hairstylist rudi lewis on hair icons past and beauty present

Rudi Lewis has good authority on which to be a hair expert. After assisting hair maestro Eugene Soulieman in 1998, Rudi Lewis came into his own and hasn’t looked back since. Twenty years in the business, countless ad campaigns, catwalk shows and...

by Adam Fletcher
19 November 2014, 12:05am

On the Masha Ma hair...
The hair on Masha Ma is always an evolution from the previous season. The silhouette is actually quite consistent, a sculpted head-shaped look that is precise, graphic, tough and beautiful. I wanted to do something that looked a bit 'spinal' or 'skeletal' so I think using three or four different braiding techniques on one head achieved that perfectly.

On what he loves about being a hair stylist...
I've been a hairdresser for 25 years now, so it's about keeping yourself challenged, collaborating with the most exciting designers, stylists and photographers and trying to find new ways to express yourself with hair.

On his  favourite hair moment in history...
Personally, growing up in the late 70s and early 80s I was always interested in British youth culture, and so I always loved the hair from that period. Mod, 2-Tone, Punk, Skinhead, Casuals. I still love British street style.

On who has iconic hair…
My personal hair icons are Joe Strummer, Steve Marriott, Marianne Faithfull, Siouxsie Sioux, Morrissey, Ian McCullough and Brian Jones.

On what he finds exciting about beauty in 2014...
There's a return to more extreme beauty, things have been very 'beige' for a while...

On his definition of beauty…
The courage to wear your inner self on the outside.



Text Lynette Nylander 

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