[BATCH]elor Ambassador, Capriece Batchelor, Talks About His Passion As Hairstylist and Entrepreneur
What inspired you to become a hairstylist?
I was inspired by the ability to easily self-express and set yourself apart from the mainstream and conservative culture of the midwest. People back home (Milwaukee) are slow to change and fashion was always years behind, but hairstyling was an accessible and affordable luxury that could change your image and set you apart instantly. Hair might not always reveal the entire story, but it does give insight into your personality
Can you tell us a little bit about Culture of Hair? When did you decide to open the space?
I opened the COH in November of 2017 but I have been working on the concept throughout my career. One of our core missions is to provide masterful and artistic hair services to people of all stripes. I’ve always dreamed of creating a salon where inclusivity was at the core and knowledge and skill of all hair types where a prerequisite of a great stylist and business model.
What drives your passion for hair?
My passion for hair is driven by my clients and their constant search for liberation, self expression and personal style. My ability to manipulate and create endless, customized looks keeps me on top of my game and always seeking new ways to challenge myself and grow as an artist.
Having achieved an incredible career as a hair stylist, what’s the best advice you can give others who also have this passion and want to take it to the next level?
Respect the artistry and be humble because you are a student as well as a teacher. Our work is collaborative and isn’t about your ego. Many stylist can do a killer hairstyle but being able to listen, maintain a solid relationship all while executing amazing work is what will set you apart and take you further in your career.
Do you have any favorite hair trends for fall?
Currently I’m all about wearing your hair in its most natural state. Classic shapes with looser, less polished finishes create a imperfect look that is very refreshing right now.
What is your creative process?
My creative process is more intuitive but I am constantly taking style notes of art school students, creatives, older people who have great expressive style as well as everyday people. I’m constantly absorbing information via Instagram, print, music and through that exposure I develop ideas and get inspired and that’s what informs my work.
What do you like to do when you're not doing hair?
When I’m not behind the chair I like to do simple things like hiking in Marin or Oakland hills, weekend trips up or down the coast, cooking and hosting friends and family at the house and spending quality time with the people I love the most. I’m an introvert so I need to recharge a lot to be able to do the work I do dealing with people day in and day out. That balance is essential.
How would you describe your style?
My personal style is classic, urban and hip. I’m pretty predictable as you’ll always find me sporting black, grey or dark denim with a T-shirt and sneakers or my favorite John Varvatos chelsea boots. I do love to accessorize and express myself in the subtleties and details. I have numerous jackets, coats, and shoes in many colors and textures. A nice timepiece and a few brass bangles complete the look.
Tell us about your home. What types of designs or pieces do you gravitate towards?
I’m a bit of a minimalist and like to keep things neat and simple. My home is part modern, part mid-century and part moroccan with lots of handmade, artisan homewares and goods to make it functional and stylish.
To learn more about Capriece, visit his [BATCH]elor Ambassador profile here!