"I took my finals on June 28th, 2014 and since July 2nd I have been working at my hairstylist’s salon. I started working even before attending a hairstyling academy. I was just helping her with shampoo and sweeping hair, but she realised I was really talented. Since then, she gave my more and more responsibilities, making me grow day by day. I will always be thankful for everything she taught me.I have always worked with Kadus Professional and had the chance to meet the whole Kadus team, which I impressed too."
When I was reviewing this excellent interview with Mattia, I remembered how I used to braid my sister's hair before, and we ended up arguing because I was atrocious. All I could do as a child was to colour our hair using a chemical to heal wounds. Well, I could not remember the remember of that chemical, and I do not recommend. A few weeks back, we were checking Instagram with a hashtag, hairstylist. One of our teammates called my attention because she saw a photo of a beautiful and amazing model. But what got our attention, the hair. And we knew we had to talk to the hair stylist and ask him to be our very first featured hair stylist.He was fast when replying. He was respectful to our inquiries and very professional as well. Like, when you checked his Instagram, you would be intimidated because he was just fantastic! He replied we spoke, and he agreed to be featured. He sent his entries like everyone else, and we could not be more excited!He sent five amazing photos and guessed what, at this very moment I am typing this, I asked my team member to contact him to ask for more. I could post 100 photos of his work and give him 20 spreads on our next month online magazine issue.Fantastic work, talented guy, very professional, ambitious, who would not want to feature this guy? We know we love him, and we want to best for him.We love you, Mattia!
Why do you think you decided to become a hair stylist?
Hairstyling has always been a great passion of mine, even though I did not expect it to become my whole life. A couple of years ago, during high school, I would always braid my classmate's hair just for fun. I was studying languages at that time, and my dream was to become a language teacher. However, that changed when I realised there was a bigger passion, which is hairstyling. I do not regret studying languages at all since that gave me a wide knowledge about a lot of different fields, but I feel hairstyling comes from my heart. It is like a wedding gown: you know when you have the right one.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I took my finals on June 28th, 2014 and since July 2nd I have been working at my hairstylist’s salon. I started working even before attending a hairstyling academy. I was just helping her with shampoo and sweeping hair, but she realised I was really talented. Since then, she gave my more and more responsibilities, making me grow day by day. I will always be thankful for everything she taught me.
I have always worked with Kadus Professional and had the chance to meet the whole Kadus team, which I impressed too.
Which iconic hairstyles do you love?
I do not have a specific hairstyle that I find iconic. I like avant-garde hairstyles, structured braids, strong haircuts, that is everything hiding geometric shapes. Even waves have a geometry behind them. Super straight lines, diagonals and triangles are the basis of haircuts, colours and hairstyles.
Who inspires you?
There is a group of hairstylists who have been inspiring me ever since I met them for the first time two years ago, which is the ForYOU group by Kadus Professional. Their energy and harmony have always inspired me. Thank you guys!
Which skills are required to succeed as a hair stylist?
If you want to be a hairstylist, you need to be beyond creative, you always have to keep up with the latest trends and predict trends too, but above all, you need to have a great passion for your job! That will always be your strength.
As a hair stylist, what do you offer that can ensure more business?
I guess the secret is to have a good connection to your clients and always bring them up-to-date with the latest trends. While you are working, they have to feel your passion for your job running through your scissors and your excitement while explaining a fashion colour. As a consequence, they will be interested in new trends and will always want to experiment.
On what basis do you recommend hairstyles to your clients?
To begin with, you need to know what suits your skin colour, your head shape, your eye colour and so on. Then, you have to make your client’s hairstyle practical, since a lot of women nowadays do not have the time or the ability to style their hair as we do. Last but now least, your client has to feel the hairstyle, she has to feel at ease with what you are giving her. Otherwise, if you have a demanding client who wants a strong look and always wants her hairstyle on point, go for crazy looks! She will always be down for YOUR retouch no matter what!
Have you ever done a course and where did you do the course?
Of course, I have. I have been attending a Hairstyling Academy in Milan called “Club Beauté” for two years. I highly recommend that school!
Who have you worked for that you could tell your future clients that you are so proud of?
So far, after only two years of hairstyling career, I have been working a lot with magazines, for instance, a Luxury web magazine, D-Art. Thanks to this magazine, I had the chance to work with Eva Robin’s as well! In addition to this, I have been working for a whole month at Versace Showroom in Milan. That is the best experience ever, and I hope to be back at Versace in September. I have a lot of job requests right now and a tonne of projects so…Fingers crossed!
What is THE hottest hair trend at the moment?
The biggest hair trend right now is PASTEL COLORS! You see them everywhere! It is the trend I love the most, from clothing to hair colours of course. From Rose Quartz, Serenity (pastel blue), which are the two Color PANTONE of the year, to grey shades. I am totally addicted to them!
Which hair product do you think every woman should have?
There are two hair products I would never work without Velvet Oil by Kadus Professional, an amazing oil which helps repair and restructures your hair and gives lightweight styling, while the other one is The Original Iron by CloudNine which is the best iron ever!
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