There’s no question men are getting more sophisticated with their sense of style and Schwarzkopf Professional’s Paul Pereira tells us how it all happens.
As the barbering trend continues to rage on, in some circles men’s styling is where it’s at. It’s one of the reasons that Schwarzkopf Professional offers distinct technical classes for men, Men’s Essentials, which speak to men’s fashion, cuts and styling and then barbering which is a different technique and look.
We spoke with NAHA award-winning men’s hairstylist and Schwarzkopf Professional’s Essential Looks artist, Paul Pereira, who also teaches the Men’s Essentials class, to learn more about what you can expect when working backstage at fashion shows, editorial and in the salon.
Salon Magazine: Define men’s styling.
Paul Pereira: In the world we live in, its about relating to men’s fashion and celebrities. Fashion dictates hair, when you look at men’s styling right now it’s definitely longer, looser and with more texture. You’ll always have clients who like tight sides and shorter at the back but they’re working with their waves and texture now more than before. You’re part of enhancing someone’s style with a great haircut and helping guys get their looks.
SM: Why do you gravitate towards men’s styling?
PP: It’s instantly gratifying. With men, you can see how a great haircut, like a square fade will defines his jaw line. Guys are also loyal, and when I recommend a product, it’s not only something I’m using at the salon, but I’m using it myself everyday, so I can relate to it a little differently.
SM: What are your must-have products when you’re working backstage?
PP: One thing with men’s hairstyling, each model or client has their own way of finishing their hair. For me, backstage, I like the OSIS line; Dust It for texture, Flex Wax for a strong hold that stays in place when they walk down on runway and Mess up, which gives it a more matte finish that’s organic which is really what designers want to see on their models.
SM: Walk me through what it’s like working backstage with fashion designers.
PP: Sometimes the designer has a vision and it depends on how secure they are with their collection as to how much you can do with the hair. For most designers, they want to seem movement in the hair, with an organic feel and natural texture. Basically, you need to be styling in more of an open and free way that isn’t about having every hair in place or a perfect look.