KARLA Q LEON – THE HAIR SCULPTOR ELEVATING HER ART

KARLA Q LEON – THE HAIR SCULPTOR ELEVATING HER ART

KARLA Q LEON – THE HAIR SCULPTOR ELEVATING HER ART

From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, Karla Q Leon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future.

It’s nothing new when a hairstylist is referred to as an artist or a hair sculptor – the creative process is such that we all know just now artistic our industry is. But when you see the physical creations sculpted by the vibrantly manicured hands of Karla Quiñonez Leon, you can see just why the hair and make-up artist is considering a not-so distant future where her pieces are exhibited within the iconic art show, Art Basel.

It’s all a far cry from the Belgian’s beginnings working in retail make-up with MAC, yet the journey has been surprisingly swift thanks to hard work, assisting, education and incessant practise. A regular at men’s shows in Paris including Paradis and Mains, Karla’s work is also often spotted on the cover of magazines such as Dazed, ES and Crack. Commercial clients are lining up, too – from Christmas adverts for Amazon to intricately crafted pieces for Adidas, it’s a body of work that’s varied, original, playful and expanding quickly. This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates.

This past year has been particularly defining. Following talks that lasted six months, Karla signed with the St Luke’s agency in May 2023, revealing the collaboration at the Met Gala. “I feel like there’s a before and an after,” she muses. “It was life changing. I love the drama of the Gala, and I’m very aware how to market myself. I think that’s something a lot of creatives find hard, because sometimes you don’t want to deal with that part. But it’s very important, brands want to know who you are. It’s not ego, it’s your business.” And this is a brand that’s just getting stronger…

How did you go from a MAC counter to creating hair sculptures for the likes of Adidas?

In Belgium, you have to be able to do make-up AND hair, because the budgets are different to here! I had a small kit because I wasn’t really taking hair that seriously, I wasn’t respectful to hair styling at all! My goal was to move to London, be in fashion, and only do make-up. I’m done with the hair!

Just before I moved to London, I was assisting a make-up and hair stylist in Belgium. She would make choices, put hair up in a way that would look fabulous. And I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m never gonna be good at this’. But she said not to overthink it. It’s because I thought I couldn’t do hair. In reality it started as a hobby… and now my hobby is paying my bills!

Why did you feel the need to come to London?

I fell in love with London when I was 17. I came here and got lost in Covent Garden. Instead of panicking, I started walking around and looking at all these people, fabulous make-up and hair. I felt comfortable, that this is where I should live. It was so clear.

I told my friends, ‘Don’t get attached to me, because I’m leaving Belgium’. And they would be like, ‘That’s such a Karla thing to say!’. But I could feel it in my bones. I moved to Brussels, I would do fashion shows in Paris, and I used to come to London for one or two weeks to work and get to know people and then go again. People would try to book me for a job, so I told them that I lived here already. ‘Are you available tomorrow?’ And I’d say ‘sure!’… meanwhile, I’m in Belgium! I would take the last bus in the evening to get to London for 7am and work. No sleep! I needed to build this network. I knew I needed to do this, and after 2020 I never took that bus again.

Vogue Italia, photography by Silvana Trevale






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There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟

Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉

Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.*

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*UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024.  To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon.  Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟 Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉 Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.* #AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro *UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024. To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon. Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
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Retouching: @trueblackstudio

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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

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Sleek? C'est chic! A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson. Photography: @charliecummings Stylist: @annahcstyle Writer: @ryancahill7 Art Direction: @katastrophe.33 Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel Photography Assistant: @cnawanga Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell Retouching: @trueblackstudio #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
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Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
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Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
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Trust the process 🤩 If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
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Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling.

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A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍 Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
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From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future.

 This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates.

To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future. This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates. To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
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What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️

That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. 

You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering.

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 


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What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️ That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering. Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
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The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡 Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓 If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight! The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it! Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information. hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
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The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 

Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. 

For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. 

Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. 

Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. 

#AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. #AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
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There was a great quote on Instagram from you: “My craft is art and my sculptures are my love letters to hair”. Tell us about your first hair sculpture…

I didn’t know I could make hair sculptures! It was about 2020, and two girls reached out to work together on this Vogue Italia editorial with 14 South American people, and they wanted me to do hair and make-up. I thought, ‘I do a lot of commercials. I can handle this’. But I was a little bit scared. Luckily for me, I have so much information in my head, on my phone, on my laptop, everywhere, so I thought, ‘I’m gonna find a way to make it’. And I built it from paper so it wasn’t too heavy and then aluminium to make it stick. It was a long braid that became a horn, very heavy but the model had her grandparents hold each side for her.

