Meet Christopher Price, he is another industry icon, award-winning hair designer, and creative visionary. This is what he has to say about his journey:
Q: What are some of your biggest accomplishments?
I have had a wonderful hair career over the last 32 years – I have had many, many great memories. Some of my greatest moments were winning North American Hairstylist of The Year twice – the first American ever to do so -winning International Hairstylist of the Year – seeing my face on buses throughout Manhattan promoting the Bravo TV show Shear Genius 2 that I appeared on and working with The Denver Art Museum to bring one of my all-time favorite fashion designers – Vivienne Westwood to Denver for a fashion show and to mount her first-ever museum exhibition anywhere in the world.
Q: Who influenced you the most when learning your craft?
So many- Guido, Serge Normant, Eugene Souleiman, Horst Rechelbacher,Vivienne Mackinder, David Raccuglia, Robert Lobetta, Ray Civello, Ted Gibson, Nick Arrojo, Oscar Bond and Stephen Moody.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Cool kids and chic adults in cosmopolitan cities such as Tokyo, Paris, NYC, London, Milan, Madrid, Jazz, Fashion Magazines, High Art, High Design, Architecture, and Interior Design.
Q: What would you say to new future professionals entering this industry?
Set goals for yourself – Quarterly, Yearly, Every decade, and acknowledge that your wildest dreams can come true. Seek out your idols and learn from them. Spend time assisting great stylists – work as an educator before you open a salon. Do not go directly into a suite from beauty school. Remember you are the master of your own destiny.
Q: Where did you attend school or train?
I went to a vocational beauty school during my last year of high school in Denver Colorado -I had planned to do hair to put myself through art school in NYC but I enjoyed doing hair so much that when I got my first job In a salon at 18 – I was so happy that I never looked back -at 50 years old I cant imagine doing anything else- even if I do fantasize about being a famous painter, architect or film director.
Q: What was the turning point of your career?
I have had a few – When I first began to get my photo work published internationally- when I became an international educator for Aveda – when I was hair lead for the first time at NY Fashion Week and when I won North American Hairstylist of the Year the first time.
Q: What is the best advice you have received?
Horst always told us as educators at Aveda -“ Do what you love and the money will follow” – which has proven to be true – although one could always have more money.
Q: What is your opinion around online video training?
There is way too much of it at the moment -and a ton of it is very poor quality. It is an ocean that is very exhausting and difficult to navigate. Finding good quality technical videos has become an overwhelming proposition. It’s almost impossible to know where to start.
Q: In a perfect world, how would you like to see the industry grow?
I desperately want to see another renaissance of smaller product companies owned and run by hairdressers – It would be great to have more choices than a few mega-brands -owned by corporate drones who don’t truly understand or care about hairstylists.
Q: What is the best technique you have learned?
If I were forced to pick one I would say being able to confidently style hair – especially for the camera. But I adore cutting and coloring hair as well.
Q: What is the secret to your success?
I never give up.
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