PAUL GEHRING HAUTE COIFFEURby Olga Doroshina & Yulia Shumkova
When did you realize that you wanted to become a hairdresser, and what influenced your decision?
Paul Gehring:Definitely, it was not love at first sight. The plain truth is that I was badly in need of money to buy a motorcycle. That is why I started doing it - to earn a little extra cash on weekends. As for the love of hairdressing, it came to me later, when I moved to another city and started working at another salon.
Who are some colleagues you admire?
PG:I have been cooperating with Salon International for quite a long time, and once I was lucky enough to meet 80-year-old Vidal Sassoon. I am so impressed with what he achieved in the 1960s.
Dealing with a lot of people all day can be exhausting. How do you like to relax at the end of your workday?
PG:For me, it´s just the opposite: Dealing with people doesn´t take away my energy, but rather gives it to me. One reason to choose this trade is the opportunity to be in contact with so many people. You just need to surround yourself with positive energy and be immune to negativity.
What in your opinion is the most important thing for a hairdo — its color or shape? Or maybe something else?
PG:Of course, the shape and color of the hairdo are of great importance. Yet you should be able to adapt the hairdo to each client´s features and personal characteristics. This is a great challenge for every hairdresser.
Are you upset about the fact that today women hardly ever visit beauty salons to have their hair styled? Hairdos have been getting simpler and more universal, so that women can often style their hair by themselves!
PG:Recently, stylists have noted another new trend: young people discovering a hairstyle and then visiting the salon to have it done before they go out on the town. That is what our new collection, FASCINO, is based on, the idea that after haute couture, young people discover haute coiffure. It is true that there is a trend to create a certain “uniform taste,” which has been generated by globalization and seen in TV shows such as Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives. Yet each megalopolis, such as London, Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona, or Moscow, has its own style, which can differ greatly.
Do you have your professional future planned out, or do you prefer to live for today?
PG:Yes, I live in the present — after all, is it possible to live any other way? Yet that is not the same as living for today. You should make plans, challenge yourself, envision prospects, and know what you would like to achieve in this life — both as a hairdresser and simply as a human being. But that should occur without any negative feelings and stresses, in harmony with our internal rhythms.
What aspect of your work makes you the most proud?
PG:What I am most proud of is that I have been lucky enough to work side by side with great professionals and outstanding persons. The foundation is my family.
Do you often advise your clients on how to take care of their hair?
PG:This is our professional debt. Imagine the following situation: We have cut and styled our client´s hair in our salon very well. Yet if he or she uses the wrong products at home, he or she will never be able to achieve the same result, and the stylist will be to blame for not having notified the client of this.
Do you ever make friends with your clients?
PG:It depends on what exactly you mean by friendship. When I deal with clients, I always do my best to make them the most important persons in the world. However, they remain my clients, not my friends. I style my friends´ hair after hours.
Could you tell us about the fall/winter season trends?
PG:Our new collection, Belle Epoque, was inspired by the period from the end of the 19th century to World War I, a time marked by economic prosperity and a sense of euphoria and optimism among the middle and upper-middle classes of the industrially developed European countries and the United States. The hairstyles of the collections are elaborate, with rich colors and elegant forms, and always with touches of contemporary hairdressing. The metrosexual trend has disappeared, making way for the masculine man, well dressed but with several days´ growth on his chin.
Our magazine is to appear around New Year´s Eve and the holidays. What would you like to wish our readers?
PG:I wish all the readers of Hair´s How magazine good health, self-confidence, and a continued interest and curiosity in life.
What clothes and hairstyle do you recommend for a holiday party?
PG:A party is a group of people who have come together to have fun. So have fun! A nice skirt made of a gorgeous cloth, such as gauze, velvet, or satin, combined with a top and a simple shrug [short jacket] could be a perfect choice. I would advise against wearing either a too tight or a too loose dress. The best fit is light cloth, which just caresses all of your body. There are plenty of options, and it all just depends on your taste, imagination and, of course, on the investment you are willing to make. In addition, if your dress is gorgeous and ornate, it would be better to have a simpler hairstyle, and vice versa. And to slightly mess up your hair and to help you finish the party successfully, there is nothing like an attractive companion!