The Secrets Of...The Celebrity Hair Stylist

01 October 2019
GQ Men Of The Year 2019, Haircare, Grooming, DUBAI
The Inside Scoop On How To Achieve Award Winning Hair From One Of Dubai's Best Stylists

Ahead of our Men of The Year awards 2019, we've spoken to the people behind the scenes for the inside information on what it takes to be awards ready.

Want to know how everyone’s hair always looks so good? We’re here to let you know that it doesn’t happen by accident. Luca Comella, co-founder of Y12 Salon, with branches in the Ritz-Carlton, Jumerirah and the Bulgari Hotel, cuts to the chase and tells us what it takes to cut the hair of the planet’s most stylish men.

GQ: People are very particular about their hair. How do you balance what they want with what you think will suit them?
It is all about the initial consultation. Men nowadays know a lot, so we take their requests seriously and always add our opinion about what suits them best. It seems to work well.

GQ: What do you do if someone asks for a cut that you know won’t suit them?
I will definitely express my opinion politely, giving explanations. Elements like face shape, lifestyle and hair type are crucial. Once they understand that, it makes it easier for us to introduce the cut that we think suits them best.

GQ: What’s the one thing people would be surprised to know about your job?
I use a lot of geometry when I execute a cut. When I tell people that they’re always surprised.

GQ: Why do people tell their barbers secrets they wouldn’t even tell their closest friends?
I love that! It’s more of a tradition and they know that we keep these secrets to ourselves.

GQ: Could you give us an (anonymous) story or secret you’ve heard from someone
I will keep them for when I release my book! My favourites are the ones related to how to achieve success in business.

GQ: Who do you think has great hair at the moment?
I like kit harington and dev patel hair as they show some length. Otherwise, seems like lot of them have the same haircut.

GQ: And who could do with a re-style?
Donald trump needs serious help.

GQ: What 3 hair products should a man always have in his washbag?
A gentle cleansing shampoo, texturizing spray (sea salt), and a matte paste.

GQ: And what’s the one thing men should do with their hair that they don’t?
Most men still don’t use a hairdryer.  Using it can make a serious difference on the styling and it only takes 2 minutes.

GQ: Have you ever had to rescue a hair disaster last minute? Could you tell me about it?
I remember when I rescued the hair of an English cricketer. He was in Dubai for a tournament and he got his hair cut near his hotel and it was very bad. I had to cut it really short but still managed to create a style that in the end he liked, and kept it the same for a while.

Luca Comella @y12salon