I’ve owned a beauty salon in Bucharest for the last five years, a place where I dream of providing joy, warmth, creativity, basically a friendly place that represents me … and as I’m in love with shapes and colors; I called it CUT’N’COLOUR. I am proud and happy to have a small but a great team. We are not only colleagues, but also friends. I enjoy my work so much!
One year ago, I started a wonderful partnership with Andreea Matei, a valuable person in the clothing design world. And not only Andreea succeeded to turn one of the salon rooms into a place full of color, inspiration, creativity, originality and elegance, but she also created a special collection for CUT’N’COLOUR, for our friends and customers. Anna Lesko is one of the celebrities collaborating with Andreea Matei for both stage and daily outfits.
So, besides the cosmetics, make up, manicure and pedicure, massage, pilates, craniosacral therapy, hair styling services we are providing, we also have a clothing collection (under CUT’N’COLOUR name) with unique models, real fashion marvels, beautifully completing the haircuts and colors.
What do you find challenging about owning a Beauty Shop?
Usually, the women who give total freedom to the hairstylist to decide what is best for their hair are choosing the salon depending on the person doing this, not the place. Thus, I could have worked everywhere, the problem was I couldn’t find myself in any of the places I’ve worked in. The biggest challenge is to attract people that have a similar style and personality, capable to induce trust, positive energy and beauty.
The beauty does not necessarily mean to look younger… but to feel fabulous.
When did you first realise you wanted to become a hair stylist and where did you start?
I graduated cinematography, but over time, I realized that my true vocation was another one. I have always been fascinated by the shapes and colors of the hair, and whenever I had the occasion I was focusing the image on these elements. Choosing another field after studying four years was a challenge because nobody was expecting this change. So, I embarked on a long but a beautiful journey with plenty of interesting moments. I attended various domestic and international seminars, I won different prizes for diverse contests and I had the privilege of working with many famous professional in the field. I worked with designers, film production companies, televisions, magazines, photographers. I also had the honor of meeting many famous professionals in the field such as Klaus Peter Ochs, Alain Divert, the two coiffeurs of the Royal House of Monaco, Constantin Ilie, Razvan Andrei and many other amazing people.
Then, for sharing my experience with those wanting to try this career, I took a series of exams in order to become certified trainer. The love for this profession made me attend the classes of the Faculty of Psychology (graduated in 2011) because it is very important to understand and communicate with clients.
And, on top of these, if I mention that, being a child, I was cutting the bangs of all my girlfriends and each haircut was more asymmetric than the other, probably that was the moment.
Do you prefer to cut or colour?
Even if I make an impeccably beautiful haircut, without a corresponding color, it won’t have the same result. The same vice versa… a wonderful color is not worth much if the haircut is not made to put it in a favorable light.
Therefore, I prefer both the haircut and the color equally.
What scissors do you use for creating your cuts and looks?
I have one scissors from Tondeo, which I’ve used for the last ten years. I also have a few more at home but I simply cannot abandon this one. I have many pleasant memories with these scissors.
What tips can you give to up and coming hairstylists?
I think you should start by giving positive tips and suggestions to young starters, and not by giving a reason for them “not joining the industry”!
My recommendation to the new hairstylists, is not to go for this profession should the sole reason for this be finiancial. There is a long way until the earnings become significant and this should be the last thing to be taken into account.
In the beginning, and not only, you have to invest a lot in seminars, trainings, tools, working materials, time and to work really hard.
The up hairstylists should not forget the modesty and help the beginners by answering their multitude of questions.
What’s the secret to a good haircut?
The secret to a good haircut underlies in adapting it to the personality, lifestyle and clothing of the person wearing it. You can create a beautiful and trendy haircut that will go unnoticed if the person wearing it does not feel comfortable with the new look.
You might as well create a less complicated haircut that will turn the eyes due to the attitude and the way it’s worn.
Therefore, the secret resides in the ability to match the haircut’s style and model with the personality of the person willing to change the look.
What are 3 key trends for summer 2013?
If for 2012 the contrast was the star considering that ombre style was highly appreciated, for 2013 we have reverse ombre style. This new trend features blonde or lighter color towards the root, while featuring a darker color towards the bottom.
The braids are reinterpreted, the bob haircuts are short or longer with geometric lines or straight, with or without bangs.
Regarding the hair accessories, Louis Vuitton proposes for this year the headband with bow, while Marc Jacobs recommends the scarfs which are extremely versatile and can be worn as a headband or as turban or with a big transparent hat.
Whose work do you admire the most?
Alexandre de Paris
He became a symbol of the French elegance through the numerous collaborations with big names in fashion such as Coco Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Pierre Balmain, Gianfranco Ferré, Jean Paul Gaultier and many others.
Whose style has influenced your own dressing style?
I consider that my profession determined me to adopt a comfortable style which allows me to move easily. I love colorful, simple clothes that can be easily matched, I like casual shirts and jeans, printed t-shirts, short casual dresses, leather jackets, ballet flats and sneakers.
Describe your personal style
Feminin, with personality.
How do you creatively approach getting dressed?
I am choosing the outfit depending on the location where I have to go and the mood. I prefer to have a wardrobe consisting of articles that can be easily combined between them. I am quite careful when I purchase a clothing product. I love casual outfits, casual dresses and floral prints.
I consider that the attitude prevails… when you have attitude you can wear almost everything and you look good.
Never caught wearing…?
Molded and very short dresses.
Favorite vacation spot?
I couldn’t say I have a favorite vacation spot but certainly I have a favorite way to spend it: sailing.
Dana wears pieces from her personal wardrobe.
Dresses: Andreea Matei
Make up : Oana Ditu