An interview with Richard Kavanagh author of ‘Love Your Hair’. MUST READ!

This is no ordinary hair book, these hair styles are super cool yet classic. The concept of the book is what makes it so unique, it is essentially a recipe book for hair. For every hair style there is easy to follow recipes. Including ‘Ingredients’ and ‘Time required’! Super cute and handy if you ask me. Not to mention the amazing step by step photos (shot by Stephen Chee) that make it feel like your are flipping through a high fashion magazine.

Firstly I would just like to say your book ‘Love Your Hair’ is so awesome, I had the privilege of working with you on one of the days of shooting for it and I fell in love with it before it was even printed.

Katy: What inspired you to write this book?

Richard: I love being witness to that moment when someone sees themselves and a little bit of happiness flows through them because they like what they see. Doing hair, you get to see that moment and it always gives me a buzz. I was researching for a regular spot on morning television, where i was showcasing the key trends from runways of the world and how they could be translated into wearable styles. The spot was popular and the network wanted me to do more than we originally planned for so i needed more content. I emailed a bunch of girls asking them what they’d hope to find if they found a book on a girlfriends coffee table that would help them with their hair. A couple people emailed back asking where they could get the book, so i thought maybe i better write it…

K: Seems like a good reason to write a book 🙂 What are the top products or tools you simply could not work without?

R: My blowdryer, Mason Pearson brush, a curling iron, some Redken forceful, my Redken dry shampoo and my wool shake.

K: So who did you look up to when you first got into hair dressing?

R: The first seminar i went to was with a guy called Richard Kownacki. He talked about cowlicks and working with the individuals hair. I really admired what he had to say, the way he said it, and the thought process behind it. india miller, of douse vidal sassoon, and i was always inspired by the incredible jon sahag. not only for the work he did but also for the way he created the career he wanted…

What advice would you give the everyday girl? (other than buy ‘Love Your Hair’ that’s a given 😉 )

i would say the first thing to do is work out what sort of hair you have. is it thick, or coarse, fine or thin? that way you’ll be able to work out what works for your hair and what won;t work for your hair…
What was your all time favourite job? “
it;s hard to pick between the first time i did the prada show, the first time i did italian vogue and working with kelly osborne… each were super fun and exciting in their own unique way…

What mistakes do girls make with their hair that makes you cringe?

i think sometimes girls try too hard with their hair. they can sometimes overcomplicate a simple idea and it ends up looking trite or contrived. i love it when a girl’s hair looks effortless (even though i know how much work went into it). i like it when a girl owns her hairstyle. it makes me cringe when i see someone that looks uncomfortable in their look…

Thank you so much for being so generous with your information..readers I recommend you give ‘love your hair’ a good read..keep it on hand at all times to avoid bad hair days 😉

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