Sleek back look using Oribe Gel Sérum by Mandee Tauber.
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Curl Set using Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray by Mandee Tauber
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Oribe Educator Mandee Tauber has learned so much for herself and loves educating and inspiring others to be successful in their careers. Her passion and talents reside in editorial styling and working backstage at Fashion Week.
"Working with Oribe (the brand) has really changed the way I am. I love offering knowledge to others!"
Tauber currently works at Suite 303 Salon in New York City.
MODERN SALON: What drew you to the beauty industry?
MANDEE TAUBER: I come from a family of hairdressers. My mom was a hairstylist and owned salons since I was 10-years-old. When I turned 14, I started formally helping my mom in her salon, shampooing, folding towels, occasionally doing a blowout. I loved the business so I decided to go to cosmetology school when I was 17.
MS: How did you find out about Oribe education? Tell us your process on becoming an educator.
MT: I've been an Oribe educator for three years now. It all started when I attended one of the Ateliers by Oribe - I was so fascinated by his presence. The show was an overall luxurious experience and I wanted to be a part of it, so I decided to become an educator.
The entire process took about a year. I was required to shadow other fellow educators who helped me out so much! I went on the road with them and watched all of them work. It was great to see what each of the educators brought to the table. After seeing what others did, I developed my own unique way to educate. I asked a lot of questions throughout the entire process because I wanted to be good at what I did.
During the training process, I would either assist the educator, or I would sit in the audience and take notes. Then after the class, the educator and I would sit down for lunch and go over the class afterwards.
Part of the training also includes learning how to talk to people, everyone learns in different ways.
MS: How do you educate yourself?
MT: I find a lot of inspiration by working backstage at the Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. I go to these shows every season because it helps me be creative and hone my technical skills. I don't think I know it all - that's why I love assisting so I can grow in my craft.
MS: What's your favorite hair to create?
MT: Creating androgynous looks for women – I think it’s super powerful and cool-looking. I feel like the designers I work with go that route. I love power looks. A transformation is always fun, too! There’s such a beauty with transforming someone completely. I love the whole process of starting with a vision and then taking it to completion. The best part is seeing the whole look at the end.
MS: On being an editorial stylist:
MT: When I first moved to New York I wanted to work backstage and do editorial hair. It's such a big industry and sometimes it's hard to get into. My sister was in the fashion industry and her friend was doing a creative shoot for the Fashion Institute of Technology. She asked me if I would do the hair and makeup and I agreed. From then on, that designer always asked me for help with her look books. I eventually met photographers and started networking more.
I love working as an editorial stylist - I love the collaborative effort of everyone involved and how everything comes together to create a beautiful photo in the end. I think three or four heads are better than one! By bringing more minds together you can create a really powerful image.
MS: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
MT: I was just in Japan and they're obsessed with records there, which is where I find a lot of inspiration, strangely. I think its so cool when you look at an actual record album and see the changes in hair during different decades. I especially like the '60s and '70s hairstyles.
MS: What do you see trending for Spring/Summer '18?
MT: Short cuts are in! So many girls are moving away from long, pretty hair and they're opting for bolder styles and short graduation cuts. The French girl lob is in right now; so are fringes. The main thing is we are going to see is a push away from longer hair and a move towards embracing shorter styles.
MS: What’s your favorite part about being an Oribe educator?
MT: I love interacting with other stylists and helping them - its so rewarding. Its a satisfying feeling when they "get it' and you can teach them something new. When I accomplish this, I feel like I've done a good job and I feel better about myself.
MS: What are your favorite/go-to products?
MT: Prep: Super Shine Light – to hydrate those ends. Styler: Maximista, because it brings out volume and you can bring it down as well. Finsher: Impermeable – which fights against humidity. It's a light, workable hairspray – think of it as a little raincoat.
MS: What advice do you have for other salon professionals on education?
MT: It should be a really big part of their salon. Hairstylists want to know more. Nowadays we need to be better at what we do and we have to be really up to date. Especially when everything is out there nowadays. Have specific education hours, it can even be from each other.
Make it so it's not just one specific person teaching the class, there’s a rotation – let people volunteer to share new skills. Make it collaborative and open. Really successful salons always keep their stylists inspired. Also, don’t stick to a routine – when you get variety and a good environment then it opens the mind up to doing more.
MS: What advice do you have for other salon professionals on marketing?
MT: Do the Instagram thing. Don’t be afraid of posting certain things. People just need to see YOU. Put yourself out there! Don’t be afraid to talk about what you do with other people – invite people to come see you.
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