Professional Hair Stylist Interview: Ariane Farro Of Hollywood, CA
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are self taught hairstylist?
A: I’m very creative and always interested in different forms of art… whether it’s dancing, music, drawing, or hair design. I was trained at Paul Mitchell The School in Sherman Oaks California.
Q: Do you think going to school for hairstyling is important to excel in the business later on?
A: Very important. Basic Technique is the foundation of all that is great.
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 an artist, however I was in school for dentistry. I stumbled upon my talent when I was diagnosed with cancer and lost all of my hair. As it grew back out, I became more interested in ways to make me feel better and look better. Then I realized I had an amazing eye for style and beauty.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: I love working with people and having the freedom to communicate, dance, express my personal style, and not get fired for stupid things such as tattoos or piercings.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a hair stylist?
A: How many people actually believe that hair styling is an easy job… but once they come in and see how it is CORRECTLY done, there’s definitely a lot of technique to it.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Beauty is what makes a person feel confident and comfortable. No matter what I find beautiful, if the person wearing the style is uncomfortable, they won’t feel beautiful and won’t give off the ENERGY of beauty.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: Paul Mitchell Spray Wax… LOVE IT!!! I also love the entire SUPER SKINNY line from Paul Mitchell. There’s nothing attractive about frizz in my opinion.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective hair care tips that you have, that are really important?
A: Braid hair at night to keep it from tangling. – Color Protective Shampoo really works, so use it. Avocado hair masques are amazing for hydrating the hair.
Q: What is the biggest hair care dont’s?
A: DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY! It only dries out the hair, strips the color, and makes life more difficult.
Q: Have you had an extreme, crazy or bad experience with a hair care product? If so, what happened?
A: Not yet… I’m not product happy. I keep things simple.
Q: What do you find to be the most common mistakes women make with hair color?
A: Letting new growth (roots) grow way too long. It makes it tough for the color to be matched, therefor making your appointment longer and more expensive.
Q: What’s the worst thing a woman can do to her hair?
A: Over process it… enough said…
Q: What’s the one haircare tool you simply can’t live without?
A: Blow dryer, of course… and my flat iron to be specific. I can do curls, I can make it flat, I can do it all.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the hair industry right now?
A: I absolutely HATE the “bump its”. . . no one needs hair that tall on top of their skull. I LOVE fringe… heavy bangs, light bangs, swoopy bangs…It always gives a “style” to a haircut.
Q: Do average girls needs to splurge on high-priced hair care products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Here’s the truth… sometimes the “Name Brand” products cost the same amount as some of the store items. Shampoos and conditioners are sometimes more concentrated and work better with the color line you’re using. On the other hand, some drugstore products are great. It always depends on what works for your hair.
Q: Do you have any general tips/tricks for extending color between visits?
A: Again… do not wash your hair everyday… try a dry shampoo. Color Protect Shampoos are very mild and great for extending the life of your color.
Q: Can anyone go red or do you feel that color works best with certain skin tones/hair types?
A: I believe skin tones have a lot to do with it. But again, it’s how the clients feel in the color. It’s all about confidence. There are colors that enhance skin tones, and some that neutralize. Sometimes it’s what you would like to do with your skin tone. So I guess the answer is … yes?
Q: Do you feel anyone can go blond or should the look be reserved for certain skin tones/hair types?
A: Same answer as above. I’m not a big fan of blonde hair… but do as you feel.
Q: Which hairstyles do you tend to do the most often? Which hairstyles are the most popular?
A: The A-line tends to be a popular one…only because it’s a “flattering” short hair cut. It was also very popular for a few years. For guys, I love faux hawks and real mohawks. Yes, it’s played out, but I still love how it makes most guys look sexy and “edgy”.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: I have a very loyal clientele. I am very precise with my cuts and creative colors. My extensions are flawless and I always get clients saying that most people can’t believe that extensions can go that undetected.
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: My goal is to just make as many people feel beautiful.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring hair stylists just starting out?
A: Study and practice… and don’t be afraid to express your creative side… there are always clients that love being the guinea pig. If you are afraid,… train on doll-heads and display them on your window.