From emerging hairstylists who are just getting their start to excelling stylists who are on their way to becoming the next set of leaders and to even those in between, we spoke with hairstylists to learn more about their stories and how they’re making their mark on the industry.
MJ Déziel, APART Studio, Montreal, Que.
Age: 30 • Pronouns: They/Them
For Montreal-based studio owner and hairstylist of 10 years MJ Déziel, their journey within the hair industry has been full of lessons that have gotten them to where they are now.
“I’m at a point in my career where I’ve learned a lot and I can now work to develop my entrepreneur side while still doing the things that I love,” says Déziel. “I think that’s what I love most about my job the most is the freedom it gives me. I can do editorial work, I can travel, I can teach, and I can really do whatever it is I want to do.”
Although Déziel has been in the industry for a while now, they share that they’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons later on in their career. “When I first started out, I always wanted to move a lot faster than I could. I had big dreams and I just wanted to achieve them as soon as possible. I was also working with people who didn’t have the same vision as I did and that was a really big challenge for me,” says Déziel. “I think I’m just starting to realize that I’ve achieved a lot and I have a pretty good resume so I’m starting to live more in the present.”
With a lot of working hours under their belt, Déziel has been branching out and recently worked backstage at Paris Fashion Week. “It was such an honour to be able to do hair for big brands like VETEMENTS or Balenciaga. I didn’t even know that me, a little French Canadian, could reach that goal. It was so unattainable in my opinion, and I think networking and surrounding myself with the right people really helped me,” says Déziel. “It was a very intense experience, and it was so interesting to understand the hierarchy and where to place yourself when you’re new to this industry. I’m a rookie in this industry and I can’t wait to continue this journey.”