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NICOS KEFALAS Interview

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THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF HAUTE COIFFURE FRANÇAISE & MISEL GROUP, NICOS KEFALAS, TALKS ABOUT THE SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAIR TRENDS
…FASHIONISTAS.COM.GR visited MISEL GROUP and talked with its artistic director, Nikos Kefalas
about the season’s hair-trends (Spring-Summer 2014)…
…He explained the main tendencies in haircuts and gave his precious advices for the summer…
…Before that, let us introduce this hair-artist to you…
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Concept – Photography – Styling: Konstantinos Kaspiris
Hair styling: Kleanthis Kefalas
Make up: Elena Papazoglou
Outfits: Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Dolce Gabbana, Andy Warhol
Location: MISEL GROUP studio


Why did you decided to become a hairdresser?
…I had decided to be a hair stylist very early, while I was studying at the High school…
…Besides, there was family legacy in hairdressing…
…Hairdressing is the art of creation, new trends and captures fashion and beauty…Tell me about your studies…
…I attended the National Hairdressing School and fulfilled my studies at Misel Hairdressing and Beauty Group…
…Afterwards, I went to training seminars in popular hairdressing schools in London and Paris…Which are the most important moments in your career?
…One of the most significant moment of my career is the Hairdressing performance in United Kingdom in 2001…
…Misel Artistic Team performed training seminars to stylists and hairdressing students in United Kingdom…
…And you should ‘t forget that United Kingdom is the destination that gathers professional hairdressers for training and new techniques…
…Another important moment of my career is FIGURES…
…Misel Artistic Team designed the collection FIGURES with new hairdressing techniques, step by step performed for video production,
and finally we created the most up to date hairdressing education DVD guide that became the most endearing among hairdressers…
…Third in the row, being already Haute Coiffure Art Director, was in September 2010…
…The Greek Artistic Team performed the SYLLIPSIS Show at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, where more than 2000 hairdressers
from all over the world came to enjoy the show…
…The audience was very enthusiastic and gave to my Team a long standing applause…

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What is Haute Coiffure Française?
…Haute Coiffure Française is the most glamorous club with headquarters in Paris, creating hair fashion worldwide…
…Founded in 1945 by well known hairdressers, in order to develop further their creativity and talent through the common work…
…Today H.C.F. has more than 1500 salons – members worldwide and is an attraction for leading hairdressers to gain more reputation through the club…
…The artistic team of Haute Coiffure Française creates and launches twice a year, its collection conquering the world of fashion…
…MISEL GROUP is the only educational centre in Greece, which has the advantage of participating in the Haute Coiffure Française,
having two active members of its ARTISTIC TEAM in the Greek and the French club…

How and why did you take over the Art Division of Haute Coiffure Française?
…I am regular member Haute Coiffure Française since 1996…
…6 years ago, I have been chosen as the Art Director from the Greek Board of Haute Coiffure with the approval of the Global Director in France…
…During this tenure, we manage to accomplish our targets; the Greek Artistic Team gains the highest position in hairdressing,
through great shows and presentations and left its mark in fashion…

Tell me about your responsibilities in such a position…
…As an Art Director I have many responsibilities…
…It is very important to control and give right direction to the Artistic Team…
…The Team consists of successful hairdressers, who present high level techniques…
…Each one has a different character, as a unique personality, and my duty is to combine the different styles…
…In addition, every year we prepare, create and present a new collection…
…That’s not easy…

When your tenure ends?
…It ends this May, but I have not decided yet, for the near future…

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How did you choose to get actively involved with education in the Hairdressing School?
…As I said before, hairdressing is my family legacy,
…you could say that we are a hairdressing family,
…my parents and my brother are hairdressers…
…The whole family created Misel Hairdressing & Beauty School and during the years developed into the strongest name in hairdressing,
the company MISEL GROUP…
…Being a hairdresser, my natural place was the salon…
…During travelling abroad with my brother, we decided to develop the school, changing the Hairdressing education level in Greece…
…We managed to offer the most valued and updated educational programs to our students and the opportunity to get certified diplomas…
..Nowadays, MISEL GROUP is the first choice for Greek students but also attracts many foreigners who want to study the art of hairdressing…

Tell me about MISEL’s History
…In 1956, Michael (Misel) Kefalas established the first Misel Hairdressing Salon, which became favored by the most popular athenaeum society…
…Two years after, in 1958, Misel established the first Hairdressing School…
…In the meantime, Misel continued his dazzling career, presenting great shows, fashion trends and won many awards during the years 1961 -1967…
…He represented the Greek Membership in the Global Hairdressing Festivals in Paris, Munich, in Wien and he conquered the 1rst and 2nd award…
…In 1984, the MISEL Hairdressing Studies Institution is expanded and reestablished…
…In 1991, MISEL Hairdressing School became state-recognized Technical Education Centers and offer state-recognized diplomas to the students…
…Since 2007, as the Greek Education System dictated, MISEL Hairdressing School is under the law of Liberal Studies…
…Talking in numbers, we have to say that MISEL GROUP counts 13000 graduates, 1800 salon owners and 9500 graduates,
who work in hairdressing salons…
…This is our history of 58 years and to be continued…
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Tell me a few words about the MISEL School at the present time…
…MISEL GROUP offers the most up to date education courses with Board of Education accreditation in Greece…
…Further more, Misel Hairdressing Courses are certified by Greek and British Organizations and foreign schools…
…We create fashion and new trends for hair, make up, nail designing, ensuring that not only you will gain commercial skills
to became a beauty consultant but also to take a piece of  MISEL GROUPS’ culture…