When I saw it, it made me emotional. This is something that I created, it looked so good and was a piece of art – my first one. I set a high standard for myself, but I was so happy to see it come to life. That same hair I used for the next idea. It was two metres long, connecting the hair and the model to the walls, attaching themselves to their house, representing your roots and the importance of your family. That was a two-metre-long braid, there was hair and braids everywhere at home, I was braiding for hours, along with Kreszend Sackey.

When you’re working on a piece that takes concentration and time, you’re probably going to try a few different ideas. What’s your process and how do you get to the result you want?

Everything starts with the idea. People give me information – a piece of clothing or a set design or a song. If it’s for a specific music video, I will listen to it for days! You will hear something that will spark an idea and connect. Everything’s about research – it can be music, it can be textures, everyday types of texture that I’m really obsessed with. I will have images on my phone, that’s a tiny little mood board in my hands!

I’ll start putting the idea together on paper, designing it and then work out which type of hair texture I want on the hairpiece. If I want to braid it, how do I want to braid it?

Then I switch to my iPad, because then I can do a lot quickly, but paper is easy to put in my bag, because an idea can come at any time. From that, I start thinking, ‘how long it will take me?’ And I plan my time. I might go to the gym, get some energy out, and then I get enough food and I lock myself in my studio until just before midnight. At 11.50, that’s my cut off and I go home. It mostly takes one or two days to bring something to life. If the idea isn’t working, I try over and over until it works. Most of the time it works for me; except when I’m blocked.

How do you ‘unblock’ yourself?

I have to do something that really makes me happy! Spend time with my family, go see some art, get inspired. Or maybe just take a break from everything. In 2022, I was creatively blocked for six months, it was painful and weird, I wasn’t feeling inspired. I booked a trip to Puerto Rico by myself. I came back a completely different person after two weeks – it was just me, the beach, water, drinking cocktails, not thinking about anything. I didn’t care about any jobs… but then I got such an exciting job! I didn’t know how to take a break. I think that I’m a machine, and I need to realise I need breaks. I was never working on my social life, I was just working! I started to go dancing again with my friends. It’s a really good way to relax. I studied dance when I was little – hip hop, ballet, flamenco, belly dancing too.

You’ve worked with titles such as Dazed, and also with brands including Nike and Adidas. Do you have a preference over the kind of projects you take on?

I feel blessed that I work in an industry where I can experiment so much. I created some hair pieces for Adidas and they gave me so much freedom. I think commercials for me are the easiest to build, because a good editorial takes so much time. I don’t think people appreciate how much time it takes, especially when it comes to research. Researching the clothes, the accessories, it all takes so much time. But when I get a commercial, you know what the client wants.

For editorials I have to be well fed and well rested, because I’m probably not going to eat during the day, I want to be able to avoid going over time because overtime money is gonnabe an issue. So, you work differently.

Skepta, Rita Ora, Digga D, Pink Pantheress – you’ve worked with some exciting artists. When you’re working with ‘talent’, is there a different mindset you need to tap into?

I always remember it’s not about me. Whatever the client feels or needs, we will make sure that they have it. It’s a whole process of getting them ready, yes, but also creating a safe space for them.

I’ve had assistants that get over-excited and I always tell them that stars are just people. Maybe they’re having a bad day, and they just want to be with people they like and know. It’s not about us talking and taking over the space. I like to talk a lot, but I also have to respect the clients. I know how much pressure they go through because sometimes, I feel it myself as a creative. It works best to respect their boundaries.

I now have relationships that have been developed over three or four years. After a while you become friends. It’s a relationship you build and it’s very normal because you spend so much time together.

Hair, grooming, make-up, what does the future look like for you?

I love my work so much. And I don’t expect other people to love it like I do. I see myself as an artist. So, it’s like a painting; some people will love it, some will hate it. You should be experimenting.

