We welcome this week Andrea Claire working from Toronto and Singapore. We have been very impressed to listen to about Andrea’s charity work , and coronary heart damaged for these little ladies. Learn beneath, and even additional on to soak up her ardour about hair that pops off this web page.
Andrea: I used to be going to Phnom Penh for Riverkids, educating excessive danger ladies hair and make-up. I had gone 5 occasions over a number of years. The charity has folded, which was very upsetting, I am positive to them in addition to me. Ladies have their virginity bought for as much as $800 USD. Human trafficking remains to be very a lot a problem there. Some ladies that I had taught had already been bought and labored off household debt.
Andrea at Phnom Penh for Riverkids.
Andrea’s web site: ACLAIREBEAUTY.COM
Andrea’s Instagram: @ACÉTABULAIRE
1/ Inform us what you assume is the largest problem in hairdressing at present?
The largest problem in hairdressing at present is managing purchasers expectations. We’re in a world of instant gratification, ladies include photographs of hair that’s overly retouched or that may solely be achieved in levels to take care of hair well being, but they need to stroll out two hours later with image good hair, a number of ranges lighter than what they got here in with. Shoppers additionally toss round lingo that they assume they know.
I believe it is nice when ladies educate themselves about what they need, however until you are a thoughts reader, make certain your shopper actually is aware of what ‘bricklaying texture’ or ‘layers’ or ‘level slicing’ and so forth is. I typically have purchasers adamantly say that they solely need “one” layer… So, you need a seen line of hair not blended in together with your lower? I do know they imply lengthy layers however they assume it is actually only one.
2/ What’s probably the most pleasant a part of your job?
I do session work in addition to see personal purchasers. I really like my craft; but when I needed to deal with a particular, I’d say that on a regular basis ladies who come to see me, leaving beaming and pleased with their hair makes what I do worthwhile. There’s a lot stress basically for girls as of late to look ‘image good’ evaluating themselves to the OTT Face tuned insta-glam world. Add-on that I am at the moment residing inside the expat neighborhood of Singapore, that may be slightly Stepford, it is good to assist my purchasers to maintain it actual. We do not all the time exit the door with our good blowouts and flawless pores and skin; some days it is a greasy ponytail and a fast blob of sunscreen, and what? That is okay!
3/ Why did you select the trail of hairdressing and was it straightforward to fall into this work?
I used to be a teen within the 80s watching MTV and Vogue Tv, I liked all of the creativity and that tremendously influenced my weekend fashion. Once I got here throughout photographs of me rising up, clearly it was in my DNA. Doing my aunt’s hair after I was about 5 and doing hair for our grade 8 college manufacturing was only the start.
Andrea at 4 doing her aunt’s hair and grade 8 college manufacturing
4/ For those who had not made the choice to be a hairdresser what would you have got been?
I used to say that I needed to be a lawyer or an actress. My husband is a lawyer and I’ve co-starred on makeover reveals, been an knowledgeable visitor on discuss reveals, Canadian Idol and so forth… so kinda…? I performed a hair & make-up artist on TV.
5/ What’s your best energy ?
Empathy; however it’s additionally my best weak point.
6/ Your favorite hairdressing instruments?
I really like Sultra Magnificence instruments and bonus: they’re twin voltage! I am from Canada and reside in Asia, so it helps to have a equipment that works globally. There’s one thing magical concerning the Sultra instruments too because the curls / waves do not drop within the humidity like curls from different instruments do. Then after all, my Mason Pearson brush, Moroccanoil ceramic brushes, (particularly the 55 mm), recently I really like the bottom of my hair types to have bounce and quantity. I’m now misplaced when I haven’t got the sectioning suggestions in my brushes, these are genius.
7/ Inform us about your relationship with Iles Method. The way you found us and which components is your favorite?
Just a few years in the past I used to be in Paris with my good friend Sital and I wanted to get some hair equipment provides. Sital had stated that she had corresponded with Wendy on-line earlier than and steered we attain out to her once more for Paris suggestions. Wendy replied with an deal with and a listing of strategies. Quick ahead, I did one of many Mastered lessons and alumni are provided reductions for numerous merchandise and Iles Method was listed.
Truthfully, Wendy was so pretty and beneficiant along with her e mail years in the past that I believed I might assist her by ordering her product to strive. After my merchandise arrived, she despatched me a private e mail with a number of suggestions. I do not even want to satisfy Wendy in individual to really feel her dedication to her friends and craft. I exploit the Iles Method total line now. I really like the ending serum, I exploit to on everybody. I really like that as you’re capturing you’ll be able to add extra, the hair simply will get higher and higher. It by no means appears to be like greasy or weighed down.
8/ What was probably the most difficult job you ever made ?
27 years as a hair & make-up artist, it hasn’t been a complete cake stroll however I’d by no means have it another manner. Session work has a variety of final minute drawback fixing; shopper / photographer / director calls for, that us old style artists have been educated to be ‘Sure after all we are able to try this’ ; and then you definitely determine it out. I’ve that ‘problem accepted!’ angle.
I did a shoot with Scott Woodward years in the past for Bistecca, a Tuscany fashion restaurant in Singapore. The idea included picture realism artwork work. One of many photos was the mannequin face to face with a ram. It was an incredible problem, that if I did it once more, I’d change the way in which I did it. It turned out pretty and naturally there was the icing on the cake often called photo-shop, however I constructed most of it on the day with the mannequin’s hair, wire and hair items. I really feel it might have been higher if I prepped horns at dwelling.
9/ What was your worst hair second and why….privatly or on set/stage or within the salon?
Oh god. I’ll NEVER neglect. As a junior color technician, 1993… I added an excessive amount of violet booster right into a shopper’s spotlight components and I gave her child pink highlights. I used to be horrified. She was a decide’s spouse. I used to be so confused. I left her on the shampoo bowl and simply informed her that the color did not elevate correctly. I made a shampoo cocktail and ran it by for about 15 minutes. It labored; however I am scarred for all times.
10/ For those who might fashion anybody’s hair, who would it not be and why?
I’d like to have Alanis Morissette in my chair once more. Earlier on in my profession, her document label employed me to do her hair and make-up for a press junket. Alanis nonetheless had her actually lengthy hair. I requested how she needed her hair and make-up and he or she stated to do no matter I needed. I performed it protected. I left her hair and make-up each pretty pure – she is a surprising girl so clearly would not want a lot however when given the chance to play, I remorse not taking it.
11/ The place do you pull hair inspiration from?
Actually in every single place and from all the pieces. Shapes of shadows, birds’ feathers, waves within the ocean, silhouettes of clothes. I am not exaggerating. I take snaps and save them in recordsdata.
13/ Your recommendation to younger hairdressers beginning out?
Strive. Experiment. Fail. Keep away from the individuals who convey you down. Do not gossip. Help your friends. Know your friends. Ask questions. Be assured. Critique your individual work, in addition to settle for constructive criticism. Develop.
Extra work of Andrea:
Hair and make-up by Andrea. Photograph Jingna Zhang.
For hair and make-up for Bistecca, photographer Scott Woodward
Hair for L’Oreal Paris