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Life & Work with Charis Didear

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charis Didear.

Hi Charis, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in Pasadena and moved to Oregon at twelve years old as my parents’ were on the hunt for a better education for my sister and I. It was around this age that I started my love affair with hair. I started doing my friend’s hair and my own, being initially more intrigued by hair coloring. Needless to say, some of those early experiments went seriously awry.

After high school, I had a series of jobs I didn’t love and was eventually an insurance broker. I had no idea how I had gotten so far from the arts and creativity and from playing. Playing is such an important part of who I am and evokes the imagination and inspiration. So with that realization at 24, I enrolled in Cosmetology.

Here I am, well over a decade later and I haven’t looked back.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The hardest struggle to date has been the loss my clients have suffered due to the current pandemic. It was very hard having to be removed from my clients during the many months we couldn’t have any interactions.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I find most of my passion in cutting hair. I love to look at someone’s face and get into a collaboration with them to determine who they are and what they feel comfortable portraying externally.

I feel like my work translates to art like that of a sculptor, carving out shapes from something that may have started without much of one.

The feedback I get from clients after they’ve left the chair makes my work so fulfilling.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I try to stay current from magazines like Paper, Vice, Canvas, etc. I find some inspiration in found objects, in nature and just observing humans in my immediate environment.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @hartley.hairartistry

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