Emma Ekman has carved a niche for herself in the world of hair styling. The 23-year-old Swedish hairdresser has won many laurels in the European championship held in Vienna in 2012 and Hairworld in Milano 2012. The young hairstylist has recently bagged the Nordic Championship in Oslo. She was also the National winner of Swedish Wella Trend Vision award in 2011 and 2013. Salon India talks to this dynamic hairdresser to know more about her
What has been the biggest break of your career?
After completing 10 years of school and three years in a specialised stream, I qualified the Examination for hair dressers with the prestigious ‘Geselt letter’. I got into the Swedish national team. Subsequently I was the Champion in Hair dressing among all Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, in 2012. I also won the second place in the World Championship at Milano and the Wella Trend Vision Award in 2013.
What is your inspiration?
Ever since I was a kid, I had been interested in hair styling. Also in art, painting which gradually took shape in what I am.
How has the journey been, so far?
Things have happened very fast in the last four years for me.
What challenges did you face while building your career? How did you overcome that?
Greatest challenge is with one’s own self. Initially I had a low self confidence and fears. However I myself got past these hurdles through my efforts, constant and believing in myself. Also it required others to push me to go forward. I believe for a truly successful hair dresser, one requires talent, extensive training and practise and belief in yourself.
What is your USP?
Soft, curvy, romantic hair dressing is my signature style. However, I also use features that are completely opposite to my signature style and innovate with opposite trend colours, such as copper. I always try to go beyond my natural style that repetitiveness causes monotony.
What are the latest trends in hair?
Eco trend is very important today. Use of colours and ingredients sourced from nature that help protect skin and also our environment, are great. Style wise, the fluid style is the top trend internationally. It is a soft flowing style, as we see in nature, effected through use of soft colours.
Which is your favourite product and equipment for hair styling?
I always apply oil on the hair before starting hairdressing. Blow dry and use Shine spray ( for shape) and Whole Spray (to fix the hair).
Three key equipments you cannot do without
Section clips, razor and a tail comb.
Which brand do you support for hair colour? What is your take on permanent hair colour?
I have used Wella for very long. However Schwarzkopf is an extremely upcoming brand which I am very fond of. Hair colour should be used to highlight one self if the person is comfortable with it. However what colour suits one person may not suit another. One should not blindly follow the trend. Trends are increasingly getting individual specific today and one should proceed with Hair colouring with caution and discretion.
Who, according to you, is the style icon or rising star of the hair industry?
Joakim Roos. I admire him not only as a hair dresser but also as a person for all he has done for the industry. He is a global trainer with OMC. He is a dynamic designer who varies his style and designs from country to country and also with time.
What are your future plans?
My immediate aim is to win the World Hair dressing Championship to be held in Frankfurt in May 2014. To continue what I am doing as an international trainer and achieve higher and higher levels.