THE ARTISTS

Interviews with hair, makeup, nails, wardrobe, photography and fine artists

David Katchadourian

Paris, Provence, France

“Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I am French and live in the south of France, St Remy de Provence.  I have lived almost twenty years in Paris. Being a studio hairdresser for over thirty years, I travel a lot and work all over the world for shoots and teach hairdressing professionals.

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

I am the Artistic Global Creative Director of DKHairdesigner.  I am an Ambassador for Schwarzkopf Professional and Dyson Supersonic.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I went to private hairdressing school then many internships and collaborations in London and Paris, Milan, Barcelona, ​​Berlin with Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, Robert Lobetta and Tim Hartley.

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

It is very difficult to define yourself by a style because the role of a studio hairdresser is defined as a chameleon in order to adapt to all the styles that they are asked to achieve for fashion magazines or advertising campaigns.

I would say that I am above all curious about everything (art, painting, sculpture, architecture, fashion, cinema, etc) which is my source of inspiration in my visuals and collections.  

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career?

Yes, without a doubt one of my first shoots when I was very young I had the chance to do Cyndi Lauper’s hair.  It was a great moment.

What was your scariest and proudest moment of your career?

The fashion world can be ruthless.  For years, I’ve been doing fashion shows for many designers for various fashion weeks.  When prepping for a show in Paris, I gathered my team of hairdressers and makeup artists with the designer’s team.  The designer himself was not present for the meeting. The makeup and hairstyle looks were agreed on by the designer’s team for the next day’s show.  At this point everything was fine.

On the day of the show, the designer (whose name I would withhold as a courtesy) arrived an hour before the start of the show and told me  “these are not the hairstyles that I want for my clothes .. !!!” We had to undo and redo everything in less than an hour for sixty models! 

One of my most beautiful moments was undoubtedly at the beginning of the 2000’s at a show I was doing in Shanghai, China.  At this time I was an Ambassador for L’oréal doing lots of shows in France and abroad. This show was one of my biggest. I was alone on stage for two hours in front of more than 10,000 hairdressers.  At this moment a strange feeling of anxiety extreme and excitement takes hold of you!

What is the next step for your career goals?

I have developed an education concept for hairdressing professionals called DKHairdesigner.  The goal is to share my methods to studio hairdressers around the world. I want to further develop my concept of education with hairdressers internationally because of my desire to share and exchange in my work. 

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

Be curious about everything around you.  Observing the world allows us to evolve constantly.  Your creative potential is unique. Make it visible!

Instagram:  @dkhairdesigner.officiel

Facebook:  dkhairdesigner

Davidkatchadourian

www.dkhairdesigner.com

Photographer Philippe Aufort van Strien
Makeup artist Samantha Adamo
Model Agency Alexia Vic
Hair Director David Katchadourian / Dkhairdesigner

SS20 Sensitive Collection

Ali Pirzadeh

Iran, Stockholm, London

“I love a sculptural gelled feel with shapes and play with harsh and soft textures.”

Image:  Photographer: Philip Messmann

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. 

Instagram 

@alipirzadeh 

@apwigs

Website

https://www.apwigs.com

https://www.clm-agency.com/hair-make-up/hair/ali-pirzadeh

Nikko Kefalas

New York

“Believe in yourself as an artist and never give up.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I am from Canada and live in New York and Montreal.

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

Fashion Director / Photo Art Director.

Education background?

College Lasalle Fashion Design / FIT New York.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

High fashion with cutting edge style.

Photography Damien Carney
MUA: Joanne Gair
Creative Director of Wardrobe Nikko Keffalas
Hair Adrian Gutierrez

What was your career turning point/your big break?

Fashion Director Position NYC and front row at NYFW.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Transitioning to one of the most competitive cities in the world; New York City.

What is next for your career goals?

Creative Director.

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

Believe in yourself as an artist and never give up. Don’t let the illusion of the impossible keep you from your creative and dream.

Instagram:  @nikkokefalas  

Website:   www.nikkokefalas.com 

Photography Damien Carney
MUA: Joanne Gair
Creative Director of Wardrobe Nikko Keffalas
Hair Adrian Gutierrez

Lucie Doughty

UK, California

“I like the quirky and unexpected, but tailoring it to the individual.”

