American Man: Meet American Crew All-Star Finalist Alexandre Monteil, Representing France
The American Crew All-Star Challenge highlights the outstanding world class talents in men’s grooming. The competition combines the art and science of men’s grooming and creating authentic style – the cut, the model and the photograph – to deliver the ultimate interpretation of the American Crew man.
Fifteen finalists recently competed in Brussels with two days of competition photo shoots on May 4 and 5, during which each cut and styled their model, then worked with American Crew Founder David Raccuglia to shoot and select the photo that would represent their final look. Adam Mir of the UK was announced as the American Crew 2016-2017 All-Star Challenge Global Winner on May 8th in a joint event with Revlon Style Masters.
Meet the French finalist, Alexandre Monteil:
Describe your professional career path.
In 2010, I entered hairdressing school in Marseille. After meeting former members of the hairstyling team in France, I discovered this artistic world of hairdressing and it pushed me to launch myself into the field. In 2010 I entered my first contest where I won first place. Since then, I have participated in numerous hairdressing competitions. This past March, I launched a second salon in Marseille.
What do you love most about being a stylist?
I love contact with other people, clients and collaborators. Being able to create something that can be appreciated, even by a person who is not hairdresser, is amazing.
How has the American Crew™ brand influenced the way you view men’s grooming?
American Crew makes products that allow hairdressers to create looks without any limits. All textures are found across the wide range of products.
What does the American Crew™ All-Star Challenge mean to you?
Recognition of an entire profession. This is not the first competition I have won, but it is the one that is the most recognized.
Tell us in a #hashtag how you felt when you learned you won.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to pursue a career as a stylist?
Persevere and never limit yourself. Go beyond what one thinks to be a limit. Surround oneself with good people and good products.