I want to make sure that I have enough work to put together an exhibition of my hair. I have had that offer already. I think maybe this is the year. Let’s see if we can get into Art Basel! I have so much inspiration in my mind and on my phone that I think with the right team, I can create beautiful things.

I have some personal projects that I’m working on, doing more of the production. I’m trying to work more with South American creatives. I have an idea with beautiful hair sculptures, showing the world how many South American people are based in London, and what we create for our community and how we move in our communities. Just showing the beauty of it. Everything is ready, we just have to do it! I have so much support from the South American creators in London, that really makes me happy and it’s probably going to open a different door for me.

I think it will be a lot of hair sculptures this year!

Vogue Italia, photography by Silvana Trevale

Vogue Italia, photography by Silvana Trevale

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London-based Lauren Bell spent years honing her craft before going freelance in January 2020; she is self-represented and her published highlights include prestigious publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.

Artistic by nature, Lauren immersed herself in the beauty industry at a very young age. Her introduction to the fashion world in 2015 led her to work backstage at runway shows with some of the biggest names in the industry. This experience sparked a passion for individualism as expressed through fashion and beauty.

Lauren’s natural talent in hairstyling has allowed her to build an extensive portfolio and clientele, working with all hair types and capable of achieving any desired look. “Building relationships with muses, artists, and brands to bring their vision to life is the most fulfilling part of my job,” she says

Lauren Bell

London-based Lauren Bell spent years honing her craft before going freelance in January 2020; she is self-represented and her published highlights include prestigious publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.

Artistic by nature, Lauren immersed herself in the beauty industry at a very young age. Her introduction to the fashion world in 2015 led her to work backstage at runway shows with some of the biggest names in the industry. This experience sparked a passion for individualism as expressed through fashion and beauty.

Lauren’s natural talent in hairstyling has allowed her to build an extensive portfolio and clientele, working with all hair types and capable of achieving any desired look. “Building relationships with muses, artists, and brands to bring their vision to life is the most fulfilling part of my job,” she says

What would you say are your strongest points as a hair artist?

My strongest points are my eye and my fearlessness towards styling hair. I’ve always had the courage to try out different approaches to applying products and techniques. It’s my art, an opportunity for me not to think and just do, go with the feeling, and it’s one of the few times I actually allow myself to get out my head. I also believe my communication skills and being at ease around other people allow me to create a rapport with models and build the trust that’s needed for me to create.

What is important to you, as a hair professional? In other words, what do you want to offer your clients?

Comfort, safety, hair integrity, an opportunity to express themselves, enhance themselves, build trust, not worry about how they look so they can speak their truth or tell their story. It’s become very important for me to work with people who have something to say so I can support them to do this.

The last three months: where have you been, who have you worked with, and what have you been planning?

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been working in Europe for hair brands. I’ve been to Berlin for fashion week and worked fashion week in London with Bimini. I’ve been to fancy hotels with clients, location shoots with Self Esteem, the Brits and worked in London studios with brands like Sephora and Juicy Couture. I’ve also created content and collaborated on editorials, so there’s been a real variety.

Looking back, who/what has got you to this point in your career?

My determination to prove a point! I recently gave a talk at college for Careers Week and it reminded me how determined I had to be to prove that I CHOSE this path to become a hairdresser, that it wasn’t a last resort. I think my need to prove that has definitely played a part in how successful I am now. Also, it goes without saying that I’m here because of my love for this craft and the amazing people I get to work with and the mentors that have helped me direct my path and encourage my growth as a stylist and as a human being.

Your ultimate creative collaboration – what would that look like? Who would be in it?

Oh, wow… Somewhere hot, at dusk, with warm sea air blowing through the hair, all the supermodels, activists and iconic actresses of the past and present on set… It’s really hard for me to answer who would actually be as there are too many people I admire. I see it being a day shoot by the pool and then taking to the coast for the celebration runway. Err, do you think I need a holiday? Lol.

What excites you about hairdressing right now?

There are so many new paths in this industry for people to explore and find out what works for them. I love that about my own journey. My career has been very explorative and full of variation; I don’t know if hairdressing can be beaten in this sense. As someone who has an innate curiosity for people and places, I sometimes have to take a minute to celebrate all the different locations I have had the opportunity to travel to for work and all the different kinds of people I get to meet along the way. The variation and freedom really excite me. 

