Laura is a makeup artist and hairstylist from Madrid. Her passion for creating architectural and impossible shapes in hair is a challenge that she enjoys enormously. For her, working with hair is almost like "sculpting a canvas"
HOW DID YOU COME TO CHOOSE HAIRDRESSING?
To be honest, when I was young I felt lost. I liked a lot of things and at first it seemed like a drawback. A friend of mine gave me the idea of becoming a make-up artist, and hairdressing came later.
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST JOBS AS A HAIRSTYLIST? WHAT WERE THEY LIKE AND HOW HAVE THEY EVOLVED UNTIL TODAY?
Very much so. At the beginning I didn't like hairdressing. I rather hated it. It seemed less creative than makeup. Less instantaneous. I just wanted to do makeup. I studied hairdressing because I had to do it to work as a makeup artist, not because I really wanted to. But eventually I understood that hair was "infinite" and I could create and modify as I pleased. I wasn't limited by a face, I could add, remove, alter.... so I wanted to focus on everything related to hair from the classic to the more extravagant and modern because for me it's almost like "sculpting a canvas".
HOW DO YOU FEEL TRENDS HAVE EVOLVED SINCE YOU STARTED?
Hugely. Instagram has imposed a very specific beauty model and fashion has a documentary part that reflects today's society. Then, there are more creatives and more visibility. In addition to icons like Guido Palau or Angelo Seminara, there are a multitude of worldwide referents that we have access to and that inspires us leading us to more creative or technical processes. Internet is the most complete hairdressing school that exists.
WHAT IS THE PART OF YOUR WORK THAT YOU LIKE THE MOST?
I like to look for architecture. The impossible shapes in the hair. It is a challenge that I enjoy enormously because of its concentration and delicacy. It makes me feel great to overcome that challenge and generate an image with a "powerful" composition.
ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON ANY PROJECTS?
This month I'm in ICON magazine in Mexico, last month in Vogue Arabia and next month in Marie Claire Mexico and Tokyo. That's in addition to other jobs in fashion and advertising.
ANYTHING THAT HAS BROKEN YOUR PRE-ESTABLISHED PATTERNS?
I started 14 years ago as an assistant to Lewis Amarante, a prestigious makeup artist. One day we went to do make-up for an Xpresion hair show: some internationally known Spanish hairdressers and all the schemes I had of hairdressing were broken, seeing beyond what I simply believed.
DO YOU DO MAKE-UP AS WELL AS HAIR STYLING?
Yes, both. But even though I started doing makeup three years earlier, I feel more like a hairdresser.
FOR YOU, WHAT THINGS DO YOUR HAIRSTYLES, YOUR STYLE, YOUR WORK CONVEY?
Liberal. I don't close myself to anything, I'm in a constant research.
I would like people to feel an emotion. An image that provokes an attraction and even mystery. But above all I want to have fun and make you see what I see in hair.
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