A hairstylist and colourist for more than 12 years, Eric Charpentier is known in the industry for the stunning, luminous and perfect blondes he creates in all shapes and forms: highlights, balayage, babylights and more.
Freelancing at Brossés salon in Montreal, he’s also a Matrix educator and teaches hairstyling at the Tornade Academy, also in Montreal. “I absolutely love everything about the hair industry, and I can’t seem get enough of it,” he says.
Easy Does It…
Charpentier wanted hairstyles that are easygoing and be worn by most men. Keeping these considerations in mind, he focused on creating a bit of texture
that wasn’t too editorial or avant-garde, with a splash of blonde. “I also wanted to showcase three lengths of hair that will appeal to different types of guys. I think that longer hair, inspired from the early ’90s, is currently making a big comeback, particularly with a style reminiscent of the bowl cut.”
Since the photo shoot was done in black and white—“a type of photography that can quickly become quite dramatic,” he says—the looks are fresh and relaxed so everything is pretty basic and the focus is really on the hair
Missing in Action
Despite the most meticulous planning that goes into a big competition photo shoot, sometimes life throws you a curveball. This is exactly what happened to Charpentier, when one of the models he had booked didn’t show up. Michael Dubuc, one of his colleagues and also a Matrix educator, quickly filled in for the MIA model and the rest is history. “Maybe if the model had shown up, I would not have created that hairstyle and would not have made it as a finalist,” he says. We call that serendipity…
As a first-time Contessa finalist, Charpentier was elated on awards night. “I was stressed, for sure, but it was a positive stress. I really had no expectations and was just happy to be there; proud of what I’d already achieved with my work.” He’s already planning his next collection for Contessa 31 and says he’ll enter more than one category this time. Determined and disciplined, Charpentier also has a ton of new projects this year. “I want to make my mark and get my name out there. Stay tuned!”