I love this image from a Juicy Couture campaign. The model, Vix, had beautiful hair and I really like the shine I created with product.






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There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟

Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉

Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.*

#AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro

*UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024.  To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon.  Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟 Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉 Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.* #AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro *UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024. To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon. Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic! A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson. Photography: @charliecummings Stylist: @annahcstyle Writer: @ryancahill7 Art Direction: @katastrophe.33 Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel Photography Assistant: @cnawanga Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell Retouching: @trueblackstudio #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
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Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
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A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍

Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling.

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍 Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
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From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future.

 This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates.

To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future. This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates. To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
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What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️

That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. 

You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering.

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 


#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️ That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering. Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
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The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡 Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓 If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight! The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it! Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information. hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
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The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 

Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. 

For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. 

Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. 

Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. 

#AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. #AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
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This was a super-fun shoot with stylist @izzymoriartythompson and photographer @ulas_merve. I love how we captured movement through the braids I created and embellished with wooden beads.

This is a look I created for [performer and drag artist] Bimini at LFW. I got creative and made a pony out of gaffer tape. It’s always exciting using different materials in place of hair.

I love this look I created using a coloured wax in place of a root – it works so well with the rest of the texture. I’d smashed a pot of the same colour that morning, which gave me the initial inspiration. It’s similar to [ceramics process] kintsugi and techniques used by Cyndia Harvey at Diesel. This was shot in my flat by my friend and make-up artist, Aimee Twist.

Shot by Morgan Roberts, with make-up by Aimee Twist. I love the simplicity of this beauty shot, and how I used small details of hair to complement the make-up.

I love this BTS image from a shoot I worked on. I used so much gel to create the high-shine effect, the hair looks unreal – like it’s set in resin.

What frustrates you about hairdressing right now?

As a self-represented freelance stylist, I find myself getting frustrated with the rates and budget dance that I have to do. I have noticed a big shift in how I am approached for work and how ‘shopping around’ for the cheapest rate has become very noticeable in discussions – I’d hardly call them negotiations. It concerns me that we don’t know how much we should be charging (it isn’t easy to find out, either, believe me) and with clients being able to reach out directly to people via social media platforms, it’s creating so much variation in rates that it has the potential to devalue everyone. I think there needs to be more education on the fee aspect of our job, more honest communication around it. Maybe even a union? A dedicated, pre-scripted rate education platform? While I respect that there is a journey to be had with regards to experience, skill base and our own personal worth, I worry that we are very vulnerable to being taken advantage of, especially compared to other creative fields in the fashion industry.

 What’s your opinion on why so many hair pros work for free backstage and on set, and how do you think hair pros can establish more value for the work they do?

I think assisting for free has a value if you know what you want and choose a stylist that you admire – then it’s like a free education course. Do I think it should be totally free? No, it shouldn’t come at a cost to the individual, as it so often does. But when you’re starting out, it’s vital to learn on-set etiquette and how to create hair in that field, and assisting for free is often ‘sold’ as an opportunity to network, which it can be. I was lucky enough to work with people who cared about my career, so I was encouraged to network with the photographer’s assistants, to collaborate with them and build my own portfolio. However, it’s important to manage expectations.

Working for free was a huge part of the beginning of my career. Coming from a working class family, I did not have the resources to sign up for bootcamps or education programmes, and nor could I afford to work solely for free. This meant I had to work triple time so I could eventually afford to go self-employed. I have no regrets, because it takes time to learn, reflect, explore, educate yourself and find your style/ethos. However, I can’t help but wonder whether my career could have gone faster, and I would have had more energy for my creativity if those early financial barriers hadn’t been there.

It’s a shame that some of the most creative aspects of our industry are considered low- to no-pay. Should there be a small fee to make it more affordable? It’s a difficult one to get your head around when the stylist you’re assisting isn’t get paid either. And that’s a problem, especially when the other people on set are getting paid. I don’t have the answers for how things will change, but in an ideal world none of us should be working for free in the first place.

This was a super-cool creative look that we worked on for the episode of Drag Race where musician Self Esteem was a judge. It includes a nod to Betty Boop as our reference for glamour.

This was a BTS shot that Aimee took on her digital camera. I love the hair details into the model’s face.

This is a wig that I have which worked perfectly with some wax to create the texture I wanted.

