Lisa Farrall is an award-winning hair session stylist and educator. Lisa has been making waves in the industry recently due to her boundary-breaking, super-creative approach to Afro hairstyling. In 2016 the star stylist won several accolades including Black Beauty & Hair/Sensationnel Stylist of The Year and Natural Hairstylist of the Year for her breathtaking Armour collection. Most recently she flew to LA to style the looks for Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s video All The Stars, a lead song from the Black Panther soundtrack. We caught up with Lisa to find out more.
Hi Lisa, congratulations on all your recent success. Can you tell us how you managed to land the job of styling the music video for Sza and Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars?
Well it all started when the production team sent an email to my team and asked if I was free to come to LA to work on a music video. I didn’t know who it was at the time, only that it was a Grammy artist, and the team are behind Beyonce’s Lemonade videos and some of Kayne’s, so I knew whatever it was it was, it was going to be epic. The team said they loved my work and everything I was doing, and most importantly my vision and the message I’m sending, as my last collection ARMOUR broke the internet. Following our initial conversation, our teams got together and we made it happen.
With regards to the hairstyles, were you working to a brief or were you given the freedom to create styles of your own?
The team that hired me chose styles that I had previously created, as well as some new styles. There’s always a brief, but it was based on my collection from 2016 so it was very personal for me to see this collection brought to life in the video. Of course, there is always a lot of back and forth with calls emails and prep ,but it’s always worth it.
Which style was your favourite look?
Creating the four real life goddess warriors was the highlight for me. Seeing them transform into powerful beings was insane! It’s hard to pick a favourite style as I create characters when I create looks, so I build relationships with each one.
Where did the video shoot take place and how long did it take to film?
The video shoot was in Los Angeles so I flew from London to LA in December, and the shoot took place over four days.
The looks were created with mainly KeraCare products. Can you tell us some of the key products you used?
KeraCare plays a huge role in my kit bag and I don’t know what I would do without Edge Tamer! It’s like my secret weapon of choice! At one point during the shoot, I had a crowd around me asking about this product. Silken Seal was also used on set to prep the hair and create the silky locks you see.
Did you imagine at the time that Black Panther would be such a cultural phenomenon and how does it feel to be part of that legacy?
When I created my collection in 2016 everyone said that these characters should be superheroes! I am a huge advocate for African culture and the beauty it represents so in my mind it’s a no brainer that Black Panther would be huge. I’m thrilled that I can say that I’ve been a part of it one way or another, and yes, I’ve watched it three times.
What do you have in store for the rest of 2018?
I’ve just launched WIG London which is an academy that specialises in providing hair lectures. I am trying to make the hair industry texture neutral, so I have courses for salons educating them on how to do all hair types. The best part of it is salons don’t even have to go anywhere, we can come straight to you to train. You can learn more about what we do at wiglondon.com