Jamie DIGrazia isn’t just changing your hair; Jamie is changing how you think. There seems to be a separation of gender than transcends walls, beliefs, businesses and mindsets. What Jamie believes in is not just blurring the line between men and women, but abolishing it. “I believe everyone should be able to present themselves anyway they'd like… It can be very hurtful to walk up to a guest of any gender or identity and charge them for a haircut based on a gender they do not identify with.” Opening our eyes to obstacles others face and bringing light to a topic where needed. Take a peek at this collection and learn more about Jamie’s beliefs and the inspiration behind the collection.
Can you tell us a little more about you and your styling background?
What excites me the most is short hair design. Hard lines, contrasting textures and visually interesting shapes, this is mainly what I create behind the chair.
What drew you to hair styling?
I was always attracted to people who had style. It was usually hair and makeup that fascinated me; I knew at a very young age I wanted it to be my medium.
What is your favorite technique to use?
My favorite technique would be creating line work with my clippers. A hard perimeter edge or a graphic fade is always my favorite.
What has been your biggest defining moment in your career?
Becoming a mentor, joining the Redken Artist network and starting an associate program at our salon, Logan Parlor. Being able to share with so many people looking to build upon their technical and business skills really brings me much joy and career fulfillment.
Is there a specific area you often find yourself looking to for inspiration?
I get it from other people; the streets of Chicago really, there are so many interesting people celebrating their personal style! Taking some time to observe what is going on around you. My coworkers at the salon are constantly keeping my style fresh too.
What is the one product/tool that you can’t live without?
My SAM VILLA blow dryer!! It is the best thing that ever happened to my hands, wrists, and arms behind the chair. It’s ergonomically designed so it feels great working with it all day!
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
I have so many interesting and beautiful people in my life that don’t fall into line on the gender spectrum, myself included. I wanted to bring to life how beautiful people are outside of the gender norm.
How did you work with your makeup/styling team to craft the final image?
The team all related, understood, and had the same vision, so we all had fun and worked very well together.
How did decide on the concept?
For hairstyling awards, I wanted to submit women into the "Men’s Category" because most of my short hair styles and barbering is done on women, gender neutral or queer individuals.
Since this wasn't an option, and could disqualify my images, I had to use only male models. So, I submitted my male models in highly feminine makeup and wardrobe. Trying to showcase that the hair shouldn't be gendered. I believe everyone should be able to present themselves anyway they'd like.
I submitted images with the Male models in their traditionally gendered look as well, hoping the judges would understand my concept.
What statement are you making with this collection?
Trying to showcase that the hair shouldn't be gendered. I believe everyone should be able to present themselves anyway they'd like.
My pricing in the salon reflects my beliefs. We do not charge based on gender, we charge based on length and time. It can be very hurtful to walk up to a guest of any gender or identity and charge them for a haircut based on a gender they do not identify with. When creating designs, I do not bring gender boundaries into my work, having no limitations for my guests that don't want any. I never assume anything is off limits for anyone.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Changing people's hair instantly- or becoming invisible.
Who were your mentors along the way and how have they shaped your career?
All the REDKEN ARTIST TRIBE! There are SO many inspiring artists and mentors in the network that I have had the pleasure to work along side, take classes with, exchange ideas and coach me over the years. Each brings motivation, inspiration and encouragement to me, helping to mold my career.
What hair/color trends can we look forward to this Fall?
Gender-neutral styles and fashion-fantasy colors
Be sure to stalk Jamie on Bangstyle to see the latest inpsirations from this unbelievable artist!