Hairstylist Josephine Mai spills her creative juices across the glossy pages of magazines and down the international runways in the form of modern and personalized hairstyles that are both flattering and interesting. Vi have talked to the hair-tamer about putting in the hours and staying true to your own unique creative expression.
How and when did your passion for hair start? And why hair?
Since I was a kid, I have always loved playing around with my own hair. This is terrible but I spent hours and hours in front of the mirror with hair-mascara and glitter body makeup before going to Soda disco with my friends.
Getting older it really fascinated me how character building a hairstyle is. I remember one of my good friends was a "hair model" and she got this shacky mullet kinda cut. I looked SO COOL. She went from looking normal to edgy cool in just a couple of hours. It blew my mind and I got obsessed with hair from that day. Of course, I went and had the cut too, and it looked ridiculous on me. She had this huge dark slightly wavy hair. Mine was, and still is, flat and blond.
What do you know now that you wish you had known before becoming a hairstylist?
That it’s easy to become a bit lonely when you work as a freelance hairstylist. Not having colleagues that you see every day. Being away from your loved ones. Endless hours alone in airports and hotels. Everything in this business looks more glamourous than it is. I swear!
You have worked all over the world, how important is that sort of traveling experience for a hairstylist?
I don't think it is important to have travel experience when starting out. Starting out is about getting experience for your craft. To learn from who you think is the best would be my best advice. You can always travel afterward, but you are probably not gonna get far if your basic skills are still to be worked on. The competition worldwide is tough and the is a lot of talent out there you suddenly compete with.
What is your favorite kind of job to do, and why?
It honestly feels very privileged to have a job that takes me around the world from Mexico, New York to Ibiza. Working with the most ambitious and talented people in the world.
Is there anything else that you are passionate about at the moment?
I love that the museums are opening up again. My new year's resolution for 2020 was to see more exhibitions. I was at ARKEN for the first time the other day. It was absolutely beautiful, definitely worth a visit!
Passion; also known as dedication, as hunger, it is the desire to destroy oneself for one’s art. To tear down, move, or start over in order to rebuild and expand. The feeling of not being able to let go. It is a human condition that most are bound by.
Even though we are JUST human, JUST women, JUST female, we all have that drive that makes us ‘more than’. It is what makes us-, our stories-, and our creations unique. From a job, to a child, to a hobby gone wild, we, and you, are more than JUST female. We have gathered some of the most inspiring Danish women that we know for a talk about passion, creativity, and the balance between worklife and homelife.
Let their inspiring stories, trials and errors be a reminder that we all can struggle, we can fail, but something will always have us return to that same place of passion. And maybe the point is not necessarily to succeed, but to have given it your all, and grown in the process.
Tell us about your passion, struggle, and successes!