Meet Gerardo Dominguez. An El Salvadorian-born freelance hair & make up artist and all-around creative genius.
With a chair at the NYC Japanese hair salon Hoshi Coupe East Village, Gerardo is not only a master with the scissors and couture (he creates most of his own ensembles), but also doubles up as a personal therapist, confidante and all-around bundle of joy to be around.
We dropped by this week to say hi and ask him five questions.
How did you become involved in styling?
I grew up in el Salvador listening to Madonna. My dream was to one day move to New York City to become a celebrity stylist and one day get to work with Madonna herself.
[Editor's note: this WILL happen]
Where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I generally draw inspiration from a mixture of things. For example, exotic birds and nature. I love exploring their unique colors and shapes as a way to get ideas for new and unique hair style dimensions.
How would you describe your personal style?
I describe my style as "urban street fashion"... A mix of clothing. Without a definitive masculine or feminine gender as I combine both in a modern and elegant way. For me, gender doesn't exist if you truly know how to combine.
What is your favorite hairstyling trend at the moment?
For men, I like the Williamsburg effect ... Sharp and hipster. For women, I like sun-kissed highlights. Just a slight touch to bring out a client's natural beauty.
If you were a prisoner on death row, what would be your last meal request?
I would probably order fresh red grapefruit juice, grilled tuna fish & pomegranate seeds with a little bit of spice and lime on the side, and a red quinoa salad.