We were fortunate enough to gain time with a renowned Hollywood hairstylist and curl expert, the illustrious Camille Friend, to gain her insights from a long and storied career.
Camille’s long list of credentials include her recognition as an Emmy Award nominated hairstylist for her television work, and her status as a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy. She has done extensive work for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, styling the hair for some of the world’s most famous and highest grossing blockbuster films. She is also the co-founder of education initiative Hair Scholars and a trend expert, most recently partnering with HASK as an advocate of their Curl Care products.
Discover more about this dynamic career from an on set stalwart, in her own words.
What have been the main highlights of your career?
Being chosen to be a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is one of my greatest achievements. I have done seven Marvel blockbuster films that have shaped my career and, most recently, I started an educational platform, titled Hair Scholars, to share my craft and knowledge of the business with hairstylists and makeup artists. Being able to mentor the next generation of artists has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on an Apple TV project with Sam Jackson and prepping Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios.
How did you get started in hair?
I am a third-generation hairstylist, and it’s just something that I think I was born to do.
Where do you see the future of the hair industry going?
I think the industry’s future is hair products with more natural and non-toxic ingredients – products that protect and are gentle on the hair without any harsh effects and still have great results.
What are your current top trends in curls?
Having versatility with your curls by adding extensions or hair colours are the current trends. I love to see balayage, highlights, and shadow rooting on curly hair. Also, hair care companies are paying attention to curls and coming out with products made specifically for curly hair. For example, HASK has a great new Curl Care Collection to keep curls looking healthy, moisturised and keep away the frizz.
What is your advice to emerging hairstylists?
Be an all-around hairstylist. Learn how to cut, colour, style, blow-dry, and curl. Also, knowing how to work with all textures of hair is essential in today’s market. You must be able to service any person that sits in your chair.