We sat down with the social media guru and fashion designer Nabiila (@Nabiilabee) to ask her about her recent collaboration with L'Oréal Professionnel!
Hi Nabiila, tell us about this project, Check my hair, with L'Oréal Professionnel.
Nabiila: L'Oréal Professionnel are campaigning to make hair colouring more appealing and diverse, so that it's accessible to everyone, not just for those who need to cover their greys, but to include young people; giving them yet another means of expressing themselves. I'm always on board with all things inclusive and expressive!
How did you collaborate with L'Oréal Professionnel?
N: It was crazy, L'Oréal Professionnel whisked my brand partner and I to Paris for a couple of days where we had meetings with the L'Oréal Professionnel team. The room was full of inspiring people with so much experience, and they were turning to us for advice on how to connect with young audiences. I couldn't believe it, I felt so privileged!
Are you a hair colour addict, and have you ever done anything crazy with your hair?
Oh yes, of course! I love colouring my hair, I've been doing it for years. As for crazy...well, I shaved my hair really short once, and I dyed my hair blue last week - I've always been into getting my hair dyed crazy bright colours, from pink to green to orange!
What about the concept of Hair colour as the new make up?
I love it! The colour of your hair makes such a difference. Whenever I get my hair done I feel like I don't need makeup as I already feel dressed up. It really adds that extra something special to your look.
In your opinion, is there a link between self esteem and one's hair colour and or styling?
Self esteem is really important in terms of expressing your identity, so when your hair feels and looks healthy and you have dyed or cut your hair in a way that makes you feel empowered it's great because you are showing a different side to yourself.
Do you ever go to your hair stylist for help?
I always get myself to the salon when I need some love and attention! You can go in not necessarily feeling great about yourself and leave feeling on top of the world and ready to face what is coming next knowing that you are looking your best self. To sit there and be pampered and chit chat with someone who you're familiar with – They help to transform the way you see and feel about yourself.
Do you think that hair colour and styling are ways to become comfortable with ourselves and boost our self confidence? Or do we do it for other people?
Good question! I think that all our outward representations help us to be more confident and boost our self-esteem. It's always nice to present your inner self on the outside in some way. A new hair colour might give you that extra boost of confidence in to achieve your latest goal. Of course one of the questions that runs through your mind is "I hope my friends like this", or that your mum or your work colleagues don't have a problem with it. Other people's opinions are a factor, but I'd say we do it mainly for ourselves.
If you had some advice for young women who are unsure of themselves, what would it be?
First of all if you're unsure of yourself, don't worry, there's nothing wrong with you, we've all been there and it can happen to the best of us at any time. Once you recognise that, you can begin to take steps towards becoming sure of yourself. There's no one way of course. But generally speaking, I'd say - face your fears, look after your health, your mind, exercise, eat better, socialize, talk to people, achieve more and find your true self! All these things will help you gain confidence. Then, once you start to tune in with what's inside you, sure - go nuts! Get your hair done, nails done, everything done! It always helps to have that temple looking fly as ever! Hashtag #haircheck!