NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
Felix is one
of the most well-established hair stylist in the industry. This global traveler
has worked with some of the most influential individuals
in the industry. Designers; Prada, Armani, Vivienne
Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. His editorial
work has included; Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle,
Vanity Fair, L 'Uomo Vogue, and Vogue.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
Can you tell me how your career started as a Hair
I was a classical ballet dance who
always loved hair. I knew that if I were not to be
a dance I was to be a great hair stylist. I had to
stop dancing due to an injury, and then turned onto my
When did you realized that you wanted to work in the
I've always liked fashion and
how creative designers can be, how clothes can
accentuate a body's figure, the feel of certain
fabrics, and how glamorous it all can be. As
many people, I like pretty things, and if I
could get my hands into helping create beauty,
helping clothes achieve that level in which an
outfit almost becomes a fantasy. Make-up and
hair are so important in the fashion industry; they
are the "icing on the cake." Beautiful hair is
beautiful hair with or without clothes.
you always wanted to become a hair stylist?
It was always in the back of my
I danced classical ballet. Then life with all its
turns just put this career on my path. Therefore,
I would even venture to say that "it was meant to be."
some influential individuals in the industry. What
keeps you grounded?
It is true that the fashion industry can lift your feet
from the ground, but the higher you go, the harder and
painful the fall is. We are all the same, I have
been lucky to have met many people that are at the top
of the top, but I have also learned from many of them
that it is not always about fashion and who made the
clothes you are wearing. It is about friendships
and not being pretentious or thinking you own the world,
learning to listen to your heart and know that it is
true we are creating beauty and fantasy, but can't live
inside that world 24/7. We need a break from time
to time, go for a walk, a dinner with friends who have
absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing for work,
just to see/feel how the rest of the world lives their
lives. That keeps me grounded, the contrast
between worlds, knowing that the most important thing is
what's inside of each of us.
your down time, what is your favorite thing to do?
I like to spend time with my friends, have dinner at a
nice restaurant or at home. Get together and just
catch up, since there are many times I am traveling, or
they are traveling, therefore any opportunity I get to
spend with my friends I will take. I also like to
look for inspiration. Well, inspiration is
everywhere; I go to the opera, to art exhibits, museums.
And then of course, I like to spend time with my dog,
What is your favorite hair product to use an why?
I like Davines hair products, they
are wonderful. They are gentle and yet strong.
They get the
work done, and smell divine. House of European
Hair is a wonderful place to find great hair extensions
and wigs. They have a great selection of virgin
What has been so far, the highlight of your career?
I believe meeting Bette Midler, doing her hair and
hanging out with her at her apartment. Having a
simply wonderful time in her company, and of course
receiving compliments from her on my work I did with her
What gives you inspiration?
My surroundings, there is inspiration everywhere.
Opera takes me to another world, it calms me down as
well as triggers my creative mood. Seeing work
from years past and how creative designers have been on
the runway, and how beautiful those shows were.
important do you think it is for a hair stylist to have
an agent? Do you think having an agent helps a
hair stylists career?
I would have to say that it is great having an agent,
especially if you manage to develop a relationship that
is more than just work, but becomes a friendship, with
that business drive added, sort of a "perfect blend."
Agents get the work done!
What advice can you give to aspiring hair stylists?
Do what you are told not to do. Don't let others
turn down your inspiration and creativity. Remain
truthful to yourself, money for sure is a great
incentive to do many jobs, but it is not always what is
going to make you happy. Do hair that comes from
your heart, it is your craft, you are doing it because
you want to leave a footprint in this world, do it
because you love doing so.
Interview by Rochell “E” James