Frederic Fekkai Believes Hair Is A Top Priority For Professional Settings

By Joseph DeAcetis, Contributor
Pictured is the new FEKKAI Apple Cider Detox Collection which was recently launched in August 2021. Courtesy of Marilou Daube for FEKKAI

When it comes to looking professional for the office, good hair is key. You see, hair reflects an individual’s personality. Sadly, an abundant number of professionals do not pay enough attention to their hair. On the rise to corporate ascension, it is important to keep up-to-date with your hairstyle to enhance beauty, personality and appear energetic at the office.

Frédéric Fekkai has been one of the most recognized and respected names in the beauty industry for three decades. Since the opening of his first salon atop Bergdorf Goodman in New York City in 1989 he’s continued to make a name for himself as a forward- thinking visionary and entrepreneur.

More surprisingly, today, I am happy to report that he has a renewed enthusiasm for clean ingredients, sustainable packaging, and modified formulations. He advocates that clean formulations do not have to compromise. Henceforth, he’s turned his two sustainable Green Circle-certified New York City salons into living labs where all FEKKAI products are tested by professional stylists on real clients (never animals!).

Hair Styling For Office Success:

If the person is a professional in the financial industry, then a conservative yet modern hairstyle might work out well. If the hairstyle is right then it would definitely add to his or her personality. In fact, many times, a new hair style can help them in enhancing their personality. Truly, it works. Depending on your place of business, the best hairstyle for you will need the advice of an industry professional to navigate correctly.

Robert Sherman—Your colleagues and clients are much more aware of when you do not make the effort to style your hair, there are no off days, be consistent! 

The oldest known hair styling is braiding which dates back about 30,000 years. Although often kept covered outside the home, women’s hair was styled in creatively interesting ways. Fast forward to the early 17th century, male hairstyles grew longer, with waves or curls being considered desirable. And professionally, male wigs were brought about by King Louis XIII of France in 1624. Thankfully, 400 years later, we have evolved.

In modern times, I suggest you select the appropriate hairstyle that would suit your face, hair as well as your personality during office hours.

Marie-Antoinette Carlo says— I’m a huge fan of hair accessories. It can elevate and refresh a basic office look. Oversized headbands are an easy way to look polished and put together. There is a vast range of styles which makes it an inclusive look for all hair lengths and hair types. 

Frédéric Fekkai Marilou Daube

One of the most popular hair topics in professional settings is having your hair colored appropriately. The day the grey comes ( and it does) more natural shades of color is best for conservative offices. Be mindful to ensure your roots are not showing as it looks unprofessional and even sloppy to have your roots showing. You either let it go grey or you keep up with the color. In addition, I feel it is best to have your hair dyed professionally. It is an investment in you.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Founder of FEKKAI Frédéric Fekkai about how he I took the challenge to bring clean and sustainable hair care collection with high-performance, why his products are made of 95% recycled plastics with high performance clean formulas and why he believes hair is a top-priority with respect to being perceived by others as professional.

Frederic Fekkai is an acclaimed hairstylist and founder of revolutionary, sustainable hair care brand, FEKKAI Courtesy of FEKKAI

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes about how Fekkai launched and how it has developed to keep up with modern trends? 

Frédéric Fekkai: When I bought back the Fekkai brand, I was determined to re- launch the brand with clean formulas free of silicone, sulfates and paraben and develop bottles and packaging made out of post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR). I took the challenge to bring to market what I believe to be the first clean and sustainable hair care collection with high performance. 

The FEKKAI SoHo Salon provides a luxurious and welcoming experience to all of its customers. @timorrazphoto

JD: How is the Fekkai experience unique to customers with respect to services provided? 

FF: At Fekkai we want to bring to our customers the attention they deserve-meaning great customer service, credibility, authority of style and superior and luxurious products and treatments

JD: Why is hair important for men and women with respect to dressing for success? 

FF: Hair length, texture, volume, shine and movement completes our silhouette, defines our aesthetic, lifestyle, personality and occupation. Unlike our skin, hair changes throughout the day and from day to day with weather, and perhaps where you travel.

JD: What are the current trends in mens and womens hair?

FF: For men, it's all about grooming, short and stylish from the Peaky Blinders haircut to longer hair , messy or tousled.

For women, it’s a reminiscence of the 80’s style groomed hair with volume or sleek high ponytail (ie: Jennifer Lopez), also, soft, loose hair around the hairline updos without braids, chin length bobs and mid-lengths are in. Many trends, but all glamorous. Specifically, speaking to men; do you think adding color to cover the grey is a good thing in aiming to appear more energetic at the office? 

I am not a believer in covering grey hair with hair color I prefer to create modern hairstyles and use apple cider detox to brighten the grey hair . If grey hair coverage is less than 30% then I will do what we call camouflage to only cover grey hair partially.

Frédéric Fekkai Marilou Daube

JD: Talk to Forbes viewers about your expertise in running the Frédéric Fekkai empire?

FF: It's fascinating to be an entrepreneur and able to create products and services to help our customers to enhance their beauty. I bought back my namesake brand Fekkai to create products that would pamper our customers and care for the planet as well. Our products are made of 95% recycled plastics with high performance clean formulas. We are retailing with Ulta in the US. They are the right partner for our customers and our brand ethos of clean, vegan, sustainable products.  

JD: Explain to Forbes viewers the line of Fekkai products available and explain why you believe and support your product offerings?

FF: At Fekkai, we have eight different collections that speak to different needs and different hair types. For every formula it’s crucial that every product performs. We are clean without compromise and use the best ingredients that give you incredible results. We test every product in our salon by our stylists on our customers to make sure every product meets our high standards.


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