What country are you from and where do you live? 

I am originally the UK.  I have lived in California, USA for the last twenty years.

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

My current title is creative director and I work for John Paul Mitchell systems.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)? 

Growing up in England, I took some classes at a Technical College but most of the time I was in the hair department working full time in a salon which I continued for two years.

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

I would say I like people to look and feel beautiful.  Understanding them and their artistic expression is key.  I like the quirky and unexpected, but tailoring it to the individual. 

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career? 

Being hired to work at Vidal Sassoon was a game changer.  It took me out of a small town into a big city where I could meet and work with people from all walks of life. Another turning point I would say was coming to America to work for the Vidal Sassoon Academy.  Both have had the biggest impact on my career.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Scariest moment, hmmmm maybe moving to Germany from England and not knowing anyone!

Proudest moments – winning a NAHA award and getting the front cover of a magazine.

What is next for your career goals?

Seeing how I can evolve myself and my art.  Help others to be their best and show them as scary as it might seem, anything is possible.

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

Ask questions, take chances and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

Instagram:  @luciedoughty

Website:  www.Luciedoughty.com

Daryna Barykina

Ukraine & Florida

“Listen to your gut feeling and grow into your own artistic skin”.

 

What country are you from and where do you live?

I am originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. Currently, I live in Jacksonville,FL.

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

I am a professional beauty and advertising photographer, self-portraiture artist. I work independently.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I have a Bachelors in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration.  I graduated from Kyiv School of Photography.

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

I like commercial work to be stylized, vibrant and polished, focused on motion and sensuality.  My personal projects can have more freedom in execution and always involve conceptual and surrealistic components. Color plays a very special role, it is a big part of my style and voice.  Deep moody color combinations, often times primary or complementary give my work depth and make you see past the polished surface and think of subliminal messages.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career? 

There was definitely a career turning point. It shifted my attention to the hair photography, where I have decided to stay for a long while. I was hired to do a hair shoot for a hair extension distributor.  I’ve never photographed portraits focused on hair before this gig. It was definitely a “fake it till you make it” moment for me. At the meeting I put my confidence on, brought tons of L’oreal reference images and sounded like I can shoot hair in my sleep.

After the meeting and before the shoot, I was studying hair shoots on youtube, ad campaigns in the magazines, and hair retouching tutorials like crazy, because I’ve never photographed hair before and I was scared to death.  The shoot went well. I had so much fun and the client was happy. After this job, I started seeing myself becoming a beauty photographer. I still remember that one particular photo that got me discovered by that client and got me that first beauty job.

In the past few years so many amazing things happened in my career. I started teaching classes with Cosmoprof and independently.  I am a finalist in NAHA and American Influencer Awards as a makeup artist of the year and as an emerging creative makeup artist. Fashion Group International of North Florida gave me a Rising Star award in Photography category.  I continue photographing winning entries for hairdressers. I even have a hobby where I make pins/brooches out of resin. I worked really hard, it definitely paid off, but I got overwhelmed and burned out.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

It was an ad campaign for Matrix Global, which I had and honor to produce and model for.  It was my first time visiting any company headquarters, it was scary and nerve wracking. I wasn’t sure if I am going to get a job, but dreams do come true and I was awarded an important assignment.  I had many doubts as to whether or not I can pull it off because my style of work didn’t really match the look of companies marketing materials.

For most of the shoot I tried to fit myself within the frame I thought I was expected to deliver, but at the end took some images just for fun, for me.  Those last few images had a bigger success with the company than hundreds I took earlier that day. It was an amazingly proud moment to be a face of a color line and see my self-portraits printed big on banners on expo floors in stores and salons.

What is next for your career goals?

This may sound unexpected, but next steps for me will be going back to where I started.  I will focus on creating conceptual work, being more artistic with my craft. I dream of creating and self publishing a coffee table book with photographs illustrating emotions and feelings.  Do it all myself: create costumes, do hair and makeup, cast models, build a set. I’d like to pick my youtube channel again and share every step of creating the book and conceptual images in it.  So many ideas were put on hold and I would like to revisit them, get creative resources and inspiration from within me.

