How did you start in the industry?
I started working in the industry at the age of 16. It wasn't my ambition necessarily because I chose to study economics.
In my final school year, I knew for sure that I wanted to work with my own creativity.
And so I have started orientating towards the creativity with hair, and I went looking for a salon that could make my hairstylist journey possible.
This is where I have started at The Building. At that time, I haven't even started my hairstudy yet, and the salon allowed me to work a couple days during the summer break.
I have started at The Building as a parttime student, and I switched to a full-time student immediately because I knew for sure that this is what I really wanted.
What advice would you give to new stylists or stylists who aspire to be where you are today?
Work hard and be passionate about what you are doing. Don't start as a hairstylist because you have to, but because you want to.
If you strive to be a hairstylist, you have to feel it in your heart and be passionate about hair and creativity.
Naming yourself as a hairstylist doesn't mean you are one.
Be thoughtful, take notes, and work yourself up. I always think it's funny when a new student says "Do I have to clean again?" and I will tell them YES, because you have to, and this is what comes with being a hairstylist. This also teaches aspiring students to be collegiate and to multitask whenever you have multiple clients.
Every start can be rough, and every hairstylist has had their moments and shed a tear and probably thought of quitting. Especially if you're not allowed to cut and blowdry yet. You have to stay patient, and in time, your drive and ambition will grow to work yourself up.
My advice: Join all workshops, teach yourself, and push yourself next level.
What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
I have always been interested in hair and fashion. I have been inspired mostly by myself and my own drive and ambition.
What are your specialties?
Styling ( Blowdry & Up do's) are my specialties. This is what can make my clients so happy. I also love to dye "Blondes" as a specialty.
What is your favorite trend/technique of the moment?
Most trends have different names but have slightly the same results. For me, this would be a combination of an Ombre-Balayage-Highlights-Ecaille.
These techniques are all very natural, and clients love them, considering this is very suitable for dark hair and grown-outs. Even when you would like to be super-blonde to length and hair-ends, I could apply this technique because its easy to melange, and a grown-out would look super-fine and natural.
What is your biggest challenge with color?
I would say clients with a lot of red-pigmented hair. Most of these clients would like to go blonde in just one step, which is gorgeous, but this has to be done in multiple steps for the best results.
The communication about the color and these many steps need to be very clear, so my client and I are on the same level.
Whenever I color, I want my color-theory to be strong. If it's not convincing, then I prefer to just keep it simple.
What's the most essential thing about haircare?
Washing your hair at least 1 - 2 times a week and use a hair mask on a regular base to keep your hair moisturized. This is very important when your hair has just been colored, and it doesn't matter if your hair is thick or fine, or you just went from dark to blonde.
Also, always brush from bottom to top to prevent your hair from damaging and use (heat)protection.
When you have long hair, I would advise you to regularly wear your hair tight, to prevent from damaging and wearing your hair out.
How do you find inspiration today?
I can get inspired on Instagram @Mounirr is one of my favorites. I can get inspired on the streets too, just looking at people and colors. I'm always looking for blondes.
What products can we always find in your kit?
By far, the Keune Style Defrizz serum. This gives so much shine and defrizzes all day long. My other favorite is the straight cream because this gives a beautiful smooth result with a blow-out and makes the hair instantly shiny and soft.