Hair inspiration is all around me. I’m inspired by everything from Architecture to Organic Design. I won’t go into detail here about my love of all things Frank Lloyd Wright, but I thought I should talk a little bit about some people in the hair business who inspire me on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, eternal basis.
My first hair inspiration, Horst and the Aveda Institute:
I attended the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis because the first hair stylist that inspired me was Horst Rechelbacher. Horst was and will always be a huge influence on the way I go about cutting hair.
I met Horst once at his salon Horst and Friends in Deep Haven. Maybe I was 16 or 17 and my hair was not as curly as it is now. I wanted a curly perm so I wouldn’t have to style my hair every morning. I’ve long forgotten the young lady’s name who diligently rolled my curls, but when she rinsed my hair, Horst checked it and declared in ‘good’ and I was smitten.
Horst founded Aveda with the idea that great hair was derived from great products and great products came from plants not from petrochemicals. Horst was on the bleeding edge of organic, chemical free beauty products. I clearly drank the Aveda koolaid and I’m not sorry.
My teachers at Aveda worked with and were taught by Horst and his legacy lives on. I felt his work and compassion and drive through my educators. They were pretty strict.
Matt Beck is in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
When I say that I’m inspired weekly of course I’m talking about YouTube. There are a couple of guys putting out videos of their process almost every week. There is a ton of education out there. When I need some technical inspiration I go to Free Salon Education. Matt Beck takes some pretty technical concepts and breaks them down to a step by step – how to video. I also like him a lot because he’s primarily a cutter, and uses color to enhance his haircuts.
Matt is an incredibly humble and gracious guy to share what he knows with hairdressers and do it for free. I’m really grateful. Matt is in Pennsylvania and he just built an amazing (professional) studio to create his content. I’m going to his monthly tutorials group.
Maksim Nikitochkin is in Odessa, Ukraine.
I will probably never have a chance to meet him but he is the most precise cutter I’ve ever seen. His sectioning is out of this world. He divides the head shape up with such amazing visualizations of what he wants the hair to do. Maksim cuts and folds and pushes hair to create shapes that push the boundaries of how hair would naturally fall, but it does!
I also love the depiction of the layers and the angles of the cut, so that you can see how to really construct the haircut. And can we talk about the sound track! He really puts the whole thing together in a dynamic and interesting way, no?
There’s another YouTuber who cuts like a machine. Marina Lantos cuts with such clean, precise sections I’m pretty sure she would put those Japanese robots to shame.
Theo Knoop is from Nijmegen, Netherlands.
I cannot get enough of Theo Knoop. He cracks me up everytime he says he always uses protection (what he’s referring to is protecting his skin and the skin of his guest, but ya know). This guy is all about the flow. He uses specific facial features to inform his cutting. Generally focusing on the brow and chin bones to accentuate the features of each client. I love that he chats with his clients in Dutch and then tells us in English what his doing with the hair. I also love that he too is a L’anza Stylist. He really inspires me to use more of their products. Theo’s style is organic in nature, but his results are usually quite trendy. I can see most of his guests rocking his styles at the clubs in Amsterdam.
Tony Caito is in Modesto.
Tony Caito is the most generous hairstylist i know. I first ran into Tony at the Santa Cruz hair show. He was working with the League of Extraordinary Stylists at the time and had great stage presence.
Tony is so generous. He takes time almost daily and often late in the evening to make me a better men’s hairstylist. My fades are getting good thanks to this guy. He runs an appointment only shop in Modesto. There are no signs on Tony’s shop, only his silhouette on the outside window #businessgoals. I follow Tony on Facebook and his partner @stylez.santana on Instagram. I was watching one of Facebook Live sessions and I chimed in on the feed, Tony waved and said “Hi Sarah” I waved back at my iPad……technology.
Those are some of the people who inspire me. Who inspires you?
Thanks for reading. If you would like to book an appointment with me to see how all these pieces fit together on you, call 805.324.7950 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or leave a message on my voicemail Friday through Monday