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|Publication Date: 06/03/11
Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii, crowned by Vogue Magazine as The King Of Curls, has always been very generous with his time and willingness to share his hair knowledge with me and all our visitors at HairBoutique.com.
There's isn't a celebrity hairstylist alive who isn't crazy busy, so it's always such a gift when they are willing to take a few minutes out of their jam-packed days to answer questions and share their hair wisdoms.
Even better, David is always warm, funny, engaging and thoughtful.
I enjoyed interviewing David so much in our first call that I wanted to figure out a way I could become his shadow and soak up all his hair wisdoms embedded in his soul.
In the years since our first interview I have followed David's work with his dizzying array of celebrity clients.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to catch up personally with the amazing stylist until two weeks ago when I was able to ask David some questions.
As always, David was a wealth of information and insights. Check out his answers below:
It became her signature look as it became my trademark. Many of my other clients also love the beachy waves and I always have fun creating their own style.
What are the most common misconceptions about caring for and styling curly hair? Do you think there is too much confusion about naturally curly hair with the average consumer?
I feel that most people with curly hair shouldn’t fight them but work with their curls.
A great haircut, the right styling products and great tools can help their curls thrive and look fabulous.
If you had to make a list of the most favorite hairstyles you've ever created (on celebrity heads or not) what would be your top favorite hairstyles you've created? Why?
- Kate Hudson’s Bohemian Curls – this launched beachy Bohemian waves. I love soft natural waves and this was the perfect hairstyle
- Angelina Jolie for the cover of Vanity Fair – I wanted to make a statement and to bring back full volumized hair plus she looked so amazing.
- Angelina Jolie for the 2009 Academy Awards- this half-up, half-down style showed off her great bone structure. It is also a style that allows a woman to still keep her long hair while having some of it up. (See above and to the side)
- Nicole Kidman for the 2010 Grammy Awards- this was my faux-bob which allowed Nicole to keep her long hair while I tucked it under to make it look like her hair was cut into a bob. (See below)
- Katherine Heigl for the cover of W-Katherine makes a beautiful mom so I wanted to show to show-off the beauty of motherhood in honor of my own mom.
- Uma Thurman for the cover of ELLE-besides curls, I love sleek, straight hair. It isn’t always necessary to have long hair to show off straight sleek looks.
- Emma Stone for the cover of Glamour - I am known as the “King of Curls” so I always love this look. (See below)
Back when I interviewed you in 2007 - I asked you what your goal was with regard to your celeb clients and you said "You've got to realize, my whole goal is to make my client look beautiful. That's it."
You have done an amazing job of making your clients look beautiful. Have you expanded your goals with regard to your clients or is beauty still your #1 priority?
Back then you shared that you were inspired by the security cages and tunnels at the airport for a new hairstyle for Kate (Hudson). You also mentioned that you are inspired by art, films, architecture and similar.
I remember you said your favorite films were 9 1/2 Weeks because of Kim Basinger's hair and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because of the cinematography and the late Elizabeth Taylor's hair.
Do you feel any other films have passed your watermark for great hair and cinematography?
Do you still wake up at all hours of the night with new ideas for your clients?
What other ways do you receive inspiration for your clients and for their hair? For Red Carpet events do you ask for photos of the gowns and accessories to create some ideas of where to start with the hair?
When doing a red carpet, magazine cover or an ad campaign I always take into consideration the wardrobe. Hair is an accessory and needs to compliment the whole look.
With all my training in London and here in the US, I spend most of my time on the “cut” so I become a detail freak with every snip.
We have the flexibility to curl straight hair and straighten curly hair with not only chemicals, but some advanced styling tools.
Actually, I have to say that the world of technology has invaded my profession.
What do I see as the next "big thing?" I guess less is more. In life must more of everything.
Are they still at the top of your list or have you added more favorite things?
For non celebs who admire your work, do you work out of a salon where they can visit you for your amazing haircuts? Or do you only work with celebrities?
At one point I thought you were working out of a salon in Beverly Hills?
At any given moment I can get a call to be on a photo shoot or one of my client’s needs their hair done.
As always David Babaii was a joy to interview. Not only is he incredibly talented with his visionary hair creations, he's just a great guy with lots of energy, love for animals, clients, family and the planet.
What more could you ask for?
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Original Publication Date: 06/03/11 - Revised Date: 06/03/11
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