As they work their way up, young up-and-coming beauty professionals are blazing trails and making waves. We scoured the country to find out who is doing what and how it all began. Here is our chat with up-and-coming beauty professional, MJ Déziel.
Salon Magazine: How did you get your start in hair? Why did you decide to be a part of this industry?
MJ Déziel: I totally feel in love with the industry at my first ABA show as a hair model, when I was 18 years old. It completely changed my way of thinking about the hair industry. I’d never seen people so passionate about their craft. I wanted to be as happy as them in life!
SM: What drives and motivates you as a hair artist?
MJD: From an educator’s perspective, meeting stylists that share the same passion as me and being able to exchange it with one another. From a stylist’s perspective, creating connections with my clients over the years, earning their trust and make them feel good about themselves.
SM: What is your expertise? What do you specialize in or excel at?
MJD: Design and business development.
SM: What is the one lesson you’ve learned throughout your education and career that you still keep in mind today?
MJD: That it’s never about us, but always about them. Whether that is a client or an attendee in your class.
SM: Who is your mentor or who do you look up to when it comes to hair? Anyone in particular on social media?
MJD: Lissa Monette has been a true mentor in my early education. She helped me develop myself to become a great facilitator. On social media, Holli Smith and Charlie Cullen caught my attention. Holli is my fashion go-to. I think she’s the coolest and her work is outstanding. Charlie is one on my biggest inspirations when it comes to men’s hair.
SM: Who is your hair hero? Is there someone you want to work with?
MJD: Ludovic Beckers, a Redken global artist from Belgium. He is a hair genius. He works short hair like no one else. He’s the creator behind the curve-o combs which completely changed my way of cutting. I can’t wait to start my journey with him as an ambassador for Curve-O.
SM: As a young artist, what has been the biggest challenge have you faced and how have you overcome that?
MJD: I’m a perfectionist and I feel constantly disappointed with myself. I put so much pressure on myself. I have to constantly remind myself that I don’t know everything, I will keep learning and gaining experience throughout my entire life and that I am lucky that others like my work enough to trust me as an educator and a stylist.
SM: Who gave you the best advice as you embarked on your career and what was that advice?
MJD: Sam Villa said, ‘Trust the process’. This little sentence resonates with me so much. I apply this in every aspect of my life, professional and personal.
SM: What is your one must-have product?
MJD: Dishevel fiber cream by Redken Brews, which has a natural finish and a medium hold. Can’t live without it! Especially with the longer looks we’re seeing this season.
SM: What are your goals for the next 5 to 10 years? Where do you see yourself in the beauty industry?
MJD: That is in a long time! I love what I’m going through right now and I’m enjoying every second of it. If I have to picture myself in 10 years, I would love to see my startup, TheRegulars become an established business. I would love to keep traveling the world throughout my career with Redken and become a better version of myself.