As educators, Mazella&Palmer have also become world travelers! Teaching their motto “Not just how to cut hair, but why,” to talented hairdressers all over the world. Their education is based on a strong foundation and creating styles that fit each individual person, tailoring looks based on personal preferences rather than common trends. With their latest collection, Demeure, they were inspired by the photography of English fashion photographer, Tim Walker. With dreamy, nostalgic pictures, it aims to enter a world of fantasy often left behind in youth.
What drew each of you to hair styling?
We both have a very different background but a very similar passion for our craft. We are very fortunate in our industry that there is a tremendous amount of creativity and highly passionate people.
What is your favorite technique to use?
At Mazella&Palmer everything starts with a strong Foundation. “ Lines, Graduations and Layers” – this is the building block of everything we see everyday. So Foundations are our favourite as they are the simplest shapes, but they require a lot of control from the hairdresser – there’s nothing to hide behind, that’s the essence and beauty of simplicity.
What has been the biggest defining moment in your career?
This is a very hard question to answer. We are very lucky to have been able to travel to over 50 countries so far and the list is only getting longer! We’ve done some amazing shows, seminars and courses, so it’s difficult to highlight one in particular. But what makes us incredibly proud is to see our amazing team of educators grow and take Mazella&Palmer to a higher level.
Is there a specific area you often find yourself looking to for inspiration?
We always keep an eye open, as inspiration can literally come from anywhere! We’re really into art and fashion, being able to travel to the 4 corners of the world allows us to take inspiration from the bright and fresh ideas we come across in these diverse countries … and of course, you can’t forget about social media! Social platforms are the best way for hairdressers to showcase their work and see what other stylists do; it brings joy just by looking at it and it is also a great source of inspiration for us.
What is the one product/tool that you can’t live without?
Without a doubt, the Mazella&Palmer “Contemporary” Scissor – the first ever Mazella&Palmer branded tool. It is a stunning piece of craftsmanship, great for all techniques and shapes. Each M&P educator owns a pair, or two! It is also our best selling scissor on Outillage, our official online retailer.
How did you dream up this collection?
Our latest collection Demeure is inspired by Tim Walker’s amazing work and universe. We decided to give an editorial direction to this collection by replicating the mysterious and dreamy atmosphere that emanates from his photos. However, for the haircuts & colours, we always proceed the same way, it is always about suitability. Whether we choose to do a stronger or softer look on the model, the hair needs to look like it belongs to the individual. This has been a very important part of the concepts behind our collections, we don’t pay attention to ‘trends’ but instead we seek to create suitable looks for each of our models.
How do you use styling to enhance your images?
It was in 2013 when we released our “Kanji” collection; we started to play with a more editorial way of styling our haircuts. This in turn helps us give a new direction to our company imagery. We love to combine precision cutting with the beauty of editorial styling (beauty meets strength). It’s almost like imagining that your work could be featured in Vogue Magazine.
How did you work with your makeup/styling team to craft the final image?
For us collaboration is key! We’re very lucky to be collaborating with an amazing team of people. We had met several times with the makeup artist prior to the photo shoot, to gather ideas together and refine the final image that we wanted to showcase it. Everyone has a major role to play with the final look, which is why meetings are essential before making any big decisions.
What is this collection saying about Women’s Trends?
At Mazella&Palmer we do not believe in trends! For one specific reason only: it is crucial that each individual keeps its uniqueness and beauty. For us, trends in hair should only mean suitability and not something that changes each season.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation! We fly to different countries pretty much every week for education, shows and courses and it would really help us save a lot of time :)
Who were your mentors along the way and how have they shaped your career?
We have been very fortunate to work alongside the very best in the industry before we created Mazella&Palmer in March 2011. It is very hard to name a few so we will state with the following: all the hairdressers that aim higher and always try to push the industry forward.
What hair/color styles can we look forward to this Summer/Fall?
The perfect haircut has to suit the individual bone structure and hair type while the perfect colour has to suit their skin tone.
Photography: Sean Alexander Geraghty
Makeup: Nora Belovai