I am definitely not dropping education, but since there is only one of me and so many people that need my classes and want me to come to their city, I am working on making education accessible at all times and affordable to as many people as possible, that’s why some of my classes will be held online.  First ones will be released in January 2020.

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

It is quite easy to make a good living but stay unhappy in the industry you love.  Once the craft you love becomes a job, it stops being an inspiration source and turns into routine.  This causes self doubt and makes you question whether you are even good enough.

For me, happiness is the most important indicator.  By asking myself whether or not I am happy with my life right now, I am able to spot and level out areas that need attention and improvement.  Authenticity of myself as an artist plays a tremendous role. I want my internal creative world to be seen on the outside, it has to be natural and congruent.  It is a long route, but goal is achievable, when you accept the kind of artist you are at heart and not what industry promotes, or what’s trending, or what everybody else is doing, or saying you should be doing.  Grow into your own skin.

Instagram @daryna_barykina

Facebook: Daryna Barykina

Website www.darynabarykina.com

Alexey Osipchuk

Saint Petersburg, Russia

The main idea is a complete rejection of shear techniques and the ability to achieve any result without using shears.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I live in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  I was born in a small town Kaliningrad.  Since I was sixteen I have been living in Saint Petersburg but I started working in Kaliningrad when I was fifteen. 

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

I am  the owner of Park by Osipchuk.  I own two beauty studios in downtown and the School by Osipchuk.  We have our own style and I am the creator of our cutting technique.  I also work as a Global Londa Professional Director. 

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

The main idea is a complete rejection of shear techniques and the ability to achieve any result without using shears.  I can say with confidence that we are the only team in the world that has removed shearing from work.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

I have many awards including The Champion of Russia, Europe and the world, as well as The Russian Hairdresser of the Year.  I can say all my success can be explained by the love of my profession, which I have had for sixteen years. 

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

My biggest fear is to lose my business and to be without my creation!  What makes me proud is when I can make people look trendy and to hear students and clients saying thank you. 

What is next for your career goals?

Next year I’m planning to open a third salon downtown.  I plan to expand my school and the staff to eighty people.  Also I’m thinking about international market. My plans include strengthening international relations. 

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

My advice to people who want to be in this business- everything takes time, one day you will get there, just never stop and look back!  Invest in your education and share your knowledge!

Instagram:  @parkbyosipchuk

 

Ray Civello

Toronto

“We will continue to push ourselves, be better and continue to give back.”

ABOUT RAY CIVELLO

Ray Civello is a philanthropist, leader, and visionary in the fashion, beauty, and wellness industry. Combining creative skills and keen business sensibilities, Ray is a successful entrepreneur, celebrity hairstylist, editorial stylist, photographer, inspired public speaker, and coveted international educator.

For more than twenty five years, Ray Civello has been a revolutionary figure in the beauty industry as a master hairstylist and business owner. After starting his career as a stylist at one of Canada’s hottest salons, The Rainbow Room, Ray’s visionary talent and engaging personality propelled him to become a sought-after editorial hairstylist in North America and Europe.

In 1985, he launched his own brand of salons, Civello, the first-ever salon-spa conglomerate of its kind in Toronto, Canada. He opened with the mission to inspire guests to look and feel their best; image crafters committed to being forerunners in beauty and wellness. After opening four successful Civello salons in Canada, he expanded nationally to open two salons in Vancouver, British Columbia. With over three decades of experience, Ray has worked with a variety of clients including celebrities, executives, and tastemakers.

In addition to Civello salons, Ray has pioneered the Aveda Global business. He has held titles as Aveda’s Global & Creative Director and V.P. of Education. In 1994, Ray Civello established Collega International, a conglomerate of sales, salons, and education. The business is the only national distributor for Aveda products in Canada and parent company to two Aveda Institutes and Academy Salons nationwide, sixteen Aveda retail stores, and six highly successful salons across the country. With his distinctive perspective and skill-set, Ray has crafted an approach to hair unlike any other by truly factoring in the personality and appearance of every individual through colouring, cutting, and styling.