A campaign for a jewellery brand. I love how clean this look is. It was so cool seeing it on posters plastered on walls all around Berlin!

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‘Grunge’ from the House of Colour Art Team takes a trip back to the ‘90s, favouring Calvin Klein-esque minimal black and white photography to make the raw and real styling take centre stage.

Photography by Lee Mitchell
Hair: House of Colour Art Team
Make-up: Declan Doyle
Styling: House of Colour Art Team

 

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Vibrance, the new collection by the #SKPCollective, delivers a decadent take modern colour and texture. It’s a plush setting of fabrics and feelings, with a modern yet retro aesthetic to amplify the super luxe vibe with a smattering of fun 

Photography by Michael Young 

Hair: #SKPCollective using IGORA Vibrance –

Amy O’Sullivan, Layla Relf, Ed Mascarenhas, Joe Taylor, Chris Donohue, Kat Cartwright 

Creative direction: Hooker & Young 

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Styling: Lewis Cameron

Make-up: Maddie Austin 

 

 

 

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The photographer shares his journey into image-making, frame by frame.

Michael Young

“My journey into hair photography began around a decade ago, initially as an extension of my creativity in hair. What began as experimental test shoots quickly turned into a passion. Immersing myself in the world of hair and fashion photography, I studied techniques, developed concepts and collaborated with some of the best stylists and models around.

With each shoot, I pushed my creative boundaries, exploring new genres and possibilities. Photography has become my canvas for capturing the artistry of hair, fashion and beauty in a single frame. From concept to creation, every step is an opportunity to unleash my imagination and creative vision.

My photography allows me to showcase diversity, celebrate self-expression and tell captivating stories. It’s not just about taking pictures – it’s about capturing moments and leaving a lasting impression.

Michael Young

“My journey into hair photography began around a decade ago, initially as an extension of my creativity in hair. What began as experimental test shoots quickly turned into a passion. Immersing myself in the world of hair and fashion photography, I studied techniques, developed concepts and collaborated with some of the best stylists and models around.

With each shoot, I pushed my creative boundaries, exploring new genres and possibilities. Photography has become my canvas for capturing the artistry of hair, fashion and beauty in a single frame. From concept to creation, every step is an opportunity to unleash my imagination and creative vision.

My photography allows me to showcase diversity, celebrate self-expression and tell captivating stories. It’s not just about taking pictures – it’s about capturing moments and leaving a lasting impression.






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There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟

Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉

Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.*

#AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro

*UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024.  To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon.  Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
There’s less than TWO WEEKS to go until #LCT24 closes for entries! 🌟 Sound on to hear overall UK winners @jessicaelwellhair and @lewisinkleshair from @scullionandscot share their journey and passing the torch of inspiration 🔉 Don’t forget, entries close at 6pm on Monday 19 April 2024.* #AD #LCT24 #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #haircolourist #haircompetition #lorealprouk @lorealpro_education_uki # #lorealproire @lorealpro *UK & ROI residents 16+ (& for Star Award Category up to 25). Entries close 18:00 (UK time) & 18:00 (IST) (as applicable) on 19 April 2024. To enter, upload a photo / video (if applicable) of your model’s hair styled with L’Oréal Professionnel Paris products to the competition portal (see links below). Details of prizes in each Award Category included in full T&Cs. Entrants to UK only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK hair salon or employed by a UK hair salon. Entrants to UK Award Category Colour Specialist must also be a L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Colour Specialist graduate. Entrants to Moving Image Award Category must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a UK or ROI hair salon or employed by a UK or ROI hair salon. Entrants to Future Talent Award must be student enrolled on & attending an ‘Eligible Course’ listed in full T&Cs. Entrants to the ROI only Award Categories must be a professional hair stylist that is either the owner of a ROI hair salon or employed by a ROI hair salon. Subject to the Award Category entered, you may enter as an individual or part of a team. Full T&Cs: www.lorealcolourtrophy.com (for UK residents) or www.lorealcolourtrophy.ie (for Republic of Ireland residents). Promoter: L’Oréal Professionnel Paris, a trading division of L’Oréal (UK) Limited, Gateway Central, 187 Wood Lane, London, W12
19 hours ago
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Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic!

A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson.

