Generation Next

Louis Ghewy

On the international hairstyling scene, Belgian breakout talent and early CarréCouture collaborator Louis Ghewy is a young professional to be reckoned with.

by Siska Lyssens

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Name: Louis Ghewy
Age: 26
Occupation: Hair Stylist
Hometown: Grimbergen
Current city of choice: Between London and Paris

Where are you right now and what are you working on/preparing for?
'Right now I’m on the Eurostar to Paris. I’m preparing for a Kenzo shoot tomorrow - I just got the brief and the client wants wigs, so today I'll have an afternoon of running around Strasbourg Saint-Denis to find the right assortment of wigs.'

How was the previous show season for you: what shows did you work on, what campaigns, what editorials?
 'Last season, I got to travel to Cuba for a Louis Vuitton special, and I got to work with the iconic model Veruschka (my mum just bought a print of that shoot to hang in the dining room!). On top of that, I did the hair for an A.P.C. and a Maje campaign with the photographer Coco Capitàn, and I shot with the dream team Willy Vanderperre and Oliver Rizzo in Oostduinkerke. When it comes to shows, I work closely with Ludovic de Saint Sernin, who just showed his second collection in January, and who is currently one of the nine LVMH price finalists. And I worked on shows like A.W.A.K.E., Atlein and Supriya Lele.'
What part of your job do you find the most exciting?
'It’s such a cliché, but the travelling and the fact that I can work with these creatives that often come from very different backgrounds.'

When did you know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
'It was hard for me not do hair since I was 5 years old, after several attempts to cut my sister's hair and her Barbie dolls' (that never ended well). When I was 14, my parents and I decided that I should enrol in a hairdressers academy. When, a year later, I met Amélie Lens, now a DJ then a model, I knew that I wanted to work on shoots and shows. Since then, I’ve been inspired by Robert Mappelthorpe, Martin Margiela and Willy Vanderperre.'

We’re in between show seasons now. What does a typical day look like for Louis Ghewy?
'When I’m not shooting, I speak to my family, see my friends and try to work on my posture in the gym or at a yoga class. It’s important to stay inspired too - luckily London always has great exhibitions (I really recommend the "Another Kind of Life" exhibition that's at the Barbican now). 

Listen, collaborate and to keep your eyes open. 

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned since you first arrived in London and began to work as a professional hair stylist?
'To listen, collaborate and to keep your eyes open.'

What is the hardest part about being a hairstylist?
'The extremely heavy suitcases and the delays when travelling.'

Apart from talent, what would you say are the most important personal character traits a good hair stylist needs?
'Social skills, to be able to work in a team, patience and an understanding of what you can add to a photographer's image and a designer's vision.'

How do you see your future?
'I see myself this Summer in Puglia, drinking wine and listing to the 'Call Me By Your Name' soundtrack. Besides that, I just want to keep on doing what I’m doing. I really enjoy what I do, and my agent has a great understanding of the direction I want to go. Who knows what the future will bring. Maybe 'gooey' hair products - the name based on how Ghewy is pronounced in English...



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