ABOUT COLLEGA

In 1995, Raffaela, Margaret, George, and Ray Civello founded Collega. From their small office in Toronto, the family business has grown to span the country, and now includes over six hundred salons and spas, seventeen Aveda Experience Centers, three Aveda Institutes and Academies, Novvo Etopa, Partner Salon Group (PSG) and FixxRx. 

Collega’s foundation is rooted in strong core values and beliefs that are an extension of Aveda and Horst’s vision as a company, and community: Integrity, community, creativity, awareness, passion, perseverance. It is with these beliefs in mind, Collega is committed to building lasting relationships, creating magical experiences and giving back to each other and to the planet. Most important to the growth and success of Collega is credited to our growing family of salons, spas, schools, and stores. It is our highly valued clients and team, who have taken us to the next level by consistently representing us with innovation, creativity and the highest level of service excellence.

CIVELLO CELEBRATES THIRTY YEARS

As a prominent Toronto editorial hairstylist in the late eighties (with clients that included artists, musicians and models), Ray Civello saw the opportunity to give back to communities with high-level service and great hair. Through Civello’s international travels to five-star resorts experiencing their unparalleled service, this inspired him to reinvent the traditional beauty salon and do something different.  He opened the first-ever salon/spa conglomerate in Toronto with the help of his older sister, Raffaela. 

Obsessed with getting it right, in 1989, Civello Rosedale was born. Civello launched a new salon concept, and with it, he introduced a guest-centric experience devoted to high-touch customer service. To ensure this vision, Civello invested extensively in-salon education, focused on team building and soft-skill training, which was revolutionary within the industry. Civello’s devotion to the craft encouraged both staff and guests to become the best version of themselves and ultimately fulfill their maximum potential.

With six successful salons across Canada, located in the Toronto and Vancouver markets, each Civello salon is unique and a reflection of the local community it resides in.  “We encourage our Civello salons to be extensions of their community while sharing our common values on fostering deep connections with guests and delivering service consistencies.” 

October 2019, the beauty and wellness monarch celebrates thirty years of care, creativity, and community. Throughout the year, Civello will celebrate this milestone anniversary with staff, guests and their communities with a campaign series of seventeen untold real guest stories shot by Ray Civello himself.  “Behind every photo is a deeply rooted story that connects them to Civello in some way. The objective of these portraits was to capture the essence of the individual, and it’s the same with a haircut.” The campaign will be featured in salon windows, online and across social media. “My connection with Civello is spiritual. I believe that hair holds energy as well as being important to our overall appearance. For me, Civello represents growth and self-love. Every time I do my hair or get services done, I feel more empowered and more confident in myself. I feel like I can accomplish more things than I tell myself I can.” – (Naima Nur, Featured Civello Portrait)

As Civello reflects on the past 30 years, he can’t help but look ahead and be excited about the next thirty years.  “Our continued growth is a true testament to our relevancy and ability to reinvent our offering without ever sacrificing the integrity of who we are.  We will continue to push ourselves, be better and continue to give back”. Civello’s longevity is a result of constantly challenging the status quo, and they will continue to do so over the next thirty years.  The Civello community can expect to see expansion on the horizon in the form of more locations, offshoots from the brand and reinvigorated spa business.

Instagram: @civellosalonspa 

Facebook:  Civellosalonspa

Darren Ambrose

London

 “This industry is one of the most exciting challenging, fun, careers you’ll have.”

What country are you from and where do you live? 

I’m from the United Kingdom.  I was raised and live in the London City area.

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

I am co-owner, Art director, along with my wife Jackie Ambrose, directing and running our company D & J Ambrose, for twenty five years. Running a team within the company, we have a great artistic crew of talented creatives that always pass on their talents educating our young up and coming creatives within the salon.  Nationally and internationally, we educate and perform shows, showcasing innovative trends and craftsmanship, specialising in cut, colour, style focusing on top to bottom imagery which is very fashion focused.  

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I studied art at A level, along with other creative subjects.  When I was seventeen, I joined a company called Clipso in Covent Garden London where I did my four year course covering all aspects of hairdressing, cut, colour, perming, session styling, avant garde styling, barbering, etc.  They were the best years when I was hungry and keen to absorb what the industry had to offer.   

