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MEET DAMIEN CARNEY: CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST and SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL NORTH AMERICAN CREATIVE DIRECTOR
When you think of hairstyling asÂ an art form, you think of Damien Carney, celebrity hairstylist and North American Creative Director of Schwarzkopf Professional.Â Carney’s impressive body of work withÂ the who’s who of fashion and beauty hasÂ made him one of the top names in the industry. With over 20 years experience, Carey’sÂ work has graced the pages of international publications such as ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, W, Cosmopolitan and GQ.
BITB spoke with Damien about the best parts of his job, upcoming hairstyle trends and the thrill of the unknown that compels his amazing work.
1. As North American Creative Director of Schwarzkopf Professional, what is the best part of your job?Â
The wonderfulÂ creativeÂ energy that is addictive at Schwarzkopf Professional. Schwarzkopf Professional pushes my skillsÂ creativelyÂ and technically, in the quickÂ changingÂ world of hair. We’re always learning and no matter howÂ experiencedÂ we may be, we must never beÂ complacent – we’re always looking at how we can push theÂ boundariesÂ ofÂ hair forward. My job has variety and challenges meÂ even day. So, boredom…it’s never allowed to take hold. Only new ventures and experiences – howÂ lucky am I!
2. Your portfolio overflows with your amazing, innovative work. Of all the hairstyles youâ€™ve created, which is your favorite and why?
I don’t have oneÂ style or look. IÂ generallyÂ like edgy, thoughtÂ provoking,Â unique, one-of-a-kind looksÂ that allow me to createÂ shapes andÂ textures that are out of the norm. IÂ like to play and experiment, even if itÂ doesn’t work. I like the unknown.Â The only limitations with hair are the ones we create. Today’s world is not about puttingÂ styles and trends and applying the same looks to everyone. It doesn’t work. There are many, many trends,Â lengths, colors, etc going on all the time. AtÂ the end of the day it’s about making theÂ individual person look and feel uniquely beautiful. Of course there’s a trendÂ direction. But I likeÂ that theÂ direction can be applied and utilized on everyone.
3. What are two hairstyle trends you see becoming popular in 2017?
Loose, free,Â naturalÂ finishesÂ that embrace the individual’s natural texture. Working with the hair in a natural way. It’s kind of the “new wash and wear,” withÂ polish. More aboutÂ textures and freedom. Not overly done. Less long hair that is overly done with heated tools.