Darlings…I’m going to let you in on the other man in my life and my not so secret weapon. Monsieur Adrien Dupuis, the man behind the best blow-out’s in Montreal (and quite possibly all of North America) and my standing Friday afternoon date. Since our first introduction a few years ago, I’ve been in a committed relationship with him and his magical hairdryer. Not only is he basically a living champagne bubble, effervescent and captivating, he truly is a master of his chosen art form. His love for creating stunning hair and making women look and feel beautiful has endeared him to everyone from the grande dames of Westmount to the cool club kids of Montreal. We squeezed in a little shoot and gab fest last week in between his appointments where he dished on how to approximate one of his signature bombshell blowouts in the comfort of your own home. However, do yourself a favor ladies…just book an appointment with the man himself at M Salon!
Tell us about yourself
When I was about 3 years old, I had all the Barbies and My little Pony’s a kid could ever dream of so naturally I played with their hair and taught myself how to braid. One day, I asked my Aunt how to do a french braid and from there I was hooked on playing with my friends and family’s hair. So I have to say that if you know me, you know that HAIR is my thing.
Who are your favorite designers?
Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens, Kris Van Asche, Kayleigh Peddie, Celine, Hermes, Givenchy, Travis Taddeo and Zagliani, just to name a few.
Do you have any personal style icons?
My personal style icons walk the streets of Montreal. It ranges from the Lulu’s and designer bag-wearing moms’ of Westmount, to the hip and trendy kids of the Plateau. I also take inspiration from my friends who dress to impress as well as my dear friend and designer Kayleigh Peddie, who got me hooked on her leggings. In terms of celebrities and being style icons for me, I love Kate Moss. I love her love for grey everything and that she’ll rock it during her day-to-day. I love Marc Jacobs for not giving a hoot and wearing a floor length polo shirt, and right down to Montreal’s own Travis Taddeo who has this sort of androgynous chic thing about his line.
If you’re not lucky enough to live in Montreal or otherwise unable to get an appointment with you, any tips for achieving a fabulous at-home blowout?
Always use a good moisturizing treatment in your hair every time you wash. Make sure you keep your hair healthy by using good products, and you’ll make yourself happy with great, healthy hair. For a good at home blowout try and use light products that won’t weigh your hair down or make it greasy. If you’re using hot tools, try doing one or two slow passes as opposed to passing the flat iron over 30 times to get it straight. Healthy hair IS the secret to great hair.
What are your must have hair-care items?
Ranging from hydrating treatments to styling creams to mousse to hairspray, round brushes, flat irons, curling irons and blowdryers to croc clips. My favourite lines to work with are Moroccanoil and Vitamin & Sea because the products they come out with are great for every day use. Don’t forget, always follow the directions!
Any trends that you’re really loving for fall/winter?
For hair, its length I’m loving. Sleek, a good blowdry, volume (but not too much), movement, shape, and always framing the face with little ‘curtains’ as one of my fave clients has deemed them. For beauty, a bare face is always a plus. BB Creams, neutral lips, a little blush, and some dark brown mascara always make a girl look cute, but not too done up, be it daytime or night. As for style, I’m a huge lover of the mandatory ‘leggings and a big sweater’ to get you through a tough and cold winter in Montreal.
What trend or trends are you totally over?
I know its probably a sin to say, but the collarbone length hair… I’m over it. Its been done by everybody, but I think its time to let it go and let it grow.
You have 48 hours in Montreal, how do you spend them?
Personal pick, always starting off with a great blowout! Hit the malls and the museums, galleries, and cafe’s. Then, off to dinner at your fave restaurant, followed by a fun night out dancing your tush off ’til the wee hours of the morning. Brunch is a MUST, followed by ending the afternoon in the sun on Mount Royal. To me, that’s a hell of a 48 hour Montreal experience.
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