This fall, our John Frieda® Hair Care Stylist and celebrity hair dresser Sebastian Scolarici will be traveling around the United States giving five lucky women the style makeover they have been waiting for. We sat down with Sebastian to chat about how he got into hair styling, his style inspirations, and of course, any hair or style secrets he could pass along to our Elite members.
How did you get into styling hair?
After high school, I had an endless stream of horrible jobs that I absolutely dreaded going to every day. I soon realized that I am not a 9-5 office person, and that I really wanted not only to interact with people, but also have creativity in my daily life. I sort of entertained the idea of going into fashion or fashion design, but after doing some research, I realized it’s not as glamorous as you think and unless you are lucky enough to be Valentino (which is very rare), it's not that life that I would have wanted.
Beauty school seemed like something that was suited to me, and it was inexpensive and only nine months of my life, so I figured if I hated it, I could do something else. So I went into it, and realized from the beginning it was something that I could do and I could do it well, and it would also give me a skill that was marketable wherever I chose to live. And I've never regretted it since.
How long have you been styling hair?
I ended up going to beauty school in Washington, D.C. when I was 21 or 22. And then at the age of 23 I decided that D.C. was way too small for me and it didn't give me the ability to pursue the career that I wanted, so I moved to New York. I've been here, styling hair, since 1993 and I still love it.
What John Frieda® Hair Care product do you
most consistently rely on when styling hair?
I would have to say the Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster. I use it on 90% of clients. I would say there isn't one person that doesn't want a little volume. I think that most people could benefit from this volumizer, definitely.
What is the most frequent hair concern
I think one of the most frequent concerns is fine hair, and the inability to achieve volume—hence why I use the Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion Root Booster. That is a primary concern, definitely. And this time of year, obviously frizz is a concern. People are always concerned about frizz, or trying to get their hair straightened or relaxed, or fighting their texture and the weather.
What is the best part about providing women
with tips and solutions for their hair concerns?
Well, I think it's nice to not just style their hair or provide a service, but also to educate. So I think for me, it's always exciting when you learn a simple little trick from someone else; it sort of takes you to the next level. It revolutionizes the way you see things, and I think to be able to give a woman—or a man, for that matter—the right tips for the right hair, I think that is really rewarding.
Is there a great hairstyle that anyone can
That's a tough question. I think that most women can carry a variation of a bob and a classic bob, because the concept of a bob is the sharpness of the ends, and you can tweak that a little bit for every hair type—you can thin it, you can layer it, and there are so many variations of that haircut. Also, if you have extremely thick hair, you can vary the length and still have the feel of a bob. It doesn't have to be chin length; it can be collarbone length. And I think that it's a haircut that is timeless, classic, and ageless. It looks good whether you're 70 or 20, and most other haircuts just can't handle that.
What trends would you like to see more of?
I would love to see shorter hair come back. As a hairstylist, this idea of only having long hair—it becomes such a security blanket. I think hair should be fun, I think it should be an accessory. For women who are unwilling to experiment or have fun with their hair, I think they miss out because there are so many things that they can do with it. And some women happen to look better with shorter hair, but are so fearful of letting go of that security that they won't do it.
What inspires the styles you create?
I think that there are so many elements that go into that. For me, part of being a good hairstylist is being able to read my client very quickly. I need to understand her lifestyle, her needs, her approach to her hair, what she likes, what she doesn't like—and I have to be able to do that in a short amount of time. I find that when you can read your client quickly you can work with them to achieve something that is not only attainable, but also manageable for them. You know, there are great haircuts that I wouldn't recommend to someone who is a mother of three and a lawyer, because it would look great when she walked out but it wouldn't necessarily translate to her daily life. So I think you have to look at their lifestyle, look at their hair texture, and look at their desire to style their hair and how much time they are willing to spend. You put all of those elements together and you can come up with something that hopefully works.
What is the best advice you've ever
Listen to your clients. You learn more from listening than talking. When you are in tune with the client and you really listen—you don't just hear the words, you really listen to what they're saying—you're capable of reading into what they want.
What would you say your "Style
My philosophy is that I aim and I strive to give a haircut that could look great if you spend an hour on it, and could also look great if you get out of the pool and just wash and wear. I think if you cut hair that suits the hair texture, and the amount of hair they have, and who the client is, you can give them something great.