My style is Avant Garde using different and new textures.

Esteban Emmanuel

What country are you from and where do you live?

I’m from France and I live in London, UK.

Title of what you do and what company you work with?

I am a freelance stylist based in Salon Sloane in Chelsea, London. 

Education background (school, salons, self taught)?

I took a two year apprenticeship in France studying one year as a colorist, extension specialist, and two years of managing. 

What is your signature style/artistic expression to your work?

My style is Avant Garde using different and new textures.

What is the first creative project that you remember?

A photoshoot organised by a photographer I didn’t know and never heard about who seemed to be super creative, so I thought “why not?”  Those pictures we created brought me to my first finals of British Hairdressing Awards in the Avant Garde category.

What is the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

I’ve worked in a photoshoot with Nick Knight where I was to assist a hairdresser who didn’t show up, so I ended up doing the hair by myself. 

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?

I guess the turning point was when I chose hairdressing as a career.  I never wanted to be a hairdresser and everything was really unknown to me.  I’ve been lucky to have a supporting family who helped me a lot in my choice.  

I haven’t had a scary moment in my career as I take everything as an experience and try to benefit from it.  The proudest moment of my career has been when I cut my family members hair for the first time. 

What is next for your career goals?

I would like to keep growing a collective of multidisciplinary creative hairdressers that seek to expand their creativity and share it to the next generation.  Possibly, in a few years create a school or online program to teach young hairdressers from around the world who have the passion but not the means to have a full education.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business? 

Keep focus on your goals, keep your mind open and the best way to be creative is to be bored, so take all the superficial stuff out of your life.

IG:  @estebanhair