Iggy Rosales: Talking creativity with the Hair Editor of Laud Magazine
“At primary school I used to choose my friends on the grounds of their hair!” – Iggy Rosales
Interview by Anthony Mascolo
As a child, Iggy Rosales was deeply involved in the world of music. He received classical training from an early age, an experience which instilled in him “an appreciation of the arts, beauty and most importantly, it helps me remember that I am not afraid to explore and try new things”. The Australian session stylist has worked on teams led by industry legends including Sam McKnight, Luigi Murenu and Guido Palau, and now holds the title of Hair Editor at luxury beauty publication Laud Magazine. Led by Rosales’s artistic approach, Laud aims to challenge conventions of hair and beauty through its bold visual content. Rosales explains,
“content can morph from the whimsical to political. We strive to create images that are aspirational but with a twist”.
How did you get into hair?
For me, hair was another medium to create art and express myself. In primary school I used to choose my friends on the grounds of their hair! During high school, I experimented with cutting and colouring my friends’ hair, much to their parents dismay. I even persuaded my friend Hannah to shave her waist length hair off and pose for my art assignment. I’d consider my first haircuts to be “explorative” and not technically very good at all – I was always full of new ideas I wanted to try. I was so lucky to have lots of friends who allowed me the freedom to play with their hair, and thankfully I got better at it!
“At primary school I used to choose my friends on the grounds of their hair!”
Can you tell us about some of your inspirations and influences?
I would say that influences in my work emerge from different processes for each project. I guess formal education, travelling and life experiences influence me, however I can get inspired from many different things: music, art, paintings, fashion, nature… It can also be fun to take from personal experiences and to explore ideas and thoughts that may be unusual, complex or very simple.
I think inspiration is something magical that comes to you from somewhere, and whether we are ready to identify it or not, these moments just happen. A few years back, I was watching a documentary about jellyfish, and their odd beauty mesmerised me! The way they moved, their colours, shapes and the eerie background music… it led me down a strange path where I wondered; how could I create jellyfish hair? I ended up experimenting for a week with different hairpieces, lights, and materials… my house was a disaster zone! Eventually, I ended up creating a wig that illuminated from the inside like a jellyfish. (above)
You are Australian Hair Editor of Laud Magazine. Can you tell us about Laud’s approach to hair?
Laud explores specific themes in the context of hair, beauty and special effects. The content can morph from the whimsical to political. We draw from a vast creative team that is engaged in many different aspects of life, when brainstorming we’re aware that each contributor has something unique to offer, and that a picture can speak much louder than words. We strive to create images that are aspirational but with a twist, and our goal is to offer images that hopefully lead to an appreciation of beauty that may not necessarily fit certain conventions.
Who has the best hair in the world?
If you could cut and style anyone’s hair, who would it be?
Sailor Moon (Japanese anime character). I’d definitely colour it pink.
Sum up your relationship with hair in 3 words.
Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder.