We talked to Emma Kareliussen, Barcelona Hair Academy’s Creative Director. Emma is constantly on the lookout for new professional challenges and she regularly collaborates at the New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks. She told us her thoughts about this amazing project.
- Where did the idea behind Barcelona Hair Academy come from?
It has been something I’ve wanted to do for many years; I’ve always enjoyed educating and being educated. I’ve struggled to find options in Barcelona for inspirational courses, and decided to create my own space!
- Why a Hair Academy and not just a salon?
I’ve owned a salon in Barcelona for a little over 9 years, this is a natural progression to challenge myself and help my business grow. In this creative world we can never become stagnant, we’re in the fashion business, and it’s always changing, it’s important to stay current and constantly look at what others are doing. I want to bring local and international talents together, and improve the standard of hairdressing and education.
- When did you decide this was a dream you wanted to make come true?
I’ve always known I was going to do this and now it was the right time, I have a great team working with me in the salon, and this gave me the possibility to set some time aside to work on this. I was also lucky that my best friend, Cecily, had the time to make this happen. We have very different qualities, and we complement each other very well.
- Has it been hard to put all the pieces together?
I think it’s always a journey starting a business, it has its ups and downs, but it’s extremely rewarding seeing it all come together.
- How did you choose the team?
The team was chosen by their different sets of skills and their enthusiasm. I think as an educator it’s important to be passionate and really enjoy what you do.
- Why Barcelona?
Barcelona is the best city in the world.
- A message for all those who are passionate about hair.
For those who are passionate about hair, congratulations, that is a great start to an amazing career! But I think that if you want to work in this business, it’s just as important to be passionate about people. It’s all about the person sitting in front of you, it’s not just about giving people pretty hair, that is of course important, but just as important as making them look great, is to make them feel great! And that is the real art of this profession.
If you have always dreamt of being a hairdresser why not sign up for our next Beginners Hairdressing Course starting in January 2017? Places limited. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org