Pro Hair Stylist Interview With Alexandra Machado Of Washington DC
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are self taught hairstylist?
A: I am 26 years old, i grew up in Northern Virginia and went to Paul Mitchell The School Virginia. I live in DC because it was cheap at the time. I have a loving boyfriend and a dog.
I like music, going to dance clubs, excelling at hair, doing fashion shows, traveling, and i work hard at what i do.
strong>Q: Do you think going to school for hairstyling is important to excel in the business later on?
A: Yes, because you learn discipline and structure. and you don’t pick up bad habits.
Q: Did you always long to be an artist, or did you stumble upon your talent by chance? Who or what inspired you to become a hair stylist?
A: I always wanted to be a fashion designer. I didn’t have the money to go to fashion school so hair was the next best thing.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Pleasing the client. giving them something different. the education. the learning potential.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a hair stylist?
A: Peoples stories and the experiences they had. different techniques that other stylists use to do the same thing.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Beauty is within as well as out. I may not be pretty but i have a beautiful personality. Beauty comes from pain, therefore there would be no beauty without pain.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: Deva products, OSIS products, Paul Mitchell, Sexy Hair.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective hair care tips that you have, that are really important?
A: DONT USE SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE SHAMPOOS!
Q: What is the biggest hair care dont’s?
A: Shampooing every day
Q: Have you had an extreme, crazy or bad experience with a hair care product? If so, what happened?
A: Not really extreme or crazy, but i was putting curling gel in a clients hair and it came out really crunchy. I wasn’t use to the new product so i didn’t know how concentrated it was but really crunchy.
Q: What do you find to be the most common mistakes women make with hair color?
A: Box color. and the fact that when they get hi lights the stylist “doesn’t use bleach” to lift a level 4 to a level 9-10 and they go to a new stylist and get all mad cuz the color isn’t what the old stylist did!
Q: What’s the worst thing a woman can do to her hair?
A: Dread their hair.
Q: What’s the one haircare tool you simply can’t live without?
A: Comb and scissors.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the hair industry right now?
A: Having naturally curly hair and loving it.
Q: Do average girls needs to splurge on high-priced hair care products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Yes. a lot of time the drugstore products are not as good as the salon products. consumers just put too much on or not enough without the proper demonstration a stylist would give you.
Q: Do you have any general tips/tricks for extending color between visits?
A: If the color company has a color save shampoo and conditioner i would recommend using that. but only shampoo every other day.
Q: Can anyone go red or do you feel that color works best with certain skin tones/hair types?
A: Only on certain skin tones. definitely not on someone who has pink undertones.
Q: Do you feel anyone can go blond or should the look be reserved for certain skin tones/hair types?
A: Cooler skin tones or slight olive tones would look good for people who are naturally dark.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: They think i am a careful listener, i take my time to give the personal touches that are needed.
Q: Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
A: Whenever i get down, i just have to remember im doing this for myself. My goal is to work on photoshoots runways around the world and be paid to do so. as long as i see my work in magazines and being admired by people on the streets i will be happy.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring hair stylists just starting out?
A: WORK HARD! listen! go to classes! don’t try to do shortcuts!
Connect with Alexandra via her MySpace profile.