News added 15/06/17: Robert Lobetta is rejoining Sebastian Professional as ‘creative visionary’! Despite taking a long break (Robert was previously creative director and spent two decades with Sebastian from 1985-2005) they recognize that Robert remains one of the most progressive, enlightened hairdressers of our times. In a short film release on his re-emergence, Robert notes: “Vision is everything, the light that removes the darkness, and the answer to every possibility and the ability to imagine a better way”! Certainly we hear this as a fantastic move for both parties. Hold on for an anticipated upsurge in imaginative, rule-breaking, thrilling education and creative direction. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FILM:
Summer 2015 – “What makes a particular place and moment in time so special? For more than 50 years London has been the dominant force within the world of hairdressing. Do physical locations and environments like exhibition halls still have a part to play in the evolution within our industry? The international hair world and the Internet have made redundant the notion of where an image, an idea, a concept or a product originates, because new concepts and changes in attitude, mixed with innovations in style, spread at light speed. This makes it possible for everyone to be on the same page.
Is the ‘hair exhibition’ becoming outdated, or does it need to be re-invented, and did the great shifts within our culture ever originate from those events? I’m not sure. The real revolutions tend to evolve through individuals or groups who are willing to commit their time to something more meaningful. I don’t think the next hair revolution will come out of an exhibition, show or awards ceremony, not even in London.
So, how do we catch that special moment in time when something starts to change direction? The Internet? Maybe, but the Internet is good for taking us somewhere else, or leading us to something else. It’s not so good at being present and I believe you have to be in the eye of the storm to make something happen. So will the dominance of London still prevail? Or is there a shift in the balance waiting to occur. Only time will tell.”
Spring 2014 – “Life is a game best played out in good company, so start picking your team and learn to collaborate openly. Great collaboration means never having to say you’re sorry! Passion hard work and a good sense of humor are vitally important because things usually don’t always go the way you want them to. Its what makes a collaboration so rewarding and exciting.”
“Once you start learning to collaborate, you will naturally navigate towards people you work well with in sharing the same vision. The relationships that start to develop from this will be incredibly important, because that’s how a team comes together.”
“You have to believe in the project you are working on, and everyone respects each other’s opinions and skills, its what keeps you improving all of the time until every one is proud of the outcome. It is hard to find that connection where you don’t have to say much to be on the same page, but when you do, the results can be outstanding.”
Winter 2013 – 2014 – “Can fashion still influence hair – or has street culture and the Internet taken over? Hair has referenced fashion for decades including: Vivienne Westwood; Karl Lagerfeld; Alexander McQueen; Marc Jacobs; and John Galliano. All of these designers gave us fantastic inspiration. But the rise of the digital age has given us a new platform to source a different set of ideas. Today’s Internet empowers youth with the ability to create their own sense of style in hair, make-up, and fashion. In turn, they are also able to influence like-minded people along the way.
“Street culture represents an intriguing take on individualism, it represents a cooler view on style as it comes directly from the wearer (whose creative imagination develops an alternative set of rules). It’s here on the street that you see a total freedom of expression. There are many hairdressers who have interpreted an idea seen on the street – there is nothing greater than raw vision, and where better to see it than on the streets!
“So where does that leave fashion’s influence on hair in 2014? Fashion, like hair, is a reality and must be translated into our working lives as hairdressers. But remember, whether an evening updo, or a haute-couture haircut, it has to have an element of rawness to keep it very real and urban.”
Summer 2013 – “Your clients expect you to be remarkable. The most important clients often get bored with yesterday and are quizzical about tomorrow which forces you to be more creative. The good ideas that spread, will always be the remarkable ones. ‘Good enough’ stopped being good enough a long time ago. So why not be great?! If you keep telling yourself you will be great, that’s exactly what you will become.
“So, you may ask yourself, if it’s that easy to be great why doesn’t every body do it? The answer is FEAR
“One of my close friends always manages to talk themselves out of the fear, the fear may still be there but they can drown it out with a different story. It’s a story of how their insight can change the way other people think. We all have this power; the only thing holding us back is our own fear. Not easy to admit, but essential to understand.
“I believe a lot of us choose not to be remarkable because we are worried about criticism; we hesitate to be inventive in case someone will hate what we have done.
“Fear of criticism is a very powerful deterrent because the criticism doesn’t actually have to occur for the fear to set in, we can almost feel it. Watch a few people get criticized for being inventive and it’s easy to convince ourselves the same thing could happen to us if we are not careful.
“The lesson here is simple: if you come up with an idea that’s safe, there’d be no criticism, no conversation. The cuts, colours, services, concepts, strategies, images or any unusual idea that come to mind that get talked about, are the ones worth talking about, the remarkable ones.
“The challenge is this, as you contemplate your next opportunity ask yourself ‘be safe or be remarkable?’!”
Spring 2013 – 10 ‘Thinkisms’
• True creativity is in the thinking process, and the depth of one’s thinking
• Open your mind, open your heart, and be curious about your past and your present. Then walk into the future with both arms open
• You are never going to please everyone; some people will love what you do, and others will hate what you do. Listen to your instincts, and always be inspired to create something that is personal and try not to feel the pressure to follow others
• The best ideas tend to come at the most random times, so always be ready for anything that pops into your brain when you least expect it
• Keep going no matter what. The hardest thing about the beginning of a new adventure is being able to see the light at the end of a sometimes very dark tunnel. But if you keep pushing through the darkness, you will find that glimmer of light that makes everything worthwhile
• There are no shortcuts to anything worthwhile, so please don’t try
• Be different, be bold, be courageous, trust your own eyes and get your work seen. Then work, work, work. Our industry is no different from any other; your efforts will be rewarded
• Having an idea is nothing, the actuality of doing it, is everything
• Never worry whether something has been done before. Simply by doing it your way, you will make it original and yours
• Hairdressing is very subjective, so learn to accept constructive criticism because sometimes fresh minds can bring a different approach to your work.
“What is intuition? The dictionary definition reads: Knowing without knowing how you know.
“Intuition is derived from the very essence of our minds, it is viewed in philosophy as being prior to all perception and all reasoning. It is an exquisite sensitivity that feeds off life’s energies to all the undiscovered possibilities. For me intuition is the glue that holds all reasoning together.
“Whenever you find yourself lacking in creativity or inspiration, you may be out of touch with your intuition. It can guide you into a world full of ingenious ideas, experimentation, and brainstorming that will help in your work life by stimulating innovation and problem solving. Too often we are trained to discount or repress that knowledge and therefore purposely neglect it, devalue it, or refuse to recognize its message. But intuition is a wonderful tool for insight and illumination. It is our internal guidance system, an inner library of emotional clues that can direct you onto the right path.
“The field of creation and invention is an area in which intuition plays an essential role in searching out undiscovered possibilities. People such as Damien Hirst, Vidal Sassoon, and Salvador Dali tapped into their sixth sense to discover groundbreaking notions. The creative process demands that you’re willing to step into the unknown to see what happens.
“We are all naturally intuitive. It’s something that everyone possesses and is activated by simply asking the relevant questions, your unconscious thoughts put these questions into motion, and learning to trust the answers that come from your most loving and wisest self allows you to make choices based on inner peace and the fullest expression of your true nature.
“Finding a meaningful question that ignites interest creates the opportunity for new solutions to arise. When you move into a state of questions, creativity can flourish which in turn leads me to ask you whether you are now in a state of openness where new impressions can begin to take form, where you now know, without knowing how you know?
“You may be thinking what’s this got to do with hair? I can assure you it’s got everything to do with hair.”
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