During Intercoiffure’s Fall Atelier, we turned to the L’Oréal Professionnel Team to find out what inspires them. Click through to see their responses, and let us know what inspires you! Send a sentence on your inspiration to Alyson Kerr (email@example.com) — you may just see your answer in the pages of our magazine! [pagebreak]
Jo Blackwell-Preston: The most important thing for me is to be present and to live life in the moment. I’m married to a DJ, so music is a huge inspiration for me. Anything can inspire me—from a leaf on a tree to a child’s laughter. [pagebreak]
Pepper Pastor: What I find inspiring are textiles, shapes, architecture, my friends, and people who make me laugh. I’m really inspired right now by children’s hairstyles and braid-work—updating and modernizing to make these trends somehow unique and elegant for all. I also love and am inspired by manipulating product and learning how to make it work for me to create a specific look. [pagebreak]
Jennifer MacDougall: I’m super-inspired by Intercoiffure’s show and being with a company that’s French and the Parisian house of hairdressing. I love perfecting smooth hair and working with Audrey Hepburn-esque classic shapes. [pagebreak]
James Morrison: What inspires me is the combination of nature and fashion. I live in a beach community; there’s a lot of surfing going on. The youthfulness and the energy that the surf culture creates brings out a lot of great shapes and ideas. Also, my kids inspire me. And a child’s hair texture—who doesn’t want that? With my clients, I strive to re-create that feel with their own hair. [pagebreak]
Drew Schaefering: I really believe that each client and each head of hair should be approached differently. I get a lot of my inspiration from the clients that I work with and the cultures that they come from. Outside of that, what I bring to them is my culture of music, fashion, art and hair. Strong shapes are very in, as well as soft lines—both are suitable for the majority of my clients. [pagebreak]
Heath Grout: I’m big into film, photography, skateboarding, TV, art and music. I really get inspired by just being around inspiring people. Going out into NYC itself is an inspiration for me. [pagebreak]
Amit Abraham: Keeping that openness to anything that comes my way—whether it be music, art or a television show. Whatever it is needs to be organic; my inspirations are always changing.