Those in the hairdressing industry will tell you that their everyday goal is to help their customers look and feel great, and that being able to do that is one of the best feelings in the world. Much more than making people feel good about themselves, hairdressers also maintain the wellness of their customers’ hair.
It’s no wonder that every year, the fabulous hairdressing industry draws thousands of talented young people into apprenticeships, with straightforward paths to advance to.
One clear success story is none other than La’gent by Danai’s very own award-winning Creative Director, Dasheric Tan.
What is your role in the company?
I am a Creative Director at La’gent by Danai, and I am responsible for the brand’s vision to be part of customers’ momentous hair stories by providing them with seasonal trending cuts and styling techniques.
As I progress, I find myself becoming more interested in helping customers achieve enhanced, colour-treated hairstyles. Hence, I dedicate most of my time and energy into training and practicing, which has scored me an award.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, a beautiful place best known for tea plantations, fruit and vegetable farms, and jungle trails, and arguably the most popular of the highland retreats!
A lot of my inspiration was born at a young age from just playing outdoors and observing all the different textures of natural materials. Besides, being outdoors gave me a bit of a knack for creating things.
Why did you choose to be a hairstylist ?
Well, hairstyling is an artistic career. I have always enjoyed creating art and one of the best parts of being a hairstylist is that I can do just that and use my creativity to help my customers express themselves with the hair they desire.
Is it challenging to be a hairstylist ?
All professions have their unique challenges and hairstylists are not an exception. The ever-changing hairdressing industry will constantly introduce new hair trends and products, so it is important for us to always keep up to date with the latest fashions and trends, attend hair shows and training courses and prove that we have the skills and knowledge to offer all ages.
You mentioned earlier that you are into hair colouring. How long did it take for you to master the technique and knowledge involved in being an excellent hair colourist today?
Actually, this varies depending on the person’s passion. Some people take years to master a skill, but I would say that I managed to master it in quite a short period of time. Not to overstate, but when I am really passionate and have a big dream about something, I go all out, whether it is being a professional hairstylist or a colourist.
The passion and dream that I possess motivate me to keep on practicing, improving, and challenging myself.
What is the biggest challenge of being a hair colourist?
Hair colouring is a complex and skilled job requiring creativity and knowledge and may offer more creative possibilities than hair cutting.
A change in hair colour can accentuate the eyes and skin, and transform a cut with texture and volume, as well as making an impact with a bold shade.
What are the awards you have achieved so far?
I won the Loreal Professionnel Style & Colour 2019 (Men’s Category, Northern Region) trophy recently.
What advice would you give to those who dream of being a professional hair colourist?
A good colourist has great people skills, and is able to listen to customers and interpret their wants, even if they can’t really describe what they want very well!
You will need to work and compromise with customers to find a colour or technique that can enhance their overall look.
Is there a hair product that you can’t live without ?
I would say shampoo. Shampoo is an essential for everyone. A good brand of shampoo will help rejuvenate a person’s hair condition.
I am currently using Kerastase’s ‘Bain Densite Homme’. It is a daily shampoo to treat thinning hair for men. The shampoo is combined with biotin and texturising polymers that have an instant densifying action on the hair fiber, leaving a fresh and thickening effect on the hair and scalp for a light and healthy look on men.
Sick of your hairstyle? Well, consider visiting La’gent by Danai because Dash would be absolutely happy to give you a hair makeover with his magic hands!
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