Erol Karadag was moved by the ingenuity of the hairdressing craft at an early age. Aged 14, the Turkish-born hairstylist entered the field as an apprentice in his hometown of Istanbul. He went on to receive formal training at The Sassoon Academy in LA as well as in NYC, and eventually started working freelance. While his portfolio brims with refined techniques and precise finishes, his creative eye is not to be underestimated. With a constant forward-thinking vision, the balance of practicality and creativity lies at the heart of Karadag’s love for his work.
Where can you always count on finding inspiration? Ideas find me everywhere – a person’s face, an event, a feeling and a sound all have an equal chance of stirring up an emotion and a thought that could later manifest in the form of hair. I am also infinitely inspired by the heritage of Vidal Sassoon and my favourite hairdressers: Eugene Souleiman, Toni & Guy, Julien d’Ys, to name a few.
If you had to choose between texture, colour, and shape, what would you choose? For me, shape takes precedence over all else. My work is primarily focused on the form, balance and purpose. I see shape as the essential element, a framing of the hair aesthetics, and I’ve learned that it’s equally important from a photographic standpoint. I use other components such as colour and texture to enhance and accentuate the hair composition.