NAHA is celebrating 25 inspiring years in just a few weeks, and we had the pleasure of speaking with Sal Misseri, Artistic Director at Ladies & Gentlemen in Chicago.
Misseri was 2012 NAHA Newcomer of the Year Winner, 2013 NAHA Finalist Hairdresser of the Year & Men’s Design and 2014 NAHA Finalist Contemporary Classic!
Sal has been trained by many of the best stylists in the industry including but not limited to, Mark Hayes, Antoinette Beenders, Stephen Moody, Allen Ruiz, David Adams, and Lupe Voss. Sal is considered one the top 30 colorists under 30 in the country. His work can be seen globally in trade magazines and fashion events. We’re so excited to share with you our exclusive interview with Sal!
What does it mean in the industry to win a NAHA award, what changed in your career?
“It’s an amazing achievement to win a NAHA. The best part is that you feel a sense of approval from the industry and all those who judged your work. Winning a NAHA opens new doors and helps take your career to the next level. I was offered editorial opportunities and start and advanced academy for our salon.”
How did you feel the moment you found out you won?
“I can’t put in words the feeling that comes over you when your name is announced. It was an instant adrenaline rush. I had put a lot of thought into my collection and felt like I represented myself the best way possible.”
Who pushed you to enter?
“I would say I wanted it for myself the most, I wanted a way to test myself and see how my work would stand up to others in the industry. I had a lot of support from my salon and that just helped fuel the fire to win.”
What was the most nerve-wrecking moment you had at NAHA?
“Waiting for them to announce my category it was one of the last ones and I was freaking out.”
From your experience, what do you think you have to do to win a NAHA?
“To be honest I don’t know anymore, I feel like hard work is key but I can’t say that there is a particular style or way to do a collection to win. I’ve seen amazing entries not even make finals, I think it all depends who is judging and what style they like. I would say make the collection for yourself don’t try to recreate something that has won before because win or lose the most important thing is that you are happy with your own work, and if you don’t win then reevaluate and come back stronger.”
Which artists do inspire you in your work?
“Akin Konizi, Robert Lobetta, Angelo Seminara.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“Hopefully winning another NAHA or perhaps a few and I would also love to win an AIPP award!”