Over the course of the month, we will be spotlighting the winners of Beauty Launchpad’s 25 Under 50K for 2022.
Here, you will get to know Alex Abbas. Abbas is a head colorist at Mane Painters in Kingsgrove, Sydney, Australia. In his Q&A, you will learn his proudest accomplishment, what motivates him, his favorite memory from this year in the industry and more.
Beauty Launchpad (BLP): What is a fun fact about you?
Alex Abbas (AA): During hair college days, I drove a shuttle bus at night when I was 18, as my apprenticeship wasn’t paying enough. I didn’t want to give up because of my low income, so I drove the bus late at night to make up for the gap in income.
BLP: What is your proudest accomplishment?
AA: Opening up my second salon, everything I learned in regards to all the mistakes I made with my first salon. I took them as a learning curve when opening my second.
BLP: What is your current favorite hairstyle trend?
AA: A bronde, then finishing it off with minimal waves, almost like that second-day look. Clients seem to like it when I keep brushing it out.
BLP: What is a hair tip you have for your fellow stylists?
AA: I always towel-dry twice before toning; removing that excess water won’t dilute your color as much.
BLP: What inspires you?
AA: Being surrounded on social media by talented artists keeps me motivated. Instagram is like a library of hair inspiration.
BLP: What do you love about your work?
AA: I love most how my technique has developed so much over time and, right now, I think if I had to put a name on my color, I would say it’s everyday wearable sexy hair.
BLP: What motivates you about this industry?
AA: Constantly seeing beautiful work on social media platforms that keeps me on my toes as it helps me push myself to new boundaries.
BLP: What is a professional goal you have for yourself?
AA: I am currently working with some factories on developing my own foil.
BLP: Who is a role model you have in the industry?
AA: Peter Thompson—being someone local, we also share similar looks in our work, but create something completely different. I have followed his work for a long time and have seen the progress in his career; therefore, I look at him as a role model and aspire to be like him.
BLP: What is your favorite career-/work-related memory from this year?
AA: Well, it was being featured in a hair magazine in Australia, but now I would say it’s this. I’m so excited and grateful to be chosen for the 25 Under 50K.