Bio

Shay Dempsey, Global Art Director for Sebastian Professional

With more than  25 years experience in the international hairdressing industry, Shay Dempsey’s award-winning talent and creativity have earned him a notable reputation and an impressive celebrity client list.

Shay has created fierce hair styles for three House of Holland shows throughout 2009 and 2010, led the hair team for David Koma at London Fashion Week in 2011, and was the owner of the stunning Dublin salon, Zoo, for 14 years.  Shay’s close partnership with Wella Professionals for many years ensured that he worked on the Irish equivalent of the Trend Vision Award Finals in 2005, 2006 and again in 2007.  For years he was a member of the prestigious Wella Professionals Elite Style Council in Ireland and showcased his work on seminars, shows and courses in the Wella Professionals Studio Dublin and throughout Ireland.  Shay and his team have worked with renowned show teams from Vidal Sassoon, Mahogany, Cheynes and Beverly C.

Shay’s hairdressing was influenced by his cousin Norman Jacob, a hairdresser in London who gave him his first scissors while cutting his family’s hair in his kitchen in Dublin.  After training for 3 years in Dublin, Shay finished his training in London and came back and opened his first salon in Angier Street in Dublin.

Shay currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he is bringing his rebellious attitude toward hair and mastery of modern edge to editorial and commercial, earning himself styling accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.

Some of the celebrity names Shay Dempsey has to show on his C.V. are;
Gabriel Byrne, Alicia Silverstone, Kenneth Brannagh, Kirsten Dunst, Jerry Hall, Helena Christiansen, Heidi Klum, Renee Zellwegger to name but a few.