Biggest break of your career
Anthony Cole: I stepped into this profession at 16 years of age and studied hair from Vidal Sassoon as I wanted to learn the various ways of creating hair styles.
Josh Wagner: Getting an opportunity to work with Sebastian has been the biggest break of my career.
Nikhil Sharma: I would have to say my association with the Brand Sebastian. I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a part of Sebastian and associated with such talented stylists across the world.
Journey so far
Anthony Cole: It’s been wonderful and exciting to be associated with Sebastian and as an educator I have learnt so much and now will teach it all.
Josh Wagner: I have a salon called Mi Salon & Spa in Kentucky. I travel the world imparting knowledge that I have gained and enjoy it thoroughly.
Nikhil Sharma: The journey has been super exciting. In a short span of time I have been able to travel to so many different places and gain so much International Exposure.
Anthony Cole: The hair styling industry is bursting with opportunities. But you have to educate and train yourself well to be able to survive. One needs to feel passionately for the craft and only then one will be perfect.
Nikhil Sharma: As you know, the hairdressing industry in India is still shaping up. The most admiring moment for me would be doing shows on an international level in Korea and Japan.
Anthony Cole: There is a lack oftraining and education.
Josh Wagner: A lot of people have made the mistake of entering this line as a profession and a job. It’s not so – it’s an art which needs to be taken to a higher level by the individual himself.
Nikhil Sharma: In a country like India there is a stigma about the profession of Hairstyling. My biggest challenge was to make people understand this profession and display hairstyling as a reputed career.
Nikhil Sharma: My USP is adapting to the western looks and bringing this fearless fashion to India for the audience here. Working with the urban design team has helped me create a portfolio with looks from the west.
Connection with Sebastian
Nikhil Sharma: Sebastian is very very close to me. It has given me some of the biggest breaks in my career. I still follow my mentors and seek for their guidance when needed.
View of the Indian hairdressing industry
Anthony Cole: The country has immensely talented hairstylists. However they need more creative sessions and out of the box ideas.
Josh Wagner: Right now the industry is small, however, it won’t be long before India is placed on the map!
Nikhil Sharma: The industry in India is at a nascent stage. We still require tools and equipments of higher grades to see a boost in the sector. In terms of advancement, I feel we need an Affinity salon in Mumbai and other cities so that people can be educated more on the nitigrities of the industry.
Nikhil Sharma: I think as my focus as of now would be working towards bringing Affinity Salon to Mumbai in association with Wella
Scope of professions five years hence
Nikhil Sharma: Five years down the line, I wish to bring the hairdressing industry on an international level. Get the profession globally acclaimed. My association with Sebastian makes this seem very viable.
Trend forecast for haircuts and color for 2014
Anthony Cole: Natural hair colour and natural movement of hair is best; ballayage is hot right now.
Josh Wagner: Layering, seamless, natural hair colour, violet.
Nikhil Sharma: In terms of cuts for me this season is all about layers. So we will see a lot of long layers as well as longer bangs. In terms of color techniques we will be using a lot of hombre and balayage as well as a mixture of both for a 3D effect. For colour I think there will be a lot of deeper chocolates and shades of brown. Warmer colors really suit the Indian skin tone.
Favourite product and equipment for hair styling and why
Nikhil Sharma: would be the hair crimper I think it’s fabulous to work with. For products it has to be Sebastian Professional Reshaper.
Style icon or rising star
Josh Wagner: Anthony Cole for sure!
Nikhil Sharma: Anthony Cole, Sebastian International Design Artist from New York is my style icon. He is flawless in everything he does and my go to person for absolutely any guidance.
Anthony Cole: To create fantastic hair styles and make hair styling as an art.
Nikhil Sharma: I am looking forward to go international and further explore the hairdressing industry on a global level. There is so much to learn as we keep meeting new people from various diversities across regions.
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