I have been a fan of Michael Beel’s work as a rockstar hairstylist for um… about a decade. There is a reason this man has recently been crowned the NZ Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year 2015, in a prestigious event in Sydney earlier this year, his talent is insane. Not only is he reigning champ, creative director for Buoy, he is also an educator for GHD and L’oreal..phew!.
I was lucky enough to chat to this legend of the industry (for what I hope to be the first in a series) and discuss trends, inspiration and discover the one question you should never ask your hairdresser.
But first check out these stunning photographs, inspired by the Orient in the 1930s which led him to victory at the “oscars” of the hairdressing industry, the prestigious NZ Hairdresser of the Year at Hair Expo in Sydney.
Photographer: Jessica Sim, Hair: Michael Beel, Makeup: Kiekie Stanners, Stylist: Dan Ahwa, Models from Clyne and Red 11
Did you always know you wanted to be a professional hairstylist? How did you get your start?
No… I was studying Marketing at Otago University. I was in my 3rd year of study and I popped in to get a haircut! The hairdresser asked if I wanted a part time job and needing extra beer money I said yes… I just loved the environment and creativity and now the rest is history.
What is your biggest achievement?
Winning Hair Expo NZ Hairdresser of the Year 2015 and also being lucky enough to work at Australia, New York, London and of course NZ Fashion weeks.
What is your can’t live without hair styling product and does it go with you to every shoot?
I have a few!! I love Sachajuan Ocean Mist… It creates a beautiful gritty beachy texture. L’oreal Professional Infinium Hairspray… a great working spray that leaves no residue and KY Jelly… awesome for creating intense shiny wet looks.
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m a visual person so I LOVE Instagram… I follow hairdressers, make-up artists, designers and creative individuals and watch what they post and it motivates and inspires me everyday! If you want to follow me I’m @msbeel
Who is your style icon?
Hmmm I like people that are individuals like Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett and Alexander McQueen…. People that beat to their own drum!
What is the biggest hair trend you expect to see over summer?
I think the ombré is still going to be a big trend but that it isn’t going to be as dramatic … more of a sombre (soft ombré) to make it look sun kissed rather than coloured!
Do you have a top “hair tip” or piece of advice that can apply to anyone?
I can’t stress enough about treatments! People think it’s an up sell or a luxury! We moisturise our skin everyday and our hair constantly needs moisture and protein especially if it’s longer. Hair grows on average 6″ in a year… if your hair is below shoulders the ends are 5-7 years old? That’s a lot of heat, environmental and colour damage…. it needs some love! Once a week do a treatment and your hair will look shiny, healthy and expensive!!
What is the most annoying question you can ask your hairdresser?
I feel like a change but I want to keep it long! Also if ever you get introduced to a hairdresser after hours, like at a function do not ask “what would you do with my hair?” … We want some time off too, even though we love our job we just want to relax as well!
Describe what you love most about your job?
Making people feel better about themselves everyday. They walk-in not feeling 100%, but then, when you see that twinkle in their eye once you have done your job, it makes it all worth while.
What do you do to relax?
Cook… I love pottering in the kitchen and cooking for my friends and family
If you weren’t a rock-star hairstylist, you would be a __________?
In PR or Marketing
Six Rapid Fire Q’s:
Paris or New York? Paris… It’s so beautiful
Favourite Food? Pork or anything Mexican
Favourite part of the day? Evening
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Red or white wine? White wine… Sav
Blonde or Brunette? Actually a redhead
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