“I love a sculptural gelled feel with shapes and play with harsh and soft textures.”
What country are you from and where do you live?
I was born in Iran. I grew up in Stockholm since I was four years old. I now live in London for the last nine years.
Title of what you do and what company you work with?
I’m a session hair stylist. I’m freelance so I work for myself, represented by CLM agency. I have my own wig company called AP Wigs.
Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?
I studied hairdressing in school for three years (the standard length of education in Sweden) and did an apprenticeship in a salon in Stockholm.
What is your signature style/artistic expression to your work?
I am very much a blend between the sixties meets sculptural futuristic looks. I love a soft brushed sixties hair look. For that specific era, I think it’s so important for the hair to look alive and not over styled or heavy. I love a sculptural gelled feel with shapes and playing with harsh and soft textures.
Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career? What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?
One of the biggest turning points in my career was meeting and starting to work with photographer and dear friend, Camilla Akrans. I’d say the scariest moment was taking the step to move from Sweden to London and branching out my career.
One thing that I’m very proud of is starting my wig company AP Wigs. It was years in the making and to finally see our units we produce find homes is heart warming and definitely a proud moment of mine.
What is next for your career goals?
My goal for the coming year is to grow my wig business further but also grow as a person and finesse my craft. I love what I do and I think there is always space for growth and that’s what makes our field so exciting.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?
Assist people that you admire and that inspire you. It’s the best way to develop and learn.
Image of Ali: Photographer: Philip Messmann