Posh Beauty Expert of the Week: Celebrity Hair Stylist Nelson Vercher
Nelson Vercher is the celebrity hairstylist that’s flown under the radar. He’s worked with some of the most sought after names in the entertainment industry including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears. As if his list of celebrity clientele wasn’t enough to add him to the hierarchy of phenomenal hair stylists in the industry he’s also dominated in the fashion industry working with luxury brands such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and his editorial work has been featured in the pages of such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Nylon, Italian Vogue, L’Officel, Wonderland, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Vercher gives us a bit of a look into his career and how aspiring hairstylists can also grow in this business:
When was the day you decided you wanted to be a hairstylist? Why?
Well, I was thinking about it from about the age of 15 and I grew up in a house full of sisters. But I got really serious about it at about 18, when I happened to walk past a Vidal Sassoon salon in Chicago and saw groovy kids working there and doing their thing. Right there and then, it became clear that hair would be it.
During your most difficult moments in your career how did you stay motivated?
Staying motivated can be very hard when things are not going right with your career. What I do is tell myself is I’m not done and theres much more of my work the world haven’t seen yet. I often do some of my best work during these moments, so pushing yourself creatively will help to keep you motivated. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s what I do. And try to eat really healthy and work out a lot!
If you could do any part of building your career over what would it be?
I don’t like to play the “what if” game, because there’s nothing you can do about what you did and didn’t do in the past. I think what happens, is supposed to happen. With that said, I would pay much more attention to the people working on set, such as the producers and those kind of people. The money people. I do it now, but it took years to start becoming a business man and I’m still working on it.
What has been your most memorable moment working in the beauty industry?
The most memorable moment of my career ? I don’t think its happened yet! But I will certainly tell you when it does. Something I thought about the other day and have thought about every day since, is that I am doing just what I set out to do in my career – and more. I’m super lucky and still excited by it!
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means to me global and not being afraid to be yourself no matter what that is.
If you were stranded on an island what top beauty products would you not be able to live without?
If I were stranded on an island, the product I would most need would already be there and that’s coconuts! You can use them for everything and eat them! And if not that, then Dr Hauschka sunscreen.
Finish this sentence: A woman is most beautiful when ___________.
A woman is most beautiful when she returns home very late after a fun night out! Nothing more boring to me than perfection.
What is your advice for anyone looking to break into this industry?
Start with great basic training, which can take up to 5 years. Never say anything anything to the person you work under – bite your lip. Be the last person to leave and with a little luck things should work out.