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, Nadia Abouwaked.
Salon Magazine: How did you get your start in hair? Why did you decide to be a part of this industry?
Nadia Abouwaked: When I was very young, my grandmother saw that I loved hairstyling and she encouraged me to pursue my passion. To this day I am grateful to her.
SM: What drives and motivates you as a hair artist?
NA: The world of fashion and art motivates and inspires me to create innovative looks.
SM: What is your expertise? What do you specialize in or excel at?
NA: Texture and braiding are techniques that I have fine-tuned over the years.
SM: What is the one lesson you’ve learned throughout your education and career that you still keep in mind today?
NA: Always be yourself in every sense; from your personality to your creativity.
SM: Who is your mentor or who do you look up to when it comes to hair? Anyone in particular on social media?
NA: The artistry of Guylaine Martel always touches a hairstylist’s emotions through colour, shape and movement. She touches us and brings us into her world. Christophe Gaillet is a true master. He masters the art of hairstyling with sensitivity and perfection; he makes us dream.
SM: As a young artist, what has been the biggest challenge have you faced and how have you over come that?
NA: I decided to open my own salon when I was 27. I never looked back and I kept telling myself that I would not fail and that I had everything I needed to succeed and that I simply needed to believe in myself.
SM: Who gave you the best advice as you embarked on your career and what was that advice?
NA: One day, my mother told me to believe in myself because I had everything I needed to succeed if I really believed in myself.
SM: What is your one must-have product?
NA: I love L’Oréal Professionnel products. I can’t get enough of “Crêpage de Chignon” from the “Wild Stylers” line. It adds a textured effect while giving hair a natural look and feel.
SM: What are your goals for the next 5 to 10 years? Where do you see yourself in the beauty industry?
NA: I see myself always learning more, but more so sharing what I know with other stylists to elevate our motivation and creativity in the salon.