Fashion Week's Top Hairstylists Dish About How They Create Those Fab 'Dos!

The top stylists at Prive Salon reveal what really goes on backstage before a fashion show!
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Fashion Week’s Top Hairstylists Dish About How They Create Those Fab ‘Dos!

The top stylists at Prive Salon reveal what really goes on backstage before a fashion show!

-PJ Gach

 laurent dufourg in action at fashion week

When you’re looking at fashion show photos, or if you watch a fashion show on livestream or TV, you’ll probably notice that the hair is flawless. It doesn’t matter if there are 15 or 45 models; they each have the same stunning  hairstyle.

How does everything get done? How much time does a hairstylist have to create the looks? Is there an assembly line? Are hairstylists leaping over tables and chairs to create the looks? How much input does the designer have? We’ve always wanted to know what craziness happens backstage and with the help of Laurent Dufourg, the owner of Prive Salon (there’s one in New York, LA and Miami) and his top stylists Jorge Luis and Aaron Grenier of New York City’s Prive,Chase Kusero of LA’s Prive and Frank Izquierdo from Miami’s Prive, we got all the deets!

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BettyConfidential: How many people are on a team during fashion week? How do pick your teammates? What do you look for?

Laurent Dufourg: I usually have 10 people in my team. I bring in my top stylists from the LA and Miami salons to work with my New York team. They are used to working on fashion shows and photo shoots.

BC: How long before fashion week do you meet with the designer to discuss hairstyles?

Jorge Luis: It’s a process. We usually meet with the designer first—they already have a vision on how the hair should look. Then we are invited to see the collection, and we take it from there.


jorge luis backstate at fw

BC: Does the designer come to the salon to see the hairstyle options? Or does he or she have you and the hair models come to their office? How do they see it? How many options do you give them?

JL: Most of the time we do it (the hair) at our Prive Salon [in New York], but sometimes we go to them to show them styles and options. It’s really up to the designer where we should meet. The designer will have a model that we will do a “hair trial” on. Once we arrive at the right look, we photograph it from every angle, so it will be mistake free on the big day.

BC: Has a designer ever changed their mind at the last minute and asked for a different hairstyle? If so, what did you do?

LD: It doesn’t happen a lot, but sometimes they cast a new girl at the last minute with a different style of hair. So we need to improvise and listen to what the designer wants.

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BC: How much time do you have to complete a hairstyle? And how many heads will one person work on?

LD: We always have two hours to work on our models before a show. Each stylist will work on two models.

Check out this video of the team backstage at various shows creating amazing hairstyles:

How they know what hairstyle goes with what show, crazy things that happen at backstage and more coming up next!

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