STYLE & BEAUTY
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.