We are thrilled to launch our Stylist Interview Series with our Artistic Director Eli Mancha. The series will explore grooming tips, forecasts from our experts and personal stories of what led them to their careers.
What are your “must have” tools/hair arsenal?
I definitely wouldn't be able to do many of these modern faded looks on my male clients without my clippers. My favorite are the Wahl Magic clip. Not only is it extremely lightweight it is also cordless allowing me to work my fades easily and efficiently with professional results. Also many of these dramatic disconnected looks would be difficult to successfully execute without my Hattori Hanzo Blending Shears. Giving you invisible texture, maximum blending, and the most versatility for my clients.
Who is your dream client?
My ideal client is one that is open to change and allowing me to evolve their look to adapt with the modern styles. I always value clients that understand the importance of using professional products to maintain their scalp, hair and hairstyle.
Any favorite hair trends for 2017 and any you’d like to see go?
Texture is on the move for 2017! Either working with more natural texture or wavy curls that our male clients already have or adding that explosive texture in with the many texturizing techniques that Lock and Loaded's education provides. Even the oh so popular pushed back pompadour look we are seeing everywhere is starting to be favored in a more disheveled finish. As far as old trends, I am ready for the hard part craze to die out. I appreciate the look and have enjoyed working with it on many of my clients but have seen far too many hard parts walking around and many of them not well executed.
What led you this career path?
I fell into this career because of my passion for creativity as an artist. Realizing the small amount of opportunity in the art world as an artist, hair became my new canvas! Giving me endless creative options for designing 3 dimensional masterpieces. Also my love for people complimented my career choice as a hairstylist. Making my clients look great and feel more confident is my everyday reward!
What does “Confidence” mean to you?
Confidence means believing in yourself and knowing that no matter what you approach, you will approach with your best efforts and have faith that with your knowledge and experience you will achieve success!