We chatted to Kristie Kesic, Owner and Creative Director of Cobelle Creative, about celebrity crushes, non-negotiables, thoughts on the hair industry and so much more.
What’s your room service order?
Room service to me is heaven. The menu would have to be a chicken parmy or a stupidly expensive steak. If there’s a chocolate brownie for dessert, that’s always a must.
Choose anyone in the world to have dinner with and pick the menu.
Jay Shetty. I’m obsessed and the fact he is considered an inspiration and is so highly respected by the most influential people in the world within life, business and sports, I think just to sit down with him and just chat would be absolutely mind-blowing. Poor guy though, I’m such a simple eater, I’d be happy with just anything Mexican.
What is your secret talent?
I have the odd ability to retain the most useless information. It’s perfect for trivia but probably pointless for everyday life.
What are you working on mastering?
The art of saying no. I have always been one to just say yes to things because I don’t want to let people down, or I think I need to say yes, and this is in all areas of my life. But I’m really working on the idea that if it doesn’t make me happy or doesn’t fulfil opportunity an adventure then it’s ok to say no.
Who do you trust to do your hair?
I’m the world’s worst client and only have my hair done about every four months and I wish I could just do it myself, but I can’t, so I trust two of my girls at Cobelle, Liv for my colour and only ever Elle for my cut. They are the only two that can put up with me.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Leonardo DiCaprio. For obvious reasons.
What are your three non-negotiables in life?
I’ll give you just two. Firstly, my family, everything I do is for them, and secondly, my business. It’s really simple, you try and interfere with or hurt either, you’re going to get me in full mama bear mode.
What is your scent of choice?
I like to mix it up, but currently it’s Si by Giorgio Armani.
What’s your pet hate?
Blatantly rude people and people that put their shoes on furniture. My team will laugh about this one.
What would you like to see more of in the hair industry?
Collaboration. It’s my favourite thing and there’s so much more of this recently but we are stronger together, and why would you not want to share and collaborate with others?
What would you consider a lost art?
Foiling, precision and foundational work. I’m a colourist and all everyone wants to do is balayage and freehand or think a root stretch will solve everything, so it doesn’t matter if your foils are bad. We need to teach hairdressers more than just how to do balayage, long hair and waves, otherwise we are going to be a very one skilled wonder industry.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston.
What is your drink of choice?
It depends on the occasion. Fruit Tingle, Chambord and lemonade or I also I can’t go past a Vodka Cruiser. Not even ashamed to say that.
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