Frédéric Fekkai is one of the most celebrated names in beauty and hairstyling and he'll be joining the long list of beauty talent here at QVCUK on Thursday 4th August.
QGossip was lucky enough to catch up with the hair stylist to find out the key to his success, his summer hair tips and more…
How did you get into the world of haircare?
As a child I dreamed of attending L'Académie des Beaux-Arts and becoming a sculptor, but I enrolled in law school instead to please my father.
During that time, I had the good fortune to meet an amazing artist from the Jacques Dessange group who introduced me to some of the best hair stylists in the industry. I had a strong passion for the artistry of hairstyling immediately, and this led me to redefine my ambitions.
I went on to become an Artistic Director for Jacques Dessange in Paris, and in 1982, I moved to New York to help launch the Bruno Dessange Salon on Madison Avenue. I opened my first Frédéric Fekkai Salon in 1989… and the rest is history!
Over the years I’ve worked with so many celebrities – Debra Messing, Heidi Klum, Scarlett Johansson, Sharon Stone. Additionally, every year my team of editorial stylists work on top celebrities for red carpet season. For the past few years we’ve styled Oscar winners Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard to name a few.
Why did you create a haircare line?
I wanted to meet the needs of every hair type. Owning and working in my salon, I would see women everyday who struggled to manage their hair texture and at that time there were no products available that provided great results while delivering a luxury haircare experience.
When creating my line I wanted to offer women the best of two worlds – skincare for her hair. High-performing products that deliver results with luxurious fragrances and textures that feel good to use.
What are your top three products from the Fekkai Advanced Range?
My top three products are the Brilliant Glossing Cream, my Sheer Hold Hairspray and the new Salon Technician Anti-Fade Top Coat as it helps to seal the cuticle, prevents frizz and adds vibrancy while guarding the hair against daily damage.
Brilliant Glossing Cream was one of the first products we created, based on the fact that olive oil has always been known for its conditioning and restorative properties. It’s a product that works on all hair types. As a testament to it being a great product, it is my best-selling product globally!
What are your summer haircare tips?
In general, hair tends to dry out in summer months, so it's important to use products that add moisture back to strands. I recommend using the Essential Shea range as it absorbs quickly to moisturise while transforming dry hair into touchably soft, Fekkai-healthy hair. You can even apply a little bit of conditioner before going to the beach as this will help your hair to stay manageable.
What are the trends for the upcoming autumn/winter season?
A big trend will be the different variations of the ponytail. We saw it on the red carpets but also on the Fashion Week catwalks. The ponytail has taken on a whole new meaning and is now feminine, chic and classic. The ponytail is a look that is high style and can be worn on those with long, short, curly and straight hair alike.
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Tune in at 6pm on Thursday 4th August for Frédéric Fekkai Haircare.