The Hairdressers Journal recently featured the final six contestants in the country for their entries in the American Crew All Star Challenge.
Jenni, Tanya, Carlos and Nicole entered and Carlos made it to the top 6.
Congratulations to all 4 who entered. (We loved all your pics and obvs thought you should have all tied for 1st place.)
Carlos, well done Boitjie – we love you stukkend!
Here is a little Q and A with the main man:
Carlos, thank you for choosing to answer these questions instead of having a bike ride – which we know is a huge sacrifice for you as a straight (even though your legs are shaved) - bike riding - sock tanned - haircutting - genius - stylist ...
What prompted you to enter the American Crew All Star Challenge?
Howzit guys, lekker.
When Eddie from American Crew told us that the winning model would be used as the face of the brand for the following year I knew I had to target this competition.
Please tell us a bit more about your entry. What made you choose that particular style? (Or did you not actually think about it at all...?)
I went with the clean, well groomed, sophisticated cut that American Crew have been using all the past years, but I changed it up a bit by using a babyface youngster.
"When told that the winning model would be used as the face of the brand for the following year, I knew I had to target this competition"
Was there anything tricky about the cut which you needed to get just right?
It was a bit hard to find a 21 year old model with a strong bone structure and strong eyes all in one. And on top of that he had to be able to “own” his new grown man hairstyle for the photoshoot as well.
Do you have a signature style, or any cuts which you really love to do?
At the moment I'm all about giving the client the perfect hairstyle for their daily needs, but at the same time keeping it fashionable and making the cut last for at least 2 months. I have a lot of clients so I need to make my cuts and colours last very long.
Please give us a bit of background about yourself. (Make it up if you have to – no pressure!)
My mom has been doing hair at Maison Costa since before I was born, and she still is. I basically grew up in the salon until I was 10 years old as she was a single parent. Got kicked out of almost every single school in Bloemfontein, then did my 3 year apprenticeship after Matric while studying Hairdressing at Motheo FET college.
Now I'm in bed by 21:00 most nights and wake up at 04:30 to cycle.
How long have you been in the industry for, and what was your career path in coming to work at scar?
Started doing hair at the end of 2005, so that's how many ever years...I suck at math!
I moved to Cape Town after working as a qualified hairstylist in Bloem for 1 year. Then I worked at Partners Hair Design for about 2 years and now I'm at scar.
"At the moment I'm all about giving the client the perfect hairstyle for their daily needs"
How long have you been at scar for now? (We have obviously lost track). Which things do you enjoy about working here? (besides seeing Jodi's flashing smile so often).
Been at Scar for about 5 years and I'm not leaving.
When I moved to Cape Town I wanted to work at Scar so badly but I was very intimidated. Eventually I bit the bullet and went for an interview. They didn't need any more stylists at the time so it was very hard for me to get in but I kept on pestering them week after week for about 3 months. Then I came in to do models about 3 times before they gave in and took me on for a 3 month probation period.
Glad we made you sweat (not everyone needs a bike to do it) ... Do you have any recommendations for aspiring stylists out there? Again, no pressure - but make it good.
First make sure that you master the basic haircutting and colouring techniques, and only then move on to breaking the rules and creating more funky and daring creations.
Because at the end of the day you will be doing basic hairstyling most of the time and that will be your main income.
Also, don't talk too much about yourself and keep your mouth off others.
"Don't talk too much about yourself and keep your mouth off others"