Mimi Talks to Paul Labrecque: Part 1

BATD ON Aug 24, 2009 AT 2:33 pm

Paul Labrecque

Paul Labrecque

Paul Labrecque has caressed some of Hollywood’s finest tresses including the likes of Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren and Reese Witherspoon, who all count themselves as fans. He has been hailed by Vanity Fair as one of their top 3 hair stylists and it’s no wonder, with his forward thinking approach to beauty we like his ‘simple is better’ ethos. “My passion is fashion and beauty! Making people look and feel their best is what I love to do…making them feel confident, sexy, and full of life,” he says. We want his number on speed dial for Saturday night. Not content with a string of A-list fans, Labrecque has also developed an award winning hair care range, which distinctly tackles the needs of every hair type and has won numerous accolades for his salon and spa in New York. We caught up with Paul to talk about fighting the frizz, how he feels about working with Nicole Kidman and Marc Jacobs

How did you get started?
I got started at a very early age combing out wigs for my Aunt’s, wig business.  I was about 9 years old and had a knack for hair.  It was the 70’s the height of synthetic, especially hair, and my Aunt’s wigs were all the rage.

Paul Labrecque's Salon & Spa in New York

Paul Labrecque's Salon & Spa in New York

Describe a typical day in your life…
I like to start each day with some kind of early morning workout, either in the gym, taking a class, or hitting the bike trail.  This clears my head for the day and prepares me for 12 hours of clients and staff.  I do hair almost always without a break, I get involved in deep conversations, I really feel I have relationships with my clients.  After my work day I come down with a little wee cocktail and a nice dinner.  I love going to bed early as I read a book and before you know it I am off to sleep.  On my days off I cook and garden profusely it keeps me away from shopping, that’s my recession cut.  I love a world full of flowers and delicacies.

Who inspires you?
Women have always inspired me.  I love the way they micro manage, how they endure so much, and how they love to look their best.   I have always had a connection with the opposite sex, a mental connection that keeps me going and striving to do my best and make them beautiful.

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Can you think of a highlight of your career so far?
It’s easy, the day I opened the Paul Labrecque Salon with my lover Brian was the highlight of my career.  I was 27, had no fear, and never fathomed failure, this sealed the deal for me. I had the career of my dreams and it connected me to my love of life, it has been a very happy ride ever since.

Which celeb do you think has really fabulous hair right now and why?
I love Jennifer Connelly, I think she is beautiful and her dark sultry thick hair seals the deal.

You’ve caressed the locks of some of Hollywood’s finest, is there a particular celeb you’d like to work with next and why?
I’d like to work with a celebrity who needs me, maybe not the prettiest, or the girl with the best hair, someone who needs sound advice.  I think Nicole Kidman is just beautiful, but the blonde hair just washes her out, she needs to come to life again, and if she were in my chair the hair color would darken some and re absorb some red pigment.  Hair that blends too closely with the skin is a complete wash.

Hair at Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 09

Hair at Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 09

What do you think the latest hair trends are now, can we throw away those straightening irons?
I do think the dead straight look is finished, however straight hair with bounce will always have its place.  I feel that movement is the biggest trend, more so than length.  Hair must move it must have layers that show off its texture.

The hair & make-up on the catwalk for Marc Jacobs was very 80’s inspired – big Mohawk hair, not an everyday look but how could you make that more wearable?
To make things wearable we just bring them down, I do a lot of Mohawk looks with braids for tightness and pulling them out for looseness.  Anything can be modified for wearability.

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