illusions, I demystified the whole wealth and celebrity thing over the years. It’s very easy for me to not indulge in that world.
“I don’t really go to Hollywood parties, I don’t hang around with people who aren’t my genuine friends. I think it’s something to do with my Irishness too, that I just need things to be real. I’m not into bullsh*t. I’ve always been like that!”
To read our full chat with Andrew Fitzsimons pick up our October issue of VIP Magazine on shelves nationwide.