In the North American Hairstyling Awards Texture category, stylists are recognized for showing their ability to design looks that complement the individuality of diverse hair texture. Using cutting, styling and artistic techniques, stylists can create new texture and work with their models’ existing individuality. Get inspired! Attend NAHA January 26th at its new home in Long Beach, California.
What motivates you to compete in NAHA? What would you share with other professionals about this opportunity?
The motivation is the legacy of it. This is a platform for hairdressers who are needing to express themselves in the highest form of art as it pertains to hair being the medium. It gives me a place in my industry that recognizes a high level of excellence.
Did you always know you wanted to be a beauty professional?
I started my career as a hairstylist in London, England in the 80s. As a kid born in Hong Kong, I remember always looking into the storefronts of salons and curious about what went on inside. I was never academically gifted, but I loved art class and fashion, so becoming a beauty professional was always a dream of mine.
What challenges and surprises did you encounter while creating your collection and what did you learn from the experience?
My biggest challenge in my collection was keeping the hair up! With the help of one of my best friends Dylan Prescott, a blow dryer and some hairspray it finally stayed put! My biggest surprise was the collection itself, the vision I had was captured so perfectly I couldn’t believe it.
What do you love about working in the beauty industry?
What I love about the beauty industry is that there are so many paths you can take. I love being behind the chair creating a relationship with each of my clients, learning from them and helping them feel beautiful inside and out.
What inspired your 2019 NAHA collection and how did you choose which category to enter?
For this collection, I was inspired by a window dressing at Selfridges department store in London. They had mannequins draped in exaggerated Elizabethan ruff collars made of cellphone and paper. I loved the regal simplicity of the look. To bring this look into the modern day I created styles that utilized fashion forward shapes and textures that create a balance of old and new.