Marie-Josée Dupuis is an avid fan of competitions, having been a Contessa finalist and winner numerous times. “I love the avant-garde category,” says Dupuis. “It helps me evolve into the higher realms of creativity.”
A veteran hairstylist, Dupuis has worked her way to the top in her native Quebec by learning her craft from the biggest names on the international circuit, including Mascolo, Sassoon, and Sorbie.
Sixties prints set the tone
To highlight her superb cutting and styling skills, this collection was brought to life by the dresses she picked up during a shopping spree in New York City. “Graphic black-and-white prints reminiscent of the ’60s were my jumping-off point,” says Dupuis. “The geometric fabric led me to examine ways in which I could give shape to the hair.”
Surprisingly, the photo where the hair is shaped like a triangle only took one hour to complete, from start to finish. “I used a structure made out of very lightweight wood, wrapped hair extensions all around it and held in place using the model’s own hair. The concept actually took longer to fine-tune,’ shares Dupuis.
The hair in this collection definitely has an airy, anti-gravity feel to it. Dupuis achieved the look by using texturizing products, backcombing techniques and, of course, liberal use of hairspray to create light-as-air hair and strategically lock it in place.
This mattifying powder provides loads of texture and volume for long-lasting updos. It can be used for targeted volume or to add body to ends.
Redken Addict Control 28
This game-changing hairspray boasts 24-hour control and humidity resistance, plus brushability for quick style changes.
Redken Quick-Tease No. 15
This backcombing hero has three benefits: volume, texture and control. Bonus: A horizontal mist designed to lift at the roots.
Contessa 26 Finalist, Avant-Garde. Hair and Styling: Marie-Josée Dupuis; Makeup and Nails: Karole Bergeron; Photos: Alain Comtois