Meet the hairstyle guru
W ith 25 years of experience, Laurent Decreton has styled hair for the best models and taken part in haute couture shows for the likes of Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean-Louis Scherrer and Hanae Mor. Recognised French Hairstylist Champion and award-winner at both the European and worldwide levels, he has become a definite fixture on the international hairdressing scene. An acknowledged fashion expert, he has succeeded in establishing himself as a soughtafter hairstyle creator for the most distinguished fashion shows. He travels the world sharing his expertise through his hairstyling shows.
Q Could you tell us about the S/S ’14 hair trends?
A For S/S 2014, the trend is to wear your hair long — over the shoulder for short hairstyles and mid-back length for long hairdos. The colour of the season is a mix of blonde and brown, which is perfect for the Indian skin tone.
Starting off on the updo.
Q Can you suggest a romantic updo?
A The key to a good romantic updo is the preparation. Try to achieve luscious curls that are not too small or large around the head. Make sure they aren’t all over the head. To create a natural-looking style, create volume around the neck area.
Q At home colour care tips…
A The most important thing is to use a shampoo that is specially designed for coloured tresses such as L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Vitamino Color Shampoo. Team it up with the appropriate masque to condition the hair. Take your pick from L’Oréal Professionnel’s tecni.art range to maintain the cut and style you desire.
Q How has your association with L’Oréal Professionnel been? Can you share some highlights?
A I started my collaboration with L’Oréal Professionnel 20 years ago. I participated in several hairstyling competitions and was discovered as a new talent. That’s how it all began.
Q Which hair styles do you see as timeless classics?
A The French Classic Banana and the ponytail fixed on top of the crown.
Q Your experience while working with high-profile celebrities…
A I have done the hair for many celebrities, but the most exciting instances are when they trust me completely and let me experiment with my creativity.
Q Your advice to aspiring hairstylists…
A Be curious and open to new ideas. Take inspiration from the culture, art and nature around you.
Q A hair product or you can’t live without…
A L’Oréal Professionnel’s Elnett Fixing Spray.
Q What do you like about the tecni.art range by L’Oréal Professionnel?
A It’s the perfect range for any hairstyle and boasts the best products that are suitable for all hair types.
Q What are the products and equipment you like working with?
A I like working on hair with my bare hands. Tecni.art products allow you to do this. They are lightweight, flexible and leave no residue.
Q A fashion show, an editorial shoot and a hair collection — how do they differ from each other?
A While one needs to follow the designer’s brief for a fashion show, an editorial shoot involves translating of the hairstyle on paper and ensuring that the photographer is able to capture some unique angles. A hair collection solely belongs to you and requires you to envisage fresh styles, cuts and colours from time to time depending on your inspiration.
Q What are your plans for the future?
A I look forward to working on a global concept of beauty, with a theme relating to calmness. I think it is relevant to our stressful lives.
The French classic banana updo.
Laurent demonstrating the styles at the masterclass at the L’Oréal academy.
The exotic low bun.
Creating the ’do with his favourite product — L’Oréal Professionnel’s Elnett Fixing Spray.
Working up a variety of textures with products from the tecni.art range.
Tecni.art: Laurent’s choice of styling products!