The Colourful Danielle Orawiec
By Megan Robinson
Danielle Orawiec, finalist in the 2006 LOréal Colour Trophy, is not your typical hairdresser. Completely absent is the attitude and … By Megan Robinson
Danielle Orawiec, finalist in the 2006 LOréal Colour Trophy, is not your typical hairdresser. Completely absent is the attitude and pretentiousness that one may expect to find in such an address as Servilles salon in Newmarket, the self-titled Paris of Auckland.
I met Danielle for a hair colour and over a few cups of tea (I feel too lush drinking wine alone, even in salons) discovered for myself the quality that found her becoming a finalist in the Young Colourist category for stylists who have worked for less than five years.
Once inside the Servilles mother ship one goes straight to command control; the Colour Room, where one consults in front of a paranoia-inducing floor to ceiling mirror. I tell Danielle I trust her and to choose a colour for me. Not too many people say that she admits later. Racks of colour tubes resemble like an artists studio- except the tidiest artists studio youve ever seen.
Danielle recommends a copper to refresh the base colour and lowlights of brown to give body plus blonde highlights to define the curl, or coil as I learn to say in hair dresser lingo. The thing I found interesting was the highlights don't get put on one's parting, to prolong the regrowth. Instead, they are put just under the parting, so the copper will hide any regrowth, rather than grown out blonde/highlights on the part.
She is a great listener. The biggest learning curve in hairdressing is learning to listen to clients. Otherwise, youll turn into another Bad Hairdresser Story! Its always good to find out what clients plan to do with their hair once they get home; their level of commitment to the maintenance.
When Danielle got the phone call that shes a finalist in just her second year of entering, she was shocked. I hung up the phone and cried. Its so exciting.
My entry is a sleek bob in a chocolate brown with a shine-band through the front, to look like light has hit it in a burnt golden coppery tone. I wanted a smudged seamless effect rather than an obvious band of colour. I left longer pieces to keep it soft and beautiful but still edgy.
I love global colour; one colour on a good cut makes such a huge impact. Highlights will always be around, but I like using one colour, perhaps with a contrast strategically placed to accentuate areas of the cut- an asymmetric fringe, perhaps.
If a young person asked me about getting into hair dressing as a career, the first thing Id say is to be prepared to work hard. Its not all fun and games; you have to want it bad, start at the bottom and be driven and passionate. If you dont have that drive, you wont get anywhere.
Im quite sure with her passion and drive, and obvious talent, Danielle Orawiec will go far. In fact, her hair colouring is so good, that I had a compliment on my hair colour from a woman on the street within ten minutes of leaving the salon.
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