Yes, we can.
Similar to the makeup we artfully apply to our face, our hair is also a canvas for self expression and a reflection of our personality. Think about it: You create voluminous curls when you’re feeling fancy and free; run a flat iron through your tresses to appear sleek and chic; and pull it back into a chignon for a classic, confident look. But believe it or not, even the simple act of taking a brush to your locks is a form of expression, as you are expressing your desire to look presentable and well-groomed.
No one understands this creative and personal connection to hair more than a stylist. These pros use their medium -- whether it be a pair of scissors, a styling tool or hair dye -- to make others feel beautiful. Pretty powerful, right?
But we’re not the only ones who get to feeling warm and fuzzy about hair stylists. Shu Uemura Art of Hair recognizes stylists as artists in their own right and even created an event to celebrate and showcase their talents: Enter the Gallery of Style. This global competition gives stylists an opportunity to show off their skills in front of the industry’s biggest names. The theme of this year’s competition, Tokyo Vibe, invites contestants to create their own interpretation of Japanese style.
We spoke with five of the 15 semi-finalists who gave us the inside scoop on the inspiration behind their looks as well as some tips to make them our own!
If you haven’t already, check out the complete gallery of looks on the Shu Uemura Art of Hair website and vote for your fave look by May 20! We have to say, it was tough to pick just one. These creations left us speechless.