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

I’m probably not the best person to be asked this question lol! I think you always see yourself differently!  I’ve won and produced a lot of images in the past that related to more expressive Avant Garde. In my later years,I have become a lot more diverse in what I create. I guess naturally I Iike things that challenge me creatively and work very much in the moment but with a story behind the images. I head towards things that are more haute couture and that have an edge, even if its consumer based.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career?

When I was twenty two, I entered the British Hairdressing Awards for the first time, as New Comer of the Year, and won!  It was awesome for me and the beginning of a life changing time. One of my goals was to try and win British Hairdresser of the Year, being the pinnacle top prestigious award to get.  In 2015, I was awarded this top accolade which gave me a feeling of achievement you can’t describe and clarified what hard work and dedication can produce.   

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career? 

I am thankful for being blessed with travel in my career, doing shows and education.  I guess the scariest moments was being caught up in some political movements in some global countries and the odd scary turbulent flights lol!!!!  The proudest moment apart from the previous question was bringing two beautiful souls into our lives, Tennyson and Norton my two daughters which give such amazing grounding of what life and all of this is about. 

What is next for your career goals? 

We are planning to shoot some cool things images next year.  I already have some amazing show destinations in the pipelines, keeping the company on fast forward and most of all enjoy, have fun in what this industry throws at us.   

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

Find a company that focuses on supporting you as a young creative and gives you the best foundation of training, covering all aspects of this industry.  Keep very focused on your training, it is tough at the beginning but you will never be unhappy if you are chasing your heart and passion. Put your phones away!!!!!!! and look, listen.  Assist at all times and if you get the opportunity, go to all educational and show events your company has to offer absorb everything! It’s your time to feed that brain and if you quit all I can say is it’s a loss for you as this industry is one of the most exciting challenging, fun, careers you’ll have.  You can be part of a team creatively, a salon owner, an educator, a show maker, a session stylist, perform your skills at fashion week, editorial shoots, travel the world, win awards for your skills, be an inspirational speaker, to say but a few things of what you can do. This industry is very lucrative and I think is one of the happiest, rewarding professions to be in!

Instagram

@darrenambrose

@djambrosehair 

Facebook:  djambrosehair

Website:  www.djambrose.com  

DARREN’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BEAUTY HUB PREPPING FOR HIS SHOW AT THE WELLA TORONTO STUDIO

Photo:  Jenny Hands

Hair Team:  Darren Ambrose, Clayde Baumann, Michael Francos

Hair Assistants:  Sherman Wong, Fay Linksman, Zachary Ferguson, Emily Baker, 

Lindsay Overland, Melanie Smith

Makeup: Samantha Kaye – L’Une Beauty Boutique

Nails: Samantha Silvius

Wardrobe: Jackie Ambrose

Onsite:  Laura Dimarcantonio

WATCH DARREN’S SHOW AT THE 2020 CONTESSA’S 


Nicolas Jurnjack

Paris, France

“For me, hair is the major material through which I express myself.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I’m French, born in Marseille. I have lived between Paris and NYC and travelled to many places all over the world for the past 35 years. During these years I think I’ve spent more time in planes, airports and trains than at home.

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

Im a hairstylist and I work in fashion and beauty industry, mainly for international editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, and with hair brands as a consultant, TV commercials for fragrance … designer brands, celebrities, etc.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

Well, I stopped college at a young age, I didn’t have much interest in the regular school program so I ended up in what we call in France a CFA, which is a government school for hairdressing. I must confess it wasn’t very fulfilling for me so I did not carry the experience too long. But I did stay in the business and learned to be a hairdresser working in hair shops in my home town until I decided to move to Paris at the age of 18 with the goal of working in the fashion industry.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

I love diversity, I love innovation, so in a way it is quite difficult to lock myself into one specific style. In the fashion industry, you have to be capable of doing all kinds of hairstyles. For sure, like any fashion hairstylist I like to be creative, I worked with designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier etc, it was a fantastic experience. For me, hair is the major material through which I express myself. Creating only for a particular niche of expression just repeating over and over again the same technique and approach becomes boring at some point. My perfect journey, if I can say that, travels from the simple, for example a kiss curl on a slicked back style to done/undone grungy, passing through glam in all its shapes and forms and on and on to maximum extravaganza and everywhere around.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

