REAL EXPERT TALKS: SESSION STYLIST ADAM GARLAND
THE BRITISH STYLIST TALKS MINDFULNESS, PURE BEAUTY, “NO FILTER” ATTITUDE AND AUTHENTIC HAIR
In a literal sense, Adam Garland is not very far from home at all. Having grown up in a small seaside town on the Somerset coast, today he lives and works in London, a mere two-hour train ride away. Figuratively speaking, the session stylist is a long way from home indeed. He grew up not really knowing much about the hair styling, beauty or fashion industries. However, there must have been something in the air in Weston-super-Mare, as young Adam got his first job in a salon in his hometown at 14. Not only does he still have a passion for hairstyling at 35, but his sister is a stylist too. According to Adam, he loves his job “too much sometimes”, but 20-odd years of beautifying hair have yielded an impressive portfolio. His editorial work has been featured in the pages of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel and Vogue – to name but a few. Models and celebrities styled by the British session stylist have walked catwalks and red carpets around the globe. In our interview, he explains why he has joined the Authentic Beauty Movement, what inspires him and why the Authentic Beauty Concept Memento is important to him personally.
What is pure beauty to you?
It might sound a bit cheesy, but happiness is beautiful. Living life, enjoying the day, seeing the positive side. I think it’s really important in this industry to be able to stay grounded, to be aware of mental health and of mindfulness. I like to surround myself with that kind of energy and those kinds of people.
How do you find pure beauty in your work?
I always want to make a woman feel and look beautiful, that’s the most important thing. I also like to work with what we’ve got and not overcomplicate things. On set, that means having the confidence to say, “We don’t need to change much. That woman looks fantastic. Let’s just add a little bit here and a little bit here, but let’s not destroy the beauty she arrived with.”