Longtime readers may know Jerome Hillion, the London stylist known for his artistic, creative, and unusual hairstyles. After being named Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year in 2005, he's continued to create out-of-the-ordinary looks that beg to be looked at. I've been wondering about his inspiration, and fortunately for us, he was happy to answer a few questions from his London salon:
How and when did you know you wanted to create avant-garde hairstyles?
Since the age of 5, I was creating hairstyles on dolls and used to imagine catwalks and choreographies. That was the way I used to play.
Some of your styles seem like they involve a lot of product, heat, and potentially stressful treatments. How do you recommend keeping hair healthy?
My hairstyles don't involve many products. I use techniques to dry the hair in the texture or shape, using serums, then flexible heat protection hairspray. To keep hair healthy, simply apply a mask at least once a week, and use shampoo and conditioner specific to your hair type. Serums or styling creams can also provide heat protection. Don't over-process your hair with chemicals.
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