I have had strong feelings for many years that the Oscars should nominate hairdressers for an award. The movies could never get that certain period image of history on the screen without the talents of a professional hairdresser in tandem with the clothes designers. What more does the hairdresser need to get their name in lights?
Last year I wrote in the press of my sadness about 'quality hair' and have had to write yet again this year how we are missing out on style and a need to regroup and get back into the business of designing exciting hair! And making the hair industry rock again as we did in the '60s, '70s and '80s!
Getting back to basics, all fashion industries need a boost to sell more clothes, for example, color changing each season, new design in fabrics, skirt lengths, or showing some skin in a sexy looking dress. Utilizing movie stars for promoting haircuts and products. This is what sells fashion, so why doesn't our industry emulate the fashion industry! Where are our creative men and women? I know you're there! I personally know some of the best talents in the industry; unfortunately they are not from the now! They are from a way back.
Lidija Gjorievska Harold Leighton
I was bitterly upset and extremely disappointed when I saw 2013 December Allure magazine (in my opinion) some of the worst hair photos published for a long time, from the autumn fashion shows. There is 'scruff'' and there is scruff! I know hair is much more free falling and more natural than ever, but just left un-styled means we are sending our salon clients off to do their own hair. It is so untidy, pins and clips showing, with hair that does not suit the model, and little thought about the shape of her face. There are a myriad of things that I think are very import and that go into producing a quality shot! In my opinion, session hairdressers have lost their way over the last few years.
But who knows - maybe this year will be their year to shine! Through the recession, salons suffered just like other businesses, and the only way we can bring back the demand is to be creative, exciting, to offer great service, good quality hair-cutting, (and not reducing the price to some ridiculous figure!) I HAVE SEEN HAIR CUTS PRICED AT $5 AND $6 DOLLARS! IT WAS NEVER THIS PRICE SOME FORTY YEARS AGO! WHAT IS OUR INDUSTRY THINKING! Coloring in salons, this is where the money is!
We lost our leader two years ago, the position is now open. He would want this for a young talented artistic hairdresser who had something very, very, special - who could lead the hair industry to new heights, and in doing so change the terrible state of hairdressing! The king is dead long live the king!!