As an educator with Shu Uemura Art of Hair, Chris Hagen loves coaching other stylists to succeed and meet their professional goals. He works behind the chair full time at W’s Salon & Academy in Silicon Valley where he is an educator and leader within the salon. He believes finding inspiration through quality education motivates hairdressers to give an unforgettable experience for salon guests. Shu Uemura Art of Hair is a brand he aspired to be aligned with since the start of his career. As a national artist Chris loves to tell the story behind the ingredients and share how special the line is. Education is an infinite game and he attends multiple courses to offer the latest luxury service and experience to his guests. He loves teaching for Shu Uemura and finds joy in sharing his passion for hair, meeting new hairdressers, traveling internationally and enjoying the arts.
How do you determine which prep product to begin with?
A thorough consultation allows me to examine the density and texture of a client’s hair. Shu Uemura products work best when layered starting with a primer like Shiki Worker Blow Dry Primer.
Do you have a favorite go-to?
Wata Wave Texturizing Spray is my all-time favorite because anyone can benefit from it. The fragrance is amazing and it gives life back to styles two or three days after a blowout.
How do you think the precious ingredient story plays into speaking to products with clients?
When I think of anything crafted by an artisan, I feel the ingredients are just as important as the finished result. I personally love hearing about ingredients in products, I love learning the technology and historical significance in Shu Uemura's precious ingredients.
What makes Shu so appealing to clients and stylists?
Shu Uemura represents the tradition of Japan with the power of nature. It is luxury haircare products, using the most precious ingredients that has been used for decades.
Which two products can you not live without? And why?
It's hard to pick just two products I couldn’t live without. Each product has a purpose, but if I had to I would choose Awa Volume Volumizing Hair Mousse and Wata Wave Texturizing Spray. Those two products to me are the stars in the line because of its undeniable volumizing benefits. Together they are the perfect combination for voluminous stunning hair.