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Iles Formulation Hair Speak with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC.

This week on Iles Formulation Hair Speak we function Mike Martinez from Salon Benjamin in NYC. Learn what he has to say about hairdressing immediately and the nice recommendation he has to supply. To see extra of Mike’s refined and good work try his Instagram: @mike____martinez and Web site:

IF: Inform us what you assume is the most important problem in hairdressing immediately?

For me currently it this query of how will we evolve previous Instagram and the standard ‘Instagram hair’. How will we cease it from homogenizing and com-modifying our work.

Don’t get me incorrect Instagram has change into an unbelievable software for visibility and has accomplished wonders for some folks’s careers. However are we letting it change into a crutch for us to cease pushing ourselves and our purchasers? What number of adjectives and hyperbole can we maintain utilizing to explain sub-par work? So I assume our job is to determine how one can rise above with our work with out falling in stride with the established order.


Iles Formula Hair Talk with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC. by Iles Formula


IF: What’s probably the most fulfilling a part of your job?

I believe journey is an enormous perk and one thing that will also be overwhelming at instances. However I do actually get pleasure from being on the highway. On the flip facet, I am primarily based in New York and it’s such a dense and layered place and I’ve such fantastic purchasers so after I’m residence simply listening to their tales is a pleasure for me.


Iles Formula Hair Talk with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC. by Iles Formula


IF: Why did you select the trail of hairdressing and was it simple to fall into this work?

My Aunt Mary is a hairdresser and has been my total life. Most significantly (and with all the girl in my household) she is somebody who has an unbelievable present to attach with folks. I believe subconsciously that was all the time an enormous inspiration for me. I even have this attraction to the autonomy that hairdressers have.

IF: Should you had not made the choice to be a hairdresser what would you might have been?

That is an excellent query, and I’m not likely sure I’ve an excellent reply for that. I do spend a lot of my free time touring the backroads interviewing folks from the fringes for an ongoing documentary challenge. So most likely one thing alongside these traces.

IF: What’s your biggest energy?

Having a way of urgency and being resourceful.

IF: Your favourite hairdressing instruments?

How does the saying go.. “a poor craftsman blames his instruments.” Nicely, I assume the alternative is true as nicely. Crucial software is the one in your hand. Nevertheless, I do love how a straight razor can rework a haircut.

IF: Inform us about your relationship with Iles Formulation. The way you found us and which method is your favourite?

After 12 years of working in NYC, I simply jumped ship and began working on the new and fist Salon Benjamin location in NYC. Iles has been a staple at Benjamin and I dove proper in and began utilizing the merchandise. Personally, I actually dig the serum, it’s light-weight, extremely nourishing and fortifying for the hair however most significantly it is a fantastic styling product that serves as a base coat to layer with different merchandise. Can’t say sufficient good issues about it.

Iles Formula Hair Talk with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC. by Iles Formula


IF: What was probably the most difficult job you ever made?

I work with a non Revenue known as Fearless Magnificence and we spearheaded the first-ever vocational program for incarcerated ladies on Riker’s Island. The work itself wasn’t difficult per-se… and we quickly realized that it wasn’t a lot about hair because it was about restoring dignity for these ladies. Logistically it was an excellent problem to have the ability to not solely get the instruments but additionally run an efficient program whereas nonetheless complying with all the foundations and laws of jail on an island.


Iles Formula Hair Talk with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC. by Iles Formula


IF: What was your worst hair second and why…. privately or on set/stage or within the salon?

Nicely, simply final week I used to be styling a purchasers hair and there was a free razor in my clip bag. I slammed my hand in there and nicely you recognize what occurs subsequent. Fortunately an excellent consumer was in a position to sew me up free of charge. It’s now most likely the strangest factor I’ve bartered haircuts for.

IF: Should you may type anybody’s hair, who would it not be and why?

Alice Coltrane for positive. The music she made post-John’s demise and the spirit she captured with these songs will without end resonate with me. And c’mon have you ever seen how lovely her hair was?

IF: The place do you pull hair inspiration from?

In every single place I can. I learn as a lot as I’ve the time to and music and movie are each such part of my ethos.

Inspiration is such a private factor but it surely will also be ever so fleeting. Nobody can let you know what to be impressed or how one can be impressed however I believe it’s also simply as vital to acknowledge the issues (each good and unhealthy) that affect and drive your creativity.


Iles Formula Hair Talk with Mike Martinez of Salon Benjamin NYC. by Iles Formula


IF: Your recommendation to younger hairdressers beginning out?

Help everybody you may and take in as a lot data as you may. Do your analysis discover references outdoors of hair and style. Discover the locations the place these references come from. It’s a drained trope however an vital one, don’t be afraid to make errors typically the best ingenuity is born out of our failures.


Thanks, Mike, for sharing with us. We cherished your interview.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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