Oscar Blandi’s celebrity client list is endless: Katie Holmes, Charlize Theron, Courtney Cox Arquette, and Kelly Ripa. In this interview find out who was Oscar’s biggest inspiration to become a hairstylist, how the concept for Oscar Blandi haircare line born, and the secret behind his success as one of Hollywood’s most sought after hairdresser.
When did your interest in hair design begin?
My father was a hairstylist in Italy and would go to the salon wit him and play with the tools at a very young age. From then on, I was hooked.
What was your biggest break as a professional hair stylist?
My name started gaining recognition by the media and clients when I was named the spokesperson for Loreal 25 years ago.
How was the concept of Oscar Blandi haircare line born?
The inspiration for Oscar Blandi products comes from “old world” influences. We use extracts from plants and organic elements combined with today’s technologies in our hair care line.
Jasmine Oil is a main ingredient in many of your products. Why do you love this ingredient so much?
Jasmine is the main ingredient in many of our products because it soothes the hair. Jasmine oil comes from the stem of a flower and it relaxes the hair shaft resulting in more manageable hair while fighting frizz and fly aways. I love to use jasmine oil on my clients because I am usually working under fast turn around so it is easy enough for women to use it every day.
“Hair has no rules, regulations or boundaries. My goal is always to make the hair look sexy and natural.”
How does your Italian heritage influence Oscar Blandi today?
At my salon we all work together as a team from the overall styles, ideas and culture of the team. After growing up in Italy, I brought Italian service and customs to my salon in America. Our goal is to make sure the client is taken care of while creating a look that is just for her.
What is new with Oscar Blandi this year?
It’s something new everyday!
What have been some of your most memorable celebrity collaborations?
Working with Kelly Ripa is a great relationship because she really believes in me and is very supportive of everything I do. She totally trusts me with her hair and that always results in a beautiful final piece.
Can you share with us some tips for achieving a super glamorous red carpet hairstyle?
It is always important to apply strong voluminizer on the roots to achieve a full and glamorous base. Polished, soft and natural curls always add to a glamorous look the without appearing too overdone. A good tip to make the hair fall glamorously around the face is to line the hair in proportion with the cheekbones. This tip emphasizes the beauty and the overall effect of the hairstyle.
Why hair styles are you most known for?
Natural and full hair
What is your main philosophy about hair?
Hair has no rules, regulations or boundaries. My goal is always to make the hair look sexy and natural.
What do you attribute your success to becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after hair dresser?
My success comes from my agent Timothy Priano and of course determination, desire and discipline. I am always trying to preparing for the next step by looking beyond what is in front of me and preparing for what is to come.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
The gratification and smiles I receive from my clients is priceless.
What other passions do you have besides making hair fabulous?
I love outdoors and any activity involving speed; whether its sky diving, skiing or wind surfing.
It was a pleasure to interview Oscar you can find out more about him and his salon and products by visting : www.oscarblandi.com