EX­PERT TALK

Meet the hair­style guru

Hair - - Contents -

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!

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