The iconic Vidal Sassoon Academy is now in Bengaluru
From giving Mia Farrow the iconic pixie cut in Rosemary’s Baby to being the brains behind Goldie Hawn’s wild bob that earned her the ‘IT’ girl status in the late ’60s, legendary hairdresser and entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon (1928-2012) was synonymous with geometric hairstyles that pushed the envelope. His academy, which has been training some of the most talented hairdressers since it was set up in 1967 in London, is making an entry into India, through a tie-up with Bodycraft Academy, Kora-mangala. We spoke with Camilla Hurell, colour specialist and principal of the academy’s branch in Los Angeles, who is in the city for the launch. Excerpts from the interview:
What are some of the biggest hair colour trends at the moment?
At the moment, there are two to three top trends — long hair with ombre/balayage colour techniques, going for a more natural look within the lengths of the hair (of course, the hair has to be in amazing condition), the second top trend is the polar opposite, which is a short gamine/urchin soft blonde. It is important to get the right tone of blonde for the client. The final trend, which is strong in the UK, is strong, vivid, bright, false hair colours.
What are your recommendations for Indian hair, in terms of colour and styling?
For colour, my recommendations are beautiful browns and vibrant reds. The browns should be slightly warmer and richer, almost like a dark velvety chocolate. The reds should have a depth to them and
not be too orangey in their tone.
Tell us about the academy and partnering with Bodycraft.
Vidal Sassoon was a firm believer in sharing the knowledge of the craft. To that end, Bodycraft Academy is now a member of the Sassoon Academy School Connection program. The program is about teaching the Bodycraft instructors how to teach the Sassoon ‘ABC’ proprietary techniques to their students who are on the long term beginners courses at Bodycraft Academy.
Name a few hair care essentials that you recommend for Indian hair.
For colour, I recommend Wella Professional Brilliance Colour Treatment Range. It works instantly to protect and nourish the hair after colouring. This helps keep the intensity of the colour until your next salon visit. For styling, I pick Wella System Professional. Their Luxe Oil is amazing. It is an oil but is so light, it does not make the hair greasy and works for all hair types.
What are a few tips and tricks while choosing a colour?
For hairdressers, having a solid understanding and training in hair colour, and following manufacturers’ instructions are key. It is also important to know what you can achieve with the hair that you have in front of you and not just what the client is asking for. Clients on the other hand, should choose their hairdresser carefully, making sure they are trained in colour. And don’t forget that any colour you put on your hair is
warmer than the natural.