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, Samuel Dupuis.
Salon Magazine: How did you get your start in hair? Why did you decide to be a part of this industry?
Samuel Dupuis: I never thought of becoming a hairdresser. In fact, at the beginning, I wanted to be a veterinarian or a singer; but I would always ask my friends to come over to my house so I could do their hair if I had seen something I liked in a magazine. My friends all told me I should become a hairdresser, but at first I was hesitant. I soon realized that I liked that much more than I thought.
SM: What drives and motivates you as a hair artist?
SD: What motivates me in my job is the connection with people. I feel very close to my clients and I love that!
SM: What is your expertise? What do you specialize in or excel at?
SD: I’m known for my colour, mainly balayage.
SM: What is the one lesson you’ve learned throughout your education and career that you still keep in mind today?
SD: One important thing to remember is that hairstyling is constantly changing and you have to keep evolving with the industry.
SM: Who is your mentor or who do you look up to when it comes to hair? Anyone in particular on social media?
SD: She’s my mentor, and she inspires me every day; Catherine Allard. I love her so much! I’m also lucky enough to have had Pietro d’Aquila and Enrico Compierchio as mentors. With them, I feel I’m at my best every day. On social media, I absolutely love Joanie Paquin Marcus and Maxime Fourgue. Their work is incredible!
SM: Who is your hair hero? Is there someone you want to work with?
SD: I’m lucky enough to work with her every day; Catherine Allard.
SM: As a young artist, what has been the biggest challenge have you faced and how have you overcome that?
SD: My biggest challenge was understanding the principle of how to serve a client so that they feel completely happy with the service. I was very young when I started and I did not know how to be friendly, only professional. What really helped me was all the education I had in relation to the client experience and how to be more real for the person in the salon as well as with my Redken tribe, because I’m also a Redken artist.
SM: Who gave you the best advice as you embarked on your career and what was that advice?
SD: I couldn’t say. I think you just have to take the best someone has to offer and look for the silver lining in every situation.
SM: What is your one must-have product?
SD: That’s a terrible question, there are so many to love, but I would pick Redken’s Wind Blown 05.
SM: What are your goals for the next 5 to 10 years? Where do you see yourself in the beauty industry?
SD: It sounds so far away! There’s so much going on in such little time, but I’d love to make my mark on social media, in the salon, with Redken and maybe do some work on TV!