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Q: What was your great­est mo­ment as a celebrity hair­styl­ist?

Cha Hong: I've been styling hair for many celebri­ties and it makes me re­ally happy to see the looks that I've cre­ated be­come the latest lead­ing trends in Korea – it is one of the great­est mo­ments for me.

Q: What are the dif­fer­ences be­tween the hair trends in Korea and Sin­ga­pore?

CH: Kore­ans pre­fer soft waves as it adds an in­ter­est­ing el­e­ment to their hair, as op­posed to a straight mane, which is seen as dull and bor­ing. As for Sin­ga­pore­ans, I no­ticed that they tend to fo­cus more on colour trends.

Q: What was the big­gest risk you’ve ever taken in the hair in­dus­try? How did that ben­e­fit your ca­reer?

CH: When I first came to Seoul, I was work­ing in Cheong­dam-dong, which was a pres­ti­gious area where the rich­est of Korea resided. With­out a doubt, ev­ery­thing was very ex­pen­sive. As I was just start­ing out in the in­dus­try, the salary was very low so I had to con­stantly worry about my food and trans­port ex­penses. Although it was a tough time for me, I learnt many things, not just in terms of hairstyling skills, but also valu­able life lessons. When­ever I meet with an ob­sta­cle, I'll think back on those times. If I was able to con­quer that, then I'm able to over­come any­thing.

Q: As an in­flu­en­tial hair­styl­ist in the fash­ion world, how does a typ­i­cal week look like for you?

CH: Ev­ery­day is busy and hec­tic for me, how­ever, dur­ing my spare time, I like to take things slow and tend to my gar­den, lis­ten to mu­sic as well as read books.

Q: How would you de­scribe your jour­ney with L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel so far?

CH: I've been us­ing L'Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel prod­ucts for about 15 years now, and I'm re­ally im­pressed with the ver­sa­til­ity that the prod­ucts de­liver. I only pro­vide what's best for my clients and that's what L'Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel of­fers. L'Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel has also or­ga­nized many in­spi­ra­tional events that are ben­e­fi­cial for hair­styl­ists, in terms of up­grad­ing their skills and ef­fi­ciency, which is re­ally im­por­tant for our ca­reers.

Q: Be­ing a suc­cess­ful sa­lon and hair academy man­ager your­self, what is one piece of ad­vice you can give to the ex­ist­ing and as­pir­ing sa­lon man­agers in the in­dus­try?

CH: Ed­u­ca­tion is the most im­por­tant as­pect, be­cause af­ter all, peo­ple re­quire ed­u­ca­tion to up­grade them­selves. Although the ed­u­ca­tion busi­ness may not be big, the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion as well as the bal­ance of art and busi­ness are es­sen­tial.

Q: You have pub­lished 2 hairstyling books so far – what inspired you to start writ­ing?

CH: I've been re­search­ing for a long time on self-styling for con­sumers. I wanted to come up with a guide that teaches them to style their own hair and achieve beauty when­ever and wher­ever.

Q: What is the most im­por­tant value – in terms of be­ing a suc­cess­ful hair­styl­ist – that you teach the bud­ding hair­styl­ists at Cha­hong Ar­dor Academy?

CH: I feel that it's very im­por­tant for hair­dressers to com­mu­ni­cate with their clients and un­der­stand their in­di­vid­ual pref­er­ences. It's im­por­tant to read the cus­tomer's mind, to match the fi­nal look to their per­son­al­ity. A per­fect bal­ance of pro­vid­ing good ser­vice and un­der­stand­ing your clients is what makes a good hair­dresser. Cul­ti­vate a cheer­ful per­son­al­ity, de­velop your cre­ativ­ity and skills, and keep your­self up­dated on all the latest trends. In this in­dus­try, it can be easy to get dis­cour­aged; there­fore one should al­ways keep a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

Q: Has it al­ways been your dream to be a hair­styl­ist? How did that change you? What would you want to be, if you weren’t a hair­styl­ist?

CH: My aunt was a hair­dresser and she was the one who got me in­ter­ested in hairstyling in the first place. I used to be re­ally shy and in­tro­verted, but af­ter be­com­ing a hair­styl­ist, I'm more out­go­ing and ac­tive. That opened up many new op­por­tu­ni­ties for me. If I weren't a hair­styl­ist, I would ei­ther be an art teacher or lan­guage teacher.

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