The magic of 'BLUE BRUSH' by David Martinez
1: Where do you draw your inspiration?
We are surrounded by inspiration! Inspiration is everywhere for me. From Architecture, nature, Design… On the top of the list, women inspire me, I observe their behaviors, style, movements. It is not about fashion or style, it is all about attitude and allure. The way they touch their hair, the way they are gonna do an amazing loose nonchalant bun, the way they twist their locks. All these small habits teach me a lot about you ladies and I get ideas and inspiration from it.
2: Upcoming hair trends:
This season, once again, we have seen a lot of pony tails, I am a big fan… Easy, quick and you can really play with different styles. Clean minimalistic, loose, with a puff, retro...
For the long beautiful hair, we see a different kind of styling, more natural, more loose, `"out od bed" rock'n roll look. It is the end of the perfect stiff wavy with designed curls, go wild, add volume and some messy locks. Good news for short hair… Many new ways to style your pretty short locks, I love the bob. You can play it graphic and shaped, asymmetrical, stylish messy, retro and curly… Have fun! I always say to my ladies, hair grows… play with it, enjoy, dare!
3: Can't live without product on-set
On a set one product always, since forever and forever : Elnet! It fixes, clean, avoid frizz, fight humidity and heat, add shine… This old mythic hair spray from L'Oreal is always a fashion stylist's best friend. Be careful the version sold at the supermarket is not the same composition and texture than the professional one. If you can, try to get the pro one, lighter, non humid, non sticky, much better. At the salon I can't live without Equave instant beauty spray from Revlon, this bi-phased formula deeply nourishes all hair types, it makes the hair super shiny, easy to blow dry or gives beautiful natural curls and the smell is delicious. I am also addicted to Sacha Juan's finishing cream, the perfect texture for a messy look and wild locks.
4: How did you get started?
I believe in destiny and luck, my story is quite unexpected…
I come from a little village in France next to Nimes. My parents were working in agriculture, it was a family business, I should be in a field right now… My love for hair styles and doing something out of the ordinary developed at the age of 14 year when I played a model for a friend at her hairdressing exams, it was a pure coincidence. There I saw women with their beautiful make up and hair and I was mesmerised. I had like a flash, something really strong, I wanted to make women look beautiful, to play with shapes, to play with the texture, to create volumes, it was like sculpture. From there on began my journey. At the age of eighteen I left my little village and moved to Paris. I had the chance to meet a very well known fashion hairstylist, one night in a club. He asked me what I was doing and then he told me "I have a very important shoot tomorrow, my assistant just canceled, do you want to assist me? I give you a try, I give you one chance." I took it, I made it… and it went well… I assisted him for more than one year and after working with big names of the industry and learning many studio techniques, I had my first contract with an agent and my fashion carrier started.
5: What do you love most abour being a stylist?
I LOVE my job, everyday, I am a very lucky person.
When I was working in fashion I was more in a creative mood, always researching, challenging myself to innovate and be right with the universes and moods of my clients. It was amazing because each day it was a new story, a new beautiful girl, a new team, a new photographer, stunning places, loads of pure creative energies… I also traveled a lot! I have been in all the continents thanks to my job, it was the greatest thing for a guy coming from a small village!
Today it is very different. I am here in Doha, in a salon. Everyone tells me that I am crazy to have left such a great adventure but for me it is a new very important step. After 15 years in the fashion business, I really wanted to come back to women, real women. No one forced me to come here, I still have my agent in Paris and I can go back anytime, but I truly love working and developing Bluebrush. It is like my baby. I love the contact with my customers, I love listening to them and their concern, I love to cut hair. There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than a woman after her haircut that hug you and tells you "Thank you David, I love myself, I feel pretty". I also kept fashion in my daily life, we work for many fashion events, local brands, shows… And I plan to go back to Europe for the next fashion weeks to stay tuned with the fashion world.
6: How would you describe your style?
"David's big hair", it is what I hear mostof the time! I love working on big voluminous wavy styles. But my touch it is to make it look natural and loose, I like to de-structure, to give it a nonchalant look, as if you did your gorgeous hairstyle in 5 minutes by yourself!
I also really work on very personalized haircuts, I know how important it is, changing haircut for a woman is a big step. I take time, we talk, I listen, we create together. That is why I cut on dry hair, we decide together step by step what to cut, how to style. Cutting on dry hair is working with the real length, the natural movement and the specific texture of the hair, no more bad surprises. You can style your haircut without my help at home! Hair will grow with his natural shape, you can enjoy your cut for longer than a classical haircut. Self styling becomes easier, you basically don't even need it because I will work according to the logical nature and specificity of your hair. It is more freedom, safety and style...
7: For upcoming stylists looking to break into fashion, what's the one piece of advice you'd give them?
Get the most technical trainings, become a killer with technique and then you will be free to express your creativity. But first, you have to get the good bases. This is my receip to work in Fashion : a very strong will, countless hours of hard work, a drop of luck and a glimpse of talent. Be sponges. Look, feel, go everywhere, experiment, do not fear failing, try, dare! And if anyone in Qatar is willing to try to get in the fashion industry, I will be very happy to share and help.
8: What styling tips you would give to the readers?
A basic advice, very hard to follow but really important : do not wash your hair too often! Water is really bad in Qatar, shampoos are ALL quite aggressive and will dry out your locks. Try to use shampoo twice a week and the rest of the time, just wet your hair and apply conditioner if they are dry.
Summer is coming… Try to give your hair a holiday too, it needs it! Forget hairdryer, curl iron, straightener. Here are some simple tips to get beautiful locks with a natural dry. Do not perfectly rinse your care, it will moisturize your tips and give you very nice natural curls or a smooth straight look. To get a beach wavy look, braid your hair in a very loose way when they are still humid you will get a loose messy wavy. You can also apply a styling cream and twist the looks in an irregular way and let it dry like that for nice curls. Once a week, take time to do a true deep care, use oil and if you can, a steamer. My tip, if you do not have a steamer at home, when you go at the gym or spa, apply your hair mask and go in the steam room for 10 min, you hair will say thank you! If your tips are really damaged and dry, a little trim is never a bad idea. Do not worry, it is possible to keep the length just cutting off the bad tips.