 

Who choose to become hairdressers and how many study in Misel Education Centers nowadays?
…Nowadays, young people choose hairdressing art cause they wanna be professionals….
…Hairdressing is a profession which someone could learn within a short time and the current hairdressing courses can assure
that someone would learn it easily too…
…There is no need for long-term studies with doubtful results as in other kind of professions…
…The only thing that is needed is to be creative with hands generating fashion and beauty…
…The hairdresser besides the artistic nature that characterizes him/her after the education will be also an entrepreneur with a pretty good income…
…Hairdressing signifies creation, human contact and beauty…
…Everything begins and ends in the proper course selection…
…If your school does not help you to be inspired through the proper training, then simply search for a better one…
…Education does not mean only to exploit the obvious talent of the student…
…It means to motivate students in order to practice hairdressing art with perfection…
…The proper education makes you love the art of hairdressing…
…We shouldn’t forget that everything we love makes us feel beautiful!!!
…If your education could achieve this, you would feel the concept and enjoy the great effect made by your own hands…
…That is the ideal point, which confirms that your love for the art of hairdressing has just begun…
…Nowadays, more than 200 students attend the courses of Misel Education Centers…

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Which are the future prospects for a student who graduates?
…The main target for a graduate student is to work in a salon…
…We have cooperation with 700 salons through our co operations…
…We are exclusive distributors of hair products and hairdressing equipment…
…Our clients absorb a large percentage of our graduates…
…However nothing is easy and ideal…
…Everything depends on the students will…
…If someone really wants to deal with hairdressing, Misel Education Centers could help him/her with great career opportunities…
…The second objective is to start his/her own salon…
…We are also here to help, advise, suggest and make the dream come true…
…We do not have contact with our students, only as long as they are studying, but we keep personal and human touch for years…
…After all, we all are hairdressers and MISEL GROUP “children”…
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Let’s talk about this season… Which are the main hair-tendencies for Spring-Summer 2014?
…I suggest the CUT collection by Haute Coiffure Française…
…This collection reveals and promotes a Rock ‘n’ Roll mood…
…Highly natural styling is structured in a way converting everyday style even to the most glamorous bridal…
…The CUT collection takes us back to the very beginning of the natural hair beauty…

hcf CUT collection Spring summer
photos courtesy: Haute Coiffure Française
Give us some details about the trend in CUT collection and explain to us where they address to?
…Cuts are back!
…We have two female trends…
…The long version free hair gradient cut, wide square bangs and wavy texture to the final styling…
…The short version of the collection is a balanced line, intense elements and volume in styling…
…The male line is quite short on the sides and back with plenty of volume on top and on bangs…
…Finally the glam hairstyle has volume on top and freely hair up to the back…
…We have 4 different versions covering all types of people who want to renew their style, they can achieve summer freshness
and on the other hand, rock mood…
hcf CUT collection Spring summer
hcf CUT collection Spring summer
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If you would like to propose another trend, how it could be?
…I would recommend a line with length to the shoulders, low gradient, long fringe movement and light movement with volume around the head… Which are your personal advices for the summer?
…First of all we should use no SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and no parabens products…
…In order to preserve hair colour we should use a colour safe shampoo and conditioner…
…The sun, the heat and the sea are the biggest enemies of hair…
…Make the hair looks dull and dehydrated…
…The result is dry coarse hair…
…For this reason, we should use sun defense spray that moisturizes hair with UV filters and panthenol…
…You must thoroughly rinse hair after the sea, because salt causes dryness…
…We can also use protective oils and moisturizing masks…
…Moisturizers or rejuvenate therapies with specialized ingredients and generally products rich in natural extracts are ideal for the season…
…During summer, hair health relies on proper prevention…
…For example, as we choose a highly moisturizing sunscreen for the face and the body in order to get the best possible protection,
in the same way we should choose the appropriate sun defense treatment for our hair…
…A simple moisturizing spray for hair protection is not enough…
…And the secret is in the right choice of a professional product…
…Finally, we should note that any person, who cares about the health of the hair, must have a complete range of products regardless of the season…
…A good moisturizer cannot contribute much in a set of products of dubious quality…
…The ultimate result can be achieved when professional products are combined…
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