There have been a few ! Two major moments: First was my first cover of Vogue Paris. I was twenty four and in the right place at the right time, nobody was available and my number was 

called. I can say that at the time I did not feel technically ready to face such a challenge. I was terrified that a hairstyle would be requested that I did not have the technical skills or confidence to deliver. But it turned to be a fantastic day. I was signed up with an agent and slowly my name became recognized in the fashion industry. 

The second moment was two years later . I was invited to be part of an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. I was lucky to be the only hairstylist selected, it was enormous for me. I was asked to come up with ideas for six images. I decided to create hairstyles in paper and wood. 

To top it off, as if things couldnt get better, the photos were taken by the legendary icon of fashion photography, Jeanloup Sieff. This exposure got me much attention from fashion magazines and designers. I was considered as a sure value in the industry.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

A real nail-biter was a couture show I did for fashion week. I had spent weeks and weeks in my atelier with my twenty assistants designing and preparing complicated wigs for famous models chosen to walk in a hugely anticipated show for a world famous couture house—the responsibility and expectation were huge. As was usual with fashion week, when models are rushing from one show to the next. They arrive with barely minutes to spare before they walk. My assistants and I would race to fix the huge hair pieces securely. At one point there were eight assistants frantically working on one head. The sweat running down my back moment was when the model arrived super late, seconds to go before she walked. The wig was enormous and I had time only for a few bobby pins before she stepped on stage. I held my breath imagining the wig crashing down on the stage, and worse, in front of hundreds of influential people in fashion with TV cameras broadcasting the disaster. But luckily fortune was on my side and all the wigs miraculously stayed perfectly in place. 

My proudest moment was when I published my book—a conversation about hair: questions and answers. It’s about my three decades of experience as a hairstylist in the fashion and beauty industry. It is filled with anecdotes, ideas and inspirations. It is dedicated to all 

generations and levels of hairdressers in the world. It’s less a book for/about the fashion industry and more a book for my family—all the hairdressers around the world.

What is next for your career goals?

Education, transmission of technique. Hairdressing is both a craft and a profession, it has so many technical challenges and so much room for innovation. Confidence is key and confidence comes from skill and knowledge – expertise frees you to create and innovate. I will always remember what Karl Lagerfeld said to me on a photoshoot. Nico, you need to give back what you know, don’t bury it in a pine box with you.” It didn’t really ring in my head at the time, but years later I understood clearly what he meant. 

A few weeks ago I started ATELIERS NICOLAS JURNJACK to share my knowledge and experience of studio techniques—and my passion. 

link : www.formationscoiffure.com

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

Be passionate, love what you do, believe in what you do. With social media, it can be easy to be an overnight sensation, but if you want to survive, thrive, build a successful career you need a solid base from which to grow. Technical skills are technical skills, an important base that gives you a firm ground and a firm structure from which to fly free with confidence to create and innovate. The fashion world mixes and blends references from every era 20s 30s ….90s and now 2000, it always has and no doubt will continue doing so. In the business of fashion – models, celebrities, make up artists, designers, stylists, editors, photographers, whatever part you play in a team – you are only ever as good as your last job, you need to constantly build on the last step you made, constantly learn, innovate, expand and reinvent. I recommend, to any hairdressers or hairstylists willing to join the « studios », take your time, go slowly but surely, work with different « masters », gather experience, amass skills, build habits that allow your inspiration to thrive. In the fashion industry when the train stops jump aboard with a solid foundation, skills and resources. It rarely stops twice.

Instagram:  @nicolasjurnjack


Felix Fischer

Switzerland & New York

The signature style to my work is very organic.  Whatever I do, I try to leave the hair as touchable and natural as possible.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I was born and raised in Switzerland.  I have lived in New York for the past twenty two years.

What do you do and the company you work with?

Creative director, celebrity stylist, activist in the fight against cancer.

