MS: For a salon owner or manager, selecting which products to be retail and use at the back bar can sometimes feel like an ever evolving project. What do you and the salon look for in a line? What do you expect from manufacturers?
MC: Our strength at Camille Albane and DESSANGE is that we work with our own brands at the back bar as well as retail. We not only expect quality we create quality products. Apart from our Camille Albane and Dessange full range of products we also have our Phytodess luxury line and our Natural Pigma shampoo which is a henna based shampoo blended and customized specifically to enhance and prolong hair color, all of which we manufacture internally.
MS: Nicolas Tisler was named the US Artistic Director for the brand. What defines his approach to styling hair? What is his signature technique?
MC: Nicolas was hand selected by France to come to America and head up our flagship on Newbury. After twenty years of working in cinema and fashion he was inspired by the Parisian spirit and joined Camille Albane. He chose Camille Albane to exercise the excellence of his techniques and fulfill his intent to make all women look and feel beautiful. He is a stylist, which is his specialty. His signature is beauty, glamour, and avant garde.
MS: In your opinion, what are the most effective ways for a salon professional to expand their client base?
MC: You are your best publicity. A professional hairstylist has their own personal touch that makes them unique and special. However when any hairdresser has a brand and concept that they are passionate about and implement on a daily basis it reinforces their professionalism. Camille Albane creates and drives that passion. Having pride and dedication while working with a brand/concept that is clear, result driven and innovative is not only a perfect combination for success, it is essential.
MS: Where do you see the Camille Albane US brand in ten years?
MC: I see Camille Albane as a well- known respected brand that franchisees love to run and hairdressers are proud of and love to work for. Becoming a household name amongst hairdressers is the highest achievement to ascertain, that is where I believe we are headed.
MS: What is the most gratifying part of your work? What is the source of your passion for this industry?
MC: Watching the artist, the hairdresser create. Seeing a make-up artist or aesthetician deliver the results a client requested. Seeing their dedication and passion in turn evokes the same passion in me. When a client walks out with a smile ready to take on the world, feeling beautiful, attractive and empowered, that is what makes me smile on my way to and from work every day.