Years of experience: 5 years.
Specialty: My main specialty would be coloring hair and the next would be extensions. I love colouring and the science of it. Colouring can change the way women feel. You can have the best haircut in the world, however, the change of color is somewhat more exciting and in a way life changing: those not very adventurous and who are too scared, they always end up feeling braver by the next appointment. As for the guys, nothing is worse for a man to realise that he is grey and/or thinning. Just a touch of colour can rebuild the confidence in a man (colour will gives an illusion of fullness).
What made you decide to become a hairdresser: When I was young, we didn’t have a lot growing up. When people would gather in line for free giveaways from charities on a Sunday, the local kids and l would fight in line to get our haircuts by my mother. Despite not having much in terms of money, we always felt a million dollars each time we got our haircut. That in itself inspired and grounded me as a person. No matter how bad you feel, a haircut or colour can make you feel physically, mentally and emotionally better and change your outlook on life.
What inspires you: My mother’s hard work and ethics and my mentor, Angelo Seminara inspire me. Angelo Seminara taught me not to be different but to think outside the box. He also taught me the importance of understanding colouring and how it affects one’s body using natural colouring products.
Hair trends to watch out for fall: Balayage; a French technique of painting highlights/lowlights on to the hair to give it a more natural sun kissed feel. Since being in Hong Kong for only 3 months, I have found that people here are very hard working and the majority of the time, they do not have the time to go to a salon. By getting a Balayage, you would not need to get your hair done every 6 weeks like you would with any other type of coloring. With Balayage, you would only need to do a touch up every 6 weeks.
Secret hair tip: I love making my own hair shampoo. The secret is, 1/4 cup of water and castile soap, a teaspoon of tea tree oil (I use tee tree oil to stimulate the scalp), mix well and you can wash away.
As much as we love Hong Kong, the humidity here drives us insane, especially our hair. A good purchase to have is the Humidity Blocker by Joico. It takes the frizz away and gives it a hold of a hairspray without the feel of a hair spray.
Craziest hair-styling job to date: My craziest hair styling up to date was doing the hair on set for Backroom in Hong Kong. I loved it because it wasn’t your normal classic conservative couture look. This was more old school. Lt reminded me of how we used to do our hair when we were in high school in London where we would spend our lunchtime making patterns on our head using our toothbrush on our baby hair.