Brisbane-based Brodie-Lee will head to Los Angeles to compete live on stage at the Awards on 25 February with other international finalists from France, Finland, Austria, and Sweden. The winner will become one of Sebastian’s Who’s Next Artists and will have the opportunity to shoot a collection under the mentorship of hair icon and Creative Visionary for the brand, Robert Lobetta.
We checked in with Brodie-Lee following the announcement to find out more about her entry and how she’s preparing for her trip to LA.
What was your reaction when you found out you were a finalist in the What’s Next Awards?
BLS: I’m not going to lie, I checked social media every half hour through the night as the news was released on international time. When I hadn’t seen my name, I assumed I hadn’t been selected as a finalist but when I saw I had been tagged into an announcement I was shocked! I was ecstatic, honoured and completely blown away. I can’t explain the feeling!
What was the inspiration for your entry to the awards?
BLS: My inspiration behind the look came from the Sebastian Twisted range and how I have interpreted the collection – a merge in which the ocean seizes during storms or strong currents. There’s texture in the water giving a ripple effect with strong curves in the waves. I translated this to hair using a curl set technique in different directions to confuse the curl. I smoothed the roots down with a slight crimp to represent the ripple in waves and by using a strong parting, I created definition, which made the hair look wet.
Product-wise, I used the Sebastian Twisted range from start to finish, as well as Resintek and Shaper. The end result I see as a commercial, yet editorial look.
What’s your favourite Sebastian Professional product to use and why?
BLS: My hands-down favourite is Shaper. I cannot live without it. The product’s flexibility and shine are what allow me to create any look I want.
Is there anything you’re looking forward to experiencing in Los Angeles while you’re there for the awards?
BLS: The complete journey around What’s Next Awards and being immersed in the Sebastian Culture on a global level.
Can you give us an insight into how you’re preparing for your live on-stage presentation at the awards?
BLS: For me, it’s about trusting in my craft and knowledge to create the magic.
Brodie-Lee Stubbin’s entry is one of five finalists selected for the What’s Next Awards – International Category, announced live on 25 February. The event will be live-streamed at www.sebastianwna.com