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“The best hair trend is what looks good on the individual and that never goes out of fashion”

Indrani Thakurata


Hair is the most important accessory we have. Often enough, we forget the power of a good hairstyle. A good hairdo, a cut can do magic to our appearance. And who wouldn’t’ want to know more about the latest trends, cuts ruling the world from the very best, Color Specialist, Camilla Hurrell from Vidal Sassoon Academy.

Vidal Sassoon (17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012) was a British and American hairstylist, businessman, and philanthropist. He was noted for re popularizing a simple, close-cut geometric hairstyle called the Bob cut, worn by famous fashion designers like Mary Quant and film stars such as Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn, Cameron Diaz, Nastassja Kinski and Helen Mirren for over 60 years. In 1964, Sassoon created a short, angular hairstyle cut on a horizontal plane that was the recreation of the classic “bob cut.” His geometric haircuts seemed to be severely cut, but were entirely lacquer-free, relying on the natural shine of the hair for effect. Advertising and cosmetics executive Natalie Donay is credited with discovering Sassoon in London and bringing him to the United States, where in 1965 he opened his first New York City salon, on Madison Avenue.

Vidal Sassoon academy enters India with Bodycraft Academy in Bangalore. The first academy launches in Koramangala. Vidal Sassoon started his first Academy in London. Then stretched its wings to The USA, Australia, Korea and now in India with Bodycraft Academy.

Camilla has traveled all over the world with the International Creative Team, delivering shows and seminars to thousands of hairdressers. She has also played a key role at Salon International, helping deliver breath-taking and iconic shows.

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry.

I always wanted to be a hairdresser as far back as I can remember. One of my school tutors told me about Vidal Sassoon, so I thought I’d apply, and was very lucky to be accepted. I started in July 2004 and was based in London in our City Salon, right in the financial heart of the city of London, next to St Paul’s Cathedral; what an amazing place to start my career.

When I qualified in 2007 I was transferred to the trendy and fashionable Kings Road salon. I loved working in this salon, alongside the team 0f assistants helping them to develop their own skills. In 2008 I was very proud to be appointed a colour teacher with the London Academy. To be sharing my knowledge and skills with the global hairdressing community who attend courses at the academy was such a fantastic job to have. Whilst at the academy i was lucky to be part of the show team that travels extensively, bringing the Sassoon philosophy to a wider audience. I took part in collection launches and also the step by step DVD’s, memories of which I will always treasure

Training is constant within the Sassoon brand, and as such in the academy it is not just about hairdressing training it also about delivering superlative teacher training to all the team. In 2013 I was then given the opportunity to transfer to Sassoon

2.2018 has been predicted to bring in no-fuss hairstyle. shortcuts, easy bangs and enhanced textures… You think that’s what is happening in the styling section around the globe?

Looking at a lot of catwalks and fashion Industry at the moment, I believe that short geometric haircuts that the very clean no-fuss natural texture is starting to make a comeback and hopefully be in practice by 2019. So, will have to wait and see.

3.Tell us more about shag and middle parting long hair making a comeback

Middle parting making a comeback very much depends on where you are globally and some of it does come from the fashion industry, from catwalks where all the models have been doing a very sleek and simple centre-part or sleek side-part. It basically depends on the geography whether it’s making a true comeback.

4.What are the colours that are in globally… also, are we truly playing with texture agreeing to go with colours?

Trends very much depend on the country you are in and also what celebrities are wearing. At the moment there are 2–3 top trends; number 1 is still long hair with ombre/balayage colour techniques, going for a more natural look within the lengths of the hair and, of course, the hair has to be in amazing condition. The 2nd top trend is the polar opposite, which is short gamine/urchin soft blond; this again very much is about the skill of your hairdresser/colourist to make sure you get the correct blonde tones for the client and also keeping the hair in tip-top condition. The final trend is a more street fashion and is very much a strong trend in the UK; this is for strong, vivid, bright, false hair colours.

What you must not forget when discussing trends is that the best trend is actually, what looks good on the individual and that never goes out of fashion.

5.Tell us about the colours that Indian women should ideally go for…

For colour my recommendations for Indian hair are beautiful browns and vibrant reds, the browns should be slightly warmer and richer almost like a dark velvety chocolate. The reds should have a depth to them and not be too orangey in their tones. It is all about having luxurious shiny hair. That translates to the styling as well, using products that enhance your hair and haircut rather than masking it. Wella Professional have some brilliant styling products that really care for your hair when using electrical styling equipment.

6.How to maintain your mane in summers? Give us some tips…

Making sure that we have a nice haircut prior to the summer is always helpful. When you are out in the sun on a beach and having fun, couple of good conditioning treatments will keep your hair well-nourished because sea air and seawater can take the nourishment and leaves your hair dry-out. If you are out in the sun all-day and you need to protect your color and hair then a hat is always advisable.

7.Any celeb you want to give a makeover

There are not any celebrities as such that I would like to do a makeover. But my favourite colour technique is lightening and toning, especially doing beautiful soft blondes, this is a highly skilled technique which I love doing on all hair types and colours. The other thing I enjoy doing is colour placement, to enhance certain areas within a haircut. This is such an individual thing for all and that is why I love it. All my clients and students are special to me and seeing the perfection in their finished colour is what keeps me excited about what I do.

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