Interview with Turkish Celebrity Hair Stylist: Nedim Dogulu

Celebrities always have fabulous hair – from flowing long locks to perky bobs, their tresses are tamed to perfection. We talked with Nedim Dogulu hair stylist from Istabul, Turkey about his passion for hair styling and what makes celebrity hair styles so fabulous, and offered some insider tips for individuals interested in creating their own celebrity looks.

The first time I met the legendary celebrity hairstylist Nedim Dogulu, I was discovering beautiful Istanbul city with a good friend of mine Dicle Simsek. I heard excitedly saying, “My hair stylist is a Genius! It’s gee-niiuuus!” and I burst out laughing. “Who is that?” I asked her.

Nedim is one of the greatest, fiercest, coolest (insert your favorite over the top adjective here) celebrity hairstylist, in Turkey, for myriad reasons, not the least of which is how he makes a famous woman not only look (amazing), but how he makes her feel (beautiful).

Nedim Dogulu has also inevitably become a famous hair stylist in Turkey with best-selling services that have further cemented his reputation as “best in class.” From his beautiful place that is his Istanbul-based salon, I discovered this amazing artist and, I, for one, think that’s gee-niiuuus!

 How did it start your dream to be a hair styling? 

My dream to be a hairstylist started with my brother who was one of the top stylists in Istanbul. Whenever I was out of school, I went watching him in his place, and I tried to practice what I learnt on my mother or sisters. It was a growing passion. I was thinking about hair styling even when I was at school. Then I talked to my brother about my passion to be a hairstylist. This is how my styling adventure started. Then my passion turned into love and I fulfilled my dreams in a very short time. If I could turn back time, I would make the same decision.

What is the difference between styling hair for fashion shows and everyday wear? 

This is something relative. Generally when I cut or dye hair, integrity is important for me. I try to carefully analyze my client first by taking her facial features, clothing style and lifestyle into consideration in order to bring out the best look. I think hair styles at fashion shows are the ones where there is no limit for creativity and it is a team work. It is pretty important to synchronize your team with the clothes of the designer. However, in my own hair show, I like to push my limits.

What is the best part of your work?

The best part of my work is that it depends on creativity and it always requires continual learning. Every day I learn something new in my job.

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What does it take to be successful in your industry?

There are three main rules to be successful in this sector. One of them is being self-consistent. Another one is being innovative and last and the most important rule is working hard.

You have worked with so many fashion designers at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Istanbul, how do you motivate your team on backstage? 

I have been working together with the best designers of Turkey for a long time. I try to listen to the designers I work carefully because what I believe is that if you want to produce good results, you need to share their dreams and show empathy. I also tell my team that what we are doing here is something business not something for entertainment. That is why, we all must focus on our fashion show to maintain our discipline and to show the performance of our team to the others there. Before each fashion show, I try to motivate my team and when I see that we could understand each other without talking, I can feel the synchronicity.

What is the biggest challenge when styling celebrities hair?

I have been working with many celebrities in Turkey and I haven’t experienced any problems up to now. As I said before, it is important to understand the other side and show empathy to that person to start with the right analysis. Especially if that person is someone famous, she wants to see herself sexy and stylish in front of cameras and in photographs. If you can guarantee their satisfaction, they always feel themselves good and amazing works come out. The key word is to analyze and not to do some cliché things.

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What are the trendiest styles for next summer?

The new trends for the next summer are more colorful hair styles like blue, purple, pink or platinum and of course short masculine haircuts. I think a beautiful woman looks much sexier with a masculine haircut and today women are more aware of this. That is, we will see colorful and stylish women in the streets next year.

Can you tell us your 1st hair care tip?

I worked together with many brands and I have always used the products that I trust, of course the ones which are more natural and have less chemicals. Currently, I have been using such products by CHI brand.

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Which hairstyles do you tend to do the most often?

I don’t like unnatural hair. I like to style hair with its natural texture. For example, my favorite styling is to blow-dry hair and style with my hands without using a brush. I like short haircuts, too. It seems easy but simple things are always the most difficult ones.

What tips and advice do you have for aspiring hair stylists just starting out?

My sincere advice for the aspiring hair stylists just starting out is to do this job with great enthusiasm, passion and love and always follow the innovations.

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Are there any new exciting shows or projects that you are working on or have lined up in the near future?

I have always been goal-oriented and of course I have plans for the future.  I am planning to have a hair show program on a TV channel next year.  Besides, I want to take part in fashion week with my own show.

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         Can you list three celebrities from Hollywood that you would like to work with?

The celebrities I would like to work with are Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Charlize Theron.

Celebrities by Nedim Dogulu Hair Stylist

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Myra Postolache

Fashion Contributor.