Thursday, 30 January 2014

Interview with Aaron Blondell

Hey Aaron! Would you like to introduce yourself to my readers? 
Yeah, sure. why not.

Talk me through an average day in the life of you? 
Lately, I've been working on the plans for my own salon business, there's a lot involved. From Health and Safety to PR and Marketing. It's a lot to think about and can be quiet overwhelming, especially whilst I'm being asked to style hair for photoshoots and maintain an existing business.  It's stressful but also very exciting.

Describe yourself as a child? 
Quiet. I was quite a shy kid at times but I was also very creative.  On birthdays and at Christmas I was more excited about the box rather than what was inside. My mind would start running at lightspeed, thinking what I could make out of cardboard and sellotape.

Has much changed now that you are fully grown? 
Not too much. I'm still quite art-and-crafty. My mind always wanders, thinking about the next project, the next shoot. It annoys my fiancé sometimes. Ha ha

So would you like to tell me how one becomes an international hair stylist?
Work, work, work, and network like hell. It's great having a basic knowledge but in this industry it all depends on who you know.  Obviously, if you talk the talk you've got to walk the walk otherwise your work and your craft wont stand up to expectations. Also, being a YES person always helps. Try and test with as many photographers, stylists and art directors as possible. It'll all pay off in the end.

You also won a super prestigious award when you were only 24! Does this mean your mother and father put you to work as a child styling your family's barnets, or we're you just a quick learner?

God, no. I only found hairdressing when i was 20! As a kid I wanted to be an actor. But my mum and sister definitely take advantage of my hairdressing skills now.

You have worked with some very impressive names and brands within the industry. Care to show off a little and share with my readers where they may have seen the results of your magical fingers?
I was very fortunate to have worked along side hair god, Malcolm Edwards for a Mulberry
campaign with Lindsay Wixson. I've also styled the hair for LFW on the Vivienne Westwood, Roxanda Illinicic and Amanda Wakley shows. I've done a few magazine covers too.

Lovely.  What's your best hair story? 
Having worked with Malcolm Edwards. He is a true inspiration, and what he doesn't know about hair isn't worth knowing. I love his style and his character. there can be a few large egos in this industry, but he is so down to earth and an all-round great guy.

Any horror hair stories?  To be honest, we'll all be most invested in this answer, so make it scandalous.  Yeah? 
None actually. Sorry. Very boring. I always make sure I work with great lovely people who enjoy what they do. I did have an Eastern European model thinking she was a Kate Moss type diva literally growl at me. But other than that, it's all been good.

Testing your skills a bit here: I have curly hair, which as we both know looks all kinds of amazing when it's a bit longer on top and there's a dirty breeze around to blow it about a bit. But I do find at times that my curls don't look as full and bouncy as they could be. How could I fix that without having to go all high maintenance on myself?
Oils and creams. Curly hair tends to be quiet dry more often than not. So using oils will prevent it from drying out and frizzing. I would recommend using Osis Curl Soft creme when hair is damp, then patting and twisting Argan Oil into the hair when it was dry to maintain the softness and prevent from frizzing.

Sounds like a plan!  Whose hair would you most like to run your fingers through?
Brad Pitt is may hairspiration! So definitely him. I've always liked his hairstyles, even from a young age.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Music. Art. Photography. Everything evokes emotions, feelings and inspiration. Creativity cant be forced. It just comes to you.

How would you describe your hair in 3 words?
Effortless, contemporary, flattering.

Your hair sounds very Made in Chelsea! What happens next?
Who knows, apart from my own shop. this industry can be very unpredictable, which is part of its allure. I couldn't live a life full of routine so the mystery of not knowing what's around the corner or what next week might bring is what I live for.

Thanks Aaron!


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