Linda Shalabi is a walking, talking, subtly effective example of her own professional services. The Swedish hairstylist is the New York fashion scene’s go-to expert for natural, lived-in hair, making models and influencers alike look like they #wokeuplikethis – only better. The way she wears her own long brown hair emphasises her laid-back styling philosophy: healthy, natural and lightweight. With her professional expertise, personal style and positive attitude, Linda is a driving force of the Authentic Beauty Movement, encouraging everyone to embrace their inner beauty. She applied this principle when she styled the hair of Chloe Nguyen and Erika Palkovicova for the Authentic Beauty Concept photo shooting, enhancing the texture and natural beauty of each model’s own hair. Her editorial work for Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Vogue Taiwan and W Magazine is also informed by her desire to bring out the best in each and every individual person she styles.
We caught up with Linda to discover the best natural hair secrets and find out how she achieves an authentic look for her clients and for herself.