How to be a star hairdresser who always listens
Dressed in all black, with a fine mustache and a gentle gaze. He is a hairdresser who’s at the heart of trends, yet at the same time very close to the people. His secret is the special relationship he has with celebrities and with the very loyal clients who come to his salon in Shanghai. He has been looking after them and their hair for over 20 years. A history of trust.
Why is it important to know your clients well?
Hairstyling is a way of reflecting people's personalities and story. My bond with the client directly influences the feeling about the hairstyle, and the cuts or treatments that I can recommend. With some of them, I have built up a special and loyal relationship over the last 5 or 10 years. I often make friends with my clients on social networks before they book. On these platforms, we get to know each other better, and my clients feel if I can be their hairdresser or not. Trust starts here.
Would you say that you’re a part of their lives?
Every client who comes for a haircut carries a story with them. And the most regular ones have become friends. In a way, I'm a part of almost every highlight of their lives, whether it's a career milestone or a crucial event like a wedding or a baby shower.
So I would say that yes, a stylist can be a part of their clients' lives, if they care for them sincerely. Moreover, I personally appreciate the precious time spent with them. It nourishes me and is a real source of energy to move forward and look toward the future. I think it’s very important to always have your own idea of fashion and trends, but never forget to listen to the needs of your clients. To help them find the right style: the one that fits them best.
Hairstyling is a way of reflecting people's personalities and story.
What do you think are the latest trends in hairdressing?
There is clearly a trend for pink or blue now in 2021, but my clients are often office workers or important businesspersons, so we avoid using such colors. Otherwise, I know that curls and light colors will be a favorite this year.
It's quite surprising, but in my experience, when the economy is booming, straight hair is preferred. On the other hand, in times of recession, people will dye their hair, or perm it, because it lasts longer.
What drives your passion?
Stylistic renewal. It's a priority. I force myself to constantly learn and to always explore new ideas. Every three sessions, I could radically change the style of my clients' hair. In addition, collaborations with brands are a real source of inspiration for me.
What are your favorite accessories?
Hats and headbands. For a slim, pale face, I recommend a brightly colored headband. If the face is a little rounder and the complexion is darker, you can choose stripes and light colored headbands or hats.
Just like skin care, hair care requires perseverance. You need to know the right things to do and apply them regularly and thoroughly.
Two or three times a week, I apply a nourishing shea butter mask to 1/3 or 2/3 of the ends of my hair.
Be careful to only apply it to the hair, not the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a warm towel, leave for 10 minutes and let it air dry.
My pro tip: a really good shampoo should have a sound! When you rub your hair after washing it, it should squeak. This means that your hair is clean.