Sacha Quarles has been the go-to stylist to stage, fashion, print, television and film stars for over a decade. He works with many hair care companies, television shows and editorial publications, providing his expertise in hair styling, cutting, color design, hair extensions, wig creation, and hair restoration. He’s been nominated for 2 Emmy’s for Sex and the City and his personal client list includes Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBoeouf, Carey Mulligan and Kristin Davis to name a few.
Beauteeze was lucky enough to speak with him for a few minutes while on his way to his next movie set:
Beauteeze: What’s the biggest challenge in running your business today?
Sacha: Being in the movie business, everyday brings a new challenge. There is no telling what kind of materials will end up being needed from one set to the next. Extensions, wigs, and color could all be called upon in a moments notice and I need to be prepared for any scenario.
Beauteeze: How do you utilize technology to improve your business?
Sacha: I am always looking for new ways to improve my technique with new products and new tools. Hair companies are always putting out new methods to keep hair in place and it is important to be on top of all the new breakthroughs. The new tools I’ve been most interested in are the ones that allow me to straighten my client’s hair without doing long-term damage to it. My clients trust me to take care of them and it important to find the techniques that will not cause harm to their hair after they leave the set.
Beauteeze: What are the hottest hair trends for women this summer?
Sacha: “Done” styles are definitely in. Because of the influence of TV shows like Boardwalk Empire, Pan Am and Mad Men, women are going for more of a styled look, with a modern twist. The stars are sporting a lot of updo’s on the red carpet this season. Two films I’ve recently worked on also depict the very elegant style making a come back. In Men and Black III starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Emma Thompson, they travel back in time to the 1960’s and Gangster Squad with Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin is set in the 1940’s. The period look is very beautiful and sophisticated and I love that women are seeking this out now.
Beauteeze: What is the biggest hair crime you have seen lately?
Sacha: The biggest hair crime today is definitely women who have heat-damaged hair. Women need to learn to check the heat settings on their straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons. Heat damaged hair can have long term consequences ruining the texture and making styling and coloring very difficult.
Beauteeze: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Sacha: Everything inspires me! The real women walking the street of New York City inspire me. Things that I like, things that I don’t like. All of it inspires me. I like to look at styles that I don’t like and figure out a way to make it better. Of course, fashion shows and fashion magazines always inspire, but it’s the real women that encourage me to always do better.
Beauteeze: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us! Good luck on your next movie!