Hairstyling may seem like a glamorous career on the outside, but there’s a lot more hard work to it than meets the eye. Sarah Hani Jamil travels to Beijing, China, to learn more about its art.
Having worked with a lot of beauty experts throughout my publishing career, there’s one thing I can tell you about hairstyling – that it’s not easy. At all. The hours of styling are long and it takes a lot of studying to fully understand different hair types, face shapes, cuts, styles and colours that truly complement a person. That’s why in order to succeed in the business, a lot of hard work and most of all, passion for the craft, is needed.
Earlier in April, I travelled to Beijing to witness the first-ever Schwarzkopf Professional Shaping Authentic Beauty Congress (SABC) held in Asia Pacific, featuring nine regions, namely four from China, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia-Singapore and Thailand. The competition served as a celebration of the brand and its commitment in the hairdressing industry as well as to discover outstanding talents within the region, featuring five categories: Avant Garde, Color Technician, Commercial Style, Men’s Style and Salon of the Year. A panel of experts including the brand’s luminaries such as Simon Ellis, International Creative Director; Richard Ashforth, Global Styling Ambassador; and Lesley Jennison, Global Colour Ambassador, travelled all the way from Europe to judge the competition and I sat down with them to talk about their craft.
ON HAVING THE EVENT IN ASIA PACIFIC
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