Frédéric Fekkai muses on the mean­ing of beauty.

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Frédéric Fekkai.


When I’m search­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, I travel. I love see­ing Lon­don and Paris, but I like to go to places filled with young cre­ators and ideas. I love Venice Beach, es­pe­cially Ab­bot Kin­ney Boule­vard. It has all of these great ar­ti­sans and stalls. I don’t want to go to a mall ever again. It’s not for me.

“I have a unique ap­proach to what I do. I try to stay cre­ative by keep­ing my mind mov­ing out of the box and be­ing ex­pres­sive. When I’m work­ing on a project, I build a se­cret mood board on Pin­ter­est and share it with whomever I want.

“My beauty rou­tine? I get mas­sages twice a week, in my home. I’m re­li­gious about man­i­cures and pedi­cures, and I also get re­flex­ol­ogy. People think they are born beau­ti­ful, but it’s a process. Beauty is about tak­ing care of yourself: Make sure that you take a great shower, brush your teeth, take care of your skin and drink lots of wa­ter. Beauty is not about try­ing to look like An­gelina Jolie; you can­not change your ge­netic im­print. The worst mis­take you can make is to dis­count your own beauty and try to overdo it—or ne­glect it. I’m not against plas­tic surgery, but I am against pre­dictable plas­tic surgery, where ev­ery­body looks the same.” ■

Fekkai Sheer Hold Hair­spray ($28); Fekkai Tech­ni­cian Color Care Lux­eColor Mask ($30). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide. THE PER­SON Pro hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai THE PER­SON­AL­ITY Af­fa­ble, grounded and spir­ited THE PLACE Chef Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten’

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