Education background?

I went to school in Switzerland.  I did four years of apprenticeship than worked at schools all over the world as an educator.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

The signature style to my work is very organic.  Whatever I do, I try to leave the hair as touchable and natural as possible.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

I think when I did my first book cover for Elisabeth Hurley.

What was your scariest and proudest moments in your career?

Proudest moment I think is every single day when I do hair and create something beautiful.  Hair is my passion and brings joy to everything I do. Scariest thought is if I wouldn’t be able to do hair and work in beauty and fashion.

What is next for your career goals?

At the moment my most important thing is working on my foundation that creates wigs for cancer survivors.  @VforVictory.life

What is your advice to someone new starting out in the beauty business?

Stay focused, work hard, assist the best people you possibly can.  Be passionate about what you do.

Instagram:  @felixfischerhair

Instagram:  @vforvictorylife

Mikka Gia

Toronto

“My mobile company BTG (Barbers to Go TO) will be growing at a rapid pace in 2020.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I was born in Canada, and currently reside in Toronto, Ontario.

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

I am an entrepreneur, female barber and photographer.  I’m the founder and sole proprietor of two companies: The Groomed Society and Barbers to go TO.

Education Background?

I graduated high school. Attended culinary college at George Brown.  I completed my hair apprenticeship in hair school and advance hair training with Toni and Guy. I obtained my hair license in 2012.

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

I creatively think, live and experience life outside the lines.  My creative passion for visual arts, such as my photography, allows me to express my creativity by diving into trying new elements and approaches – themes are a big catalyst for my expression.  Professionally, my primary goal is to provide clients with tailored hair styles that align more closely with their lifestyle. Of course I have many clients that simply allow me the freedom to ‘do my thing’ and provide looks that are trendsetting.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career?

In 2015, after many years of working in salons owned by other people, I made the leap to go out on my own and create my own vision and business.  Every entrepreneur has that moment when they decide to face their fears and conquer their dream – “Will I be successful?”, “Will people like what I do?”, “Will they return?” – from the moment I launched my business, I felt a great sense of myself and continued to push for new levels of achievement and growth.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Funny enough, my scariest and proudest moment completing my training at Toni and Guy and presenting my work to the entire salon of thirty-five staff in a public presentation.  It was a huge step for me. I had always shied away from the spotlight. I am my own worst critic and questioned my creativity and technical abilities. 

Of course, starting my own brand/business was both terrifying and exhilarating.

These moments, when I was given the opportunity to face and conquer my fears directly, sustained great feelings of self worth and accomplishment in who I am and what I have to offer.

What is next for your career goals?

Currently I am working on the next step for TGS (The Groomed Society) 2020 expansion is around the corner and moving the business to a point where its growth can really reach all potential.  As well as my mobile company BTG (Barbers to Go TO) will be growing at a rapid pace in 2020 and from there I see potential for either of these companies to go international.

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

It is a cliche but I believe it to be true… If you love what you do, your passion will conquer no matter what obstacles or challenges you face – obstacles are really opportunities for growth. The real key I find is consistency, education and determination to accomplish what you set out to do.

Website: www.thegroomedsociety.com

Mobile: www.barberstogoto.com

Facebook : Barbers to go TO

Instagram : @barberstogoto

Facebook : The Groomed Society

Instagram : @thegroomedsociety

Photography:

FB: giaphotography

IG: @gia.photography


Luke Benson

London

“Work hard, be humble, and say yes to anything that you think will help you to progress and learn new skills.”

 

What country are you from and where do you live?

London, England.

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

Creative Director of Luke Benson Hair.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

No school.  I was trained by the late Terry Calvert and his team in salon at Clipso.

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

Beautiful, effortless hair.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career? 

Winning London Hairdresser of the Year and being signed by my Agency.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

My scariest was probably the first time I did stage work live. Proudest was winning London Hairdresser of the Year.

What is next for your career goals?

Eventually be nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year. Short term to do more shows and education globally.

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

Work hard, be humble, and say yes to anything that you think will help you to progress and learn new skills.

Instagram:  @lukebensonhair 

Website:  www.lukebensonhair.com

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