This week on Iles System Hair Speak we characteristic Mike Martinez from Salon Benjamin in NYC. Learn what he has to say about hairdressing at this time and the nice recommendation he has to supply. To see extra of Mike’s refined and sensible work try his Instagram: @mike____martinez and Web site: mikesmartinez.com
IF: Inform us what you suppose is the most important problem in hairdressing at this time?
For me these days it this query of how can we evolve previous Instagram and the standard ‘Instagram hair’. How can we cease it from homogenizing and com-modifying our work.
Don’t get me improper Instagram has turn out to be an unbelievable software for visibility and has completed wonders for some individuals’s careers. However are we letting it turn out to be a crutch for us to cease pushing ourselves and our shoppers? What number of adjectives and hyperbole can we preserve utilizing to explain sub-par work? So I suppose our job is to determine rise above with our work with out falling in stride with the established order.
IF: What’s essentially the most satisfying a part of your job?
I feel journey is an enormous perk and one thing that can be overwhelming at occasions. However I do actually get pleasure from being on the highway. On the flip facet, I am primarily based in New York and it’s such a dense and layered place and I’ve such great shoppers so after I’m dwelling simply listening to their tales is a pleasure for me.
IF: Why did you select the trail of hairdressing and was it simple to fall into this work?
My Aunt Mary is a hairdresser and has been my complete life. Most significantly (and with all the lady in my household) she is somebody who has an unbelievable reward to attach with individuals. I feel subconsciously that was at all times an enormous inspiration for me. I even have this attraction to the autonomy that hairdressers have.
IF: If you happen to had not made the choice to be a hairdresser what would you have got been?
That is an excellent query, and I’m probably not sure I’ve an excellent reply for that. I do spend a lot of my free time touring the backroads interviewing individuals from the fringes for an ongoing documentary undertaking. So in all probability one thing alongside these traces.
IF: What’s your best power?
Having a way of urgency and being resourceful.
IF: Your favourite hairdressing instruments?
How does the saying go.. “a poor craftsman blames his instruments.” Effectively, I suppose the other is true as effectively. An important software is the one in your hand. Nonetheless, I do love how a straight razor can remodel a haircut.
IF: Inform us about your relationship with Iles System. The way you found us and which components is your favourite?
After 12 years of working in NYC, I simply jumped ship and began working on the new and fist Salon Benjamin location in NYC. Iles has been a staple at Benjamin and I dove proper in and began utilizing the merchandise. Personally, I actually dig the serum, it’s light-weight, extremely nourishing and fortifying for the hair however most significantly it is a great styling product that serves as a base coat to layer with different merchandise. Can’t say sufficient good issues about it.
IF: What was essentially the most difficult job you ever made?
I work with a non Revenue known as Fearless Magnificence and we spearheaded the first-ever vocational program for incarcerated ladies on Riker’s Island. The work itself wasn’t difficult per-se… and we quickly realized that it wasn’t a lot about hair because it was about restoring dignity for these ladies. Logistically it was a fantastic problem to have the ability to not solely get the instruments but in addition run an efficient program whereas nonetheless complying with all the principles and rules of jail on an island.
IF: What was your worst hair second and why…. privately or on set/stage or within the salon?
Effectively, simply final week I used to be styling a shoppers hair and there was a unfastened razor in my clip bag. I slammed my hand in there and effectively you realize what occurs subsequent. Fortunately an excellent shopper was capable of sew me up without spending a dime. It’s now in all probability the strangest factor I’ve bartered haircuts for.
IF: If you happen to may type anybody’s hair, who would it not be and why?
Alice Coltrane for positive. The music she made post-John’s dying and the spirit she captured with these songs will eternally resonate with me. And c’mon have you ever seen how stunning her hair was?
IF: The place do you pull hair inspiration from?
In every single place I can. I learn as a lot as I’ve the time to and music and movie are each such part of my ethos.
Inspiration is such a private factor but it surely can be ever so fleeting. Nobody can inform you what to be impressed or be impressed however I feel it is usually simply as essential to acknowledge the issues (each good and unhealthy) that affect and drive your creativity.
IF: Your recommendation to younger hairdressers beginning out?
Help everybody you possibly can and take up as a lot info as you possibly can. Do your analysis discover references exterior of hair and trend. Discover the locations the place these references come from. It’s a drained trope however an essential one, don’t be afraid to make errors generally the best ingenuity is born out of our failures.
Thanks, Mike, for sharing with us. We cherished your interview.