Meet Kara Thomas, a top London hair-stylist in Mayfair who changed the way I look!
Meet Kara Thomas:
- 12 years creating for the hair industry and voted TimeOut's "Best West End Hairdresser 2011
- Featured in Tatler, ES magazine, Daily Mail & The Sunday Times
- Having styled the likes of Florence Welch, Laura Coleman, Helena Newman and a favorite to Lola Rose, also a regular "behind the scenes" at QVC London and Milan
- A broad client base from Royals to regulars
- Colour trained at Jo Hansford and Micheal John
So when my cousin fixed me a hair-appointment with Kara Thomas I was more than excited! Finally I though I had found someone who could fix my chlorine-damaged and dried out hair. I visited her at the Hiro Miyoshi Salon, a high-end beauty salon in Mayfair, London, where she is the Senior Director and even though it was expensive, the end-result was worth every penny!
Kara is a beautiful and humble person and also very intuitive about the needs of her clients. I never met anyone who understood my hair so perfectly without me having to explain too much. She gave me just the right hair-color that enhanced my skin tone the best and a chic hair-cut that suited my face and my active lifestyle!
Here is a picture-story of my afternoon at the Hiro Miyoshi Salon and a brief interview with her. You can get directly in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 0044-7850-076167.
How did you start your career as a hair-stylist and how long have you worked in the industry?
I started when I was 16 and have never looked back since! As a child I was always styling my dolls' hair and cutting it all off, at least when I was old enough for my mother to give me scissors. So I guess it started long before I was old enough to choose.
I have professionally been creating in the industry for 12 years and have worked and trained with some of the best in the industry over the years.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in your career?
The most challenging time in my career was definitely having my daughter and then having to go back to work. Juggling work and being a mother is tough as I don't want to leave her but I love my work too. This is definitely the most challenging. It's all about balance in life and being a freelance stylist has allowed me to have the best of both at home and at work. I am very passionate about my job and love people and making them feel amazing, is very rewarding for me.
What's in now for hair trends?
For me personally, it's a bob. There are so many variations whatever the season, you can crop it short or grow it longer...you can wear it tousled or straight, on the side or in the middle. It is such a versatile cut that you can adjust in length to suit particular face shapes. Add or subtract a fringe and color it anyway you like. Popular color trends out there right now are like something from a manga comic--an array of colors from pastels to neons, it's very fun!
Hair color should enhance skin tone and draw out eye color. Condition of the hair plays an important role in my work and manageability for my clients to be able to handle their hair at home with ease and enjoy their looks. There is nothing worse for a woman than having a bad haircut that does not suit you, does not work with the natural texture of hair and is difficult to manage. So for me trend is what works best for my clients. Of course, unless I am doing a show or shoot then I will style as I see fit to suit that particular occasion.
Which is the one product every woman should have?
ORIBE ARE INCREDIBLE but also the most expensive! You have to pay for quality these days and the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is great for women on the go to liven up styles when they have less time, especially if you are a working mum. It adds texture, volume and grit to flat lifeless hair or slept on hair that is a day old and dirty. It just adds life to hair, it is fabulous!
Can you give us some hair-care tips?
Being a mum also has made me think in venturing into a more natural way at home for looking after hair particularly for my little Elsie. Coconut cream for an at-home conditioner with a hot towel is really great. It is a far more affordable way to treat yourself at home to improve the condition of your hair. But don't overload it and rinse it well.
Personally we wash our hair too much as a nation, removing all the natural oils our own bodies produce which is the best form of conditioner (in most cases) to actually care for our hair. So a good dry texturizing spray is essential to have in the cupboard to get us through a few extra days wear out of our hair.
Which celebrities have you worked with?
I don't like the term celebrity. I have many wonderfully talented clients--photographers, stylists, models who are not always in the press. I have worked with Tatler, EsMAG, Style-Sunday Times, Daily mail, Good Housekeeping, Instyle. My clientele over the years has included Florence Welch, Laura Coleman, Katharina Flohr, Lola Rose, Autumn Kelly and David Levine, powerful women and men in business who are celebrated for their work. Every head I touch is a celebrity to me.
Which style would suit me the best according to my face-shape?
A simple sharp below the jawline cut and not too heavily layered, some slight graduation at the back to give shape and lift your side profile. A style that gives some volume at the crown and works with the natural texture. Growing out some of the layers that are already in your hair is key to help you manage your look better and for your style to be more sophisticated. This cut should be much easier for you to do yourself.
I suggest definitely toning the hair color down and adding more warmth to compliment your skin tone. A ighter color can drain out the skin color and is so far from your natural hair color, It can make your hair dry and cause breakage. I always suggest two shades either lighter or darker will always work best. I am truly a Wella color girl at heart and love their semi-permanent products. They have silk proteins so they condition and add shine and are great for toning that can even cover grey.