Q: Can you tell us about your mentor early in your career? Do you recommend a mentor for aspiring stylists? What was his/her best advise to you that you still apply to your work today?
A: There are two great names that have inspired me since the beginning of my career. The first, which does not even need an introduction, is Alexander de Paris; and the second, Bruno Pittini. I do not believe that in order to succeed in life one needs a mentor; instead, I believe that we need brands that leave their mark and visions of beauty, which will then permit inspiration and talent, take its own course. On my part, at the age of 4, I was already cutting the hair of my friends from school and my dolls – which would make some people, particularly parents, sometimes unhappy – knowing that this would be the career I would end up pursuing. Creation is a natural talent that cannot be learned, however, if through the means of the brand Trini, I can influence and inspire hairdressers, then that would be great because I believe that success should be shared.
Q: What is your favorite trend in hair styling? What is the most lasting and complimentary style on women?
A: Particularly speaking, I do not favor one trend over another. As soon as a client comes through my studio doors, I already know what I have to do to make them look their best. I think that the makeup touch is the most lasting and complimentary style for respectable women.
Q: Who is your favorite designer? Artist? Does the fashion industry and hair industry compliment and influence each other?
A: My taste varies with each season. But this year, my favorite designer is the purely classy Karl Lagerfeld. There is nothing to say or nothing to change because it is simply perfect. Fashion comes in a set (clothes, hair, makeup, accessories, etc.) and the creators come to us to get in on what is new and what is our vision of beauty. Do you see what happens in the press when a star changes her look? It is incomparable to when she changes dresses. The hairstyle is what people look out more than anything! A recent example is Beyoncé, who let herself be convinced to cut her hair short, which looks sublime on her! This change of look and other changes as such, I can think of at least 10 from the top of my head, are the only thing media talks about!
Q: What has been your best career achievement?
A: The best is yet to come. I took a big step 10 years ago by leaving Paris to come to Miami with my husband and 3 daughters creating the brand Trini in Private. The Beauty Universe is dominated by men and as a woman; I would like to create a renowned International brand based on the Excellence of Elegance. Who better than a woman to address women?
Q: You are known as a French beauty expert. Can you give our readers advise on living with French elegance and a chic lifestyle? (I would love to give readers 5 essential tips for French living– this could include decor, lifestyle, recipes, beauty, fashion tips)
A: It is for this reason that I have created Trini Secrets, the magazine of the group. Twice a year, I present across this magazine around 60 pages of the latest trends in hair and fashion. All while exploring exciting events, entertainment, celebrity news, popular personalities, dining, information on health and wellness, and even travel. This magazine is available in each of my salons and it is also available in digital form on my website: www.trinisalons.com. The best way to receive my daily tips is by following me on my Facebook page TriniArtist or on twitter @Trini.
Q: Is there a quote or motto that you live by?
A: For business it would be, “Client Experience and Excellence.” And personally, “Value has value, only if its value is valued.”
Q: Who have been your favorite or most notable clients?
A: It is the constant question journalists ask and other artists will say that they have worked on such and such people in order to show off and boost their egos; I do not believe in answering such questions. These “famous people” are just like you and me and they do not merit more attention, knowing that they are famous, than any of my other clients that pass through my studio. In order to respect the privacy of my clients while playing the game with the journalists, I have decided to put forth my “famous person,” who is the most famous and well-known person in this whole world and who for generations, whatever the new tendency, does not change his look. My “famous person” is Santa Claus (You can check out Santa Claus’ visit at Trini Salon & Spa, here!). He has been my most loyal client for years and contrary to other “famous people” he never wants to change his look!
Q: How do you stay inspired to create beauty?
A: I have the chance of having the opportunities to travel worldwide and my inspiration comes from my walks through the streets of Paris, London, New York and Milan. Life in general is my source of inspiration.
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