Monday 14 October 2013

Interview: Flavien Abbas

Flavien Abbas is a high profile celebrity hairdresser who has worked with everyone from A-list actresses and fashion editors to royalty. He has a remarkable talent for all things hair and has great vision for product innovation. His new hair care line, Touché by Flavien, is a clever combination of the purest, natural ingredients that have been given a sophisticated and sexy twist.

I was fortunate enough to interview Mr Abbas and grill him on everything from hair tips and beauty crimes to succeeding in the industry...

Flavien Abbas

What inspired you to work in the hairdressing industry? And how did your career journey begin?

My inspiration to work in hairdressing started with a fascination in fashion and film. Being able to change one's appearance using hair and makeup is, in my view, a real work of art. 

I started my career in hairdressing in the South of France at the age of 15. During this time I attended all possible courses and competitions, from old school hairdressing to leading hair cutting techniques. I wanted to gain as much experience and exposure to the industry as possible. My passion took me around the world and over the years I have been lucky enough to work in both the fashion and movie industry in London and Paris. Lately I have become very passionate about biochemistry and gaining a wider understanding of the science of hair, how it becomes beautiful from the inside out.

What is your career highlight?

I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and work with celebrities, royals and some the most talented photographers and directors. Being part of this world was a lucky life achievement for me.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to succeed in the hairdressing industry?

One of the most important pieces of advice I give to all the new talents coming into the industry is to work hard and push your limits. Most of all, work on your basic knowledge and understanding of hair types, hair cutting and styling skills. Having a strong hairdressing basis is an understanding of all hair and styles. Practice, practice!

Who is the ultimate beauty icon?

Be your own kind of beautiful. Working with models and actresses taught me that we all have good and bad days. Work on your image and you become a beauty icon yourself.

What is the biggest beauty crime a person can commit?

Over processed hair (too much colour/perm) and not making an effort to look good. I like Estée Lauder's quote, "There are no ugly women only lazy women".

What is your top hair tip?

Keep your hair shiny, healthy, beautiful and well cut and half of the job is done!

Touché by Flavien

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