Photography: @charliecummings
Stylist: @annahcstyle
Writer: @ryancahill7
Art Direction: @katastrophe.33
Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection
Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel
Photography Assistant: @cnawanga
Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe
Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell
Retouching: @trueblackstudio

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
Sleek? C'est chic! A stunning editorial from session stylist @nickirwinhair for @hungermagazine as part of the @chanelofficial special, featuring @jasminejobson. Photography: @charliecummings Stylist: @annahcstyle Writer: @ryancahill7 Art Direction: @katastrophe.33 Make-up Artist: bbbeezieee using @chanel.beauty Les Beiges Winter Glow Collection Hair Stylist: @nickirwinhair for @schwarzkopfpro @schwarzkopfproul #sessıonlabel Photography Assistant: @cnawanga Hair Assistant: @alexsarghe Production: @kayrilez @abbyrothwell Retouching: @trueblackstudio #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #sessionstylist #sessionhair #editorialhair #chanel #hungermagazine #slickedbackhair #schwarzkopfpro #editorialstylist #fashioneditorial
21 hours ago
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Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 

If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! 

This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. 

If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. 

 
#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
Trust the process 🤩 If you’re known for exceptional hair artistry, be it collections, campaigns or passion projects, then our It List The Visionary award is calling out to you! This award celebrates head-turning creativity, and we want to know all about your work, your creative process and what gets those juices flowing when you’re seeking inspiration. If you’re aged 30 or under and making moves in the industry with your artistry, head to creativeheadmag.com/itlist to find out more. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #creativehair #creativehairdressers #thevisionary #itlist #creativehead #hairawards #hairdressingawards #hairartist #hairstylist #haircolourist
22 hours ago
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A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍

Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling.

#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
A re-chunk from @so_bobelicious for @rosegray_ 😍 Starting with a Brazilian blowout, Emma created the strong shape in the front, making sure to take enough weight out so the hair sits perfectly even with little to no styling. #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #chunks #layers #hairstylist #freelance #haircut #layeredhair #satisfyinghair #hairtransformation
1 day ago
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4/9
From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future.

 This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates.

To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. 

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
From a MAC counter in Belgium to crafting hair sculptures that grab worldwide attention, @karlaqleon embodies the true meaning of a hair artist. No wonder she has her eye on the iconic Art Basel in the future. This is an artist who won’t be boxed – while make-up was her entry into fashion and editorial, her unique and modern take on hair of all textures is perhaps what’s made her a bigger name in recent months. Throw in the men’s grooming work also – her skin perfecting skills are major – and it’s a career that’s defined by multiple spinning plates. To find out more about her career to date, check out our April issue or head to the link in our bio. #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #hairartist #hairsculpture #hairsculptures #texturedhair #editorialstylist #inspiration #creativity
2 days ago
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What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️

That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. 

You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering.

Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 


#hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
What does innovation mean to you? 🤷‍♀️ That’s exactly what we asked our Most Wanted Award for Innovation 2023 winner @thelifeofnaomib, owner of @thhairsanctuary. You don’t have to just be leading the charge with product innovation, perhaps you’ve introduced a new service, or opened with a new concept that is truly pioneering. Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted to read more on the criteria. Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! #hair #hairdressing #hairdressers #hairinnovation #awardforinnovation #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #businessawards #hairdressinginnovations #mwit24
2 days ago
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The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡

Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine!

#hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
The demand for copper colour shows no sign of stopping – we love these warm hues created by @eddieparker_hair for @ameliaamf_ 🧡 Using @originalmineral_uk colour, the end result is bang on trend with some serious shine! #hair #hairdressing #hairdresser #copper #copperhaircolour #haircolourist #colourtrends #originalmineral #bangs #fringe #copperhair
2 days ago
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Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓

If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight!

The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it!

Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information.

hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner  #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
Have YOU got a talent for teaching? 🎓 If you’ve created a unique education concept that has a positive impact on the people involved, it’s time for your moment in the spotlight! The Most Wanted Education Expert award celebrates exceptional hairdressing education – from your goals to the stand-out qualities and everything in between, we want to hear about it! Fancy your chance at showcasing how you lead your students to become better industry professionals? Head to creativeheadmag.com/mostwanted for all category criteria and information. hairdressing #hairdressers #barber #salonowner #barbershop #businessowner #EducationExpert #haireducator #hairdressingeducator #haireducation #teaching #hairdressingteaching #hairawards #mostwanted #creativehead #hairdressingawards #mwit24
3 days ago
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The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 

Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. 

