More than just primping, Lucille Javier elevates hair color to an art form.

Lucille stands, lips pursed, thoughtfully looking at my head as though it were a blank canvas, an empty wall. She’s one of those people who breathes art. She gets quiet when she’s thinking and, even if you don’t know her, you can tell that she has such a deep knowledge and passion for her craft. Long-time assistant to colorist It-girl Aura Friedman, Lucille has been trained by the best. Watching her work is unlike anything you’ve probably experienced in a salon before – she doesn’t just “color;” she paints. New to the floor of Sally Hershberger Downtown, she is a name to watch if you’re obsessed with the idea of having some of the coolest hair – and the coolest colorist – in the city.

SHK: NEW TRENDS IN HAIR COLOR TEND TO HAPPEN QUICKLY – SOMEONE MENTIONS IT ONCE AND SUDDENLY EVERYBODY HAS IT (SORT OF LIKE THE PASTEL-HUED PHENOMENON WE’RE SEEING RIGHT NOW). WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE NEXT?

LUCILLE JAVIER: I’m from California and coming to New York I feel people would like to think they are doing something unique… But some how it’s been done before. Fashion trends including hairstyles all seem to go full circle at some point. I see people in the “future” wanting to start their own distinct look which could mean statement colors intertwined with a very specific cut to call their own.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PAINTING HAIR?

I love that I have the ability to free hand my paintings and customize them for each client according to their own taste. Painting has always been a source of joy and relaxation and I’m so happy I’ve been able to incorporate  this into my career.

HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN COLOR?

I’ve always been into creating art as a kid. I would try to sketch out a drawing as fast as I could just so I could paint it. I was never great at the actual sketch but it was a step closer for me to be able to paint some sort of canvas, idea, and expression.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I’m inspired by color surrounded by my everyday life, it could be from the paint on the walls to a hidden graffiti artist expressing himself on a mailbox. I love trying to understand an artist’s mind and their own creative process.

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DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE MORE ADVENTUROUS WITH THE HAIR ON OTHER PEOPLE’S HEADS OR YOUR OWN?

I’ve always been trying to pull off new hairstyles and color. I feel just as adventurous with myself as I do with others. Although I haven’t done much to my hair in this past year because I’ve been spending so much time experimenting with clients and their transformations.

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE DONE TO YOURSELF? TO SOMEONE ELSE?

Craziest thing I’ve ever done to myself is a bowl cut! I thought it would be hilarious. It was wonderful. To some one else was…full blown rainbow colored hair on a young teenager with out telling her parents.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST HAIR MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE?

Over-thinking it and trying too hard.

EVEN THOUGH YOU LOVE YOUR JOB, EVERYBODY NEEDS A BREAK SOMETIMES. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TO GET AWAY AND UNWIND?

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Funny enough, I like to cook! It’s another expression of creativity I can enjoy. It makes a lot of sense because I have a desire to always please others and put them ahead of myself and cooking a meal for others allows me to cater to others needs. I like to mix new recipes and think out of the box.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE TRAINED WITH AND WORKED ALONGSIDE ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW?

It’s been an amazing thrill ride! I’ve been able to travel and meet such amazing people along the way! Having moved from LA to NY has been quite a difference & I can’t wait for all of the new opportunities to arise! I’m grateful to have been surrounded by only the best!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO WITH YOUR CAREER TO CHANGE THE WAY COLOR IS PRACTICED AND PERCEIVED?

I hope to change the stigma of people feeling like they can’t be themselves. We all indirectly suffer from our own insecurities. I hope every client in my chair knows it’s important you are doing a color you actually want! & know I’m here to achieve that and cater to you and your needs.

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