We caught up with Julie Vriesinga, Contessa 2016 Texture Hairstylist of the Year winner, on her inspiration and career goals.
Salon Magazine: When did you first know you wanted to be a hairstylist?
Julie Vriesinga: I started working at a salon at the age of 15 and I knew right away that was something I was super interested in.
SM: Who are your styling influences?
JV: My influences are Anna Pacitto, Daniel Benoit, Guylaine Martel: I have admired these stylists since I started.
SM: What’s your secret weapon?
JV: I can’t live without my L’Oreal Anti-frizz hairspray and my flat iron.
SM: What’s the next milestone you want to achieve in your career?
JV: Someday I would love to be able to win Canadian Hairstylist of the Year at the Contessas.
SM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone entering the Contessas for the first time?
JV: Best piece of advice for someone entering the Contessas is to jump out of your comfort zone: that’s where some of the best things come from.
SM: What are your top tips for working with a team, both in and out of the salon?
JV: When working with a team I think communication is key. However I do firmly believe in trusting in each persons talent. I rarely dictate exactly what I want from my makeup artist or my photographer, since they are the best at what they do.
SM: What’s your process for planning a collection?
JV: The process of planning a shoot for me always starts with an inspiration piece, which could be a hairstyle, a colour, a piece of jewelry—really anything—and then I build on that.