Contessa 2016 Canadian colourist winner, Ann-Marie Goupil, shares her one piece of advice for anyone considering entering the Contessas for the first time.
Salon Magazine: When did you first know you wanted to be a hairstylist?
Ann-Marie Goupil: I first studied in nursing to quickly realise I was way too emotionnal for that trade. So I found another way to help people feel good—haidressing!
SM: Who are your styling influences?
AG: There are many wonderfull internatinnal artists but I really have a weakness for Quebec artists, including Anna Paccito, Guylaine Martel and Alain Page.
SM: Where you do find your inspiration?
AG: Everywhere! On the Internet, in magazines and even on the street.
SM: What’s your secret weapon?
AG: I could not live without my colour brush!
SM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone entering the Contessas for the first time?
AG: Choose a direction or theme to brainstorm with your team and get the best of everyone’s ideas.
SM: What are your top tips for working with a team, both in and out of the salon?
AG: Communication is key!
SM: Who’s the first person you called when you found out you were a Contessa finalist?
AG: My colleagues. When I received the call from Salon Magazine, I was at work and started screaming and crying!