England’s Ashes heroes may have cut it fine in narrowly beating the Aussies — but it was a cut of a different kind that some of the players had to thank a Kimberley man for ahead of the most historic series in cricket.
For talented hairdresser Ben Kristian helped make sure some of the biggest names in the game looked their best before they stepped out at Trent Bridge for the first Test.
Ben, who counts England seam-bowler Stuart Broad among his regular clients, was drafted in to also give fellow Lions Kevin Pietersen, Steven Finn and Graham Onions a trim.
And perhaps he played his part in some small way as Broad and Pietersen both hit half-centuries in the second innings as England grabbed a tough-fought 14-run win.
Now they will hope to trim down the men from Down Under in the second Test, which started at Lord’s yesterday.
Freelance stylist Ben said it was a ‘privilege’ to take on the job and said to style Pietersen’s hair was a ‘real honour’.
“The series is being watched by 500 million people all over the world so it was a real privilege,” said Ben, aged 24. “Kevin Pietersen is probably the most famous cricketer in the world at the moment. It was an exciting opportunity.”
“Stuart brought the team in because it’s being watched by so many people. I did re-styles, cuts and tidying up.”
Ben, who lives in Stocks Road, won the ‘best young hairdresser in the UK’ award last year. Hosted by Wella – one of the biggest companies in the business – he beat off thousands of entrants to be crowed winner.
Ben went on to represent the UK in the world final, alongside winners from 90 countries worldwide, and was mentored by Vidal Sassoon.
The talented stylist will be working on celebrities’ hair at V Festival once again this year, and will be styling models at the London Fashion Week in September.
Ben works three days a week at Zullo and Holland in Nottingham and two days a week at Bowers Hairdressing in Giltbrook. He also works as an educator in Wella’s art team and travels around the country styling models at roadshows and launching products.