Backstage is an entire weekend of hair-related events, and I’ve been working on this one for a very long time. It’s about what it means to be Spanish—the culture is so rich and this show has tailored influences from all kinds of cultures. It’s a collection of very beautiful, very cool hair that’s very different than any show I’ve ever done. The following day is the hands-on event where the hairdressers take my inspirations and they get the same ingredients and models and we get hundreds and hundreds of different interpretations. Usually in these competitions, there are judges and there are runners up, but I wanted to pick The One. And, I might pick someone who is standing there at the cocktail party, I don’t know. But, I will pick The One who I think has it. The One who has all the ingredients to make it as a very successful, powerful, influential, passionate hairdresser.
SALON TODAY: How did you come up with the idea for this mentoring competition?
ORIBE: I was doing a class in Cincinnati at a good friend of mine’s salon and I had drawn a picture and we were doing this challenge and I wanted to get people excited, so I said, ‘Okay, whichever one that I like best will get this drawing.’ The one that I liked didn’t necessarily do what I wanted. She was young, and she was completely shy. And she wasn’t the person that everyone thought would win. But it was the person that did something that got my inspiration because she did it her way and it was beautiful. And when I picked her it was such a wonder thing to see her face. It was just a simple drawing that I gave her, but by picking her it gave her confidence. For me, the main secret of becoming a great hairdresser is confidence, and that’s what I hope to be able to give The One.”
SALON TODAY: What kind of plans do you have in place for The One?
ORIBE: “Of course, The One will be exposed to Oribe Hair Care education. And, I have incredible, wonderful projects that I work on that I need help on and The One will be exposed to that. On a weekly basis, I’ll probably give him or her a tremendous amount of homework and I’m going to grade it. And, I’ll meet with The One and have him or her come to my salon in Miami to see my way of cutting hair and learn how I feel about everything. The One will be doing editorial for beauty magazines with me. I’ll show The One how to work with a photographer and all those little secrets that make a picture amazing. The One will get my cutting technique, which is simple, yet extremely effective. Most importantly, I’ll help guide The One to see what they want to achieve. The opportunities for The One are endless.”
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