Fabian Zuniga

Chrissy ON Jul 28, 2009 AT 7:06 pm

John Frieda LA Salon

John Frieda LA Salon

By Chrissy Iley

Fabian Zuniga’s mantra is, “I care how people feel. I want them to feel good because they look good.” He is meticulous with his caring.

He joined the John Frieda LA salon after working with the chicest stylists in Seattle where he graduated beauty school. “I came with a different set of techniques, but learnt so much more from being in John Frieda. I was trained in what is called French Method, where for the beginning of the haircut you stand so that you can analyse the whole anatomy of the person and work out the parameters. The haircut is not sectioned in the same way and it grows out softer, more organic. You stand face to face with the client, closer to them, taking them all in. It’s a method I still use but I have incorporated other things as well…

Madonna in her Ray Of Light period

Madonna in her Ray Of Light period

“One of the main things I have learnt at John Frieda is how the client can enhance their own hair using the right product. To teach them how to make themselves look good. Of course different products are tailored to different hair types. But the Sheer Blonde Volumizing Spray I always use for root lift, and sometimes I spray the ends with a volumizing spritz. Usually I use the 100 Percent Shine, a tiny bit on my hands and work it in to the ends – they go away with a natural and holding look.”

Fabian is all about over the top glamour in an understated way. “I always wanted to work with hair and make-up. I’ve been inspired by glamorous women figures in my past. I was fascinated watching my mother put on her make-up and transform herself for a night out. I was always drawing the human figure and the human face. But beauty school won over art school because I felt I could make more of a difference. Growing up (he’s 33) I was amazed at how Madonna kept transforming her look and the power that that had.”

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter

If he had to pick a period of Madonna that speaks to him most and that sums up a look for now in the LA salon it would be Ray Of Light period, “because it’s so soft. It’s a version of a 1970s flicked out style but much more sensuous and natural. My other inspiration is Lynda Carter from the 70′s in Wonder Woman. I like ultimate glamour and I like to make it seem natural, and Lynda Carter’s hair was the ultimate. I’m also inspired by Brigitte Bardot. Brigitte Bardot hair can work on any hair type from medium length to long. The backcombing and lift I do in a more subtle way, blow drying it with the volumizing spray and not necessarily much else because I like to give it a natural look.

Click here to read part 2 of this interview.

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