For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. 

Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. 

Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. 

#AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
The word on the street...it’s confident colour 💛 Embracing balance and self-expression, the @indolauk S/S24 Street Style Collection encompasses all things authenticity and self-care. The latest colour look book of inspiration features striking statement colours from Emerald Texture to Blueberry Fusion and Ruby Flash. For clients that prefer more subtle, neutral tones, Smokey Edge blends soft grey shades with deeper charcoal tones and Dusk Blonde serves up sun-kissed hues with a boho feel. Combining CREA-BOLD, CREA-MIX and Color Style Mousse for maximum creativity, Indola delivers a unique, versatile collection of spring-ready shades that can be tailored to compliment any client or model for a bespoke touch. Help your clients celebrate the art of creative expression with a pop of colour that empowers them. Head to indola.co.uk to find out more. #AD #Indola #StreetStyleCollection #HairColour #Colourist #HairInspiration #SpringHair #SpringHairColour #SpringTrends
3 days ago
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The Meadow

Photography by Michael Young

Shooting outdoors during the mid-summer months is amazing. The sunlight’s touch on the meadow landscape, especially at sunset, creates a mesmerising backdrop for those fleeting moments. Shooting in direct sunlight adds a texture that’s  impossible to mimic indoors – each element of the landscape comes alive in the golden hues, drawing viewers deeper into the frame. Using natural light allowed me to authentically capture those ephemeral moments, telling a story through each frame and creating a dreamlike atmosphere that accentuates the hair’s beauty. These images are testament to the power of the sun, capturing beauty in a way studio lighting can’t match.

Ungendered

Photography by Michael Young

This shoot encapsulates the transformative power of genderless fashion. By challenging traditional norms, we created a narrative of acceptance and self-expression, where individuality reigns supreme. The stripped-back aesthetic, with its focus on the models through controlled lighting, allows the authenticity of the subject’s identity to shine through. This is more than just a hair shoot; it’s a declaration of a more inclusive and fluid future, where everyone is free to explore and celebrate their unique style without being confined by societal labels. It’s a message of empowerment and liberation, inviting viewers to embrace their true selves without limitations or constraints.

Annabel’s

Photography by Michael Young

This shoot oozes with the opulence and decadence of a private members club. It’s actually our lounge at home, with some extra props and ornate backdrops creating an air of mystery and allure! Shot with direct lighting, each frame is saturated with intricate details and sumptuous textures, transporting viewers into a world of exotic taste and extravagance. Here, fashion becomes a symbol of privilege and sophistication, inviting viewers to indulge in the allure of Annabel’s.

“My camera kit varies depending on what and where I’m shooting. I started with Canon and have pretty much stuck to that, collecting different camera bodies and lenses along the way. I mostly shoot portrait work with a 50mm prime lens, but that can vary if I’m shooting full length with a more fashion focus. 

I shoot remotely, as well as at my home studio and London studios, so a large amount of my kit needs to be transportable. Lighting, soft boxes and other accessories are mostly by the Swedish brand Profoto –  they’re incredibly versatile and deliver excellent results, but also give me the freedom to move around. “

NUDE 

I love the simplicity of this picture. There’s no complication or distraction, just a testament to the power of minimalism, where every element serves to enhance and highlight the sheer beauty of the moment.

ODDITY

This portrait captures emotion, personality and narrative. Through experimentation with lighting, make-up and pose, the picture becomes a visually striking creation that challenges perceptions and evokes emotion.

TAPESTRY

The warm sepia tones of this portrait evoke a feeling of nostalgia. The model’s serene expression and delicate features are charming and graceful, reminiscent of tradition and culture.

REVERIE

Enveloped in a serene calmness and lost in their own thoughts whilst drifting into the quiet expanse… This image is a snapshot of a fleeting moment where innocence and serenity converge.

ANARCHY

There’s an air of rebellion and chaos in this image, which challenges perceptions, provokes thought and celebrates the unapologetic expression of self.

SERVING FACE

I love the interplay of shadow and light in this picture. The dramatic poses and expressions create a sense of high drama – it’s a visual feast of power, passion and glamour. 

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