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The mentors behind the artist creations for Creative HEAD’s Christmas 2020 cover shoot, Ria Kulik and Lisa Farrall were specially chosen for the Matrix Colour Collective because of their values, their vision, their community spirit. Let’s get their lowdown!

“My soundtrack to creativity definitely depends on my mood on the day. Musicals will always get me going, and I’ll be singing along at the top of my lungs. I also like a good Ibiza beat in the background.”Ria Kulik

Ria Kulik
Matrix artist

The Hairbank, Urmston
@riak_hair

A third-generation hairdresser, Ria has one of those bubbly personalities that can’t help but make you smile when you’re in her company. An ideal mentor for the shoot, she’s a brilliant all- rounder with loads of awards to her name and oodles of passion when it comes to education…

What colour is…

Your spirit?
Pink, to make the boys wink.

Confidence?
Bold colours – vibrant reds, coppers and anything that’s ‘fashion’.

Freedom?
It’s more natural tones.

ON THE PROJECT
“I’m really, really excited to be here. It’s such a good project to be part of, especially when it’s all about expressing yourself. I really want to see the artists’ personal stamps – who they are, what they’re all about. Everyone is so different, and it’s really good to see that individuality coming out and they can save it for themselves in this moment, on this shoot.”

BEING A MENTOR
“Some of the stylists had never used Matrix before, so it was brilliant to be able to show them the range on offer. I’m quite aware not to try and push someone into doing what I think they should be doing. It’s their vision, it is what they want to do, and I’m here just to guide them.”

THE RESULTS!
“I personally love colour, it’s my first love. There are a lot of exciting fashion colours coming through, lots of pink in there, and I’m really excited to see that in front of the camera.”


“When I’m creating, especially if I’m doing videos, I want to get amped up, so I’ll put a Spotify playlist on – I love my ‘90s and old school and having a bit of a vibe. A top tip is when doing stage work, play a song in your head and sing that to yourself if you’re feeling a bit nervous. Get in your own zone in your head and forget anyone else is there. Music is my life – I love it.”Lisa Farrall

Lisa Farrall
Matrix ambassador, UK & Ireland
WIG London, London
@lisafarrall

Could there be a more perfectly suited mentor for this project than Lisa Farrall? Lisa is a vocal advocate of embracing beauty and self-expression in every form. She’s the founder of education brand WIG London, which pushes for every hairdresser to be able to work with every head of hair, no matter the type or texture. Lisa’s got you!

What colour is…

Your spirit?
White, because I feel I’m a bit of a white light – I love white pure energy. If we go for favourite colour, I love orange because it’s soothing, energetic colour.

Confidence?
Bold colours – vibrant reds, coppers and anything that’s ‘fashion’.

Freedom?
It’s more natural tones.

ON THE PROJECT
“Education is really at the heart of me, and at the core of Matrix. I love doing it but to work with these talented hairdressers, it just feels so good. Usually I would be getting stuck in doing a model’s hair but for me it’s about just stepping back, helping others to get inspired and just having a bit of fun. I’ve got the easy job, I’m just there for jokes!”

BEING A MENTOR
“It feels amazing to be a mentor. When you’re doing a shoot like this and you’re bringing all of these amazing hairdressers together, I think it’s so important to bring a sense of community. That’s what this project is all about – we’re all in this together, we’re stronger together, we’re sharing inspiration, we’re sharing tips. This shoot really represents that vibe.”

THE RESULTS!
“Looking at the mood boards and then talking to each stylist, it’s really interesting to see – they’re ready to do something that represents their individual style, that is completely, authentically, unapologetically them, and it’s such a mix. Some of the team are commercial, some want to push it a little bit more. I’m excited to see their styles come to life, because they’re all so different.”

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